People the world over know it for its six Painted Ladies — an iconic row of jewel-toned homes framed by San Francisco’s skyline that have appeared in more than 70 films, television shows, and print campaigns — but for those who make this area their home, when it comes to Victorian architecture in Alamo Square, they tell just a small part of the story.
Mostly untouched by extensive urban renewal projects that swept through the City’s Western Addition in recent decades, Alamo Square boasts one of the largest concentrations of architecturally significant mansions, including the William Westerfeld House, the Archbishop’s Mansion, the German and Russian Imperial Consuls, and the stately homes that line the block across from the Painted Ladies.
At the center of this neighborhood lies Alamo Square Park, a grassy knoll that spans four city blocks. From here, a day of clear skies and sunshine offers a breathtaking view of the Transamerica Pyramid, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge.
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Alamo Square blends the perfect amount of bustle, charm, and trend. Here’s what you can expect:
- There’s something for everyone at neighborhood hotspots like NOPA, Tsunami, Bar Crudo, Alamo Square Seafood Grill, and Candybar.
- Looking for a caffeine fix? Apollo Coffee, Mojo Bicycle Cafe, and Matching Half Cafe provide plenty of options.
- And when it comes to nightlife, Alamo Square will leave you wishing for more night at the end of your day. Here, you can catch a beautiful sunset on your way to Bean Bag Cafe to take in its popular happy hour. Or, go uptown funk at places like Fly Bar and Mini Bar SF. All are nearby, and all offer unforgettable evenings.
Alamo Square has the second highest concentration of homes sized at 10,000 square feet or more (first place distinction for this honor goes to Pacific Heights). Residents and fans alike describe the neighborhood and its architecture as grand, spacious and historically unspoiled.
Why Alamo Square?
Think affluence, diversity, and originality coupled with a strong community spirit, and you have Alamo Square.