The weather in this neighborhood tends to be foggy and fog can linger well into the day. It is also occasionally windy with exposure to the Pacific coast. Dog walkers would be aware of reduced visibility and be careful crossing roadways in the neighborhood. When cooler winter weather is exacerbated by breezes from the ocean, a warm jacket is required. Your dog may even appreciate a snug rug to keep moisture from fog and occasional rain off and to provide protection from cool, windy conditions.
Central Sunset is bordered by Lincoln Way on the north, Quintara Street on the south, and between 19th Avenue on the east and Sunset Boulevard on the west. The Sunset Reservoir is located on the eastern section of the neighborhood and takes up a large amount of real estate. The Pacific Ocean is located several blocks to the west and weather from the coast affects the neighborhood, sometimes reducing visibility. The area is relatively flat by San Francisco standards and residents can take leisurely strolls without having to hike up steep hills. Roads are laid out in a traditional urban grid pattern, so pedestrians are less likely to get lost on foggy days!
Homes in the area are uniform, often with pastel colors. Houses are closely set, many with small backyards and living quarters on upper floors. Some streets have trolley tracks so when you are walking your dog, watch for trolleys as well as vehicles on roadways.
The Sunset Reservoir has a small park on one side with paved pedestrian paths where you can walk your dog. The Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove is located a little to the south of central Sunset, however, this 33-acre park has several features that make it worth the trip. Eucalyptus and pine trees cover the park and there are plenty of greenway pedestrian trails, an amphitheater hosting summer concerts, and festivals. The adjoining Pine Lake Park has a dog-friendly off-leash area where your dog can play, but it is not enclosed.
Golden Gate Park has 1000 acres, ten lakes, and multiple amenities to explore with your pooch several blocks to the north. Natural wildlife and gardens as well as open spaces and groves of beautiful trees are located throughout and can be enjoyed from paved pedestrian paths with your dog on a leash. There are also several designated fenced off-leash areas in the park.