One of San Francisco’s Instantly Recognizable Painted Ladies Lists for $2.75M
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One of San Francisco’s Instantly Recognizable Painted Ladies Lists for $2.75M

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By Kathryn M.
The Victorian that’s graced countless postcards needs a new owner to restore the interior.

One of San Francisco’s famous Painted Ladies recently hit the market, offering buyers the rare opportunity to own one of seven iconic, Queen Anne–style Victorians across the street from Alamo Square. While the colorful exterior of 714 Steiner Street has stood by its siblings for countless photographs and television appearances over the years, the interior of this multifamily property is in need of a loving renovation.

The row of Queen Anne-style Victorians on Steiner Street—known as the Painted Ladies or the Seven Sisters—are a San Francisco landmark. The third one from the right at 714 Steiner Street was recently listed for sale.

The row of homes was built between 1892 and 1896 by developer Mathew Kavanaugh, and luckily, they all survived the San Francisco earthquake that happened just a few years later. Originally, Kavanaugh himself lived in the corner residence—sometimes referred to as the stepsister for its mismatching style—which was the most recent one of these Seven Sisters to be sold back in 2014. The current listing, located in the middle of the bunch, fits right in with its corresponding dentil molding, Palladian windows, and charming front stoop.

A closer look at the facade of 714 Steiner, pictured here in the middle. The term "Painted Ladies" was first coined by Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies: San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians. The phrase is now commonly used to describe polychromatic Victorian or Edwardian homes in other American cities.

The three-story home offers 2,588 square feet of interior space and is currently arranged as two separate units. Offering numerous bedrooms and bathrooms between the different apartments, the interior will require extensive work to restore the home's original detailing. However, that probably won't stop someone from snagging up this rare piece of San Francisco real estate. Keep scrolling to see more of this famous address.

The exterior of this Painted Lady takes on a more muted color palette than its other sisters along the block. Earthy shades of cream, beige, and clay accentuate the home's classic Victorian details.

Inside, original details remain, including tiled walls and knotted spindles along the banister. Thick molding and the original front doors add to the home's potential.

A stained-glass window decorates a landing halfway up the stairs, which continue to the upper-level apartment. The first-floor apartment is located straight ahead.

Behind the stairwell, the first apartment is currently arranged with a large living area and kitchen tucked at the back of the home.

The living area adjacent to the kitchen also offers a large window overlooking the fenced yard. 

The second-floor apartment features a classic bay window that warms the space with natural light. Large windows frame views of Alamo Square across the street, including the various hills that tourists occupy to snag a perfect Instagram shot.

The rear section is a massive, linear space capped by a box-bay window that overlooks the backyard and surrounding neighborhood.

A Jack-and-Jill-style bathroom sits in the middle of the two spaces. Wood trim and doors offer a canvas for preservation efforts.

The third floor provides additional bedrooms and living areas. Several windows provide natural light at both ends of the space.

A small sundeck offers views of the city skyline. Stairs lead down to connect the other levels with an unfinished basement and the backyard.

An aerial view looks toward Alamo Square Park with Twin Peaks in the distance.

714 Steiner Street in San Francisco, CA, is currently listed for $2,750,000 by Jeremy Rushton of Coldwell Banker.

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