The Edwardian-style duplex with the eye-catching red mural at 465 Castro Street is yours to own, if you can come up with the $5.9 million asking price.
That’s a doozy of a price tag, even for two homes in this neighborhood. Part of that is because the sale includes the bottom floor commercial unit, presently occupied by SLURP Noodle Bar. (Previously the home of Fork Café.)
But the central locale on the Castro strip, right next to the venerable Cliff’s Variety and a few yards south of the Castro Theatre, surely pushes demand through the roof just in its own right. The only way you could possibly be living deeper in the Castroiest part of the Castro would be pitch a tent directly beneath the flagpole at Harvey Milk Plaza.
(Please nobody actually do this.)
The building itself dates to 1906 and splashes a candy apple red mural of the bay and San Francisco skyline over its face (complete a yacht bobbing in the crimson waters just over the main entrance). Both upstairs units are three bedrooms apiece, with curved bay windows, coved ceilings, and a madhouse of outre tile designs.
But probably most important thing for purists hopping back and forth to preserve the architectural integrity of the Castro: The designs on file suggest that no open floor plans have been poured into the heart of the old building.
The photos indicate a more or less contemporary vibe, but with a long corridor design, packed with eight to ten discrete rooms apiece.
The building’s dimensions suggest that this means close confines, but at least it’s a decidedly antique style. The larger second floor unit even has a separate second living room with wet bar (the largest single room in the building), all the way toward the back, separated from the rest of the place by the deck.
The building was offered off-market for $4.8 million in 2014, but the property has not recorded an actual sale since 1992. The price then was—wait for it—a mere $660,000, the equivalent of $1.13 million in present day dough.