Balboa Terrace is a small neighborhood on the southwest side of San Francisco. The neighborhood is bordered by Saint Francis Wood, Lakeside, Ingleside Terraces, and Monterey Heights. It is mostly a residential community, but the major thoroughfares that run parallel to the neighborhood have many businesses, restaurants, and banks for residents to visit. Commodore Sloat Elementary School lies in the southwest corner of Balboa Terrace, drawing many families to the area looking for a place to send their children to school.
San Francisco’s weather is unique yet consistent with temperatures hardly ever leaving the 50 to 70-degree range all year long. Due to its location along the San Francisco Bay, the city experiences constant wind. If you decide to take your dog for a walk on a particularly cold, windy day, make sure to take the proper precautions to keep both of you warm while you're out and about!
San Francisco is known for its uniquely hilly terrain and it has many neighborhoods and business districts with streets that wind up and down steep inclines. Balboa Terrace retains some of these characteristics, but its terrain is much milder than many of the more famous areas in San Francisco. The neighborhood has a few gradual hills, most of which start on its southern border and extend upward to plateaus in its center. The section of Darien Way in the upper north east corner of the neighborhood is by far the steepest, most intense part of the terrain in Balboa Terrace.
Most of the streets are lined with trees, foliage, and beautiful homes with colorful and creative architecture. You likely won’t deal with much traffic in Balboa Terrace, because it is almost entirely residential and removed from the busier parts of San Francisco. It can make for a great place to walk a dog almost any time of day.
There are no major parks or greenways within the bounds of Balboa Terrace, but there are several green areas to explore if you venture outside of the neighborhood. Aptos Park, located directly adjacent to Balboa Terrace on the southwest side, is a middle school park that is used by many in the surrounding community. It stretches for almost 5 acres and features a playground, baseball diamond, tennis court, and blacktop area. It also has a lot of open green space which is used frequently by joggers and dog owners as long as they keep their dogs on a leash.
Directly to the northwest of Balboa Terrace is Stern Grove Dog Park which is a massive plot of land that is one of the most popular areas for dog walking in San Francisco. The park has several trails that run through its center, bountiful open green space, and a large lake on its western side.