The centrally located neighborhood of Alamo Square is home to some of San Francisco’s most iconic views and historic properties. The streets boast some gorgeous examples of Victorian architecture, including the “Painted Ladies,” a block of beautifully restored homes facing Alamo Square Park that survived the 1906 earthquake and fire. The park itself is the heart of the neighborhood and attracts visitors with its popular dog run, playground, and tennis courts—not to mention the postcard hilltop views. When they’re not unwinding or soaking up the history, residents of Alamo Square enjoy proximity to the trendy neighborhood NOPA and the stylish restaurants, bars, clubs, coffee shops, boutiques, and grocery stores that line Divisadero Street. 

Additional shopping and dining are found on nearby Fillmore and Haight Streets, or at the City Center mall on Geary, while culture and recreation abound in the Fillmore jazz district and in the fine-arts venues in Hayes Valley. For recreation, Golden Gate Park Panhandle is a great outdoor oasis, while browsing Japantown and historic Haight Street make for fun outings. While there aren’t many reasons to stray too far from the neighborhood, several MUNI lines and easy freeway access ease the daily commute for those who work downtown or outside the city. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

Alamo Square is a pretty hillside park with a playground, walking paths, and gorgeous views.

Alamo Square is a pretty hillside park with a playground, walking paths, and gorgeous views.

The famous “Painted Ladies” are a row of beautifully preserved Queen Anne Victorian houses bordering Alamo Square—and one of the most photographed locations in San Francisco.

The famous “Painted Ladies” are a row of beautifully preserved Queen Anne Victorian houses bordering Alamo Square—and one of the most photographed locations in San Francisco.

The Independent is a popular music venue that features up-and-coming indie acts.

The Independent is a popular music venue that features up-and-coming indie acts.

The newest star of the Fillmore Street jazz district, SFJazz Center is a state-of-the-art building dedicated to jazz performance and education.

The newest star of the Fillmore Street jazz district, SFJazz Center is a state-of-the-art building dedicated to jazz performance and education.

Bi-Rite Market specializes in organic, locally sourced food and produce.

Bi-Rite Market specializes in organic, locally sourced food and produce.

The William Westerfeld House at Fulton and Scott is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The William Westerfeld House at Fulton and Scott is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Chateau Tivoli, built in 1892 and now a B&B, is a classic example of the city’s iconic late-19th-century architecture. 

Chateau Tivoli, built in 1892 and now a B&B, is a classic example of the city’s iconic late-19th-century architecture. 

A neighborhood favorite, NOPA is a stylish restaurant named after the neighborhood where it resides.

A neighborhood favorite, NOPA is a stylish restaurant named after the neighborhood where it resides.