We've been following the tale of the big, Classical Revival house at 242 San Jose Ave. closely. First, we visited for a House Calls feature to see the Knoll chair mounted upside-down on the ceiling, the collection of homemade lights made out of espresso pots and other finds, and the other imaginative touches that owners Danny and Steve had put on their home. When Danny and Steve decided to move to Minneapolis, they listed the house for $2.995 million. Our commenters noted that it would probably sell for over asking, and they were spot on. The home was on the market for just 11 days before going into contract for a grand $3.8 million.
The home's final sale was just a quick of a turnaround because, of course, the buyers paid in cash. They get a home steeped in history, from the large stained glass windows to the bits of newspaper stashed in the walls as time capsules. There's one from July 4, 1945 that Steve and Danny found while renovating and another more current newspaper that they added to wall. They also discovered Carta Blanca beer bottles inside another wall, a sign of potential bootlegging activity. Hopefully the new owners will add as much to the home's colorful history as its past residents have.
· Where Bootleggers Once Dallied, An Island of Awesome Castoffs in the Mission [Curbed SF]
· Former Bootlegger Home in the Mission Filled With Imagination Heads to Market [Curbed SF]
· 242 San Jose Avenue [Official Site]