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.

Nearby Neighborhoods: Nob Hill, North Beach

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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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Russian Hill Neighborhood Vibe

It’s 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 Russian Hill 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 in Russian Hill

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
$3,785,000 | 3, 3
MLS# 484498
At the top of Russian Hill, this full-floor view co-op (just below the penthouse) encompasses the sixth floor of a 1920's classically detailed and impeccably maintained 7 unit building designed by T. Paterson Ross, a significant Bay Area architect. Taking...
4 Unit
$2,180,000
MLS# 484911
Great Opportunity! Superbly located close to famous Lombard Crooked Street. Large owner unit #2226 with 3bd 1.5ba. Fantastic View towards North/East. Excellent price per foot. Tremendous potential for investors or owner occupier.
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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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