As a little-known neighborhood leaning toward the outskirts of San Francisco, Portola maintains a simple community feel. This unassuming residential area is home to independent bakeries, family-run pharmacies, and beloved McLaren Park. Although it shares a border with two infamously rough neighborhoods, Portola is a quiet community that takes care of itself. Public transportation is not convenient here, but the neighborhood is easily accessible by car—Portola is situated at the intersection of two major interstates.See 14 places to stay Save this neighborhood
Portola: A Private Neighborhood in San Francisco's Fringes
The neighborhood has a GORGEOUS park within walking distance with an incredible view of San Francisco."
Visited in 2012
Life In Portola
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Michael Blumenfeld is a commercial photographer based in San Francisco. When not shooting, he loves rooting for the Giants, haunting used-book stores, and following his appetite around the city. He's inspired each day by the energy and diversity of the Bay Area. This project for Airbnb was a great opportunity to tread both the beaten and unbeaten paths of a city he feels privileged to call home.