Cow Hollow

Once a dairy farm. Now it’s where global day-traders and future financiers in training come to rest their spreadsheet-weary eyes at night. Home to Union Street shops and restaurants, as well as classic north end style, served in slightly smaller sizes than the estates of Pacific Heights.

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    Peaceful and Lovely Allyne Park
    Friendly Local Community
    Lyon Street Steps Connect Cow Hollow and the Presidio

    Cow Hollow Neighborhood Vibe

    Upscale eateries, boutiques, spas, and bars line trendy Union Street, but believe it or not, cows and dairies once occupied this prime tract of real estate, which is how the neighborhood came to be known as Cow Hollow. While the pastures have long since been developed and the only dairy you’re likely to encounter is the pre-packaged kind at a corner market, the name stuck.


    Popular Cow Hollow Home Styles

    Cow Hollow housing stock is primarily a mix of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, although there are some art-deco buildings popped in here and there. Ranging in size from comfortable to palatial, many homes in Cow Hollow have gorgeous views of the Bay.


    Getting Around in The Cow Hollow

    Muni trains do not serve the neighborhood, but there are plenty of bus lines for commuters who rely on public transit to get to and from their jobs. If your commute takes you to the North Bay, access to the Golden Gate bridge is very convenient. Pedestrians will probably like the walk north (i.e., down the hill) more than the walk back up.


    Neighborhood Homes for Sale

    $5,485,000 | 4, 0, 2
    MLS# 423720073
    Quintessentially Cow Hollow. 2046-48 Filbert Street delivers the best in city living with walking proximity to the Chestnut and Union Street boutique shops and restaurants and the Fillmore Street 'Triangle' nightlife. This contemporary residence was completely renovated in 2019. Beyond...
    Single Family Home
    $11,250,000 | 5, 5, 2
    MLS# 423725536
    Step into luxury and refinement with this rare Beaux-Arts 5-bedroom, 5 and half bath architectural masterpiece. Nestled in the coveted Cow Hollow neighborhood, this 4-level home is like walking into a European villa with inviting well-manicured gardens and terraces on...
    $4,995,000 | 3, 3, 1
    MLS# 422710143
    Newly constructed in 2020, Union House is located in one of San Francisco's most coveted neighbors: Pacific Heights. This upscale 7-story building combines contemporary styling, generously proportioned floor plans with high ceilings, and extraordinary finishes of the highest quality. This...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    $1,700,000 | 4, 0, 2
    MLS# 423716481
    2840 Octavia Street is a four-unit building located in the highly desirable Cow Hollow neighborhood. The building consists of four one-bedroom units and a two-car tandem garage. These charming apartments have hardwood floors, built-in cabinets, and decorative fireplaces. The units...
    $2,800,000 | 3, 2, 1
    MLS# 423716446
    A seamless blend of modern amenities & period charm, this 2-level Cow Hollow condo serves location, lifestyle, layout, & sweeping views that include the GG Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and Bay. Huge windows span the LR wall showcasing...
    $625,000 | 0, 1, 0
    MLS# 423715320
    Welcome home to this light-filled condo w/ special city views in a most desirable A+ Location (situated on Greenwich St.)! This neighborhood has it all- restaurants, retail on Union/Chestnut/Lombard/Polk Streets, coffee, proximity to the Bay, water views/experiences, exceptional public transportation...

    More About Cow Hollow

    Perched between the flats of the Marina and the heights of Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow used to be a bucolic scene of dairy cows grazing the hill above the Bay. The dairies are long gone, but the name is still around. 

    Homes in Cow Hollow enjoy close proximity to the neighborhood shopping district along Union Street. It’s a bustling and busy thoroughfare, with high-end stores that import their clothes from the finest fashion capitals of the globe nestled next to frozen yogurt chain stores, with pretty much everything in between. Some of the city’s best restaurants call Cow Hollow home, and after a long day of shopping or exploring, it’s hard to beat sitting on an outside patio for some relaxing people watching.

    The Presidio, once an Army base but now site of many offices, rental homes, and open space, bounds the neighborhood to the west, so Cow Hollow residents are able to take advantage of the multitude of trails and open spaces within the Presidio.