West Portal is in the southern section of the city. It’s a small area, but its commercial corridor along West Portal Avenue services the nearby West of Twin Peaks residential neighborhoods: Balboa Terrace, Forest Hill, Monterey Heights, Saint Francis Wood, Sherwood Forest, Mount Davidson Manor, and Miraloma. The area feels like a suburban small town but maintains all the conveniences of a city making it a desirable place for families. It’s comprised of more long-time families than transients compared to other areas, strengthening the community feel, and the West Portal MUNI stop makes commuting downtown convenient. Beware Karl the Fog in the summer months. It gets chilly and foggy here.
We polled real moms who live there to find out what makes this neighborhood a good fit for their family. Want to get the scoop directly from the experts? Join our Neighborhood Facebook groups or reach out to a realtor at Neighborhoods.com.
Why Moms Love It
Moms love that they have the best of both worlds here – the feel of a suburban neighborhood, with detached houses and yards, lots of trees, and walkability to parks and playgrounds – yet they also have easy access to the city and all it has to offer. The locally owned shops and dining options on West Portal Avenue make strolling the neighborhood convenient, but you’ll probably find yourself in the car more frequently living here than you would in more densely populated sections in the northern part of the city. Parking is easy to find in the surrounding residential neighborhoods but can be quite tricky around West Portal Avenue.
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Childcare and Schools
Here’s the thing about childcare and schooling: Your personal situation will determine the right fit for you, and, while there are plenty of options in this neighborhood, your best bet is to check out Winnie.com for an interactive map and comprehensive list of daycares and preschools across the city.
Likewise, for K-12 schools, we can’t tell you whether the schools here are “good” or not because a good school is based on so many other factors besides test scores. Check out our Tips for Moving to San Francisco with Kids for more help navigating childcare and schooling and a local mom’s take on raising a family in San Francisco.
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