Forest Hill is a suburban, residential neighborhood in the heart of the city. It is known for its well-maintained and manicured yards, as well as its tree-lined streets. Many of the homes are detached and boast large front or backyards and the neighborhood has abundant street parking. Built upon a hillside that Adolph Sutro planted as a forest just west of Twin Peaks in the 19th century, known as Sutro’s Great Forest, the neighborhood was named for the forested hills that surround the area. The neighborhood was part of the eight master-planned residence parks, or "garden suburbs. In 1919, the Forest Hill Clubhouse was built and designed by architect Bernard Maybeck and is now a designated San Francisco Historic Landmark. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the Forest Hill neighborhood continued to grow and develop. The neighborhood was marketed as a suburban retreat within the city, offering a peaceful and picturesque environment for residents. Involvement in World War II: During World War II, the Forest Hill neighborhood played a role in the war effort. The Forest Hill Clubhouse was used as a USO center for soldiers, and many residents volunteered in various capacities to support the war effort. Forest Hill today is a community of approximately 700 homes located in the geographic center of San Francisco. Throughout its history up until the present, Forest Hill has been known as a beautiful place to raise a family with some of the friendliest people anywhere. In fact, Forest Hill was so quiet that in 1971 a newspaper profile called it “An Island of Tranquility Amidst Big City Turmoil.” SF Gate.
Picturesque, serene, suburban
At A Glance
Peaceful and serene suburban setting.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Forest Hill is known for its strong sense of community.
A serene and safe environment where people have pride of ownership.
Seemingly remote but easy access to transportation and just blocks from West Portal.
Forest Hill is characterized by its natural beauty, with tree-lined streets and manicured gardens.
YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
This serene oasis.
Located In Forest Hill
Inner Sunset, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Heights, Forest Hill Extension, West Portal, Sunset District, Inner Parkside, Miraloma
East to West Boundaries
10th Ave. running east, split between Dewey Blvd. and Laguna Honda Blvd. to the west
North to South Boundaries
Taraval St. to the south, a split between Pacheco, 9th Ave, and Ortega St. to the north
- Financial District via auto: 35 minutes
- Financial District via transit: 25 minutes
- South San Francisco via auto: 30 minutes
- Silicon Valley via auto: 75 minutes
AROUND THE BLOCK
Forest Hill is known for its strong sense of community. Residents take pride in their neighborhood and come together for community events, such as block parties, holiday celebrations, and charity events. The Forest Hill Clubhouse serves as a gathering place for community members, offering a variety of social and recreational activities for all ages.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Forest Hill is known for being a quiet, safe and peaceful neighborhood, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The streets are well-maintained, and clean and there is pride in ownership.
Residents of Forest Hill enjoy a peaceful and serene setting, with tree-lined streets, verdant parks, and stunning architecture. Many homes in the area offer breathtaking views of the city, the bay, or the surrounding hills.
Seemingly remote, an oasis from the urban hustle and bustle of the City, Forest Hill is just blocks from the charming shops, restaurants and businesses of West Portal Avenue, and the neighborhood is served by several Muni bus lines, making it easy to get around the city. The nearby West Portal station also provides access to the Muni Metro system, which connects to other parts of San Francisco.
Forest Hill is characterized by its natural beauty, with tree-lined streets and manicured gardens.The architecture in Forest Hill consists primarily of large, elegant homes, many of which were built in the early 20th century. The homes are designed in a variety of styles, including Tudor, Spanish Colonial, and Mediterranean, with many featuring unique details such as decorative tilework, wrought-iron balconies, and arched doorways.
YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
Forest Hill offers residents a peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.