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"It's simply a very romantic place. Just one look at any of those streets, and you couldn't be anywhere else -- it's so beautiful, and there's that location, and the sense of the free spirit. Who couldn't become ravenous in such a place?" Julia Child.
This is not just praise in words but a true depiction of Nob Hill a small district in San Francisco, California adjacent to the intersection of California and Powell streets and the respective cable car lines. Nob Hill is an affluent district, home to many of the city's old money families. Sometimes it is sarcastically referred to as Snob Hill. The actual peak of Nob Hill lies slightly to the northwest in the area of Jones and Sacramento, Clay, and Washington Streets. South of Nob Hill is the shopping district of Union Square, the seedier area called the Tenderloin, and then Market Street. To the east are San Francisco's Chinatown and a little farther, the city's financial district. Northeast of Nob Hill is North Beach and Telegraph Hill. North of Nob Hill is the Cable Car Museum, Russian Hill, and eventually, the tourist-centered areas of the waterfront such as Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf.
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The intersection of California and Powell streets is also the home to the illustrious hotels in San Francisco: the Fairmont Hotel, the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, the Stanford Court, and the Huntington Hotel. In 2007, the Nob Hill Lambourne Hotel was renamed and converted to continental-style residences, continuing Nob Hill's rich fusion of tourism and chic urban lifestyle.
"It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world? Oscar Wilde
The area was settled in the rapid urbanization happening in the city in the late 19th century. Because of the views and its central position, it became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford and other members of The Big Four. The neighborhood was completely destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire, except for the granite wall that had surrounded the Stanford and Hopkins mansions; the Huntington mansion was the only one of the hill's landmark palatial residences to survive, until it was demolished in the 1960s. The Flood mansion, though gutted by fire, was rebuilt and stands to this day. While the neighborhood was able to maintain its affluence following the quake, many of the rich rebuilt their mansions further west in Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow. Many of the exclusive hotels now in the area were built over the ruins of the former mansions.
Views from the top of the hill and most prominently from the tower of the Fairmont Hotel extend in all directions around the San Francisco Bay Area. As such, Nob Hill is often a San Francisco set-piece scene used in many movies, especially if a high-speed chase is called for. At the center of the neighborhood is the former mansion of tycoon James Flood, now the headquarters of the exclusive old guard, old money Pacific-Union Club. To be a member of the Pacific-Union Club is to say that one made it through a rigorous vetting to filter out the "not us." Also, at the top of Nob Hill enclave stands Grace Cathedral.
"San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth."