Peaceful, tree-lined streets and grand homes are the landmark of this prominent San Francisco neighborhood. Here on these quiet, heavily wooded blocks sit large, impeccably maintained single-family homes designed in a variety of historic architectural styles, from Mediterranean to mid-century. Forest Hill is a perfect neighborhood for exploring the city’s natural beauty, as there are many stunning gardens, parks, and hidden stairway walks to discover within its boundaries. Built in 1919 by architect Bernard Maybeck, the Forest Hill Clubhouse is a beloved gathering spot where the neighborhood association hosts annual chamber music festivals and holiday events. 

Despite its tranquility and old-world charm, Forest Hill offers all the conveniences of city living. Within walking distance is the lively West Portal Avenue shopping district, which is overflowing with great restaurants, bars, specialty shops, and even a first-run movie theater. Public transportation is centered around a MUNI streetcar station where four lines run through the city, while nearby Highway 280 provides easy access to Silicon Valley. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

The West Portal commercial district is a lively area filled with popular restaurants, coffee and wine shops, day spas and fashion boutiques. 

The West Portal commercial district is a lively area filled with popular restaurants, coffee and wine shops, day spas and fashion boutiques. 

The area south of Dewey Boulevard is known as Laguna Honda or the Forest Hill Extension. The name Laguna Honda means “deep lagoon” in Spanish and refers to the Laguna Honda Reservoir at the intersection of Laguna Honda Boulevard and Clarendon Avenue.

The area south of Dewey Boulevard is known as Laguna Honda or the Forest Hill Extension. The name Laguna Honda means “deep lagoon” in Spanish and refers to the Laguna Honda Reservoir at the intersection of Laguna Honda Boulevard and Clarendon Avenue.

One of San Francisco’s hidden gems, Hawk Hill Park is a magnificent remnant hilltop dune with ocean views of southwestern San Francisco.

One of San Francisco’s hidden gems, Hawk Hill Park is a magnificent remnant hilltop dune with ocean views of southwestern San Francisco.

Residents flock to neighborhood favorite Fresca for ceviche and other classic Peruvian fare.

Residents flock to neighborhood favorite Fresca for ceviche and other classic Peruvian fare.

The historic Forest Hill Clubhouse was constructed in 1919 by architect Bernard Maybeck, who was most famous for creating the Palace of Fine Arts for the Pan Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.

The historic Forest Hill Clubhouse was constructed in 1919 by architect Bernard Maybeck, who was most famous for creating the Palace of Fine Arts for the Pan Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.

The Forest Hill MUNI Station was originally built as part of the Twin Peaks Tunnel in 1916-1918, and is the oldest subway station west of Chicago.

The Forest Hill MUNI Station was originally built as part of the Twin Peaks Tunnel in 1916-1918, and is the oldest subway station west of Chicago.