Living the San Francisco Dream


The Romance of San Francisco

San Francisco is a destination city for many vacationers from around the world. It's popular with conventioneers and sports enthusiasts.

It's a dream city for many residents and would-be residents, too.

For many, the romance begins with their first view of the Golden Gate Bridge and The City. Did you know that a home (condo or single-family home) with views of the Golden Gate Bridge can carry a premium price tag of $100,000-$500,000 or more than a similar home with no bridge view? The view never gets boring, and isn't the same two days in a row - the fog swirls in, the fog lifts, the sky is brilliantly blue, or not -- the mystery of it is captivating. If your home doesn't happen to have a view of the Golden Gate bridge, not to worry - you can walk or jog across it, bicycle across, drive across; you can enjoy it from parks, beaches and hilltops or from a ferry boat in the bay. Check it out during one of the awesome sunsets - pure magic!

Golden Gate Bridge and SF from Marin

(Photo credit: Nicole Bratt)

Then there are the cable cars - nothing more romantic and charming than seeing "little cable cars, climbing half way to the stars" as Tony Bennett so delightfully put it in his song, 'I left my heart in San Francisco.' The first cable cars came into use in 1873 as a way to safely navigate The City's 43 hills; 3 lines still operate today. Two from Powell and Market Streets take you to either Fsherman's Wharf or Ghirardelli Square; the 3rd goes along California Street, up and across Nob Hill connecting the Financial District with Van Ness Avenue. I can't think of a more joyous way to commute to work than by cable car!

iStock photo-Hyde St cable car


(Photo purchased from iStock Photos)

Whether you are a fan of organized marathons and 5K runs, or prefer more solitary sports like hiking or jogging, we have miles and miles of beaches, trails, staircases, and numerous parks. The weather is conducive to playing outdoors 12 months of the year, and enjoy the outdoors we do.

Swinging on Billy Goat Hill, SF

Then there are the dining experiences from simple to sublime, the neighborhoods from funky to posh, the night-life, the art, museums, architecture, and music. But those are left for another post.

San Francisco - where it's easy to fall in love.




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

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 17 commentsLottie Kendall • August 31 2016 08:27PM


WOW!!!  Lottie, you have done a wonderful job here representing your fabulous marketplace.  Your narrative is perfect for this context as it truly romanticizes San Francisco.  Great photos, too!  Love that gal on the swing.  Sometimes it is those sinple things like daydreaming in great surroundings or communing with nature that are the most romantic moments in life.  Well done!

Cheers! R&A


Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 4 years ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - can you tell I enjoyed writing this post???

I took the picture of my friend swinging out above the city on one of our evening neighborhood hikes - it's one of my favorites because is captures the joy of simple pleasures.

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

Lottie the whole Bay area is one of my very favorite places.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 4 years ago

Lottie, I remember seeing the Golden Gate bridge for the first time, it was indeed a beautiful sight to see. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful post about San Francisco.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 4 years ago

Lottie Kendall - There is so much to love about San Francisco and it really is a romantic city!  One of my favorites!  : )

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) almost 4 years ago

I have to agree with you that you have a very romantic and emotionally connected city. I know every trip I have had there left me with a feeling of love for the city.

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

Lottie  How true Diane's Parents came to San Fran a hundred years ago for the very reason you described, Diane and  I went there numerous times... then we took my parents and the connection is multi generational, great city,  wonderful ambiance and great food, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 4 years ago

I've never been to California and I'm living vicariously through our daughter whose company has a warehouse in Alameda. She travels to the area a few times a year and has enjoyed being a tourist in San Francisco. Your pictures make me want to hitch a ride with her next time!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) almost 4 years ago

George Souto - perhaps you're due for another visit here?

Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® - it sounds like you enjoyed your visit here; I'm glad.

Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale -  how often do you come down for a visit?

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

Debbie Reynolds - I'm glad you've enjoyed your visits to San Francisco. Let me know when you come again.

Endre Barath, Jr. - did Diane grow up in San Francisco? You're close enough to come visit often.

@Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - yes, hitch a ride and come visit with your daughter next time. While she works, you can play, and then join up for evening fun.

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

I have been there, driven across the bridge and enjoyed the Warf. San Francisco is a very romantic City! Well done!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

I truly love living here, Evelyn Johnston so this post was super easy and fun for me. I enjoy Fisherman's Wharf in the morning, when it is at its quietest.

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

Lottie no she grew up in the suburbs of Boston and we both lived in Boston for around 10+ years and San Francisco is similar to Boston in many ways...walking around vs driving around like here in LA:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 3 years ago

Good morning, Endre Barath, Jr. - Boston is a great city. We visited there a number of times when my daughter and son-in-law were there--running along the Charles River is a hoot! 

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

So, so true Lottie Kendall San Francisco is just as you describe it. Let me magical.

Over the years I have enjoyed your posts & photos of SF.  Keep 'em coming.

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

Lottie Kendall - what wonderful post and pictures of San Francisco and definitely it is one of the most romantic cities in the United States. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties) over 3 years ago

Hello Mary Yonkers - I'm glad you enjoy my SF posts -- this city is a great place to live, and I enjoy writing about my experiences here.

You are welcome, Susan Laxson CRS - this post came together very quickly and easily--when one writes about a place that they love, it's a simple task.

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