From the outside, the Queen Anne at 179 Carl Street is completely true to its Victorian origins. Inside, however, modern designer touches mix with the home's period details in a carefully curated blend. The updates are among the most interesting we've ever seen, in fact. The dining room in particular stands out. Its built-in shelving and tiled fireplace have been complemented with dramatic metallic yellow wallpaper, a modern light fixture, and furniture that looks so specifically made for the room that it's a shame to imagine it won't come with the place.
A similarly tiled fireplace in the master bedroom stands out against black striped wallpaper, a theme that carries throughout the house. In fact, the whole place is so ornate that it's a surprise to see the backyard, which is sizable but fairly barren. Eliza Hart from Hart Wright Architects led the three-bedroom home's renovation back in 2012, and additional touches include limestone tiled floors in the kitchen set into a herringbone pattern, a bathroom with an original claw-foot tub that was featured in the pages of California Home & Design, and lots more wallpaper.
Downstairs, parking and laundry sit adjacent to an undeveloped room that the listing says must have once been a speakeasy, complete with coat check. The asking price is $2.695 million, and it's almost certain that this one will be snapped up quickly.
· 179 Carl Street [The Front Steps, Official Listing]