San Francisco has a warm Mediterranean climate that is influenced by cool currents from the Pacific Ocean that bring moisture and fog to the region. Oceanview’s inland location means that it is less susceptible to heavy fogs and that fog burns off earlier in the day. Winters are relatively mild and a light jacket is usually adequate to ward off cool temperatures. Summers in San Francisco are hot, but less so due to the moderating influence of the ocean so pedestrians and their pets are not as affected by extreme heat.
Oceanview is bordered by Lakeview Avenue on the north, Orizaba Avenue to the west, and Interstate 280 on the southeast. The freeway is not a pedestrian-friendly area as fast-moving traffic, noise, and a lack of pedestrian ways make it inhospitable for walking. A college campus is located just north of the community. There are streetcar tracks on main thoroughfares such as Broad Street and San Jose Avenue in Oceanview. When crossing main streets, watch out for vehicles and public transportation running along street-level tracks.
Oceanview, like much of San Francisco, is hilly and when hiking with your hound in the region, you and your pup will need to navigate some steep climbs, although this area does not have hills as drastic as some other areas. Homes in the area are closely spaced and front streets with little setbacks. Houses are typical of San Francisco with garages and parking spaces at street level and living quarters on upper floors.
Lake Merced Park is located a little further to the west. This 614-acre park has a large freshwater lake and a paved trail that runs around the perimeter of the lake. The greenway is 4.5 miles in length and enough to tire out even the most energetic pup. There are picnic areas and boat launches. Three golf courses are also located here, although pets are not allowed there. Natural areas along the trail play host to migratory birds and other local wildlife.