Concourse of the Balboa Park BART Station, February 16 2007
Oceanview's Alemany Boulevard traces the route of the old Ocean Shore Railroad, and the village of Oceanview grew up around the train station that served travelers between San Francisco and San Jose . The district's European immigrant population has since become much more diverse and now includes African-Americans, Asians and Latinos, attracted by Oceanview's strong sense of community and its affordable housing. Immediately to the west, on the site of the old Ingleside Race Track lies one of the most unusual monuments in foggy San Francisco – a giant sundial. It was built in 1913 to celebrate the opening of the Twin Peaks Tunnel and to attract young home buyers to the new Ingleside Terraces neighborhood, another “residence park” with curving streets and Arts & Crafts bungalows. These large homes – some with five or six bedrooms -- are also unusual by San Francisco standards, with ample yards all the way around.