SF’s “Pink Painted Lady” is in “totally bad” shape. The video shows what it takes to get it back

The “Pink Painted Lady,” which has been on the market since May for $3.55 million, will require much more to restore it, at least according to Architectural Digest, which provided an inside look at the home’s current state.

“A person who is buying this house cannot pass out,” said general contractor Anna Karp, who provided a video tour. “Let’s be real, it’s regeneration in the gut.”

The tour showed that the inside of the house was in poor condition – with torn pieces of the ceiling and signs on the walls indicating renovation that could have been.

Leah Colfer, who bought the Alamo Square landmark in February 2020 — famous for appearing in the opening credits of Full House — had planned to spend $3 million to fix the house, but told The Chronicle in May that after pandemic construction, the long wait for permits and rising costs had prompted her To abandon the house.

“Everything got more expensive and took a long time,” she said at the time.

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

On the first floor, torn ceilings revealed the local redwood hardwoods in which the house was built. The Queen Anne staircase – the centerpiece of the entrance – is still ornately intact, although the wood was scratched and dusted.

A shingle covered what would have been a stained-glass window in the entrance’s back wall, which Karp recommended restoring for $5,400.

While its floors were tattered and the pink-painted walls patchy and faded, the first-floor bedroom had large windows typical of San Francisco facing Alamo Square Garden that let in plenty of light.

In the living room, a mirror tile wall remained, half tattered, while removed kitchen appliances left stained walls and floors in place. But the rear-facing windows revealed a stunning view of the town hall that juts out above the trees in the house’s small backyard. Ceilings feature ornate San Francisco-style ceiling medallions with gold-plated designs.

In the lower bathroom, ’80s decor filled the small space, which was covered in mirrors complete with mermaid motifs on gold bathroom hardware. However, the lower part of the walls was stained and speckled, and it stands out next to the white porcelain tiles covering the shower and bathtub.

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

Gabriel Lowery / The Chronicle

On the second floor, in a similar condition to the first, popped pops of bright color, with ceiling medallions and door and window casings painted in bright shades of reddish pink.

“This is a 100% San Francisco thing to do in these Victorian homes,” Karp said.

Bay windows on the second floor provide a more expansive view of the Alamo Square Garden, where people can be seen strolling and looking toward the famous Row of Houses. Down the hall, remnants of a second-floor kitchen, including a gas stove and refrigerator, were hints of the multifamily home’s past.

On the third floor, ornate balustrades continuing into the staircase led to smaller bedrooms with tiled floors and light blue painted door casings. The forward-facing bedroom features the historic window seen from outside the house. And at the bottom of the garage, pieces of pink floral wallpaper remained next to an unused pink door that was broken and leaning against the wall.

Karp said that while it needs a lot of work, it’s ideal for someone interested in restoring and preserving the landmarks—and the buyer will have access to Culver’s planning permits.

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

Danielle Echeverria is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: Tweet embed

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