8.0 out of 10

Monterey Heights

Ranked 18th best neighborhood in San Francisco
37.7327200615204 -122.461273084173
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Safe & Sound
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Tourists


5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"An Encyclopedia of Residential Styles"

If you love unusual hillside residential architecture of the wealthy variety, the little nook of Monterey Heights offers more than its fair share of unique object lessons. Unlike its homogenously classical neighborhood to the north, Saint Francis Wood, Monterey Heights is a crazy mix of architectural styles with boxy modernist style homes with wide flat windows next to high roofed homes with three story tall columns, across the street from squat gambrel roofed Cape Cods with six food tall hedges. Really, if you are an architecture student interested in encyclopedic array of housing styles, Monterey Heights beats hanging around in the dusty architecture section of your college library.

The hillside location also means that some of the homes will have magnificent views of the Sunset District—though the fairly persistent fog will limit how often they get to enjoy them.

This whole section of SF (not just here but all the surrounding neighborhoods—Sherwood Forest, Saint Francis Wood, and Balboa Terrace) are strictly family oriented, ultra wealthy residential neighborhoods with few to no options for renters and real estate prices at the lofty heights where only stockbrokers, venture capitalists, and the titans of Silicon Valley can really afford to ascend.

For me, the variety of architectural styles makes this by far the most compelling of these neighborhoods—who knows, maybe one day, if I hit upon the next big thing.
  • Amazing Variety of Architecture
  • Great Views
  • Outstanding Location
  • Very, very expensive
  • No Nightlife
  • Not Really for Renters
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Trendy & Stylish

"Quiet, suburban feel neighborhood"

Monterey Heights neighborhoods feel very suburban as the homes are stately and boast nice big front and back yards. It is a comfortable community with average home sales starting at a whopping three million. Lots of big homes with big dogs and big cars parked in the drive.

Be sure to check out Masa's Restaurant on Bush Street for a romantic night out. This restaurant features award winning cuisine from a world-renowned chef. They offer a private wine cellar and no detail left behind. On every corner get your caffeine fix at Starbucks.

If you have lots of money and want a great view, Monterey Heights is your community. The adjacent neighborhood of St. Elmo boasts the home of the People's Republic of China Residence of the Consul General to say the least. Stunning views with room to stretch your wings. What more could one ask for.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Up In the Hills"

This tiny little neighborhood is tucked away in the ever so suburban part of San Francisco. Like it's adjacent areas, St. Francis Wood and Balboa Terrace, you'll get that feel of well to do residence who have a little bit of money and a lot of fun view.

I imagine growing up there and walking to school every day might actually make possible the idea of walking up hill, every day, in both directions, to get back and forth.

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