The Molie Stone store on Portola was Tower Market and has been the market serving the area for over 60 years. There is also the Miraloma Market at Evelyn and Portola. As mentioned there is a Safeway on the next ridge, Diamond Heights Blvd. and one down on Monterey Blvd. The store on Monterey is set for expansion soon according to neighborhood scuttlebutt. There is a new CVS being built on Fowler and Portola.
Depending on where you are in the neighborhood, the shopping isn't a quick walk. I've written often about the fact that neighborhoods like Miraloma are designed for cars. You need to have lots of time to walk or you will need a car to run errands. The problems are arising in the escalation of destination parking costs. Meters and tickets keep going up in the City's efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions.
The local MUNI service is terrible, the 36 runs every thirty minutes - if all the busses and drivers are working that day. SFMTA won't increase the runs because the ridership isn't there and the ridership isn't there because it isn't a dependable or efficient means of transport.... more
I just helped friends buy a home on Bella Vista Way... they had visited nearly every area neighborhood for 2 months and saw countless homes. When they settled on the home on Bella Vista Way the first neighbor they met was incredibly friendly, and raved about the local school. But I agree with Sally, it's on the foggier side as far as neighborhoods go. My Buyer friend grew up in the Excelsior and was quite familiar with the neighborhood's fog, and it's probably one of the reasons the home they found was a better home for the money then much of what they found elsewhere.
Whether or not the neighborhood itself is right for you, I strongly suggest several walking or slow driving visits... on the weekend, in the evening, week days, etc. Visit the stores along Portola, have your kids play in the playground, and talk to whoever you can. You'll know after just a few visits if it's right for you. Both my Buyer and their new neighbor have children, and are all quite excited about the neighborhood.
To search for area homes, visit the "Search for Homes" link on my site below.... more