Now open for RSVPs. No sack lunches this time as we will eat our lunches in cafes. BIG GROUP WARNING to all who dislike big groups. Our starting point is on the sidewalk on California Street outside of a Whole Foods Market with a cafe called "Steep Brew Coffee." At 11:10 AM or later we will start walking. The only cost is $3 per adult. Kids free.
I will have clip boards for everyone to sign (print) themselves in, and name tags. Also I may need volunteers to help take roll and carry the clipboards at the first part of the walk.
I advise people to not drive to SF because driving and parking in SF is bad. However, if you have to drive you should NOT park in the Whole Foods Parking lot as you will be towed. You can likely find free street parking in Pacific Heights if you are prepared to look a long time over a large area. Below is the link to a Trip Planner that gives details on using Bay Area public transportation from one place to another:
The first giant mansion we will see is the great historical Spreckels Mansion where now an incredibly successful woman novelist lives. Finally, the renovations to Lafayette Square Park were completed and it reopened last June 8th. We will go inside the park to use the newly renovated big restrooms and then walk to the top of the little hill there where I will collect the $3 while everyone enjoys the great views.
Then we will walk to Jackson Street and then West on Jackson to Scott and then take a group photo in Alta Plaza. Then we will walk West on Washington to Spruce and then left to the cafes on California and take 50 minutes for lunch. Our next rendezvous spot will be in front of the Starbucks at California & Spruce.
Then we go back to Washington and one more block West to Le Petit Trianon which is the greatest mansion in SF. In front of this giant 1904 mansion with interiors of marble and exquisite stain glass is a big double staircase made entirely of marble and brass.
Then we walk East to Billionaires' Row and see things such as a 9' tall robot with a large male sex organ. The robot used to stare across the street at a famous computer pioneer billionaire's mansion that was being renovated. (After the renovation was done the robot turned his torso to the right.) We will see another mansion that was for sale for $65 million and needed $10 million to finish. They only let people look inside who could prove they're worth $800 million, except for low paid security guards. I read recently that it was sold months ago for a mere $20 million. In 2007 I was inside one of these mansions, but it at the time was for sale for only $55 million. We will see many strange things, but we will have adequate restroom stops. The walk is about 6 miles and we expect to end at our starting point about 4:30 PM.
A big old Hollywood color movie called "Portrait in Black" was filmed on Billionaires' Row in 1959. Many of the big stars of that time appear such as Anthony Quinn, Lana Turner, Sandra Dee, Lloyd Noland, Ray Walston, Richard Basehart, John Saxon and Anna May Wong. We will be walking up the Baker Street Steps which is where Anthony Quinn lands in a fall from a nearby mansion roof. They used a dummy for the fall. If you have Netflix you can watch it like I did. Below is a link to more details:
Below are links about what we will see on this walk:
The old 1893 fire house turned into a residence with photos inside and the fire truck in the living room:
History of Le Petit Trianon:
Photos of Le Petit Trianon:
Photos inside and out of the mansion previously for sale for $55 million:
Photos & story about a robot that Pacific Heights people love & hate:
Photos, 04/06/08, Obama visits Billionaires' Row in secret meeting for $:
Photo below is Spreckels Mansion viewed from Lafayette Park.
A group photo of us on this walk minus the photographer, me.
Photo of part of the front of the Mary Phelan Mansion
Interesting plantings along our route.
Photo below is in Presidio Heights