Centered on the intersection of California St and Powell St, Nob Hill is one of the most prominent higher-end neighborhoods in San Francisco.
Previously referred to as California Hill in the 1850s, it was renamed after the Big Four businessmen known as “the Nobs” who built the California Pacific Railroads constructed mansions there. Currently, Nob Hill is affectionately dubbed “Snob Hill”. Check MLS and you’ll see what I mean.
Boasting of arguably the best views of the Bay Area at its peaks, it’s no surprise that Nob Hill is a popular residential area. The hills are not to be taken lightly. They are the definition of steep. Huntington Park in front of Grace Cathedral- in all it’s clean and polished glory, add to the backdrop of an idyllic safe neighborhood. California St is home to the scenic cable car route. Yes, the ones featured in the movies and various travel articles and blogs.
Due to Nob Hill’s image as home to both the “old money” and the “nouveau riche”, businesses in Nob Hill tend to be of the luxurious and private scales. Brunch places, high-end spas, Bikram-only studios galore along with fine dining are staples in the area.
Rebecca’s Take: Young professionals, empty nesters and families will enjoy the air of luxury here. Scenic, safe and quiet but not sacrificing dining and recreation options. Property turn over here is not very high and we know why.
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