Why Moving Into Parkmerced Will Give You Unlimited Weekend Activities-
San Francisco provides the perfect compromise for those who yearn to experience both city living and the great outdoors. The Bay Area has long been home to many of the country’s best restaurants, public parks and natural wonders. All of these offerings come together in Parkmerced, a new community for San Franciscans who value a comfortable, convenient and active lifestyle. High rise flats and two-story townhouses are available to accommodate tenants from all walks of life, and Parkmerced’s central location means that the best neighborhood activities and excursions are only footsteps from the front door.
Dreams become a reality for the residents of Parkmerced, who can step outside and instantly see endless possibilities for outdoor activities. On-site, residents will find a community garden, bicycle storage, Zipcar services and more to provide a stress-free experience getting from home to fun. A trip to the beach, a breathtaking hike, a leisurely bicycle ride or a day of designer shopping are all easily attainable when home is a Parkmerced address. Here are five sure bets for planning a fun-filled weekend in one of San Francisco’s most desirable neighborhoods.
1.) Spend the day at Lake Merced. – This freshwater lake covers more than one square mile, and provides visitors with beautiful views of southwest San Francisco. This gorgeous location provides a perfect excursion for sporting types. Surrounded by three golf courses, the Olympic Club, San Francisco Golf Club and TPC Harding Park, it provides challenging games with unmatched scenic backdrops of rolling hills, lush greenery and more. Avid fishers frequent Lake Merced for its unique array of aquatic species. Fed by an underground spring, Lake Merced has fluctuating salt water levels to which both saltwater and freshwater fish have adapted, creating a one-of-a-kind ecological environment that attracts adventurers from near and far. Open year round, this spot is also popular among swimmers, divers and boaters who appreciate Lake Merced for its sheer size and majesty.
2.) Take a hike at Fort Funston. – This former harbor defense installation is now a protected area within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Fort Funston’s seemingly endless trails are popular for hiking and horseback riding. The stunning 200-foot bluffs provide an incomparable scenic experience as well as a perfect foundation for some of the area’s best hang gliding. While swimming is not recommended due to the beach’s magnetic sand, many visitors come to admire the water and spend time with their canine friends. Fort Funston is also home to GGNRA’s only off-leash dog park, providing pooches with the added perk of play dates.
3.) Go surfing at Ocean Beach. – Considered one of the Bay Area’s top surfing locations, Ocean Beach offers the strongest currents and best waves in one of San Francisco’s most pristine settings. However, this beach is not for novices as the rip tides can pose a serious threat to casual swimmers and those who are less experienced at riding the waves. Still, people of all experience levels come to experience Ocean Beach’s natural beauty and dine at the area’s many beach-themed cafes. People also come from near and far to peer upon the Seal Rocks, a cluster of rock formations to which many local species of Steller’s sea lions and California sea lions have struck a fancy and go regularly to soak up the sun and bark at passersby.
4.) Take a stroll through West Portal. – Located just a few minutes from Parkmerced is West Portal, a shopping “village” littered with local restaurants and mom and pop stores. This tiny neighborhood is said to function much like its own city, and provides both residents and visitors with a relaxing atmosphere in which to do their shopping or engage in social outings. West Portal is home to a diverse collection of international eateries including Fresca, a Peruvian restaurant serving traditional favorites with a modern flair, and Orexi, a Greek bistro with a notable wood fired pizza menu. The often foggy conditions tend to keep rain at bay making it a decent year round destination. On clearer days, visitors may choose to hit the park that sits above the Muni Tunnel to enjoy spectacular views of the Marin Headlands and Farallon Islands.
5.) Walk on the wild side at the San Francisco Zoo. – There are plenty of reasons to plan a day at the San Francisco Zoo including the brand new South American Tropical Rainforest and Aviary exhibit which is now open. Visitors can enjoy seeing species from around the world engage in activities like daily Grizzly Bear feedings and hatchery tours. Giant Anteaters, Red Pandas and African Lions are on display year round for animal lovers and those who simply enjoy exploring the Zoo’s spectacular gardens will find that this quickly tops of the list of beautiful spots to spend a sunny afternoon.
It’s easy to see how residents of Parkmerced will find no shortage of activities to plan unforgettable weekends with friends and family. For a list of even more neighborhood activities, be sure to explore Parkmerced’s official website here: https://parkmerced.com/amenities/.