It isn’t an urban legend. Cows and dairies once occupied this prime tract of real estate, which is how the neighborhood came to be known as Cow Hollow. The pastures have long since been developed and the only dairy you’re likely to encounter is the pre-packaged kind at a corner market, but the name stuck.
Cow Hollow condos are near the neighborhood shopping district along Union Street. Union St. is often bustling and busy, with high-end stores that import their clothes from the finest fashion capitals of the globe next to fro-yo chain stores, with pretty much everything in between.
Some of the city’s best restaurants can be found in Cow Hollow, and after a long day of shopping or exploring, it’s hard to beat sitting on an outside patio for some relaxing people watching.
Cow Hollow housing stock is primarily a mix of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, although there are some art-deco buildings popped in here and there, with modern Cow Hollow condos found along the Van Ness edge of the neighborhood.
Muni trains do not serve the neighborhood, but there are plenty of bus lines for commuters that rely on public transit to get them to and from their jobs. If your commute takes you to the north bay, access to the Golden Gate bridge is very convenient.