Mount Davidson Manor, San Francisco - good neighborhood for families with kids?The opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of StreetAdvisor. Report
We moved from the Mission District to Mt Davidson Manor when we had kids. Just did not want to raise kids in the Mission since I would be nervous to let them walk or ride public transportation in the area. We now have a street that has seven families with kids under 18 - a rarity in the city. Also, the schools are better for the most part on the western side of the city - both my kids went to public schools and one is still in high school. While it is a bit on the boring side, I like boring, especially when one has kids. Here are the boring aspects that I can live with: parking without residential permits and plenty of it; places to walk you dog, even at night; folks who keep up their houses; long term residents - some are now adults who grew up in these homes and are still there, a real "old time" San Francisco feel; quiet; the K car a block away; Whole Foods and a great Vietnamese restaurant at the bottom of my hill; Trader Joe's and Noriga Produce 10 minutes away; the Stonestown YMCA with lots of kid activities and great equipment and classes for adults; feeling OK about letting your kids walk to the library or take the streetcar to West Portal; the sunsets out my kitchen window with a view of the ocean; and neighbors who have the keys to my house when I lock myself out. Did I mention the parking? Anyway, the houses for the most part have a spanish character, there is lots of green and you feel relatively safe for the city here. And in 10 minutes I can be in Glen Park, the Mission, Bernal Hts, West Portal, Stonestown if I want a bit more action.
Mount Davidson Manor, San Francisco is one of the better neighborhoods for families with kids. It is just far enough away from the action that you do not have to worry quite as much about them as they go about their business. Their are good schools serving the area and safe parks. Its a pretty good spot for families if you can afford it.