If you’re seeking an adventure, explore the steps of Telegraph Hill. Once you’re at Coit Tower, find the path near the statue of Christopher Columbus and head down the Greenwich Steps where you’ll be wowed by the neighborhood forest and lush gardens. Along the way there are benches to take a break and absorb your surroundings. A fun flower to watch for is the Angel Trumpet as well as bee boxes, vegetable plots and some of the craziest rose bushes ever.

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Make a right when you hit Montgomery Street to continue your journey. Soon you will spy one of the most beautiful Art Deco apartment buildings in the state. From here head down the boardwalk, known as Filbert Steps, and enjoy the architecture of this living, working community that seems frozen in time. The homes are built on the steep hillside and many have grand views of the bay. The cottage pictured above is currently for sale for $1.8 million, built in 1884. But buyer beware. There is no parking, which is why, perhaps, this gem has exchanged several hands over the years.  Once you reach the bottom of the Filbert Steps, you can make a right to the Embarcadero, trolley line and Ferry Building. Make a left to Fisherman’s Whart and Pier 39. The trip is worth the effort.

For more, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on “Telegraph Hill”.  Also, this area is featured in the novel Stumptown Daze, which is a romance comedy that has received favorable reviews from local newspapers and historical societies.  Check it out by going to “Novels” above.