Forestland Heights: A serene Bay Area hillside haven

Tanya Vincent August 30, 2023


Forestland Heights: A serene Bay Area hillside haven

In a northeast neighborhood of Oakland, you amble along shaded, picturesque streets, massive redwoods towering over you and cozy homes peaking through greenery. This is Forestland – a suburb for those who want to live in the Bay Area but to feel like they are in a forest of tranquility. 

Perched in the hilly outskirts near Piedmont, the Forestland Heights neighborhood shows us that urban life and nature can certainly coexist. Residents and visitors enjoy lush woods, convenient highway access, and an array of local, cultural delights. From its proximity to Redwood Regional Park to a diverse selection of eateries, this neighborhood is a gem worth discovering.


Hiking and Outdoor Recreation

As you can surmise from the name, Forestland is indeed a land of forests, surrounded by preserves, botanical interpretive trails, and regional parks. A network of hiking paths beckons outdoor enthusiasts and picnic lovers with its giant redwoods, scenic trails, and serene meadows. The Sibley Volcanic Preserve offers sweeping views of the Bay and is peppered with educational placards about the long-gone volcanic activity in the area. The Huckleberry Botanical Preserve boasts an array of rare native plants, including manzanitas and canyon oaks. And finally, the Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park is an avid hiker’s dream as well as home to the Chabot Space and Science Center, where you can discover a planetarium and interactive space exhibits. Whether you’re very outdoorsy or not, the peacefulness of the area is undeniable and offers a respite from the Bay Area hustle. 



Strategically situated, Forestland is a stone’s throw from urban conveniences, like Highways 13, 24, and 580, Downtown Montclair, and the larger district of Piedmont. Residents can easily access the commercial hubs of Oakland and the greater San Francisco Bay Area as well. The neighborhood itself is perfect for strolling and has a Walk Score of 6.  


Provisions and Libations

Forestland Heights offers access to a diverse selection of food joints, ranging from quaint to intimate to luxurious. Charming cafes serve craft coffee, mom-and-pop bistros delight the palate, and mood-lit bars offer tantalizing libations. Here are a few spots to check out:

  • Italian Colors
  • Taps and Takeout
  • Montclair Egg Shop
  • Daughter Thai Kitchen
  • Kakui Sushi
  • Perle Wine Bar
  • Bellanico Restaurant
  • Highwire Coffee Roasters
  • Limewood Bar and Restaurant


Whatever your preference, Forestland Heights has something for everyone. Tucked away but still proximal, the neighborhood invites you to experience a unique blend of natural beauty, urban convenience, and small town charm. 

If this ambiance speaks to you, Sapphire Realty currently has the perfect Forestland hideaway listed at 155 Pine Hills Lane. The stylish and spacious 2,574 square-foot home boasts vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, offering breathtaking views of the Bay Bridge and downtown San Francisco. With three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and 611 square feet of additional space, this elegant cabin in the woods is the perfect perch for enjoying what Forestland has to offer. Contact us today to get a tour!

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