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February 9, 2010

San Francisco Icon For Sale at 722 Steiner


It’s not every day you have an opportunity to get inside one of the iconic San Francisco Painted Ladies. The corner home in the famous row of six such Victorians is now on the market. I toured 722 Steiner this morning.

The 5BR/4.5BA single-family home (total of 11 rooms) also has an au pair unit on the garage level, and the property is almost 5,000 square feet. It overlooks Alamo Square park in the front, and has stunning city views from the rear:

The house fills up the lot, but there’s a small patio with stairs leading down to the in-law unit. Classic architectural details abound, from stained-glass windows and Bradbury wallpaper to moldings, medallions, and high ceilings. There are working gas light fixtures and five fireplaces. The property was built in 1892.

How much is all this worth? 722 Steiner is listed at $4M. That price also includes the claim to fame of being featured in more than 70 movies, television shows and ads. Steiner is reportedly the most photographed residences in the United States after the While House, and I believe it. Tour buses drive past routinely, and tourists take photos from surrounding corners at any time of day. (Saw both of these activities happening in my ten-minute stop at the property.)

But it’s a part of San Francisco history. Check it out this weekend, they’ll be open on Valentine’s Day from 2:00-4:00.

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