5.3 out of 10

Varela Ave, San Francisco State University

37.7207524049256 -122.476070378826
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Students


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Schools 4/5

"Probably the Worst Street in Park Merced"

Overall, Park Merced is a nice, modest, residential living community for students and families associated with San Francisco State University. However, it also serves as a parking lot for the aforementioned, their friends, families, visitors, and anyone and everyone who feels like visiting SFSU for an hour or less, according to parking laws. Varela Avenue is also the first turn off of Holloway Avenue, and therefore gets hit the worst by the onslaught of traffic.

Finding a spot to park here is a rare gem for commuters, but can understandbly be frustrating for residents. However, being that much closer to the university means a much shorter walk, so it is a toss-up. Other benefits of this neighborhood include proximity to Lake Merced and a San Francisco zip code - although you are FAR from the city's main attractions, and not far at all from the Western cold that inevitably sweeps in every day.

There are some benefits to living here, but this is not the true SF life.
  • Close to the university
  • Reasonable prices
  • Far from the rest of SF
  • Worst traffic of anywhere in Park Merced
  • Worst parking of anywhere in Park Merced
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Students

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