At the southernmost edge of San Francisco sits the family-friendly neighborhood of Crocker-Amazon. Formerly a part of railroad magnate Charles Crocker’s estate, this largely residential area was developed in the 1930s. Homes here are mostly single-family houses with tidy front lawns and landscaped streets, and some are detached units with plenty of space on either side—which is somewhat hard to find in San Francisco. The architecture is diverse, ranging from Victorian and Edwardian to arts-and-crafts and mid-century styles.

Crocker-Amazon boasts some of the city’s best weather, as well as scenic views of downtown San Francisco from the neighborhood’s more elevated points. For recreation, residents enjoy Crocker-Amazon Park and the adjacent McLaren Park, San Francisco’s second largest park. For everyday needs, Geneva and Mission Streets are bustling with mom-and-pop stores, up-and-coming restaurants, and coffee shops. The neighborhood is well served by public transportation, including several MUNI routes and a bus line, as well as proximity to Interstate 280 and the Alemany Boulevard thoroughfare. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

Adjacent to Crocker-Amazon Park is John McLaren Park, San Francisco’s second largest park after Golden Gate. It has a golf course, two lakes, an amphitheater, jogging and hiking trails, a public pool, and an old reservoir now used as a dog swimming area. 

Adjacent to Crocker-Amazon Park is John McLaren Park, San Francisco’s second largest park after Golden Gate. It has a golf course, two lakes, an amphitheater, jogging and hiking trails, a public pool, and an old reservoir now used as a dog swimming area. 

Located within John McLaren Park, the Greek-style Jerry Garcia Amphitheater named after Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia is known for its outstanding acoustics.

Located within John McLaren Park, the Greek-style Jerry Garcia Amphitheater named after Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia is known for its outstanding acoustics.

Established in 1962, the Gleneagles Golf Course at McLaren Park is undergoing an elaborate renovation

Established in 1962, the Gleneagles Golf Course at McLaren Park is undergoing an elaborate renovation

La Grande Tank in McLaren Park is visible from Interstate 280.

La Grande Tank in McLaren Park is visible from Interstate 280.

Crocker-Amazon Park has a play structure, sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, a recreation center, bocce court, picnic tables and playground. 

Crocker-Amazon Park has a play structure, sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, a recreation center, bocce court, picnic tables and playground. 

During rush hour, the Balboa Park BART Station is about a five-minute drive from the neighborhood.

During rush hour, the Balboa Park BART Station is about a five-minute drive from the neighborhood.