One of the city’s most sophisticated neighborhoods, Nob Hill is known for its city landmarks and fabulous hotels—not to mention its classic San Francisco topography, complete with cable cars ushering tourists to other parts of the city. The area’s upscale reputation dates back to the Gold Rush, when cable car lines made the hilltop accessible and the railroad barons built their mansions far above the waterfront. Many of the homes from that era were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and have since been replaced with luxury hotels such as the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. Some of these elegant mansions survived, and they now co-exist with a handful of Julia Morgan Arts and Crafts-style homes, luxury apartment buildings, and some smaller single-family homes.
For outdoor enjoyment, Huntington Park provides residents with a playground and shaded benches, while a few additional outdoor spaces are just a short walk away. Despite its swanky character, Nob Hill is influenced by the diverse personalities of the downtown neighborhoods that surround it, including Chinatown, North Beach, and the Tenderloin, which, combined, provide a wide assortment of dining and nightlife options. For shopping, nearby Union Square provides all the department stores and retail shops one would ever need, not to mention a wide range of culture, arts, and entertainment. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso