3.9 out of 10

Original Daly City

Ranked 6th best neighborhood in Daly City
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Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
Jan 25, 2012

"Nothing special"

Nestled between Highway 280 and Hillside, Original Daly City is a gritty, rental-friendly community. It is located immediately south of San Francisco and spans about 1 square mile. The neighborhood’s layout is a dense residential areas surrounded by lush commercial real-estate. The area is overrun by plain Victorian homes plotted on extremely small and narrow properties. Demographically speaking, the ethnic makeup of the community is evenly distributed between asian and hispanic residents.

The neighborhood of Original Daly City offers nothing but roughened neighborhood aesthetics. The layout of each home doesn’t vary much. Their typically designed with first floor single-garages taking up the whole bottom floor while the second floor is primarily the living space. Most homes are estimated between $400,000 to $750,000 in price. Its most expensive residences are located along Jefferson High School. Many homes within the area are also densely packed (most cases connected at the hip) along unpolished suburban streets. Front yards are typically just gritty slabs of cement that work as small driveways. According to the 2010 US Census, residents make anywhere from $55,000 to $90,000/year. Moreover, there is an influx of renters within the city’s limits because of the upswing Daly City is currently undergoing. Renters typically pay anywhere from $1,000 to $1,250/month.

Original Daly City’s commercial quarters surround the neighborhood in almost all directions. Its most thriving commerce is centered around Junipero Serra Boulevard. The area hosts a handful of modern financial buildings with attached garages, a Century theaters complex and a couple other smaller business quarters. On the opposite site of the community, you’ll find Original Daly City’s second commercial hub along Mission Street. The business district hosts everything from plain-looking fast food chains to random boutique stores and restaurants.

For commuters, Colma Bart Station lies on Original Daly City’s southern edge while Daly City Bart is located along John Daly Boulevard. Both stations are easy options for travel and connect residents to San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. If you’re a young family, Jefferson High School lies within the neighborhood’s limits, but doesn’t offer a good reputation. For outdoor recreation, Lake Merced Golf Course skirts the western edge of the district. The 18-hole golf course has a course rating of 72 out of 100 on golflink.com.
  • Affordable Homes
  • Poor Schools
  • Ugly and Run-Down
Recommended for
  • Professionals
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jan 16, 2012

"Run Down and Shabby Looking"

Original Daly City, Daly City. As the name indicates, this is the original part of the Daly City and thus is home to some of the oldest homes in the city. A number of homes here (maybe a quarter) date from the 1920’s and 30’s. There are largely bungalows with walk up stairs—the kind of homes that look cozy from the outside because of the squat roves and recessed verandas.

Some portions of this neighborhood look fairly well-preserved and quaint, while others look fairly worn out.

In terms of schools, this section of Daly City really doesn’t hold up, from what I understand. Jefferson, I hear, is a pretty lousy high school, and the area definitely does look more like Hunter’s point than the Sunset District. Lots of the homes here have windows completely blocked off by bed sheets and uneven paint on doors.

Although Daly City’s crime rate is pretty low, I’m not so sure that this area keeps that standard up. Something just seems a little bit too rundown for it.

Overall, despite the quaint architecture in spots, I can’t really recommend this neighborhood.
  • Affordable Homes
  • Public Transportation
  • Ugly and Run-Down
  • Crime?
  • Poor Schools

Unranked Streets in Original Daly City

"On of the major streets in Daly City is Mission Street. "
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San Pedro Rd

"A Place to Visit for Pool"
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"A Place to Have Fun"
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"Quiet clean street in right outside of San Francisco"
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Reiner St

"A Quiet Neighborhood Street"
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"Great Place for Entertainment"
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Westlake Ave

"A Foggy Street"
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Woodrow St

"Another great neighborhood is Original Daly City. "
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