During the Gold Rush, settlers found a small Russian cemetery at the top of what is now called Russian Hill.The graves probably belonged to Russian fur traders and sailors from nearby Fort Ross, and old Russian outpost north of San Francisco. This residential neighborhood is chockablock with eclectic shops and is home to the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute.
During the Gold Rush, Rincon Hill was a fashionable residential area but later transitioned into and industrial and maritime district.
Situated near the anchorage of the Bay Bridge, Rincon Hill is fast becoming high-rise central, with glittering residential towers housing expensive pieds-a terres.
The neighborhood is home to the imposing, glass sheathed One Rincon Hill, which stretches 60 stories tall.
Construction for this project, completed in 2008, has generated considerable controversy concerning blocked views, pricing, and the architectural style of the complex.
Nob Hill is a tony neighborhood perched above Union Square near the intersection of California and Powell streets.
In the late 19th century Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave; many tycoons built mansions here.Although most of these houses were destroyed during the 1906 earthquake, this area remains affluent and exclusive.Anchored by luxury hotels and private clubs, Nob Hill (also called Snob Hill by locals) provides some of the best views in the city.Largely undeveloped, the Twin Peaks are two hills with an elevation of about 922 feet situated at the center of the city and offering sweeping views of downtown and beyond.They form the second highest point in San Francisco, after Mount Davidson.A drive to Twin Peaks to take in the view is a must for any visitor to San Francisco.