Mission Terrace is a neighborhood in southern San Francisco, far from the sights most tourists want to see. It holds many beautiful buildings though, including a high school acclaimed as a historic landmark. Construction in Mission Terrace began in 1909, as part of the rebuilding after the great earthquake and fire of 1906.
Mission Terrace is bounded on the west and north by a curve of the 280 Freeway. On the east the boundary is Mission Street, and on the south it is Geneva Avenue. The Mission Terrace neighborhood is nowhere near the area known as the Mission, though they share a long street. The zip code is 94112.
Balboa High School in Mission Terrace was completed in 1931. It is a remarkable example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style. It boasts a center courtyard, intricate tile work, and arcaded passageways. This beautifully proportioned and ornamented building is a focal point of the neighborhood.
Mission Terrace also holds California Bungalows, Craftsman Bungalows, Mission Revivals, and row houses of all descriptions. Most of the area has few trees and minimal yards, contributing to the urban ambiance. Many small stores serve the neighborhood.
For outdoor adventures, huge Balboa Park borders I-280 on the west edge of Mission Terrace. It holds baseball fields, tennis courts, play equipment, a swimming pool, and a satellite police station. Two miles south of Mission Terrace, San Bruno Mountain State Park offers steep hiking trails and expansive views from the ridge line. Less than three miles west, windy Ocean Beach sweeps the western edge of San Francisco.
Car commuting is simple from anywhere in Mission Terrace; an on-ramp to the I-280 is nearby. Two BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) subway stations connect the neighborhood to the entire Bay Area. Muni (municipal transportation) trams stop in Mission Terrace too, making eco-friendly city commuting an easy option.