sunbathing on a warm september day at baker beach with a bottle of champagne is one great way to spend the day. this beach is clean, somewhat private, enclosed, and has great views of million dollar homes and of the golden gate bridge. you can even see cargo ships coming in under the bridge. you will meet locals and won't have to worry about stepping on glass.
I knew that with its European look, its fog, cold and humidity, San Francisco was England instead of USA.
The disguise failed in Alamo square. Ah! Ah! Got you. Those Victorian houses don’t lie.
As mentioned in the tip about the dog park at Alamo Square Park, the eastern side, the one facing downtown is where the grassy knoll and view of the Painted Ladies Victorian homes is the best. This is a popular place close to sunset on a summer day. It's worth noting that elsewhere in the park are a tennis court and children's play equipment. These images were taken with my iPhone, so they represent how easy photography can be with this landscape subject.
This is one of the most photographed views in the city. In Alamo Square this row of colourful Victorian houses on the east side of the square provide a spectacular image set against the modern city skyline. The houses were built in the 1890's & appear on many postcards.
The whole square & surrounding area was worth a visit. The green space in the centre of the square is a great place to relax or have a picnic.
Everyone recognizes that row of well-maintained Victorians with the downtown skyline in the background. It's the quintessential San Francisco scene. Alamo Square is a great place for taking pictures. Tourists and locals walking their dogs, they're all here. If it's a sunny day, stop and have a picnic. Or you can try to guess which one of the Painted Ladies was home to the Tanners on "Full House" haha.
Here is a local secret. Make your way to the top of the park and look for a garden shed. What do you see? Look very closely and you will see a 'shoe garden'. Lots and lots of shoes of all description with flowers or grass growing in them. Count how many different shoes you can see.
This is from artist, Liz Hickok, who has a series of work called San Francisco in Jell-O.
When we were in San Francisco we had a hard time to imagine that nearly 514 blocks of houses in San Francisco were destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire. Many beautiful examples of nineteenth century Victorian architecture were lost in that disaster.
We learned that (lucky enough) some 14,000 Victorians have been preserved in several streets in the city. The houses at the eastside of Alamo Square may be the best known over the world. At least they were for us! The view of these colourful Victorian houses, or "Painted Ladies", with the San Francisco skyline in the backdrop, have graced many postcards and movie scenes.
Alamo Square was one of the first stops we made in San Francisco. It made a great impression on us and it made us really realise that we were in San Francisco.
Alamo Square Park is a four-block rectangular park. It is a beautiful rolling park with pleasant sunny lawns, mostly on mild slopes, with a few large cypress trees and tennis courts. Right here you're able to relax and study the abudance of fine architecture which surrounds the park.
Alamo Square is famous from its depiction in movies, TV shows ("Full House" for example), postcards, and guidebooks. San Francisco's celebrated Victorian houses are showcased in this row of houses. You will see beautifully ornate, detailed, and elegant houses which define Victorian architecture. Alamo Square's hill provides an excellent vantage point from which to take pictures of the famous Painted Ladies (as these Victorian houses are called). Many people also sit on the hill to take in the views while having a picnic or while generally relaxing. Furthermore, from Alamo Square, you can see views of San Francisco's skyline (including the pyramid-shaped Transamerica building). A wonderful way to see San Francisco's unique architecture and skyline!
I loved this square, calm and quiet even managed to sit on a bench for a while, people watching. Of course what is interesting are the Victorian townhouses just sitting there begging to be photographed, especially with the backdrop of S.F. skyline behind.
Whenever I have friends in town, Alamo Square is one of the sites I am sure to take them to. The view from the hill on the square is one of the best in SF, and recognized by anyone who has looked at post card stands or seen that popular TV show back in the 1980s. It is rather easy to find, located near Divisidero and Oak, and I've never had a problem finding a parking spot within a block or two. On a sunny day, you can't be sitting on the slope and looking over the row of Victorian houses to see the TransAmerica building in the background. Classic San Francisco.
Dont' forget to curb your wheels!
Postcard Row is probably the most photographed spot in the city. I would say that it appears on at least 80% of all SF postcards. These houses are among about 14.000 Victorian buildings survived the 1906 earthquake. But these colorful Victorian houses are just one reason why we were climbing there. View of the entire city from there is really beautiful.
Why is everything named "Alamo" smaller in real life than in pictures? The Alamo in Texas seems huge...it's NOT. Alamo rental cars...well, that's another story!
ALAMO SQUARE is absolutely a beautiful neighborhood park looking out on the city and especially, the "Painted Ladies," a row of Victorian houses in mint condition. This could be one of the most photographed parts of the city, and it is beautiful.
It would seem the whole neighborhood and park perimeter would be filled with these Victorian gems; they're not. It's really just that strip of houses along one block. Still, it's worth seeing.
Sit in the park overlooking the houses, have a picnic, play frisbee, and talk to the people around you. Depending on the day, most of them could be locals!
Here they are, the famous “Painted Ladies”…just as the postcard view but in 3D !
Very popular of course… the place attracts a lot of people who come here to see the contrast between the Victorian houses and the skyline of Downtown San Francisco in the background.
But the Six Sisters are not the only sight worth it in the area. I discovered that the neighborhood counts many old mansions and cute stylish houses everywhere To such an extend that it became Historic District around 1984.
This square was close by where my friend lived so we passed it on one of our walks. The park has appeared in various films and television series, the most notable of which probably is Full House. The opening sequence features Alamo Square park and the famous row of Victorian Houses that can be seen with the city's skyline beyond.
One of the most famous views of Victorian Homes in the foreground, with skyscrapers in the background is found at Alamo Square Park. This is a neighborhood park within the historic Alamo Square district, a sub-district of the Western Addition. It's only 4 blocks east of the Golden Gate Panhandle, bounded by Steiner, Fulton, Scott, and Hayes Streets. If you take the Central Freeway off US101, follow Octavia until you find the first left (you'll go past several no left turn signs), then double back along Steiner.
In any case, the park itself is mostly given over to open play for dogs and their owners, so if you bring your dog, you will have a fun time, especially on the western side where dogs are allowed to run off leash. This is well away from the view of the Victorian "Painted Ladies", which are opposite a popular grassy area along Steiner where visitors like to lounge and pose for photos.
Along Fulton, one can see the dome of city hall.