Derelict San Francisco Painted Lady: Could this be the best makeup ever?

One of San Francisco's Painted Ladies is for sale, but it's a total makeover.

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One of San Francisco’s Painted Ladies is for sale, but it’s a total makeover.

San Francisco’s Painted Ladies of Postcard Row, as they are known, are one of the city’s most beloved tourist attractions. Each tour bus will stop on its way down the hill for views of the Seven Sisters, the stunning pastel-painted three-story Victorian villas of Steiner Avenue.

The properties even have their own social media accounts and have featured in numerous movies and TV shows, including Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

But the cream and red-brown gabled villa in the middle, next to the blue one, is a shock. You just wouldn’t choose it from the outside. Behind the glorious facade, the house is dilapidated and does not appear to have been lived in for some time.

The Painted Ladies of Postcard Row, also known as the Seven Sisters, are a famous landmark on Steiner Avenue, San Francisco.

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The Painted Ladies of Postcard Row, also known as the Seven Sisters, are a famous landmark on Steiner Avenue, San Francisco.

The property, which like its neighbors was designed in the early 1890s by architect Matthew Kavanaugh, came on the market for US$3.55 million (NZ$5.73 million).

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The dilapidated home was sold in 2020 for the exact same amount to a woman who planned to redo it, but TopTenRealEstateDeals.com says Leah Culver’s renovation plans have been stalled by the pandemic, and she now wants her to be sold. She doesn’t have enough time to devote to the project.

The interior needs gutting and renovation, but the character elements remain.

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The interior needs gutting and renovation, but the character elements remain.

Plans have been drawn up for a total redevelopment of the two <a class=apartments in the house.” style=”width:100%;display:inline-block”/>

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Plans have been drawn up for a total redevelopment of the two apartments in the house.

And looking at the photos, it’s easy to see that this is a major project. There is mold in places, no maintenance appears to have been done for many years, and the kitchen appears to be the original cupboards installed perhaps at the turn of the last century. But under the peeling paint, there are clearly good bones.

The original Victorian character is still there, especially in the old sash windows and cornices.

Architect David Armor has drawn up restoration plans for the two-unit house, so that it can regain its original charm with all modern conveniences, and also be more “climatic”.

The largest upstairs unit will accommodate five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and will be 278 m². While the lower two-bedroom unit with its own utility room and entrance (an ideal rental) will be 83 m².

The original cabinets and shelves remain in this kitchen.

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The original cabinets and shelves remain in this kitchen.

The plans have been approved by the Mills Act program for the restoration of historic homes, offering the new purchaser a substantial reduction in property taxes over a ten-year period.

And the location, next to Alamo Square Park, is considered the best, that goes without saying. Locals say you can expect to see plenty of famous movie stars at the neighborhood’s five-star restaurants.

The list is owned by Nina Hatvany of Compass, San Francisco, CA.

And here is the second kitchen in the upper unit.

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And here is the second kitchen in the upper unit.

There is a nice view of the park in front.

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There is a nice view of the park in front.

A large room under the top gable is a bonus.

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A large room under the top gable is a bonus.

And here is the basement, with the original framework on the right.

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And here is the basement, with the original framework on the right.

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