This family-friendly residential neighborhood is perfect for those who love being close to the ocean. At its western border is Ocean Beach, whose soft sand and panoramic views lure surfers, dog owners, and joggers year-round. Other outdoor attractions include the renowned San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced, which features a beloved jogging path and three golf courses. Along the Great Highway, scenic viewing spots, ocean-skimming hiking trails, and popular restaurants such as the Cliff House are great places to visit year round. 

The majority of homes in the Outer Parkside are built in the 1940s; some are quite spacious, with attractively landscaped front yards. For shopping and dining, residents head to the mom-and-pop retailers and ethnically diverse eateries along Taraval Street, to the coffee houses and beach-inspired shops along Sloat Boulevard, or to the department stores and national chains in the Stonestown Galleria mall on 19th Avenue. Those amenities, combined with easy access to Highway 280 through 19th Avenue and quick public transportation downtown via the L-Taraval MUNI line, make this neighborhood convenient to other parts of the city and beyond. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

The Ocean Beach jogging trail, with its beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge, is a favorite with runners and walkers.

The Ocean Beach jogging trail, with its beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge, is a favorite with runners and walkers.

The San Francisco Zoo, located near the Great Highway, is home to more than 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals.

The San Francisco Zoo, located near the Great Highway, is home to more than 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals.

St. Ignatius College Preparatory School on 37th Avenue has been educating San Francisco youth since 1855.

St. Ignatius College Preparatory School on 37th Avenue has been educating San Francisco youth since 1855.

Polly Ann Ice Cream on Noriega is known for its inventive flavors, such as lychee, durian and jasmine green tea.

Polly Ann Ice Cream on Noriega is known for its inventive flavors, such as lychee, durian and jasmine green tea.

Devil's Teeth Baking Company on Noriega churns out sweet breakfast, lunch and dessert. 

Devil's Teeth Baking Company on Noriega churns out sweet breakfast, lunch and dessert. 

Sloat Garden Center has been offering everything the home gardener could ever need since 1958.

Sloat Garden Center has been offering everything the home gardener could ever need since 1958.

The 4.5-mile paved path around Lake Merced, the city’s largest lake, draws joggers, walkers, and dog walkers.

The 4.5-mile paved path around Lake Merced, the city’s largest lake, draws joggers, walkers, and dog walkers.

Lake Merced is surrounded by three golf courses: the private Olympic Club and San Francisco Golf Club, and the public TPC Harding Park.

Lake Merced is surrounded by three golf courses: the private Olympic Club and San Francisco Golf Club, and the public TPC Harding Park.

Top-quality coffee, lunch fare and sweets make Java Beach a favorite destination near Ocean Beach.

Top-quality coffee, lunch fare and sweets make Java Beach a favorite destination near Ocean Beach.