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Painted Ladies, San Francisco

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. Work out when and for how long to visit Painted Ladies and other San Francisco attractions using our handy San Francisco tour planner.
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  • We went to meet these famous houses that appeared in a famous American series and were very nice, but no more than many of this type of architecture are photographed streets of San Francisco. They are rather far away from where we believe are most tourist spots in this incredible city, so if one goes with little time would be one of the things that you do without. You lose nothing if not visits.
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  • MAJOR TIP: go in late afternoon so the sun is hitting the house fronts and aren't shadowed. If you can't find a parking spot just keep driving for a bit. We went twice (morning pics didn't work...) an...  more »
  • Don't waste time here. Just a photo and a ride in the mini Park. These houses are on the postcards, but you see other similar in SFO. In addition the area is not very sure, I've already seen a car with broken glass.
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  • Victorian houses always inspires me. The architectural design. And the preservation they are making are awesome. I get to get back to those lovely years where architectural details are created. Love it! The park in front of it gave my children a chance to enjoy the greens.
  • Absolutely a MUST if you're visiting or if you live here. With beautiful views of the city, the Alamo Square is never packed (even on a sunny Weekend) so you can always find a place to hang out with your friends or just by yourself reading a book. There's a coffee truck there, not sure if everyday, but definitely on weekends, and plenty of options around to get some food and take to the park. Souvla seemed to be a popular choice for food to take to Alamo Square. Bring your beach blankets, some food and drinks, and enjoy!
  • It was neat to see the home from the intro of Full House. I felt bad for the homeowners since you have people constantly touching your house and taking picture right on your property. The park was really beautiful across the street though and I even asked one of the homeowners from the crossing street if he enjoyed living there, he said it was nice but most of the homes here are split into apartments or have multiple families living in them, from what he told me and from what I saw on the front of the homes with the numbers.
  • The iconic Painted Ladies!! If only we could get the tour of inside the houses too. We loved the whole experience of sitting in Alamo Sq and enjoying the beautiful Victorian era houses. Clicked a lot of pics and sat there in peace. A good spot for just enjoying all the old era houses. They are all maintained too well and groomed to perfection.
  • I went walking here so I didn't have to worry about parking but it looks limited. The view was great the park was cool too, had the chance to talk to some nice locals with their pets. They had a good truck serving coffee and some other things. This is a park where parents come with their kids and there are a lot of tourists coming to this one place ok well, be warned that SF has some creeps. I'll explain, there is a guy who lays on the grass with a black thong and his dog. The man is does certain positions while looking at people he does some other stuff but you get the picture. I'm not phased by it but if your going with younger children just be careful.
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