Sherwood Forest Vibe
Mid-century homes can be found here — and they were described as “Streamline Moderne” at the time they were built. It’s a purely residential neighborhood, with nary a corner store to be found. Built in Adolph Sutro’s eucalyptus forest on the southwest slope of Mount Davidson, it’s a very green area with plenty of trees.
Popular Sherwood Forest Home Styles
There are only about 200 homes in Sherwood Forest, built mainly in a style called “Streamline Moderne” when they were built starting in the 1940s. Think unembellished facades and two stories with a garage for at least one car on the ground level. There are also Tudor-style homes from the 1930s in the area, but the majority were built in the 1940s through the 1960s.
Getting Around in Sherwood Forest
The closest bus lines are the 43 and the 48, and the West Portal Muni station is a several-block walk away. But let’s get real. This hilly neighborhood was built for people to have cars. Every house has a garage (or two), and it’s quite a walk to any of the nearest commercial hubs.
Sherwood Forest is located on the southwest slope of Mount Davidson, in the shadow of the huge cross on top of the hill. Legendary Chronicle columnist Herb Caen wrote about getting lost looking for a friend’s house on Robin Hood Way on Thanksgiving, but your GPS will do the work for you these days. When you do find it, you’ll quickly confirm that Sherwood Forest is the smallest neighborhood in San Francisco, with only a few streets and about 200 homes.
It may be the smallest neighborhood, but it’s got some of the largest residential lots in the City. It’s adjacent to St. Francis Wood (hello, fancier neighbors to the west), and West Portal is just beyond that. An early nickname for Sherwood Forest was “Pill Hill,” because of the number of doctors who called it home. Mayor George Moscone lived there for a time, although he moved to St. Francis Wood after he was elected Mayor because (legend has it) he was told he needed a more prestigious address.