Glen Park has an average violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for San Francisco.
Lying directly below the more popular Noe Valley neighborhood, Glen Park is a primarily residential neighborhood with a distinctly village-like vibe. To the west lies of Glen Park is the enormous Glen Canyon Park and to the north is Billy Goat Hill, which somewhat isolate this area from the rest of the city.
It might be in danger of being completely overlooked were it not for the BART station bearing its name. The few blocks to the north of the station create the quaint commercial district of the neighborhood, the streets circling past modest storefronts before wandering along rolling hills lined with older single-family homes with small yards.
The neighborhood is especially popular among young families priced out of Noe Valley. Boasting a good elementary school but minimal nightlife, mainly confined to the dive bar Glen Park Station and weekend jazz concerts at the local bookstore, Bird & Beckett, its slow pace is perfect for new families.
Chain stores are unpopular in Glen Park, which means that any large scale grocery shopping requires leaving the neighborhood. However, Canyon Market provides most basic necessities and there are plenty of coffee shops to choose from, as well as sweets at Destination Bakery, and gourmet pizza at Giallina.
One major disadvantage of Glen Park is its frequent foggy weather, but what it lacks in sun it makes up for in nature. Billy Goat Hill in Glen Canyon Park is a particular delight, with a swing on a cliff overlooking the neighborhood. Penny Lane, Poppy Lane, and Ohlone Way are hidden dirt roads near the heart of Glen Park ripe for a magic day of exploration.
While Glen Park isn’t known for its ritz or glamour, it has plenty of charm to offer those looking for a quiet, simple place to call home.
A neighborhood staple which opens early and serves American comfort food, such as big fluffy pancakes, in modest digs.
Billed as an ‘Arts & Language Studio for Kids,’ Little Artistas offers children’s arts classes in English and Spanish, as well as community events. Glen Park is their original location, and they have since expanded to other locations in San Francisco.
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