Sunnyside is a small, friendly residential neighborhood comprised of mostly single-family homes located near an abundance of recreation. One of its most popular outdoor attractions is Balboa Park, a somewhat hidden gem that offers something for everyone, from a playground and tennis courts to an indoor swimming pool. The Sunnyside Recreation Center, which underwent a major remodel, is a beautiful spot for strolling and picnicking, and is the site of frequent community events.  

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For everyday conveniences, residents walk to the quaint shops along the small commercial strip of Monterey Boulevard, but for even more plentiful dining and nightlife options, they make a beeline for Diamond and Cheery Streets in the nearby Glen Park commercial district. There, the blocks are over flowing with wonderful restaurants, coffee shops, and specialty stores, many frequented by students from nearby City College. A charming Farmer’s Market is held every weekend in Glen Park Village, gathering residents from around this amicable neighborhood. For commuters, proximity to the BART station and easy freeway access make Sunnyside an ideal spot to call home. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso

One of the nation’s largest public colleges, City College of San Francisco attracts students to the neighborhood.

One of the nation’s largest public colleges, City College of San Francisco attracts students to the neighborhood.

Archbishop Riordan High School is San Francisco’s oldest all-male high school.

Archbishop Riordan High School is San Francisco’s oldest all-male high school.

Sunnyside Playground is a well-loved family park that contains a modern playground, huge sandbox, merry-go-round and fountain, and a fully restored clubhouse.

Sunnyside Playground is a well-loved family park that contains a modern playground, huge sandbox, merry-go-round and fountain, and a fully restored clubhouse.

The 280 freeway offers commuters easy access to Silicon Valley.

The 280 freeway offers commuters easy access to Silicon Valley.

The Glen Park BART Station is the only station in San Francisco that offers parking.

The Glen Park BART Station is the only station in San Francisco that offers parking.

Named after the founder of the Greenbelt Alliance, Dorothy Erskine Park is a secluded hilltop area popular with dog walkers and birdwatchers.

Named after the founder of the Greenbelt Alliance, Dorothy Erskine Park is a secluded hilltop area popular with dog walkers and birdwatchers.

The Glen Park Village Farmer’s Market is a place to meet up with neighbors and, of course, stock up on fresh, locally grown produce.

The Glen Park Village Farmer’s Market is a place to meet up with neighbors and, of course, stock up on fresh, locally grown produce.

Whole Foods on Ocean Avenue is a popular destination for fresh organic food and features a dine-in area.

Whole Foods on Ocean Avenue is a popular destination for fresh organic food and features a dine-in area.

The shops along Diamond and Chenery Streets in nearby Glen Park are lined with restaurants, book stores, coffee shops and specialty retailers.

The shops along Diamond and Chenery Streets in nearby Glen Park are lined with restaurants, book stores, coffee shops and specialty retailers.

The Sunnyside Conservatory, which underwent a major renovation, is a beautiful spot for a picnic.

The Sunnyside Conservatory, which underwent a major renovation, is a beautiful spot for a picnic.