Russian Hill

russian-hillAbout Russian Hill

Moving East from the conformity and order of Presidio Heights and Pacific Heights we come upon Russian Hill a neighborhood with real city diversity and long-time bohemian tradition. 35 city blocks that include narrow hidden stairways, secret gardens and private enclaves.

Here, the Hyde Street Cable Car climbs the hill from Fisherman’s Wharf past the quirky flower lined portion of Lombard Street known as “the Crookedest Street in the World.”Russian Hill rises from the bay to 300 feet producing remarkable San Francisco Bay and city views. Home to four historic districts the hill is a fusion of old San Francisco cottages, homes and gardens and an occasional modern high-rise condominium.

Development in Russian Hill began in the mid 1800s and even then was an eclectic mix. The renown architect Willis Polk, famous for designing some of the most magnificent mansions in San Francisco built a number Arts and Crafts cottages near the crest of Vallejo Street. Arts and Crafts was a school of architecture Polk help to foster and a style that scoffed at the ornate Victoriana of the time.

The districts of Russian Hill remain a haven for shops, restaurants and cafes that have served as sanctuary for poets, bohemians and artists including Mark Twain, Jack London and Jack Kerouac. The San Francisco Art Institute is here, founded in 1871 and the first school for higher art education West of Mississippi.

Here is our Pacific Union website’s description of Russian Hill:

Dazzling views, the twisting hairpin turns down brick-paved Lombard, and the Hyde-Powell cable cars make Russian Hill a favorite with tourists.But locals savor the steep garden walks, the tiny pocket parks, and Swenson’s Ice Cream on the corner of Union and Hyde. Restaurants and boutiques along the tree-lined streets of Hyde Street between Jackson and Union Streets exude European charm.

Polk and Green boasts international cuisine- from the Venetian inspired cooking at Pesce to the French Boulangerie, the Italian specialty wine store Biondivino. Upscale boutique shopping is arrayed along Polk Street between Union and Broadway.

Housing ranges from charming, century-old back yard cottages to multi-million dollar mansions, luxury hilltop town homes and condos with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.

The architectural examples in the neighborhood hark back to Italianate, Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Neo-Georgian influences, as well as Arts and Crafts.

Despite the steep streets, or because of them, Russian Hill is a highly walkable urban enclave. Residents can walk to work in the financial district and civic center. And best of all, ride the Cable Car home, using an SFMUNI monthly pass.

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Map of Russian Hill

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