6.0 out of 10

Hillside

Ranked 5th best neighborhood in Daly City
37.6930655455309 -122.458114069284
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Childcare
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  •  

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
Jan 24, 2012

"Dense community with unpolished flavor"

Nestled between the San Bruno Mountain State Park and Mission Street, Hillside is a largely residential neighborhood. It is located within the vastly unglamorous Daly City, but is conveniently located to San Francisco and its many peripheral attractions. Demographically speaking, the total population is very diverse and hosts over 16,000 residents. In fact, the majority is split between hispanic and asian residents, while a small white minority makes up the rest.

The district’s residential quarters are not much to look at. Houses are typically two-stories in size and tightly packed along gritty suburban streets. Most homes are designed with two-car garages situated on the ground floor, while the rest of the residence sits above (whether it be one or two more stories). For perspective home buyers, house values are estimated around $500,000 to $750,000 in price, while pricier homes concentrated around the eastern quadrant. Moreover, the average resident rakes in around $80,000/year. Properties are somewhat unattractive as well. Front yards are just cement lots for parking, almost as if you were in congested San Francisco suburbia. Many people also rent here, but residences are too plain looking to offer anything special.

For young families, Hillside offers a few elementary schools within its limits, which include John F. Kennedy Elementary and Hillsdale Elementary School. Elsewhere you can find Jefferson High School, which skirts the western edge of Mission Street. Unfortunately, none of these schools have a good reputation amongst locals. If you travel along Mission Street, you’ll hit Hillside’s unpolished commercial quarters. It hosts a handful of fast food chains, unkempt business fronts, rundown neighborhood restaurants, a Starbucks and one or two auto repair shops.

Hillside’s proximity to public transportation makes it a somewhat bearable community. The Daly City bart station is just a couple blocks northwest of the neighborhood’s limits while Colma Bart station anchors the southern edge. Travel too far south and you’ll be in the midst of a handful of cemeteries. Elsewhere, you can find the Market Place Shopping Center. The shopping hub sits along East Market Street and provides a liquor store, a deli and a couple other unattractive neighborhood restaurants.
Pros
  • Close to BART
  • Good Condos up in Hills
  • Nice Views from Hillside
Cons
  • Bad Schools
  • Many Homes Overpriced
  • Mediocre Restaurant and Shopping Scene
Recommended for
  • Professionals
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 22, 2012

"Nice Views, Bad Schools"

For about a decade, Hillside has been one of the most popular neighborhoods in Daly City, which both explains why the real estate market is packed with foreclosures and still fairly overpriced homes. The homes are okay, but the median price here is around $450K, which should really be closer to the ceiling. Instead many push the $900K mark.

Overall, your best bet in Hillside is up in the hills where there are some modestly priced condos, with good views. That said, I can’t recommend it for families because of the poor performing schools—especially the high school.
Pros
  • Nice Views from Hillside
  • Good Condos up in Hills
  • Close to BART
Cons
  • Bad Schools
  • Many Homes Overpriced
  • Mediocre Restaurant and Shopping Scene
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5
Jun 28, 2009

"Hillside is IT!!"

This is the best and most awesome neighborhood in Daly City Cali I loved my stay here. I thought overall the time in Daly City was amazing but this was the best neighborhood to stay in. I had my first few nights stay in a hotel, but after I got to stay with my friend and his parents in hillside. The whole neighborhood and atmosphere was awesome. The people here (even besides the ones i knew) were so friendly. I would love to live here when I can actually afford it. This was my top choice to revisit this summer. Hope you all enjoy it as much as i did.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Streets in Hillside

Bismark St

2.5/5
"Between Mission and Wyandotte"
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"The Gateway to Peninsula, easy transportation"
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"A bit on the lop side"
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"If you would like to like in a manufactured home check out the Hillside neighborhood. "
37.6865853807369 -122.450280083981
"This is a long and windy road in the hills of Daly City. "
37.6942966394659 -122.454886462505

Valley St

3.5/5
"If your looking for a Quiet Neighborhood in the middle of the city check out the Hillsdale Neighborhood."
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