Welcome to Nob Hill
Where old time elegance pairs perfectly with modern urbanity.
The epitome of early San Francisco, Nob Hill is a swanky neighborhood offering a glimpse into the past while maintaining the expected convenience of a modern urban town. Home to luxury hotels, old-school architecture, and grand family homes, the neighborhood oozes sophistication. However, the area’s recent growth of upscale apartments and condos alongside stylish eateries and upmarket boutiques provides the perfect balance of present-day accessibility and charm.
From the serenity of Huntington Park to walkable downtown streets lined with eclectic shops and eateries, Nob Hill is filled with historic sites and entertainment around every corner. Highly sought-after residences and an iconic reputation make this town one of the most desirable locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and a location residents are proud to call home.
What to Love
- The elegance of old-time San Francisco
- Walkable streets
- An active lifestyle
- Cable cars for easy local travel
Walkable streets, a dense population, and an array of modern establishments make Nob Hill a decidedly urban area. Yet, the neighborhood maintains a quaint small-town feel offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of surrounding cities. Influenced by its surrounding communities and rich history, Nob Hill is a treasure trove of unique hotspots and hidden gems. Vintage barber shops and cocktail cafes thrive amongst trendy cafes and high-rise apartment buildings, and young professionals happily share the sidewalks with empty nesters and families. A mix of history and modern urbanity make this town a shining example of everything residents love about San Francisco.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
While the town is known for its historic landmarks and stunning hilltop views, Nob Hill is no stranger to fine dining, sought-after shopping, and exciting entertainment. The foodie scene in Nob Hill is a mix of modern and traditional, with options sure to please any palate. Nob Hill Cafe is a beloved local restaurant, popular for its authentic Italian dishes and excellent service in an intimate cozy dining space. Named after the famed railroad tycoons of the 19th century, The Big 4 is an iconic restaurant located in the Huntington Hotel. Known best for its upscale atmosphere, the dining room features white tablecloths and live piano music. Whether residents are enjoying their favorite brunch or a celebration, this restaurant provides an experience that isn't soon forgotten. Swan Oyster Depot is the place to go for fresh and delicious seafood served in a quintessential setting by a friendly staff. Expect a line when you arrive but know it's worth the wait. For a historic Nob Hill dining experience, residents visit the upscale cocktail bar, Top of the Mark. With panoramic views of the neighborhood, an upscale atmosphere, incredible cuisine and drinks, and unmatched service, this restaurant is the perfect way to savor the iconic Bay experience.
From organic local markets to eclectic one-of-a-kind boutiques, shopping in Nob Hill is a delightful experience for any occasion. Visit Polk Street for a bustling downtown area filled with local shops. The area is a shopper's paradise, with hundreds of retailers selling everything imaginable. Some of the most popular stores in the area include Bob's Donuts, Russian Hill Bookstore, and Terrasol.
Things to Do
Nob Hill is home to a multitude of activities and entertainment options. Visit Huntington Park to observe its picturesque gardens, take a scenic walk, or enjoy the well-kept playground. Afterward, stop by the San Francisco Cable Car Museum to learn about the area’s rich transportation history. Explore Grace Cathedral, where you’ll get a first-hand look at golden doors, colorful stained glass, and other timeless features that adorn the city's largest church.
As a popular tourist attraction and a close-knit community, Nob Hill is also home to various festivals and events. See one of the many concerts held at Nob Hill Masonic Center throughout the summer or attend Huntington Park’s Rosé in the Park.
Served by the San Francisco Unified School District, Nob Hill is home to many highly-rated private and public schools.
St.Theresa School, Grades K-8
Redding Elementary School, Grades K-5
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, Grades 9-12
Stuart Hall High School, Grades 9-12
Spring Valley Science School, Grades K-5
Cathedral School for Boys, Grades K-8
L'Academy Mandarin Immersion Preschool