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A Charming Cow Hollow Home has Curb Appeal, Asks $2.9M

Let's be clear: This isn't one of those colorful Victorians that inspire tourist postcards. Rather, this is a sweet Victorian cottage. However, the house at 113 Pixley Street has some brawny exterior molding that surely makes passersby do a double take. The sawtooth trim that lines the gable of the roof and makes a peak over each window on the front exterior gives the place an appealing character.

This home has sat on Pixely (a three-block street that stretches between Steiner and Buchanan) since 1906. So, back in the day, it likely saw some action. Since it's steps away from classic hotspots like MatrixFillmore and Balboa Cafe, it probably still sees a bit of action (although the listing describes the street as quiet).

Inside, the soft colors and high ceilings are an oasis from the busy streets. This home, which was likely a working person's abode back when it was built, has seen a remodeling hand or two—and the latest one to touch it was tasteful. The main level has been opened up into a combined kitchen, dining, and living room that revolve around a three-sided fireplace. The ceiling line now follows the roof, which makes the space feel tall and airy. The wall color, a peaceful gray-blue, enhances the feeling.

Upstairs, what must have once been an attic is now a bedroom suite. The lower level, which was likely a basement or utility area is now a bedroom, bath, laundry, and two-car garage (a real benefit in a neighborhood where parking can be a challenge).

At some point, the owners cleverly added storage throughout the house (under the eaves, in the side of the fireplace, and in floating cabinets). Since homes of this style and era aren't known for an abundance of closet and cabinet space, those will make it attractive to the next buyers.

There's little outdoor space here, but the small deck lives large with a hot tub and outdoor shower.

It may have been a humble house at one time—just like Cow Hollow was once a place where bovines grazed. But since 1906, both the cottage and the neighborhood have grown up and gotten fancy.

· 113 Pixley St. [Redfin]