San Francisco’s Famous Painted Ladies

San Francisco's Famous Painted Ladies

One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square’s famous “postcard row” at Hayes and Steiner Streets is indeed a visual treat. A tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses is back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast. The grassy square itself is an ideal midday break. One of 11 historic districts designated by the Department of City Planning, the area includes several bed and breakfast inns.

General Visitor Info

Many Victorian homes of the Queen Anne era have a few unique features: multiple balconies, large porches and are usually two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half stories tall.

Take your time in admiring these homes in addition to taking a picture or two. For many people, the best shot is when the sun is setting in the west, casting a sunset glow over these houses and Alamo Square. Be sure to schedule time to take a tour inside one of the homes if you can.

How to Get There

Take Muni line #21 westbound from downtown to the corner of Hayes and Steiner streets.

For additional information, routes and schedules, please visit the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency or call 415.673.6864.

Surrounding Neighborhoods

Civic Center / Hayes Valley

Get more information on the neighborhoods here.

Did You Know?

The Bay Bridge opened on November 12, 1936 and the original fare was $0.65.

Movies that included the Painted Ladies:

  • Bicentennial Man (1999)
  • Full House (TV show: 1987–1995)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

By San Francisco Travel

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