Those living within the tree-lined blocks of the lush Lake Street neighborhood enjoy some of the best aspects of San Francisco living: spacious homes, convenient transportation lines, nearby but not-too- close commercial areas, and access to some of the city’s most beautiful outdoor attractions. The area, which stretches from Arguello Boulevard in Presidio Heights to 28th Avenue in Sea Cliff and is bordered on the south by California Street and to the north by Mountain Lake Park and the Presidio, offers residents plenty of fresh air and greenery.

The Presidio national park contains miles of hiking, biking, and running trails, as well as picnic spots, semi-hidden beaches, and stunning vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay, and the Marin Headlands. Mountain Lake Park is a beloved neighborhood retreat that includes a children’s playground, a dog park, walking paths, tennis courts, a half basketball court, and a lake stocked with fish, while a few blocks away, Rochambeau and Richmond playgrounds offer a couple more stomping grounds for the under-10 set. The homes in this neighborhood are mostly single-family, and the majority are elegant Victorian or Edwardian structures built just after the turn of the century through the 1920s. The area is conveniently located, with easy public transportation along California Street providing easy access to downtown. A bike path that runs the length of Lake Street, as well as the friendly shops and restaurants peppering nearby Clement and California Streets, make this a relaxed, fun-loving neighborhood for all ages. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

The Clement Street Farmers Market, held every Sunday morning, is a short walk away.

The Clement Street Farmers Market, held every Sunday morning, is a short walk away.

Ballet With Miss Tilly on California Street has been churning out future prima ballerinas for decades.

Ballet With Miss Tilly on California Street has been churning out future prima ballerinas for decades.

Lake Street favorite Pizzetta 211 serves up delicious homemade brick-oven pizza.

Lake Street favorite Pizzetta 211 serves up delicious homemade brick-oven pizza.

Heartbaker on Clement Street is an intimate spot for coffee, wine or a full meal.

Heartbaker on Clement Street is an intimate spot for coffee, wine or a full meal.

Ashley's Café on California Street is a hip breakfast and lunch spot where locals meet up or work on their laptops.

Ashley's Café on California Street is a hip breakfast and lunch spot where locals meet up or work on their laptops.

Mountain Lake Park features a playground, dog park, duck pond and tennis courts, not to mention easy access to Presidio national park.

Mountain Lake Park features a playground, dog park, duck pond and tennis courts, not to mention easy access to Presidio national park.

Rochambeau Playground between 24th and 25th Streets is a kid favorite.

Rochambeau Playground between 24th and 25th Streets is a kid favorite.