Where are the borders of the neighborhood? Links to historical maps follow.

The boundaries of Sunnyside

When Sunnyside was laid out by the Sunnyside Land Company in 1891, a plat map showing the streets, lots, and boundaries was submitted to the city. The company had this map reproduced (with a few misspellings) on their big splash half-page advertisement in the SF Chronicle to announce the property speculation project.

SF Chronicle, 26 April 1891. Advertisement to offer lots in Sunnyside for the first time. View larger. 

The San Francisco Planning Department has a different set of boundaries, somewhat more generous than the original ones, which puts City College, Dorothy Erskine Park, and all of Sunnyside Playground inside the borders. This bit of political jiggery-pokery artificially boosts the open-space-to-resident ratio for this neighborhood.

San Francisco Planning Dept map of the boundaries of Sunnyside. http://propertymap.sfplanning.org/?name=sffind and click on Sunnyside in drop-down menu.

Real estate agents have yet a different take on Sunnyside boundaries, having chipped away at the north and east a bit, as apparently putting a “Glen Park” or “Miraloma Park” or “Westwood Highlands” label on a house in these areas draws a bit more cash.

Portion of a commonly available map used by realtors to show neighborhoods of San Francisco. Sunnyside is nipped off at Acadia, and shaved down to Mangels.

Historical Maps

Some links for exploring old maps of San Francisco, including Sunnyside, found on DavidRumsey.com. All linked maps contain a navigation slider to allow zooming in.

1915 Chevalier map (portion)