Silicon Valley Weekdays, San Francisco Weekends

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As the home to companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Netflix, as well as booming startups, Silicon Valley is the undisputed champion of tech in the U.S.—and thousands flock there each year for their dream job. But there’s more to life than work, so kicking back at the end of a long day and on weekends is vital. Enter Parkmerced apartments in San Francisco: A spacious 152-acre community that’s near everything but only a short commute to work.

Located on the southwestern edge of San Francisco not too far from the freeway, Parkmerced is about 35 minutes to Silicon Valley by car on most days and only a bit longer by Caltrain. And many companies, including Apple and Google, provide employee shuttles that make the ride even easier. If you opt to drive, you’ll pass some tasty options for a mid-commute bite like the classic Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside (the homemade blackberry pie is unforgettable—trust us!) or Restaurant 3000 in Menlo Park (try the spinach and ricotta ravioli). And in West Portal, a restaurant haven that features a ton of excellent dining options isn’t far off the route home either.

Once you’re home at Parkmerced, you’ve got plenty of space to spread out. And we mean a lot. With our acres of green space and community gardens, you can lounge outside, go for a walk, run or bike ride around Lake Merced, or grab a canoe and totally decompress out on the water. If you need a bit of exhilaration, head to Fort Funston for hang gliding, or enjoy the scenery with a picnic on the dunes.

When it’s time for work again, Parkmerced will make you look forward to coming home.