St. Francis Wood keeps a low profile behind its gateways, with utility lines buried underground and no businesses. Homes in this quiet, residential neighborhood are impressively large on generously sized lots. Developed in the 1920s for the affluent families of San Francisco, St. Francis Wood homes were designed by the prominent architects of the day, including Julia Morgan, and range in style from Normandy farmhouse to Spanish Mission, Georgian, and Tudor. The landscape architects Olmstead Brothers laid out the curving streets below Mount Davidson, and they designed sunken gardens, loggias, fountains, and pools reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance.
While businesses in St. Francis Wood are prohibited, Stonestown Mall and the West Portal commercial district provide convenient access to shopping. The neighborhood is close to 19th Avenue (Highway 1),which connects the neighborhood to San Francisco International Airport and Silicon Valley to the south, and Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and Marin County to the north.
The M-Ocean View and the K-Ingleside Muni light-rail lines takes residents to City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and downtown destinations. Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, with its beloved redwoods and summer concert series, is nearby.