Painted Ladies
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A famous stretch of colorful Victorian-style house.
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  • Kelvin
    Dunedin, New Zealand592 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another iconic location.
    This was my wife’s thing to do, and I must admit it was pretty cool to see what we’d seen on screen so often. The park across the road from the houses is nice although clearly gets pretty busy in the weekends (when we were there). We got there on one of the hop on, hop off buses that makes one of its stops just down the hill - too easy.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • pecanpie2205
    Essex, United Kingdom1,215 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good to visit if in the area
    This iconic landmark is free to visit and worth a quick stop if you are in the area. Parking is available on the street and availability was good when we visited. To get a good view of the painted ladies, we walked into the park directly opposite them.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • betsnow
    Tucson, Arizona2,046 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice photo op, if you are already in the area
    I am not sure what I was expecting. The houses (Painted Ladies) are subdued in color so perhaps I was expecting something more vibrant. The surprise was the exceptional view of the city behind them AND the adorable dog face in one of the upper windows of the homes that kept peeking out. If you are up this way doing other things and enjoy gazing at lovely architecture, great check out the Painted Ladies. If you do not, you can skip this one.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 8, 2023
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Karim Maarouf
Cairo, Egypt851 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The Painted Ladies are a row of Victorian houses famous for appearing in the opening credits of Full House. The houses are quite nice and well maintained compared to others in San Francisco. The view of the houses and the skyline in the background is also very nice.
Written January 15, 2020
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surfercharlie
Glendive, MT1,146 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Not sure why this is a "thing" other than the contrasting view of the houses in the forefront representing historic San Francisco and the city behind representing new/future San Francisco. There is a nice park across the street. Views from this vantage point are good, but really, we did not think this was worth the time it took to drive out of our way. However, since the Painted Ladies are on almost every postcard and magnet, we felt the need to take a look.
Written August 18, 2021
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO772 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
What exactly is the appeal of the Painted Ladies? They are a group of Victorian-style homes in a city filled with Victorian-style homes. There are plenty of other places around San Francisco to see non-official "painted ladies," including ones that look a little more spectacular than these apparently famous ones. I guess at the very least, they are in a nice neighborhood with a park across the street.
Written March 20, 2022
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D i
Tiburon, CA388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
While we took friends visiting here from CT to many neighborhoods with victorians, they wanted to see these. They are icons of San Francisco as they have similar architecture but painted differently.

And loved a previous person gave the history on the artist who created the ways these were painted.

For those visiting with cars, do NOT leave ANYTHING in your car, especially if at ANY tourist location.

If you're interested in architecture, see the gorgeous homes in Pacific Heights!
Written September 4, 2021
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AndreaUbok
Florida4,075 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We climb to the top of Alamo Square and look down over the beautiful painted Lady Victorians for a view of the city. We walked around the blocks and we’re impressed with each large magnificent home and the city in the background. Even the view of City Hall
Written June 14, 2021
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pecanpie2205
Essex, UK1,215 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This iconic landmark is free to visit and worth a quick stop if you are in the area.

Parking is available on the street and availability was good when we visited.

To get a good view of the painted ladies, we walked into the park directly opposite them.
Written July 9, 2023
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kayakatnip
Bridgend, UK28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Took the number 5 bus from market street here because it’s a loooong walk otherwise. I had read reviews that it wasn’t worth the trip but I’m only here once so thought I would do it. Anyway- totally not worth the trip. No idea why this is a ‘thing’ at all. The houses were nothing different to others elsewhere and work was being done on one. Couldn’t even go to Alamo Park because it was full of aggressive sounding teens.
Written January 21, 2020
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111familyman111
Denver, CO967 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
These row houses made famous from a TV series, there is so much nicer architecture thought the city. Why These?

While this is a must tourist stop it is underwhelming, leaves passers by bewildered why they picked these houses. Could it be park across the street which makes it easy for TV producers to take pictures? Could it be the SF skyline in background? Not sure, but defiantly not the best kept up buildings or the most iconic SF architecture.

Take a ride by ... 5 min walk and you will be wondering the same.
Written September 15, 2021
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GitchSup
Duluth, MN1,412 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I watched a lot of Full House and so this was something I wanted to see. We drove by on our way out of town since it's more of a photo-op than an actual stop unless you want to spend some time in Alimo Park. The houses are cute and worth the stop if you are a fan of architecture or looking for filming sites in the city.
Written June 14, 2022
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Quinten Jiskoot
Amsterdam, The Netherlands676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Our hostess in the hotel didn't understand why the Painted Ladies are so famous. Well, because of the view, perhaps? It's true you will find many more houses like this in the city, but these are just built on the right spot. And that makes the ladies really charming.
Written October 14, 2022
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