Located in the Western Addition section of San Francisco, the Alamo Square neighborhood is considered to be the area surrounding the municipal park of the same name. This California neighborhood is bounded by Golden Gate Avenue to the north, Oak Street to the south, Webster Street to the east, and Divisadero Street to the west.
The neighborhood is well known for its collection of “Painted Ladies,” Victorian homes painted in three or more colors to draw attention to their architectural fine points. The Victorians frequently appear on promotional material for the city, including postcards. They are often used in movie and television shows as well, and the neighborhood’s most famous resident, author Alice Walker, once lived in one of them.
Unlike other parts of the Western Addition that underwent urban renewal, the Alamo Square neighborhood retained its traditional housing styles. Today, together with Pacific Heights, it is one of two neighborhoods with the largest number of homes with more than 10,000 square feet of space.
As far as recreation, the four-block park enjoys scenic overlooks. On a clear day, views of the Transamerica pyramid, Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay Bridge are visible. Popular with residents and dog walkers, Alamo Square Park also offers tennis courts and a playground area for children, as well as an off-leash section for dogs.
Residents of this mostly residential neighborhood can enjoy nearby Hayes Valley, with its trendy boutiques and upscale dining choices. Also close at hand is Nihonmachi, also known as Japantown, which offers a pedestrian mall with origami fountains, a Peace Pagoda, and plenty of Japanese eateries. The Sundance Kabuki Theater is home to the annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival.