Russian Hill neighborhoodHistory

Russian Hill acquired it’s name from an early cemetery located on the east side of Vallejo and Jones where Russian sailors were buried before the Gold Rush. The cemetery was removed, but the name remains to this day. Russian Hill is just west of North Beach and east of the Marina. The borders are Van Ness Ave, Broadway St., Mason St. and Columbus St.

Real Estate

Russian Hill is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city. It is prized for its history, elegance and stunning views. Many of the homes sit on a steep hill with views of the Bay Bridge, Coit tower, Trans America Building, Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Some of the most spectacular Russian Hill homes can be found along the Vallejo Street Crest District. It is a National Register of Historic Places site. Many of these buildings were designed by Arts and Crafts era architect Willis Polk.  The homes on the 800 block of Francisco St are the most expensive in the neighborhood.  The homes there sit on large lots and offer amazing views. The most prestigious buildings in the neighborhood are the co-ops with floor to ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views of the city.  The most well known co-ops is located at 1750 Taylor Street and units can sell for up to $2,742 sq./ft.  The other iconic buildings in the neighborhood include the co-op at 945 Green St and the condo’s at 990 Green Street.


The neighborhood is famous for the world’s most crooked street on Lombard Street between Hyde and Leavenworth.  Russian Hill is also home to one of the steepest blocks in the city located at Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde.  There are tons of local neighborhood shops and restaurants within walking distance.  The main commercial area is Polk Street.  Polk Street is filled with boutique shops, coffee shops, trendy restaurants and bars. A mini French quarter has sprung up around Polk and Green, where you’ll find a great bistro, a traditional café-boulangerie, a French antiques store, and several French-influenced gift and home décor shops.

Condo’s For Sale in Russian Hill 

Homes For Sale in Russian Hill