Glen Park - right off of Bart. The commercial strip is super small, but high quality -- Canyon Market is (expensive, but...) great, not many food options, but what they have is darn good -- I heart Gialina pizza. Great little book store and specialty shops. Glen Park Canyon is a fun city hike. Super easy to get on the freeway if you commute down the peninsula or drive downtown.
West Portal - easy Muni access. Definitely more suburban feeling. If I had to guess, more families than single people. Cute strip (bigger than what's in Glen Park) - a much bigger bookstore, many more food options than Glen Park, old school movie theater. There's even a decent sized public library. By car it's a harder commute to downtown & a longer trip to the freeway.
I have kids, so I'd probably pick West Portal. Without kids, I would've picked Glen Park. I hope this was helpful -- good luck!
The neighborhood has a more suburban feel to it, but the housing stock is more consistent, there is built in demand and the neighbors are friendly.
The streets are wider and rectilinear, so it could feel less quaint than Glen Park.
The MUNI does make it convenient to down town, so that isn't an issue. Great restaurants and relatively easy to park on the Avenue if you drive there. Walking is pretty convenient too.
There is a good selection of shops on West Portal Avenue (much more than Glen Park) and the location is convenient to the Peninsula and the Beach.
You should hang out in both areas at different times of the day and night to see which you like better. It's all personal preference.
Best of luck to you.
Glen Park is a wonderfully diverse neighborhood.
There are many differences between Glen Park and West Portal. Transportation accessibility is one of them. Glen Park has a BART station right in the village as well as quick access to both 280 and 101.
Both have very nice villages with several restaurants and shops. West Portal is a little larger with a few chain stores whereas Glen Park is more "locally owned businesses" - although there are many in West Portal too. The housing stock is a bit different too. The West Portal homes are a little larger, in general, hence prices are a little higher. I would say the weather, in general, is a bit better in Glen Park as it's right on the fog line and some days misses the fog. All is all both have some very fine qualities and are wonderful places to live. I would be very happy to answer any other specific questions that you have. Feel free to e-mail or call anytime.
Which is better for a â€œsingle personâ€ will depend on the person. Seriously one could sell either as beneficial but it would be much better for you to experience them and see how you feel about them.
The housing selection is also very different â€“just on a superficial level - the properties in the West Portal area have more detached homes while Glen Park has more zero-lot line homes. The weather is different, the restaurants are different, access to Downtown is different â€“ one uses BART the other uses the Metro. On and on I could go.
What about the community? Are both neighborhoods equally neighborly? If not, how are they different? How about the demographics? Is Glen Park significantly younger?
Also, where is there more potential for development in the coming years?
As for pricing,
In Glen Park avg 3BR single family home sold for $1.177M and avg 2BR condo sold for $693K
In West Portal much lower number of properties but for 3BR home avg was about $100K less than Glen Park and only one condo sold so not enough data to compare.
Why only those two areas? If you want to send me price point and other criteria - beds, baths, condo or house, etc... I could make some more intelligent recommendations. Contact info below.
Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
They are actually quite similar in terms of pricing for SFH. They are two suburban neighborhoods in the city that provide transportation to down town as well as major highways to the South Bay.
Glen Park has shops and restaurants along Chenery St while West Portal has there own along West Portal Avenue.
I think that there are more lively neighborhoods for single people i.e., South Beach, SoMa, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Marina, Hayes Valley just to name a few. It really depends on your individual prerequisites and short/long term goals.
I recommend you visit the neighborhoods on your own during different times of day so you can get a feel for them yourself.