Living the San Francisco Dream


Hidden Treasures in San Francisco

San Francisco is known world over for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and cable cars clanging up and down hills. There's world-class shopping to be had around Union Square, 5-star dining, and Fisherman's Wharf, too. Museums of all sorts are spread across the city, and the 2014 World Series champs, the San Francisco Giants, make their home here.

AT&T Park-home of the SF Giants

What many people don't know are the many hidden treats tucked away in our neighborhoods, waiting to be discovered as you explore the city.

We have numerous public pathways. Some of these pathways, like Cottage Row and Macondray Lane run a block or two between streets and provide access to homes; others, like Acme Alley dead ends and seems to serve no purpose other than to provide beauty and a place to enjoy solitude.

Cottage Row, San FranciscoAcme Alley, San Francisco

We have more green space than any other municipality in the United States. The Park and Rec department has over 220 parks an recreation areas. Some are large, think Golden Gate Park. Others are tiny, like little Jack Early Park on the slopes of Telegraph Hill

We love our pets. San Francisco is a pet-friendly city! I was surprised to discover how many pets live here in the heart of the City. Perhaps the 28 off-leash dog parks help keep our pets happy and content, while almost every neighborhood has a pet store, groomers, and dog walkers.

Tanner, a San Francisco dogWe have beaches - large or small, drive up or hike to, ocean or bay, you'll find your favorite here. 3.5 mile long Ocean Beach along the Great Highway is easily accessible. Tiny Marshall Beach is a cove accessed on foot and reached by trails and staircases. Baker Beach is well known, while nearby China Beach is a local favorite. Aquatic Park at the north end of Fisherman's Wharf is the swimming spot on the bay.

Marshall Beach, San FranciscoLastly, we have hearts. Not only are these hearts a lovely surprise to find as you are out and about in San Francisco, the purpose of the Hearts of San Francisco project is wonderful, and epitomizes the spirit of San Francisco.

Hearts of San FranciscoI enjoy being an unofficial ambassador for San Francisco, and invite you to come and explore the hidden treasures of San Francisco. You just might come for a visit and stay for a lifetime.


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

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 10 commentsLottie Kendall • May 07 2015 05:54AM


Hi Lottie, I love San Fran and the whole bay area. Your photos are a treat. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 5 years ago

Hi, Noah Seidenberg - I'm glad you enjoy San Francisco. On your next visit, I hope you discover some of the tiny, out-of-the-way places that make the city unique.

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

Lottie Kendall - What a wonderful way to share so many hidden treasures about San Francisco with your readers and clients!  Well done!

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 5 years ago

Hi Lottie, thanks for sharing your secrets.  Will put them to good use on the next visit.

Posted by Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert (Brokers Guild Classic) over 5 years ago

Hi Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale - there are so many fun, quirky little places to enjoy here. If you came down to our Active Rain meet up next Wednesday, I could introduce you to a couple

Michael Dagner - if you have any questions about your next trip, I'll see if I can answer them. Or, just have fun exploring and finding your own treasures.

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

Lottie - I have walked some of those places in San Francisco.  There is truly treasure and great sights found tucked away in the neighborhoods.


Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 5 years ago

Love your post and it makes me want to put a trip to San Fran on our vacation agenda this summer! Happy Mother's Day!

Posted by Kathy Smiley, Westlake Village, CA - "Making YOU Smile!" (Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village) over 5 years ago


San Francisco is a treasures . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

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

Excellent post Lottie. I can see why you love your city and are eager to share it with others.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 5 years ago

I'm glad you enjoy San Francisco, Grant Schneider So much to see and discover.

Hi Kathy Smiley - we're not far away - just a weekend getaway!

Thanks, Lou Ludwig 

Debbie Reynolds - thanks for suggesting we write these posts about our areas. I'm enjoying reading many.


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