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Saint Francis Wood Apartments for Rent

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San Francisco’s Saint Francis Wood is an inviting neighborhood with gorgeous views and is set on the southwestern slopes of Mount Davidson. A planned community begun around 1915, it has curving hillside streets with trees and gardens, fountains, and underground utilities.

Southwest of the summit of Mount Davidson and east of Stern Grove, Saint Francis Woods was designed as a California streetcar suburb, with an elaborate entrance where the first streetcar stop would be when the tunnel under Twin Peaks was completed. Businessmen took the streetcar to work and returned to homes two miles southwest of downtown but separated from it by mountains. Busy wives took children to play in the Children’s Commons, now a lovely old park.

The whole family played tennis on neighborhood courts, still in use, or strolled in the growing greenery on Mount Davidson, the tallest peak in San Francisco. It’s now a hilltop park with groves of Monterey pine, cypress, and eucalyptus.

Since shops are not permitted in the Saint Francis Wood neighborhood, the shopping area is to the north, in West Portal, where the streetcar lines come out of the tunnel. The apartments nearest to the neighborhood are also in West Portal.

Commodore Sloat is a local elementary School, Aptos Middle School an intermediate school, and a nearby public high school is San Francisco School of the Arts. San Francisco State College and San Francisco City College are within a long walking distance.

Saint Francis Wood has been looked after by its residents for nearly 100 years. In that time, the lush landscape and classic homes have only become more beautiful. If a new generation of homeowners takes equal care, Saint Francis Wood will only become lovelier with time.

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