If you appreciate breathtaking vistas, picturesque streets, and a sense of seclusion while still being conveniently located, Russian Hill, one of the original “seven hills” is the San Francisco ideal. Arguably one of the most cinematic neighborhoods in the city, its striking views, rich history, tourist attractions and stylish architecture demonstrates why it's beloved by tourists and residents alike. During the Gold Rush era, Russian Hill got its name from a small graveyard containing Russian graves found at the hill's summit. San Francisco was frequently visited by Russian naval and merchant ships from 1806, and crew members were buried in the Russian Hill cemetery in the first part of the century. Although the cemetery was eventually relocated, the name of the neighborhood remained the same.
Historic, vibrant, tourist attraction, young professionals, chic, upscale
At A Glance
Longtime residents and ambitious newcomers.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A neighborhood where tourists and locals alike enjoy the best of the city's panoramic views.
Fabulous stores and restaurants are set against a backdrop of history and old-world charm, where tourists come to see what San Francisco is all about and locals enjoy the chic lifestyle.
An ideal neighborhood for those who prefer a quiet bar over a pulse-quickening nightclub.
Victorian and Edwardian buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored and maintained.
YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
The classic, timeless romance of a neighborhood synonymous with one of the world’s favorite cities.
Located In Russian Hill
Nob Hill, North Beach, Cow Hollow, Central Waterfront, Pacific Heights
East to West Boundaries
Van Ness Ave. to the west, Columbus Ave. to the east
North to South Boundaries
Broadway St. to the south, San Francisco Bay to the north
- Financial District via auto: 10 minutes
- Financial District via transit: 25 minutes
- South San Francisco via auto: 40 minutes
- Silicon Valley via auto: 80 minutes
AROUND THE BLOCK
The area is home to a pedigree of longtime residents whose families have lived in Russian Hill for over a century mixed with ambitious newcomers moving in and throngs of tourists visiting all the attractions.
Do you appreciate restaurants ranked among the country’s best? How about a cutting-edge store selling the latest in personal care, shampoos, body washes, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies? Need some exercise? A brisk walk up Billy Goat hill should satisfy that craving. Everything you could want is merely steps away.