Painted Ladies’ Corner Cousin Is Yours For $5.75M


Ah those Painted Ladies, there’s just no escaping them. Usually when people think of the ladies of Alamo Square they’re imagining one of six homes on Steiner Street, but there is a seventh member of the family: The larger, slightly out-of-place home at 722 Steiner Street, right on the corner. Mind you when we call … Continue reading Painted Ladies’ Corner Cousin Is Yours For $5.75M

Maximum Luxury: A Classic Pac Heights Remodel, Before & After


Maximum Luxury is a weekly column where we gander at the most expensive homes for sale in San Francisco, basically for no reason except that we want to. When 2620 Buchanan Street hit the market 90 days ago asking $18 million, it was actually the end of a long drama around this six bed, eight … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: A Classic Pac Heights Remodel, Before & After

How Did This 15-Bedroom Mission Victorian End Up On the Market?


Now here’s something you don’t see every day: A 15-bed, four-plus bath Victorian “manor” right smack dab in the middle of the Mission, listed for $4.88 million. Ordinarily a Victorian of this age (dated to 1890, per the ad) and proportions would have long since been chopped up into smaller units. But no, amazingly, this … Continue reading How Did This 15-Bedroom Mission Victorian End Up On the Market?

Build-It-Yourself Noe Valley House Asks $2.49 Million


We know where you can get a deal on a house in Noe Valley, but the catch is that you’ve got to build it yourself. Yes, it’s another “shovel ready” project for sale, this one at 942 Noe Street, just a few blocks from the main Noe Valley 24th Street strip. Ordinarily that term means … Continue reading Build-It-Yourself Noe Valley House Asks $2.49 Million

Before & After: Renovating This Bernal Heights Victorian


Conventional wisdom is that renovations increase the value of a home, but armchair preservationists fret that unregulated alterations to historical housing stock erode San Francisco’s architectural character. (Or at least, they did ten years ago–these days, anyone who worried about that kind of thing probably feels the damage has been done.) So when a Bernal … Continue reading Before & After: Renovating This Bernal Heights Victorian

Maximum Luxury: $6.8 Million Pac Heights Vic Returns After Just Nine Months


Welcome back to Maximum Luxury, the column where we gander at the most expensive homes for sale in San Francisco, simply because we can. The offering at 2411 Washington Street in Pac Heights just opened very hot, listing on Black Friday for $6.8 million. This is a classic SF Victorian circa 1900–note that since that’s … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: $6.8 Million Pac Heights Vic Returns After Just Nine Months

Soaring Alamo Square Victorian Quadruples In Price


Just so we’re clear, 850 Steiner Street, the four bed, six bath, dramatically turreted Victorian that went up for sale today asking more than $5.12 million, is not one of the most famous houses in San Francisco. But it is close; as in, geographically, it’s extremely close to the Postcard Row Victorians on Steiner street–just … Continue reading Soaring Alamo Square Victorian Quadruples In Price

Before & After: 1890 Castro Victorian Renovation


Sellers love to push the “r-words”: “renovate,” “refurbish,” “remodel.” Sometimes this is a practical consideration: Certain homes really could do with a new look and more modern sensibilities. Other times it’s simply a shrewd marketing move: People feel motivated to buy things that are new, and University of Western Ontario, Canada researchers find that one … Continue reading Before & After: 1890 Castro Victorian Renovation

Seven-Level Mid-Rise East Cut Condo Asks $15 Million


If you’ve ever passed by some fancy looking East Cut new construction and wanted the whole thing to yourself, we’ve got an opportunity for you. Just a few days ago, 15-17 Guy Place went on the market, a seven-level, eight bed, eight and a half bath setup on offer for $15 million (we’ll pause just … Continue reading Seven-Level Mid-Rise East Cut Condo Asks $15 Million

“Haunted” Pac Heights Mansion Listed For $5.74 Million


One of San Francisco’s most prominent haunted houses is up for sale–if you believe in such things, of course. What’s objectively true is that the Chambers Mansion at 2222 Sacramento Street listed this week asking the eye-popping but unsurprising sum of more than $5.74 million. The six bed, seven bath edifice is named for its … Continue reading “Haunted” Pac Heights Mansion Listed For $5.74 Million

This $5 Million Haight Vic Renovated, Raring To Go


A great San Francisco home is a work of art–but it’s also a very valuable commodity. Case in point, on Friday a new listing dropped for 459 Ashbury Street, one of the truly, profoundly beautiful Haight Victorians, with five beds, six baths, and a sumptuous baroque exterior dating to 1893. It’s the kind of home … Continue reading This $5 Million Haight Vic Renovated, Raring To Go

The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Edwardians


Few things are so quintessentially San Franciscan as Victorian houses, but there’s another style of classic SF home that’s even more numerous in the city and, whether everyone realizes it or not, exerts even greater influence over the city’s aesthetic. Edwardians are what we might think of as siblings to Victorians–or, with an eye toward … Continue reading The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Edwardians

Redesigned Pac Heights Looker Asks $8.5 Million


Say what you like about Pacific Heights–few neighborhoods are as financially unattainable for the average SF buyer–but it really does conceal some profound treasures in its storehouse. Case in point, 2250 Jackson Street, a looker that just listed with Coldwell Banker for the deeply Pac Heights price of $8.5 million. Per the ad: “Originally built … Continue reading Redesigned Pac Heights Looker Asks $8.5 Million

Plum 1885 Victorian Asks $3.2 Million


Ah summer, when a San Francisco homebuyer’s fancy turns to–what else?–Victorians. And if anyone is fancy enough to have $3.2 million burning a hole in their pocket, that’s the asking price for 249 Fair Oaks, a gorgeous tiered white wedding cake of a “grand Victorian” with three beds and two and a half baths on … Continue reading Plum 1885 Victorian Asks $3.2 Million

The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Victorians


Although there are many beautiful and historic styles of homes for sale across San Francisco, the word “Victorian” is so ubiquitous with the city’s image that some homebuyers are scarcely interested in anything less. But although we all know a Vic when we see one, defining them can be deceptively tricky–especially since even the most … Continue reading The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Victorians

This Oakland House Is Free


Great news for bargain hunters: There’s a 130-plus year old West Oakland Victorian that’s yours to own for the low, low price of zero dollars. The only catch is: You’ve got to come pick it up–literally. Riaz Capitol, the current owners of a three bed, 1.5 bath, nearly 1,150-square-foot Vic at 2420 Chestnut, are telling … Continue reading This Oakland House Is Free