The Full House House

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    Where to Find the Full House House in San Francisco

    Alamos Square's Painted Ladies and the San Francisco Skyline
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    If you love the opening scenes of the late 1980s television show Full House or the 2016 Fuller House and want to see their locations in San Francisco, you aren't alone. It's a popular destination for thirty-somethings who grew up watching.

    Before you go looking for it, you need to know that the Full House house isn't quite what it appeared to be. In fact, to create those iconic opening credits — which looked like it all happened in the same place — filmmakers used two different spots.

    The Tanner family's home had a fictitious address: 1882 Gerard. Don't try to find that on Google maps because it doesn't exist. Searching a map for Full House house won't help much either.

    Here's where you need to go to see the San Francisco locations that went into making that oh-so-short opening scene:

    Family Picnic Scene

    The family picnic in the opening credits of Full House was filmed from Alamo Square Park, which is about two miles east of downtown San Francisco near the Fillmore and Hayes Valley Districts.

    The Victorian-style row of houses (which are often called the Painted Ladies) in that scene is between 710 and 722 Steiner Street. Climb the hill to get the view with the San Francisco city skyline behind them.

    You can get to Alamo Square by city bus from Union Square. You can drive to them, but you might end up in a temper tantrum when you can't find a parking place. Uber or Lyft can get you there, too. You can use the destination of Alamo Square Park to set up your ride.

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    Where Is the House With the Red Door?

    The Full House House - With the Red Door
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    If you remember the family's house with the red door well enough, you'll know that the entrance is on the right side of the house. Only one house among the Painted Ladies has a door on the right. You might think that's all you need to know, but it isn't. In fact, the red door that the family went through is somewhere else altogether, a mile away from Alamo Square.

    Finding 1882 Gerard

    The house the Tanner family goes into at the end of their picnic is north of Geary Blvd on the west side of town in the area called Lower Pacific Heights. Its address isn't 1882 Gerard, either. It's 1709 Broderick. The house on Broderick was used only for exterior shots, but in case you're curious, it's a big one inside: 3,125 square feet. The Hollywood Reporter said in 2016 that show creator Jeff Franklin purchased the iconic house, saying he couldn't resist.

    If you want to take a good-looking photo of the door of this Full House house, it faces east. To get the front nicely lighted, try to get there at mid-morning, just after the sun peeks over the top of the buildings across the street. Otherwise, your coveted photo will be a mess of gray-blue shadows.

    And just so you aren't disappointed: The house's pale gray exterior has been repainted. And the door isn't red.

    The house's address is all over the internet. That doesn't mean you should make a pest of yourself.

    Don't make yourself comfortable on the front steps without asking the owner's permission first, no matter how much you loved the Full House show. Before you go there, think about how you would feel if total strangers walked up and started taking pictures of themselves on your front porch.

    Here's a little trivia bonus: If you look closely at the top roof line of this house and the one next door, you'll see a feature of many San Francisco Victorians - there's a false front, created to make the house look bigger than it is.

    The house with the door is over a mile away from Alamo Square. That's a 5-minute drive (and another parking hassle), a 25-minute walk, or about 25 minutes on public transit. If you have access to Google maps, they will give you the bus route numbers. Or just call another Uber or Lyft.

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    More About Full House in San Francisco

    Victorian houses of San Francisco
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    Where's the Red Door?

    After all that, you still didn't find that red door, did you? 

    To make finding all the Full House house addresses even more complicated, the red door was removed and sold to a neighbor. Its new address is unknown and it might not even be red by now.

    The Fuller House House

    Opening credits of the 2016 Netflix-produced sequel Fuller House start with a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. After that, they show a family picnic but no views of the Painted Ladies. At the end, they go through a red door into the house at 1709 Broderick.