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The Stonestown/Ingleside area consists of nine neighborhoods: Lake Shore, Merced Heights, Pine Lake Park, Stonestown, Lakeside, Merced Manor, Ingleside Heights, Ingleside, Oceanview.
Stonestown/Ingleside is one of the last areas of San Francisco to be developed. Sometimes referred to as Lake Merced District, it is home to a range of distinct neighborhoods, the San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco Zoo, and multiple recreational areas such as parks and golf courses. The neighborhoods in District 3 vary from upscale to the more affordable.
Lakeshore is a beautiful neighborhood on the westernmost edge of the district and is known for its outdoors and suburban appeal. The area surrounds Lake Merced and has the Pacific Ocean just minutes away. Lake Merced Park and Fort Funston provide miles of trails for joggers, cyclists and hikers. Golfers can tee off in either The Olympic Club or the San Francisco Golf Club.
A midcentury neighborhood, homes in this area were built during the 1940's and 1950's. The architectural styles vary from split-level, ranch style, and terrace houses. There are two schools in the area - Lowell High School and Lakeshore Elementary, both highly rated. For daily necessities and shopping residents head to Lakeshore Plaza or Stonestown Galleria.
Pine Lake Park is a small, upscale residential neighborhood with less than 270 homes. Construction of many of these residences began in the late 1920's to 1950's, with the majority of the houses being single-family detached homes. They are of course, desirable, nestled on good-sized lots, bordering golf courses, and with architectural styles ranging from classic in the eastern side to ranch-style on the western side.
The neighborhood is well located. For recreation, residents take advantage of the outdoor spaces in Pine Lake Park which are perfect for hikers and bird watchers.
Merced Manor is a small neighborhood of about 1,000 residents; an enclave of beautiful homes tucked between Stern Grove and Lake Merced. Built in the early 30's to the late 50's, this neighborhood of single-detached family homes is picturesque and visually-rich in architectural details. From tile-roof stucco homes with arched doorways and turrets to more streamlined and modern homes.
Aside from its impressive selection of architectural styles, Merced Manor has great proximity to open spaces and nature. Stern Grove Park is just north of this neighborhood and Lake Merced is only a few blocks southwest.
Stonestown Galleria just nearby offers a large range of dining and retail choices. For more even more shopping, Lakeshore Plaza and Ocean Avenue are great destinations just a skip around the corner.
This neighborhood is also desirable due to the exceptional schools, Lowell High and Lakeshore Alternative Elementary, in the nearby area.
Lakeside is a slim strip of a neighborhood located east of Stonestown and west of Ingleside Terraces. It is bounded by 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra Blvd, two of the busiest streets of San Francisco. The edges of this neighborhood deal daily with the noise of cars and constant traffic, however the interior streets are quiet and frankly, pretty fabulous. The neighborhood is extremely well-maintained and residents here enjoy its convenient location. It is right across from Stonestown and the San Francisco University, so you can get to school or shopping in minutes.
Home to San Francisco State University and Stonestown Galleria, Stonestown was originally a planned community and has developed into a college neighborhood and commercial zone. With lower rents, the area appeals to students and residents who look for affordable housing in a convenient location close to shopping, public transportation and recreational spots.
The Stonestown Galleria mall serves as the commercial center not just for this neighborhood, but for the neighboring areas as well so expect a lot of activity in the area. The majority of residences in Stonestown are apartment rentals and most structures are mid-century garden apartment complexes or mid to high rise buildings in the original style of the community plan.
Merced Heights is a tiny neighborhood of 22 rectangular blocks set on the crest of a hill. Safe, quiet, and most importantly, affordable. It offers a great city living for its residents in a spread of well-maintained terraces.
The elevated location of this area means its residents enjoy fantastic views of the Lake Merced, the Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes and Mt. Tamalpais. Its southwest corner location gives it plenty of sun (along with the expected foggy days).
There are no schools in this area, but children enjoy the Merced Heights Playground and Brooks Park with tennis and basketball courts.
Ingleside Heights is at the southernmost tip of San Francisco and is one of the city’s steepest neighborhoods. Once a purely agricultural area, the neighborhood was developed by migrants who moved to the area after it was connected to the city by rail.
Today the area is filled with brightly colored, modest built structures that are home to many SFU students due to its reasonable rental prices. Brooks Park provides residents a green area with community vegetable and flower gardens, along with facilities for badminton and volleyball. There is one elementary school here, the Jose Ortega Elementary School, rated 7/10 on GreatSchools.
Ingleside is one of the larger neighborhoods in the district - home to about 11,000 residents. Ingleside borders the City College of San Francisco to the north and I-280 to the east.
The area was originally developed after it provided a haven for displaced San Franciscans of the 1906 earthquake. Today, it is one of the last reasonably priced neighborhoods in San Francisco, offering some of the most vibrant, pastel colored single family homes. It is also experiencing a new flare of development as first home buyers move in and remodel the area.
Ingleside's primary commercial district is Ocean Avenue with a few restaurants and stores for local shopping. Many residents here simply travel to nearby Stonestown Galleria which provides more shopping and dining options.
Oceanview derives its name from a historical railroad that once connected San Francisco and San Jose in the 1800's, rather than the view but is well-known for its ethnic diversity and rich history.
Like many older neighborhoods, the area experienced some periods of heavy neglect and economic hardship but is now being revitalized by first home buyers entering the market and renewed commercial development.
For recreation, the new community Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center provides a freshly renovated park with playgrounds and community rooms. However, most residents still prefer the wider shopping and entertainment options in nearby neighborhoods such as Stonestown Galleria Mall given easy access to public transportation.
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