St. Francis Wood

According to a 1998 San Francisco Examiner poll, home buyers in St. Francis Wood are some of the city's most satisfied residents. This would come as no surprise to famed architect John Galen Howard and the group of landscape architects, conservationists and urban planners who envisioned this community nearly 100 years ago. Nestled in a forest of eucalyptus, pine and cedar trees planted by Adolph Sutro on Arbor Day in 1886, St. Francis Wood overlooks Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean . The neighborhood has a worldly ambiance, with Mediterranean-style homes on large lots, wide streets lined with Italianate fountains and lush gardens, and the occasional Parisian patisserie on the corner.