German-born architect Henry Geilfuss was one of the leading designers of San Francisco's Victorians in the late 19th century, and the home at 640 Steiner Street is a perfect example of his work. The current owners are clearly lovers of the Victorian style who have gone to great lengths to keep it intact in this two-bedroom condo. Seemingly every medallion, carved surface, and bit of stained glass remains in place, and the home has been decorated in rich colors. The building is actually divided up into three units, and this is one of two that is up for sale (the other is a one-bedroom garden apartment with no interior photos). This main-floor unit is looking for $1.46 million.
The fireplaces, the built-in cabinetry, and the pocket doors are all lovely, but it's possibly the kitchen that has been given the most care. It has been thoroughly upgraded, and the main feature is a huge white Wedgewood stove and Viking convection oven with a gorgeous silver range hood above. Other features of the home include a small back deck, parking for at least one car, and a bit of slightly over-the-top decorating (we're looking at you, star-studded ceiling). The condo is less than half a block from Alamo Square, making it practically a surrogate Painted Lady.
· 640 Steiner Street [Redfin]