Perched on a hill south of Bernal Heights and northeast of Portola, Silver Terrace is a laid-back, quiet residential area offering great weather and wonderful views. Residents are a mix of owners and renters, and the homes are mostly single-family units on decent sized lots with tidy landscaping. Those who live in Silver Terrace frequent San Bruno Avenue, a lively commercial corridor lined with grocery stores, coffee shops, bakeries, household-related retail shops, and an ethnically diverse selection of restaurants.

For recreation, Silver Terrace park at Thornton and Bayshore includes an athletic field with grandstands for soccer and baseball, sports courts, a playground, and a clubhouse, while a little further afoot in nearby Portola is John McLaren Park, complete with a golf course, two lakes, and an outdoor music venue. The nearby Bayview Opera House is a cultural gathering spot for the greater neighborhood, while Palou Phelps Mini Park is a small but serene spot for families and dog owners to gather within the neighborhood. Commuters enjoy Silver Terrace’s proximity to several public transit lines and two major freeways. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso 

San Francisco’s oldest theater, The Bayview Opera House offers community members arts-education and cultural-enrichment programs.

San Francisco’s oldest theater, The Bayview Opera House offers community members arts-education and cultural-enrichment programs.

All Good Pizza whips up brick oven pizza and paninis from scratch, using locally sourced organic produce.

All Good Pizza whips up brick oven pizza and paninis from scratch, using locally sourced organic produce.

Silver Terrace Playground is a neighborhood park that features a turf field, sport courts, a baseball diamond, and play equipment.

Silver Terrace Playground is a neighborhood park that features a turf field, sport courts, a baseball diamond, and play equipment.