Lake District is named for Lake Street, which acts as the border between this delightful neighborhood and the Presidio. The big attractions for residents are many-fold, including good schools, substantial 100-year-old homes, and daily access to the open spaces of the Presidio, Baker Beach, and the Presidio Golf Course. Tennis and Basketball enthusiasts will find courts close by, along with a playground for younger children.
A well-manicured and affluent neighborhood, the streets are quiet and tree-lined, displaying a blend of stately, immaculate Edwardians and grand Victorians. Many of the area homes boast large backyards, providing a chance to escape the grind of city life, and giving kids a place to run. Schools, both public and private are exceptional. On the private side, Adda Clevenger Prep and the prestigious Katherine Burke School for girls offer a high caliber K-8 education. Frank McCoppin, the public elementary school has a notable reputation, having scored an 827 of the California API.
Clement Street, offers extensive shopping and dining for locals. The district is renowned for its variety of affordable ethnic restaurants, produce markets, and well-appointed specialty stores.
Sea Cliff, SF
Sea Cliff is majestic with its fabled views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the headlands of Marin, and the pristine open spaces of Lands End. This dramatic setting combines to create a singularly unique backdrop for the stately mansions of Sea Cliff. Take a moment to take in the towering cypress trees, caressed with the glistening fog of late afternoon, and you’ll think you’ve passed into paradise. Sea Cliff is perhaps the crown jewel of San Francisco’s many remarkable neighborhoods. Sea Cliff maintains an air of privacy, even in the midst of massive multi-million dollar homes and expansive, manicured lawns. In the mix of architecture you’ll find a flair of Spanish Mission Style, French Beaux Arts, English Tudor, and Normandy style chalets. At the highest point overlooking Sea Cliff is Lincoln Park. There you’ll discover an immaculate golf course, as well as the impressive Beaux-arts Palace of the Legion of Honor. Consider this museum your own personal cultural haven, with monthly showcases of international art, popular exhibitions, and lectures.
China Beach, a steep walk down from Sea Cliff, boasts swimming and ocean-access that is some of the best in the city. Follow the 104 steps of wooden walkway and discover this small, protected beach on the Golden Gate. You’ll know why its such a drawn for families with kids. And at the right hour of day, you’ll find Sea Lions, basking on nearby rocks who seem to like the beach just as much as the people. Sea Cliff offers great accessibility to surrounding neighborhoods, including the Outer Richmond, and yet feels like a world apart. Once you’ve enjoyed the shopping and dining along Clement and Geary Streets, you may never want to leave.