Living the San Francisco Dream


Living in San Francisco: Labyrinths

Recently I was chatting with people about what it's like to live in San Francisco, especially about moving here after living many years in a suburb.

Our conversation took many twists and turns, and one thing caught the fancy of several people: the labyrinths in San Francisco.

Labyrinths date back to Greek and Roman times, with the "Classical" design (no dead ends or branches) emerging as one we most often see today. The ones I know in San Francisco are set into pavement, or outlined with stones on packed earth. They provide a good focus for meditation and fostering a feeling of calm.

A few of the ones I've visited:

Labyrinth outside Grace Cathedral, SFLocated outside of Grace Cathedral, at the top of Nob Hill. There's another labyrinth inside the cathedral. You can read more about the labyrinths of Grace Cathedral


Labyrinth at CPMC, San FrancisoOutside of California Pacific Medical Center, on Buchanan Street in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. (Photo taken on a rainy night, complete with puddles.)


Labyrinth, Land's End Trail, San Francisco

Beloved by many, this labyrinth is reached from the hiking trail near Land's End in San Francisco. Spectacular setting, in sun or fog.

When you live in San Francisco, you'll soon discover treats like these labyrinths and many more scattered around The City. Easy to visit, you'll soon have your favorite, a place where you'll return again and again.


--- 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 • January 12 2016 03:17PM


I didn't know San Francisco had labyrinths!  So interesting.  And your pictures are great.  

Posted by Dana Tapia, Gulf Coast Real Estate Professionals (Re/Max of Orange Beach) almost 5 years ago

That is really interesting Lottie. I have heard this to be a characteristic of San Francisco.

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

I find these so tranquil and thought provoking.  I visit one that overlooks Puget Sound. This brings me peace and positive thoughts Lottie Kendall 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) almost 5 years ago

We lived in Contra Costa County and in Santa Clara County, and never knew about the labyrinths in San Francisco. We'll check them out next time we are visiting. Especially the one, by the Land's End trail.

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) almost 5 years ago

 Good morning Lottie Kendall . I do not think we have any labyrinths here in this area. Thank you for sharing this as the next time I am in Frisco, I will have to check one of these out.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Thank you for the information. I will look for these when I visit San Francisco.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Hi Lottie - I had never heard of labyrinths.  It looks like a nice classical balance.  Good place to visit.

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

Very cool, love the photos....I had no idea you could find them all over San Francisco.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Lottie. I think changing directions in life is something special. I love reading your stories about your city and your explorations.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 5 years ago

Lottie Kendall - What a wonderful way to draw people into where you live and work. The labyrinths are not seen often enough and it's great that you have written a blog about them. I find them intriguing and mystical! San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit (did it once) but I've never lived there (wish I could).

Only once did I step onto a labyrinth at a retreat house in Richardson, TX. The experience was something I'll never forget - unfortunately, the location for that labyrinth is just a memory without an address. 

I really like the content of this post and find you to be an extraordinary Realtor with lots to offer here on ActiveRain

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 5 years ago