Visitacion Valley is a middle-class community known for having affordable housing. There is a commercial area located along Leland Avenue with plenty of shops, services, and eateries for locals to access on foot and enjoy. This area has a diverse ethnic population and many local establishments and restaurants reflect proprietors' culture. Asian and Mexican restaurants are prevalent along Leeland Avenue and San Bruno Avenue.
There is a large park on the north side of Visitacion Valley that provides a view of trees and open natural spaces as well as a golf course adjacent to residents along the northern border of the community. The Bayshore Freeway is located on the east and there is an affordable housing complex on the west. Agricultural grounds, commercial areas, and industrial buildings frame the south border of Visitacion Valley.
John McLaren Park at 312 acres is the second largest park in urban San Francisco. This park has plenty of trees and open natural areas and lawns. There are 7 miles of walking trails serpentining through the park for dogs and their owners to meander through. The park also has playgrounds, picnic sites, athletic fields and facilities, and an amphitheater, as well as natural grassland and wetland environments.
Unique to Visitacion Valley is The Visitacion Valley Greenway which is comprised of a series of properties providing outdoor educational opportunities to residents and youth in the community. Native Plant Gardens, children's play areas, artworks, and agricultural endeavors are featured along the greenway and host interpretive programs. The Greenway can be accessed from the commercial area on Leland Avenue and provides a natural corridor in this urban community.
Other parks and playgrounds are located in Visitacion Valley which includes Crocker Amazon Playground, Louis Sutter Playground, and Kelloch/Velasco Park.