7.3 out of 10

Forest Hill Extension

Ranked 45th best neighborhood in San Francisco
37.7439800473119 -122.457086569193
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • LGBT+


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

"Green and quiet"

Forest Hill Extension lies right to Forest Hill (of course). Just like Forest Hill, Forest Hill Extension has a lot of the same neighborhood qualities. Forest Hill Extension is quiet, natural, and quite scenic. There are a lot of green trees in the neighborhood and lies on a grand hill. Some houses even get a spectacular view. Living in this neighborhood, there shouldn’t be anything to complain about, maybe except for the lack of stores and transportation. But all that is made up if you travel a couple blocks out of this neighborhood. On Woodside Avenue and Portola Drive you’ll find a small mall/shopping area. Although it isn’t much, it still is something where you can get your household items and needs. What I found to be quite surprising in this small neighborhood is the number of churches in this neighborhood. This neighborhood must have a diverse range of religious beliefs and activity because there are 4-5 churches as well as a temple in Forest Hill Extension. There is also a little circular drive surrounded by houses, Edgehill Way, this little street is basically a forest with some houses in it. These houses are quite big and get a good view of the area they area faced towards.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Feels More Like Sherwood Forest or Twin Peaks"

Forest Hill Extension is exactly what it sounds like, an extension of the fairly prestigious SF neighborhood just to the southeast of the Taraval/Montalvo turnabout.

It has very attractive architecture but it is not quite on a level with what you find in Forest Hill. In fact, it feels to me a lot more like the adjacent Sherwood Forest neighborhood or maybe even the Twin Peaks area. The homes here are smaller and more modest--relatively speaking anyway--but they are still very beautiful. Actually, it is only because I am comparing it to Forest Hill that this neighborhood requires qualification.

The homes here are probably about a century old and tightly packed along softly curving streets with very squat front yards. These homes are squarish sometimes Bungalow style homes with large paned windows some with views down towards Daly City. On the north eastern end of Forest Hill Extension you can see the towers of the La Honda medical facilities.

The median home here is selling for about $1.1 million currently. In the past year homes have sold from between $450 K and $1.7 million--though the vast majority were in the $800K to $1.5 million range.

All the other benefits of living here in the West Portal area hold true for Forest Hill Extension. The schools are just as strong: West Portal Elementary, Hoover Middle and Lincoln High have API’s of 9, 7 and 7 respectively, and this is also one of the safest and most quiet areas in the city.

Overall a pretty great place for young families, if you can afford it.
  • Nice Bungalow Style Homes
  • Great Schools
  • Quiet and Safe
  • Old Home Problems
  • Very Expensive
  • A Bit Dull
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Trendy & Stylish

"Who Lives Next Door?"

No, I don't mean the residents of this beautiful and hilly spot in San Francisco. Rather, I mean the institutions near by -- both for juvenile detention and psychiatric care -- just on the other side of Woodside Ave.

Apart from that, like the neighborhood next door (Forest Hill), Forest Hill Extension is a charming spot. Kensington Way and Dewey Blvd lead to the traffic circle that borders Forest Hill, one of the few to be found in San Francisco. On the Southern edge of this residential area you'll have a climb up Portola with lovely twists and turns in the road.

As I drive through the streets with the gentle hills, I keep getting the feeling that this area is a sort of quiet and insulated haven in the middle of a booming city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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Best Streets in Forest Hill Extension

"Small off street of West Portal."
37.7435665007144 -122.463272998986

Ulloa St

"Nice residential street in Sunset"
37.7419676097665 -122.457196795826

Garcia Ave

"A little run down"
37.7438695778763 -122.460060305706

Portola Dr

"Portola - the Gateway Street"
37.7428679517615 -122.455432253586

Unranked Streets in Forest Hill Extension

Balceta Ave

"Nice residential street off Woodside."
37.7457878298233 -122.456832747164

Idora Ave

"A quiet street off of Woodside."
37.7440394230338 -122.456813633344

Merced Ave

"Quiet street in an often overlooked neighborhood"
37.7450442885391 -122.460740166964

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