Merced Heights is a small residential neighborhood that sits on the hillside between Ingleside Terrace and Ingleside Heights. The majority of homes here are single-family structures built during the 1940s and 1950s, many with great views. The neighborhood has a diverse population that includes families, young urban professionals, and students of San Francisco State University. Merced Heights offers plenty of outdoor adventure, including two public parks: Brooks Park, which features a playground, BBQ pits, a community garden, and sweeping views of the Pacific; and Merced Heights Playground, which is equipped with tennis and basketball courts, a grassy field, play structures and a rec center. Nearby Lake Merced boasts 614 acres of outdoor space ready for fishing, boating, jogging, biking, kite flying, and golfing at one of its three world-renowned courses. 

For shopping and dining, Stonestown Galleria mall, home to major department stores and national retail chains, is just a mile away. Also within walking distance are the restaurants, coffee shops, and stores along Ocean Avenue and the shops at the Lakeshore Plaza area. Commuters benefit from nearby BART, light-rail, and bus lines that head downtown and to other parts of the city, and from easy access to Route 1 and I-280 leading south to Silicon Valley. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

During the academic year, the blocks surrounding San Francisco State University’s campus are lively with students walking to and from classes.

During the academic year, the blocks surrounding San Francisco State University’s campus are lively with students walking to and from classes.

The M-Oceanview and K-Ingleside MUNI lines provide easy access to downtown and other parts of the city.

The M-Oceanview and K-Ingleside MUNI lines provide easy access to downtown and other parts of the city.

Brooks Park has a community garden and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the Farralones and Mt. Tamalpais. 

Brooks Park has a community garden and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the Farralones and Mt. Tamalpais.