We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup today and tomorrow—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and the final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin on Thursday. Let the eliminations continue!
It's not uncommon for Curbed to post about Bernal Heights on a weekly basis. What can we say? We're quite fond of the neighborhood. From the locals fighting over the historical relevance a vintage Coke mural to a Bernal Heights architect hosting a coloring contest for neighborhood kids, the folks on the hill seem to really enjoy being a part of a close community. (And hey, how about that view from the top of Bernal Hill?)
And then we have Russian Hill, the neighborhood for the 1%. It's got the bulk of what most people think is quintessential San Francisco: hills and views and vegetation. Also: very, very, very exclusive and pricey real estate. Tourists flock to it for its curvy street (yes, we're talking about Lombard) and epic cable car rides. Residents flock to it if they're comfortable with $2,500+ monthly HOA dues and being featured in the Nob Hill Gazette.