The SF Bay Area doesn't have seasons.....or does it?

Mixed in with the drop-dead gorgeous beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, there's a subtlety to this part of California.

San Francisco and San Mateo counties have moderate temperatures due to the influence of the adjacent Pacific Ocean which keeps us cooler in summer and warmer in winter than the inland counties of California. This allows us to get outdoors and play year round. However, sometime I hear people say, "I miss the changing seasons" and I hear a yearning in their voices.

At Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

We do have changing seasons here, more subtle perhaps, but lovely. You feel it in the air; the harsh summer sun has a more gentle quality--it feels like a friend as you relax under its rays. You see it on open hillsides and in gardens--the trees are dropping leaves, the leaves change colors, the brown grasslands are bleached almost white, waiting for the rains to come. And surely the much-needed rains will come again.

changing seasons, mid-September, Monte Bello

If you're living in the San Francisco Bay Area, you know why you chose to live here. And if you're missing the changing seasons, I invite you to step outside, visit one of the many county or state parks or one our the Mid-peninsula Regional Open Space lands.

Take a look - you'll see the changing seasons.

Hamms Gulch trail, Windy Hill, early September


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547






Comment balloon 9 commentsLottie Kendall • September 14 2015 09:31AM


Lottie Kendall,  I missed the colors of fall and some of the cold of winter when I lived in North Florida.  Now I don't like the cold as much.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia over 5 years ago

It certainly is a magnificent part of our country.  Have always loved the climate except for all the rain.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 5 years ago

Lottie I have lived in the Bay Area and in New England.  The Bay Area does have changes but the gold weather or hot weather seem to be short so it is easy to not think of them as a change in season.  Whereas, here in New England there is no doubt to the distinctive change in season, especially the cold season which is with us much longer than we want some times :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 5 years ago

Lottie, We sure do have seasons ... and as you mention they just are not always as drastic from season to season and/or from year to year. Right now, we are in high fire season ... which will continue to get worse if we don't get some rain.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 5 years ago

Lottie - but one thing you don't have is snow.  I hate to think of snow on those San Francisco streets.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 5 years ago

You're right, Grant Schneider - almost no snow here; one has to drive to the Sierras for snow play. Here's a photo from 1976, when snow fell and lasted the better part of a day in San Carlos:

snow in San Carlos CA 1976

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

We've got that same subtle change here in SoCal...but sometimes you've just gotta drive to elevation to experience it.  Thankfully, I'm a quick trip to the mountains and the autumn that covers them in mid-late October.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 5 years ago

Good morning Lottie. Hopefully you will soon get some much needed rain, but you season changes will continue as the rain can't turn everything around over night.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing the photos. enjoy the Fall season and your trip in October.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 5 years ago