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Ingleside Heights is part of what San Francisco refers to as the OMI (Oceanview, Merced Heights, and Ingleside) neighborhoods, with rows of modest homes stretched along its streets, along with some views - thanks to the hilly terrain. While Ingleside Heights is primarily residential, markets and small pizzerias add a touch of urban convenience to this diverse community.

With the influx of public transportation and the need for affordable housing after World War II, Ingleside Heights and its neighbor to the north, Merced Heights, were created, bringing the possibility of homeownership to middle-class America. Today, proximity to public transportation, easy access to I-280, which links the neighborhood to points throughout San Francisco, nearby parks, golf courses, and shopping centers are but a few of the attractions Ingleside Heights offers.

Most of the homes in Ingleside Heights are modest residences built in the 1940s and 1950s. Although most Ingleside Heights homes follow the formula of single-story living quarters constructed over a garage, an exciting array of architectural styles is represented. Having been developed according to an urban plan, most lots in Ingleside Heights are uniform in size and offer minimal front yards but comfortably sized (by city standards) back yards.