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"Russian Hill" Neighborhoods Tip by zChris

Neighborhoods, San Francisco: 22 reviews and 62 photos

  Russian Hill
by zChris

The quaint and expensive neighbourhood of <u><b>Russian Hill</b></u> straddles the hill of its name, affording incredible views over the city. While the area is primarily residential and doesn't truly offer many sights, it exudes 'classic San Francisco'. Whitewashed houses spill down hillsides, cable cars clatter up them, the streets take tremendous spills toward the bay. Some of the city's famous Victorian homes appear here, but many were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire, replaced by the dense rowhouse development seen today. Most tourists in the area flock to <b>Lombard Street</b>'s famous twisty decline, the 'Crookedest Street in the World', which is not really quite so interesting or impressive. Clogged with traffic descending it and tourists heading up and down the stairs, and guarded by San Francisco police officers at each end, it's become quite an overproduction- no longer an interesting curiosity and more of an overhyped brick driveway. Of course, Russian Hill offers other streets that are far less visited and worth checking out. Many small alleys speckle the area, many of them picturesque in their Old World charm. <b>Macondray Lane</b>, made famous by the book series <i>Tales of the City</i>, is quite undiscovered and extremely interesting (for more info, see below). Russian Hill lacks any real distinction other than its embodiment of San Francisco's charms and architecture. Many people are curious about the area's name and are surprised to find that there's no Russian immigrant community here (look in the Richmond District for that!). In fact, the origins of the name are disputed, the most famous legend contending that the city's early settlers found gravestones inscribed with Cyrillic upon the hilltop.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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