7.6 out of 10

Forest Knolls

Ranked 34th best neighborhood in San Francisco
37.7566395608238 -122.458318178556
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles


5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"The Forrest & UCSF"

Forrest Knolls is a great place. You probably haven’t heard of it because it’s probably one of the most underrated areas of San Francisco that definitely deserves more attention for its natural environment. Although this neighborhood may seem like an uninteresting neighborhood due to lack of shopping centers, places to eat, places to hangout, etc. for you non-naturalistic people, this area has a lot to offer. For one the natural environment and feel to this forest (practically) is just splendid, especially if you want to go for a little stroll through the single lane street that runs through Forrest Knolls.

Although Forrest Knolls is at a relatively high point of San Francisco, you won’t be able to grasp a view of the Sunset, wrong place to do so. However, most of the homes in Forrest Knolls do get a great view of the Sunset. And from the Sunset, around 7th-10th Avenue you can get a good view of homes residing up on Forrest Knolls. For me it’s scary to think of the negative possibilities that could come with living there. Anyways, the homes are really nice and all.

University of California San Francisco Campus also resides in Forrest Knolls, practically connected with Forrest Knolls. Most people tend to overlook Forrest Knolls because of UCSF, “everybody knows about UCSF in San Francisco.”
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Nature Tucked Away"

One of the most surprising sites in San Francisco is the amazing gorge on the west side of Forrest Knolls. This drive down 7th Avenue as it turns into Laguna Honda Blvd is a few minutes of bliss. Suddenly, you're immersed in an unexpected place where it seems like you're inside of a mountain in the country with no houses around at all. The drive is lovely with nature enveloping you.

At the Kirkham end of the drive, there's a beautiful community garden which is a joy to witness. And on the north end of Forrest Knolls, you'll find the University of California campus at the top of the hill where 3rd Avenue meets Parnassus.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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Best Streets in Forest Knolls


Devonshire Way

"Short street with a good view."
37.7553766934039 -122.460105867927

Behr Ave

"Inside the Interior Park Belt"
37.7576085512433 -122.455240729311

Clarendon Ave

"A physically short path that feels to be longer than it actually is"
37.7545677921201 -122.45515472851
"Pretty decent houses"
37.7560347267499 -122.4551521308

Unranked Streets in Forest Knolls

"Circular street, just mainly houses and vegetation."
37.7524261786436 -122.457073811941
37.7585784618111 -122.455416633694
"Great view and great for raising a family."
37.7540765884016 -122.458770806713

Warren Dr

"Steep hill that runs up twin peaks."
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