|A view of the Pacheco stairs from Dewey|
|A view of Sutro Tower (and one of the Twin Peaks on the right) from Forest Hill|
|One of the well-maintained right-of-way sidewalks and urns in Forest Hill|
A few other scenes from the tour:
Forest Hill has the largest concentration of homes in San Francisco designed by architect Bernard Maybeck. Maybeck's aesthetic includes the use of redwood in exteriors (see the roof on the above house), lots of light in interiors (hence the large picture windows) and the incorporation of garden/nature-like themes in the design (see the petal-like cut-outs on the balcony). This particular home is one of the oldest in the neighborhood, constructed in 1914.
|Views of the city from the Montalvo Stairway.|
|Portion two of the Montalvo Stairway (which actually drops down three street levels)|
|Forest Hill has several divided streets (two streets that run parallel but at different elevations). This staircase leads from the San Marcos street level to the Montalvo street level.|
|The view down the Pacheco stairway, one of the wider stairways in the city at 18 feet across. It ends in a plot of grass with a large urn and several benches, making it incredibly elegant.|
|The Ldog takes a breather after all of those stairs on the right-of-way between Magellan and Dewey.|
|Even the Forest Hill Muni (public transportation) station is fancy.|
|Castenada to Pacheco stairway. Has some of the cutest houses on stairways that I've seen so far!|
|Another Maybeck-designed home, this one built in 1924.|
|This home at no. 2 Castenada has an award winning cactus garden among other amazing fauna.|
|A sampling of the houses in Forest Hill|
I don't really know where to tell you to eat in the Forest Hill area. There's nothing in the immediate vicinity. I've heard West Portal (just a few blocks away) has some decent spots, but my recommendation would be to stop at the new Bi-Rite location on Divisadero between Fell and Hayes to load up on treats before you head on your trek. You can then take your picnic lunch to any one of several nearby parks- Golden Gate Heights, Mt. Davidson, or even Golden Gate or the Panhandle, making a day of it. Bi-Rite is a family owned grocery that has been around for over 70 years and now focuses on locally sourced and produced products. Their 18th St. location has a Sweet Potato/Goat Cheese sandwich that will probably change your life (I've seriously never moaned so much while eating food that doesn't require utensils), but apparently that sandwich is only available at the other location as of now. Still, I feel certain you'll be able to compile enough delicious goodness to at least impact your day for the better. Let me know what you choose. It won't be easy. You've been warned.