My Neighborhood – St. Francis Wood

Last year the neighborhood celebrated it’s Centennial Year!

1912 – 2012

St. Francis Wood is located in the center of San Francisco on the south-western face of
the city’s highest peak, Mount Davidson.

It was heavily-forested land remote from downtown San Francisco, when the Mason-McDuffie Company sought in 1912 to create a residence park that embodied the highest ideals of early twentieth century landscaping and architecture.

Laid out by the Olmsted Brothers, St. Francis Wood attracted some of the Bay Area’s most accomplished architects including John Galen Howard, Louis Christian Mullgardt, Henry Gutterson, Gertrude Comfort, Masten and Hurd, and Julia Morgan.

St Francis Wood is one of the country’s most successful examples of a City Beautiful “garden suburb.”*

Back in the early 1900’s, city planners thought the St. Francis Wood area would be the “suburbs” of San Francisco, but located in the the city in a lush garden setting, they had no way of knowing the the city suburbs would eventually sprawl down the peninsula, the Pacific coastline, and way into the East Bay.

St. Francis Wood is filled with lush greenery, grand boulevards adorned with neoclassical monuments that cut through the city and connect a system of open spaces/parks; mature eucalyptus, bottlebrush, and cypress trees line the streets, and the entire area has breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean and the Farrallon Islands.

Every home in St. Francis Wood is a gem; large or small – Spanish Mediterranean, English, French, or Greek Revival. Taking a walk through my neighborhood, I’m transported to the early 1900’s where stunning architecture and craftsmanship were practiced to perfection. I know I’m biased; there are plenty of beautiful neighborhoods in San Francisco, but St. Francis Wood is truly a jewel in the midst of the city.

*Source: St. Francis Homes Association

See my other posts for the beautiful St. Francis Wood neighborhood homes.

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Burlingame Bungalow

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Burlingame, CA is in the “peninsula” area of San Francisco – south of the city and in between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. It’s a safe and friendly community filled with beautiful homes from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, plentiful parks and huge eucalyptus trees. Burlingame also offers quaint shops filled with every modern convenience, fantastic restaurants, beautiful old churches, an adorable public library and an old mission style train station; all within walking distance for the majority of it’s residents! Combine all of that old world charm, add in an easy commute to the city, some of the top schools in the state, and you will get homes that sell for about $1,250 per sq ft!

Burlingame and it’s ultra exclusive neighbor, Hillsborough, are are just two small towns that make up the San Francisco peninsula. The peninsula is also where you’ll find Palo Alto (home of Stanford University), and a very small town with huge claim to fame: Atherton – it’s one of the wealthiest cities in the US. In fact, in September of 2010, Forbes magazine placed Atherton’s zip code of 94027 at #2 on its annual list of America’s most expensive zip codes, with a median home price of $4,010,200.

The peninsula offers an alternative to living in the city, or making the tedious commute across the Bay Bridge every day… All for a price, of course.