Originally an agricultural community in the southwestern portion of San Francisco, Oceanview is a culturally diverse neighborhood with a rich history. One of the first areas to be developed in the city’s OMI (Oceanview-Merced Heights-Ingleside) district, Oceanview got its name from a station on a defunct railroad line that once linked San Francisco and San Jose in the late 1800s. Today the area includes an interesting assortment of mostly single-family homes, from detached Victorians and Edwardians dating back to as early as the late 1800s, to Sunset-district-style row houses developed in the 1940s, to a handful of cottages that once served as homes for refugees after the 1906 earthquake. 

While a few small local businesses are sprinkled throughout Oceanview, most locals head to nearby Ocean Avenue or Stonestown Galleria mall for major shopping. Outdoor lovers appreciate the neighborhood’s proximity to several natural attractions, including Lake Merced and Stern Grove, as well as two favorite local spots, Oceanview Playground and the Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center. Because it’s situated just north of I-280, Oceanview offers easy access to Silicon Valley and other parts of the Bay Area. Residents are also served well by public transportation, with the M-Oceanview MUNI streetcar running east and west along Broad Street and the 54 bus heading straight to the Balboa Park BART station. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

The Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center on Capitol Avenue has a gymnasium, community room, teen center, preschool, kitchen and weight room. An adjacent 10-acre park includes a playground, picnic and BBQ areas, walking paths and numerous sports courts.

The Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center on Capitol Avenue has a gymnasium, community room, teen center, preschool, kitchen and weight room. An adjacent 10-acre park includes a playground, picnic and BBQ areas, walking paths and numerous sports courts.

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

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

Lake Merced Park is a 614-acre park with a 4.5-mile recreational trail encircling a freshwater lake that’s popular for fishing, boating, jogging and biking.

Lake Merced Park is a 614-acre park with a 4.5-mile recreational trail encircling a freshwater lake that’s popular for fishing, boating, jogging and biking.

The neighborhood attracts college students who attend classes at the Ocean Avenue campus of City College of San Francisco (CCSF), the largest community college in California.

The neighborhood attracts college students who attend classes at the Ocean Avenue campus of City College of San Francisco (CCSF), the largest community college in California.

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.

In addition to offering a wide range of natural and organic grocery items and eco-minded housewares, the Whole Foods on Ocean Avenue has superior dine-in and take-out options. 

In addition to offering a wide range of natural and organic grocery items and eco-minded housewares, the Whole Foods on Ocean Avenue has superior dine-in and take-out options. 

The Balboa Park Station is an official BART transfer station, allowing southbound passengers to switch trains without having to change platforms.

The Balboa Park Station is an official BART transfer station, allowing southbound passengers to switch trains without having to change platforms.

The M-Oceanview and K-Ingleside MUNI lines offer easy access to downtown.

The M-Oceanview and K-Ingleside MUNI lines offer easy access to downtown.