Forest Knolls is a neighborhood of mostly single-family homes, at the foot of Mount Sutro. It was built between 1959 and 1963, with homes on Crestmont, Warren, and Galewood Circle added later. Most of the homes originally had 2 or 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, and were built to a fairly standard plan with the living area upstairs and the garage below. Over the years, many have been remodeled to use space beneath the house to expand the living area.
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COMMUNITY ISSUES: Updated list of issues the neighborhood is currently discussing.
SHOPS NEARBY: Though Forest Knolls is exclusively residential, it is close (i.e., by car) to some pleasant shopping areas.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Forest Knolls is served by one bus-route, the 36 Teresita, which operates between Forest Hill Station, Forest Knolls, and Midtown Terrace. The closest Muni station is the Forest Hill station; the closest BART station is at Glen Park.
WEATHER: Forest Knolls lies inside the fog belt, and our soft gray weather is English, rather than Mediterranean.
HISTORY: Built in the late 1950s, this area was part of the 1100 acre eucalyptus forest planted by Adolf Sutro.
PLAYGROUNDS: The nearest playground, Midtown Terrace, is on Clarendon Avenue. It has a play structure for young children, and a new basketball court. It was closed for renovation for some months, but reopened in early November 09.
FOREST TRAILS: Above our neighborhood is the 80-acre Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve and Interior Green Belt, otherwise known as Sutro Forest. It’s a 125-year old cloud forest, ethereal and muddy in summer, less so in the spring and fall. If you like woodlands, it’s worth visiting at any time. It’s accessible via a number of (unmarked) trailheads.
STAIRWAY WALKS: Because the neighborhood is on a hillside, it has a number of stairways … good exercise and good views.