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When most people think of district three, there are three things that pop up: Stonestown Galleria, The Olympic Club and San Francisco State. But the truth is, this placid area of San Francisco is a highly diverse set of neighborhoods that is bordered by Stern Grove, golf clubs and the San Francisco Zoo on three sides, and the Outer Mission on the other.

Developed in the 1940s-1950s, the houses here are tidy, stucco and ranch style homes that appealed to vets returning from World War Two. The Lakeshore, Merced Manor, Pine Lake Park, Lakeside and Merced Heights neighborhoods were developed concurrently, and offer quiet, park-like surroundings. Homes that border Stern Grove are especially lovely, with front lawns and carefully manicured gardens. The Lakeside shopping district on Ocean is convenient and offers the services that everyone needs, like dry cleaning, shoe repairs and other necessities. Prices here begin in the mid $700s for a nice two bedroom home.

The district begins a transformation as you approach Ingleside HeightsIngleside and Oceanview, with a mixture of single family homes and multi-unit dwellings. Homes here are some of the most affordable in the City, with prices that begin in the mid $500s.

When Stonestown was built (on a former cabbage patch) it was the fourth-largest shopping and apartment complex in the United States. Today, the Park Merced apartment complex is undergoing significant renovation under new ownership, with an eye towards adding more housing over the next 5-10 years.  Be sure to walk the grounds and gardens in Park Merced; they were designed by noted landscape architect Thomas Dolliver Church.

WHY WE LOVE IT HERE.

Lakeside Cafe
2529 Ocean Ave.

Java On Ocean Coffee House
1700 Ocean

Stonestown Farmers' Market
Stonestown Galleria Rear Parking Lot

Park Merced Farmers' Market
Serrano and Arballo Dr.

DISTRICT 3

Parks, golf clubs and the Stonestown Galleria — a little bit of suburbia in San Francisco.