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Cinematic Tour: Exploring 10 San Francisco's Famous Movie and TV Show Houses

Discover the Iconic Homes and Fun Facts Behind San Francisco's Most Memorable Filming Locations

San Francisco isn’t just famous for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge and historic cable cars; it’s also home to some of the most recognizable houses from movies and TV shows. Take a tour with us through the city’s most cinematic homes and discover some fun facts along the way!


 Logo of the 1987 TV series Full House
Logo of the 1987 TV series Full House

1. The “Full House” House

Address: 1709 Broderick Street

Fun Facts:

  • Colorful Neighbors: While the house is famous for being the Tanner family home in “Full House” and “Fuller House,” the iconic opening credits actually feature the “Painted Ladies” houses at Alamo Square, not the real house.
  • Fan Frenzy: The house was purchased by the show’s creator, Jeff Franklin, in 2016. He initially planned to turn it into a tribute to the show but faced local opposition.

2. Mrs. Doubtfire’s House

Address: 2640 Steiner Street

Fun Facts:

  • A Tribute to Robin: Following Robin Williams’ death in 2014, fans transformed the sidewalk outside the house into a memorial, leaving flowers, letters, and other tributes to the beloved actor.
  • Real-Life Nanny Drama: In a strange twist, the house’s real-life owner once employed a nanny who was involved in a legal battle reminiscent of the movie’s storyline!

3. The “Princess Diaries” Firehouse

Address: 724 Brazil Avenue

Fun Facts:

  • Unique Location: This converted firehouse served as the home of Mia Thermopolis in “The Princess Diaries.” In reality, it’s located in the Excelsior District, not the fictional Genovia.
  • Historic Charm: The building was originally constructed in 1911 and has retained much of its historic charm, making it a popular stop for fans of the movie.

4. The “Pacific Heights” House

Address: 2590 Green Street

Fun Facts:

  • Thrilling Tales: This house was the setting for the 1990 thriller “Pacific Heights,” starring Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith, and Matthew Modine. It served as the couple’s dream home turned nightmare.
  • Architectural Beauty: The house is a stunning example of San Francisco’s Victorian architecture, with its detailed woodwork and large bay windows.

5. The “Blue Jasmine” House

Address: 33 Beaver Street

Fun Facts:

  • Oscar-Worthy: This house featured prominently in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” where Cate Blanchett’s character experiences a fall from grace. Her performance won her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
  • Real Estate Spotlight: The house was listed for sale in 2019, attracting attention not just for its cinematic history but also for its stunning interior design and prime location.

6. The “Vertigo” Apartment

Address: 900 Lombard Street

Fun Facts:

  • Hitchcock Classic: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic “Vertigo” featured this apartment as the home of Judy Barton, played by Kim Novak. The director’s use of San Francisco locations helped cement the city’s status in cinematic history.
  • Iconic Street: The apartment is located on Lombard Street, famously known as the “crookedest street in the world,” adding another layer of intrigue for visitors.
The “Party of Five” House
The “Party of Five” House

7. The “Party of Five” House

Address: 2311 Broadway Street

Fun Facts:

  • TV Drama: This Victorian mansion served as the home for the Salinger family in the popular 90s TV drama “Party of Five.” The show tackled serious themes and won a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series.
  • Architectural Gem: The house is located in the upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood and is known for its beautiful design and stunning views of the city.

8. The “Doctor Dolittle” House

Address: 1524 Jones Street

Fun Facts:

  • Animal Attraction: This house was used in the 1998 comedy “Dr. Dolittle,” starring Eddie Murphy as the doctor who can talk to animals. The home’s exterior features prominently in several scenes.
  • Tourist Magnet: The house’s unique architecture and movie history make it a popular spot for fans and tourists exploring the Nob Hill area.

9. The “Basic Instinct” House

Address: 2930 Vallejo Street

Fun Facts:

  • Thriller Setting: This mansion served as the home of Catherine Tramell, played by Sharon Stone, in the 1992 thriller “Basic Instinct.” The house’s grandeur added to the film’s suspenseful atmosphere.
  • Exclusive Locale: Located in the prestigious Pacific Heights neighborhood, the house boasts stunning views of the Bay Area, making it as much a character in the film as any of the actors.

10. The “A View to a Kill” Mansion

Address: 3650 Jackson Street

Fun Facts:

  • Bond’s Lair: This mansion was featured in the 1985 James Bond film “A View to a Kill,” starring Roger Moore. The house was the setting for several key scenes, adding to the film’s allure.
  • Historic Elegance: The house is an architectural marvel, blending historic elegance with the modern appeal that made it a perfect fit for a James Bond film.

San Francisco is a city where reality meets reel life, offering fans a chance to step into the scenes of their favorite movies and TV shows. So grab your camera and explore these iconic locations, each with its own story to tell!

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