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734 Apartments for rent in Russian Hill, San Francisco, CA

1320-1380 Lombard Photo Gallery 1
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1320-1380 Lombard
1320-1380 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Studio
$2,995
501 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,695
498 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,895
938 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 3:03 AM
Just blocks from the San Francisco Bay, within walking distance to shops, restaurants, museums, cafes, art galleries, and more. These recently renovated apartments offer hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in closets. Near George Sterling Park.
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2222 Leavenworth Apartments
2222 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
1 Bedroom
$4,095
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,395
930 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 1:01 AM
2222 Leavenworth is a Russian Hill classic in the heart of one of San Francisco's most desirable neighborhoods. Its sweeping panoramic views showcase landmarks like Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, and the Financial District skyline, with a location near some of the city's best bars, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Period-specific details dating from 2222 Leavenworth's 1929 construction coexist with plentiful modern amenities, including on-site laundry, parking, and more. Just a block from the famous "Crookedest Street in the World" switchbacks of Lombard Street, living at 2222 Leavenworth means easy access to Polk Street and Columbus Avenue's many attractions. George Sterling Park, Russian Hill Park, Michelangelo Playground, Fay Park, and Washington Square Park are just some of the many nearby green spaces for dog walking, jogging, or relaxing.This designated Walker's and Rider's Paradise is a commuter or explorer's dream - Downtown offices and BART and Muni hubs are a quick trip away. Add in a strong Bike Score and 2222 Leavenworth is the perfect home base for adventures in San Francisco and beyond.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
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5 Units Available
2200 Leavenworth Street
2200 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
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1 Bedroom
$4,095
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,395
973 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 3:03 AM
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 9/19 2-3pmMeet in the front of the building at 2pm. Call or text Suzy O at 408-656-7340 upon arrival for access or to make an appointment. Masks are required.2200 Leavenworth is a beautiful six-story showcase of 1920s architecture in the heart of Russian Hill. Its sterling location offers access to some of the city's best bars, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, plus sweeping panoramic views of Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, and the Financial District. Built in 1928, 2200 Leavenworth offers on-site parking, laundry and other modern amenities in addition to its historic design details. Situated a block away from the famous "Crookedest Street in the World" switchbacks of Lombard Street, it is also located near food, drink, and shopping favorites on Polk Street and Columbus Avenue, like Saint Frank Coffee and La Trappe Cafe. Dog walkers, picnickers, and green space enthusiasts love its proximity to George Sterling Park and Alice Marble Tennis Courts, Michelangelo Playground, Fay Park, Washington Square Park, and more.With both Walker's and Rider's Paradise designations, 2200 Leavenworth is perfect for commuters and adventurers alike. Downtown offices and public transportation, nearby neighborhoods like North Beach, Nob Hill, and the Marina District, and destinations outside of San Francisco are just a quick trip away.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
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2 Units Available
2600 Van Ness
2600 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
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$2,595
460 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Last updated September 21 at 1:01 AM
Pet-friendly property surrounded by the Financial District, North Beach, Union Square, and Marina District. These studio and one-bedroom apartments have open floor plans, in-unit laundry, and garbage disposal. Gym, lobby, elevator in building.
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1801 Leavenworth Street
1801 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
1 Bedroom
$2,995
531 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 1:01 AM
Straight out of central casting, Russian Hill is quintessential San Francisco. This photogenic neighborhood is home to many of the city's A-list attractions. Lombard's crooked curves, Hyde Street Cable Cars and panoramic views of the Bay keep visitors endlessly entertained and residents in awe of the place they call home. Hyde and Polk are stocked with places to sip, savor and see. Pop into La Folie for some bubbly, catch a French flick at the Alliance Fran�ais, or shop for unique clothes at Belle Cose. Russian Hill is a star.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
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2 Units Available
2115 HYDE Street
2115 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
2 Bedrooms
$5,500
931 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$7,500
1275 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 1:01 AM
Picture yourself in Russian Hill, you look pretty good, don't you? The hilly streets are home to handsome apartment buildings, secret gardens and stunning views of the Bay and beyond. Channel your inner Serena at Alice Marble tennis courts, sunbathe in scenic Sterling Park, and zigzag your way down Lombard with visitors from around the globe. Dozens of incredible restaurants, bars and boutiques on Hyde and Polk Street round out this A-list area's repertoire.At RentSFNow, it's about partnership, not paperwork. Our one-application process makes it easy to find your piece of the San Francisco dream. With the largest collection of apartments in town, we specialize in updating classic buildings in choice locations. Your next home is where character meets state-of-the-art convenience.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
2459 Larkin Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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2459 Larkin Apartments
2459 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,495
750 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 1:01 AM
Built in 1614, this Edwardian style building features large bay windows and ample natual light. It is located on the corner of Larkin and Greenwich in Russian Hill. The property is one block from the Polk Gulch retail corridor in a location that is within walking distance to major transportation lines, including San Francisco MUNI lines, offering convenient access to North Beach, the Financial District, Cow Hollow, and the Marina.At RentSFNow, it's about partnership, not paperwork. Our one-application process makes it easy to find your piece of the San Francisco dream. With the largest collection of apartments in town, we specialize in updating classic buildings in choice locations. Your next home is where character meets state-of-the-art convenience. Iconic Charm. Modern Living.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
1656 LEAVENWORTH Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1656 LEAVENWORTH Apartments
1656 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
1 Bedroom
$2,695
381 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 1:01 AM
Outstanding access to area attractions. Homes feature hardwood floors, top-tier appliances, and open floor plans. In a quiet area. Panoramic views. Pet-friendly. On-site laundry facilities and a recycling program.
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1125 BROADWAY Apartments
1125 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94109
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1 Bedroom
$3,495
450 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 3:03 AM
Updated homes that are cable-ready. Kitchens are fully equipped. Residents get access to laundry facilities. A short walk to Chinatown and Lombard Street. Near public transportation.
60/62 Grenard Terrace/1345 Lombard Photo Gallery 1
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60/62 Grenard Terrace/1345 Lombard
60 Grenard Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94109
2 Bedrooms
$5,200
1217 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 3:03 AM
Straight out of central casting, Russian Hill is quintessential San Francisco. This photogenic neighborhood is home to many of the city's A-list attractions. Lombard's crooked curves, Hyde Street Cable Cars and panoramic views of the Bay keep visitors endlessly entertained and residents in awe of the place they call home. Hyde and Polk are stocked with places to sip, savor and see. Pop into La Folie for some bubbly, catch a French flick at the Alliance Fran�aise, or shop for unique clothes at Belle Cose. Russian Hill is a star.Happiness is...finding your cozy corner in this classic Russian Hill home. Old school architectural details give this hidden alley gem a nostalgic air, and the fresh updates keep it current. Thoughtful amenities, like electric vehicle hookup, make it a relaxing retreat in which to recharge after a demanding day.Iconic Charm. Modern Living. At RentSFNow, we pride ourselves on our network of lovingly restored classic buildings throughout San Francisco. Fill out just one application to unlock our extensive inventory of thoroughly renovated apartments in the city's most storied neighborhoods. We are customer service overachievers who consistently go above and beyond. At RentSFNow, we will find you a place to thrive, not just live.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
1305 LOMBARD Street Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
1305 LOMBARD Street
1305 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
2 Bedrooms
$5,995
1073 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 1:01 AM
Wish you were here! Postcard-pretty Russian Hill has tons of personality. Binge-watch Hyde Street's panoramic views of Alcatraz, both bridges and beyond. Next on the itinerary: Polk Street's fine dining, cocktailing and shopping. Saint Frank brews a mean cup of coffee, Leopold's dishes Austrian flavors, and Anica Boutique keeps the locals dressed to impress. This camera-ready area is a picture-perfect place to call home.Genius comes in many forms, and most geniuses come to San Francisco. Our eclectic community of innovators, trendsetters and trailblazers is just as driven to play, as we are to work. You're one of a kind - and your home should be too! From historic Pacific Heights Edwardians to rebooted Downtown classics, one online application is all it takes to unlock RentSFNow's premium portfolio of over 150 distinctive buildings. Iconic charm. Modern living.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
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2238 HYDE Street Photo Gallery 1
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2238 HYDE Street
2238 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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2 Bedrooms
$8,000
1151 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 2:42 AM
Picture yourself in Russian Hill, you look pretty good, don't you? The hilly streets are home to handsome apartment buildings, secret gardens and stunning views of the Bay and beyond. Channel your inner Serena at Alice Marble tennis courts, sunbathe in scenic Sterling Park, and zigzag your way down Lombard with visitors from around the globe. Dozens of incredible restaurants, bars and boutiques on Hyde and Polk Street round out this A-list area's repertoire.When "View Tower" is printed on your building's awning, you know you're in for a treat! This Russian Hill beauty has majestic written all over it - literally. The sweeping Bay to breakers vistas are matched only by the plush interiors.Finding a place to call home is no walk in Golden Gate Park. RentSFNow's incredible customer service and streamlined process make it easier. One online application opens the door to our comprehensive collection of the city's most eligible apartments - many of which are pet-friendly! We specialize in classic, high-quality buildings with fully updated interiors in San Francisco's most sought-after neighborhoods. Iconic Charm. Modern Living.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
2677 Larkin Photo Gallery 1
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7 Units Available
2677 Larkin
2677 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
1 Bedroom
$5,200
1033 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$6,500
901 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 2:42 AM
Located on Russian Hill, near Lombard Street. Restored Old San Francisco building with old-world charm. Units have hardwood floors, fireplaces, and dishwashers. Many have sweeping city views. Underground parking available. Gym and laundry.
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1955 LEAVENWORTH Street
1955 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94109
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1 Bedroom
$3,795
628 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 1:01 AM
Go ahead - stare. Who could blame you? The views from Russian Hill are impossible to ignore. Behold the Bay, Alcatraz and both bridges from atop this classic San Francisco neighborhood and you'll be in good company. Travelers who flock to gawk at Lombard Street's squiggly dimensions get swept up in Russian Hill's charm and stay a while - some stick around long enough to become locals. You could be next! Explore eclectic eateries, boutiques and quaint cafes that line the area's main streets, Hyde and Polk and you'll feel right at home.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
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1618 Mason Street #12
1618 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
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$1,895
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 12:08 AM
This beautiful studio has been renovated with an open living plan and large windows that let in lots of that gorgeous California sunshine along with the most beautiful views in SF! Its beautifully modern updated kitchen contains all you need for San Francisco living. Cable car and Bus stop right out-front door. Near night life, fantastic Restaurants, and fun life in the City.
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7 Units Available
1000 Chestnut
1000 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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1 Bedroom
$3,499
2 Bedrooms
$5,899
Last updated September 20 at 9:46 PM
Rent classic San Francisco apartments in style at the corner of Hyde and Chestnut. Your dream apartment in Russian Hill awaits. Step off the Cable Car and be greeted by your doorman as you step into the marble-floored lobby of this elegant high-rise apartment building. 1000 Chestnut offers studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments with some of the best views in SF. The spectacular bay panorama includes a view of Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and Angel Island. Our apartments are near to Coit Tower and the famous San Francisco skyline unfolds as you look out toward downtown and the financial district. Your apartment is only moments away from San Francisco landmarks such as Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Pier 39, Aquatic Park, and the Marina. Offering furnished apartments, our community is near the best restaurants, boutiques, and scenic surroundings on Russian Hill.
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7 Units Available
Crystal Tower
2140 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
1 Bedroom
$2,849
2 Bedrooms
$4,289
Last updated September 21 at 2:41 AM
Your dream apartment awaits you in this San Francisco luxury apartment high-rise building near Russian Hill. The Apartments at Crystal Tower are located between Lombard and Greenwich Street and offer 1 and 2 bedroom luxury apartment rentals. With spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco Bay from Russian Hill, you're a short walk to North Beach's famous Italian dining and cafes, as well as Chinatown. Near the Financial District you're at Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, or Ghirardelli Square — all of these world renowned San Francisco tourist destinations are just moments from your beautiful apartment. Enjoy all the modern luxuries and amenities in these 1 and 2 bedroom apartment rentals, including a heated swimming pool. Furnished apartments are available for rent and we also accept short-term leases. We can also accommodate your corporate suite rental and leasing needs. Our professional staff is always ready to help you out with all your needs.
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1720 Leavenworth Street
1720 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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1 Bedroom
$2,795
343 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 2:41 AM
1720 Leavenworth occupies a prime location in postcard-worthy Russian Hill, just blocks from bustling Polk Street and Columbus Avenue - not to mention Hyde Street's famous views. Its proximity to nearby green space, some of San Francisco's best dining, drinking, and shopping, and tremendous accessibility make it a gem of one of the City's most desirable neighborhoods.Constructed in 1925, four-story 1720 Leavenworth stands out on the block with its unique peach exterior and blue-green accents. Its units balance historic charm and modern conveniences, with contemporary appliances, hardwood floors, and more. Commuters love 1720 Leavenworth's location just blocks from Van Ness Avenue's tech shuttle stops, and world-class public transportation means Downtown, the Financial District, and the rest of the City are easily accessible. When work is over, residents enjoy 1720 Leavenworth's excellent walkability. Food, drink, and shopping favorites abound on Polk Street and in nearby North Beach and Chinatown, including Saint Frank Coffee, neighborhood standout Elephant Sushi, and China Live. Dog walkers, picnickers, or anyone looking for some fresh air and city views have their choice of Ina Coolbrith Park, Broadway Tunnel West Mini Park, Hyde & Vallejo Mini Park, and more within blocks.This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy.
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46 Culebra Ter.
46 Culebra Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94109
3 Bedrooms
$8,995
2200 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 3:14 AM
Enjoy this exquisite home perched up on Russian Hill on a private Cul-de-sac off of Chestnut Street and Polk Street. The modern kitchen with state of the art stainless steel appliances are perfect to bring out your inner chef. Serve that perfect dinner for 8 in the separate dining room with a full sized table, polished marble flooring, full skylight ceiling and fireplace. Off the dining room is a quaint, private, brick lined private garden area with seating, and a fountain. The great room boasts vaulted exposed beam ceilings and bright lighting from outside and you will be able to tickle the keys of the Baby Grand Piano. Each bedroom is private and room is plentiful. The bathrooms are newly remodeled with clean, crisp amenities, and a warm and cozy feeling. Savor the breathtaking San Francisco Bay views from the rooftop deck, accessible via the outdoor spiral staircase. KEY FEATURES: - Three Bedroom / Three Bathroom House - Luxury Modern European Style - Private Roof Terrace with Panoramic View of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge - Bright and Spacious - Stainless Steel Appliances - Hardwood Floors - High Ceilings - Charming Brick Patio with Garden - Formal Dining Room - Permit Parking Available on private street *contact agent for details* - Bay Windows - Closet Organizers - Decorative Fireplace - Roof Deck NEIGHBORHOOD: Russian Hill is one of San Francisco s more affluent neighborhoods. Walk just a few blocks to the famous Crookedest Street in San Francisco ; Lombard Street, with its eight hairpin turns in one block. Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, George Sterling Park, and Russian Hill Park are all within walking distance to this grand home. KEY TERMS: - Advertised rate reflects a $500 discount applied to the initial two months of lease (Reverts to $9495 Month 3). Promotional rate available for leases starting on or before October 1st, 2021 - Minimum 12 month lease - Permitted parking available to rent ($155/space) LID: 43815796.
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1152 Union St. #301
1152 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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1 Bedroom
$3,500
Last updated September 20 at 11:49 PM
Russian Hill: Formal Dining Room, Bay Bridge View, Ensuite Bathroom, FREE Utilities & Shared Patio - Check out the 3D interactive tour! https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=yscEBekU19H **We have a 3D tour of the actual apartment. Contact us for the link if you don't see it here, or find this listing at sfcityrents . com. You can also request an in-person tour here.** **To schedule an in-person tour or a Zoom/FaceTime tour at your preferred times, go to: http://tours.sfcityrents.com/s3/ Come check out this meticulously maintained Art-Deco building located in close proximity to restaurants, retail, public transit, parks, bars and much more. Features of this 1 bedroom apartment include: - Partial views of the Bay Bridge & Twin Peaks - 3rd floor - Formal dining room with doors, could double as a home office - Brand new stainless steel refrigerator and oven - Dishwasher - Foyer - Ensuite bathroom has two doors (hallway + bedroom) - Separate bathtub and stand-up shower - Two walk-in closets - Hardwood floors - Crown moldings, arched doorways and period details from the 1920's Building features include: - Offsite parking is available one block away for $430/month - Large shared patio - Shared laundry room - Elevator building - Onsite management Lease Terms: - 12 month lease, then rent-controlled on a month-to-month basis - All utilities included: PG&E, steam heat, water and garbage (Tenant only pays cable/internet) - Pets considered on a case by case basis with good references - Non-smoking unit - Square footage is approximate **To schedule a showing at your preferred times, go to: http://tours.sfcityrents.com/s3/ We look forward to hearing from you! SF City Rents DRE# 01182457 (please don't use the DRE# to request a showing, instead please provide the property address: 1150 Union #301) This unit is a rental unit subject to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which limits evictions without just cause, and which states that any waiver by a tenant of their rights under the Rent Ordinance is void as contrary to public policy. (RLNE6909146)
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1019 Green
1019 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
2 Bedrooms
$6,150
1300 sqft
Last updated September 20 at 11:53 PM
Elegant Russian Hill Flat w/Elevator, Parking, Storage & In-Unit Lndry - This elegant flat is located in the heart of the city perched atop Russian Hill with a short walk to numerous shops, restaurants and public/tech stops. Video walk through: https://youtu.be/0VpkR6MesWY The unit has been updated and is extremely well cared featuring classic period details with modern touches including gorgeous hardwood floors, original & ornate fireplace, crown moldings, newer double paned windows, elevator and new appliances. There is a large and spacious formal living and dining room that leads directly into a a large sunny eat-in kitchen with all new appliances, great cabinet space and room for a breakfast table. Laundry room with storage and elevator access to the garage is in the room adjacent. Two large bedrooms with great closet space lead into an adjoining sun room with pleasant greenery views. Perfect as an office or kids room. There is one full bathroom with shower over tub and a lovely half bathroom. One car parking included. Water and garbage paid by owner. Excellent credit, references and verifiable income a must. Non-yappy dog considered with deposit and owner meet and greet. Available Oct 1st. (RLNE6903839)
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47 Grenard Terrace
47 Grenard Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94109
2 Bedrooms
$5,500
Last updated September 20 at 11:51 PM
47 Grenard Terrace Available 09/25/21 Stunning Russian Hill flat w/views of San Francisco and GG Bridge! Gourmet Kitchen, remodeled baths w/jacuzzi tub! - Spacious two bedroom two bath flat on a private lane off of Greenwich Street. Located on a peaceful cul-de-sac with huge bay windows featuring commanding views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay. Newly updated gourmet kitchen and updated marble/stone baths. Parking and storage available in the 2 unit building. Walking distance to cafes ,bars, shops and restaurants on Polk and Union streets. East MUNI transport downtown and Peninsula Shuttle stops on Van Ness. PLEASE TEXT OR EMAIL FOR A PRIVATE VIEWING. Eli Meyskens Realtor / Leasing / Relocation mobile 415.713.8995 www.amsires.com DRE # 01902318 (RLNE6846923)
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1303 Lombard Street
1303 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
2 Bedrooms
$5,995
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 20 at 10:02 PM
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2224 Leavenworth Street
2224 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
1 Bedroom
$4,095
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 20 at 10:02 PM
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Neighborhood overview

Apparently, Alaska reminded the Russian colonists too much of the frigid temps of home. So some migrated south to San Francisco. Those that couldn't take the heat were buried at a small cemetery, most likely to the north of present day Vallejo Street and east of Jones Street. Gold rush pioneers then stumbled onto the burials and named the area "Russian Hill." The departed have since left for other burial grounds and even their living countrymen have settled elsewhere in San Francisco. Only the name remains.

Although Russian Hill boasts a few tourist spots and a couple of trendy retail streets, it's primarily a restful hilltop home. Outsiders are few, perhaps daunted by the challenging elevations that even residents only brave for brief periods. As a result, even the pubs and parks give off a locals-only vibe. Those willing to negotiate the steep streets are rewarded by superb views, floral-colored greenery, and unhurried environs.

Finding Your Bearings

This neighborhood rises from the northeast of the San Francisco peninsula, with structures huddled on its hillsides. On the north runs North Point Street, fronting Fisherman's Wharf and the Marina. Depending on who you ask, the landmark Ghirardelli Square falls just within or outside the community's borders.

To the east slashes the diagonal of Columbus Avenue, dividing the hill from North Beach. In the south, Broadway Street lines up in front of Nob Hill, which rises higher both in geography and financials. Finally, to the west, Van Ness divides the community from Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow.

Getting Around Russian Hill

If it were called Russian Flats, then you could amble from the community's center to any of its borders in about 15 minutes tops. But real life puts the hill in the name as well as the physical location. So going that same distance can mean an upward trek, which can prove more physically challenging exhausting than your Zumba workout.

A less tiring option for travel is by private car. Except if your pad doesn't have a garage, parking can be a chore. Polk Street contains some metered spots that last up to an hour, even on Sundays. Many streets theoretically have free parking for two hours, if you happen to snag a spot when everyone's evacuated after an earthquake. Residents with an "A" permit, which costs money, can park for days. But they still need to move their jalopies during street cleaning, which can happen several times per week.

There's also the problem of driving through those altitude changes. Vallejo and Chestnut become stairways, and Lombard Street zigs and zags as the world's "crookedest street" between Hyde and Leavenworth.

That leaves the public transportation alternative. Hop on the cable cars for rabbit runs on Hyde or Taylor. Otherwise, try the 19, 41, or 45 buses for the turtle crawl through trafficked thoroughfares.

Where to Live

As in the rest of the city, places to rent in Russian Hill cost as high as their elevation. However, finding a place isn't a problem because most residents are renters. You'll find choices ranging from Victorian town homes ringing the bottom to residential towers growing from the hill's crest.

You can start your apartment search by deciding what type of building turns you on. A renovated Victorian may be charming but it'll lack such work-savers as dishwasher, washers/dryers, and elevators. Many accept pets. In comparison, a modern high-rise condo rental may have all utilities paid, a heated pool, and laundry rooms. But they may not allow your favorite pooch as a roomie. The higher the floor, then the higher the rental rate.

Next comes the side of the hill you want to live in. On the north face, you'll enjoy views of Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, and homes here are a smidge closer to the bay. On the east face, you'll find views of Coit Tower spiking from Telegraph Hill. Grades are steeper, breaking many of the roads into connecting staircases passable only on foot. (Lombard Street is on this side.)

The south face has a gentler rise toward the ritzier Nob Hill. Finally, the west face offers better access to the commercial area on Polk Street and the wider avenue of Van Ness, which is useful if you have a car.

If one of your must-haves for a city apartment is proximity to work, a park, or some other destination, don't just rely on a map, especially if you like to saunter on foot. Before saying "I do" with a place to rent, take a trial strut from your potential digs to the required destination. The elevations can transform a stroll into a mountain climb. For example, on the map, the corner of Greenwich and Jones is only a couple of blocks or a thousand feet to George Sterling Memorial Park. But the difference in height is about 200 feet, which is like slogging up a 20-story building.

If you're crazy enough to own a car, find out if "parking available" means you're actually getting a spot. Usually that perk costs extra unless you're renting a single-family townhouse with a garage at street level.

What to Do

It's only a neighborhood because residents and merchants get in each others business and care about what's going on around them. You can get involved with the non-profit Russian Hill Neighbors, which not only hosts monthly confabs but events like the Neighborhood Sweep, where you and your favorite cleaning tool shine up the block.