Okay, so remember when I said that San Francisco is pretty but lacks a visual punch? I totally have to eat my
shorts words, because would you just LOOK at these STUNNERS?!
These homes are known as the "Painted Ladies": they're Victorian and Edwardian homes built between 1849 and 1915 and painted in three or more colors to enhance their architectural details. These houses are truly some of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen, and holy smokes, are they huge! Although each house was originally home to just one family, they have since been divided up to create multiple apartments to serve San Francisco's growing population.
Dan and I spent some time walking around the neighborhood, and I swear to you, there is some serious real estate porn going on there - and we weren't the only ones watching: tour buses come through regularly, slowing down to point out more famous houses (Mrs. Doubtfire was filmed in one of these! And who remembers the Full House opening credits?! I do!). Just gorgeous. If we ever moved to San Francisco, it would be straight into one of these beauties.