"Nob Hill" Nob Hill Tip by zChris

Nob Hill, San Francisco: 17 reviews and 40 photos

  Fountain in Nob Hill
by zChris

The aptly described 'hill of palaces', <u><b>Nob Hill</b></u> rises sharply from San Francisco's centre. Undevelopable before the 1870s because of its steepness, it was the invention of the cable car that finally allowed Nob Hill to be easily climbed. when it was, its commanding viw quickly drove up real estate prices, and the massive mansions that held court upon its hights gave th area the nickname 'Snob Hill'. Following the 1906 earthquake, however, many of the mansions were destroyed by the subsequent fire and the city elite moved on to the Pacific Heights area. Today, Nob Hill is a far more cosmopolitan hotel district. Some of the city's most expensive hotels, including the Fairmont and the Ritz, call this area home. Nob Hill's main attraction is <b>Grace Cathedral</b>, modelled after Notre Dame in Paris, which is frontd by elegant Huntington Park. Across the park is the exclusive Pacific Union Club, in one of the last remaining mansions. Of course, the area still rmains relatively affluent, and pompous French Empire architecture is now the area staple. Nob Hill can be reached rather easily via the California Street cable car line, otherwise there's a steep climb involved.

Address: Area surrouonding California Street at Taylor

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  • Updated Jun 16, 2003
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