Not too long ago, well before the bulk of the city’s LGBTQ community was relegated to the Castro District, almost every neighborhood had a queer space, usually a bar or a nightclub. Pacific Heights, for example, had the Lion Pub, a dimly-lit fern bar notable for its older clientele seeking May-December rendezvouses.
Over the last decade, the bar turned into more of a straight lounge for the Marina set, per the norm in San Francisco these days. And now, less than two years after it shut down, the bar and its building, a circa-1900 Victorian, have transformed into a contemporary, single-family residence.
Featuring four beds, five and a half baths, and 4,809 square feet, 2060 Divisadero comes with three floors of space. The bedrooms located on the top floor; kitchen dining room, and living spaces on the second; and the “office space/future family & media room,” which also comes with an au-pair unit, at the bottom.
While the interiors are contemporary to the hilt, a smattering of the home’s old Victoriana remains. The marble fireplaces are a delight and the wooden staircase banisters (which, yes, are now painted white) are a nice touch. Look up to see ceiling medallions. And best of all, an old lion-themed stained glass window from its gin-and-tonic days (eons away from said Victorian roots) is now framed in the yard.
Asking for this historic piece of property is $5,995,000.
- 2060 Divisadero [Ron Abta and Brett Jones, Paragon Real Estate Group]
- The Lion Pub and other lost gay dens [Bay Area Reporter]
- Iconic 48-Year-Old Pac Heights Bar, The Lion Pub, Is Now Closed [SFist]
- Remodeled Lion Pub Building Back on the Market for $2.6M More [SocketSite]