Cow Hollow was home to all of the dairy farms supplying milk to the growing population of San Francisco during the Gold Rush Era. Once known as Spring Valley the dairy farms and cows gave the neighborhood the name Cow Hollow. The Board of Health ended up banishing the cows and dairy farms. Shortly after the wealthy San Franciscans built ornate Victorian homes making it the prestigious residential neighborhood it is today.
Cow Hollow is bounded by Greenwich Street in the north, Pierce Street in the east, Pacific Avenue in the south, and Lyon Street in the west. Cow Hollow homes take advantage of the picturesque setting afforded by its hillside site, located on the north facing slope descending from Pacific Heights to the Marina. The Golden Gate Bridge, Presidio, Marina District, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco Bay, and Marin County are all visible from different parts of the neighborhood. Cow Hollow includes a variety of building types which include large single family detached residences in the higher elevation areas, small singly family attached homes on smaller lots throughout much of the neighborhood and multi-family structures located on corner lots in the lower elevation areas. Many of the homes were built in the early 1900’s in Victorian styles such as Queen Anne and Edwardian. As the neighborhood continued to grow in the 1920s houses were built in Mediterranean, Mission, Romanesque, Revival Tudor, and California Craftsman styles. Recently some of the homes have been remodeled and have a contemporary modern design.
Cow Hollow is a mecca for the young and affluent crowd. The swanky commercial area is centered around Union Street. It is the best neighborhood to live in if you want to be walking distance to all of the trendy restaurants and bars. The most popular bars for single people are the infamous “triangle” bars. That includes Balboa Café, EastSide West, and the Matrix. Union Street is the best place to watch sporting events with trendy sports bars such as Blue Light, Bus Stop, Brixton and Perry’s. You can also play games all night at Bar None and dance the night away at the Comet Club. This is the number one neighborhood for nightlife in San Francisco!
Public transportation and tech shuttles service the area and there is easy access to the Golden Gate Bridge.
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