San Francisco • District 4: Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Balboa Terrace

Balboa Terrace, like many neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks, is a “suburban” San Francisco neighborhood. The upscale neighborhood comprised of single family homes is strictly residential, though Stonestown and West Portal offer convenient options for shopping and dining.

Transportation: Balboa Park Station

 

Diamond Heights

Diamond Heights was the first neighborhood developed by San Francisco to be built with the topography of hills, rather than against it, resulting in winding streets that go against the traditional grid. A broad range of housing options, from single family homes to condos and townhouses, can be found throughout the neighborhood. Shingled buildings and modern homes dominate the architectural styles of Diamond Heights. Diamond Heights Shopping Center provides residents with convenient shopping and dining options.

Transportation: J-Church via Church & 24th Street

 

Forest Hill / Forest Hill Extension

At the heart of San Francisco lies Forest Hill, a beautiful neighborhood with narrow, tree-lined streets and stately homes. The neighborhood’s rural charm makes Forest Hill seem far away from the city that encompasses its borders. A clubhouse is located at the center of the neighborhood for residents’ use, as well as Forest Hill Association meetings. Forest Hill is the least densely populated neighborhood of San Francisco.

Transportation: Forest Hill Station

 

Forest Knolls

Forest Knolls is a quiet neighborhood built on the hillside of Mount Sutro, near the main UCSF campus. This neighborhood offers a range of properties from single family homes to condos and apartment complexes. Surrounded by densely wooded areas of eucalyptus and redwood trees, Forest Knolls residents feel a sense of privacy and peacefulness. Incredible views can be found from nearly every corner of this mid-century neighborhood.

Transportation: Forest Hill Station

 

Ingleside Terrace

Now an affluent neighborhood, Ingleside Terrace was once home to the Ingleside Racetrack where the first Californian automobile race was held in 1900. After the 1906 earthquake the track was offered to the city for free to serve as a permanent refugee camp to the many displaced locals. In 1910 development for a new neighborhood was in the works, and in 1912 Ingleside Terrace opened, with Urbano Drive paved over the original loop of the racetrack. Many of the grand homes in this neighborhood have large front and backyards. Ocean Avenue and Stonestown Galleria offer shopping and dining options to the neighborhood, and the M-Oceanview is conveniently located, providing connection to and from Downtown.

Transportation: K-Ingleside via Ocean Avenue

 

Midtown Terrace

Located on the western slopes of Twin Peaks, Midtown Terrace offers panoramic views of the city, as noted by street names like Cityview and Skyview Way. On the northern part of Midtown Terrace is Sutro Tower, the radio and television broadcast tower that can be seen from most parts of the city and surrounding areas. Similar to its neighboring areas, Midtown Terrace is wooded by eucalyptus trees giving a rural vibe that makes residents feel secluded in some areas.

Transportation: Forest Hill Station, N-Judah via Carl & Stanyan Street

 

St. Francis Wood

St. Francis Wood is an exclusive neighborhood where palatial single family homes with front and backyards are the rule. With no commercial areas, St. Francis Wood is seemingly more exclusive and low-profile than neighborhoods with comparable wealth, such as the Marina and Pacific Heights. Nearby Stonestown and West Portal provide convenient shopping and dining options. St. Francis Wood is ranked the number one neighborhood for wealth, families, cleanliness, safety, and quietness in San Francisco by NabeWise.com.

Transportation: West Portal Station, St. Francis Circle

 

Miraloma Park

Miraloma Park is a quiet neighborhood with a large playground and sports fields that are popular amongst residents. Built over a 30 year period, Miraloma Park is architecturally diverse, from Tudors to Mediterranean influenced homes. Glen Park BART station is just a short drive away for a convenient commute to and from Downtown.

 

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest is a quiet neighborhood in San Francisco, just west of Twin Peaks near the top of Mt. Davidson. Consisting of mostly single family homes, Sherwood Forest is a safe neighborhood, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, that is great for families and raising children. Most of the homes of this terraced neighborhood have inspiring views of St. Francis Wood, the Sunset Districts and the Pacific Ocean. West Portal Avenue is the most convenient shopping district for residents of the wooded, hillside neighborhood.

Transportation: West Portal Station

 

Monterey Heights

Unlike its northern neighbor, St. Francis Wood, Monterey Heights is an upscale neighborhood with a diverse range of architectural styles, ranging from modernist homes to Mediterranean villas to Cape Cods. The hillside pocket neighborhood is strictly residential and a perfect place for families to settle in. The MUNI bus system services the neighborhood and the 280 is conveniently located for a quick commute to and from Downtown. Nearby Monterey Boulevard is the main commercial district used by residents.

Transportation: St. Francis Circle, K-Ingleside via Ocean Avenue

 

Mount Davidson Manor

Named after the highest natural point of San Francisco, Mount Davidson Manor is a small and quiet neighborhood in the southwestern part of San Francisco. Mission style architecture from the 1930s defines the aesthetic of the stately, single family homes that occupy this neighborhood. Most of the homes in Mount Davidson Manor were designed by renowned architect Harold Stoner.

Transportation: City College, K-Ingleside via Ocean & Lee Street

 

Westwood Highlands

Westwood Highlands is a small neighborhood where neighbors can find a sense of community. This low-key neighborhood is characterised by its beautiful, but modest-sized homes. Like its neighboring areas, Westwood Heights has a suburban vibe and is a great neighborhood for families. Parking is ample and public transit is easily accessible.

Transportation: City College

 

Westwood Park

Like its sister neighborhood, Westwood Heights, Westwood Park is a well-kept neighborhood with a great sense of community. Detached single family homes with front and backyard lend a sense of “suburbia.” This quiet neighborhood and its bungalow style homes are sought after by families. Ocean Avenue serves as the neighborhood’s main commercial area, and the City College of San Francisco is located in this neighborhood.

Transportation: City College

 

Sunnyside

Sunnyside appears to be stuck in time with quaint and brightly painted 1960s style homes and duplexes lining the streets. Despite being bordered by the 280 and San Francisco City College, Sunnyside continues to be a quiet, suburban-feeling neighborhood. Glen Park BART and Balboa Park BART stations are nearby and Ocean Avenue’s K-Ingleside MUNI line is a short walk away. Monterey Boulevard and Ocean Avenue provide residents with shopping and dining options.

Transportation: City College, Glen Park Station

 

West Portal

One of the safest neighborhoods of San Francisco, West Portal feels more like a small, suburban town rather than part of a big city. Great for families, this small piece of suburbia in San Francisco provides residents with a great sense of community. Beautiful, single family homes with front and backyards are the norm. Mom and pop shops rule West Portal Avenue, the commercial center of West Portal which also serves as a MUNI transportation hub, making transit to and from Downtown, and most major MUNI stations, very accessible.

Transportation: West Portal Station, St. Francis Circle

Q2-2010 vs Q2-2013: The median sold price in Twin Peaks is up 27% from Q2-2010.

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District 4: Twin Peaks

Balboa Terrace

Diamond Heights

Forest Hill / Forest Hill Ext.

Forest Knolls

Ingleside Terraces

Midtown Terrace

St. Francis Wood

Miraloma Park

Sherwood Forest

Monterey Heights

Mt. Davidson Manor

Westwood Highlands

Westwood Park

Sunnyside

West Portal

For bus routes, maps and additional information on BART and Muni, visit BART.gov and SFMTA.com.

 

Muni & BART Stations

Balboa Park Station

K

West Portal Station

K

L

M

S

T

Forest Hill Station

K

L

M

S

T

J

 

 

 

 

Glen Park Station

J

 

 

 

 

St. Francis Circle

K

L

M

S

T

St. Francis Circle

K

M

City College, Ocean Avenue

K

Church Street

J

 

Pittsburg/Bay Point—SFO/Millbrae

 

Richmond—Daly City/Millbrae

 

Richmond—Fremont

 

Fremont—Daly City

 

Dublin/Pleasanton—Daly City

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