7.6 out of 10

Sherwood Forest

Ranked 35th best neighborhood in San Francisco
37.7372271602624 -122.458019453242
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Aug 16, 2011

"For You and Your Merry Men"

Sherwood Forest is a tiny hillside neighborhood tucked away just to the east of Saint Francis Wood. The whole neighborhood is terraced so that the homes all have great views of the Sunset District to the ocean. These are tight little lanes with garages right on the streets—lots of Prairie style homes and squarish modernist type condos. It really is very nice in a cramped SF sort of a way.

And yes, in case you are wondering, there is a Robinhood Drive.

Given its very expensive neighbors, rents and home prices in the area are relatively moderate. A 3-bedroom house in the neighborhood will run you about $3000/month which given the view and some of the outrageous prices you can find in some other parts of the city, this is a steal ($1000 per room for such a great area is pretty good).

The location of the area is also great because you are separated from the madness of the city by Mt. Davidson Park (with its famous Dirty Harry cross), but you are still close enough where you can get down to the action in no time at all. You not only have Mt. Davidson Park, but Golden Gate Park isn’t far to the north. Ocean Beach and the zoo are similarly close to the west, so all in all this is perfectly situated.

So this really is a great little hideaway neighborhood to live with your merry men. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)
Pros
  • Great Location
  • Great Views
  • Not Overly Expensive
Cons
  • Tight Roads
  • Hillside Problems
  • A Little Cool and Foggy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
4/5
Mar 17, 2009

"Tiny Spot in the Hills"

Sherwood Forest, like the name, is a somewhat magical area in San Francisco. Dotting the western side of Twin Peaks -- right next to the nearly 1000 foot elevation of Mount Davidson Park -- this district boasts more greenery than most and ample size houses. (Imagine living on Robinhood Drive in Sherwood Forest and being your own modern day legend!)

The roads here are uncharacteristically windy and do not sport the oft found grid like layout San Francisco's western side is known for. Sadly though, this area is on the west side of Twin Peaks which means more fog than some of the more eastern neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
Mar 13, 2009

"A challenging place to walk"

Sherwood Forest is located near the top of Mt. Davidson and looks down over St. Francis Wood. The homes in this neighborhood are very nice and provide great views. The area has one of the steepest streets in San Francisco -- Dalewood Street. A few sprints up this hill will put you in fine form for ski season.

The entire neighborhood is very quiet and feels very distant from all the hustle and bustle of the City. If you are looking for a condo, don’t bother in Sherwood Forest, there are hardly any to speak of, only houses. In fact, there just isn't much in Sherwood.

Sherwood Forest does boast one of the finest paintball fields in the Bay area. This could be due to the amazing woods that surround the community.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees