Located in the heart of San Francisco on the western slope of Twin Peaks, serene Midtown Terrace was founded in 1957 as a planned community. Most of the homes here are detached single-family houses, some very large and perched on some of the highest elevations in San Francisco. As if there were any doubt about the breathtaking views that can be seen from many points in the area, the streets (Cityview, Clairview, Fairview, etc.) can’t resist boasting about them. Within the neighborhood are the Lagunda Honda Reservoir and the famous Twin Peaks, which mark the second highest elevation in San Francisco. 

The lush trails within Mount Sutro Forest are popular with joggers and hikers, while families appreciate not only the fun playgrounds but the great public schools in the area. For plentiful shopping, residents head to the bustling commercial area around Irving Street and 9th Avenue, home to a wide assortment of hip boutiques and laid-back coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. Like everything else in Midtown Terrace, public transportation is easygoing, with MUNI lines running directly downtown and to other parts of the Bay Area. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School, one of the best public schools in the city, is known for its bilingual, bicultural Japanese immersion program.

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School, one of the best public schools in the city, is known for its bilingual, bicultural Japanese immersion program.

One of the most visible icons in the Bay Area, Sutro Tower stands 997 feet tall and delivers signals for television and radio stations as well as technology companies.

One of the most visible icons in the Bay Area, Sutro Tower stands 997 feet tall and delivers signals for television and radio stations as well as technology companies.

Midtown Terrace Playground features a modern play structure, sandbox, basketball courts and grassy picnic area.

Midtown Terrace Playground features a modern play structure, sandbox, basketball courts and grassy picnic area.

A remnant of the more than 1,000 acres of eucalyptus that once covered most of the western side of the city, the 80-acre Mount Sutro Forest is more than 100 years old. It was planted by former Mayor Adolf Sutro on the slopes of the 900-foot Mount Sutro.

A remnant of the more than 1,000 acres of eucalyptus that once covered most of the western side of the city, the 80-acre Mount Sutro Forest is more than 100 years old. It was planted by former Mayor Adolf Sutro on the slopes of the 900-foot Mount Sutro.

The area north of Dewey Boulevard is known as Laguna Honda or the Forest Hill Extension. The name Laguna Honda means “deep lagoon” in Spanish and refers to the Laguna Honda Reservoir at the intersection of Laguna Honda Boulevard and Clarendon Avenue.

The area north of Dewey Boulevard is known as Laguna Honda or the Forest Hill Extension. The name Laguna Honda means “deep lagoon” in Spanish and refers to the Laguna Honda Reservoir at the intersection of Laguna Honda Boulevard and Clarendon Avenue.

A plethora of hip shops, scrumptious ethnic restaurants and relaxed neighborhood bars line the streets surrounding the intersection of Irving Street and 9th Avenue.

A plethora of hip shops, scrumptious ethnic restaurants and relaxed neighborhood bars line the streets surrounding the intersection of Irving Street and 9th Avenue.

The Forest Hill Muni Station was originally built as part of the Twin Peaks Tunnel in 1916-1918, and is the oldest subway station west of Chicago.

The Forest Hill Muni Station was originally built as part of the Twin Peaks Tunnel in 1916-1918, and is the oldest subway station west of Chicago.

With an elevation of about 925 feet, the Twin Peaks mark the second-highest points in the city, next to Mount Davidson. 

With an elevation of about 925 feet, the Twin Peaks mark the second-highest points in the city, next to Mount Davidson.