West Portal is a lively, popular neighborhood that balances its newfound hipness with a sense of old-fashioned charm. Sure, its commercial area has some of the most desirable coffee shops and restaurants in town that draw folks from all over the city. But the tree-lined streets, vintage neon signs, and MUNI streetcar tunnel give it a slight feel of yesteryear. Most of the homes in West Portal are well-maintained single-family properties that sit on quiet, tree-lined residential streets.
But along West Portal Avenue, busy pedestrian traffic and a plethora of grocery stores, wine bars, gift shops, and eateries—even a historic first-run movie theater—showcase the neighborhood’s more outgoing side. West Portal is a great neighborhood for families, as there are some great schools, parks and playgrounds, a rec center, and a branch of the public library all within walking distance. And commuters enjoy the convenience of accessing the K, L, and M MUNI lines at their neighborhood station. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso