Russian Hill

Russian sailors were once buried upon this hill. That’s why. Ground zero for the San Francisco high-rise revolt that began in the 1960s. Not coincidentally, also home to The Summit, The Royal Towers, Green Hill Tower,  the so-called crookedest street in SF (the real crookedest street is in Potrero Hill), and the authentic inspiration for Armistead Maupin’s magical Barbary Lane.

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    Russian Hill at the Top of the City
    Fay Park on the NE side of Russian Hill
    Van Ness Looking Towards SF Bay
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    Neighborhood Vibe

    Russian Hill is a very “San Francisco” neighborhood, with tourist draws galore. (Hello, Hyde Street cable car, squiggly Lombard Street, sweet Ghirardelli Square, and magical Macondray Lane, the inspiration for Armistead Maupin’s Barbary Lane.) Stunning views abound, with vistas in every direction from the top of the hill.

     

    Popular Home Styles

    There are some single-family homes in Russian Hill, and many of them have eight-figure price tags. More common are condos, TICs, and a handful of stock co-ops. This is old-school San Francisco, with peaked-roof Victorians and stately Edwardians nestled up next to mid-century condos and stock co-ops. Notable mid-century developments include 999 Green, 1000 North Point, and 1750 Taylor.

     

    Getting Around
    Join the tourists on the Hyde Street cable car, or hop on one of the buses that serve the neighborhood. When the Central Subway extension opens in 2021 (allegedly), the east side of Russian Hill will have access to a subway to Powell Street and south to the 4th & King Caltrain station.

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    Neighborhood Homes for Sale

    Stock Cooperative
    $8,950,000 | 3, 4, 2
    MLS# 422621090
    Occupying the entire 7th floor in one of San Francisco's most desirable cooperatives, in a serene cul-de-sac on the summit of Russian Hill, this elegant light-filled residence features glorious views, wonderful scale & an excellent floor plan. Renovations include fine...
    Stock Cooperative
    $4,195,000 | 3, 3, 1
    MLS# 422621767
    Prestigious half floor apartment with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Coit Tower and southern views. There is approximately 2,600 square feet with tall ceilings and glorious period detail. Consisting of three en-suit bedrooms, living room with wood-burning fireplace,...
    Stock Cooperative
    $825,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 422621785
    Lovely cooperative apartment with sweeping Bay views. Enjoy the best that Russian Hill has to offer! Classic mid-century high-rise building designed by architects Paul Hammarberg and Art Herman. Spacious living room with dining area. Private terrace from which to enjoy...
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    More About Russian Hill

    Named for a small Russian graveyard found at the top of the hill during the Gold Rush, Russian Hill kept the name but removed the graves. Russian Hill boasts some of the most spectacular Bay and bridge views in all of San Francisco, extending from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County.

    World-famous Lombard Street claims to be the crookedest street in San Francisco, but the real winner of that title is actually in Potrero Hill. The Alice Marble tennis courts and Ina Coolbrith park are two neighborhood spots that offer an amazing opportunity to enjoy the view while you get your sport on.

    The famed “Tales of the City” series by Armistead Maupin was inspired by Macondray Lane on Russian Hill, and tourists regularly flock there to have their pictures taken. Russian Hill is also home to many upscale restaurants and great shopping opportunities on Hyde and Polk.

    The area is also home to the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute, a world-renowned school for art that is home to several Diego Rivera murals.

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