Russian Hill

The breathtaking view from the peaks of this polite neighborhood makes the upward climb worth the effort.

Perched along San Francisco’s highest hilltops and among its most crooked streets (Lombard Street sure is squiggly!), Russian Hill is an intimate neighborhood more likely to host wine tours than bar crawls. This charming area channels a San Francisco from the past—sidewalks are replaced by hidden stairways and residents ride the city’s iconic cable cars. Cozy cafes and local-favorite watering holes round out this reserved neighborhood’s cordial repertoire.

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On the Map

Russian Hill is bordered by North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, Cow Hollow, Nob Hill, Marina, and Pacific Heights

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Difficult

SFO Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Golden Gate Park: 54 minutes by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 10 minute walk
The Ferry Building: 26 minutes by public transit

Russian Hill: Iconic Landmarks At Every Turn

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Steep climbs and the world's most crooked street rise and curve through Russian Hill.

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Lombard street's snaking turns attract hundreds of drivers a day.

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If you're without an automobile, catch a ride on San Francisco's iconic cable car.

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Couple Russian Hill's tourist treasures with San Francisco's natural wonders, and the neighborhood's appeal is immediately clear.

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This neighborhood is peaceful and well maintained. I loved walking the hills and taking in the views at night and by day."


Visited in 2013

Russian Hill's Local Allure

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Although Russian Hill's homes hint at the neighborhood's elegance, its residents are decidedly down-to-earth.

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In Russian Hill, people pose for photos and stop to say hello.

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In Russian Hill, people sit on iconic ice cream parlor stoops to discuss their favorite flavors.

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We understand.

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Stoop sitting is the best sitting.

The immediate environs gleam with landmarks, including an art-deco hi-rise and a postcard view of Alcatraz Island."


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Originally trained as an architect, Odessa has shifted her passion to photography of all sorts. She specializes in family, children and newborn photography but enjoys pursuing architectural photography as well. She calls San Francisco home with her husband and daughter.

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