Forest Hills West Portal

The original 1913 real estate sales pamphlet for the exclusive Forest Hill “residence park” said it was “fully embellished with all the details that make it an artistic success.” In addition to the forest and the hills, those embellishments include the elegant balustrades and columns of the Grand Pacheco Staircase, which serves as the formal entrance to this enclave of winding lanes and lovely, architecturally significant homes with big lawns and lush landscaping. The West Portal district next door is the light at the end of the Twin Peaks Tunnel, a quiet but quirky middle-class neighborhood with an independent attitude. Small, locally owned businesses are the rule and chain stores are the exception. Real estate here is mostly well-maintained, single family homes.