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Russian Hill/Nob Hill

Russian Hill is a charming residential neighborhood with some of the steepest streets in San Francisco, and offers fantastic views from what feels like the top of the city. The “world’s crookedest street” is flower and tree-lined Lombard Street, and film lovers will recognize famous car races on Taylor Street in the Steve McQueen film “Bullitt”. Many buildings in this area have Edwardian or Victorian architecture and the apartments offer period details. A cable car runs down Hyde Street, which is lined with restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Polk Street is the most commercial area of Russian Hill and offers all the amenities of a busy, urban area including bars, upscale grocery stores, cheese shops, sporting goods stores and clothing boutiques.

Directly north of Russian Hill is Nob Hill, an affluent area known for its luxury buildings and spectacular views of downtown San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and the Bay. Nob Hill is home to Grace Cathedral, a French Gothic style cathedral that is based on Notre Dame, as well as several of the cities top hotels. The cable car on California Street is perfect for Financial District commuters seeking a charming route to work.