Not to be confused with the better-known Inner Mission, the Outer Mission is a small, hilly neighborhood located on the southern edge of San Francisco. The area offers primarily single-family houses, many with ground-floor garage areas and second-floor living spaces, and some with built-in in-law units. For everyday needs, residents head to the shops and eateries along Mission Street, which serves as the area’s southern border.

Nearby Cayuga Park and Playground is the neighborhood’s main recreational hub, attracting families and other visitors with its baseball field, tennis courts, and quirky wooden statues carved by the park’s former gardener. Public transportation is convenient, with both the Balboa Park and Daly City BART stations within walking distance, ample street parking, and well-marked bike lanes along Alemany Boulevard. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

An employee of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department worked on Cayuga Park for more than 20 years, transforming a barren landscape into a neighborhood recreation area with lush vegetation, walking trails, themed gardens, observation decks, and hundreds of hand-carved wooden figurines, totem poles and statues.

An employee of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department worked on Cayuga Park for more than 20 years, transforming a barren landscape into a neighborhood recreation area with lush vegetation, walking trails, themed gardens, observation decks, and hundreds of hand-carved wooden figurines, totem poles and statues.

Mission Street is lined with a diverse range of shops, restaurants, and nightlife.

Mission Street is lined with a diverse range of shops, restaurants, and nightlife.

Tortas Boos Voni is a popular restaurant known for its authentic tortas.

Tortas Boos Voni is a popular restaurant known for its authentic tortas.