Back when San Francisco's luxurious destination Nob Hill was just another neighborhood in the newly incorporated city, a young German immigrant named Nicholas Yung built himself a modest three-story house at the top of what was then California Hill. Away from the hustle and bustle of the burgeoning city swamped by gold prospectors, California Hill’s steep climb afforded the undertaker and his wife Rosina a peaceful, isolated existence with stunning view of the Bay to the east and the Golden Gate to the north. Their lovely cottage-styled home and idyllic garden was awash with sunlight and fresh air from the Bay.
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A view of Nob Hill. The house in the center belonged to Collis P. Huntington. Behind it is Charles Crocker’s mansion, still under construction. Photo: Eadweard Muybridge