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Where was Full House filmed?

About Full House

Full House was a family-friendly sitcom that aired from 1987 to 1995 as part of ABC’s Thank Goodness Its Friday (TGIF) lineup. The show chronicled the adventures, and more often than not, misadventures, of the Tanner family from their San Francisco home. This included Danny, a single dad, and his three daughters, D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle, who is a small toddler when the show starts. Danny’s wife was killed by a drunk driver, so Jesse, his brother-in-law, and Joey, his best friend, move into the house to help with the three young girls.

The cast of Full House was filled with current stars, and some of whose careers launched because of the series. Bob Saget played Danny Tanner, with John Stamos as his brother-in-law Jessie and Dave Coulier as Joey, the best friend. Then, we had Candace Cameron (now Bure) as D.J. Tanner, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie, and the Olsen twins – Mary Kate and Ashley – starting their careers by sharing the role of Michelle. Lori Loughlin played Becky, the morning show co-host on Wake Up San Francisco with Danny Tanner, and later married Uncle Jessie.

Funny scenes in Full House left us laughing, and we still bring some of them up today, or they’ve become part of the cultural identity. The family was dysfunctional, to say the least, and their dysfunction was the source of many of those funny scenes, and also the endearing qualities that kept audiences engaged. The Tanner family was relatable and as cringeworthy as some of their choices may have been, viewers could imagine their own family or someone they knew in the same situation.

City Locations

San Francisco, Los Angeles

Location Types

Contemporary, House, Victorian, Architectural

Location Styles

Convertible, Gothic/Victorian, Modern Building, Modern Car

Full House Locations

Even though the show took place in San Francisco, many of the Full House filming locations were at the Warner Brothers Studio in Los Angeles. However, the opening credits and other scenes did in fact use San Francisco as their backdrop.

The Golden Gate Bridge and the Painted Ladies both made appearances in the opening credits, helping to solidly identify the Tanner family’s hometown. The show’s popularity and weekly view of the Painted Ladies, a row of seven Victorian homes, the fame and easy recognition they have today. Their street is just across from the Alamo Square Park, and they’ve become known as Postcard Row. These houses are still privately owned.

Then, just about everything else was filmed at the Warner Brothers Studio. It's amazing what can be done with a film shoot location, although even professionals like the Full House creators had some minor glitches. One of our favorites is that the downstairs of the house had two sets of stairs – one in the kitchen and one in the front entryway and living room. But the upstairs of the set only had one staircase. We would see family members head upstairs from either the kitchen or living room, but they always arrived upstairs at the same location. Viewers didn’t mind though.

The convertible on the Golden Gate Bridge scene in Full House

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

The opening credits of Full House show the family in a red convertible, driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, then they’re playing in a park, at Fisherman’s Wharf, and finally in their home. Danny is driving the car across the bridge, wearing a very 1980s baseball hat. D.J. and Stephanie are in the front seat with him. Jessie and Joey are sitting on either side of Michelle, in her car seat, in the back of the car. Everyone is smiling and the wind is in their hair on a picture-perfect San Francisco day.

It's the stuff that memories are made of, and if you’ve ever watched the show, you can probably see the family in the car, on the iconic bridge, even before reading the description of it. It’s even better that they’re in a convertible because that’s one of the best ways to enjoy the iconic bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge only makes one other appearance in the show, when the family dog, Comet, gets loose in season eight. But, since there were 193 episodes with the same opening credits, it’s easy to understand how it became such an integral part of the show and helped to easily identify the family’s location in San Francisco. Later, we also see the three girls in the back seat of the same red convertible as it drives down a San Francisco Street, with one of the famous cable cars in the background.

Getting to the Golden Gate Bridge is relatively easy, and you can enjoy it in a private car like the Tanner family, walk across, or bicycle across the 4,200-foot suspension bridge. You can use the Golden Gate Transit buses to get to the bridge, these leave you at the toll plaza, then you can take a minibus across the bridge. A ride-share service is an option too.

The Playing in the Park scene in Full House

Alamo Square Park, San Francisco, CA

Danny Tanner was a sportscaster prior to becoming a co-host of Wake Up San Francisco with Rebecca “Becky” Donaldson. She had been a morning host in Omaha, Nebraska prior to moving to San Francisco, and there are many one-liners about Omaha and Nebraska throughout the episodes, especially the earlier ones. Danny’s sports history shines through in many episodes, including in the opening credits where we see the family playing soccer, running, picnicking, and enjoying the park.

One of the parks where these scenes were filmed was the Alamo Square Park, which is right across from the Painted Ladies row of houses. The park is the center point of the neighborhood and is bordered by Hayes, Steiner, Fulton, and Scott Streets. There are great views of downtown San Francisco, including the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, from within the park. We can imagine that the Tanner family would have spent much of their time in the park, given the general exuberance of the three daughters and dad’s sports ties.

Most people in parks are friendly and keep to themselves, allowing their fellow park-goers to also enjoy their time. But it’s easy to imagine with D.J. and Stephanie vying for the soccer ball that it may have ended up on someone else’s picnic basket at some point. One has to imagine that Stephanie’s catchphrase, “How rude,” was uttered at least once in that park! If not that one, definitely, “Well pin a rose on your nose,” although no one seems to know quite what she meant by that one.

You can get to the Alamo Square Park on bus line five, by taxi, ride-share service, or by walking, depending on your distance from the park.

Father-daughter fishing scene in Full House

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA

One thing you have to appreciate about Danny Tanner in Full House is that he makes you realize how much you don’t miss the 80s and the clothing styles. The baseball hat he wears driving the car across the Golden Gate Bridge is one example, but the hat he wears to take D.J. and Stephanie fishing on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco hammers this point home. Luckily it was the 80s and he fit right in, but we may not need to bring that style back.

Dad and his adorable daughters are walking down the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf pier, poles in hand, headed out towards the water. The camera next cuts to show us their backs as they stand facing the San Francisco Bay, with their poles now in the water, and Stephanie standing on the fishing box so that she can reach. It’s one of the classic day trip adventures for residents and tourists alike and again ties the family to their hometown. D.J. used the phrase “Oh Mylanta” in several episodes, and we guess that if she caught a fish, this phrase would have been uttered again.

Fisherman’s Wharf is easy to get to by using the F-Line of the BART system, private car, airport shuttle, or ride share service.

The red door scene in Full House

The Full House home, 1709 Broadrick Street, San Francisco, CA

As the “Everywhere You Look” song and credits come to a close in the opening credits, we see an aerial of the Painted Ladies, and then briefly, the red door and bay window of the Tanner family home. This is the same door that opens and closes to start and end various scenes throughout the show’s history, including letting in DJ’s somewhat obnoxious best friend, Kimmy Gibbler.

Viewers assumed, due to editing and the short nature of credits, that the Tanners lived in one of the famous seven houses known as the Painted Ladies. Their house, known as 1822 Gerard in the television series, is actually a home at 1709 Broadrick Street in San Francisco, about a mile from the Painted Ladies. Again, it’s still a private residence, but a popular destination for tourists wanting to snap a photo of the iconic home.

Unfortunately, the front door is no longer red, but that doesn’t mean the house isn’t easily recognized. The other bad news is that thousands of people still visit the home, and disrespectful tourists have irritated the private residents in the neighborhood.

But you can go and see the house by bus, with five different lines stopping nearby, or there are two BART lines that run in the area. Using a private car or rideshare are also options, just don’t park in anyone’s driveway. It’s only a mile to the Painted Ladies from here too if you want to add to your Instagram-worthy moments.

“I can’t take it, I need that cake,” scene in Full House

Warner Brothers Studio, Burbank, CA

Viewers were thrilled when Uncle Jesse finally proposed to Becky and put his woman-chasing, crazy musician lifestyle behind him. He gets serious about the wedding planning process too, including bringing home a lot of cake options.

He calls the entire family into the kitchen to help pick the wedding cake. Becky is confused because she thought they selected chocolate. Jesse said they did, but there are a lot of chocolate varieties. He opens a giant pink box to reveal over six types of chocolate cake, and a piece of carrot cake he felt bad leaving behind because it was all by itself.

Michelle, who had been standing on a chair with wide eyes, ogling the cake, finally can’t take the pressure anymore. She crawls across the table and says, “I can’t take it, I need that cake,” and then face plants into one of the pieces of chocolate cake. Viewers loved it, and I think a few of them secretly wished they could do the same thing.

This is probably one of the best scenes in Full House, and it was filmed, as all the kitchen scenes were, at the Warner Brothers Studio in Los Angeles/Burbank. There are two bus stations within a ten-minute walk from the studios, where you can enjoy a tour. The 222, 501, and Pink bus lines are all options, as is the Subway B or Red line, and the Metrolink Ventura County Line Train. Rideshares and private transportation are also popular.

Comet the dog scene at the top of Coit Tower scene in Full House

Coit Tower, San Francisco, CA

While most of the show's episodes for all eight seasons were shot at Stage 24 of the Warner Brothers Studio, in season eight, the cast and crew went to San Francisco to film Comet’s Excellent Adventure. Uncle Jessie has been kicked out of his band and sends Michelle to walk Comet, their Golden Retriever, instead. He gets loose, and the rest of the episode features Comet and the family (although usually two steps behind or looking the wrong way) searching for him at famous locations throughout San Francisco.

One of these Full House action scenes was at Coit Tower, a famous location in San Francisco. The 210-foot tower is located on Telegraph Hill and offers beautiful views of the city and San Francisco Bay. Nicky and Alex, the twin sons of Jessie and Becky, are trying to tell their father that Comet is at the top of the tower, but Jessie never looks up. Oh, dear. At least the family and their canine friend are finally reunited at the end.

The BART, train, and light rail all have stops near Coit Tower (nine options – so from wherever you are in the city). Rideshare and private transportation are other options.

Conclusion

A generation grew up with D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle on Full House, and many thought of them as part of their circle of friends. Others just enjoyed the show for the comic relief and real-life problems it showcased in each episode, or the parallel parenting and life woes it shared. Although everyone has their own favorite scenes and reasons they enjoyed the show, the unifying theme is that Full House resonated with a lot of people.

Full House locations were also part of the show and helped connect the audience to the characters and the city of San Francisco too. Kids were as familiar with the Tanner family kitchen as they were with their own kitchen, and that shows how much a filming location is tied to the success of a project.