SF’s ‘Pink Painted Lady’ is in ‘total disrepair’. The video shows what it takes to restore it


The “Pink Painted Lady,” which has been on the market since May for $3.55 million, will require a lot more to restore, at least according to Architectural Digest magazine, which provided an insight into the current state of the home.

“The person who buys this house cannot be weak,” said general contractor Anna Karp, who conducted the video tour. “Let’s face it, it’s a colon cleanse.”

And the tour revealed that the home’s interior was in a state of disrepair — with pieces of the ceiling torn out and marks on the walls suggesting a renovation that might have been.

Leah Culver, who bought the Alamo Square landmark — famous for appearing in the opening credits of Full House — in February 2020 — had planned to spend $3 million to fix the house but told The Chronicle in May that the Post-pandemic construction stalled, waiting for permits and rising costs drove them to abandon the home.

“Everything has become much more expensive and time-consuming,” she said at the time.

While that means the home needs a lot of work — between $3 million and $5 million, Karp predicted — the video tour showed that the iconic, three-story, 2,849-square-foot home still showed great promise.

On the first floor, ripped ceilings revealed the sturdy local redwood used to build the house. The Queen Anne Staircase – a centerpiece of the entrance – still had an ornate banister, although the wood was scratched and covered in dust.

A plank of wood covered a stained-glass window on the back wall of the entryway, which Karp recommended restoring—for about $5,400.

And while the floors were ripped out and the pink-painted walls were stained and faded, the first-floor bedroom had San Francisco’s signature large bay windows overlooking Alamo Square Park, letting in plenty of light.

A mirror-tile wall was left in the living room, half ripped out, while the kitchen’s removed appliances left stained walls and floors. But the rear-facing windows revealed a stunning view of City Hall towering over the trees in the home’s small backyard. The ceilings boasted ornate San Francisco-style ceiling medallions with patterns painted in gold.

In the downstairs bathroom, 1980s decor filled the small space covered in mirrors adorned with mermaid detailing on the gold bathroom hardware. However, the floor of the walls was stained and stained and stood out next to the white porcelain tiles covering the shower and bath.

The Pink Painted Lady (center) in San Francisco, California.

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Upstairs on the second floor, in a similar condition to the first, bright splashes of color caught the eye, with the ceiling medallions and door and window panels painted a bright shade of reddish-pink.

“It’s absolutely 100% San Francisco in these Victorian homes,” Karp said.

The bay windows on the second floor offered an even more expansive view of Alamo Square Park, where people could picnic and gaze out at the famous row of houses. Down the hall were the remains of a second floor kitchen, including a gas stove and refrigerator, evidence of the house’s multi-family past.

On the third floor, the still ornate banisters of the staircase led to smaller bedrooms with tiled floors and door panels painted light blue. The front-facing bedroom featured the period window that could be seen from the outside of the home. And down in the garage were pieces of pink floral wallpaper next to a broken, unused pink door that was leaning against a wall.

Though it requires a lot of work, Karp said the home is perfect for someone interested in restoring and preserving the landmark — and the buyer will have access to Culver’s building permits.

“For the right family, this is an excellent opportunity to live in a fantastic, architecturally significant home,” she said.

Danielle Echeverria is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @DanielleEchev


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