Forest Hill Neighborhood
Built upon a hillside that Adolph Sutro planted as forest just west of Twin Peaks in the 19th century, Forest Hill today is a community of some 650 homes located in the geographic heart of San Francisco. Tree lined streets follow the hill’s contours presenting charming scenes of natural beauty with unique homes representing many architectural styles from Cotswold Cottage to Midcentury Modern.
Originally situated on the edge of undeveloped sand dunes, Forest Hill’s founders correctly foresaw the city’s growth, and today Forest Hill is just blocks from the charming shops, restaurants and businesses of West Portal Avenue, and less than a mile from vibrant Inner Sunset. The Financial District and SOMA are just 20 minutes away on the MUNI from the Forest Hill or West Portal stations; and for trips farther afield, 19th Avenue provides easy access to the Peninsula and San Francisco Airport to the south, and to Marin and Wine Country to the north.
A quintessential family neighborhood comprised of only single family homes, Forest Hill is one of the least-densely populated neighborhoods in San Francisco. Residents take pride in what they perceive as a “small-town community” within the city. The Forest Hill Association has served the residents of Forest Hill for nearly 100 years and includes the historic Forest Hill clubhouse designed by acclaimed architect Bernard Maybeck.
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