Newcomers who are looking for a neighborhood with a true community spirit and feeling may want to consider Parkside. Parallel to Pine Lake Park and Stern Grove, this area is home to playgrounds and a meadow-like playing field at McCopping Square. Elementary schools offer additional playgrounds and sports fields. Single-family residences predominate in Parkside, adding to the stable and friendly family-oriented atmosphere. The active Sunset Neighborhood Coalition, the Sunset Beach newspaper, the world-class University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, the number of high schools and proximity to San Francisco State Universtiy add to Parkside’s appeal for many families. Ninth Avenue and Irving Street provide an array of coffee houses, eateries and boutiques.