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Russian Hill, San Francisco

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Russian Hill is a neighborhood of San Francisco, California, in the United States. It is named after one of San Francisco's 44 hills, and one of its original "Seven Hills".LocationRussian Hill is directly to the north from Nob Hill, to the south from Fisherman's Wharf, and to the west of the North Beach neighborhood. The Hill is bordered on its west side by parts of the neighborhoods of Cow Hollow and the Marina District.At the northern foot of the hill is Ghirardelli Square, which sits on the waterfront of the San Francisco Bay, Aquatic Park, and Fisherman's Wharf, an extremely popular tourist area. A trip down the winding turns of Lombard Street and across Columbus Avenue to the east leads to the neighborhood of North Beach. Down the hill to the west, past Van Ness Avenue, are Cow Hollow and the Marina districts.
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  • Great place to just go for a wander, though take stout shoes - the hills are a bit steep! Lovely mix of architecture styles, some really nice properties about. Of particular interest to us was the ent...  more »
  • I lived here in the late 70's and it was a great place to call home. The location was convenient to great restaurants, cafes, bars, and food shops. Walking up and down the hill kept me in shape. The a...  more »
  • Not the easiest area to get to as it is way up the hill and not well served by public transit, except by the jammed cable cars. Lots of beautiful buildings and great views. Charming.  more »