Saint Francis Wood is a small, wealthy neighborhood in southwest San Francisco. The neighborhood is bordered by Balboa Terrace, West Portal, Sherwood Forest, and Parkside. Unlike many neighborhoods in San Francisco, the large houses in the area are separated by large amounts of land and there is no business to speak of within the borders of Saint Francis Wood. The streets are lined with green space and trees and the pleasant community is mostly home to families looking for a suburban atmosphere to raise their children in.
San Francisco is known for its unusual weather where temperatures hardly ever escape the 50 to 70-degree range. Due to its location along the San Francisco Bay, the city experiences wind constantly, sometimes making it a cold place to live even in the summer months. If you decide to walk your dog on a particularly cold or windy day, make sure to take the proper precautions for both of you.
San Francisco is a famously hilly city, but Saint Francis Wood only somewhat embodies that stereotype. Unlike many of the quintessential San Francisco neighborhoods which have tightly-packed Victorian homes built into the hilly California landscape, Saint Francis Wood has more evenly spaced homes on flatter terrain. The terrain isn’t completely flat, however, as there are several gradual inclines throughout the neighborhood. When going east to west, you will find the elevation climbing at a mild, comfortable pace.
Because Saint Francis Wood has no major thoroughfares or business sections, foot and street traffic are minimal. The area is almost entirely made up of large, suburban homes and the sidewalks are lined with large patches of grass and trees. The neighborhood is a good place for walking a dog because it is never too congested and its mixture of artificial and natural environments allow for an easy walking experience for both the dog and the owner.
There are only a small handful of officially designated parks within the borders of Saint Francis Wood, but the amount of green space on the streets makes up for that. One major park is Saint Francis Park which is near the center of the neighborhood. It is a fairly small park but it has a lot of open green space, making it a popular place for locals to walk their dogs. Beside it is a small playground for children to enjoy, as well as multiple athletic facilities and fields. Be sure to keep your pup on a leash in these areas.
If you venture outside the borders of Saint Francis Wood to the west, you will find Stern Grove Dog Park within just a few blocks. This is a massive dog park with trails, open green space, and a large lake on its western side. Luckily, it's within a short walking distance of most places in Saint Francis Wood.