6.2 out of 10


Ranked 77th best neighborhood in San Francisco
37.7315616678215 -122.445351889933
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nightlife
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • LGBT+



"Residential and Spacious"

Every time I've been over to Sunnyside, it has felt a bit more spacious than other areas of the city. The streets seem a little wider and everything seems a bit more sprawling to me. The area is conveniently located next to 280, so access to the highway is pretty simple.

For those who are more inclined toward other transportation, the Glen Park BART is nearby to the East and the Balboa Park BART Station is just a bit south. For students looking to live near San Francisco City College, Sunnyside is a great option with lots of residential housing and a short commute to the campus.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5

"Undergoing face lift"

Once a lower to middle class neighborhood set against an uninteresting backdrop, Sunnyside is now gone under a major identity change. In the midst of its face lift, young professionals and single family households are moving in and changing the area’s whole character. The neighborhood is home to a cluster of 60’s style duplexes and cottages lining the street. Quant front yards with neatly trimmed lawns add to its new clean-cut image.

Sunnyside’s location is quietly nestled between Interstate 280 and San Francisco City College. The neighborhood is served by Monterey Boulevard, the area’s main commercial hub. New grocery stores and shops are sprouting up in recent years. However, it still holds some of its traditional values with barbershops and local restaurants still in business.

As for transportation, Interstate 280 gives locals direct access to commuters to the city. Glen Park to the north and Balboa Park Bart Station to the south are both within ten minute walks. And public street parking is hit or miss.

Many families come here because the neighborhood offers a respectable school system and hopes to improve in years to come. Another perk in the area is Sunnyside recreation center, which provides a playground and a picnic area. Nightlife is a bit tame, but offers a myriad of ethnic eateries and a couple dive bars.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Small neighborhood in between suburbs"

I have relatives who live around Sunnyside, and in order to get to their house, I’d have to pass through Sunnyside. In a few words, the neighborhood isn’t all that bad. Sunnyside is a small little neighborhood that lies between neighborhoods that have suburban-ish and elegant high class homes. And because Sunnyside lies between such fancy neighborhoods, it is often forgotten in a sense. The reason I say this is because the homes in Sunnyside are your typical economic San Francisco homes, they stand right next to each other, much like the homes in the Sunset, and many other neighborhoods of San Francisco. Aside from living in houses in Sunnyside, there isn’t anything in the neighborhood. If you look around you’ll find an abundance of schools, or rather, a few schools. Here you have Sunnyside Elementary School, St. Finn Barr School, a Catholic school, Riordan High, and City College of San Francisco. Actually, there is a abundance of schools near Sunnyside, on the other side of Ocean Avenue.

Speaking of Ocean Avenue, Sunnyside is very close to this street of restaurants and small shops, however you’ll have to drive by the City College of San Francisco. I have eaten at the local Chinese restaurants on Ocean Avenue with my relatives when I visit them at Sunnyside. The atmosphere of Sunnyside is calm and peaceful, which makes it a great living environment for many.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Sunnyside is still a part of the city"

Wedged behind the Southern Freeway (U.S. 280) and City College and directly below the ridge that connects Mt. Davidson with Diamond Heights is the neighborhood of Sunnyside, that seems apart from urban bustle. Its hills provide interesting sights, such as a row or steeply terraced front gardens on Staples Street and a street turned stairway on Detroit.

The Sunnyside Conservatory is a city landmark and owned by the Recreation & Park Department, but has had plenty of ups and downs through the years. Dedicated neighbors have been working hard to get it restored.

New homes have been popping up everywhere and with them bring more schools and new streetcar lines, including the "10 Sunnyside."

Sunnyside still feels like a working-class neighborhood despite acting as a gateway to the enclaves to the west, such as St. Francis Wood and Sherwood Forest. Perhaps because of the topography, and the dead-end streets created by City College and Interstate 280, Sunnyside has always had an isolated feeling---next to everything, but not a part of it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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