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.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$1,295,000 to $13,800,000
  • Closed Prices:$590,000 to $12,000,000
  • Median Sale Price:$2,175,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$1340
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0/quarter,$0 to $1211.57/mo,$0 to $1683
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1900 to 2017
  • Sq. Ft.:252 to 16,000Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 7Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 11Bathrooms


This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.


Homes in this area come in a wide range of prices, styles, and sizes.

Where to Live

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.

Where to Eat

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.

What You'll See

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.

Friday Night Fun

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.

The Perfect Sunday

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

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

Locals Don't Love

Weekend noise • Scarce parking.


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