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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Exploring The Beaches and Tide-pools Around San Francisco

Yesterday my daughters and I spent the day at the beach exploring the tide-pools looking for abalone, sea-glass, seals, and any other interesting marine life we could find. I could walk the beaches all day and never get tired but we went nearing low tide (a couple of hours before sunset) so we could capture all of the beautiful creatures that live in the rocky tide-pools. It was an overcast day, but the weather was mild and the waves were huge. Several times I was caught off-guard trying to get a great shot and the waves washed up and over my rubber boots soaking me through to the skin, but it was well worth it; the treasures we found were amazing!

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One look outside and I knew I had to grab my camera…

I’ve been studying all week-end to pass an exam to be certified in healthcare reform (I know, how much more boring can I get? But I work in healthcare; it’s my career – you can check out the article I wrote on my other blog at 3:30 am to see what I do for my regular job: “Can You Afford The Employer Mandate Under The Affordable Care Act?” http://pharmamanagedcare.com/2012/12/08/can-you-afford-the-employer-mandate-under-the-affordable-care-act/)

But when I decided to take break from all the studying this afternoon, I looked outside and knew we were in for something really special; I grabbed my camera and waited for the show. See if you can spot the jetliner in the sunset – I bet the passengers had a spectacular view!

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Lone Cypress Tree of Pebble Beach, CA

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In Pebble Beach, California there is a “words-cannot-describe” 17 Mile Drive where you will find the famous Lone Cypress Tree. The drive is actually a gated, private drive with golf courses and beautiful homes – but for $10 you can drive through and see how the top 2% of the population lives. The tree alone is well worth the ten bucks – it’s over 250 years old and has become a symbol for this very wealthy region of of the Monterey Bay. The Lone Cypress Tree has been featured in movies, commercials, and is a favorite of tv camera crews during golf tournaments year after year.

This is why I’m never allowed to drive on Pacific Coast Highway

My family knows that I’m far too distracted by the beauty of Highway 1 to be a responsible driver; so I have to be in the passenger seat whenever we take that route somewhere. If you don’t live in California, it’s hard to imagine the beauty, but it’s like this all along the entire coast of the state. In the Northern most parts of California, it’s mostly cows and pastures that get to take in the beautiful coastline; maybe that’s why they say “happy cows come from California’!!

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Last Night The Sunset Was All About Gold and Orange

We didn’t have much of a sunset this evening because of the fog, but last night, it was glorious! I tried to capture the sun reflecting off the Pacific but it didn’t come out as well as I hoped for; but it’s still beautiful!!

The View From Inside (lbc)


My Daughter got home just a little after I did and snapped this interesting picture with her Iphone; I’m always amazed at the quality of the Iphone pictures!

I just realized that every night we get together to marvel over the sunsets 🙂

I Stayed Out A Little While Past Sunset And Saw This Ship….

I’m  not sure exactly what this ship was because it was so dark, but sometimes we see cruise ships rolling by – if it was, the passengers were treated to a stunning sunset!!

I Almost Missed The Sunset Tonight, But Was it Worth it!!!!

I’ve never been a huge fan of daylight savings time – for the obvious reason above… we live on a hill facing South West with a beautiful view of the Pacific and if I don’t leave work early now, I will miss all of this glory every evening.  This shot was done with my Canon with no special filters, and no photo shop (just a little zoom).  When the day is clear, we are treated with a beautiful sunset of pink, orange, purple, or red; each one a gift from God.  The sunsets never cease to amaze me!