This tiny, family-friendly neighborhood is possibly San Francisco’s best-kept secret. A triangular-shaped area nestled between Bayshore Boulevard and the Bayshore Freeway on the southeastern edge of San Francisco, Little Hollywood has just about 1,000 residents. Most of the homes here were built in the late 1920s and early 1930s, many craftsman-style abodes that look like they belong in the hills of the “real” Hollywood in Los Angeles. There are rumors that actress Mae West used to have a secret hideaway in a Southern California-style house located at Blanken and Tocoloma Avenues, and that other film stars may have kept similar vacation homes in the area.

On the south end of the neighborhood is Hollywood Park, a popular community gathering spot, and other outdoor recreational areas such as Candlestick Point are located close by. Only about 15 minutes from San Francisco International Airport, Little Hollywood is also served by the nearby Bayshore Caltrain station. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

The Recology Artist in Residence Program hosts exhibits and other community-minded events.

The Recology Artist in Residence Program hosts exhibits and other community-minded events.

The Bayshore Caltrain station whisks residents to other parts of the Bay Area.

The Bayshore Caltrain station whisks residents to other parts of the Bay Area.

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is a popular destination for romantic walks. 

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is a popular destination for romantic walks.