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About Cow Hollow

Originally a fisherman's settlement and place for cow grazing, Cow Hollow was forced to give up the bovine for which it was named after residents of Pacific Heights complained about the smell of the livestock down the hill. The area subsequently transformed into an affluent neighborhood, and remains so today. A bustling commercial strip on Union Street, proximity to the Marina neighborhood, which has an active bar scene, and a mostly young and prosperous population contribute to a lively nightlife environment.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $738,000 to $19,000,000

Closed Prices: $525,000 to $14,500,000

Median Sale Price: $1,598,000

Average $ per sq ft: $1419

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $1683, $0 to $892.04/mo, $0/quarter

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1893 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 547 to 7410 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 7 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 10 Bathrooms

Getting Around Cow Hollow

Around Cow Hollow

The northern border of Cow Hollow, Lombard Street, is a very busy thoroughfare that leads to the 101 Freeway and the Golden Gate Bridge. The eastern border, Van Ness Avenue, is similar; cars speed down on their way to the freeway, North Beach, or Fisherman's Wharf. The southern side of the neighborhood is quiet and more expensive and as the hill to Pacific Heights grows steeper the area gets quieter.

The area between Union Street and Lombard Street contains a multitude of restaurants to suit every taste in this foodie neighborhood. Multiple options for unique taco creations reside along this stretch, as do choices for Italian, sushi, and French cuisine. Casual options are plentiful as well; there are many places to grab burgers, pizza, or sandwiches.

Young parents pushing strollers along Union Street during the daytime. Concert-goers waiting for party buses to whisk them away to music festivals or shows in Mountain View. Dog owners walking their canine companions to one of Cow Hollow's groomers or puppy daycares and young working professionals waiting for downtown buses on Union Street.

Have drinks at one of the many bars and saloons on Union Street, some of which offer skee-ball or arcade basketball games inside. Go dancing at a swanky nightclub and finish the night with one of the plentiful late-night cuisine options, from pizza and tacos to burgers and diner food.

Walk into the Presidio national park for a quiet picnic lunch and then go to one of the nearby museums or galleries for a dose of culture. Sip mimosas at one of the many brunch spots on Union Street before seeing a matinee performance at the historic Magic Theatre in Fort Mason.

Locals Love

  • Abundance of salons and exercise studios
  • Proximity to the bay
  • Shopping options on Union Street

Locals Don't Love

  • Scarce parking
  • Weekend noise

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