We live in Noe Valley, a family neighborhood in the center of San Francisco that sprang up after the 1906 earthquake. We are a few blocks from the 24th shopping district and its eclectic restaurants, coffee shops and retail stores.
We just had our house painted this summer. The purple door is Marilyn's touch of whimsy.
And the back of the house. Upstairs are the girls' bedrooms. Downstairs, the kitchen is on the right and the family room on the left. When the locust and plum trees get their leaves back, they shade the deck.
Our back yard on a rainy day late in February. We have a postage stamp sized lawn typical of San Francisco city lots. You can see the raised beds in back where we grow lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and herbs. To the left is a lemon tree. The plum tree is blooming early this year.
From our bedroom window (the second story at the front of the house) we get a view of Twin Peaks.
Inside, the living room is just off the entrance way. The stained glass window of grape vines betrays the family interest in wine.
The living room also has a decorative (meaning not functional) fireplace. You can see some of David's book collection in the case.
We take family meals in the dining room...
...and dine less formally at the breakfast bar in the family room.
We spend most of our waking hours in the family room. The reasons include an old favorite couch, the home office, the television and stereo, but mostly, proximity to the kitchen!
We're not the only ones that partake of the couch!
The adjoining kitchen has the same cabinetry and counter tops as the rest of the family room. It looks out over the garden.