Mission, San Francisco: The Mission district is home to the oldest surviving building in San Francisco, Mission Dolores. Locals love the neighborhood for its walkability and large selection of dining options, including a variety of restaurants that serve the famous Mission-style burrito.
Outer Sunset, San Francisco: On the edge of the city, facing the Pacific Ocean, this neighborhood is a part of the larger Sunset district (the most populous in the city), but locals know that West of 19th Ave is the Outer Sunset while the Inner Sunset is to the East.
Lake Merritt, Oakland: In addition to a reflecting pool and a resident turkey, the Morcom Rose Garden contains thousands of roses. Along the winding walkways and deep into the 7 acres of the grounds, you might find painters like Kevin Woodson, pictured, deriving inspiration from the garden.
Bouldin, Austin: This is one of Austin's oldest neighborhoods, so it's seen a lot of change over the years. But scenic Butler Park remains a constant in residents' lives — it's where everyone goes to walk their dogs, kayak on the river, or even enjoy a quick round of golf.
Buena Park, Chicago: Located in Uptown Chicago and on the edge of Lake Michigan is the Buena Park neighborhood, home to some amazing mansions built in early 20th century. Many of these houses have a rich history, including a few designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's student, George W. Maher.