Balboa Terrace, San Francisco, CA

Balboa Terrace Neighborhood Guide San Francisco, CA

About

Balboa Terrace is a charming residential neighborhood located in the southwestern part of San Francisco, California. It's known for its historic, architecturally distinctive homes and beautifully landscaped, tree-lined streets. The neighborhood offers easy access to freeway I-280, and it's just a short drive to the scenic Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean. Balboa Terrace is close to many conveniences including shops, restaurants, and top-rated schools.

What You Will Love About Balboa Terrace, San Francisco, California

  • The neighborhood's serene and peaceful vibe, with beautifully maintained homes and manicured gardens.
  • Easy access to downtown San Francisco via nearby Balboa Park BART station or I-280.
  • Proximity to Ocean Avenue's commercial corridor, which hosts a variety of shops, grocery stores, and dining options.
  • The exceptional architecture, with a blend of Spanish Mediterranean, Tudor Revival and Craftsman-style homes.

What's Nearby

Balboa Terrace is close to Stonestown Galleria, a large shopping center featuring a variety of retail stores and restaurants. It is also a short drive away from Lake Merced Park, offering outdoor recreational activities like fishing, boating, jogging, and golfing. The neighborhood is near San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco.

Lifestyle

Balboa Terrace has a suburban feel within an urban setting. Residents enjoy a quiet, relaxed lifestyle, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and local shopping. The neighborhood has a strong sense of community, and is perfect for families and those seeking a peaceful retreat within the bustling city.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 135 restaurants, 18 grocery stores, and 31 parks within a mile of the Balboa Terrace neighborhood.

  • GROCERY
    Whole Foods

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.5 miles

    3251 20th Ave

  • SHOPPING
    Jamba Stonestown Galleria

    Retail, Shopping Mall

    0.6 miles

    3251 20th Ave

  • GROCERY
    Trader Joe's

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.6 miles

    265 Winston Dr

  • SHOPPING
    Target

    Retail, Big Box Store

    0.6 miles

    285 Winston Dr

  • GROCERY
    Eezy Freezy

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.7 miles

    25 W Portal Ave

  • GROCERY
    Power Trading Co.

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.7 miles

    1524 Ocean Ave

Balboa Terrace Apartments and Rentals

101 Rental properties in Balboa Terrace, San Francisco, CA.

  • Parkmerced Apartments property

    $2,390+

    Parkmerced Apartments

    Studio–3 Beds • 1–3 Baths

    695–1411 Sqft

    Contact for Availability

  • Lakewood Apartments- San Francisco property

    $2,199+

    Lakewood Apartments- San Francisco

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    510–1115 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • 88 Hillside property

    $3,439+

    88 Hillside

    2–3 Beds • 2–3 Baths

    1052–1606 Sqft

    2 Units Available

  • Avalon Ocean Avenue property

    $3,080+

    Avalon Ocean Avenue

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    491–1320 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • Avalon Sunset Towers property

    $2,684+

    Avalon Sunset Towers

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    332–1083 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • 130 Yerba Buena Avenue property

    $8,950

    130 Yerba Buena Avenue

    3 Beds • 3 Baths

    2846 Sqft

    1 Unit Available

Cost of Living

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CategoryCompare to State Avg.Compare to National Avg.
housing
38.5%
187.3%
utilities
10.5%
42.1%
food
7.9%
22.7%
transportation
4.1%
35.5%
healthcare
10.6%
24.5%

Balboa Terrace Demographics

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Balboa Terrace Reviews

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  • Area Has Kids Play Outside

    Yes

    Say 2 of 2 renters

  • Noise Late At Night

    No

    Say 2 of 2 renters

  • Near Grocery Stores

    Yes

    Say 2 of 2 renters

  • Near Highways

    Yes

    Say 2 of 2 renters

  • Nearby Parks

    Yes

    Say 2 of 2 renters

  • Near Schools

    Yes

    Say 2 of 2 renters

Balboa Terrace Transportation

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MUNI Metro Stop - Junipero Serra & Ocean

Train Stop

Junipero Serra

MUNI Bus Stop - Ocean & Westgate

Train Stop

Ocean Ave

MUNI - K Ingleside

Other

Ocean Ave

Source: foursquare.com

Balboa Terrace Schools

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