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The Alamo Square Neighborhood of San Francisco

September 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phineas Upham

Alamo Square is a neighborhood rich in art and architectural history, providing a beautiful view of the downtown skyline. One of the most prominent features, aside from the park itself, are the “Painted Ladies” that line the street alongside the park off of Steiner Street. Next time you’re in San Francisco, you’ll want to make time for this special place.

Fast Facts

The neighborhood is probably one of San Francisco’s most iconic, second to the pier. It’s in many establishing shots of films and television shows. In fact, Full House featured Alamo Square Park and the Painted Ladies during its title sequence.

There is over 10,000 square feet of homes in Alamo Square, which is the second most concentrated area in the city.

Perhaps these residents are drawn by the many architecturally significant structures in the area. Both the Russian and German Imperial Consuls stayed in this neighborhood during the early part of the 1900s. In fact, the William Westerfeld House was briefly called “The Russian Embassy” after Czarist Russians took it over and turned it into a night club and meeting room in 1928.

Today’s Alamo Square

The Square has gone through many iterations, which change the demographics each time. Chain stores are restricted in this area, partly to maintain historical relevance, and non-profit groups have consistently worked hard to oppose any major changes to the area’s architectural landscape. Alamo Square is populated by younger tech executives today, those who can afford the high cost of living that gentrification has brought to the area.


Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn page.

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