June 28, 2012 by Amanda
I’m an ’80s kid.
Which means I grew up watching “Full House,” a popular family sitcom that aired on primetime TV from 1987 to 1995. That’s 8 seasons of life lessons from Danny Tanner and his girls D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle. That’s 8 seasons of the antics of Uncle Jesse and Uncle Joey. And that’s 8 seasons of good family television that my generation will probably remember forever.
So when I went to San Francisco last month (where “Full House” was set), I made it my mission to find the “Full House” house.
This is a bit of a challenge, of course, and can be a let-down if you’re not prepared.
Before you go looking for a piece of your childhood in San Francisco, know that the popular TV show was actually filmed in a studio in Los Angeles. Only a handful of episodes of “Full House” were ever shot in San Francisco.
But the opening sequence (with its “Everywhere You Look” theme) WAS filmed in San Francisco, and it’s based on this that I began my adventure.
The opening sequence for most of the seasons of “Full House” ended with the family picnicking in Alamo Square Park, with the picture-perfect row of Painted Ladies in the background. This park and its famous row of colorful Victorian houses can be found in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood.
But the red-doored Victorian house that the beginning of each episode honed in on, insinuating that it belonged to the Tanners?
NOT IN ALAMO SQUARE.
Most people think that the “Full House” house is one of the 7 Painted Ladies.
But the house that was actually used for exterior shots in the opening sequence is located over a dozen blocks away, at 1709 Broderick Street.
Of course I went and found it!
The house has since been repainted (and someone suggested the “Full House” red door actually was moved from a house a block away), but it’s still recognizable.
Mission accomplished, as far as I’m concerned.
(And, for anyone wanting to follow this path, there are MUNI buses that run frequently to Alamo Square Park, and then you can hop on the 24 bus from there up to the corner of Divisadero and Bush, and walk the block and a half to the house on Broderick.)
Would YOU track down this house if you were in San Francisco?