Now a California State Historic District, Alamo Square is a proud neighborhood with a colorful past. It surrounds a more than 150-year-old 12.7 acre park of the same name at San Francisco’s Hayes and Steiner Streets. Most people are familiar with the district’s iconic residences pictured and dubbed the “Painted Ladies:” a row of pastel-colored Queen Anne Victorians bordering the park, with the San Francisco skyline in the background.
Alamo Square was once the stomping grounds of some of the city’s most successful citizens. In fact, the district is second only to Presidion Heights in the number of homes exceeding 10,000 square feet. Unfortunately, the neighborhood and park fell into disrepair in the 1950s and many of the fine homes were turned into rooming houses. Beginning in the 1960s, however, concerned local citizens began lobbying for city assistance as well as taking things into their own hands as necessary, and by the 1980s, Alamo Square had become a Historic District. Restoration and preservation were in full-swing.
Today, young professionals, responsible investors, upper middle-class homeowners and an eclectic mix of older residents call the neighborhood home and are represented by their own Alamo Square Neighborhood Association.