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Fire-damaged Sea Cliff mansion returns renovated with $3.3M price hike

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Former consulate house was damaged in 2016 car crash

Photos courtesy of Brian M Berger, Compass

What a difference 11 months make.

When the house at 182 32nd Avenue last landed on the market in June 2017, the price was $2.99 million—a bargain in the exclusive Sea Cliff neighborhood—and the ad was replete with warnings that it was “sold as-is” and “buyer beware.”

The seaside abode suffered fire, water, and smoke damage in 2016 when a San Francisco man reportedly missed the bend in the road and crashed into the side of the house.

Despite the damage and still-recent fatal accident, the place took less than a month to sell, netting $3.1 million for the former owners (a Google lawyer and shoe startup founder).

And now, less than a year later, the renovation is complete and the brand new deal asks a whopping $6.48 million-plus. Realtor Brian Berger writes:

“Retaining its original character, this newly renovated Sea Cliff estate [...] has grand living spaces, including 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, study, formal dining room, living room, family room, pent/game room, and bonus room with exposed brick in the lower level; plus a two-car garage.

[...] Located in the prestigious Sea Cliff neighborhood known for its distinctive architectural styles this home stands out. Contemporary amenities interwoven with classic period details make this home shine.

The circa-1916 house comes packed with some history; its former listing claiming it was once a Danish consulate and the home of a Superior Court Judge (who was also 33rd Degree Freemason, according to his obituary).

But, of course, the recent and more unfortunate history has somewhat crowded its reputation since then. Perhaps the new look—and the king-sized payday that likely awaits not far in the future—will complete the cycle.