Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sea Cliff Musings | SF, CA

One of my most favorite things I like to do is wander neighborhoods laced with gorgeous homes and fantasize about living there. It's as fun as it is disheartening because it's so easy to envision yourself nestled into the couch with a cup of joe in the decadent living rooms you see ... and just as easy to snap back to reality. However, manicured lawns and to die for views are always lovely peripherals so we often seek out these types of locations for slower, longer weekend dog walking.
We have meant to visit Sea Cliff since we moved down here (like I said here, there are a ton of MUST SEE things to do in SF and we are steadily crossing them off our list at a leisurely pace). We had long heard of this neighborhood mainly due to its phenomenal homes which are seated on the cliffs overlooking the sea (ahhhhh, now it all makes sense!). It's the reclusive, separated from the herd 'hood which is the rumored home to many of the area CEOs and one very notable former resident, Robin Williams. 
Due to its off-the-beaten-path, hilly location outside the scope of public transit, we had to drive our car to the area and were pleasantly surprised to find easy parking on numerous side streets. With SF being such a tourist destination and major city, anything worth seeing here generally means a ton of crowds and no parking (which is why we generally do not drive anywhere -ever, except to get out of town). But because this place is a quiet, sleepy neighborhood it was an exception to that norm. 
Upon exiting the car, we found ourselves right in front of Robin Williams' former home (video of it at bottom of this post). It was big, quite pink and had such pretty views of GG from the backdrop. I like Robin Williams in many things but really, "Mrs. Doubtfire" still is just the crème de la crème for me when it comes to him (which is kinda funny that movie fared so well, when you think about it, it's really weird). I thought the movie was a funny treat as a kid but it took on new meaning after my parents' divorce when I found myself saddled with the grief of that hardship. Granted, my Dad never donned a grey wig and a blue skirt during that time but it did aide a bit in seeing a family coming to terms with the new normal. I still think the very last scene in that movie (right here) is phenomenal in its summary of divorce through a kid's eyes. So anyway, to live right by the Hillards' home now and then see where the actual RW lived, just felt very cool.
^Robin Williams' house right there with GG backdrop
^Casa de Williams
Following that, we moseyed up and down through the streets and admired every gated courtyard, every snippet of view we saw between the homes and all of the variation in these NorCal mansions. It was not a bad date with my camera.

^Love these two so much. Look at Chandler's happy face.

Without even trying to, we stumbled on the edge of the neighborhood which turned into a full on hiking trail leading away from the man made affluent homes to the naturally captivating ocean view woods and all the way down to the Cliff House restaurant (post on that restaurant here). We delighted in this surprise hike and visually binged on the endless Pacific Ocean as our feet crunched into the earthy terrain.
As far as weekend dog walks go (which we like to be longer, slower and more relaxed than their weekday counterparts ever allow), it was a dang near perfect one. We've now tucked that experience into the folder of "potential things to do when someone comes and visits". If you have 2 minutes to spare, here's a little video of the hike/RW house. Those views though!
^Poor Jay outed in his doggy speak on video. We call dogs "schtinks" and then sometimes use baby talk when we're talking around the dog on accident... #TheMoreYouKnow
I hope you're getting back into the swing of things after the long weekend!
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Andrea Nine said...

You two are the MOST precious neighborhood wanderers!! We love immersing ourselves in quaint little neighborhoods and think about what it would be like to live there!! Hope your week is off to the best start!!!!

Samantha said...

Aw it was cool hearing your voice and seeing you! Just as pretty in video! I say in a noncreeper like way..lol.

Ashley Lillis said...

One of our favorite things to do is to walk through neighborhoods and imagine ourselves in one of those beautiful houses as well! It doesn't hurt to dream, right? Sea Cliff looks absolutely stunning, and that's so cool that you found Robin Williams's house too! The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are spectacular, and I love all of the flowers blooming too! That looks like the perfect Saturday walk to me!

Pat Hatt said...

It is neat to see the big houses, but I doubt I'd ever want one. Cleaning that sucker would be a full time job. Robin Williams sure had quite the huge place too. Neat you got to see it. Mrs. Doubtfire is one of his best indeed.

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

What a gorgeous area! I totally want to go there. I absolutely love Mrs. Doubtfire. We just watched it a couple of months ago, never gets old!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

We have a hideous dog speak language. Solidarity.

I absolutely love peeping at houses and landscaping. I spent a lot of time doing it at the shore this weekend. I would totally love to do this if I came in to San Fran from out of town. Put it on the prospective entertainment list for sure.

Nadine said...

Mrs Doubtfire and Patch Adams were my favorite of Robin Williams. So cool that you got to see his house! This area looks so gorgeous, I would love to visit one day!!!

Kaitlyn Danielle said...

Not a bad date with your camera at all. So many gorgeous photos! I didn't know that's where Robin Williams home was. What a gorgeous scenery to live by everyday! I could totally envision myself sitting out on a patio with my cup of coffee just staring at that amazing view. Okay, back down to reality I come lol.


Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

What gorgeous views and beautiful homes Sea Cliff has to offer. I can only imagine how much those homes cost but it's fun to dream sometimes :-) That view of the bridge is just magical!

The Siberian American said...

This place is so dreamy. Love all the houses and the gorgeous views of Golden Gate!

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

Girl, you gotta keep on dreaming...! One day, one of those houses will be yours! Or mine!!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

Mrs. Doubtfire is definitely a fabulous movie, and very very weird. haha. but so perfect. i love basically everything he did. i don't think i could pick a favourite. so cool that you were able to see his house, and what a beautiful house with gorgeous views.
i think if you don't speak to your dogs/cats in baby talk or a special voice.. you don't really love them ;)

Unknown said...

I love video of you guys! I am really starting to change my opinion on San Fran after following your adventures these past 10 months. I had no idea there was so much to it and so many lovely areas around it. I'm disappointed I didn't get to experience more of that while I was there.