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.

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

$1,595,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 511267
Wake up to shimmering Bay views in this masterfully updated 2+BD/2BA bi-level condo in coveted Cow Hollow. This chic home boasts a spacious corner living room wrapped in views. Relax in front of the fireplace or lounge on the deck...
5 - 15 Unit
MLS# 512200
1701-1711 Greenwich St is a 6-unit apartment building located in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco. The building consists of 2-Two Bedroom Units, 2-One Bedroom Units, and 2-Commercial Units. The two commercial units are rented to two long-term stable...
Tenancy In Common
$1,399,000 | 4, 3
MLS# 512221
Private 2-level Cow Hollow home. Truly a single family home alternative, equipped with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half bathrooms. At the rear of a long lot, it has been beautifully remodeled with painstaking care to detail. Entertain in...

Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

$2,000,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 478646
Unique Cow Hollow Condo in a wonderful location near all the desirable neighborhood amenities. Created with a loving vision: hemlock boards, incredible use of space with custom built-in storage spaces, nautical brass hardware, Mexican glazed tile flooring and counters exhibit...
$1,230,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 478671
Unique Cow Hollow Condo in a wonderful location near all the desirable neighborhood amenities. Created with a loving vision: hemlock boards, incredible use of space with custom built-in storage spaces. Avid attention to detail and pride of ownership. Spacious, open...
$2,000,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 478059
Lovely upper unit with 2 bds., 2 baths, fireplace, hardwood floors, high ceilings, updated kitchen and baths, spacious deck with views, in unit washer/dryer, PRIVATE garage and storage and large shared garden. Fabulous location between Union and Chestnuts St. shopping...

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.