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One of Alamo Square’s famous Painted Ladies sold over asking price

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As seen on “Full House” and countless postcards

Three homes with peaked roof tops.
The middle one is for sale.
Photos by F8 Photography, courtesy of Jeremy Rushton of Coldwell Banker

Update: As expected, one of the oft-photographed Painted Ladies in Alamo Square, which landed on the market on January 8 for $2.75 million. fetched over its asking price. The home, which is in disrepair and in need fo renovation, sold for $3.55 million, according to Socket Site.

That’s roughly around $800,000 over the initial offering. Kudos to the new owner.


An Instagram must for tourists. Famous backdrop in the opening credits of Full House. One of San Francisco’s—nay, one of California’s most famous unofficial landmarks. It’s the row of Painted Ladies in Alamo Square. And one of them has landed on the market.

A Queen Anne-style Victorian directly across the street from Alamo Square, 714 Steiner hasn’t been staged for MLS perfection. It doesn’t need to. The last time one of these homes sold, in June 2014, it nabbed a cool $3.1 million.

Arguably one of the most recognized homes in San Francisco, the noted abode is in need of a loving renovation. And while it would be a shame if the future owners did away with some of its lovely bones—e.g., the crown molding, the wooden staircase and banister, the ceiling medallions—the rest of the three-story home needs an overhaul, from the kitchen and bathrooms to the overgrown backyard.

The whole shebang, which comes with two units, is asking $2.75 million. Expect it to fetch well over its suggested price tag.

Both units come with bay windows facing Alamo Square Park.

The term “Painted Ladies” fell into popular lexicon in 1978 when writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen used it for the title of their 1978 book Painted Ladies: San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians. While Painted Ladies can refer to any number of brightly colored Victorians or Edwardians in the city and beyond—my personal favorite being the Four Seasons rowhouses on Waller Street—the most famous are the row of Victorians at 710–720 Steiner, sometimes referred to as the Seven Sisters.

Built between 1892 and 1896 by developer Matthew Kavanaugh, this block has also fallen prey to traffic congestion due to tour buses and looky-loos yearning to sneak a peek at the postcard-perfect homes. The problem got so bad that in 2013 the city banned tour buses from the 25-square-block area surrounding Alamo Square Park.

The listing is through Jeremy Rushton of Coldwell Banker.

The front door and staircase banister.
Dig that stained-glass window.
A living room with infinite possibilities.
Another living room with wood trim and decorative fireplace.
The top floor rooms.
In need of TLC.
A view from above: the Seven Sisters’ peaked rooftops.