One of San Francisco’s signature neighborhoods, renowned for its city landmarks where historic architecture meets burgeoning shops and eateries, encapsulating the iconic elements of San Francisco. Victorian influences lend charm, while a dynamic populace infuses the neighborhood with urban sophistication. The area's reputation of privilege dates back to Gold Rush times, when cable car lines made the hilltop accessible and the railroad barons built their mansions there, far above the rowdiness of the bawdy waterfront. In the early 19th century, it was known as California Hill because California Street climbed its steep Eastern side. The hill’s first residents became known as the Big Four, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins and Collis Huntington. They were tycoons that had made their fortunes as railroad barons. Each built mansions just east of the hill’s peak and it was sometimes called “The hill of palaces.”
Historic, active lifestyle, diverse & eclectic, cultural hub, shopping, fast-paced, hip
At A Glance
Densely populated urban, upscale neighborhood.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The elegance of “old” San Francisco mixed with the bustle of tourists, fine dining, high-end hotels and upscale shopping.
Luxury, convenience, and sophistication.
A walkable, vibrant neighborhood with historical gems.
Nob Hill is characterized by its steep hills, views, cable cars and grand, ornate landmark buildings, many of which date back to the early 20th century.
YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
A neighborhood that mixes a modern vibe with old world grandeur.
Located In Nob Hill
Van Ness/Civic Center, Pac Heights, Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill, Union Square/Financial District
East to West Boundaries
Bordered by Montgomery St. to the east, Van Ness Blvd. to the west
North to South Boundaries
Broadway to the north, Bush St. to the south
- Financial District by bus: 15 minutes
- Financial District on foot: 20 minutes
- Financial District via cable car: 10 minutes
- South San Francisco via auto: 35 minutes
- Silicon Valley via auto: 55 minutes
WHAT TO EXPECT
For some, this is the only neighborhood in town. From its high-rise, high-end towers to the urban serenity of Huntington Park, Nob Hill is the epitome of old-world elegance. It’s a lively, diverse neighborhood with all manner of residents, dozens of restaurants of all types, a growing retail scene and proximity to almost everything in San Francisco’s core.
Fans of San Francisco history will appreciate a multitude of historic sites, while the neighborhood’s condensed geography offers residents the opportunity to go out without ever taking an Uber.