Telegraph Hill

This idyllic neighborhood rewards your uphill walk with stunning views of the SF Bay.

Quintessentially San Francisco, Telegraph Hill overlooks the ceaseless activity along the city’s waterfront. This picturesque neighborhood’s immaculate homes preside over its hillsides at the foot of the iconic Coit Tower—a classic San Francisco structure boasting spectacular views of the bay. Exploring this soaring neighborhood usually requires an uphill hike, but its stunning architecture, hidden staircases, and the chance to glimpse its flock of wild parrots (really!) make the trek worth it.

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On the Map

Telegraph Hill is bordered by Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, Financial District, and Nob Hill

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Difficult

San Francisco International Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic or 60 minutes on BART
Golden Gate Park: 60 minutes by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 12 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 18 minutes by public transit

The Timeless Taste of Telegraph Hill

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Sailboat-speckled vistas, lush gardens, and secret pathways compose the enchanting streetscape of Telegraph Hill.

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Welcome to quintessential San Francisco.

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The climb doesn't feel like an uphill battle when you're surrounded by organic architecture that exudes a life of its own.

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Tree-lined streets lend an enchanting atmosphere to Telegraph Hill's already scenic streetscapes.

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It is in a perfect location to explore San Francisco -- within walking distance of Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, and Fort Mason, and, if you have time, you can walk to the Golden Gate Bridge. It's a great neighborhood. People seem to know each other and it feels safe."

Stan

Visited in 2013

To the Top!

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Overlooking the bay and the cities beyond, the iconic Coit Tower rises high above the hillside.

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Getting there might take your breath away.

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But what you'll find will be worth it.

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SF TelegraphHill OdessaShekar

People say there are wild parrots living in the greenery of Telegraph Hill. And we're pretty sure they're right.

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SF TelegraphHill OdessaShekar
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Two hundred and ten feet of reinforced concrete rise above the city in Telegraph Hill's Pioneer Park.

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The nearest bus stop is a few blocks away, but that's a small price to pay for staying in one of the safest, quietest, and most beautiful neighborhoods in San Francisco."

Annie

Visited in 2013

The View from the Top

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You made it.

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To say it's nice up here isn't saying enough.

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Take in San Francisco's tallest skyscraper, the Transamerica Pyramid, from the top of Telegraph Hill.

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What a lovely photo tour, you say?

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SF TelegraphHill OdessaShekar

Why, thank you.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

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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