Nice area, yes it is Nob Hill. And it's very hilly, so you'll get lots of exercise.
If you have a car, I hope the VRBO has built-in parking. Street parking is impossible.
Same intersection as the Ritz Carlton.
This would be classified as "Nob Hill" but it probably isn't that part of Nob Hill that you may be thinking of, ie. "atop" Nob Hill. There is certainly nothing wrong with the area however. It's the east side of Nob Hill above Chinatown and the Financial District.
Pine street is a busy one-way artery heading west (outbound). It gets a lot of commute traffic in the afternoon heading out of the Financial District. However, it appears this unit is in the rear and so would not be susceptible to street noise.
There is not much in the way of food shopping in this area. The little market in the building (and there are other similar places in the area) is small, would have a limited selection and high prices. The nearest supermarkets would be Cala on California and Hyde or Safeway at Jackson and Front.
As others have said, it is hilly but you're one block from Powell where you can catch a cable car to Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf. One block north brings you to California St where the other cable line runs which would take you either to the Cala supermarket mentioned, or the foot of Market Street where the Ferry Building is.Edited: 26 December 2010, 20:46
My daughter live on the same block as the building you're considering and loves the area. It's safe and convenient. The hills can be a bit daunting, but as Sal said, you're very close to the cable car.
depending on when your trip is, the California Street cable cars are out of service for six months starting Jan to Jul 2011. The Powell Street cars are still running and a walk uphill/ downhill
Thank you everyone for your posts. We've done Amalfi and took the stairs, thousands per day, so we enjoy the exercise.
Since the area sounds nice, I'll just ask for clarification on no food shopping. Ideally there will be cafes or equivalent nearby where we can start the morning. We're happy to travel to hot spots for dinners if needed. As for groceries we'll only be in SF long enough to shop once so the hassle of traveling a bit is acceptable.
Any comments on the surroundings (by foot) are appreciated.
Thanks. Based on the feedback I think we'll proceed with this rental.
RonEdited: 27 December 2010, 10:17
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