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February 24, 2009

Neighborhood Spotlight: Merced Manor

Not too far from the West Portal enclave is Merced Manor. This southwestern San Francisco neighborhood is not usually mentioned by prospective buyers when we meet to talk about preferred areas. But Merced Manor actually has a lot going for it.

Bordered by 19th Avenue on the east, Eucalyptus on the south, 26th Avenue on the west and Sloat Boulevard on the north, Merced Manor was largely developed in the 1930s and 1940s, and covers a fairly small geographical area. In the middle lies the Merced Manor Reservoir, which was built in 1936 and was structurally and seismically upgraded in 2006.

Merced Manor isn’t very far from the West Portal retail district and Muni line, and sits just south of Stern Grove. It’s also right next door to Stonestown and the Y. Ocean Avenue runs through Merced Manor, and its own retail area is not far away, either. If you’re a golfer, Harding Park is right around the bend, and you can bring your dogs to nearby Fort Funston. San Francisco State is just south of the neighborhood.

Popular with families due to the proximity to coveted Lowell High School, Merced Manor’s homes typically feature three bedrooms or more. Single-family home averages tend to hover just above the $1M price point. The weather is typically cooler and foggier in the summer.

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