Living the San Francisco Dream


Exploring San Francisco - Russian Hill's Havens Street

Exploring San Francisco and Russian Hill is always a delight. No matter how often I walk up and down the streets, there's something new to spy.

Often a find a new staircase, or little alley that I can't resist exploring. Often I'm treated with a beautiful spot--maybe a garden, perhaps a stunning view -- or maybe simply a dead-end of not much interest.

On one recent walk we saw the street sign "Havens Street" with a flight of stairs that disappeared around the bend. It turns out this "street" is a garden-lined dead end pathway with houses and apartment buildings on either side. At one place, near the upper end of the path, there was a gate to the back yard of a house which made me think of the children's book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

That's how I now think of Havens Street, as my secret garden.

Havens Street

Havens Sreet path

Havens Street from the top

My Secret Garden


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 11 commentsLottie Kendall • May 27 2014 08:27AM


Lottie, That is a nice looking pathway eventhough it dead ends!  Great post! I agree it is fun to explore areas in our communities!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 6 years ago

Lottie - You do a great job in sharing what you see on your local walks in the Russian Hill area of San Francisco!  Havens Street is a secret garden in San Francisco!  Loved the photos!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing your secret garden, Lottie. I love the mysterious door. Did you try to open it?

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Hi Darcy and Tony - exploring is always fun!

Thanks, Laura. I think what makes it so fun is the unexpectedness.

Donna, I resisted the urge to open the door! I could tell it went to someone's private yard. Did you ever read the book, The Secret Garden? I imagined all sorts of beauty behind that gate.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Good evening Lottie. The next time I get to 'Frisco. I will have to look you up. There is so much to see and do in the area. Locals know their town best!

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago


The Russian Hill Area of San Francisco is a beautiful area

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 6 years ago

You're on, Michael!

Lou, Russian Hill is one of my favorite neighborhoods, in part because of the little tucked away surprises like Havens Street. (The views and cable cars aren't bad, either!)

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

This is absolutely beautiful, Lottie. I can see, too, why you're in such great shape. It's walking up and down all of those stairs. It's so flat in Sacramento we don't get much of a workout walking around here.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 6 years ago

Well, you can run or bike along the American River, Elizabeth. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Lottie, it is fun to explore new nooks and crannys, you just never know what you will find!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago

I get a real kick out of a "street" which is a pedestrian walkway.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago