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Forest Hill and Forest Hill Extension are two relatively small but very affluent neighborhoods near the center of San Francisco. They are part of a larger cluster of similar neighborhoods that wrap around to the west and south of Mount Davidson.

These include:

  • West Portal
  • St. Francis Wood
  • Sherwood Forest
  • Westwood Highlands
  • Monterey Heights
  • Balboa Terrace
  • Mount Davidson Manor
  • Ingleside Terrace

These neighborhoods all have several important similarities. They are all upscale areas with large homes that are more suburban in character than most of the other single family homes in San Francisco. These homes are essentially all fully detached and sit on much larger lots than the average city home.

These large lots enable the homes to be set back much further from the street and facilitate a green, tree-lined streetscape with beautiful lawns and gardens. By contrast, most other single family homes throughout the city are on 25-foot wide by 100-foot deep lots that are so close to the street, there is no room to park a car without blocking the sidewalk.

The neighborhood price survey above shows the range of median selling prices for these different neighborhoods. Clearly, St. Francis Wood is consistently the most expensive. Forest Hill is normally among the top three while Forest Hill Extension is normally near the bottom of the group.

Forest Hill and Forest Hill Extension are also suburban in that there is no easily accessible shopping district within walking distance. There is, however, an important transportation link near the intersection of Laguna Honda and Dewey Boulevard.

The Forest Hill Muni station is both a major junction for different bus lines and is an underground subway station for three different subway lines that link to the downtown financial district and numerous other popular neighborhoods.

The nearest major area of retail shops and restaurants is West Portal, which is roughly half a mile to the southwest. There is another major shopping and dining area a little further north at 9th & Irving in the Inner Sunset.

From a weather perspective, Forest Hill and Extension sit in the lee of a chain of hills including Grand View Park, Golden Gate Heights and Hawk Hill. These hills will often stop the fog coming in from the Pacific Ocean during the worst fog months of the year. This means Forest Hill and Extension are often sunny and warmer when most of the areas to the west are in the heavy fog that comes and goes throughout the summer.

On a technical note, this website aggregates the home sales data from Forest Hill and Forest Hill Extension for the Unsold Inventory Index, Current Inventory Snapshot and Cost per Foot charts. This is done in order to increase the sample size (amount of data) and thereby improving the quality and value of the statistical analysis.

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