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How to Find the "Full House" in San Francisco

Updated: April 1, 2024
 By Britt

Whenever I'm guiding a tour in San Francisco, I can usually look forward to certain specific questions, and one of the more popular queries is about the Full House location.

That's why I wrote this post to explain how to find the Tanner's house from the show Full House, set in San Francisco.

In addition to providing the Full House address, I'll also include details about some of the other houses shown on the sitcom and why these locations are so culturally and historically relevant.

I'll also include a selection of useful tips and comments from San Francisco travel groups on Facebook.


What is the "Full House" House?

If you were an American kid in the late 80s and early 90s, you likely remember TGIF television, a block of Friday night shows run on the ABC television channel. 

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Part of this lineup of shows included Full House, a sitcom described online as a “G-rated dysfunctional family”.  

The family, The Tanners, lived in San Francisco. It was here that the widower father, his best friend, and his brother-in-law joined forces to raise three precocious little girls. 

This show, with its simple one-liners and audience laugh track, struck a chord with American kids, allowing the makers to churn out hundreds of episodes before it was canceled in the mid-90s. 

In recent years, new episodes have been taped for Netflix under the name Fuller House.

These have drawn huge ratings due to now-adults nostalgic longing for these simple childhood characters and storylines.


THE ACTUAL TANNER HOME

In some versions of the credits, a camera shot pulls out from a red door and a large home. This is where the Tanner’s live, at the made-up address of 1822 Gerard.  

The real-life location of the Full House address is 1709 Broderick Street. This house is in the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood, about a mile from the Painted Ladies. 

One of the creators of Full House recently purchased and renovated the home, listing it for sale with one of the most prestigious real estate firms in California. 

Sadly for fans, the interior does not look like that of the one on Full House, pre or post-renovation.

Lest you think this dwelling is a step down from one of the Painted Ladies, the most recent sold price for the “Tanner Home” had a price tag of $7.5 million (€6,930,000).  

San Francisco is arguably the most expensive housing market in the United States.

It’s unlikely that the adult characters in the show, (a local morning talk show host, a some-time musician, and a stand-up comedian) could afford it in the real world today.


How to Get Here

If you’d like to visit 1709 Broderick Street and snap a picture of her no-longer red front door (from a respectful distance, of course),  there are several options. 

The closest stations are Geary Boulevard and Masonic Avenue, a 12-minute walk from the home.

  • By Bus, five lines pass nearby: 1, 24, 28, 28R, and 42
  • By Bart, you would take lines RD and YL
  • Street parking is available although it can be hard to find a spot. You may have to park a few blocks away and walk. 

TIPS FOR VISITING THE TANNER HOME

You will likely not be alone as the neighborhood can often be full of tourists trying to snap a picture. There can be between 1000-1500 visitors stopping by every day!

Neighbors do tend to get upset with those who don’t remember that private individuals live in the surrounding homes.

They have convinced the city to ban tourist buses altogether in an attempt to cut down on traffic.

Because parking enforcement or police patrols can often be found standing by, it’s best to get in and out with as little fuss as possible. 

Some tips for things to avoid are:

  • Blocking the sidewalks
  • Double parking
  • Parking in neighbors' driveways
  • Attempting to gain access to any of the homes/ringing the bell
  • Making a lot of noise

If you can avoid those, you should be able to snap a golden picture, one that takes you back to your childhood every time you look at it!


THE PAINTED LADIES

One of the most memorable images from the show comes from the opening credits. 

Here you see the members of the household driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, then posing at various San Francisco landmarks, before ending on a shot of them picnicking in a park across from some pastel-colored hillside homes. 

It is these homes, in real life known as the Painted Ladies, that folks most remember from the credits. 

These 7 houses are set on what is referred to as Postcard Row and teh Seven Sisters.

While well-known in the past, these homes are one of the most famous attractions in San Francisco, partly due to their appearance on the show. 

Many folks believe the characters of Full House lived in one of the Painted Ladies, but they were merely the backdrop for the credits. 

For directions on how to visit Postcard Row and the Painted Ladies, read our post here.


Suggestions From Locals and Travelers

We always do our best to provide helpful information, but sometimes we might miss a few things. That's why we have a San Francisco Travel Tips group on Facebook!

This group and many others such as San Francisco Travel are great places to find tips and advice from residents in the area and other travelers who have been to the Bay Area.

Here are a few of the most helpful suggestions we found in these Facebook groups.

Before we talk about anything else, it should be noted that even the house at 1709 Broderick Street is not technically the "Full House" House.

The house you can see from the street is the residence used as a model for the house, which was made on a studio set.

As a result, if you want to see the physical location of the show, you'll need to visit Warner Brothers Studios in Los Angeles and take a tour of the backlot!

Although we did mention this earlier in our post, it is worth noting that the Full House location is not the same as the address of the Painted Ladies.

That said, it is only about a mile away, and a slightly downhill walk from the Painted Ladies, so you might want to consider walking between these attractions.

One of the reasons to consider walking is that they don't allow buses or other tour companies to drive past the house, so it's not that easy to get there unless you take an Uber or rent a car.

If you are interested in seeing both attractions, it'll be much easier to see the Painted Ladies first.

For even more helpful advice, make sure to check either our group or San Francisco Travel on Facebook.


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About The Author

Britt

Britt is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and has spent 25 years in this magical city. He has traveled to over 30 countries, and has never found a place he loves as much as this one! If you come to San Francisco, you might join one of Britt's tours of the city. A graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Southern California, he has been leading tours for Free Tours by Foot since 2015.
Updated: April 1st, 2024
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