In 1776, when San Francisco’s earliest settlement was established in the Presidio, Cow Hollow was full of freshwater springs, grassy meadows, and sand hills inhabited by wildlife. In the mid-1800s, settlers came to the area, then known as Spring Valley, and soon began farming around a large lagoon. It wasn’t long before dairy farming became the predominant activity; thus the name Cow Hollow, which has survived to the present.

Cow Hollow is one of San Francisco's most well-known and desirable neighborhoods, featuring world-class boutique shopping, a diverse housing market (single family homes, condos, TICs, and multi-unit buildings), and easy proximity to recreation and the Financial District. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the easy access to San Francisco’s waterfront, which include amenities such as Crissy Field, the Marina Green, and Fort Mason.

Cow Hollow is an affluent part of town that’s very popular with young professionals. Union Street, the main thoroughfare, is crawling with chic fashion boutiques, pilates studios, juice shops, and beauty salons. Restaurants range from French fine dining to Italian bistros to brunch cafes, and there are also sports bars and wine lounges. Locals frequent eateries such as Mixt (great salads), Tacko, Italian Homemade, Perry's, Flores, Wildseed, Rose's Cafe, and Balboa Cafe. The area also has a few coffee shops, including the hidden gem Wrecking Ball Roasters on Union between Fillmore and Steiner. For a truly special dining experience, visit Atelier Crenn, the 3-star Michelin-rated French restaurant of renowned chef Dominique Crenn. Whether you're looking for a quick bite or a fine dining experience, Cow Hollow has something to offer for everyone!

In fact, our firm Artemis Real Estate, is located in this amazing neighborhood, and for good reason. It’s simply one of the best locations in the City. Interestingly, the Artemis office is situated in the old Cudworth Mansion, a three-story building constructed in the 1870s by James Cudworth, one of Cow Hollow's first dairymen. The building now serves as a home to a collection of boutiques. Located in the rear, at 2044 Union Street, the barn belonging to the mansion was used as a first aid station during the 1906 earthquake and fire and also acted as a hideout for the notorious "Gas Pipe Thieves"

How is Cow Hollow Defined?

The San Francisco Association of Realtors (who runs our local MLS) has very specific definitions of each neighborhood in San Francisco,
which can affect statistics, home values, and much more. Here is how Cow Hollow (7d) is defined.

Cow Hollow By The Numbers


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There can be significant differences in property types and desirability, even within the smallest neighborhoods. Our experts can assist you in finding the perfect home in the perfect spot.

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