SF Victorians with Sleek Interiors

700 Block of Steiner Street across from Alamo Park

Victorian homes are fondly called "Painted Ladies" for their ornate crenelations and storybook features. The stately row of Victorians on the 700 block of Steiner street in San Francisco are known as "Postcard Row", due to the many photos taken of this group from the park across the street with the fabulous SF skyline in the background.

In SF, we have the Historic Preservation Commission which is responsible for identifying and designating San Francisco landmarks and buildings in the City's historic districts. It consists of seven Commissioners and a Commission Secretary. They maintain that owners of the cities most treasured homes, keep the facade of an historic building, including the wooden windows intact, though may remodel the interior to their own specifications, meeting City of San Francisco building and planning codes.

In this way we are preserving the historical integrity of our Victorian landscape while we are delightfully surprised when we visit an Open House, walk inside and find sleek modern functionality. Here are current Victorian Listings, so that you can see how these vintage homes marry with today's seamless modern design for yourself. 

Below are a few notable Victorians with interesting history and one that is a museum you can visit to experience an 1896 Victorian in it's original, yet restored glory.

737 W. Buena Vista Ave - Haight Ashbury

This SF Victorian has a checkered and fabulous history. Originally built for a relative of Richard Spreckels, Jack London lived here and wrote White Fang in the house, and writer Ambrose Bierce lived here too. In the 60's Gene Estabrook had an eight-track recording studio where Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Steve Miller band both made their earliest records. Graham Nash  of Crosby Stills Nash and Young owned the home in 1970's.

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2007 Franklin Street - Haas-Lillenthal house

This home is normally open to the public for tours as a museum, however is closed from March 1, 2017 through October 2017 for restoration and upgrades.  Take time when it re-opens to see what one of these beauties looks like in it's original, restored condition. Check out more about the homes history and upcoming tours.

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At the Corner of Texas & 19th Street - Portrero Hill

Remember the film, "Pacific Heights" where Michael Keaton's character tortures his landlords after renting a flat. In fact the home is not in Pacific Heights, but in Portrero Hill. And it's yellow now!!!

Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home in the Bay Area.