Nob Hill

The Comstock. Jones St. Drop-dead downtown views. Polk Street. When elegant begins to get a bit denser and estates become co-ops and full-floor penthouse homes, you’ll know you’ve crossed Van Ness and arrived in Nob Hill.

Huntington Park and Grace Cathedral
Cable Car Nob Hill
Huntington Park with Pacific Union Club and Fairmont Hotel

Nob Hill Neighborhood Vibe

Nob Hill is one of San Francisco’s most, well, San Francisco neighborhoods. Bordered to the south by California Street, Van Ness to the west, Broadway to the north, and Stockton to the east, Nob Hill is home to some of San Francisco’s earliest landmarks. You’ll find Grace Cathedral, the Pacific-Union Club, the Fairmont Hotel, and plenty of history in the neighborhood. Chinatown is on the eastern side of the neighborhood.


Popular Nob Hill Home Styles

Nob Hill is one of the few San Francisco neighborhoods in which you’ll find a smattering of stock co-ops. Single-family homes exist in the neighborhood, but there are probably more condominiums and co-ops than single-family homes. As this was one of San Francisco’s earlier neighborhoods, you’ll find a lot of Victorian and Edwardian homes. Depending on their location, some of the homes have dramatic downtown or San Francisco Bay views.


Getting Around in Nob Hill

Nob Hill is a transit-rich environment, served by several bus lines. The Central Subway, well underway at this writing in late 2018, will (allegedly) open in 2021. It is also just a short walk from downtown, so depending on where your job is, walking isn’t completely out of the running (no pun intended) as a commute option. Cable cars also cross the neighborhood, but given their popularity with visitors, they don’t necessarily make the best transit choice for a daily commute.


Neighborhood Homes for Sale

Single-Family Home
$995,000 | 2, 1
MLS# 483609
Rare opportunity on Russian Hill! Potential abounds in this 2BD/1BA house at the intersection of Russian and Nob Hills as a comfortable layout awaits your personal vision. The Main Living Level features a fireside Living Room, eat-in Kitchen, full Bath...
$2,395,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 484001
1150 Sacramento Street is a premier Nob Hill location and a highly sought after condominium address. It's an elegant small boutique building with only 24 residences. Each apartment has a private elevator entrance. Apartment #202 is on the building's sunny...
$2,298,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 484020
Entertainer's Dream...Day or Night! One block north of the Fairmont Hotel, this elegant, full-floor condominium with its private, panoramic view sky deck blends a modern vibe with traditional aesthetics. With dramatic views of SF's iconic skyline including Coit Tower and...

Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

$1,230,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 478431
1725 Washington Street #5 is in a boutique, 16-unit, elevator building, built in 2006 with many high-end finishes. This residence features an open floorplan with two-bedrooms, two-bathrooms, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, high-end kitchen including Viking appliances, washer and dryer. The...
5 - 15 Unit
MLS# 478548
Nob Hill most desirable location. Circa 1925 Construction. 10 units: 4 studio and 6-1 bedroom units with attached 6 car garage. Two tandem on Clay and two additional garages at back side alley parks 4 car tandem. Needs TLC. Heating...
$1,325,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 478136
Great location with tons of panache! Beautiful contemporary condo located in the Nob Hill/ Polk Gulch neighborhood. This bright and spacious condo offers a smart layout with well-designed separation of space. Features include a gas fireplace, gas stove, in unit...

More About Nob Hill

Nob Hill is chock full of San Francisco history, although much of it was wiped out in the earthquake and fire of 1906. Many of the storied mansions, built by the City’s early millionaires, were destroyed in the fire. Still standing today: the Fairmont Hotel and the Flood Mansion, which now operates as the Pacific-Union Club. Swanky hotels were built in place of many of the destroyed mansions.

Nob Hill today is still a deluxe address, with many exclusive condo and stock co-op buildings providing large luxury homes. Perched high on the hill, many homes in this area have stunning views. It’s a dense, quite urban neighborhood, but with few high-rises (mainly hotels), it still feels approachable and somewhat inviting.