Getting to Know Our Neighborhood in San Francisco

Our homes are located in some of the most beautiful neighborhoods. We recently wrote about the best things to do during Autumn in New York and now we’re sharing our favorites in San Francisco.

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While one might expect fall foliage and cooler temperatures as staples of the season, San Francisco enjoys the best weather during these months: days are sunny with blue skies, and the fog has cleared. It’s not a typical autumn, yet it offers a lot!

Our members are constantly exploring their neighbors. Is there a better way to take advantage of San Francisco’s summer-like weather by spending the day outside exploring? Our members did just that for their very first outing. Once a month, Common sponsors one official get-together for the entire community in a city. This gives our members from different homes, and even different suites, to get to know one another and their city.

Suggested by one of our House Leaders Kamilah, this month’s Common outing was an architecture walking tour of Pacific Heights, most known for the notable people who live in the area. Bestselling romance novelist Danielle Steele and actor Nicolas Cage were a few mentioned as current and former residents of Pacific Heights. You can see some of the snaps on our Instagram and below.

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San Francisco Heritage, an organization dedicated to preserving the city’s architectural and cultural heritage, hosted the tour. The tour began at the Haas-Lilienthal House, the only intact Victorian home open to the public in San Francisco, giving us a glimpse inside life in the 19th century before the 1906 earthquake.

Our members enjoyed learning about the eclectic mix of architecture in the city, from Victorian styles like Italianate, Stick, and Queen Anne to Edwardian and Art Deco styles. An unexpected surprise? How often these homes are rumored to be haunted…

Several landmarks stood out, like the Tobin House (owned by Michael de Young of the Daily Morning Chronicle), the Atherton House, and the Spreckels Mansion (current home of Danielle Steele).


The tour was book-ended by a coffee run to Sextant Coffee, an independent cafe and roastery founded Kinani Ahmed, a first-generation Ethiopian. Later, the crew got a sneak peek of the Folsom Street Fair and enjoyed a late lunch and great conversation at Grubstake, a diner set inside an old train car.

It was a beautiful day and a great time together. Community outings like this one are some of the best parts of living at Common. Learn more about our homes and apply to join us here.

Coming Home in Brooklyn

This week we celebrate our first home, Common Pacific’s anniversary. Cole, one of our first House Leaders and a founding member of Common Pacific, shares his experience as a member of the community this first year. Last week, or I suppose by the time this is published, a few weeks ago, a friend of mine […]