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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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!

Oh No! Soap in the St Francis Wood Foutains!!

Back in the 1920’s and 30’s when San Francisco was still very young, the housing developers thought that the Saint Francis Wood area would be the suburbs; but its right in the city today! How could they have known that the city would grow to include the East Bay and Peninsula as the suburbs?  I’m not complaining; we have big streets, fountains, and yards, just like you would expect to see in the suburbs.  It’s too bad someone had to spoil the beautiful fountains this week, shame on you – whoever you are!