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Telegraph Hill can be found on one of San Francisco’s original Seven Hills, rising to an elevation of 275 feet. Though it borders the lively area of North Beach, Telegraph Hill is a quiet, residential area.

Best known for Coit Tower, which stands at the top of Telegraph Hill, this neighborhood draws visitors and tourists, who enjoy taking in the beauty of the Filbert Street Gardens and the famous parrots who make their homes in the trees around the neighborhood. Meanwhile, residents cite the calm, quiet residential life as one of the primary reasons to move to Telegraph Hill.


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As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in San Francisco, CA is $2,225 for a studio, $1,831 for one bedroom, $1,449 for two bedrooms, and $1,602 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in San Francisco has increased by 6.4% in the past year.

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65 Bike Score® Bikeable



Levi’s Plaza Park is Telegraph Hill’s primary park, offering a peaceful respite from the rat race. Its wooded paths and benches may fool you into believing you’ve left the city. Though it’s part of the Levi Strauss Company’s facilities, all are welcome to peer at the water, brings kid and dogs, or do a little jogging or yoga.

The San Francisco International Beer Festival is held annually to raise money for the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School. Annual block parties are held on Calhoun Terrace, and the Neighborhood Center holds a fundraising dinner each year to support its work to keep the area pristine.


Though Telegraph Hill is a higher-rent neighborhood, it doesn't support much in the way of luxury or high-end shopping. However, there is a Louis Vuitton store on Stockton. Smaller boutiques like Therapy, offering men's and women's clothing and home decor, as well as A. B. Fits, another hub of casual clothing for men and women, fill the area's needs for clothing, shoes, gifts and accessories. These and other similar stores are clustered along Grant and Stockton. Though a Safeway and Trader Joe's can be found closer to Fisherman's Wharf, small grocers like RJ's Market Levi Plaza, Fog Hill Market and The Nature Shop sell residents fresh produce, home goods and health foods. Eatwell Farm along the Embarcadero delivers boxes of farm-fresh and organic produce around the Bay Area, and it functions as the area's local farmers market.


Telegraph Hill has a slightly higher cost of living than other San Francisco neighborhoods, with a typical 1-bedroom apartment averaging about $4,000 per month.

The higher housing costs have also driven the costs of food and entertainment higher in this neighborhood.


Telegraph Hill, like many other areas in San Francisco, isn’t hospitable to cars or parking. If you do drive, the parking you’ll find is likely to be expensive. The hill itself is very steep, and though the area is walkable, you’ll need tenacity and appropriate shoes to make it comfortable.

Public transportation is possible with Muni buses, and cabs are easy to hail. Uber also serves the Telegraph Hill neighborhood. Additionally, a cable car runs up Powell Street to the edge of the neighborhood.

Though there are no freeways near Telegraph Hill, traveling south to Market Street will connect you with the 80, the Bay Bridge and the East Bay.

The area is considered safe for biking, and there are some bike lanes in the neighborhood. The big challenge will be the steep angle of the hill itself.


Telegraph Hill was originally the site of a windmill-like structure designed to send semaphore signals about the nature of the ships entering via the Bay. This was important for merchants to know how much to charge for their goods, according to what was coming into the harbor.

A quarry along the bay side of Telegraph Hill was used to offer ballast to ships leaving their cargo in the city before sailing away. With the advent of the electrical telegraph in 1862, the semaphore system became obsolete. The area retained the name, though, and Telegraph Hill eventually became a historical landmark.

During the 1920s and beyond, Telegraph Hill and neighboring North Beach became meccas for artists, bohemians and intellectuals, all of whom helped to turn the area into the West Coast version of Greenwich Village. Since then, the neighborhood has remained devoted to maintaining the quiet quality of life in Telegraph Hill, resisting chain stores and any attempts to gentrify the area.

Telegraph Hill and North Beach are filled with opportunities to see and experience art, with galleries like the Exploratorium, North Beach Gallery, Live Worms Gallery and Make Hang Gallery all providing interesting things to see on their walls.


When you’re this close to the Bay, seafood should be on the menu. Telegraph Hill and very close neighbor North Beach offer the very best in this cuisine. Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood earns high marks for fresh oysters and cioppino, among other sea-inspired dishes. You’ll want to make reservations, since this place can fill up fast.

Don Pisto’s fulfills your need for modern Mexican food, with Mexican sashimi, spicy tuna tacos and wild Monterey calamari. This place also serves a full brunch menu, from albondigas and grits to breakfast burritos.

If you’re in the mood for fresh baked goods, look no further than Mama’s on Washington Square. Locals are fiercely loyal to this place and come for breakfast scrambles and French toast, as well as the burgers and salads for lunch. You may even choose to take home a few things from the bakery.

Nightlife options within Telegraph Hill are relatively limited, so most residents travel outside the neighborhood to bordering areas such as North Beach to find a bar or club.

Similarly, music venues are found closer to Broadway and Green, near North Beach. Locals flock to Maggie McGarry’s for live cover bands and a pub-like atmosphere, as well as private parties and the sports shown on the television screens nearly every day of the week.

Mabuhay Gardens also features live music. Cleaned up from its old punk days, this place has been reconstituted with a better sound system, new lights and bigger stages. This is a great spot to watch local and national acts perform.

If you're in the mood to dance the night away, head over to Tope for great dancing and happy hour specials, or hit up Hot Bachata Nights to get your Latin groove on.


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Telegraph Hill can be found on one of San Francisco’s original Seven Hills, rising to an elevation of 275 feet. Though it borders the lively area of North Beach, Telegraph Hill is a quiet, residential area.

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