The Painted Ladies: An iconic San Francisco Site

This post is about how to get to the Painted Ladies in San Francisco.  The Painted Ladies are an iconic site in San Francisco you cannot miss, just like our walking tours! San Francisco is known for sweeping viewpoints, gorgeous architecture, and overall being an aesthetically pleasing place to visit. Encapsulated in this description fit the “Painted Ladies”,  also known as the “Seven Sisters.” A row of archetypal Victorian homes from the 1890’s climbing one of San Francisco’s many hills, visitors come from far and wide to photograph these beautiful structures.


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San Francisco Painted Ladies

 

Located directly across the street from Alamo Square, this is a lovely neighborhood to spend an afternoon. Bring a picnic lunch, tennis gear, or a Frisbee to take full advantage of what Alamo Square has to offer just like the Tanner family.  This is the same park where they can be seen in the opening credits of “Full House.”

 

WHERE ARE THE PAINTED LADIES?

The Painted Ladies are located at   Since visitors will be coming from many different locations, it’s best to use this Google map to get the most up to date directions.

The Painted Ladies are included on several hop-on, hop-off tours.  Be sure to read our post comparing the different bus tour companies.

 

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If choosing to use public transportation, take the #21-Hayes Muni bus from Market Street to Alamo Square, getting off on Steiner St – you’ll see Alamo Square to the left and the Painted Ladies will be on your right about halfway up Steiner Street. Read our post on how to ride the Muni buses.  The ride from Fisherman’s Wharf is approximately 40-45 min.

 


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WHEN AND WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST PHOTOS:

It’s best to take photos at midday so you can get a clear view of the city. You’ll recognize the most popular view of the houses if you go inside Alamo Square Park where there is rise in the landscaping. As of Autumn 2016, the park was under construction so much of it is fenced off but they have left some of the park open for tourists to get this famed shot.  Below, we have embedded a photo sphere taken from a previous visitor.  You can take a look around by putting your cursor on the image.

 

 

 

For other spots to see the best skylines, check out our post on the Top 10 SF Photo Locations.

 


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HOW MUCH ARE THE PAINTED LADIES WORTH?

Millions, plural. However, one of the homes sold recently for $900K less than asking price!  While these historic homes are iconic features in San Francisco, owners do have to deal with thousands of photo taking tourists.

As of 2016, many of the homes had estimated values at 3.5 million dollars, though some have different amenities and sizes that affect the value. They are almost all at least a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom house with a garage – all with a story behind it.

 


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TOURS OF THE PAINTED LADIES?

Unfortunately, they are private homes. So don’t expect to get to wander the halls of these Victorian homes. However, you do have a few options to sneak a peak inside.

  • If you’re in luck, maybe one of them will be on the market! In years past, when one of the houses has been for sale you could attend the open house.
  • Need a place to stay? One of the Painted Ladies is on AirBnb!

 

 

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WHICH ONE IS FROM FULL HOUSE?

If you watched television in the early 90’s, you will probably recognize these homes from the opening credits of Full House. This well known scene leads to the homes being referred to as the Full House Houses, but actually, the Full House is quite a ways a way – still in San Francisco, though! Within the row of seven houses, viewers are never told which one is meant to be the Tanner’s home and the actual house used to film the exterior shot – the Victorian House with the red door, isn’t even one of those houses.  The Full House House is located at 1709 Broderick Street, which is a 20 minute walk from Alamo Square.

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Full House House Painted Ladies

 

Unlike the TV show opening credit, the house (as of 2016) is dark blue with a green door. Keep in mind that it is a private residence when visiting!

Read more about Full House in San Francisco on our post.

 

 


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THE PAINTED LADIES IN MOVIES AND TV:

Full House isn’t the only place you may have seen these homes! It is estimated that they have been used in over 70 films and TV Shows.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  • Junior (1994)
  • Full House (1987-1995)
  • Not exactly filmed at the Painted Ladies, but only located about one mile north of Alamo Square at 2640 Steiner St., the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire was shot on this and other San Francisco locations.
  • Other films that have used Alamo Square are Murder in the First, Nine Months, and The Conversation.
  • Author Alice Walker (The Color Purple) used to live in one of the homes – even having house concerts until the neighbors complained about the same song was being played over and over.

Want to learn more about some of the historic sites in San Francisco? We offer walking tours throughout the city – Free Tours by Foot San Francisco Walking Tours.

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