Forest Hill is a leafy, century-old enclave of large estate homes, manicured lawns, and flowering gardens. Think of a gated community without the gates, and you'll have a sense of the serenity, privacy, and tranquility of Forest Hill. In the center of San Francisco, the neighborhood has ambience of a small town.
Beneath its tree-shaded, winding streets, the homes of Forest Hill follow the contours of Twin Peaks. The hillside provides spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco Bay. Stately homes are built in a range of styles, including Spanish Mission, California Modern, French Normandy, English Tudor, and Cotswold Cottage.
Noted architect Bernard Maybeck designed the historic Forest Hill Clubhouse on Magellan Avenue in 1919. Each August, classical musicians from around the world perform at the venue for Forest Hill Musical Days. This chamber music festival was founded in 2003 by pianist Mari Kodama and her husband, conductor Kent Nagano, who live in the neighborhood.
Forest Hill is close to West Portal Avenue and its shops. The Forest Hill and West Portal Muni stations provide light-rail transit service to Union Square and the Financial District.