University Mound.

McLaren Park.

San Bruno Ave.

We could say more, but why?

Palega Rec Center
McNab Lake in McLaren Park
Jerry Garcia Ampitheater, McLaren Park

Portola Neighborhood Vibe

A relaxed and friendly neighborhood that has done its best to stay “under the radar” — it’s a neighborhood you’re least likely to see a hipster in. Homes in Portola Heights on the southern side of the neighborhood offer stunning views and back up against McLaren Park, leaving you with a feeling of being in the woods while in the middle of San Francisco. The north side of the neighborhood is bounded by I-280 and has a much more urban and industrial feel than its southern side.


Popular Portola Home Styles

The neighborhood consists primarily of single-family homes built above a garage level and to the width of the lot on 25′ wide lots. While streets in the neighborhood were mapped out in 1869, homes didn’t really begin to appear in the neighborhood until after the great quake of 1906 when displacement from the earthquake and fire accelerated the development of many of our southern neighborhoods. The neighborhood was built out over the next several decades. There has been very little new or recent development in the neighborhood, although there are several large vacant areas that may be developed in the future.

A section of the neighborhood is known as University Mound and features streets named for schools you might aspire to: Amherst, Yale, Bowdoin, Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge to name a few of the streets.


Getting Around in Portola

Plan on driving. While the neighborhood was primarily developed before the car became the default transit mode, it is still a car-dependent neighborhood. Bus lines do serve the neighborhood, but there is no light rail nearby and the closest BART station is the Glen Park BART.


Neighborhood Homes for Sale

Single-Family Home
$895,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 479672
Great opportunity to purchase this wonderful corner home in the desirable University Mound in Portola, across from highly sought-after Cornerstone Academy and just a block from John McLaren Park. Main level features a spacious living room, dining room, a wood...
Single-Family Home
$998,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 479147
Bright, light home with space and classic SF architectural elegance. A skylight and beautiful ceramic & terracotta-tiled steps adorn the tunnel entryway. Standouts for this Spanish Mediterranean-on-the-hill are the open concept dining kitchen areas, high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, the...
2 Unit
MLS# 478559
Classic 1909 Duplex with many original details in the vibrant Portola district. Substantial well proportioned two unit building with freestanding rear cottage apartment. Very convenient location near McLaren Park, San Bruno Avenue commercial district and bicycle paths. Vacant four bedroom,...

Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

Single-Family Home
$1,152,000 | 2, 1
MLS# 479148
This is an exceptionally charming 1920s home located at the foot hills of the Portola District. The upper level consists of two bedrooms and one bathroom. There is also a formal living room, formal dining room, a large laundry room,...
Single-Family Home
$1,300,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 478330
Spectacular and light filled three-bedroom, two bath, semi-attached view home located in a fantastic Portola location! The entryway opens to a formal living room with period details, fireplace, wood floors, formal dining area that overlooks a dramatic San Francisco view,...
Single-Family Home
$868,000 | 4, 2
MLS# 478331
This is a fixer upper with lots potential. Large home with 3br and 1ba upstairs and 1br/1ba downstairs. Bedroom and bath downstairs may be legal buyers to check. Full garage. Great location