Russian Hill

Russian Hill is another one of San Francisco’s “44 Hills” and one of its original “7 Hills”.  It is north (downhill) of Nob Hill, south (uphill) of Fisherman’s Wharf and to west of North Beach.  The neighborhood names goes back to the Gold Rush era when settlers discovered a small Russian cemetery on top of the hill.

The Vibe:

Russian Hill is one of the most idyllic residential neighborhoods in San Francisco. The home price tags are not exactly pocket change but in this case- very worth it. Home to the famous Lombard St- the most crooked street in the World (between Hyde St and Leavenworth St), it has the distinction of being scenic and iconic.  The views from the top of the hill include Marin County, Bay Bridge, Golden gate bride and Alcatraz.


Due to the steepness of the hills, do not be surprised to see stairways in portions of the sidewalk streets. Russian Hill also feature pedestrian-only lanes such as Fallon Place and Macondray Lane, both with breathtaking views. Several lines of muni run up and down the hills routing through various directions.


With its immediate proximity to the Marina, the Wharf, Nob Hill and North Beach, Russian Hill will never be at a lost for dining and recreation options from all sides.

Our Take:

Ideal for young families, empty nesters and professionals looking for a safe yet lively neighborhood to live in. Governor Gavin Newsom used to own a penthouse here from his mayoral days- you know it’s an excellent choice.


Lombard St, Alice Marble Park, SF Art Institute, The Stinking Rose, Nick’s Crispy Tacos, Gary Danko, The Bagelry, Frascati, La Folie, Atelier des Modistes

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