7.3 out of 10

Southern Hills

Ranked 2nd best neighborhood in Daly City
37.7060412191845 -122.43624949554
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 25, 2016

"Southern Hills - Great views, parking, food, transportation and mins from SF!"

I'm a SF Native but I have never driven through Southern Hills until recently and I was blown away by the beauty. My Fiance and I purchased a home in Southern Hills and we love it.

There's great views of San Francisco from our house. The neighborhood is quiet and safe and the houses are detached. I love that there's plenty of parking and we're only 2 mins away from SF. We both work in San Francisco and our commute to work is very convenient, There are bus lines in the area and the Balboa bart station is only mins away. There's a hiking trail close by (San Bruno Mountains) and a soccer field in the Crocker Amazon for those who like outdoor activities.

There are many restaurants nearby in Outer Mission, San Francisco. There's an abundance of ethnic food, Mexican, Peruvian, Vietnamese, Japanese, and even Laos.

Southern Hills is definitely a hidden Gem. For those who would love to live in or close to San Francisco, I would recommend Southern Hills.
Pros
  • View of San Francisco
  • Plenty of Parking
  • Clean and Green
  • Good Transportation
  • Nice Homes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Small and clean-cut image of 1970's starter community"

Southern Hills is a small, somewhat transparent community within the greater Daly City. The district is bounded by Bayshore to the east, Crocker-Amazon to the north, Crocker to the west and San Bruno Mountain State Park. The community is predominately residential and encompasses about a dozen, curvy neighborhood blocks that sit on the foothills of the San Bruno Mountains.

Southern Hills’ suburbs are the essence of a 1970’s starter home community. Houses are neatly stacked along steep, tree-lined roads. Homes have a sort of colorful and vibrant appeal to them, but their not the most luxurious. In fact, they are rather boxy in shape, are almost identical to every other home and are plotted on long, thin properties. They also lay ground to short cement driveways (most properties don’t have any garden, front lawn or other green aesthetic appeal). If you climb up the residential hills, some properties have delightful, distant views of the suburban landscape. There are also a couple woodsy, hillside areas that lay adjacent to suburban roads.

While Souther Hills makes for a respectable middle-class community, it doesn’t offer much of anything else. Its one redeeming quality is the Cow Palace, which is located just adjacent to the district. The indoor arena hosts everything from monster truck rallies, to dog shows and from rodeos to popular concerts. Yet with it comes an ample amount of traffic, which congests many of the surrounding area’s on-ramps and highways. The only school within the neighborhood’s limits is Panorama Elementary School. The small educational institution lies on the easterly quarter and draws five stars on greatschools.org, but has mixed reviews amongst the locals.
Pros
  • Affordable Home Prices
Cons
  • Close to Bad Areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Sharks, Parks and Poor School Marks"

One of the best kept secrets in Daly City, Southern Hills, with it back to San Bruno State Park and its north facing views of southern SF, is definitely a place to check out. Foreclosures have hit this area—like most in Daly City pretty hard—so you will find a lot of homes here on sale due to foreclosure. This has also made it a fairly affordable are to find a home.

The homes here—though very boxy—are nicely kept and have a very classy feel to them on many streets, giving a very welcoming vibe. Bordering the Cow Palace, Southern Hills is the perfect residence for the diehard Sharks fan, who could walk to games from here.

The location is also great for commuters since you are close to the Colma BART.

One of the main drawbacks of the area are the poor schools here which are consistently below average and bordering just awful. Jefferson High (the alma mater of John Madden, Raiders’ fans) and Balboa High, both leave a lot to be desired in terms of achievement scores.

Overall, this is a relatively affordable hillside area with good views—an unlikely combination in pricy SF.
Pros
  • Nice Homes
  • Good Transportation
  • Affordable Home Prices
Cons
  • Close to Bad Areas
  • Bad Schools
  • Far From Gyms
Recommended for
  • Professionals

Best Streets in Southern Hills

1

Ardendale Dr

3/5
"The Homes in Southern Hills are Quite Unique. "
37.7056682676376 -122.433269909218

Unranked Streets in Southern Hills

Bolero Way

2.5/5
"A short, slightly curved street"
37.7059312530532 -122.434608452276
"An Ordinary and nice street"
37.7062895476849 -122.429955390397

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