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Alamo Square, San Francisco

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A neighborhood marked by some of the city's most distinctive architecture, Alamo Square is the home of the Painted Ladies, a row of Victorian houses with ornate facades and vibrant colors. Get a view of the neighborhood from Alamo Square Park, the neighborhood's namesake, at the top of the hill north of Hayes Street. On the perimeter of the park, you can view mansions where European consuls and American millionaires once lived, including the home of confectioner William Westerfeld. The park's views of the Golden Gate Bridge and its lawns and walkways attract visitors and residents for jogging, sports, and events. Make Alamo Square part of your personalized San Francisco itinerary using our San Francisco vacation trip planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    By bus you will arrive at the top of the Hill, on a nice green lawn that is Alamo Square and from which you can enjoy a beautiful view over the city of San Francisco. A point of interest in this square are the "Painted Ladies" as they are called the seven mansions of the late ' 800, perfectly preserved. We came into the sunset and the sunlight made it stand out even more elegance. The neighborhood boasts villas built in the late 1800 and early 1900.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Nice place to get some rest. Grass to extend a bit with good views of the painted ladies.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Great place to enjoy the panorama from the Centre and still enjoy the architecture of the Ladies Houses. Square to enjoy the weather and the landscape.
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  • June 15, 2017
    The park has just reopened after being closed for a full year of renovations at a cost of 4.3 million dollars. It's gorgeous but it always has been. The views are stunning on all 4 sides of this hilltop. The side facing downtown has the iconic view of the Painted Ladies with the city skyline as a back drop. Love the new lawn, hope that visitors will keep to the newly paved paths as much as possible. If you're visiting, this park has little to no parking on the streets surrounding. Plan to find parking a block or so away and walk over.
  • June 3, 2017
    The park is open for business! Or invasion, so come on up and enjoy the summer sun! It could really use some sheep to crop the new grass, recycle the cuttings, and turn it into fertilizer overnight. The soil needs the natural bio organisms to be restored. It will be beautiful when it is done, they're redoing the whole park and installing a new restroom facility. I just hope that the people who have large dogs, keep their dogs tethered. Than let them run wild on the grounds. It only takes one incident of a dog mauling a child or elderly person, to taint a communities reputation. I shall endeavor to ad more pics of the park once it is reopened, as most people are preoccupied with the scenic surrounding views of the city. Unfortunately its overcast today June 3, 17 - only 2 doges out of 34 at this time are on leashes. Owners either chatting with each other or staring at their phones, doges running around free. The neighborhood association may have to hire someone full time just to pick up doggie leavings.
  • July 10, 2017
    Great views of the city. There is a nice playground for kids. A popular spot for off leash dogs, on the west side of the park.
  • July 1, 2017
    I love San Francisco in general and Alamo Square Park is no different. Great views and of course the famous Painted Ladies. 👌☺️
  • July 6, 2017
    Great views and a great time. The perfect place to spend an afternoon lounging on the grass, partying with your friends, or playing with your dogs.

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