San Francisco, CA

Portola

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Home Styles
Buy:
$699K - $1.5M
For Sale on Trulia:
4 homes
Rent:
$2.4K - $5K
For Rent on Trulia:
9 homes
To Downtown San Francisco:
18 minutes
10 Schools:
Rated 1/10 - 6/10

Explore the Area

What Locals Say

At least 60 Trulia users voted on each feature.
88%
There are sidewalks
82%
It's dog friendly
78%
It's walkable to grocery stores
68%
It's walkable to restaurants
62%
They plan to stay for at least 5 years
61%
Streets are well-lit
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1w ago
"There is public a park/ rec area, library around the area. There is one Middle school and two elementary school. "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"There is a bus that elderly people can take. Others usually drive their cars."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"It's a growing middle-class community where blue-collar and white-collar people mix."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Parents should know that they are safe and there is a good private christian church. They can bring their kids to the park."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Dog owners can bring their dogs to the dog park to play."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"The branch public library and the playground (Palega, formerly Portola) are excellent."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"There are nice parks for kids of all ages to play in. Many parents have play dates also. Portola has many playgrounds and a library for children."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"The 54 on Felton goes to Geneva Ave. The 44 bus from Cambridge goes to Silver Ave."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"It's very quiet and personal. Everyone is so nice. We have the amazing McLaren Park area and beautiful trees. Not much violence. San Bruno Ave has a lot of good restaurants and stores."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Portola is unique because of the diverse people who live here. It is a tight-knit community with a lot of friendly people. Everyone has been living in this community for years. My favorite is walking down the street and hanging out at the park. I also like working with my neighbors in the garden."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Portola is not known to many San Franciscans by either name or location. It is arguably one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse of S.F.'s neighborhoods—its residents are a unique blend of nationalities. It is conveniently close to S.F.'s two major freeways. McLaren Park and a full-length, 9-hole golf course are nearby."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Lots of people take the bus. There are a lot of elderly folks in the streets."
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  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"There are plenty of dog owners and many open places to exercise dogs, including at least one off-leash area."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Dog owners will like the big park next to the neighborhood. They will dislike that some people litter."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"It's inconvenient, congested, slow, and crowded either by public transit or car. It's slow on weekday mornings. Parking is terrible during business hours 7 days a week."
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Trulia User
  • Visitor
  • 2y ago
"Stayed in Ingleside for 10 days. Thoroughly enjoyed the quiet streets. Used bus (Muni) to get to all the main tourist sights. Range of restaurants, grocery stores & other shops are all available to make a long stay easy. But be prepared for the cool winds & fog, even in Summer!"
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Trulia User
  • 5y ago
"Recently bought a condo in Portola and love it. Bordered by Silver Avenue, McLaren Park and the 101 Highway, the Portola, District is a family-oriented, multi-cultural neighborhood. Comprised mainly of, single-family homes, the Portola’s residents represent a variety of ages, incomes, and cultural backgrounds, including new residents and others who have lived in the neighborhood for over 80 years. San Bruno Avenue is the thriving commercial, main street of the Portola District. The street is a mix of neighborhood-serving, retail, locally-owned restaurants, green grocers, and specialty food stores which have served the community for generations. It also features a high concentration of vibrant businesses owned by and serving Chinese Americans. In the last few years, San Bruno Avenue has undergone significant physical improvements including the undergrounding of utility lines, placement of, new street lights, planting of trees and fortnight lilies, mural installations, and numerous storefront improvement projects. The Portola Neighborhood Association, comprised of local merchants, property owners, and residents, is committed to improving the commercial corridor and the neighborhood. Other nonprofit organizations in the area provide support services and activities targeting local youth, seniors and immigrants."
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Trulia User
  • 5y ago
"The yards are larger here in than most of San Francisco so gardening is big here. An annual garden tour, The Portola Garden Tour, held in late September os a neighborhood favorite. McLaren Park, second only o Golden Gate Park in size, is a treasure. Palega Rec Center at Portola Park and the Portola Branch Library are great places for families and kids o meet and hang out. San Bruno Avenue, the commercial district, is attracting a lot of attention. Four Barrel Coffee recently opened there, a local hangout shuttered last fall, Breakfast at Tiffany's is set to reopen soon and a nano brewery is slated to open in 2015. Add to that, the established businesses like Fat Beli Deli, Cinco de Mayo, Ling Ling, Red House Bakery provide a lively ethnic mix. The community is involved and several Portola Neighbor Association projects, a huge snake mural and a pocket park on San Bruno Avenue add color and lively activity. Most people still don't know about the area. It's nice. Come see for yourself. Exit 101 at Silver or Paul Avenues, 280 at Alemany. From the Mission take Silver Avenue or Persia through McLaren Park to get here, from Bernal take Alemany to San Bruno Avenue."
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Trulia User
  • 6y ago
"Great friendly neighborhood for families. Fun mix of Asian, Hispanic, & Caucasian, increasingly seen in the types of businesses opening up on San Bruno Avenue. The parks are great, though under utilized. Great community pride. San Bruno Avenue is becoming a more desirable place to shop, eat, and grab coffee. Transit could be better. My family loves living here."
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Trulia User
  • 7y ago
"Portola is a really nice residential area. Friendly, good weather, great parks, easy parking and public transportation"
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Trulia User
  • 7y ago
"Quiet, residential neighborhood. Multi-cultural, local schools, 2nd largest park (McLaren) in SF. Close to two freeways. Very active neighborhood community, on-line and off-line. Relatively low crime rate. Good access to public transit buses, low traffic volume."
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Trulia User
  • 7y ago
"Very quiet, sunny, safe and convenient location in San Francisco. This home is one of a handful of newer and larger single-family residences in the area, situated amongst the very well established Portola Hills/University Mound area of the City. The area represents a very good mix of ethnicity and diversity, including professionals and working families, long-time retirees and residences alike. Picturesque John McLaren Park (San Francisco's 2nd largest park) anchors the neighborhood not to far away and is a convenient spot for a multitude of family oriented and recreational activities (barbequing/picnicing, tennis, basketball, softball diamond, soccer field, etc.). Additionally, in terms of location, very convenient and easy access to all major highways (Hi 280 and 101) and minutes from both GlenPark BART station and downtown San Francisco. Overall, a real winner in all respects!"
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Safety and Crime

Portola crime
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What Locals Say About Safety

At least 60 Trulia users voted on each feature.
88%
There are sidewalks
61%
Streets are well-lit
50%
People would walk alone at night
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Schools

Taylor (Edward R.) Elementary School
  • K-5
  • PUBLIC
  • 646 Students
San Francisco Unified School District
6/10
GreatSchools Rating
Parent Rating Average
No privacy towards individual student's development. One particular teacher I have encountered in the past seems to have no filter in her mouth. If the child is having trouble in class; whether it be academically or behavioral, please take the parent in a private meeting. Instead of discussing it in front of other parents, Especially those who LOVE "to gossip". Another teacher my child had was firm. That's great to get some order in the class, but if my child wishes to wear her sweater on a warm day so be it. Who is she to tell her in front of the whole class to take it off because it's a hot day and she should already know that instead of the teacher pointing it out? I wish my daughter had told me this when it happened. Also as previous comments the higher the grade level these children get into the less communication there is from the teachers. When it comes down to parent teacher conferences is the only time I found out my child needed help in certain areas. Let me know ahead of time so that I can help them, instead of the, "they are fine" line when I ask. Overall, this school could be better with teacher communication adjustments, privacy, and showing children to respect one another. Well that also has to come from teachers towards the students. The principal was new this year, so don't know much about her since she was pretty distant.
Parent Review
3y ago
5 Reviews
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