Forest Hills is a unique, historic in-town neighborhood of about 285 homes. Designed by a renowned Massachusetts landscape architect, Forest Hills has a well documented history dating back to prior to the Civil War, and the neighborhood along with some individual homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. Remnants of a house destroyed by Union troops during the Civil War and owned by Wade Hampton, a prominent Confederate general, are even still visible and are marked by a plaque near the highest point of the neighborhood.
Features of Forest Hills are its rolling terrain, landscaped common islands, and its well-kept homes and grounds. It has an active homeowners association that has been in place for nearly half a century. The neighborhood is known for some of Columbia’s best Christmas light displays, with Sheffield Avenue in the neighborhood having trees out front with colored lights and almost all other yards in the neighborhood decorated with white lights.
Its proximity to downtown Columbia, the University of South Carolina, and I-26 and I-77 along with being zoned for the Richland One School District, make Forest Hills a coveted place to live in town.