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A Once-In-A-Lifetime San Francisco Experience

Have you ever said to yourself, "if only I could ______________"?

Thanks to a company aptly named If Only I had an opportunity for just such an experience, one of those once-in-a-lifetime adventures -- a tour of the catwalks and the bell tower at Grace Cathedral at the top of Nob Hill.

catwalks high above the floor of Grace Cathedral

Four of us took part in the adventure, my husband and I, a daughter and my son-in-law. We were greeted by the Verger of Grace Cathedral, Charles Shipley III, who gave us a tour of the Cathedral, explaining many of the paintings, stained glass windows, construction of the building itself, took us to the basement to see the huge blowers that provide air for the pipe organs (there are two of them.) We had behind-the-scenes visits to the room where the chalices were laid out, ready for the morning service. Labyrinth view from catwalks at Grace Cathedral

And then the pace of the adventure ratcheted up, first with an elevator ride to the third floor, followed by our climb up, up, up the south tower, and out onto the tower platform before walking along catwalks to the north tower, the bell tower.

Next came longers walks along the catwalks, high above the floor of the cathedral - quite a different view than on my yoga nights when I'm looking up at the ceiling so far above my head -- about 95 feet if I remember correctly.

on the parapets of Grace Cathedral, SF

Just when I thought the tour would be winding down, we stepped out onto the narrow (about 24-36" wide??) parapet, and began a slow walk from the north, to the west, to the south. The day was sunny; the views spectacular, and the thrill amazing.

one view from the rooftops of Grace Cathedral

Finally our time to descend had come, and we walked down, down, down to the choir loft level, and then the elevator took us the rest of the way down.

Descending, inside South Tower, Grace Cathedral

For 90 minutes, Mr. Shipley gave us lots of information without overwhelming us and answered questions graciously and thoughtfully. He was the pefect guide for a grand adventure, and we're all very grateful to him for helping to make our once-in-a-lifetime tour of the catwalks and bell tower of Grace Cathedral so very grand.

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

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

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CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 40 commentsLottie Kendall • February 29 2016 05:14PM

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Oh that makes me crazy just seeing the pictures. I'm so afraid of heights. I climbed to the top of Notre Dame once just to get a picture of the gargoyle and then got so nervous, I left without it. ugh.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 4 years ago

That is so cool Lottie, you are very lucky. Excellent photos too.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 4 years ago

What a view! Thank you so much for sharing the photos of your once in a life tour of Grace cathedral.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) almost 4 years ago

Gorgeous view. I'm not that brave I'm terrified of heights!  Thank you for sharing. 

Posted by Joy Bender, San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network (Compass) almost 4 years ago

I am glad that you enjoyed this without me Lottie, that picture of the labyrinth from so high was enough for me.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) almost 4 years ago

 Good morning Lottie Kendall . Thank you for the tour of the catwalks in the cathedral. I would've loved that myself.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing the photos and information about the tour of the catwalks.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Lottie. What an amazing adventure enhanced by your fabulous photos.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 4 years ago

What an amazing view you had!  I have to say, though, your husband seems to be hanging on for dear life out on the parapet.  Lol  

Posted by Dana Tapia, Gulf Coast Real Estate Professionals (Re/Max of Orange Beach) almost 4 years ago

That is an experience most people will never have. Good for you stepping out onto the parapet. The view must have been spectacular.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 4 years ago

How freaking cool was that? You do the most amazing things Lottie. I'm in awe!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 4 years ago

Hi Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Bob Crane and Joy Bender - the pictures look much more intimidating than it really was. If it had been a windy day, I might have thought otherwise.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Hi Noah Seidenberg and TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.  (Michael) and Dana Tapia & Lisa Pigott -- you would love this! It was great fun for all of us, even Gene who isn't a huge fan of heights--since he had something to touch at all times, it was fine -- he wasn't as intimidated as he looks!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Hello Les & Sarah OswaldSheila Anderson  and Gita Bantwal - I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures and accompanying story. Next time you are in San Francisco, and go to the top of Nob Hill, you'll have a new appreciation for Grace Cathedral!

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Hi Jane Peters - I didn't know we'd get the chance to walk around 3 sides of the church, high up on a parapets. I could see my condo building, but didn't get a picture of it

Donna Foerster - you crack me up! It was a grand adventure, definitely a once-in-a-lifetime one -- and it was a perfect day. I'm a lucky ducky!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Wow, Lottie- that was quite the tour and glad the day turned out so clear!  I'd be OK with stepping out of the parapet- I'm on some steeper surfaces all the time as a home inspector.  My wife, on the other hand... haha

Posted by David Artigliere, ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect (Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia) almost 4 years ago

Well, David Artigliere - our adventure was quite safe--your wife might have enjoyed it--the parapet had a flat surface, and a rope or railing keep us quite safe. Grace Cathedral really doesn't want guests flying over the edge! Lots of fun!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Lottie, what an experience, and those views!   Not sure if I could have done those heights, but sure looks fun on paper!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 4 years ago

Good morning, Joan -- our tour was more tame than it might appear -- lots of stairs to climb, lots of information learned, a look at the cathedral that most people never get - with just the right dash of adventure.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Hi Lottie --- a real stay-cation --- there are many adventures awaiting us in our own cities to discover.  Thanks for sharing although like others the heights might discourage me despite your words that it wasn't as intimidating as it appears.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 4 years ago

Absolutely, Michael Jacobs - and San Francisco has more things to explore, see and do than one has time!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

What a great experience, Lottie.  I didn't even know of such a thing.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) almost 4 years ago

Hi Carol - you might wish to check www.ifonly.com to see if they have a branch near your area -- are you anywhere close to Seattle? They have a whole range of experiences here--cooking lessons with great area chefs, wine pairing classes, art experiences, etc.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

What a lovely tour that was and now you know the behind the scenes information that so few will ever know. The views had to be awesome and kept you snapping photos.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 4 years ago

So true, Debbie Reynolds - and I have many more photos than I can ever use!

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Lottie. How wonderful, thanks for taking us along and sharing the view and some of the history.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 4 years ago

What an amazing experience!  I would have been dizzy probably. LOL

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 4 years ago

Lottie

That would be an interesting experience.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 4 years ago

I love your stories and photos of San Francisco. I'll have to check out that company If Only. We do come to the City at least a couple times during the year. We're going to see TMBG in Berkeley in a few weeks.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) almost 4 years ago

Lottie

That's a great experience. . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 4 years ago

Hi Sharon Tara - my husband isn't a big fan of heights, but he enjoyed our experience - it was just the right amount of thrilling!

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - heading over to the Berkeley Rep tomorrow to see Aubergine. Who/what is TMBG?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

They Might Be Giants. Sorry, thought it was a known thing. UC Theatre. @ Claremont, could catch breakfast maybe??

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) almost 4 years ago

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - sometimes I think I live in a cave. TMBG is probably known to others, just not me. Now I'm curious and will check it out. When will you be in Berkeley?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Friday night, March 25th. Leaving sometime on Saturday to return.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) almost 4 years ago

Well, Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - I'll be having coffee/breakfast in North Beach that Saturday morning with Nevin Williams.If you want to head to SF, come join us.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Oh, yeah, I did not know that was the day for Pat's. Well, maybe we can do it. Kind of depends on how long you will be there and when we actually pull our lazy selves out of bed. The show goes kinda late, and I am NOT a late night person. If we get up at a decent time, I'll call your cell.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) almost 4 years ago

Hi Lottie  those are really spectacular views.  I will have to schedule a tour next time I m in San Francisco.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 3 years ago

Lottie

San Francisco is great and there's so much to there when I visit.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

Check out www.ifonly.com, Grant Schneider - they offer many unique experiences here in the city and surrounding area. There are some West Marin cheese personal tours that sound appealing .... if only!

Hi Lou Ludwig - I'm constantly finding new things in this ever-changing city.

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

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