Russian Hill. Yes, the One with Lombard St.

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


One of the most idyllic affluent residential neighborhoods in San Francisco, the home price tags are not exactly pocket change but in this case- very worth it. Turn over of property in this neighborhood is relatively low due to it’s reputation as one of the most sought-after zip codes in the city. 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 Bridge and Alcatraz.


Boundaries & Location:

Russian Hill is directly to the north (and slightly downhill) from Nob Hill, to the south (uphill) from Fisherman’s Wharf, and to the west of the North Beach neighborhood. The Hill is bordered on its west side by parts of the neighborhoods of Cow Hollow and the Marina District.

At the northern foot of the hill is Ghirardelli Square. A trip down to the east leads to North Beach. Down the hill to the west, past Van Ness Avenue, are Cow Hollow and the Marina districts.



Already home to SF Old Money, it is also 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.


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.The Stinking Rose, Nick’s Crispy Tacos, Gary Danko, The Bagelry, Frascati, La Folie and Atelier des Modistes are favorites.



Lombard St, Alice Marble Park, SF Art Institute

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