7.2 out of 10

Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park

Ranked 4th best street in Golden Gate Park
37.7650907967343 -122.484618839417
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Not Quite California Beach Living..."

San Francisco probably offers one of the biggest catch-22s when it comes to beach front living, in that beachside property is LESS desirable here than other neighboring real estate in the city. And yet, the Pacific Ocean still calls out to many locals and tourists alike. Let's break it down...

The Pros:

- The Pacific Ocean (hellooo...)
- Manageable parking (comparative with the rest of the city)
- Water sports
- Some shopping, reasonable retail/neighborhood
- A relatively suburban-style life in one of the most desirable cities in the world
- Safe neighborhood
- Affordable (again, relative term in San Francisco)

The Cons:

- Fog and clouds EVERY morning - I hope you hate sunshine
- Some of the coldest water temperatures you will ever experience in an area that should, for all other intents and purposes, be much warmer
- Further away from the more exciting parts of San Francisco, meaning you are paying city taxes without all the advantages of living in the city
- Relative lack of public transportation, given how cosmopolitan of a city it is

I think that about sums it up. Overall, this is a very cool area but not necessarily the quintessential San Francisco that many individuals may be looking for.
Pros
  • Beach
  • Quiet for SF
  • Safe
Cons
  • Foggy weather
  • Inaccessible to the rest of SF
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Street of Trees"

Though it is a very busy street, Lincoln combines the neighborhood feel of residential properties with the long, green expanses of Golden Gate Park. It brings you into the south end of the park, and you'll find it is the perfect place to roam and play. Whether you want to walk your dog, jog, play some softball, or just need to find a nearby restroom, this is a full-service park.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
2yrs+

"Busy Lincoln Way!"

I used to live on Lincoln Way between 11th Ave & 12th Ave near Andronicos, oh and there is no 13th Ave, it's Funston. I loved the fact that Golden Gate Park was right across the street and the 71 was steps away. Lincoln Way is a very busy street it runs almost the entire length of the Golden Gate Park, from Kezar to the Ocean. I onced saw a drunk driver crash unto 4 parked cars, outside of my bay window. Unfortunately, all the vehicles belonged to my flat mates and the falt above ours.
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4/5
2yrs+

"A chill street that runs form the beach to Haight."

Lincoln Way is located in the Sunset district of San Francisco. It runs from The beach all the way to the Haight Ashbury. It lines the Golden Gate park on the south side. Has the park on one side, and apartment buildings on the other side mostly. It is a good street for transportation. Good for riding bicycles. Has access to muni buses and close to the N line. Very close to many stores in Sunset. A nice place to hang out if you want to go to the park or just grab a bite to eat. Close to a lot of restaurants at 9th. Overall a pretty safe place.
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3/5
2yrs+

"The Border of Golden Gate Park"

Lincoln Way borders Golden Gate Park on the south side, running most of the length of the park, from the Pacific Ocean to Arguello, at which point it becomes Frederick Street. It is a fast-moving, double-lane throughway. Around 9th Avenue there are a few restaurants and a bar, but beyond that it's mostly residential (and fairly nice real estate, too) until right before the ocean, where you will find a few more restaurants. That's about it.
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3/5
2yrs+

"Lincoln Way, right across from the park."

Lincoln Way is essentially a residential street right next to the popular and gloriously big Golden Gate Park. There are almost no shops on this street, and it mostly just contains two-story houses with typical, standard families. However, I have personally noticed that there are usually a lot of people on this street that put up signs stating the politicians they support. I am not sure if the people on this street just coincidentally tend to be drawn to politics or not. For example, during the presidential election, I noticed a lot of people with Obama signs on their living room windows. This street is not particularity very well-lighted, but it is incredibly convenient transportation-wise. The 71, 29, and 16 bus lines turn onto Lincoln Way before they either cut through Golden Gate Park, or continue to the Haight District. There is a bus stop every two to three blocks. In terms of night life, there is practically none because it’s a residential area, and there are houses on every street.
4/5
2yrs+

"Split between shops and apartments"

La Playa street is a short street that ranges from Fulton Street to Balboa Street. This street is actually really close by, about a block away, from the beach, which could be good and bad. The pros about living near the beach is that you can go there anytime you want, the con is that the whether is usually pretty cold and windy. This street is actually split into two sections. One side of the sidewalk consists mostly of shops and restaurants. The other side of the sidewalk consists mostly of apartments, which look identical to each other. It is very convenient for the residents that live on this street since there are stores and food shops just a few feet away. Overall, this place not not too shabby.
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5/5
2yrs+

"Fun, Upbeat Atmosphere"

Lincoln Way is a fun, busy street with a nice view of the beach at the end of the street. It's mostly a residential district but there are a few restaurants. It's a fun street to visit with a busy city atmosphere but I get the impression it wouldn't be a great place to live due to the extreme traffic, speeding and loud car stereos.
3/5
2yrs+

"Nice vibe for tourists"

La playa is a very nice street next to the ocean .I would recommend this for all tourists visiting San Francisco . There are a lot of food stores along La Playa . There is burger king for fast food a Russian grocery store and there is Safeway . The Beach from La playa is only half a block . But La Playa is a very small street it only runs five blocks. There is a an eldery building complex there too . This street is also good for tourists and visitors because of the great muni service there , it runs around 5 bus lines .
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4/5
2yrs+

"Lincoln Way- southern border of Golden Gate Park"

Lincoln Way is pretty much a long boulevard in the Sunset district of San Francisco, and is the southern border of Golden Gate Park. The boulevard runs from Ocean Beach to the Panhandle which marks the end of Golden Gate Park around 4th Avenue. This street is pretty much a wide street used by cars for quick travel through the city. From Lincoln Way, one can enter the park through 19th Avenue, and there is another entrance at 9th Avenue. Sometimes this street is congested with traffic, but you can take it to 19th Avenue or Sunset boulevard. On one side of Lincoln Way is pretty much residential houses, and on the other side is Golden Gate Park. The 29 and 71 Muni bus lines run along Lincoln Way.
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5/5
2yrs+

"Right next to the Park!"

Lincoln Way is a great street to get instant access to Golden Gate Park. This street provides locals and tourist a great view of the city in another way. The streets are filled with people walking all the time; it’s a real busy street. Many bus lines run all day including the 29, 71, etc. The sidewalk is not exactly is best, due to lack to pavement in certain areas. Lincoln Way is a great place to take children to see the magnificent park and is just a great to go jogging. There are a lot of tress everywhere and not many plant shrubs by the side of the road. Lincoln Way shows a rural side of this urban city.
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3/5
2yrs+

"Usually misinterpreted as a Boulevard"

Lincoln Way is typically misinterpreted as Lincoln Boulevard because of the very busy traffic. On Lincoln Way, you will rarely come by a restaurant, maybe a couple times (two to three times). Lincoln Way is also known to be one of the main routes of the 71 and 29 Muni Bus, both of which have various stops on Lincoln Way. It is usually very busy on Lincoln and Irving because the N train stop is close, also with a 71 and 44 bus crossing through. Also because 9th Avenue leads into Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, which is very busy road in Golden Gate Park.
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3/5
2yrs+

"A street near the beach, great for tourists"

La Playa Street is a small 5 block street (2 blocks in the Richmond, 3 block in the Sunset). In the Richmond side of La Playa Street, there is a Burger King, Safeway, several stores, and an elderly home complex. What makes La Playa Street so busy is because of the Safeway and also because the 18 Muni bus runs through La Playa Street. Not only that, there is a Muni rest stop where several buses stop there for a break (including the 5, 31, 31AX, 38). In the Sunset side of La Playa Street there are just houses. At the cross section between Judah Street, there is a small coffee shop and also the rest station for the Muni N train. What makes La Playa Street so wonderful is the breeze from the beach and the easy 2 block walk to get to the beach.
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2/5
2yrs+

"high speeds, occasionally unpleasant"

I did not have a great time on this street, everyone was speeding and most of the people are fairly unpleasant. It is pretty close to Golden Gate Park, in fact it goes right through it. That was well enough worth it for the trip.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Yet another beach st in san francisco."

La Playa street is a very popular Beach street in the Richmond District of San Francisco. You will find this area populated with many young surfer types. This coastal street is lined with a plethora of apartment buildings that face the ocean. This is a good place to catch some waves.
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3/5
2yrs+

"Beach Bum's Paradise"

La Plays means "The Beach" in Spanish, so it's no surprise that this street is inhabited by surfers. Any day of the week that's what you'll find here. It runs parallel to The Great Highway, which is the street that runs along the beach, so while it's a bit more removed from the beach, all you have to do is hike up a small dune, cross the street and you're in the sand. Not much to do here; in fact, there's only one tiny coffee shop for miles. But, for beach lovers, it's the ideal place to live.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Basically a Speedway"

Everyone speeds on this street. That's because it's the fastest way to get from the Sunset District to Downtown San Francisco. Lincoln doesn't actually go all the way downtown, but it turns into Oak Street, which pretty much does. So, many commuters choose Lincoln as their favorite to and from routes to work. Not a whole lot to see here, but a convenient (sometimes dangerous) street.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Short off street of the avenues between the Great Highway"

La Playa runs from Kirkham Street all the way to Sutro Heights Park. It is a very small street which is the absolute closest street to the beach besides the great highway. This street is split by the famous Golden Gate Park, but continues on in the Richmond. If you like beach front living, this is one of the best streets you could live on. However there are mainly compacted higher rising apartments on this street. There is a cafe located on Judah and La Playa which stays open late. The best thing about this street is that it is right on the beach and you can go running or just lounge there anytime. You also get the fresh breeze 24 hours a day. Living here is expensive, even for a small one room apartment.
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4/5
2yrs+

"A green route to help you get from the outter sunset inbound to downtown SF."

Lincoln way runs parallel to the infamous Golden Gate Park. It starts out at the parking lot near the beach and runs into Kezar Drive which turns into Oak which can take you close to downtown SF. It crosses over 9th avenue which is a hot spot for food. It has many entrances to the park if you needed to get across it. I wouldn't recommend living on this street because although it is only a 4 lane 2 way street, cars drive fast and across from the park it looks a little dirty and gets loud. Traffic is relatively good on this street. There is hardly ever a crash. There is a bus line that runs up and down this street and it can take you from the beach to Kezar stadium and beyond.
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3/5
2yrs+

"Busy street that connects Kezar Stadium to the beach!"

Lincoln Way is home to a very busy road that runs alongside San Francisco’s giant and famous Golden Gate Park. Starting right on Ocean Beach, Lincoln runs all the way past Kezar Drive which houses the famous Kezar Stadium where the San Francisco 49ers once played. Kezar is now home to many amateur and high school sporting events, and although downsized from the 49er’s days, it still stands a very large and noticeable stadium.

The street serves as a very large connector for a large part of the city and connects with many important and vital streets such as 19th Avenue and the Great Highway. Traffic on Lincoln Way is generally very minimal even on the weekends and provides an easy access to downtown San Francisco.

There isn’t very much housing along Lincoln Way due to the busy aspect, but being very close to all the busy streets in San Francisco such as Irving Street, housing alongside Lincoln is desirable.
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