Monterey Heights


Monterey Heights, also known as Twin Peaks West, is nestled in the hills of southern San Francisco and is one of the most upscale neighborhoods in the city. It is home to a number of historic sub neighborhoods such as St. Francis Wood, Forrest Hill, and Balboa Terrace. It is mostly a residential area with a few five-star restaurants and quaint cafes, and most of the shops and restaurants are located along the community's edges.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$1,200,000 to $4,999,000
  • Closed Prices:$1,180,000 to $3,925,000
  • Median Sale Price:$1,862,500
  • Average $ per sq ft:$865
  • Association Fee Ranges:$27 to $224,$657 to $798.72/mo,$0 to $5110
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1914 to 2017
  • Sq. Ft.:744 to 6,762Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:1 to 7Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 6Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes: - 5+ acres


This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.


Homes in this area come in a wide range of prices, styles, and sizes.

Where to Live

Though the stretch of houses that line the neighborhood follow the traditional San Francisco model of housing, you can still see the modern influence or residential homes growing. The southern half of Monterey Heights, near St. Elmo Way has newer homes occupied mostly by first-time homeowners, young couples, and single professionals. The closer you are to San Andreas, you will also find more families with children and older residents who have lived in neighborhood for years.

Where to Eat

The neighborhood consists mostly of residential homes instead of retail shops and restaurants. Dining options are limited and may be difficult to find in the neighborhood. There are a few options in the surrounding area near Portola Drive, which is a popular street with restaurant, as well as a couple of shopping centers. Going south to Ocean Avenue you can also find fantastic Asian and Mexican cusine.

What You'll See

Monterey Heights feels like a quaint suburban neighborhood with modern city living. You'll see a big mix of both families with children and singles throughout the area. The most family-friendly places are located on the southern half of Monterey Heights, while the northern tip is quickly becoming a hotspot for young professionals and singles buying their first homes.

Friday Night Fun

As far as a nightlife scene goes, it is all but absent in Monterey Heights. The few business in the neighborhood close quite early and are usually more sit down eateries than bars. If you're looking for a more vibrant bar and party scene, you'll have to stray just a bit north of the neighborhood to Forrest Hill.

The Perfect Sunday

Jogging, walking dogs, and playing outdoors are just some of the things locals do on a Sunday in Monterey Heights. You'll see people walking along the hills that wind in and out of the neighborhood as their morning workout routine. You can also check out the gorgeous views of the Sunset District on one of the benches that dot the peaks of the hill.

Locals Love

Safe and quiet • Playgrounds and parks • Little traffic.

Locals Don't Love

Not renter friendly • No night life • Expensive dining options.


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