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Staircase Walks in San Francisco

Almost everyone has heard about the hills of San Francisco. Many of you have driven or walked up and down them, happily or otherwise. And many of you have discovered some of the many staircases we walk up and down taking us to our destinations, or simply providing exercise and a sense of adventure.

These staircases are scattered in every neighborhood across town, from Telegraph Hill  across town to the ocean; in Pacific Heights and in Bernal Heights. I have written before about the Lyon Street stairs, and about some on Russian Hill and in the Eureka Valley.

Book, Stairway Walks in San FranciscoEntire books have been written about staircases in the City, including perhaps the most famous book of all, Stairway Walks in San Francisco by Adah Bakalinsky. My treasured, well-thumbed copy is old, dating back to 1992, and some of the staircases mentioned here have undergone quite a metamorphosis.

One such is the Moraga Stairway the condition of which, in 1992, caused the author to write, ".....we descend the Moraga Stairway, which at this time is in deplorable condition. The hillsides need a great deal of work, but the view of Golden Gate Park to the ocean is without peer.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of joining a hike sponsored by the Friends of the Urban Forest, and meeting Adah Bakalinsky as we walked together up the Moraga Stairway and others in the Golden Gate Heights area of town. The Moraga stairway still has a magnificent view, but is no longer in need of attention. Now, thanks to the Golden Gate Heights Neighborhool Association with the spsonsorship of the City it is one of the most gorgeous staircases in town.

Moraga Street Stairway

Moraga St stairs

Moraga Street stairs-moon

Moraga St stair detail

Interested in learning more about this beautiful and functional piece of art? Then you'll want to visit the Tiled Steps organization

 

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Comment balloon 28 commentsLottie Kendall • October 09 2014 01:11PM

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Lottie Kendall everytime I click on over to one of your posts you show me another part of San Francisco I didn't know about. Reading your posts always makes me want to visit The City. This staircase is beautiful, I can't wait to see it in person.

P.S. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce should have you on the payroll.

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor. ( 209-404-0816) almost 5 years ago

Lottie - I had no idea that books had been written about the different stairs cases in your area, but it totally makes sense now that you've pointed it out! These steps and staircases in your photos are an art show as you walk up them. I can't imagine all of the time it took kneeling, to put these scenes together! Really beautiful works of art in mosaic tiles!  It makes me want to take the stairs more often!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 5 years ago

Hi Jim Patton LOL--I love the way you think! My goal is to let people thinking about buying a place in San Francisco know about some of the smaller, out-of-the-way neighborhoods and spots that can add a lot of joy to their lives. We love living here.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com - yes, Stairway Walks in San Francisco is a very popular book. I guess it's time for me to get an updated copy. And since my delightful meeting with the author, I could get her to autograph it for me, too.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

What beautiful and unusual staircases Lottie. Thank you for sharing them with us. I like to look, but you won't catch me walking any of those stairs!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 5 years ago

Hi Donna Foerster - Moraga's tiled staircase is gorgeous, and quite an attraction. Even people who don't often climb staircases choose to do these so they can enjoy, up close and personal, the gorgeous tile work.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Lottie. I have never seen these walkways, the title work is amazing. Thank you for sharing the photos.

My brother and his family use to live in Moraga.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 5 years ago

I love the ways that the staircases have been turned into public art.

Thanks for this lesson and your photographs.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago

Hi Lottie,  I can't imagine how many hours it took to design, cut and assemble all of those stairs.  They are beautiful.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Hello Joe Petrowsky - these stairs in San Francisco are truly works of art, beautifully executed - functional, too. Interesting that your brother lived in Moraga--I grew up next door in Orinda, and went to Miramonte High School in Moraga. It's a pretty suburban area.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Roy Kelley - my photos can't hold a candle to yours, but this staircase is so amazingly beautiful that even my Samsung's camera could capture some of it.

Hi Larry Johnston - this tiled project took place in 2005, I believe. It is so well loved that the artists, along with a nearby neighborhood association and the City have created another one, just completed in 2013. I'll be writing about those stairs soon.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

You live in such an amazing city with so many interesting things to write about!

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 5 years ago

Oh my. I could not live in San Francisco as I get winded walking up hills and a flight of stairs. But what a fabulous city for those who enjoy the outdoors.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 5 years ago

Hi Judi K Barrett - San Francisco certainly isn't a quiet little town! LOL! But it's really quite easy to find a quiet, peaceful spot when desired. Not this weekend, though - the Blue Angels are in town!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Jane Peters - the small, compact size of San Francisco makes it a walker's paradise. The hills and staircases burn the calories so we can take advantage of all the fine dining.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Oh wow! That is gorgeous. The residents of the Golden Gates Neighborhood Association must all have buns of steel!! 

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 5 years ago

These are really cool.  I'm going to add some to my pinterest board on stairways.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 5 years ago

Hi Joni Staples - your comment has me laughing! It's true, though, that our hills and staircases provide a great workout. No need for a Stairmaster here!

Debbie Gartner - I'm glad you enjoyed seeing these stairway pitures. Pin away!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Lottie ~  I left my hear in San Fransico after living there for more than 25 years!  This post brought a few tears to my eyes.  I love walking from the beach to downtown SF.. IT was quite a hike!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 5 years ago

Lottie

San Francisco is a great city to walk in . . . . and something that I look forward to when I'm in San Francisco.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

Your post is on my recommended reading list.  

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 5 years ago

Great pictures! I didn't know about the stairways in San Francisco, but we are planning a family trip there soon. We'll have to add to the things to do and see.

Posted by Dana Hollish Hill, Lead Associate Broker (Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties) almost 5 years ago

Joan Whitebook - I hope you get to come back often to visit. Things change; new buildings rise up -- but the heart and soul of SF remain the same.

Good morning, Lou Ludwig - there's always a great walk to be had here. I'm glad to hear you enjoy it, too.

I'm glad this post spoke to you, Judi K Barrett Thanks!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Dana Hollish Hill - there's something for everyone here in SF. These stairs aren't too far from Golden Gate Park. Wear comfy walking/running shoes and enjoy your explorations. Questions? Shoot me a note.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Lottie, you have some wonderful stairs, and lots of exercise.   Love your walking trips!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 5 years ago

Joan Cox - you need to lobby for NAR to come back to SF soon - think of all the hikes awaiting you!!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Wonderful how a utilitarian staircase can be turned into work of art.  Just awesome!  Lottie Kendall thanks for sharing your photos so the rest of use can enjoy.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 3 years ago

The tiled staircases are truly beautiful, Mary Yonkers 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 3 years ago

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