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.