5 quirky painted houses in San Francisco

1) Jungle House

Find every wild animal of the jungle painted onto this house in Noe Valley. They’re all set against a lush backdrop of trees and waterfalls. And notice the extra details, like metal leaves sprouting from the treetops and the painted waste bins that perfectly blend into the scenery.

a painted façade of the Jungle House in SF

Church Street between 22nd and 23rd Street

2) Mondrian House

Fans of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian would appreciate this house. He was most known for his grid-based paintings which he started developing in 1919. They were composed of boxes in the shades of white, red, yellow and blue, all outlined in black. This house by the beach is painted in that style.

San Francisco - Mondrian House

Great Highway between Rivera and Quintara Street

3) Tiger House

Make your way to Cole Valley to see this uniquely painted house in the lushest shades of green. Here you’ll encounter a large sprawling tiger peering at you from the jungle.

San Francisco - Tiger House

Frederick Street near Cole Street

4) Helipad House

The owner of the house worked with artist Casey O’Connell and allowed her to go wild on this painting. Her reason: ‘Life’s too short to live in a plain white house.’ It features a sweet tattooed gal poking a shark in the eye. Look closely and see the city skyline in the shark’s teeth.

House with pink and a white shark painted on

Folsom Street near Ripley Street

5) Rainbow House

San Francisco is well known for its rainbow flags, but some homeowners took it much further and painted themselves a rainbow home. You’ll find it in a quiet neighborhood and it’s vibrantly painted in shades of red at the bottom to purples at the top.

San Francisco - Rainbow House

Clipper Street betw Douglass and Diamond Street

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