Situated on the western slope of Mount Davidson, charming Monterey Heights is immediately southwest of Twin Peaks and nestled near St. Francis Wood, Sherwood Forest, and Westwood Highlands. The neighborhood has an affluent suburban feel, with many of the homes, particularly those along Rosewood Avenue, boasting large front and back yards.

Like many of the surrounding areas, Monterey Heights is a tranquil place, with plenty of hills and greenery that make walking and exploring a delight. Residents enjoy the 4.8-acre Aptos Playground and all its outdoor-urban amenities, as well as the year-round community-building events organized by the active neighborhood association. For the best of city living, they head to Ocean Avenue and its many coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and specialty shops, or to West Portal Avenue, a quaint shopping district lined with restaurants, wine bars, bakeries, and even a first-run movie theater. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

Mount Davidson Park is a wooded area at the city’s highest peak that features walking trails and sweeping urban vistas.

Mount Davidson Park is a wooded area at the city’s highest peak that features walking trails and sweeping urban vistas.

Whole Foods on Ocean Avenue is a popular destination for fresh organic food and features a dine-in area.

Whole Foods on Ocean Avenue is a popular destination for fresh organic food and features a dine-in area.

One of the nation’s largest public colleges, City College of San Francisco attracts students to the neighborhood.

One of the nation’s largest public colleges, City College of San Francisco attracts students to the neighborhood.

Archbishop Riordan High School is San Francisco’s oldest all-male high school.

Archbishop Riordan High School is San Francisco’s oldest all-male high school.

Aptos Park is an urban green space offering a children’s playground, baseball diamond, tennis court and landscaped path.

Aptos Park is an urban green space offering a children’s playground, baseball diamond, tennis court and landscaped path.

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.