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Notorious squatter mansion selected for SF Decorator Showcase 2019

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One of the city’s finest homes will get a major makeover

While the sun-drenched Marina neighborhood played host to this year’s SF Decorator Showcase—the annual design event wherein a slew of west coast design firms are given space inside a lavish abode with which to play—will take place in a decidedly less sunny but no less spectacular abode.

The 2019 showcase go down in Presidio Heights at 3800 Washington. Once used as a Decorator Showcase in 1982, the 18,000 square-foot mansion—modeled after the Petit Trianon in Versailles—is a San Francisco Landmark listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

The 14-bedroom, 11-bathroom house made headlines in 2015 as the crash pad of squatter Jeremiah Kaylor who occupied the home for months, and pled guilty to grand theft for selling off art, appliances, and accessories he scavenged at the home.

According to a 2015 Curbed SF report: “Kaylor says that he first camped on the back porch. Later he let himself into the main house through an unlocked back door and into the furnished guest house (with a little help from a ladder) via an open patio door. He claims he sold a high-end stereo system, a Viking range, and a chandelier to finance some trips.”

Also, the unconfirmed rumor mill suggested that, in 2014, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift had eyed the property in 2014 every so briefly.

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase benefits the San Francisco University High School financial-aid program, and will take place from April 27 – May 27, 2019. For the uninitiated, check out the 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 showcases.