6.9 out of 10

St. Francis

Ranked 3rd best neighborhood in Daly City
37.6843708022404 -122.47792694741
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shopping Options
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Students

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
Jan 26, 2012

"Ugly oceanside community with nothing to offer"

St. Francis is a do-nothing neighborhood within Daly City. It is located along the San Francisco peninsula and directly south of that busy metropolitan city. Within its quarters is a 1970‘s starter home community that never fully developed into anything else. It still keeps its small town charm, but lacks the modern suburban aesthetics much of the town is so adamantly accustomed to. The district’s biggest appeal is its proximity to the beautiful Pacific Ocean (a couple blocks away). Yet, on its opposite side sits the town of Colma. The town dedicates its entire property to a handful of cemeteries and gives off an uncomfortable sense of eeriness.

St. Francis’ residential quarters is overrun with mild, unattractive suburban aesthetics. Homes are designed almost in the same manner as its direct neighbors, except for a few aesthetic tweaks. They are mostly boxy in shape and situated along steep residential hills. Moreover, their plotted on small, modest properties with petite (if at all) front yards. The average home consists of a one car garage situated on the ground floor with an adjacent living space . The second floor is then the predominate living space. Residences are also tightly packed into neat rows along suburban streets. And each street looks exactly the same as the next, with newly painted cement roads curving around the hilly landscape.

The neighborhood’s only commercial area within the district’s limits is Skyline Plaza Shopping Center. The shopping hub edges the northwestern corner and offers a market, a couple fast food chains, a couple cultural eateries and an auto parts shop. Split between Highway 280 and US Route 101 is Serramonte Shopping Center. The pedestrian-friendly shopping center is where most St. Francis residents do their department store shopping (JC Penney, Target) along with a number of different mall shops and restaurants.

For recreation, Westmoor Park Tennis courts is a popular option. The parkland is attached to Westmoor High School and is equipped with a newly built football field, a track that surrounds it, tennis courts and a baseball field, all at the public’s disposal. Elsewhere, Seton Medical Center runs along Highway 280 and serves the community well.
Pros
  • Affordable Homes
  • Close to Shopping
  • Safe
Cons
  • Poorly Kept Homes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jan 16, 2012

"Kind of Ugly and Run-Down Looking"

Straddling Highway 1—the Pacific Coast Highway—as it breaks from 280 to begin is long descent down to LA, the St. Francis neighborhood of Daly City (not to be confused with posh St. Francis Wood not too far north in western SF) is an upper-middle class neighborhood, largely populated by commuters looking for relatively affordable living within a ½ hour’s drive of the city.

Dating from the 50’s and 60’s, the majority of the homes here are not quite as well-kept or attractive as in the Westlake neighborhood of Daly City, though statistics seem to indicate this is a slightly higher income neighborhood. The median home price, however, is about the same at $450 K. Virtually no home breaks the $700K barrier or drops under $350K (only about 10% do anyway). 7 of the 8 homes in this neighborhood that are up for sale are on sale due to foreclosure.

I’m not generally a big fan of these planned neighborhoods where all the homes look virtually the same, but I would say that the best part of St. Francis is the pastel colored section of the neighborhood on the southern end of St. Francis right by the St. Francis Shopping center (a dingy looking shopping area). In fact, most of the rest of St. Francis, located just to the west of Colma’s cemeteries, looks fairly moribund. In fact, I would say there is more life and positive activity in the neighboring cemetery city than in St. Francis.

St. Francis feels very much like it heading down hill to me. I would not snap up one of these foreclosures.
Pros
  • Close to Shopping
  • Affordable Homes
  • Safe
Cons
  • Poorly Kept Homes
  • Lots of Foreclosures
  • Week Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 20, 2009

"Very good neighborhood"

This neighborhood is so great. It is quite and serene. The neighbors really care about privacy. It is perfect for the busy professionals and a family looking for a place that is kid friendly and is very peaceful. There is also three schools close to the neighborhood. There is an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. Definitely perfect for children to grow up.

As for shopping, there is a big mall close by within a mile radius, a car repair shop, denny's, best buy, a walking distance super market etc. There are also churches close by. It is close to San Francisco as well.

There has never been a problem in this neighborhood, no crime, no arson, no loud parties. This place is the ideal neighborhood.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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2/5
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Bryant St

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Cerro Dr

3.5/5
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Higate Dr

3.5/5
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I-- 280

4/5
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