When we last checked in on 2505 Divisadero Street, the former home of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, it was packed to the gills with oriental rugs, traditional furniture, and heavy drapery. Walls were painted bright red and old-fashioned portraits adorned the walls. The house, which was asking $12.5 million, failed to sell. Instead, it left the market and underwent a considerable amount of lightening up. The eight-bedroom manse popped back onto the market this weekend with a new, more mainstream look and a new $11.85 million price.
Hammett sold the property, which is a traditional Georgian, back in 2009 for $7.6 million. Its new owners made it their own over the years with shiny black wallpaper in the bedrooms, lots of carved wood furniture, and plenty of bright paint. They tried to sell back in 2012 for $9.25 million, but there were no takers. Now, it seems that they're really serious about selling, given the effort they've put into giving the place a makeunder. The walls are neutral, understated staging furniture has gone in, and new photos have been taken. One of the only vestiges of the property's previous personality, which is actually a holdover from the Hammett days, is a wood-paneled pool room and bar downstairs that's so sleek it could be a downtown speakeasy-style bar.
The only thing that's a bit confusing about the big home's new effort are the external photos of the house. Instead of the previous well-lit, well-framed shots of the big brick exterior, there are now only two rather awkward shots of the outside. Did the sellers blow their budget on all that new paint and staging furniture?
· Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett's Former Abode Wants $12.5M [Curbed SF]
· 2505 Divisadero Street [Redfin]