Overview

Boasting the colorful and famous Victorian houses, known as the Painted Ladies, a large grassy park, and magnificent views of downtown San Francisco, Alamo Square is a destination for San Francisco residents and tourists alike. While Alamo Square takes its name from the square park bordered by Hayes, Fulton, Scott, and Steiner streets, the neighborhood encompasses the surrounding hilly blocks as well. Children swing from monkey bars and play tag on the grass next to sightseers and picnickers.
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Amenities

This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.

Homes

The community of Alamo Square features an array of home designs and prices to match a variety of price points.

Where to Live

Alamo Square is known for its Painted Ladies, and for good reason. Large Victorian houses, many with intricate ornamentation, dominate the neighborhood's architecture. Large is the key word; Alamo Square has the second-highest concentration of homes with over 10,000 square feet of space. A few smaller apartments and flats border Alamo Square Park, but exist in more frequency in the blocks to the north, east, and west. While people living close to Divisadero Street can walk to stores, restaurants, and cafes, residents generally have a hard time shopping in this mostly residential neighborhood.

Where to Eat

You can find a few lonely cafes and restaurants dotted throughout the neighborhood, but the majority of Alamo Square's restaurants, bars, and outdoor eateries are found on Divisadero Street. Upscale American food is popular along this stretch, but those looking for something quicker can grab pizza or burritos. On sunny days, you can enjoy coffee or barbecue on patios or in remodeled, open-air garages. An abundance of cafes serve bagels, toast, and espresso along Divisadero to the morning crowds.

What You'll See

Dog owners playing with their canine friends in Alamo Square's off-leash dog park is a typical scene. You'll also see parents reading the news on smartphones while their children play on the playground in the center of Alamo Square Park. There are plenty of tourists and residents taking pictures in front of the famous Painted Ladies on Steiner Street. Expect to see winded joggers running up the steep hill on Hayes Street or cutting through to Fulton Street on one of the park's paved pathways.

Friday Night fun

Have dinner at home, then walk down to Divisadero Street for drinks. If you want to dine out then check out one of Divisadero's delicious restaurants and pubs down the street. See live music at a concert venue or bar, and walk to the top of Alamo Square Park to admire the lights of downtown to the east and the light of the stars overhead.

The Perfect Sunday

Go for an early morning walk through Alamo Square Park before the tourists and picnickers arrive. Walk down Divisadero and eat brunch or have a cup of single-origin coffee. Hike back up to the park to people watch, read under sunny skies, and inevitably take a picture for a group of tourists or college students.

Locals Love

Beautiful architecture • Dog and kid-friendly park • Plenty of parks.

Locals Don't Love

Lack of nightlife • Steep hills.

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  • 1909 Students
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