Focus on San Francisco Neighborhoods - Nob HillNob Hill as described on the SFResidence neighborhood guide:
Nob Hill was the spot on which all the Big Four railroad magnates ( Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford and Collis Huntington) lost their palatial mansions to the infamous fire of 1906. What you will find now on Nob Hill are luxury hotels such as Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court and the Huntington. A few elegant mansions, expensive highrises with crisply dressed doormen, a few homes or buildings by Julia Morgan ( William R. Hearst hired this young lady, first woman to ever graduate from the famous Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris who orchestrated the building of Hearst Castle in San Semeon). Sharing this world famous square is the Masonic Auditorium, Grace Cathedral, and the Huntington Park which provides a playground for the nannies of the wealthy to the annual Junior League Open Market. The historic cable car barn pulling all the cable cars by massive drums with standing-room -only loads of tourists and locals up and down the hills from Union Square to Aquatic Park. No hill in San Francisco can boast of more history than Nob Hill!.
The San Francisco Chronicle says:
"Nob Hill is one of San Francisco's signature neighborhoods, renowned for its city landmarks and the famous hotels that border Huntington Park. For those who explore further, it also reveals unexpected facets. In addition to its swanky character, the area is influenced by the diverse personalities of the downtown neighborhoods that surround it, making it an intriguing place to visit.
"The area's reputation of privilege dates back to Gold Rush times, when cable car lines made the hilltop accessible and the railroad barons and bonanza kings built their mansions there, far above the rowdiness of the bawdy waterfront. Luxury hotels now stand in the place of those original palaces, and when you hike to the top of the hill, historic buildings such as the Fairmont Hotel and the Flood Mansion are undeniably impressive, as are the lush cascades of bougainvillea and the genteel apartment buildings with their wedding-cake facades."
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