Twin Peaks Blvd
"Street that leads you up to Twin Peaks for stunning views of the city!"
Twin Peaks Boulevard is the main street that leads you up to San Francisco’s famous Twin Peaks Mountains. If you didn’t know, Twin Peaks has the best views of not only the entire San Francisco but a large portion of the Bay Area also, that is when it isn’t foggy. Twin Peaks Boulevard serves really one purpose and that is to get to the top of the mountain. At the top, there is a parking lot and lots of viewing areas where visitors come. I do not recall ever seeing many houses on Twin Peaks Boulevard but I do know there are some side streets which have some gorgeous homes with stunning views of the city. The street itself is somewhat narrow and I have heard of a few accidents so be cautious as you drive up the mountain.
"Street on the Northern end of the beautiful Golden Gate Heights!"
Rockridge Drive is a very short street in San Francisco’s Sunset District. The street runs on the Northern end of the Sunset’s Golden Gate Heights Mountain/Park. Golden Gate Heights is a small area with lots of green and great views of the city. Sunset Heights Playground is located here. Although I have never visited, I have heard only good things about the place. Rockridge does not really have much going on except parking for visitors of Golden Gate Heights. There are very few houses on Rockridge because of the small size of the actual street. Do not expect much to go on this street as it’s very quiet with no stores or shops. A short walk will land you at Safeway, and other shops on Taraval however.
Sea Cliff Ave
"Street surrounded by large homes and a great view of Baker and China Beach."
Sea Cliff Avenue is a street in San Francisco’s prestigious Sea Cliff District. It is one of the prettiest streets in the city as you are surrounded by amazing houses and a great view of the San Francisco Northern Waterfront including China Beach and Baker Beach. Ever since a child, I have always dreamed of owning a house here because they are that nice. Famous actor Robin Williams lives on this famous street in a huge mansion. Sea Cliff Avenue also provides access to both China Beach and the famous Baker Beach. Although there are no stores or shops on Sea Cliff Avenue, a short drive will bring you to Geary Street where there are plenty of things to do.
- Families with kids
Drr Carlton P Goodlett Pl
"Pretty street in front of San Francisco's City Hall!"
Dr Carlton B Goodlet Place is the one block street right in front of City Hall. The street is technically Polk Street but is renamed for the one block stretch in front of City Hall. It is a very pretty street as San Francisco’s City Halls are one of the most beautiful in the country. Civic Center Plaza is right across the street which is a big grassy area in front of City Hall, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the courthouse, and various other government buildings that create the City Hall district. Parking is generally ample as I have never had a trouble finding a spot; however, it is metered. Do not expect too much going on here except strictly business as most stores are out of this area.
"Home to the United Nations building and much more!"
United Nations Plaza is a beautiful area that is very unique. It is technically not a street as it really is just a plaza. Like the name suggests, it holds the UN building in San Francisco. However, the UN Plaza is more than just home to the UN, it is home to one of the best farmer markets in San Francisco. Every week, a farmer’s market is set up with food ranging from organic rotisserie chicken to organic salads. The food is delicious and even though I work across the street, I never get bored of the food there. The United Nations Plaza is conveniently located across the street from Civic Center BART and MUNI station so public transportation is ample. Market Street is busy and bustling all the time. City Hall is walking distance with a beautiful scenic view through the City Hall Park.
"Not much going on in this alley way"
Stevenson Street is a very small alley way in between Market and Mission Street. There is a lot going on nearby Stevenson but generally speaking, this alley is a shelter for lower income people. Although there are government buildings right off of Stevenson, the majority of the people that hang out in the street are homeless. There are plenty of stores and food shops near Stevenson however. Subway is only on Mission Street, and there are plenty of liquor stores to go around. Some small Chinese and fast food restaurants are also present very close to Stevenson Street. City Hall is only a few blocks away from Stevenson Street. Do not expect to find much on the actual street however as there are only a few government buildings.
"Important street that connects Twin Peaks to Balboa Park"
O'Shaughnessy Boulevard is a very important street that connects Twin Peaks to the Balboa Park area. Starting at the bottom of Twin Peaks next to the School of the Arts High School, O’Shaughnessy runs all the way down to the Glen Park Bart Station. In addition to the Bart Station, an entrance to highway 280 is at the bottom of O’Shaughnessy. The street itself does not host many retail stores with pretty much all of them down at the bottom next to the BART Station. The drive down O’Shaughnessy is actually a pretty scenic one but a very windy and curvy one. There are some nice views of parts of the city. There is housing on O’Shaughnessy though not very much. Public transportation is also not very hard to find here.
- Families with kids
"Street with lots of ups and downs"
Bryant Street is one of the larger streets in San Francisco. It runs all the way from Cesar Chavez Street (Army Street) through downtown San Francisco to the Embarcadero. The street has its ups and downs in my opinion. The part of Bryant next to the Moscone Center and the Metreon Center is probably the highlight of the street. The area is very pretty with very modern structures and buildings. In addition, the Metreon is probably one of my favorite buildings in the city as it is home to a movie theatre, arcade, technology shops, and many other unique stores and games. South Bryant Street is pretty plain as there are mainly houses. However, North Bryant Street can be a little bit shady as the city prison is located on 850 Bryant Street. The area close to the waterfront on Bryant Street also known as Rincon Hill which is a district in the South of Market Area is currently in the process of being developed into one of San Francisco’s hottest new areas with plenty of housing and shops in progress.
"Short but popular street with lots of action"
O’Farrell Street is a fairly short street in downtown San Francisco lasting about a mile. The street begins at Gough Street and runs into Market Street. Regardless of its size however, O’Farrell is one of the more important streets downtown. It is home to many important buildings such as the famous Macy’s of downtown San Francisco. This is definitely one of the most popular stores in downtown. In addition to the giant Macy’s, Nordstrom’s is right next door and it is fairly large also. The gorgeous Hilton hotel is located on O’Farrell Street and is arguably one of the best places to stay in the entire city! The intersection at Van Ness and O’Farrell has even more stores including car dealerships and restaurants. If you ever get bored of the stores on O’Farrell move one street over to Powell or Market Street and you will find a wide variety of stores and attractions!
"Richmond District street close to lots of action!"
Anza Street is one of the Richmond District streets that run from Ocean Beach all to the way to the East Side of the Richmond District. Although, Anza is generally not considered a commercial or busy street, it is located very close to major streets such as Geary Boulevard and Clement Street. Balboa is only one block away and has a few retail stores although not nearly as many as Geary or Clement. Do not expect to find much except housing and residential buildings on Anza as it is primarily filled with town houses and apartment buildings. In between 30th and 32nd Avenue on Anza Street is George Washington High School. The area can get very busy before and after school ends as many parents are picking up their children. The school is generally not known for large crimes or anything, however there have been known for a few incidents. Anza is a great place to live as you’re close to plenty of things but the street is generally still very placid and livable.
- Families with kids
"Very small curvey street"
Lurine Street is a tiny street located in the Sunset District of San Francisco. It is an unusual street as it is very short lasting only a block. The street starts out on Kirkham Street and cuts around the corner and empties on Funston Avenue. 14th Avenue coming from the North immediately becomes Lurine Street. There is generally nothing special about Lurine as it contains only houses. The homes on this street seem a lot nicer than the regular sunset homes as they boast a little extra space than the traditional Sunset Streets. Lurine is close to many busy areas such as 9th Avenue and Irving and also Golden Gate Park. In addition, it is walking distance to 19th Avenue which will connect you to major bus lines and the rest of the city.
"Actually 13th avenue renamed due to superstitious beliefs"
Funston Avenue is one of the avenue streets in the Richmond and Sunset Districts of San Francisco. Today is Friday the 13th and I decided to write this review because Funston Avenue is actually supposed to be 13th Avenue however due to superstitious beliefs, the street name is now Funston. The street generally has nothing too remarkable or amazing about it. On the Richmond side, it is directly next to Park Presidio, the main street down the district and only has townhouses. On the Sunset side, Funston will bring mainly town houses however I have noticed a few apartment buildings. Funston Avenue is really close to Sunset Heights Park which has a remarkable view of the city on clear nights.
- Families with kids
John F Kennedy Dr
"Beautiful Street that runs through Golden Gate Park!"
John F. Kennedy Drive is Golden Gate Park’s main street. It is entirely engulfed by the park. It runs the whole way from the west end of the park all the way to the east end emptying out into Fell or Oak Street. There are many things to do on John F. Kennedy Drive. There are plenty of green and barbeque pits. Stow Lake is right off of JFK Drive. A bike ride or jog down JFK Drive will surely be gratifying. Right off of the street are two full sized soccer fields where lots of organized league games are played. Don’t expect to find any stores, shops, or houses on JFK Drive as there are none. Regardless, I don't think there are many better spots to go on a Sunday afternoon when it's sunny out than JFK Drive and Golden Gate Park.
"Very popular street that is the heart of North Beach!"
Columbus Avenue is a very popular and unique street in San Francisco. The street usually stands out as it goes diagonally across the city, cutting through many important streets. Columbus Avenue is also the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach District also known as Little Italy. It is personally one of my favorite streets and districts in the city. It runs on the west side of Washington Square Park, a very large and beautiful park. There are many amazing restaurants on Columbus Avenue. Some of the best Italian food in the country is served here. Columbus will also run right next to San Francisco’s Chinatown. As you head south you will run into San Francisco’s downtown district with many office buildings. Eventually Columbus Avenue will end at the Transamerica Building.
North Point St
"Located next to lots of stuff!"
North Point Street is located on the northern tip of San Francisco. The location of this street is great as it’s next to some of the nicest parts of San Francisco. The Marina Greens Park with a beautiful view is literally only two blocks away from the western part of North Point. As you go east on North Point, you will run into perhaps San Francisco’s most popular attractions in Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Ghiradelli Square, a famous ice cream and chocolate factory is located on North Point Street. Fisherman’s wharf is always busy with lots of stores and amazing seafood. North Point Street is only a few blocks south of Fisherman’s Wharf. Public transportation is ample around this area as there are many bus lines. Don’t look for much housing on North Point, it’s mainly a retail street.
"Short block in a pleasant neighborhood"
Riverton Drive is a very short block lasting about two long blocks and is home to many houses. There is nothing on Riverton except housing but there is lots going on nearby. Lowell High School and Lakeshore Elementary are only a few blocks away. The area can get very busy during school hours and night time school functions, but generally the schools are very crime free so large amounts of teenagers should not scare you away from living in this area. If you are looking for shopping, Lakeshore Plaza has virtually everything. There are plenty of restaurants and stores. Almost any type of food will be found at Lakeshore, and a wide variety of shops ranging from a large grocery store to a post office can be found here. Riverton might be a desired spot to live as it’s very close to everything! The houses are average but pleasant and large enough for a family to share.
"Street that will take you to Harding Park Golf Course"
Harding Road is a very small street that starts right off of Lake Merced Boulevard. It is a relatively scenic road as you are surrounded by the actual Lake as you drive down this street. The road serves literally one purpose and that is to get into Harding Park which offers a wide variety of activities, perhaps the most famous is the Harding Park Golf Course. The course here is very nice and it recently housed a huge golf tournament involving some of the world’s best golfers including Tiger Woods. In addition to the beautiful golf course, there are also lots of picnic grounds that seem pretty popular on the weekends. I have also seen high school kids rowing for their crew team here. The road is a very slow one that will lead you into the Harding Park Golf Course parking lot.
"Close to lots of action at Pier 39 and North Beach!"
Bay Street is a street along the northern end of San Francisco only a few blocks away from piers and San Francisco’s northern waterfront. It starts on the east side of San Francisco’s water front only two blocks away from the famous Pier 39, and runs westward away from more tourist attractions and more into housing. Bay Street can be very popular as it’s very close to Pier 39, Chinatown, and North Beach (Little Italy). There are plenty of stores and shops on Bay towards the eastern end of the street, but as you go west, you will run into more housing. The houses on Bay Street are very nice. My friend lives right off of Bay Street and his house is very large. The Marina District is one of San Francisco’s nicest housing districts with great views and beautiful houses.
- Families with kids
"Popular street for entrance and exits off of Highway 280 and 101."
Army / Cesar Chavez Street is a pretty popular street in San Francisco. It is now mainly known as Army Street but as many true San Franciscans know, it is previously known as Cesar Chavez Street. I do not know why they changed the name of the street, but there are still signs that say Army / Cesar Chavez Street so it’s easy not to get confused. This street is very popular for its entrance / exit out of highway 280 and highway 101. It runs pretty long and will connect you to Guerrero Street. It may not be nicest of all areas as there are some public housing close by, but generally it isn’t too bad and it should not deter anyone from living near here as the housing is very nice. My friend lives off of Army Street and her house is gorgeous! With easy access to the freeway, and downtown San Francisco, Army might make a good spot to live!
- Families with kids
"Street close to Fisherman's Wharf"
Beach Street is a short street on San Francisco’s northeastern end waterfront. Although the name may be misleading as Beach Street is not actually on a beach or even relatively close to one, it is still a fairly busy street. It runs from across the street from San Francisco’s famous Pier 39 to a dead end just past Polk Street. There is lots of action going on Beach, mainly for tourists visited Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. Although there are not too many attractions on Beach, there are a lot of bus stops, stores, parking, and small motels. Personally, Beach Street is one of my favorite places to park when I visit the area because it is very close to the area while being far enough that there are plenty of spots.
Fort Miley 6
"One of the most beautiful spots in San Francisco!"
Fort Miley is technically not even a full street as it mainly runs in a circle around the Fort Miley parking lot. The actual Fort is one of the most beautiful spots in San Francisco in my opinion. It is generally unheard of and is known mainly to locals. It is a great place to bring a date or a few friends to just hang out. The view from the parking lot is spectacular as you get the see the ocean front and the beach with nothing but the trees and wilderness around you. If you are a fan of pretty views and placid, relaxing areas, Fort Miley is the place for you. There are always hundreds of parking spots, at least when I have been there so that should not be an issue.
"Street that runs through Golden Gate Park and connects the Sunset with the Richmond!"
Cross Over Drive does not really have too much to boast as it’s mainly a street to get you through one end of Golden Gate Park to the other side. This street connects the Sunset District with the Richmond District, San Francisco’s two famous western districts. On the Sunset or Southern side of Golden Gate Park, the busy 19th Avenue turns into Cross Over Drive right at the entrance of Golden Gate Park. You will notice the change when you see the two large pillars on both sides of the road. Cross Over Drive then runs through lots of trees making a pretty drive, and then splits off into two ways into the Richmond District. One way protected by a red light is the road to 25th Avenue, and the other way takes you to Park Presidio Boulevard.
Stow Lake Dr
"Street that wraps around Stow Lake, great place for a relaxing day!"
Stow Lake Drive is a very small street that loops around the western and southern end of Stow Lake in San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Park. With Stow Lake East Drive, it makes a perfect loop around Stow Lake. The lake itself is one of Golden Gate Park’s most famous attractions. It brings hundreds of joggers and runners every day. In addition, there are many things you can do on Stow Lake such as rent paddle boats and just relax and enjoy the California sun next to the lake. Although, the lake is definitely not one of the best looking as the lake is relatively green and may be considered disgusting, it still brings a lot of fun and memories. Parking on Stow Lake Drive is good, but may be packed on hot summer days in the city.
Middle Dr East
"Small street in Golden Gate Park"
Middle Drive East is a very short street located at the eastern center of the famous Golden Gate Park of San Francisco. Golden Gate Park is the largest park in San Francisco and is one of the most noticeable natural landmarks of San Francisco. One of the first things you will see on a map of San Francisco is the giant Golden Gate Park. In GGP, there are many activities ranging from multiple soccer fields to picnic grounds to a small lake. My favorite thing as a child in Golden Gate Park was the cardboard slide where kids would sit on a piece of cardboard and slide all the way down the cement slide. Middle Drive East connects two of the main streets within Golden Gate Park and is a great place to park. There are no houses or stores. The tennis courts are a very short walk from this street.
"One of San Francisco's most famous streets known for the crooked street!"
Lombard Street is probably one of San Francisco’s most famous streets. Although it is mainly known for being the world’s most crooked street, there’s also much more to Lombard than the short one block that is actually crooked. It is actually a fairly long street and a good portion of it is also an extension of highway 101. This area is filled with plenty of stores, and restaurants. There are some great places to eat here with plenty of nice stores to do some good shopping. This portion ends on Van Ness Avenue, and Lombard immediately becomes a residential neighborhood with some expensive housing. Eventually, you will run into the famous crooked street with amazing views of the city. Lombard will then run all the way to the beachfront.
"Quiet and short street in the base of Twin Peaks"
Dawnview Way is a very short street that runs only about 3 blocks. It starts right off of Portola Drive and loops around and ends at Burnett Avenue. There are only strictly houses. Dawnview Way is right on the base of Twin Peaks and is a short drive to the top of the peak. The houses on Dawnview Way vary in size and price although the houses more or less look the same. My friend lives on Dawnview and its pretty placid as there are only houses on own side as the other side is just grass and trees. The area on Dawnview is pretty pleasant as its close to a lot of action in Noe Valley but yet the area is nice and calm and good for living.
"Important street that connects Twin Peaks with Noe Valley"
Clipper Street is a very important street that serves as an entry point into the Noe Valley District. Starting from the top of Portola Drive, Clippers runs throughout the entire Noe Valley District connecting Twin Peaks with many busy streets in Noe Valley such as Diamond and Castro Street. Clipper Street is roughly only 8 blocks long and ends at Dolores Street however it is a vital street to get around.
There are no shops or stores on Clipper although nearby streets such as 24th Street and the Castro will have plenty of action going on. Shopping in Noe Valley is great as there are plenty of nice shops and stores. The housing in the area is also very nice and upscale. The views from Noe Valley can be breathtaking.
"Home of many San Francisco State buildings"
State Drive is a very short street located right off of Lake Merced Drive, and only a short walk to the actual lake. There isn’t really much on this street as it’s very short and small. The street earns its name from San Francisco State University. This street mainly serves as a home to buildings serving San Francisco State for instance the State Police Department. It is also a nice street to walk down in order to get to the heart of campus and all the classrooms. I do notice a lot of San Francisco State kids using this street as parking for the nearby athletic facilities such as the baseball field. There are no houses on State Drive but just a few blocks away will land you at the dorms or apartments serving SF State students.
"Important street that connects the Sunset to Portola Drive."
7th Avenue is a very unusual avenue street in the Sunset district and Richmond district. The Richmond side of 7th Avenue is very plain with lots of housing and apartments. The retail and stores around this area mainly are around Geary and Clement Street. The Sunset district portion of 7th Avenue is the unique street. Instead of running just from one side of the Sunset to the other, 7th Avenue is a vital connection that runs behind the Sunset district and connects the Sunset with Portola Drive and Forest Hill. The windy street runs from Lincoln Way and runs all the way to Portola. The drive itself is relatively scenic as it runs by a very small lake. There are houses on 7th Avenue, but not too many as it’s mainly a transportation street which gets you from the Sunset to the busy Portola Drive.
"Home of University of San Francisco plus many parks and recreational fields!"
Golden Gate Avenue is a pretty busy street starting in the heart of the University of San Francisco campus and runs all the way to Market Street. I know this street primarily for its action around the University of San Francisco (USF). However, there is much more to this street that hosting USF’s campus. The Ella Hill Recreation Center is located on Golden Gate Avenue. There is also a very large public park and recreation center only a few blocks away from Ella Hill.
Golden Gate is home to USF’s baseball field, basketball gym, and soccer field. In addition, it is home to many important campus buildings. The housing on Golden Gate Avenue is primarily home to many college students. My father lived on Golden Gate Avenue while he was attending USF. The houses are mainly flats or apartment buildings and are generally fairly old but still a decent place to live for college.
"Popular street that hosts the famous Chinatown gates!"
Grant Avenue is a pretty popular and busy street starting from downtown San Francisco and runs all the way up to North Beach/Chinatown district. It is only one block away from Union Square Park. There’s a lot of action around this area with lots of stores and attractions. A few blocks away from Union Square Park on Grant Avenue is the famous Chinatown Gates which exemplifies the start of Chinatown. There’s plenty of great food on Grant Avenue with lots of dim sum and great Chinese food.
There are also plenty of stores to choose from, mainly Chinese stores that attract tourists but there are always a bunch of locals and residents of Chinatown on Grant Street. There aren’t too many houses around this area as it mainly consists of stores and shops but there is one large apartment complex very close to Grant Avenue.
"Good street to take when avoiding traffic"
Fell Street is the one way street parallel to Oak Street running in the opposite direction of Oak. It begins right off of Market Street and crosses Van Ness a block later and runs all the way down to Kezar Drive. Like the other review, it is basically a nice street to get around on. The freeway empties out a few blocks off of Fell, and many people will hop on Fell to get back to the Sunset district or other nearby neighborhoods.
Traffic on Fell runs smoothly as the lights are all timed and I’ve never once been caught in a huge traffic jam on Fell Street. It is also a nice alternative to get from downtown back to the Sunset District as Geary and other streets are usually packed. Don’t expect many housing options or retail stores on Fell though, it is mainly a street to just get around.
"Famous for Haight-Ashbusy district"
Ashbury is a relatively short street most famous for its connection with the Haight-Ashbury district. The Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco is one of the most well known in the entire city as it kind of represents what San Francisco is all about. A popular saying for a lot of people in the district is, “Keep the Haight weird” and it’s exactly that, weird. It is a more flamboyant district with stores flashing marijuana smoking tools to stores with a woman’s legs on display. There are some nice restaurants in this area with Aschew and Escape from New York Pizza.
Ashbury Street doesn’t have too much going on except for this district. There are some apartments and houses on the street, but in my opinion, it’s not a great place to live considering all the stuff happening on the Haight all the time and the constant traffic and parking issues.
"Short street that runs through next to Stonestown Mall"
Winston Drive is a short street that runs from Junipero Serra Boulevard and runs past Stonestown Galleria Mall and in between Lowell High School and San Francisco State University. Being a Lowell High School student, I always remember this street as the one that cut through Stonestown Mall. There’s a lot to do at Stonestown with lots of nice stores and good food. I also have a friend who lives right off of Winston and I really like his house. It’s located in an almost perfect district in my opinion as it’s really close to very vital streets such as 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra. Both of which will take to you important parts of the city. Public transportation is ample as 19th Avenue has buses and the M Muni Train stop is right on 19th Avenue. Housing is limited to just the Junipero Serra side of 19th Avenue and there are very little homes that are actually on Winston but there is plenty of housing right off of it.
"Unique street in the heart of Ingleside"
Urbano Drive is a very unique street in the Ingleside District of San Francisco. What differentiates Urbano from other streets in the Ingleside is that it goes in one complete oval. My first experience driving in Urbano is making a complete circle while looking for my friend’s street and being really confused. It is located in a very pleasant area. Located just off of Ocean Avenue which has a lot of action and public transportation, Urbano is in an ideal location.
There are no stores or shops located on Urbano Street, but as mentioned before, a short walk to Ocean Avenue will land you at 7-Eleven, 24 Hour Fitness, and various other restaurants. The street mainly consists of housing, and the houses here are nice very average townhouses in San Francisco. I have a few friends who live in the area, and they all have nice houses that I wouldn’t mind raising a family in. Public transportation is very good as the K Train Muni line is right on Ocean Avenue.
- Families with kids
"Windy street near Mount Davidson"
Teresita Boulevard is a very windy and curvy street located in the Mount Davidson area. The start of the street begins right off of the busy Portola Street which connects the Sunset District with the Twin Peaks/Noe Valley area. Right on Portola and Teresita are a few shops and stores including a Round Table Pizza, a bar, a grocery store, a Walgreens, and a few other convenient shops. Besides this, Teresita does not have too much going on however. There are no more shops or stores located on Teresita besides the intersection with Portola. A short drive or bus ride will land you in West Portal however which is one of my favorite districts in San Francisco.
The street mainly consists of houses. The homes here are all single family homes that boast nothing too special, but it is a very nice and placid district. The homes are all average sized. Public transportation around this neighborhood is okay, but it is relatively far from any major bus lines.
Terry Francois St
"Plain street that hosts the main AT&T Park parking lot"
Terry a Francois Street is a unique street that begins in the AT&T Park parking lot and runs a few blocks down the eastern waterfront. The street is very plain and acts only as a transportation street down the side of various parking lots and various docks. Nearly half of Terry a Francois Street runs by nothing but flat land with nothing but machinery and dock buildings.
I know mainly of this street as the street next to the big parking lot at AT&T that runs into McCovey Cove. The cove is a pretty place to be especially during nice nights and big ballgames as there is also a crowd. I really enjoy sitting on the rocks on Terry a Francois Street and pre-partying before the actual game begins. There is usually a fairly large crowd in this area.
"Busy street close to AT&T Park especially during game days"
Brannan Street is a fairly short street on the eastern waterfront of San Francisco. It is a fairly busy street especially because the street is very close to AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants and on days where there is a game happening, this street can get pretty packed with lots of traffic ensuing. This street is filled with parking lots, bars, and restaurants. On game days expect to find a large rowdy crowd on Brannan.
There is a Brannan Street MUNI stop at the end of the street. But generally public transportation on Brannan is minimal. There is also a large tennis court facility on Brannan Street, I personally have not played on it, but I’ve heard it’s pretty nice.
"Very short alley way next to AT&T Park."
Ritch Street is a very short street a block away from AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. Not many people will recognize this street as it is more of an alley way than a street. The main attraction on this street is the parking lot which fills up during ball games at the ballpark. Regardless, there are a lot of office buildings also. There’s not much action going on this street besides days and nights when there is a game in town. This alley can usually get filled with a lot of people pre-gaming and partying for the ballgame especially on Friday and Saturday night games. There are no stores or restaurants on the actual street, but only one block away is McDonalds and various other bars/restaurants.
"One of San Francisco's best streets that houses almost the entire bay waterfront!"
The Embarcadero is the street that runs for nearly San Francisco’s entire bay waterfront! Starting from just north of King Street and AT&T Park, The Embarcadero runs all the way past Pier 39 and to Fisherman’s Wharf. It is one of San Francisco’s most exciting streets that are very popular for tourists and locals alike. It houses some of San Francisco’s best restaurants, but do not necessarily expect it to be cheap! The Embarcadero houses all of San Francisco’s piers.
As you get to the Northern end of The Embarcadero you will run into Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf and The Ferry Building. Here you will find a large tourist attraction, but locals like me also love this area regardless of the fact that I may have been here a million times! Starting at Market Street and running north is San Francisco’s famous F-Train which is always an old-school trolley that is almost always crowded.
If you are visiting, or even just living in San Francisco, The Embarcadero is the street to visit!
- Families with kids
"Street that houses AT&T Park!"
King Street is a very short street that is mainly known for one thing: housing AT&T park. The street doesn’t last long as it’s only about 4 blocks, but regardless of whether or not there is a baseball game, this is a busy street. It is a street that has connections to the highway and is very close to the heart of downtown San Francisco so there are always commuters. Public transportation on King Street is ample as there are many links to the ballpark for ballgames.
There are a few restaurants and parking structures on or off of King Street. One of the most known establishments is MoMo’s Restaurant. Located directly across the street from the ballpark, it houses some of the best pre-game and after-game parties with an outdoor grill and a bar. Don’t even consider driving down or around King Street during ballgames though, you will be stuck for hours!
"One of San Francisco's most famous and loved spots!"
Pier 39 is one of San Francisco’s most famous tourist spots, and even locals like me love this Pier 39. It seems as if going down to Pier 39 never gets old. What makes Pier 39 special from the other piers are the stores, shops, restaurants and various other establishments on 39. It is in a way, a tourist heaven. Restaurants ranging from Bubba Gump’s to McDonalds are all over The Pier. Some of my favorites are Joe’s Crab Shack and Alioto’s for some amazing seafood!
There is plenty to do on the pier. You can take a boat to visit Alcatraz jail, tour the wax museum, or play at the arcade on the pier. My favorite place on the pier as a child was the Ferris Wheel. Although, it may be a good 5-7 years before I’ve been there, I still have vivid memories. There are hundreds of stores but pretty much all of them are very tourist orientated.
Parking at Pier 39 isn’t necessarily easy, but if you are willing to pay for a garage, it’s not too bad. I’d recommend taking the famous F-Train for the nice trolley ride. If you ever get bored of Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf is a short walk away!
"Small street that connects Forest Hill Station to the Sunset!"
Dewey Boulevard is a very short street that sort of connects the Sunset, Forest Hill, and West Portal Districts. I have lived within a short drive of Dewey all my life, and I have known Dewey to be the street that runs from the fountain at the top of Taraval Street and connects you to Forest Hill Train Station. The street itself is only about two long blocks.
Although short, the houses on Dewey are above average. The location is great as its close by West Portal for all the shopping, Taraval for more shopping, and Forest Hill train station for transportation downtown and other places in the city. In addition, the houses around this area are generally pretty large and the noise factor is really that bad. There is a small convenience/liquor store at the end of Dewey Street and also a pretty nice restaurant.
- Families with kids
"Richmond District street with lots of apartment housing and close to lots of action only a few blocks away!"
Balboa Street is strictly in the Richmond District. It runs all the way from Ocean Beach to 2nd Avenue where Balboa will turn into Turk Street. There is not a whole lot to do on the actual Balboa Street. Most of the action will go on nearby Clement and Geary streets only a few blocks away; however, there are a few restaurants and shops scattered throughout Balboa.
The housing situation on Balboa is mainly apartment buildings mixed in with single unit family houses. Noise should not be a problem like it may be on Clement or Geary. But there shouldn’t be too much public transportation as you might have to walk to Geary to catch all the major bus lines. There are many playgrounds scattered up and down Balboa Street and other nearby streets.
- Families with kids
"Busy street that runs along the north end of Golden Gate Park"
Fulton Street is a big and busy street that runs all the way from Ocean Beach to two blocks away from City Hall in downtown San Francisco. It runs along side Golden Gate Park for a large portion of the street. There is a lot of green on the Golden Gate Park side with random entrances to GGP all the way down Fulton that will lead to recreational activities such as playgrounds.
The street itself is pretty busy but there is a lot of housing. The area contains a lot of single family homes and apartment buildings. University of San Francisco is also very close by to Fulton Street so there are naturally a lot of young college students nearby there.
"Busy street that runs in the heart of the Embaracadero district!"
Battery Street begins at the end of Lombard Street and empties out onto Market Street. It isn’t the longest street, but it plays very important roles such as connecting Lombard and Market, arguable two of San Francisco’s most famous streets and also housing some very important buildings. Battery runs right through San Francisco’s Embarcadero District and runs straight through the Embarcadero shopping complex. This is perhaps one of the busiest parts of the city as the financial district is right around the corner.
Battery also crosses Broadway Street which is one of San Francisco’s popular night-life streets. Eventually Battery empties into the very busy Market Street in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Public transportation on Battery is ample but there is very little housing on Battery as it’s mainly office buildings and retail.
"Busy street that runs through downtown San Francisco and the Tenderloin district."
Ellis Street is a one-way street mainly known for its short part in downtown San Francisco and the Tenderloin District. Like many San Francisco streets, Ellis begins on Market Street and runs westward. The street itself isn’t very long but it is a relatively busy street. There are a lot of retail shops and stores on Ellis. One of the main Cable Car stations is right off of Ellis and there are lots of various stores and restaurants around that section. As you go west away from Market, the retail and shops begin to decrease, but not before you hit a few hotels and the Tenderloin district.
The Tenderloin District is known as San Francisco’s homeless district and as Ellis runs straight through it, you will notice that you have hit the Tenderloin as there will be many more people on the street. Liquor stores, small run-down restaurants, and small apartments occupy this area. The area gets better as you go even more westward as you will eventually pass Van Ness Avenue and hit an area with nice apartment housing.
"Sunset and Richmond District Avenue with not too much to do."
11th Avenue is a Sunset and Richmond District Avenue street. It’s one of the last avenues in the Sunset District. The street mainly serves a residential street with lots of housing and apartments. There are no retail stores or shops on 11th Avenue except for perhaps the intersection at Geary Boulevard and 11th Avenue. Depending on what part of 11th Avenue you are on, there can be a lot of public transportation. Judah Street and 11th has a N-Train Muni Bus Stop which will take you downtown or down to the beach. Geary Boulevard and 11th has a lot of buses that will take you up and down Geary. There are also a bunch of various buses that run near 11th.
I personally wouldn’t recommend 11th Avenue too much as it’s a little far away from the action. It’s a good walk to 9th Avenue and Irving which is the closest things going on. And 19th Avenue is a long while away which make it hard to get on the main street.
"Busy street with connections downtown and the highway!"
Oak Street is a very busy one-way street with lots of traffic, stores, and office buildings. Oak Street is home to the San Francisco DMV, lots of various retail, and lots of restaurants. However, I know Oak really well just because it’s the fastest way to connect to the freeway if you are from the Sunset District. Right off of Oak Street is the on ramp to Highway 280 which takes you to various parts of the city or down south. Oak Street eventually spills out onto Market Street in the heart of the Civic Center district downtown.
There is plenty of housing on Oak but the majority of it is apartment buildings and complexes. It would be a good spot for a young person to live with easy connections to downtown and highway 280 for commuters. There is plenty of public transportation on Oak to take you literally anywhere in the city. A thing to consider is the noise can be a factor as it’s very busy with lots automobile traffic.
"Big street with lots of stores!"
Masonic Street is a big street that is mainly known for its retail. Although Masonic is pretty long and there are various sections, it is mainly known for the area from Masonic and Geary to Masonic and Fell. In this part of the street, there is a Lucky Grocery Store, Toys-R-Us, BestBuy, and various restaurants. Masonic and Geary boasts a very impressive shopping complex that has lots of different stores.
In addition to stores, University of San Francisco owns a lot of buildings on Masonic including the USF baseball field. The location of Masonic Street is very popular because of its short drive or bus ride downtown. There is housing on Masonic, but it’s mainly consists of apartments. The housing tends to be a little older and old-school San Francisco style housing.
My father lived on Masonic while he was attending USF and said he loved it. Although, I have never lived there, it seems to be a very good place to live as its close to downtown and all the action but still far away from any intolerable noise!
"Avenue street with great view at Grand View Park."
14th Avenue is an ordinary avenue street in San Francisco’s Sunset and Richmond District. It is home to one of the cross streets of Grand View Park, Sunset Heights Playground, and Hawk Hill park. Grand View Park is a very pleasant park nicknamed Turtle Hill. The views from Grand View are astonishing, but the walk to the top can be a hike but once at the top, you will be able to see almost the entire city.
The retail on 14th Avenue mainly resides on Irving and Taraval Street. 14th Avenue is mainly a housing street with not too many shops or stores. It is located in a good spot as it’s only 1 block away from Park Presidio in the Richmond, and only 5 blocks away from 19th Avenue in the Sunset. Public transportation is ample on 14th as many buses run from 19th and Park Presidio.
- Families with kids
"Pleasant street that runs from the Sunset district to Forest Hill."
8th Avenue is a Sunset district avenue street that begins at Golden Gate Park and runs to the upper Forest Hill district. The north end of 8th Avenue features a wide variety of restaurants and shops as it’s very close to the busy 9th and Irving shopping area. A lot of different types of restaurants encompass the area forming a nice place to go for dinner or lunch.
Housing is ample on 8th Avenue ranging from Lincoln Boulevard all the way to the top of Forest Hill. The houses on the north end (the sunset district portion) have very average townhouses with few multi-floor apartment style complexes. As you travel south on 8th Avenue, you will eventually hit the Forest Hill District pillars notifying that you have entered the district. The housing is generally nicer in the Forest Hill District, but the difference is sometimes indistinguishable.
Public transportation is very good around the area with the N-Judah Train and various bus stops close to 8th Avenue.
- Families with kids
"Great street that connects two important areas!"
Clarendon Avenue begins right off Laguna Honda Boulevard which connects Portola Drive with 7th Avenue thus making a quick path from the Twin Peaks area to the Sunset district. Clarendon Avenue is a distinctive turn of off Laguna Honda because it’s located right next to the very small Laguna Honda Lake. Clarendon Avenue eventually empties onto Twin Peaks Boulevard and into a very nice district.
Clarendon hosts some nice housing in small communities. As you drive down Clarendon, you will notice the gated-community feel, although not all the homes here are communities. I have only been to a house in one of these communities once, but when I was there, I noticed that the houses were very well maintained and modern.
Lots of trees and greenery surround Clarendon Avenue and make it a very scenic street. Although there are no shops or stores, lots of shopping is within a short drive or long walk. Public transportation is also very ample around the area.
- Families with kids
"Quiet short street close to huge park"
Meadowbrook Drive is a very short street ranging less than 3 blocks long starting from the busy Sloat Boulevard and ending at Eucalyptus Street. Meadowbrook actually hosts an entrance to the Lowell High School parking lot located on Eucalyptus Street and can be quite busy especially during the mornings before school and afternoons when students and faculty are leaving.
There are no retail stores or restaurants on this street but shopping at the Lakeshore Plaza complex is less than a 10 minute walk and is only 5 blocks away. Lakeshore has nearly everything from a large grocery store to a Japanese restaurant. The street is dominantly just homes with no real excitement except for Stern Grove Park located on Sloat and Meadowbrook. Stern Grove is a very large park with lots of green. Free concerts on Sundays attract thousands of people to the area.
"The unofficial street of the Ingleside District."
Victoria Street is a popular cross street with Ocean Avenue. The entrance to Victoria Street on Ocean Avenue is marked by two stone pillars that make it distinct from the other nearby streets. Just one block down is a popular round-a-bout that marks the Ingleside district. The round-a-bout features a fountain looking structure in the middle, but as long as I can remember it has never been filled.
As unofficial “main” street of the Ingleside District, Victoria runs through much of the district, connecting off streets with Ocean Avenue. Although Victoria does not have any shops, stores, or retail, the nearby Ocean Avenue will satisfy your needs to shop as it is filled with restaurants and stores. If Ocean does not cut the deal, the K Muni train is on Ocean Avenue and will take you to West Portal Avenue or downtown San Francisco.
The houses on Victoria and the surrounding streets are very pleasant. There isn’t much crime or traffic on Victoria Street, and parking on the street is always very ample.
"Avenue street that runs in the Sunset and Richmond distrct."
22nd Avenue is another avenue street in the Sunset and Richmond district. It begins at the edge of Stern Grove in the Sunset District and ends at the prestigious Lake Street of the Richmond District. 22nd avenue is cut off for a mentionable portion by Golden Gate Park which separates the Richmond District from the Sunset District.
The street itself doesn’t boast too much, but the cross streets and nearby avenues prove to make 22nd Avenue a desired location. There are not many retail stores except for the intersections with Taraval Street and Geary Street. When 22nd Avenue intersects with either Taraval or Geary, one will know as there will be many stores and restaurants on these streets.
22nd Avenue is also one of the cross streets of Lincoln High School. Although generally a pretty decent high school, there have been incidents of fights and other criminal acts around the school. The street is a very nice place to live on however. It lays very close to lots of action and stores. Schools are accessible by short bus ride or foot and large grocery stores are only a short drive away.
"Quiet street in the heart of the Sunset!"
Kirkham Street is a relatively quiet street in San Francisco’s Sunset District. The street begins at Ocean Beach near 42nd Avenue and runs all the way to 5th Avenue. Although the street is street is very long and runs through a large portion of San Francisco, there isn’t too much action going on at Kirkham Street. There are no major retail stores. The only restaurant that I can think of is on 11th Avenue and Kirkham which is a Vegetarian Chinese Restaurant. If you are looking for retail and food, you have to walk a block over to Judah Street.
Kirkham is predominantly a strictly housing street. Although the traffic on Kirkham is a little bit heavier than the other normal sunset streets, it isn’t something to be worried about. Housing near Kirkham is valuable as its close to the stores on Judah while being away from all the clutter and commotion.
- Families with kids
"Short street close to lots of schools"
Middlefield Drive is a very short street lasting only two blocks. It begins at Sloat Boulevard and runs south for only two and a half blocks before running into Lake Merced. The street boasts no retail stores or restaurants. It is most noticeable for being home to Lakeshore Elementary School. It is a very large elementary school. Middlefield is also a block away from Lowell High School which is a very large and prestigious school.
The housing on Middlefield Drive is very average townhouses. The houses are not huge nor are they small, and Middlefield is a good choice for a new family to reside on as it’s close to an elementary school, and a high school. Middlefield connects with Sloat Boulevard which provides lots of public transportation and access to many other parts of the city.
Shopping around here is done at nearby Lakeshore Shopping Complex which has a grocery store, restaurants, and various other stores.
"Great highway like street with stunning views and links to many cities!"
Skyline Boulevard is a very long, highway type street that begins at the top of Lake Merced off of Sloat Boulevard. It runs past the San Francisco Zoo and merges with the Great Highway and runs all the way down South to Pacifica and various other cities South of San Francisco. Its main purpose is a commuter street with lots of traffic. It provides a back road access off the main highways to the various cities south of San Francisco.
Although not the fastest way to get south of San Francisco, Skyline plays an important role in transportation in San Francisco. It provides access to the western side of Lake Merced which hosts a large amount of activities from golfing, to a shooting range, to a private party rental. As you go down Skyline past Lake Merced, you will notice access to San Francisco/Daly City’s famous country club, The Olympic Club. This private club has one of the world’s famous golf courses and has many activities from dining to tennis.
The view from Skyline Boulevard is stunning as you get breathtaking views of Ocean Beach.
"Nice inner Sunset street with lots of great eating!"
9th Avenue is a pretty well known street in the inner sunset district. It distinguishes itself from the other nearby avenue streets for being a retail area. The intersection at 9th Avenue and Irving is flooded with restaurants, stores, banks, and various other establishments. Most notable on 9th Avenue are the restaurants. You can find nearly any type of restaurant within the area. It is home to some of the best Japanese food in the city. Also notable is the Ocean Tacqueria, Naan-n-Curry, Pasta Pomodoro, and San Tung Chinese Restaurant, just to name a few.
9th Avenue provides an entrance to Golden Gate Park and runs south of GGP almost all the way to the Forest Hill district. There are plenty of things to do at GGP on 9th Avenue which include 2 big sized baseball diamonds, museums, and lots of green to just relax!
The housing is mainly after 9th Avenue and Judah when all the shops, stores, and restaurants end. They are mainly the normal Sunset housing boasting nothing too special but very nice family townhouses at the same time.
- Families with kids
St Francis Blvd
"Main street in St. Francis Woods district, one of San Francisco's finest!"
St. Francis Boulevard is best known for its link from the Sunset district to the St. Francis Woods district. The busy Sloat Boulevard eventually turns into St. Francis Boulevard a few blocks east of 19th Avenue. As you enter the edge of St. Francis, you will instantly notice a difference as the houses will begin to get bigger and nicer. After a couple blocks up St. Francis Boulevard, you will run into the St. Francis Fountain with huge houses on all sides of you. Two blocks after St. Francis Fountain is the St. Francis Woods stairs which comes to symbolize the district.
Housing along St. Francis Boulevard is some of the biggest in San Francisco. You will not find another house dramatically nicer than the one found in St. Francis Woods. The district boasts parks, recreational facilities, close by shopping centers, and access to all the major streets of San Francisco, all with a great location!
Public transportation is easily accessible from St. Francis Boulevard and expect never to be bored around the street as West Portal Boulevard is walking distance and has connections to downtown and other parts of the city.
- Families with kids
"Inner Sunset street with lots of parks!"
Vicente Street runs all the way from Ocean Beach on the west coast of San Francisco all the way to West Portal Boulevard. The beach front at Vicente isn’t the best as it is pretty short. You are better off walking up north to Judah Street if you are looking for a bigger beach population with more people and space. However, Vicente is home to various other recreational areas such as South Sunset Playground on 40th Avenue and Parkside Square on 28th Avenue, and Larsen Park on 19th Avenue. All three parks are very abundant in space, playground structures, and recreational facilities. Parkside Square has a newly renovated playground structure which is very nice.
Vicente Street is home to one grammar school, St. Cecilia School. Although not the busiest of the streets in the Sunset, it is definitely not the quietest street. The houses here are conveniently located to three beautiful parks so there’s always something for the kids to do. The nearby Sava Pool is currently being renovated and will be a public Olympic sized pool by the end of the year.
- Families with kids
Santa Ana Ave
"Quiet street with huge houses in San Francisco's prominent St. Francis Woods district!"
Santa Ana Avenue is one of St. Francis’s premier streets as it is home to the famous St. Francis Circle Fountain. The St. Francis Woods district is known for its big houses and tranquil community. The houses on Santa Ana are some of the nicest in San Francisco. Although a very short street, Santa Ana Avenue makes its presence known as many will be able to distinguish the street from other streets in St. Francis Woods as the houses here are just that much bigger and nicer.
Large housing isn’t the only thing Santa Ana Avenue has to offer as it is very close to parks and shopping areas. St. Francis Woods Park is a short walk away, and West Portal is also walking distance away. West Portal boasts one of San Francisco’s most pleasant districts with shops, restaurants, and quick links downtown.
The streets on Santa Ana Avenue are pretty much never busy and crime is very low in the district.
- Families with kids
"Pretty street with great views provide great living!"
Monterey Boulevard is a very long street starting off of Santa Clara Avenue in the St. Francis Woods district and runs all the way to the Glen Park district. Monterey serves as a connecting street from the Sunset/St. Francis district to Highway 280 and the Glen Park BART Station. In addition to connecting these districts, there are plenty of housing, stores, and restaurants on Monterey.
The housing on Monterey is large and beautiful with great views of the city. Set higher than most of the city, the view from Monterey Boulevard is terrific. The housing deserves admiration as they are generally larger than the nearby Sunset district but not nearly as big as the homes in St. Francis Woods.
In addition to the terrific views and great housing, Monterey has great eateries and stores running along the eastern side. There is a large grocery store, a pizza shack, a few Chinese restaurants, and a few offices. Public transportation along Monterey is ample and the traffic isn’t too bad to complain about noise.
- Families with kids
Junipero Serra Blvd
"Long street that begins in San Francisco and goes through many cities down south."
Junipero Serra Boulevard is a very long street extending from St. Francis circle on the southern end of San Francisco all the way to Daly City and other cities south of San Francisco. The San Francisco part of the street features mainly a busy 6 lane street with many cars passing through. The housing is technically not on Junipero Serra, but a quiet street directly next to it. The houses here are generally pretty average to above average in terms of size and pricing although the noise can get very bad at certain times due to all the traffic very close by.
There are no stores and shops in the San Francisco City part of Junipero Serra; however, a short drive Junipero Serra Boulevard will take you to areas with multiple shops including a large movie theatre with lots of other restaurants and shops going on nearby. Location wise, Junipero Serra is very close to a lot of things such as Ocean Avenue and Stonestown Mall which is always nice.
Lake Merced Blvd
"Busy street that wraps around Lake Merced!"
Lake Merced Boulevard is a fairly busy street that runs from north Lake Merced and down the east side of the lake. The street eventually breaks off of Lake Merced and ends up as a passage to Daly City’s Westlake District. Although, Lake Merced may not be the prettiest lakes in the nation, it is one of San Francisco’s few lakes. The greenery and the area around the lake have been getting prettier every year. Activity around Lake Merced is generally pretty active as there is a golf course, a high school, a college, and a shooting range.
Lake Merced Boulevard wraps behind Lowell High School and San Francisco State University. The athletic facilities at both Lowell and San Francisco State are noticeable when driving down Lake Merced Boulevard. There is no retail on Lake Merced Boulevard; however, there is plenty of shopping nearby at Westlake Shopping Complex which hosts restaurants, clothing stores, and shopping centers.
The housing on Lake Merced Boulevard is limited and exists only on the north end of the Lake. Although the houses aren’t too big, the area and community is very nice. Being next to the Lake is a plus. Traffic isn’t too bad on Lake Merced Boulevard although it is a very busy street.
- Families with kids
"Great street for city living with close access to big streets."
20th Avenue is just another avenue in the Sunset district and boasts nothing special compared to 19th Avenue or a few other streets in the Sunset. The only action that really happens on 20th Avenue is when people are trying to get off the traffic on 19th Avenue or on the intersection between 20th and Taraval where there are a few stores and shops.
Traffic on 20th is generally non-existent except when there is an accident or bad traffic on 19th Avenue which happens quite a bit. When traffic or an accident does happen, lots of people on 19th Avenue turn off to get onto 20th to escape this traffic. The houses on 20th aren’t out of the ordinary and you generally wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between houses on 20th and other avenues.
I would definitely recommend housing on 20th Avenue to anyone, just be wary of the traffic that happens often on the weekends due to congestion on 19th Avenue.
- Families with kids
"Street that is very much apart of the Richmond but yet so different."
Lake Street sits on the very end of the Richmond district, and is the last street off of Park Presidio before you hit the Presidio. While still very much apart of the Richmond, Lake is kind of a secluded street as the houses on Lake and right off of Lake are significantly larger than the other nearby houses in the Richmond.
There isn’t much action going on at Lake as it mainly is a residential street, however if you make the short walk to Clement or Geary street, there are plenty of shops, stores, and restaurants. Lake Street is nearby lots of public transportation on Park Presidio Boulevard and Geary Street. However, if you choose to drive, be advised that parking on the street in this area isn’t very plentiful. I have tried to park at my friend’s house on 5th Avenue and Lake Street, and have drove around for close to 30 minutes before parking nearly 5 blocks away.
I’d recommend Lake Street for families and retirees. The area may be a little too placid for singles and couples who are looking to get out. In addition, the homes around this area can be pretty expensive.
- Families with kids
"Home of San Francisco's City Hall!"
Grove Street is known pretty much for one thing, housing San Francisco’s City Hall and nearby buildings. Grove runs from the edge of Golden Gate Park and empties into Market Street on the eastern end of the city. While there are houses on the western side of Grove, most that know about Grove Street will talk about the eastern end of the street which houses City Hall, Bill Graham Auditorium, and other city buildings.
Access to Grove Street is easy as it intersects with Market Street and Van Ness Street, so public transportation is ample. The west end of Grove is tremendously quieter than the busy eastern end. The houses here are traditional San Francisco houses that provide great inner city living. On the east end, there will be plenty of traffic and action going on. The city buildings are noticeable as San Francisco’s famous City Hall lies right on Grove.
"Pleasant street with plenty of parks and recreational facilities."
41st Avenue does not have much to boast as it is primarily a residential street. However, if 41st Avenue did have something that nearby 45th Avenue doesn’t have, it’s the parks and recreational facilities that call 41st Avenue their home. The street is home to South Sunset Recreational Park which has a full sized baseball diamond, basketball courts, lots of green, and playground structures. Just a little over five blocks down is West Sunset Playground which has two full sized baseball diamonds, ample amount of green, tennis courts, and playground structures. 41st Avenue eventually ends when it empties into Golden Gate Park.
The street has very nice housing with close links to the parks, public transportation, and schools. 41st Avenue is walking distance to Ocean Beach so there’s almost always something to do. The housing is nothing spectacular as they are normal townhouses much like the rest of the Sunset district.
- Families with kids
"Great street for singles located a block away from Ocean Beach!"
48th Avenue is premiere locations for housing located just one block away the beach! 48th runs all the way from Golden Gate Park and merges onto the Great Highway at the end of the Sunset district. The area is a very nice district with lots to do. Nearby restaurants and stores make the area lively. There is very easy access to public transportation on either Taraval Street or Judah Street which provides easy access to the East Sunset district or downtown San Francisco.
The houses on 48th are mainly smaller end houses and apartment complexes however, the location is so desirable that I would highly recommend it. The housing here is primarily ideal for singles and possibly couples. The area is clean and crime-free.
"Great street in San Francisco's premiere Sunset District!"
Lawton Street is along the lines of yet another ordinary street in the Sunset District of San Francisco but much more! Lawton Street begins at 7th Avenue and does not end all the way until The Great Highway (49th Avenue). The street runs perpendicular to Ocean Beach so biking or jogging down Lawton all the way to the beach is always an option.
Lawton primarily consists of residential housing; however, there are two middle schools, Lawton Middle School, and Holy Name. Lawton is a public middle school located on 30th Avenue and Lawton. While Holy Name is a K-8 private school located on 40th Avenue and Lawton. They are both very fine schools and good options for your kids if living on nearby houses.
Lawton is also a cross street to Sunset Recreational Park which has a full sized indoor basketball court, lots of outdoor courts, and plenty of green! The kids will always have somewhere to play if you live close by. The housing on Lawton isn’t anything out of the ordinary compared to the rest of the Sunset homes. Although plenty of space for a family, the houses are the biggest.
"Commuter street with pleasant surroundings"
Sunset Boulevard is primarily a street designed for quick transportation from one end of the Sunset to the other end. Starting at Lake Merced, Sunset empties into Golden Gate Park. The entire street consists of 6-laned traffic with many stop lights. It serves as a very good alternative to 19th Avenue as it runs a lot faster almost all the time in order to get around in the Sunset. It is closer to the beach than 19th Avenue is and has no houses on the actual Sunset Boulevard street.
The street has pretty surroundings as it is covered by green and trees. Buses run aplenty on Sunset Boulevard and serves as an easy transportation method. Although there are no houses on Sunset Boulevard, living in a nearby street may be a smart idea as you are close to all the transportation. The houses around Sunset Boulevard are normal Sunset district housing which consist of wall-to-wall houses.
"Very long street with many nice shops, restaurants, and housing!"
California Street is one of the bigger streets that begin in the Richmond district. The street nearly runs through the entire city starting from the west side of the city all the way to the eastern water front.
The western side of the street mainly consists of residential buildings and small offices and shops. Compared to the east end, there isn’t too much going on here. As you go east on California, the action starts to pick up and there is more and more going on.
California Street is home to many nice and popular restaurants. The shopping complex, Laurel Village lies on California and Laurel Street and is a popular and busy place consisting of grocery stores, restaurants, and small shops. California and Divisadero is a very busy area as well with many restaurants and shops.
The housing on California Street ranges from very average Richmond district housing to very elegant and more expensive housing. There are many apartment buildings on California and it is a very desired place to live.
- Families with kids
"Busy and bustling street with lots of night life!"
The name of the street says it all for Broadway Street of San Francisco. It is a fairly large and long street that starts from the eastern San Francisco water front and runs through a large portion of the city. Broadway runs through Chinatown and North Beach (Little Italy).
The area on Broadway next to Chinatown and North Beach consists of a very busy and bustling night life. The street around this area is known as San Francisco’s adult district. Strip clubs and gentleman’s clubs make up much of this area. There are a large number of clubs and they range from small ones to huge ones. In addition to strip clubs, there are a few nice restaurants if one can deal with the debaucheries going on.
"Pretty brick paved street!"
Edgewood Avenue is a very small but pleasant street to live on. It’s isolated from a lot of the action going on and is often very hard to get to. However, the street is very distinct as the street is paved with bricks which are very pretty. The trees and flora on the street really make it distinct. The street has a very nice view of the city as it is generally higher than the rest of the Sunset.
There are stairs which lead down from the bottom of Edgewood to the normal streets which connects you to Judah Street. The houses on Edgewood are spectacular as they are generally larger than any other street in the area. The houses are pretty modern with nice views and lots of space. They are not connected wall to wall like other sunset houses and have different floor plans than most houses as they are generally higher than the street level.
I would highly recommend living here as its close by to all the action and the homes are very nice.
- Families with kids
"Busy street in the Sunset with Muni train connections running all the way to the beach!"
Judah Street is a relatively busy street much like the nearby Taraval Street in the Sunset District. Unlike the usual streets in the Sunset, Judah has a lot more action going on. The street runs from Ocean Beach all the way to University of California San Francisco medical hospital.
The “N” muni train runs all the way down Judah Street and provides nice connection from the beach to all the way downtown and other valuable parts of the Sunset district such as 9th and Judah. The intersection at 9th Avenue and Judah has a lot of action going on with plenty of restaurants.
The housing on Judah Street is nice. There are some apartments and some houses. The home are really nothing special as they blend in with the rest of the average Sunset homes however the location on the street might be ideal as there is plenty of public transportation. The street isn’t busy enough to be worried for noise except for the occasional street car passing by.
- Families with kids
"Residential street that gets busy because of nearby high school."
Inverness Drive is a very short and small residential street that runs perpendicular to the fast pace Sloat Boulevard. There are no shops or stores located on this street. The street is particularly busy especially during weekdays because of the nearby public high school, Lowell High. Students often park on the street regardless of constant complaints by people who live in the area.
Crime in this high school is nearly nonexistent so you should not fear. The school consists of a bunch of studious teenagers who are respectable to the neighbor’s property. Traffic is very bad in the mornings and after-school as parents and students are driving to and from school.
Housing here is very average but very pleasant nonetheless.
- Families with kids
"Very large street with a little bit of everything that includes great inner city living!"
Divisadero Street is a very large and long street running through a large portion of San Francisco. Being so long there are very different parts of Divisadero, as there are parts that are more commercial and parts that are residential.
“Divis” as we San Franciscans call it is home to some very good restaurants. One of which that deserves recognition is The Cheese Steak Shop. Marked only by its large banner that says, Caution: may be habit forming, this very large and busy shop that sells authenticate and delicious cheese steaks is one of San Francisco’s premier fast food restaurants. In addition to the excellent restaurants, Divis is home to many shops and stores on certain parts of the street. Office buildings, though not that common do reside on the street.
Housing on Divis isn’t very plentiful, but it is indeed a very nice spot as you are close to a lot of the action in the city while being located on a street that isn’t too busy. Housing and apartment complexes on Divis are very average houses in regard to size and structure.
- Families with kids
"Short street but home to Kezar Stadium!"
Kezar Drive is a very short street that runs from the end of Lincoln Boulevard to the start of Fell Street. It mainly consists of trees and green and there is virtually no housing on this short street.
The street gets its name for the popular stadium which it runs by, Kezar Stadium. Once home to the San Francisco 49ers, it is now home to many high school athletic events. Although not the size it once used to be, it is still a noticeable structure and one will notice it when driving by on Kezar Drive.
There is a police sub station which lies on Kezar Drive. However, besides the station and Kezar Stadium, and flora, there isn’t really much else on this street.
"Very pretty street on the Ocean front with view of docks and plenty of large housing!"
Marina Boulevard is one of San Francisco’s premier streets when it comes to housing. It begins right off of Highway 101 and extends all the way to the end of the Ocean front on the north end of San Francisco’s marina district. Traffic here is busy but never too busy to avoid as it does act as a hub to San Francisco’s downtown and famous waterfront attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf.
The street consists mainly of very big housing and parking lots to docks. It is a very pretty street with lots of green. It is right on the waterfront and if one desires, one can park right on Marina Boulevard and walk less than 50 yards to the Ocean. There are no beaches here as they are mainly docks however.
The housing is large sized when it comes to San Francisco housing. However, the price of these houses isn’t too expensive due to the fact that the Marina district is mainly built on landfall which poses an earthquake danger. Nonetheless, the houses are amazing both on the inside and outside.
- Families with kids
"Busy street that is home to Union Square Park of downtown San Francisco!"
Post Street is an average street in the heart of downtown San Francisco. It is home to the famous Union Square Park of our downtown district. Post Street begins in central San Francisco and extends all the way past the busiest part of downtown and eventually merges onto Market Street.
Post Street is home to many shops and stores including Tiffany and Company and Nike Town. There is a lot of foot action going on Post Street mainly due to its location downtown as there are numerous hotels and stores which take its place on Post Street.
Housing on Post mainly remains on the outskirts of downtown and the houses are average San Francisco townhouses. Traffic on Post is fine until you reach downtown where it can get very hefty especially during rush hour.
"Street serving as the heart of Latino culture in SF!"
Just by looking at the name of this street, most will be able to tell what type of street, Mission and the Mission District is. It is a Latino-based street where the heart of Latino culture lies in. The street is very large and runs all the way into Daly City from downtown San Francisco. Although the street is very lengthy, one can tell from almost all parts of Mission Street that it is predominantly Latino. There are certain exceptions however.
Shops, stores, and restaurants are aplenty on Mission Street. Almost all the way down the street, you will see action going on and there isn’t really any parts of Mission Street that are very dull. Mission Street and District aren’t the safest neighborhoods in San Francisco especially focusing around 24th street where Latino gangs do reside.
Traffic isn’t the best, but it isn’t the worst on Mission. Housing on and nearby Mission Street is plentiful and usually consist of townhouses or flats.
- Families with kids
"Very nice street in the Sunset District! Highly Recommended!"
Quintara Street runs perpendicular to Ocean Beach and is one of the Sunset’s biggest blocks. Although retail and stores on the actual Quintara Street is very rare, there are lots of stores and shops very close by to Quintara such as Judah and Taraval Street. Quintara Street serves as a home to Sunset Recreational Park which consist of an indoor basketball court, outdoor basketball courts, and playground structures. It is a very large park that has become one of my favorites to shoot hoops at.
Quintara is also home to St. Ignatius High School which is a very prestigious private school. The street has very nice housing and I would highly recommend this street to anyone.
- Families with kids
Forest View Dr
"Very short street which serves as a cross street to a very large high school!"
Forest View Drive is located in the Sunset district of San Francisco. It is a very short street as it consists of only two blocks starting from Sloat Boulevard to Eucalyptus Drive. The street mainly serves as a residential block with no real retail stores or restaurants. However, it is very close to the Lakeshore shopping complex which consists of a grocery store and many restaurants and various other services such as a post office.
Forest View Drive serves as one of the cross streets to Lowell High School. Although a very nice high school that does not bring crime or vandalism, parking may be a problem as students seem to take up all the residential blocks. Traffic on Forest View is very harsh during the mornings and afternoons when parents and students are driving to and from school. The houses here are very average San Francisco housing.
- Families with kids
"Peaceful and Child-friendly street close to all the action at West Portal!"
Kensington Way is a very tranquil and peaceful street in the Forest Hill district of San Francisco. The location of Kensington is very key as it is a very primo spot next to the heart of West Portal Drive. Located on a hill with a great view of the city, Kensington is a very desired location for a home.
The neighborhood is very child and family orientated as there are many parks nearby Kensington including West Portal Park which is a very large park with lots of playground structures. The street is located very close to West Portal muni station where virtually all the muni trains in the Sunset meet. Downtown is one Muni train ride away!
The houses here are average to above average for a normal San Francisco house. They are a little big larger than the traditional sunset home.
- Families with kids
Park Presidio Blvd
"Busy transportation street that connects the Sunset with the Richmond!"
Park Presidio Boulevard mainly serves as a hub/transportation street. It begins at the entrance of Golden Gate Park from 19th Avenue and connects to Highway 1 which leads to the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin. Park Presidio connects you from the Sunset District to the opposite part of Golden Gate Park to the Richmond district.
When driving through Park Presidio, you will notice the flora and fauna of Golden Gate Park and it is very pretty indeed. The entire street is surrounded by green with trees and flowers sprouting everywhere. Housing is located right off Park Presidio when you get past Golden Gate Park and get into the Richmond district.
Park Presidio serves mainly as a transportation street as it connects you to Marin, the Sunset, and acts as an easy access to San Francisco’s North Bay.
"Short street close to Candlestick Park and 3rd Street!"
Jennings Street is a relatively small residential street in San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point / Bayview district. Many consider the district to be one of San Francisco’s ghettos and perceive the integrity of the street to be very low. The street has a lot of townhouses / two floor houses and lies very close to the home of the 49ers, Candlestick Park. Traffic on game days can be very bad on this street as many people are walking and driving to Candlestick for the game.
Jennings Street is very close to the Alice Griffith Gated Projects also known as Double Rock Projects. Although crime around this neighborhood is not as bad as other parts of Hunter’s Point, it is a serious matter to consider before you choose a home here. The street is very close to all the action and stores on 3rd Street.
I personally wouldn’t recommend housing around here if possible; however, it really isn’t as bad as some people would like to say it is.
"Very long street that connects downtown SF to southern SF!"
3rd Street is one of San Francisco’s biggest and longest streets. It begins right in the heart of downtown San Francisco and ends in the Bayview / Hunter’s Point district of southern San Francisco. The street is so long that there is such a big variety of what the street is like!
The part of 3rd Street downtown consists of many hotels and business offices. It is home to many popular hotel destinations such as The W Hotel. 3rd Street runs next to Yerba Buena center which features ice skating and other facilities. There are a couple of restaurants and bars around this area and the night life is great.
As 3rd Street approaches the south end of San Francisco and enters the Bayview / Hunter’s Point district, the street kind of “transforms” as some may say. Many people consider southern 3rd Street the heart of the ghetto of San Francisco. What you constitute to be “ghetto” is up to you. But whenever I go down to the area to pick up / drop off my friends, there are always people loitering outside stores and posting up on street corners. There are always blinged out cars blasting music and racing down the street. Police is adamant in south 3rd Street.
I wouldn’t recommend living on 3rd Street whether on the North or South end because it is very busy on the north end, and on the south end, I wouldn’t consider the neighborhood very good although the houses are well sized.
"The famous "weird" Haight Street is home to many stores, restaurants, and bars!"
“Keep the Haight weird.” I may always remember that quote that one hippy-like man told me when I was young and visiting the Haight district for one of the first times. And yes, the Haight is “weird”. The Haight district spells San Francisco all over it as San Francisco is known for its open mindedness.
Filled with smoke shops, record stores, and eateries, the Haight district is without a doubt a must see attraction for first time visitors and home speculators. Haight Street is home to the famous Amoeba Music store where hundreds of people visit every day. You will know when you are in the Haight district because of its different feel. People and stores around Haight Street are just different from other parts of the city. There are some good local food stores and some very good smoke/hookah bars. The night life here is good, but not great.
Housing in and near the Haight is definitely an opinionated decision. For some, living a few blocks away or on Haight Street is one of the greatest places to live. For others, such as myself, might want to avoid living near Haight at all costs. It is not that I do not like the Haight Street necessarily but it may be too “weird” and lively for me.
Van Ness Ave
"Big and bustling street filled with traffic and stores!"
Van Ness Avenue runs north to south through a majority of San Francisco. It is one of San Francisco’s busiest streets as there are tens of thousands of cars passing through Van Ness daily. Starting from near Fisherman’s Wharf, Van Ness runs all the way down to the Mission District and Bernal Heights district.
There are a variety of things to do on Van Ness Avenue ranging from dining to car shopping. Food is plentiful on Van Ness and there are some very good restaurants all up and down the street. There are various car dealerships running along Van Ness Avenue and other various stores such as a home and car stereo shop.
Van Ness connects to many important cross streets such as Geary Boulevard, Lombard Street, and Broadway. It runs close to important city structures such as Fisherman’s Wharf and City Hall.
Housing is very rare on Van Ness Avenue as it mainly resides as a hub and transportation street.
"Quiet, friendly street in the Sunset District of San Francisco!"
17th Avenue may be considered just another one of the avenues in the Sunset District. Home to thousands of people, 17th Avenue has some of the nicest housing in the city. 17th Avenue connects all the way from one end of the Sunset to the opposite emptying into Golden Gate Park.
Stores and restaurants do not exist on the actual 17th Avenue, but streets that cross 17th such as Taraval, Judah, and Noriega have plenty of eateries and stores. 17th Avenue is one of the cross streets of the Taraval Safeway Supermarket. Living on 17th Avenue is good as it is very quiet but also very close to any action that one might need.
Housing on 17th is right on the average of San Francisco housing. And the houses on 17th are more or less the same as other types of Sunset housing.
- Families with kids
"Busy street that runs almost the width of the city that has almost anything one can imagine!"
Geary Boulevard runs almost entirely from the absolute west end of San Francisco to the east side. Starting very close to Ocean Beach, Geary runs all the way to the heart of San Francisco’s downtown.
The heart of the Richmond district is in Geary Boulevard. The intersection of Park Presidio and Geary is home to various shops, stores, and restaurants on either side of Park Presidio. There are hundreds of restaurants on Geary Boulevard ranging all the way down the street. From Pakistani to Indonesian to Mexican food, this street has it all!
As you drive down Geary Boulevard, you will run across many important structures such as Japantown of San Francisco and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Eventually, you will reach Union Square which is arguable the center of downtown San Francisco. The bus lines on Geary Boulevard are everywhere. And the street serves as a hub for many parts of the city.
The Richmond District portion of Geary Boulevard is a very desirable place to live with very little crime, lots to do, and is a very nice neighborhood. The houses around Geary Boulevard are average San Francisco townhouses and may be suitable for singles, couples, retirees, and families.
"One of San Francisco's finest streets that has a world of things to do!"
There is so much I can say about arguably one of San Francisco’s most famous streets. Market Street begins at the end of Portola Drive and runs all the way to the famous Ferry Building.
Starting at the bottom of Portola Drive, Market Street intersects with Castro Street and for a few long blocks lays a very bustling and busy part of the street with gay pride all around! Around this area, there are lots of stores, shops, gyms, bars, and clubs.
The night life on Market Street is bustling all the way down the street. Although some parts are more intense than others, there is almost always something happening. From bars to concert halls to strip clubs, Market Street has it all. Market is home to the famous Warfield Concert Hall which hosts some of San Francisco’s biggest performances.
The downtown portion of Market Street can get very busy. Traffic is adamant especially during rush hour and during weekend nights. Market houses some of San Francisco’s biggest hotels and skyscrapers. It is constantly bustling with shoppers, businessmen, and tourists. It is a street that never dies even during the night.
Public transportation is plentiful as there are multiple street cars that run on Market as well as buses. Market Street is a short walking distance to Union Square and Chinatown. On one end of Market lies the San Francisco bay front and allows easy access via bus to Fisherman’s Wharf and other tourist attractions.
There is little to no housing on Market Street as it’s a business street.
"Historical street/neighborhood in San Francisco has lots of action!"
Fillmore Street is home to some of San Francisco’s finest stores, shops and attractions. Although it would be hard to say all of Fillmore Street is upscale, it does have its points. Fillmore Street is very long and runs North-South through a large part of the city. Public transportation is plentiful on Fillmore. Though a lot of parts of Fillmore are residential, there are certain parts of Fillmore filled with stores and shops.
The housing in the Fillmore District and on the street is very mixed. There are parts where some may consider “slums” and some areas where people would consider “paradise”. Crime is very adamant in parts of the Fillmore however many people report that it is getting substantially better. There are project buildings along Fillmore Street; however I would say they are better off than other projects in the city.
Do not get me wrong however as there are many fine parts of Fillmore Street that may be well desired to live at. However, it just wouldn’t be my ideal street.
"Busy street that connects Kezar Stadium to the beach!"
Lincoln Way is home to a very busy road that runs alongside San Francisco’s giant and famous Golden Gate Park. Starting right on Ocean Beach, Lincoln runs all the way past Kezar Drive which houses the famous Kezar Stadium where the San Francisco 49ers once played. Kezar is now home to many amateur and high school sporting events, and although downsized from the 49er’s days, it still stands a very large and noticeable stadium.
The street serves as a very large connector for a large part of the city and connects with many important and vital streets such as 19th Avenue and the Great Highway. Traffic on Lincoln Way is generally very minimal even on the weekends and provides an easy access to downtown San Francisco.
There isn’t very much housing along Lincoln Way due to the busy aspect, but being very close to all the busy streets in San Francisco such as Irving Street, housing alongside Lincoln is desirable.
- Families with kids
"Busy street with spectacular view of the ocean front!"
Great Highway is San Francisco’s very own Ocean Street. It runs right alongside Ocean Beach giving spectacular views of San Francisco’s water front. The street itself is very busy and connects with Skyline Boulevard which leads down south to Daly City and Pacifica.
The legendary cliff house is located just off of Great Highway. It is home to a delicious and fancy restaurant nowadays. However, the cliff house has much greater history to it which I highly recommend researching before you visit! There are various other eateries and stores right of Great Highway. Beach Chalet restaurant is definitely one of my top recommendations.
The Great Highway connects with an entrance to Golden Gate Park and is very close to various fields and recreational activities in GGP.
There is very little housing on Great Highway; however, there is plenty of housing right off of the street, especially during the Sunset streets.
- Families with kids
"Premiere street in heart of Sunset district with awesome view!"
15th Avenue is the last street of the traditional Sunset District. The street runs right next to Grand View Park. The park itself is a beautiful hill noticeable from almost all of the Sunset District which people may climb to get a beautiful look of the city. Although a relatively difficult climb up the hundreds of steps, everyone I’ve talked to has said that the climb has been worth it!
The housing on 15th Avenue is some of the finest in the Sunset. 15th Avenue houses the biggest and most spacious housing in the street. When driving on 15th Avenue, you will notice that the housing is a whole lot different the houses just on 16th Avenue which is only one block away! The houses have spacious front lawns which most Sunset homes lack. The houses are not connected which is what the sunset district is known for!
If I had to choose one street in the Sunset District of San Francisco to live on, 16th Avenue would take the cake. The views of the city are amazing from 16th a backyard view can get a glimpse of Ocean Beach!
- Families with kids
"Gay capital of the world! Bustling and crazy place!"
What can I say about Castro Street in merely a few paragraphs? There is so much going on in San Francisco’s famous street that it would be really hard to keep from writing pages! Castro Street is known as the world’s gay capital. Homosexuals aren’t the only ones that populate the street. Even I, as a heterosexual must admit that Castro Street is one of my favorites.
Castro Street is populated bars and restaurants! You will know you have stepped foot on Castro as the first thing you notice is rainbow flags symbolizing gay pride hanging on every light post! Castro Street pretty much has it all, bars, gyms, restaurants, grocery stores, and small specialty shops!
Castro Street runs very long and there is a very calm part of Castro street that gets much less attention than the heart of the Castro. Depending on who you are, you might like living in the heart of the Castro, or in the tranquil areas of Castro Street which has very nice housing.
There is plenty of public transportation from Muni trains to buses. Cabs are guaranteed to be running up and down Castro.
"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!
"Bustling street with lots of action going on!"
Irving Street is a bustling and active street in the heart of the Sunset District. It extends from Ocean Beach all the way to University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
9th Avenue and Irving is a very popular destination. It is a very pleasant area with lots of fine dining. From a cheap burrito shop to very expensive dining, 9th Avenue and Irving accommodates lots of people. Parking here is nearly impossible especially during a weekend night so be prepared to walk!
The mini-Chinatown starts on the west end of 19th Avenue. Right when you hit Irving Street from 19th, you will notice the large amount of Chinese restaurants and stores. The restaurants here are very good but a lot cheaper than 9th Avenue. There are supermarkets, video rental stores, bars, 99 cent stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, banks, produce markets, and cell phone stores all over Irving. There is nearly everything on Irving!
Housing on and around Irving are typical Sunset District homes. There isn’t much housing on Irving except for some areas not invaded by stores. However, the blocks off of Irving Street provide very nice housing close to all the action!
- Families with kids
"Great residential street - away from all the action but yet very close!"
Holloway Avenue starts on the west end of 19th Avenue, very close to Lake Merced and runs parallel to Ocean Avenue all the way to nearby City College of San Francisco. Although Holloway features some stores and restaurants, the main purpose of Holloway is a residential street.
The street is a lot wider than the usual residential streets. The housing here is very average San Francisco homes but very nice nonetheless! What I like most about Holloway Avenue is that it is away from all the busy action that you would not generally want going on your street, but yet very close to all the action on Ocean Avenue!
Holloway Avenue is the heart of the Ingleside District of San Francisco! And in my opinion, would not be a bad place to live for anyone!
- Families with kids
"Quiet and narrow street with lots of great housing!"
When I first came to Delano Street to visit my friend’s new home off of Ocean Avenue, I was kind of appalled. The street is very narrow and parking was miserable. The street appeared as if it was a one-way street before another car came head-on and I had to pull into a drive-way to let him pass. However, my opinion of this street quickly changed as soon as I stepped foot into his house.
The first thing I noticed was the houses looked a little bit older and smaller than the average San Francisco home, at least from the outside. Little did I know was that these houses are VERY long with spacious backyards. My friend’s house was gorgeous with lots of spacing, and a very pretty backyard. At first I thought that this just might be my friend’s lucky house, but a visit to his neighbors house proved me wrong once again as his house was just as nice and spacious.
As I go to my friend’s house very often, I do not have many bad things to say about Delano Street. The neighborhood is very nice and relatively crime free regardless of the fact that a big high school (Balboa High School) is very close by. The neighbors are friendly, and they have a nice small community for such a small street.
- Families with kids
"Busy street with muni train connections and lots of stores!"
Ocean Avenue begins on the west end of 19th Avenue and runs all the way into Mission Street. Despite its name, Ocean Avenue does not connect with the Pacific Ocean. The “M” Muni train crosses Ocean Avenue at 19th Avenue. However, Ocean Avenue is most famous for its “K” train that starts at Junipero Serra Boulevard (2 blocks from 19th Avenue) and ends at the Muni station (Balboa Station) towards the end of Ocean Avenue.
The street is constantly busy with Muni trains, buses, and cars going up and down Ocean. There is an entrance and exit to highway 280 on Ocean Avenue. The street is filled with stores. There are numerous convenience stores, gas stations, and eateries. A Walgreens and 24 Hour Fitness are conveniently located right on Ocean Avenue. There are numerous schools along Ocean from Aptos Middle School to Balboa High School to City College of San Francisco.
Although housing on actual Ocean Avenue is relatively rare, there are hundreds of houses right off of Ocean Avenue. The houses on the South side of Ocean tend to be smaller and cheaper (Ingleside District). However, the housing on the North side of Ocean tend to get bigger and bigger.
I highly recommend housing near Ocean Avenue for families and singles. It might not be ideal for a retired couple or single though.
- Families with kids
"Busy street with a great view that connects important parts of San Francisco."
Portola Drive is a very busy street that connects West Portal to the upper twin peaks area. Portola starts at St. Francis Circle in St. Francis Woods district and than runs all the way past Twin Peaks and turns into San Francisco’s famous Market Street. There is a lot of car traffic going on this street but there is hardly ever any major traffic. The view from the top of Portola Drive is spectacular as you can see most of the city including the downtown skyline.
Portola Drive has a lot of stores including a small grocery store and various eateries such as Round Table Pizza. Portola Drive runs right by the street that leads up to the top of Twin Peaks. Portola Drive runs right behind West Portal Drive which has many shops. The street is a block away from West Portal muni station which leads downtown. Portola Drive eventually turns into Junipero Serra Boulevard which leads to highway 280 and goes to Daly City. Bus lines run all the way up and down Portola so public transportation is no concern.
There are not that many houses on Portola Drive, but there is plenty of housing for families right off the street. There is virtually no night life on Portola Drive as it mainly serves as a connecting street.
"Beautiful street that houses two schools and pretty park."
Eucalyptus Drive runs perpendicular to 19th Avenue and is two blocks away and parallel to the busy Sloat Boulevard. Although it is a relatively short street, there is lots of activity going on Eucalyptus. Ralph Nicols Park is on Eucalyptus and 25th Avenue. The park isn’t the biggest, but there is a lot of green and is very pretty. The street gets its name for its multiple eucalyptus trees running all the way down the street.
Eucalyptus Drive is home to two schools, St. Stephens Grammar School and the prestigious and nationally ranked Lowell High School. The traffic is really bad on Eucalyptus during the mornings and after-school hours due to parents and students going to and leaving school. Living on this street would not be ideal because of all the traffic; however, the houses are nice.
Eucalyptus Drive runs right along Stonestown mall and has an entrance to the parking lot. There’s a YMCA on 19th Avenue and Eucalyptus. If you go all the way down the street, you will run into Lakeshore shopping complex which has a Lucky grocery store, and various restaurants and stores such as Ross.
- Families with kids
"Quiet, Peaceful, and Residential neighborhood in the heart of San Francisco's Sunset district."
18th Avenue is a very peaceful and quiet street in the Sunset District of San Francisco. The street is about 3 miles away from Ocean Beach, but walking distance to various parks in the Sunset including Larsen Park, and Grand View Park.
The street is mainly residential housing with the famous wall-to-wall Sunset housing. The houses here are typical townhouses with no houses really significantly bigger than the other houses.
Although 18th Avenue is mainly residential, it intersects with various busy streets such as Taraval Street and Judah Street. Running parallel to 18th Avenue is 19th avenue only one block away and is one of San Francisco’s busiest streets.
Although 18th Avenue isn’t the busiest street, it does house a cross street for a Safeway Supermarket, a big middle school, and various small businesses.
- Families with kids
"Busy street - Transportation, Stores, Nightlife, and Great Food!"
Taraval Street is one of the Sunset District's premiere streets. It runs perpendicular to The Great Highway, the beach, and 19th Avenue. It ranges all the way from the top of West Portal St. all the way down to Ocean Beach. Taraval Street is a hub street that connects you everywhere!
Taraval Street features grocery stores, fast food restaurants, dine-in restaurants, and convenience stores that range all the way down the street. From a big supermarket like Safeway to 7-Eleven, Taraval has it all.
Taraval Street caters to the diverse population of San Francisco as there eateries anywhere from Tacquerias to Dim Sum. The night life on Taraval Street is decent as there seems to be plenty of teenagers and people in the mid 20s crowding around 19th Avenue and Taraval at the local Seniore’s Pizzeria which is open all night long. Bars are plentiful on Taraval.
Transportation on Taraval Street is good. The "L" muni line runs all the way down Taraval Street and goes all the way from Ocean Beach to Downtown.
- Families with kids
"One of San Francisco's main street that connects to nearly the entire city!"
19th Avenue is one of San Francisco’s busiest streets. 19th Ave runs from the edge of Golden Gate Park all the way to Daly City. 19th Avenue is a daily street for hundreds of thousands of commuters. People coming from Marin County and the Golden Gate Bridge will eventually merge onto 19th Avenue.
Although famous for its connection with most of the city, 19th Avenue has many residential houses especially in the Sunset District area. There are hospitals, schools, and restaurants. Larsen Park sits on 19th Avenue and Vicente Street. It is a nice park with a baseball field, basketball courts, playground structures, and lots of green!
The public transportation on 19th Avenue is excellent as there is a bus that runs straight down 19th and connects with almost every bus in the city. 19th Avenue may not be the ideal street to live on because of its noise and traffic.
- Families with kids
"Peaceful and Tranquil, but lively and fun!"
Noriega Street is located in the famous Sunset district of San Francisco. Noriega Street stretches from Grand View Hill through the Avenues all the way to the beach side. This beautiful street is an ideal place for couples, singles, and families to live.
From produce, to big grocery stores, to small pharmaceutical stores, Noriega Street has it all. Starting from the busy 19th Avenue and stretching all the way down to the beach, there are hundreds of stores. The Chinese and Asian populated is represented fairly well on Noriega Street as there are many Dim Sum, Chinese, and various other Asian restaurants stretching down the street.
The night life at Noriega Street isn’t the ideal place. There are various bars all the way down the street, but there isn’t too much action going on. The street is busiest around dinner time when lots of families come down to eat, but dies down around 9:30 P.M.
Sunset Recreation Park is a block off Noriega Street so the kids always have somewhere to go to shoot hoops or play in the playground. Noriega is excellent for public transportation as there are plenty of buses running down and off of Noriega Street.
Overall, I have enjoyed living on Noriega Street for the majority of my life. It is peaceful and tranquil but yet lively. There’s always something to do, and when you do want to get away, it is close to all the action in the city!
- Families with kids