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

    $9,500,000 | 4, 0, 2
    MLS# 423722943
    Modern four-bedroom masterpiece by Vincent Leger/EAG Studio + Jeff Schlarb Design! 2028-30 Leavenworth offers connected entertaining rooms, three ensuite bedrooms on one level, studio/media room with private access, & more. A skylight & east-facing wall of glass with views of...
    Stock Cooperative
    $1,650,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 423725885
    Welcome to 1080 Chestnut Street, No.9D a sleekly modern and super- sophisticated cooperative residence located in a premiere doorman building on Russian Hill- one of the City's mostly highly sought-after historic residential neighborhoods This luxurious light-filled abode features an exceptional...
    Stock Cooperative
    $10,500,000 | 2, 4, 2
    MLS# 423714253
    945 Green 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 collectors...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    $1,055,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 423721364
    Beautifully-appointed condo in a boutique 6 unit building. 1172 Green is a sophisticated and inviting 1 bedroom/1 bathroom condo featuring natural light, exquisite finishes and hardwood floors throughout. Upon entering, you are welcomed into the gracious living room with gas...
    $1,950,000 | 2, 2, 2
    MLS# 423718446
    This sunny, well-located condominium in a two-unit building features period details paired with modern upgrades. The spacious entry offers an oversized closet and welcomes you to the living area. The bright living room with large bay windows and gas fireplace...
    $2,700,000 | 3, 3, 1
    MLS# 423715847
    Exquisite views and great style at the top of Russian Hill. Rare three bedroom, three bath corner unit with sweeping views of the Bay, Bridges, Alcatraz, the Financial District and the glittering city. Spacious and beautifully designed open living/dining/kitchen showcasing...

    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.