San Pablo is a neighborhood 30 minutes northeast of San Francisco, in Contra Costa County, California. The city of Richmond surrounds nearly the whole community of San Pablo. Interstate 80 is the major roadway in the area and it flanks the eastern edge of the neighborhood.
San Pablo is located between the northern end of the Berkeley Hills and San Pablo Bay. Two creeks run through the area: Wildcat Creek and San Pablo Creek, both of which originate in the mountain ranges southeast of the community.
Residents have access to buses that carry them to Hilltop Mall Shopping Center, Richmond Parkway Transit Center and the Amtrak train station in Richmond.
San Pablo is the home of the western campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. This school is part of the California community colleges system.
The neighborhood offers residents tons of activities including Fourth of July fireworks displays, Easter egg hunts, movies in the park and holiday tree-lighting ceremonies. The San Pablo Art Gallery features local artists and group exhibitions on a monthly basis. There are also several parks in the neighborhood including Wanlass Park and Davis Park and El Portal Sports Fields.
South of Market, affectionately known as SoMa, is a large neighborhood in San Francisco. The community is located just south of Market Street and contains several sub-neighborhoods including South Beach, Mission Bay and Rincon Hill. The major roadways closest to the neighborhood include Interstate 80 and State Route 101.
South of Market contains a diverse stretch of warehouses, auto repair shops, nightclubs, residential hotels, art spaces, loft apartments, furniture showrooms, condominiums and technology companies.
The neighborhood has plenty of cultural attractions, including several museums. From the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (known as SFMOMA) to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Museum of the African Diaspora, there is something for everyone in SoMa. This neighborhood is ideas for theater-loving residents because it has many small companies and venues including the Lamplighters, The Garage, Theatre Rhinoceros and the Boxcar Theater.
Residents can enjoy a children's park with a large play area, an ice skating rink, a bowling alley, a restaurant and a restored merry-go-round at Playland-At-the-Beach, an amusement park that was located next to Ocean Beach. The park closed in 1972 but the merry-go-round still stands.
Several elementary, middle and high schools are located in SoMa. Golden Gate University, Academy of Art University and the City College of San Francisco also make their home in this neighborhood.
Western Addition is a neighborhood located in San Francisco. The major roadway in the area is State Route 101, which goes through the city center.
Residents have lots to choose from when it comes to housing. There are many rental apartments available in Western Addition, some of which are in historic three-story Victorians, as well as a large number of high rises.
The eastern portion of Western Addition is home to the Fillmore District, which is rich in music history. It is home to jazz clubs where such greats as Billie Holliday, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington made names for themselves. In the 1960s many of the clubs became venues for the psychedelic music scene, opening their doors to acts like Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. Plenty of jazz venues remain in the Western Addition.
Residents can enjoy newer, cutting edge nightspots and microbreweries in the neighborhood as well. Divisadero Street is an eclectic mix of soul food, barbecues, vegetarian, and pizza places that foodies are sure to love.
Several elementary and high schools serve the student residents of Western Addition.
Willow Glen is a neighborhood roughly one hour south of San Francisco in the city of San Jose, California. The community is encircled by major roadways including State Routes 85, 87 and 17, and Interstate 280, which runs east and west across Willow Glen's north border.
Willow Glen has plenty for its residents to do – it boasts a great selection of specialty shops, independent businesses and restaurants. There are also plenty of nightlife venues for fans of karaoke and wine aficionados.
The pedestrian-friendly streets are lined with mature trees and diverse architecture to create a very walkable atmosphere. There are also several trails that residents can use for biking and hiking. No railways serve the neighborhood but commuters can use the light rail system with stations near the border of the community.
Several elementary schools including Bagby and Blackford schools make their home in Willow Glen. Two high schools also serve the students there: Presentation, Willow Glen and Del Mar high schools.
The neighborhood association is a very active organization in the community, and it hosts annual events like picnics, holiday tree lightings and Founder's Day.
The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco that was developed in the late 1800s. State Route 1 runs north-south through the center of the community and it is bordered to the south by Golden Gate Park. The Pacific Ocean lies to the west and San Francisco National Cemetery and Presidio Golf Course border the northern edge of the Richmond District.
The neighborhood is home to a vast affluent Chinese population. In fact, the commercial strips on Geary Boulevard Clement Street are commonly referred to as the "second Chinatown," boasting more highly-rated Chinese restaurants than Chinatown itself.
Residents nicknamed the area "the Richmond," and they enjoy several parks there. Sutro Heights Park is one example, along with Rochambeau playground that has tennis and basketball courts. Lincoln Park and Golf Course contains the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, a part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The San Francisco Unified School District serves students living in the Richmond District. Several elementary schools are located there, along with Presidio and Roosevelt middle schools. George Washington High School also makes its home in the district.
Two libraries are nearby: the Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch and the Anza Branch of the San Francisco Public Library.
Newark is a community in Alameda County, roughly 40 miles southeast of San Francisco. It was named after Newark Castle located in Port Glasgow, Scotland. The neighborhood is an enclave, surrounded by the city of Fremont. The three communities of Newark, Fremont, and Union City make up the Tri-City area. Major roadways in the area include Interstate 880 to the east and State Route 84, which runs through the northern part of Newark.
The San Francisco Bay lies near the western edge of the community.
Residents enjoy proximity to the Newpark Mall, with anchor stores including Sears, J. C. Penney, Macy's, and Burlington Coat Factory. It also features with more than 140 other retailers.
Newark boasts thirteen parks and sports facilities to keep its residents active, including the George M. Silliman Community Activity and Family Aquatic Center. The Family Aquatic Center has a 32,300-square-foot indoor swim park specifically designed for recreation, fitness and instruction programs for the entire family. The Natatorium boasts four separate pools including: an activity pool, a long lazy river pool with a pair of water slides, a lap pool and a 15-person warm-water spa.
There is one high school in the neighborhood, Newark Memorial High School, and a junior high school, Newark Junior High School. Elementary schools include Kennedy, Bunker, Graham, Lincoln, Milani, Musick, Schilling and Snow schools along with one Catholic elementary called St. Edward.
Sunnyvale is a neighborhood located about 45 minutes south of San Francisco. Major roadways in the area include historic El Camino Real and Highway 101, which carry commuters north and south along the coast of San Francisco Bay.
Sunnyvale has a lot to offer its residents. The City of Sunnyvale has classes like karate and swimming. It encourages its residents to get involved with volunteer opportunities that allow them to teach music, computer classes, bilingual storytime and work at the local theater as well.
There are many parks in the Sunnyvale area. These include Las Palmas, Ortega and Washington parks, as well as and Baylands Park, which is site of a popular annual picnic. There are also two public golf courses in the area. Full Circle Farm is the largest community-based urban farm in Silicon Valley and is located in the neighborhood. Charles Street Gardens, Sunnyvale's oldest and largest community garden, is located adjacent to the library.
The neighborhood has been named a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, and has multiple on-street and off-street bike lanes for residents. The lanes are equipped with bicycle-activated traffic signals, and bicycle accommodations are available on public transportation (VTA and Caltrain).
Several elementary, middle and high schools serve the residents of Sunnyvale. Residents can also visit the local Sunnyvale Public Library, located at the Sunnyvale Civic Center.
East Palo Alto is a neighborhood in San Mateo County, Calif., just 40 minutes south of San Francisco. Major roadways in the area include U.S. Route 101 (commonly known as Bayshore Freeway) to the west and Route 84 (Bayfront Expressway) to the north.
East Palo Alto's community shuttle offers residents free public transportation and connects the neighborhood to the Palo Alto Caltrain station during peak hours.
The community is bordered on the west by Menlo Park, which is the birthplace of Google, Inc. To the south lies Palo Alto, and to the east is the San Francisco Bay, spanned by the famous Golden Gate Bridge. The San Francisquito Creek defines East Palo Alto's southern edge.
Over the last 10 to 15 years, the community of East Palo Alto has undergone changes that have included developing new housing complexes and welcoming numerous big name retailers, including IKEA, Sports Authority, Home Depot, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Office Depot and Best Buy.
The Ravenswood City School District has its headquarters in East Palo Alto. Several preschools, elementary and middle schools call the area their home. High schools in the neighborhood serve students from East Palo Alto in the surrounding neighborhoods, including Carlmont High School in Belmont, Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton and Woodside High School in Woodside.
Parkside is a neighborhood located in the southwest section of San Francisco. Major roadways in the area include Quintara Street to the north, Sloat Street to the south and 36th Avenue/Sunset Boulevard to the west.
The neighborhood is mostly residential, except for the commercial corridor on Taraval Street. Residents utilize the L Taraval train, which is a part of the Muni Metro to commute into downtown San Francisco for work or pleasure.
Parkside holds the unique distinction of having more parks per capita than any other neighborhood in San Francisco. These parks include Parkside Square, Pine Lake Park, Concert Meadow, Carl Larsen Park, Sigmund Stern Grove and McCoppin Park. Residents can enjoy free outdoor music concerts at some of these open spaces.
This neighborhood is the home of Dianne Feinstein Elementary School at the Parkside Campus. Parkside Library, a branch of the San Francisco Public Library, is also located in the area. Residents can also take advantage of classes there, such as Intro to Urban Bicycling and Preschool Storytime.
A wide range of restaurants offer cuisine from sushi to pizza. There are also numerous workout studios catering to yoga and Pilates enthusiasts.
Outer Sunset is a neighborhood on the west side of San Francisco that abuts the Pacific coast. Major roads in the area include 19th Avenue, Sunset Boulevard, Great Highway and Lincoln Way. Neighborhood residents can travel throughout the city via car, bus or light rail. Driving to the city center from Outer Sunset takes about 15 minutes.
The northern boundary of Outer Sunset is comprised of Golden Gate Park, which spans over 1,000 acres. Botanical gardens, the de Young Museum, a Japanese Tea Garden and much more sit within Golden Gate Park.
The Ortega Branch of the San Francisco Public Library is located on the southwest side of Outer Sunset. There you'll find books, CDs, DVDs and foreign language collections. Neighborhood residents can take classes or join clubs at the library, such as how to grow roses or story time for kids.
Being near the ocean, Outer Sunset has lovely views and beachfront properties. You can bike along the coast on a trail that follows Great Highway.
You'll find a number of trendy restaurants, cafes and bakeries in Outer Sunset, many of which serve the latest artisanal cuisine. Bike, drive or walk along Noriega Street to find a new favorite eatery. Judah Street also has a high concentration of shops and restaurants.