Alamo Square: The Famous “Painted Ladies”

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Photo Courtesey of Alamo Square Neighborhood Association

Off to the Alamo

If you’re into watching re-runs of “Full House” with the kids, then you’ll recognize not only a younger version of one of the Olsen twins, but a famous row of Victorian houses known as the “Painted Ladies,” shown during the television show’s opening song. Named for their beautiful combination of colors, those historic homes have become an iconic S.F. image. So tell the kids you’re off to see the “Painted Ladies” of S.F., and see if they can guess what you’re talking about. Their ideas are sure to be good for a laugh.

No matter how well painted or historic they are, a row of houses will only keep the little ones’ attention for so long. Good thing there’s a park right across the street at Alamo Square – four blocks of grassy fields, big trees, and paved paths for you all to skip along. The kids will love the playground with swings, slides, sand, and a climbing structure that mimics the rooflines of the “Painted Ladies.” On a clear day, ask the kids to point out the big pyramid and both big bridges – the Transamerica Building, Golden Gate Bridge, and Bay Bridge can all be seen from this fabulous look-out point.  Start or end your outing with a visit to either Cafe Abir (hot cocoa and pastries) or BlueJay Cafe (grilled cakes with strawberry butter,  a biscuit sandwich or southern fried chicken), both located on Divisadero Street, two blocks West of Alamo Square.

And here’s the latest news from the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association: The Alamo Square Flea Market with goodies from Indie Mart vendors will take place on the 21st of August. Maybe you’ll score some vintage treasure as you enjoy the vintage real estate.

-Renee Rutledge