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A self-contained neighborhood with a small town vibe and good transit to SF's downtown.
Studio / 1 BR
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2 Bedrooms
87% Complete
4,750
3 Bedrooms
100% Complete
5,450
4 Bedrooms
0% Complete
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Good For
  • Empty nesters / Retirees
  • Families
  • Professionals

 

What's around
  • 2 Grocery stores/markets
  • 10 Nightlife options
  • 19 Fitness options
  • 44 Shops
  • 7 Banks
  • 2 Schools
  • 30 Restaurants

 


PUBLIC TRANSITGood

WALKABILITYExcellent
Safety

West Portal has an average violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for San Francisco.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN West Portal LIKE?

West Portal is another San Francisco neighborhood with a small town feel, especially since it is surrounded by residential neighborhoods. It has also been called the “new” Noe Valley as less affluent families have been pushed out of that popular small town neighborhood.

Like Noe Valley, residents here tend to be somewhat affluent and less diverse, with many owning their own homes. Most housing here consists of brightly colored rows of single family homes. Some even have front and back lawns, giving it a slight retro suburban feel.

It has a big appeal for families thanks to its good schools, public playground, and a relatively large public library branch. It is also popular among students due to its position between SFSU and UCSF, as well as with retired folks.

While it’s not the most exciting neighborhood for younger people, there are a few options for casual nightlife.

The area can get pretty foggy, lying in one of the “fog corridors”—gaps in the hills between the Bay and the the Pacific Ocean, although it is slightly more sheltered than the Sunset neighborhoods.

West Portal lies along the eastern edge of the Sunset and has the last major light rail stop before the lines diverge, making it much more accessible than many of the other outlying neighborhoods. A tunnel was built in the early 1900s to enable light rail to pass through Twin Peaks, connecting the western neighborhoods directly to downtown. After over two miles of tunnel, the trains emerge straight into West Portal.

In addition to the trains, it has slightly easier parking than many neighborhoods and is convenient for both South Bay and Downtown commuters. West Portal itself is very walkable, with a few blocks serving as the main commercial area. You'll mostly find mom-and-pop shops here and it's got all of the amenities you need: dentists, gyms, markets, diverse cuisine, bookstores, and anything else a small town would offer can be found here. And those with cars can easily head to Stonestown Galleria for a big shopping mall experience.

With its quaint atmosphere and easy commute to downtown, West Portal is an especially great choice for young families looking to build a long-term life and community.

West Portal is bordered on the north by Forest Hill, on the east by Sherwood Forest, on the south by Monterey Heights and Lakeside, and on the west by Inner Parkside.

West Portal San Francisco Neighborhood Guide

 

Local Flavor   West Portal LOCAL schools

K-5 GRADES
West Portal Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.17 mi
6-8 GRADES
Hoover (Herbert) Middle School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.36 mi
K-8 GRADES
St. Cecilia Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.45 mi
9-12 & ungraded GRADES
San Francisco Waldorf High School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.49 mi
K-8 GRADES
St. Brendan Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.54 mi

 

Local Flavor   West Portal Local Flavor

CinéArts at the Empire
CinéArts at the Empire 85 WEST PORTAL AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP
https://www.cinemark.com/california-bay-area/cinarts-at-the-empire

A first-run movie theatre with an old-timey facade and quaint atmosphere.

Bookshop West Portal
Bookshop West Portal 80 WEST PORTAL AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP
http://www.bookshopwestportal.com

An independent general interest bookstore that also offers knitting and yoga classes, and hosts book clubs and literary events.

The Philosophers Club
The Philosophers Club 824 ULLOA STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP

A long-running bar with a jukebox and TVs that make it a popular place to watch sports.

Ambassador Toys
Ambassador Toys 186 WEST PORTAL AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP

This long-running toy store was once named the “Best Toy Store You Wish Had Been Around When You Were a Kid” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Papenhausen
Papenhausen 32 WEST PORTAL AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP
http://papenhausen.com

A family owned independent hardware store open since 1936 specializing in local needs.

Manor Coffee House
Manor Coffee House 321 WEST PORTAL AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP

An old-fashioned diner with an extensive menu, this 1950s-style neighborhood favorite exemplifies the small town Americana feel of West Portal.

   

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