Tucked between prosperous Pacific Heights and the trendy Marina, Cow Hollow is an oddly monikered but charming slice of San Francisco. Named for it’s past life as grazing grounds for the cattle owned by Pac Heights dwellers, today it is home to one of the city’s most attractive shopping and dining areas along Union Street. Gorgeous specimens of Victorian and Edwardian architecture as well as deco-era apartment buildings line these blocks. Home investors will find a nice blend of mixed-use buildings and single family residences to choose from. Of course, the major draw is Union Street, a premiere shopping district. Many restaurants, some with sidewalk seating, are a prime perch for watching the patrons of Union Street’s home and fashion boutiques, jewelery and antique stores, spas and salons. This is also a nightlife destination, with everything from rowdy post-collegiate sports bars to down tempo lounges and wine bars. Give out of towners a uniquely non-touristy peek at San Francisco with a trip to the curious and historic Octagon House, which houses a small museum; the beautiful, freshly restored Lombard Gate to the sprawling Presidio; and take in the gorgeous Bay views from the Lyon Street steps. Several bus lines serve the neighborhood and cabs are never too hard to find. The neighborhood’s natural food store makes grabbing groceries for a quick dinner a breeze. Many find Cow Hollow to be one of the city’s most livable neighborhoods, with friendly people, great shopping and beautiful homes.