My Life as a San Francisco Realtor: Fort Funston, San Francisco

Fort Funston, San Francisco

It is said that 10,000 years ago, before the glaciers melted, the coastline was 26 miles to the west, and the Golden Gate was a narrow valley with a substantial river.

Fort Funston was one of three 16 inch gun battery sites built to protect San Francisco during World War II. It was home to a 2 gun battery with a range of 26 miles, manned by 35 men. It later became a Nike Missile launch site until it was deactivated in 1963, the launch pads are now part of the parking lot.

Now Fort Funston is a protected area within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at the southwestern corner of San Francisco,  famous as a hang gliding launch site and the only area within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area where off-leash dog walking is allowed.

I had a BPO to take care of today off of Westborough Blvd. in South San Francisco, so I decided to take Skyline Blvd. home, take in the views. I drove by the entrance to Fort Funston, and decided to turn around and go take a look. I know, spur of the moment decision, but well worth it! I hadn't been there in years.

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John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area

Comment balloon 8 commentsJohn M. Scott • July 30 2011 07:45PM

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John, When I saw the center photo of the beach from the cliff ... my heart stopped and I said: Oh my God!  I so love the ocean ... that is such am amazing shot!  What a great way to end this glorious and blessed day!  Thank you.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 7 years ago

I know exactly what you mean Kathleen. When I first inserted that photo I had it the same size as all the others, but went back and made it bigger because I thought it deserved more. If you remember the Planet of the Apes movies from long ago, I think that is where they had the Statue of Liberty buried....

Not a bad decision for a spur of the moment chance to take an unplanned turn off in my day, eh?

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) about 7 years ago

I have never heard of Fort Fundston. Thanks for that bit of history and the beautiful pictures.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) about 7 years ago

We just might have to add this to our "to do's" on this weekend's trip to your neck of the woods, John!  Thanks for the inspiration!  :)

Posted by Karen Burket, Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages (Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank ) about 7 years ago

Karen, the views are great and the beach is wild. Another place for incredible views are the Marin Headlands, up above the GG Bridge in Marin County. You can't miss that, really.

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) about 7 years ago

Thanks for suggestions, John!  Planning a visit with my grandma on Monday before we head back north.  Looking forward to seeing her...she's 98 and lives right in the city!  (Up in Pacific Heights area)  Have a great week and thanks again for the weekend tips!  :)

Posted by Karen Burket, Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages (Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank ) about 7 years ago

A Nike missile launch site? I guess now we know where the research was done to create those Nike Air Jordans.

Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) about 7 years ago

Jane, I've always enjoyed visiting Fort Funston - think I'll have to go back more often.

You bet Eric, it was probably done inside the gun batterys to keep it secret!

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) about 7 years ago

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