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Painted Ladies, San Francisco

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Painted Ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses that have become icons of San Francisco. These architectural styles reigned supreme here between 1849 and 1915. While some of the houses didn't survive the tides of time, many of them have been lovingly restored. They are distinctive for their bold colors and ornate, wooden detailing. Visit the neighborhoods of Haight-Ashbury and Pacific Heights to see a generous collection of the houses. Alamo Square is lined with a row, and its hilltop park offers views of many colorful facades. Plan your Painted Ladies visit and explore what else you can see and do in San Francisco using our San Francisco family vacation planner.
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  • You can't go to San Francisco and not see what most people know as the Full House house. There are beautiful! 
  • As fans of TV series and various films we went to see the famous "Painted Ladies" House but we were the only ones, much less a few fans of these works of art. A large number of tourists and of different nationalities. Good advertising for tourism. It fascinated us.
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  • We pushed from union square up to 30 minutes at Alamo square along full. The lodges you return to beginning of the big Park, that say 6 Victorian homes (the whole area has this style) identical overlooking the Park. If you have time take a picture, but don't become crazy if you fail!
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  • Beautiful old homes...high crime neighborhood, signs everywhere warning to not leave valuable items in the car, this should be common sense, but from the car glass in the gutter, I am guessing many people are lacking common sense and lost their item/s and an expensive window. The park is closed off right now, so right now 11-06-2016 is not an ideal time to visit, but usually with the park open and weather permitting the beautiful old houses are amazing to see. Some have complained in other posts that there is nothing in the area, but we found PLENTY to do and see and found great restaurants. To each his (or her) own I suppose ;)
  • Lovely piece of history being preserved. Really timeless. Saw it during the restoration period so the view was not as expected. The surrounding area is just as timeless and you should definitely walk around the neighbourhood.
  • Not if it's your 1st visit and you only have limited time to spend in SFO. It's just a row of house. If you really must, 30mins is more than enough here. There's nothing much except a row of colorful house. Just a quick stop. Over-rated. All the houses in SFO is beautiful. It's so out of place from all the important sites. Nothing much to do here except snap some photo of the houses. Maybe drop by to 4505 Burgers & BBQ to make this visit worth it. Their burger is really good!
  • Cool to see but underwhelming. It might have been different if the park wasn't under construction. The Painted Ladies aren't any different from any of the other houses in San Francisco.
  • Skip them unless you love TV trivia and have plenty of time. These are a row of ornate late 1800's houses set to the back-drop of downtown San Francisco. Although these are quite pretty houses, it's there association with the sitcom "Full House" and postcard sales that has made them famous. The view of them from Alamo Square Park is very nice but often crowded as people try to re-create the standard shot. Your life won't be empty without them and in this city, beautiful houses and architecture abound and a multitude of places that exceed this site. Just get out and walk the neighborhoods and you won't be disappointed.