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

    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.


    Neighborhood Homes for Sale

    Stock Cooperative
    $3,495,000 | 3, 2, 2
    MLS# 423753155
    High above the new 5-acre Francisco Park, this stylish three-bedroom apartment features front-row Bay views that include Alcatraz & Downtown. Ideal for both casual living & entertaining, the main level features a sunlit living room with north & south panoramas,...
    Stock Cooperative
    $9,500,000 | 3, 4, 2
    MLS# 423900167
    945 Green Street is one of the most prestigious and coveted luxury Co-op buildings in San Francisco located at the end of a cul-de-sac in Russian Hill. Interiors by Douglas Durkin Design, this gorgeous full floor apartment is an art...
    Tenancy In Common
    $949,000 | 2, 1, 0
    MLS# 423904515
    Light & airy are the words to describe this chic top-floor unit that has all the hallmarks of Edwardian architecture, including original hardwood floors, crown moldings, wainscot hallway & unique decorative windows that evoke Parisian style. This two bedroom, one...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    $1,550,000 | 2, 1, 1
    MLS# 423753939
    Charming & bright condominium situated in a prime Russian Hill location! This warm & inviting home features open plan living & dining, 2 spacious bedrooms, a large office perfect for working from home, and copious storage. The bright chef's kitchen...
    $2,400,000 | 3, 2, 3
    MLS# 423737334
    Floating above the Bay, sparkling panoramic views, & a majestic tree-house feel, inform this luxurious penthouse condominium at the apex of one of San Francisco's quintessential neighborhoods on a hidden garden lane. The largest & finest residence in the building,...
    $1,300,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 423746896
    Are you ready to win the jackpot with this tastefully updated 2 bed 2 bath condo in one of SF's most sought after neighborhoods, Russian Hill?! It's got the buildings ONLY exclusive patio that is perfect for BBQ'ing, and entertaining...

    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.