The quiet, conveniently located area is great for families and those who prefer a laid-back neighborhood with a slightly suburban feel. Comprised of mostly well-maintained single-family homes built during the 1940s, Central Parkside is close to many favorite outdoor attractions, including Stern Grove, Pine Lake Park, Charlie Sava Pool and McCoppin Square. McCoppin Square alone provides seven acres of outdoor space that includes a gated playground, walking paths, tennis courts and a baseball field—with the Parkside branch of the San Francisco Public Library right next door. 

The area is also home to some great public schools, which supply additional sports fields and playgrounds, as well as the Sunset Reservoir, an ideal spot for walking dogs or watching the sun go down. In terms of location, Central Parkside is conveniently located near 19th Avenue, making the commute to Silicon Valley a breeze, and the area is well served by the L Taraval MUNI line that runs directly downtown. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

A park just outside the Sunset Reservoir at 24th Avenue and Ortega Street is great for walking dogs or watching the sunset.

A park just outside the Sunset Reservoir at 24th Avenue and Ortega Street is great for walking dogs or watching the sunset.

Offering recreational swim and aquatic fitness classes, the Charlie Sava Pool at 19th Avenue and Wawona is a popular neighborhood hangout.

Offering recreational swim and aquatic fitness classes, the Charlie Sava Pool at 19th Avenue and Wawona is a popular neighborhood hangout.

Home to a variety of migratory bird species, Pine Lake Park is encircled by a trail that leads to Stern Grove.

Home to a variety of migratory bird species, Pine Lake Park is encircled by a trail that leads to Stern Grove.

Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, home of the free summer concert series Stern Grove Festival, boasts a sophisticated amphitheater surrounded by 33 miles of lush greenery. 

Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, home of the free summer concert series Stern Grove Festival, boasts a sophisticated amphitheater surrounded by 33 miles of lush greenery. 

One of San Francisco’s original streetcar lines, the L-Taraval runs from the Financial District to 46th Avenue and Wawona Street, near the San Francisco Zoo.

One of San Francisco’s original streetcar lines, the L-Taraval runs from the Financial District to 46th Avenue and Wawona Street, near the San Francisco Zoo.

The prestigious French school Lycée Français de San Francisco serves children in preschool through grade 12.

The prestigious French school Lycée Français de San Francisco serves children in preschool through grade 12.

Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream on Taraval specializes in unique flavors, such as green bean, lychee, taro root and arcobaleno (a chocolate and almond concoction).

Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream on Taraval specializes in unique flavors, such as green bean, lychee, taro root and arcobaleno (a chocolate and almond concoction).

The Parkside branch of the San Francisco Public Library is located within McCoppin Square on Taraval Street.

The Parkside branch of the San Francisco Public Library is located within McCoppin Square on Taraval Street.

McCoppin Square is a seven-acre outdoor space that includes a gated playground, walking paths, tennis courts and a baseball field.

McCoppin Square is a seven-acre outdoor space that includes a gated playground, walking paths, tennis courts and a baseball field.

The Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company on Noriega, a lofty, bi-level tavern serving up mid-priced American fare and local brews, is one of the neighborhood’s hot new gathering spots.

The Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company on Noriega, a lofty, bi-level tavern serving up mid-priced American fare and local brews, is one of the neighborhood’s hot new gathering spots.