One of San Francisco’s famous Seven Sisters is back on the market. Leah Culver, the current owner, bought the Victorian home in 2020 for $3.55 million and is now listing it for the same price.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to sell the Pink Painted Lady. It was an extremely difficult decision that I’ve pondered over for several months,” Culver said wrote on Twitter in one account she runs for the house. “Please don’t hesitate to share with anyone you know who might be interested in this beautiful home. Thank you for your support and understanding.”
You may remember when this staid fixer-upper at 714 Steiner Street last hit the market just before the pandemic, and then sold to Culver in January 2020 for $750,000 above demand.
This particular Painted Lady overlooks downtown, Alamo Square and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is three stories high and also includes a garage level. It has five bedrooms and was built at the end of the 19th century.
Since buying the property, Culver had put up a sign on the steps letting tourists know that this home had an Instagram account — and while she hoped to call it The Pink Painted Lady, she still hadn’t gotten around to pinking it to delete.
Culver told The Wall Street Journal the pandemic has delayed her renovation plans. She says it’s been in the same family for six decades, which isn’t unusual for these homes.
It needed some major repair work before she could move in full-time. The house not only lacked modernization, it fell into disrepair. In January, the ceiling of the downstairs bathroom collapsed. The fireplace is not functional.
Culver planned to retain the house’s historic elements while making it livable again. Some parts of the house, like the sink and the tiles in the powder room, have been carefully removed so that they can be removed stored, reinstalled or repurposed.
Because the coronavirus prevented her from obtaining the necessary permits in a timely manner, she was never able to start work.
The building board finally got her those permits, and the building board should follow suit soon, but she says she doesn’t have time to fix the house right now. She offers these conversion plans to the buyer if he is interested. The architect she worked with is also ready to move to a new partner. Boxleaf design is working as a landscape architect.
“I would love to move to a new owner who cares as much as I do (or more!) about this special home,” said Culver. “Therefore I am listing it for sale at the same price I bought it for and am enclosing the current building plans, permits and social media accounts with the sale.”
Construction costs have increased since Culver bought the house, so it could be a bigger project now than it would have been when she first bought it. However, property prices have also skyrocketed, so keeping the house at the same price as two years ago is a big deal.
The Painted Ladies, part of the so-called Postcard Row, famously appeared in the intro of Full house. The term “Painted Ladies” is used for any group of brightly colored Victorian or Edwardian houses.
“I really want to find a buyer who cares about San Francisco, this lot and the location,” Culver told the WSJ.
Photo: Leah Culver/@pinkpaintedlady on Twitter