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
    $449,000 | 0, 1, 0
    MLS# 422666306
    NEW PRICE! Situated by the water in the iconic Fontana West, this studio with terrace is the perfect City retreat or first home. A tasteful euro style remodel gives this light, bright home a contemporary, open feel. The efficient kitchen...
    Stock Cooperative
    $4,595,000 | 3, 3, 1
    MLS# 422668459
    Elegant half-floor residence located in the distinguished & highly coveted La Mirada Cooperative Building. Sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Alcatraz, downtown & southern views. The Grand foyer opens to a spacious living room and...
    $1,200,000 | 2, 1, 1
    MLS# 422667161
    Bright and spacious top-floor Condo located in the highly sought after neighborhood of Russian Hill. This exceptionally well located home boasts incredible natural light, spacious rooms and ample storage. Featuring 2 Bedrooms plus an Office Area/Nook, 1 Bathroom, 1 Car...
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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.