San Francisco’s District 8 is composed of the Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, North Waterfront, North Beach, Financial District, Van Ness Corridor, Downtown/Lower Nob Hill, and Tenderloinneighborhoods. The first three of these have long been known for their high-end condominiums, apartments and flats. The others have more traditionally provided commercial services. The later or more commercial area are providing and becoming more desirable residential addresses. Some spots are quite touristy, but that means you live in the very heart of the city. If you’re a prospective buyer looking for a decidedly urban environment and a bit of luxury among San Francisco’s quintessential hilliest terrain, District 8 is for you. Buy now while the investment is on the rise.
Nob Hill is bursting with timeless elegance and is a great place for homebuyers to invest. Nob Hill’s history is timeless, as it was originally built up by the Central Pacific Railroad’s founders, the “Big 4.” Each man built himself a mansion on one of the four corners of Nob Hill. After the earthquake of 1906, the homes did not survive, but the Big 4 namesake did, with restaurants and shops tipping their hat to the original founders.
Presently, northern Nob Hill is filled with elegant apartments and condos. It is revered as quite hilly. Nob Hill’s original epicenter in now the site of Huntington Park, which is surrounded by The Fairmont and Mark Hopkins Hotels.The southern part of Nob Hill is commercial, with an active nightlife, restaurants and shopping. Nob Hill’s main drag is Polk Street, where a lot of the action happens.
Russian Hill’s geography offers 360 degree views of the city, the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Russian Hill is home to the “crookedest street in the world,” Lombard Street. Many of Russian Hill’s streets are quite steep. To assist in traveling the area, pedestrian stairways were built and cable cars freely roam. It is no wonder why Russian Hill celebrates their immaculately clean streets.
Russian Hill homes include high-rise condominiums and several 2-8 unit residential buildings with a Spanish art-deco flair. You will also find a few majestic Victorian and Edwardian homes. Crime is extremely low in Russian Hill
Active residents take advantage of this area, specifically George Sterling Memorial Park. Foodies and shoppers gravitate toward Polk Street, the hub for all things restaurant, bar and boutique.
Van Ness Corridor
Just beyond the border of Nob Hill and between it and Pacific Heights lies the Van Ness Corridor. The Van Ness Corridor recently underwent rezoning and although there are only tentative proposals for mixed-use complexes, the area was officially rezoned for up to 200 new residential units. With a new influx of homes, it may be the best time to move in.
The North Waterfront area is a famous area for San Francisco tourists, as the small neighborhood that hugs the water is bursting with activities. The area holds upscale apartments and condominiums. Residents of North Waterfront never run out of things to do, steps away from their homes. Fisherman’s Wharf calls North Waterfront its home, and the wharf’s fisherman continue to catch tons of fish annually. The rich maritime history is alive in the town, with destinations such as the Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, USS Pampanito and various boat tours for tourists and residents alike.
North Beach, locally nicknamed Little Italy, has bred a rich Italian history since the 1800’s, when many Italian immigrants arrived via the docks. As is to be expected in an Italian district, pizzerias, patisseries, gelaterias, and bistros line the streets. Tourists gravitate towards North Beach for the cuisine and the nightlife, with Columbus Avenue being the main event. Nature loving residents can hang out in Washington Square Park, whose greenery greatly contrasts the dense neighborhood.
The Financial District is largely composed of high-rise office buildings, shopping and restaurants. The Embarcadero Center, the Ferry Building Marketplace and the Crocker Galleria will keep you going for hours. There are a few condominium and residential properties among this largely commercial area. Residents looking for green patches head to Jackson Square Park and TransAmerica Redwood Park.
Downtown includes the famed Union Square shopping district where tourists flock to get their piece of quintessential San Francisco aura. The streets are packed with luxury reailers, theaters, art galleries, restaurants, street artists and of course cable cars. The famous Xanadu Gallery is situated downtown and endless shops, hotels, bars and amenities lie along the main meeting point, Union Square.