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 Residence
$1,095,000 | 3, 1
MLS# 421585114
Meticulously reimagined, this 3 beds, 1 bath retreat delivers comfort and convenience w/in the splendor of the desirable Portola District. With abundant natural light throughout, generous spaces, and thoughtful interiors, every room offers a stylish take on comfort. From the...
Single Family Residence
$1,495,000 | 3, 1
MLS# 421591742
This gorgeous 1930's Spanish Med exudes sophistication with incredible flow to fit any buyer's desire. The residence is bathed in abundant natural light from the stunning arched window in the front and the high atrium glass ceiling in the newly...
Single Family Residence
$1,150,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 421587405
Location in home is a matter of convenience. Located near crossroads of US101 and US280, with all the multiple bus route, this home is as convenient as it's going to get. On the main level, there are 2 bedrooms, 1-bathroom,...

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
$1,625,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 477668
3 bed room, 3 bath updated, single level home on an enormous 56' wide by 120' deep lot (> 6,700 SF); an ideal venue for BBQs, entertaining, safe children's play, gardening, and pet lovers. The origins of this classic 1957...
Single-Family Home
$1,140,000 | 5, 2
MLS# 477112
Great Opportunity to own a 5 bedroom 2 full bath home with income producing units. The upper level of the home also has a large living room, formal dining room, family room and outdoor patio. The lower level has 2...