7.0 out of 10

Sloat Ave, Outer Sunset

Ranked 3rd best street in Outer Sunset
37.7353844284109 -122.505972381326
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Almost a Suburb..."

Sloat Boulevard offers suburban living in a great, bustling city. The area really does feel like a suburb of San Francisco, but with the same architecture as the funky houses further east. Traffic is fairly reasonable, shopping complexes make the area livable, and the cost of living is far more modest than on the other side of the hill.

The area is pretty descriptive of Western San Francisco - suburban, residential, and nondescript but with cool architecture. It doesn't quite have the cool parklands of the Presidio, the views of Golden Gate Park, or the beachfront access you may find further west (unless you are at the westernmost point), but it offers modest (well, as modest as you can get in San Francisco) living in a fantastic and vibrant city. AND it borders the San Francisco Zoo on the north.
Pros
  • Pretty
  • Reasonable(ish) prices
Cons
  • Weather
  • Removed from eastern SF
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
4/5
2yrs+

"Lots of Good Stuff on a Forgotten Street"

Sloat's claim to fame may be that it is street on which reckless San Francisco teenage drivers go to set their in-town landspeed record. But there's a lot more than that to Sloat.

Let's go from west to east.... It starts at an access and parking area for Ocean Beach. In my experience, this end of the beach tends to be a little less crowded, but every bit as enjoyable as the accesses further north. Continue east to the San Francisco Zoo (grab munchies at George's Zoo, an awesome neighborhood market, right across the street). As you approach Sunset Boulevard, you'll find the opportunity to turn right and see Lake Merced and Fort Funston (famous for hanggliders). Continuing east, you'll find idyllic Stern Grove (home of the summer music festival) and across 19th avenue, the Masonic Rite Auditorium, home of a number of shows. Finally, Sloat runs into Portola, which connects you to Market to go downtown.

Sloat's a fast street and a great way to get across the south side of town quickly. It also offers access to West Portal and Saint Francis Wood.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Face paced busy street"

Sloat Blvd. runs from the beach to St. francis Circle. It is a very busy street that is used for transportation very much. It is a very fast paced street. It is also a pretty big, wide street. It is a pretty safe street as well. It runs by Lakeshore shopping plaza, and many other businesses and stores at West Portal. The houses on this street are very nice as well. There is access to a few muni buses like the 23, M, and K. Though very busy, this street would be an excellent place to live.
3/5
2yrs+

"Proceed with caution"

Sloat Blvd starts from the corner where the San Francisco Zoo and the ocean beach meet. It slowly curves; aligning itself to be parallel to the horizontal. Once past Saint Francis Woods, it becomes Monterey Blvd. I scarcely see populated sidewalks on Sloat Blvd; perhaps when school is let out, children will be the pedestrians that will fill this street. Except for the rushing of cars, not much will be heard. The 23 bus line runs along this street and links you to the zoo all the way to Lakeshore plaza. Once past 19th Ave, the amount of streetlights will diminish and mostly pedestrian crosswalks remain. Many traffic accidents have been caused at the intersection with 19th Ave. Proceed with caution.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Lovely place to live, but watch out for crossing!"

Sloat Boulevard is one of the busier streets in the Sunset District (some would argue Parkside area instead of the Sunset.) The street is much wider compared to the other streets in the Sunset, therefore it can accompany a higher volume of traffic. Driving on this street is not difficult because it is a fairly straight street. If you are living near the beach, it can be difficult to cross the street because there is a long wire fence that divides the road. You have to search for an opening if you want to cross to the other side. One side is mostly beach/surf shops, a garden shop, small dining places, and houses. The other side is the San Francisco Zoo. I have heard that you can hear some of the animals there at night if it is very quiet. It is convenient living here because Lakeshore Plaza is nearby, and you can buy all your groceries and do some shopping there. It has a Lucky, Payless Shoe Store, UPS Store, and a Ross, just to name a few things.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"Sloat Blvd: SF Zoo and much more"

Sloat Blvd. has two really great places to hang out with family, relatives, or friends. One of the greatest places on this street is the San Francisco Zoo. It has a petting zoo, carousel ride, and most important of all, the animals! It is the perfect place to spend time with one's family or friends and there are many photo opportunities here. The other place that is also great to visit is Ocean Beach. The water is usually chilly and it is sort of windy, but you can have so much fun that you won't even notice! It is the perfect place to have a gathering and just have fun. The houses on this street are very nice, some houses include a lawn. The houses range from one story to three stories, but the majority of them are clean and nice regardless of size. This is a great place to visit for a family vacation or trip.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Sloat Boulevard - location of Stern Grove and the San Francisco Zoo"

Sloat Boulevard is located in the Sunset district on the west side of San Francisco. This street is right next to Stern Grove and runs from 19th Avenue to around Ocean Beach. Sloat Boulevard is pretty much a street surrounded by residential houses, but there is a Lakeshore Shopping Center on Sloat. At the shopping center, there are restaurants such as Arby’s, Quiznos, and Ono’s Hawaiian Barbeque. Also there is a Albertson’s/Lucky’s grocery store for your shopping needs. In Stern Grove, every week during the summer there are free concerts that feature some ballet, plays, and even the San Francisco Symphony, as well as some live jazz bands. The San Francisco Zoo is also located on Sloat.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"great shopping and the zoo!!!"

Sloat street is super busy all the time and has a great shopping center on 25th and Sloat. On 46th and Sloat there is also the San Francisco Zoo that is absolutely riveting. With so much to do on this street, where can you go wrong? The streets are very wide so many cars drive there and a must for tourist to see if they come. On the sidewalk there are huge trees that tower like buildings. The pavement is stunning and always clean. Definitely if anybody who hasn’t visited Sloat street yet, you should just go and look at the mall of the zoo.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
5/5
2yrs+

"Great street with many things along it's path. Also great fast transportation."

Sloat blvd. is one of my favorite streets in the sunset District. It offers everything from a zoo, to a great view if lake Merced, and it even has it’s own shopping center. The San Francisco Zoo is one of the best in northern California and is worth a visit if you are near the stoat/ocean beach area. The area near it is great but occasionally it smells bad due to the waste of the zoo animals. The are near lake Merced however is much better. Lake Merced id one off the best placed in the city to go jogging or biking so if you like to exercise, this is a good area. The shopping center (Lakeshore) is a great place to hang around due to it’s variety of shops and places to eat. Overall Sloat blvd. is a good street to live on because there are many things along it path and it is a nice relaxing street.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5
2yrs+

"Should Be Cooler"

For being one of the most popular streets leading down to Ocean Beach, Sloat Blvd. should be a whole lot cooler than it is. As is stands, Sloat is home to the S.F. Zoo (with absolutely no street appeal), a mediocre surf shop (Aqua) and a ton of gross, an overpriced and overrated nursery, dirty restaurants. Sadly, the best thing about Sloat is that is has a pretty decent shopping center between 19th Avenue and the Zoo, called Lakeshore. As for charm, Sloat falls short. Way short.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"Never backed up straight street to the beach."

Sloat Boulevard is one of the fastest paced streets in the city. It has 3 lanes going both directions and the speed limit is 40mph with few stop signs down to the beach. It starts at a 7 way intersection at the mouth of St. Francis Wood and runs all the way down to the Great Highway. The San Francisco Zoo is located on Sloat at the beach with plenty of parking. In the middle of Sloat there is Lakeshore Plaza which has your typical grocery store, etc. There is a bus line that runs up and down Sloat which starts at the beach and goes into St. Francis Wood. It is a really fast way to get down and I would recommend it to travelers because there is hardly any traffic. There are barely any houses on this street; all houses that are close are not facing Sloat. Sloat and 19th avenue is also the main entrance to the very large Stern Grove where a variety of events are held.
3/5
2yrs+

"Very busy transportation geared street!"

Sloat Boulevard is a very wide street starting at St. Francis Circle in St. Francis Woods district. It intersects many important streets such as Great Highway, 19th Avenue, and Junipero Serra Boulevard. It provides a very quick and direct link to Ocean Beach.

Sloat Boulevard houses Stern Grove Park which has tennis courts, playground structures, and a stage for free concerts on Sundays! The street is pretty much busy 24/7 with buses and cars populating the roads. It is a 6-lane two way street so you can imagine how wide and busy Sloat Boulevard is.

Housing on Sloat Boulevard is generally smaller than the normal housing in San Francisco. I wouldn’t really recommend living here just because it is always so busy, and one might not want to deal with all the noise!

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