Sometimes, you’ve just got to love San Francisco. Not only is this a city where a truly unique home like 3751-3753 17th St. exists in all its hand-drawn muraled and stenciled glory, but it’s also a city where a home this over-the-top could sell for $800,000 over asking in a matter of weeks.
“One can only imagine the hours (days? weeks? months?) it took to create the art deco–inspired red and gold double parlor, which is covered in intricate detail from floor to ceiling. Even the doors are decked out. It also has original features like a wood-burning fireplace and plaster medallions on the ceiling.
A second fireplace can be found in the equally over-the-top kitchen, which is also covered in intricate details, from the hand-painted hardwoods to spider web–like stained glass windows to the giant horse mural across from the eat-in area. Not an inch has been overlooked; even the refrigerator has been given a faux stone finish.”
When the home first came to market at the end of March, we wondered if a home this ornate would strike a chord, and obviously it has. The home’s asking price was $1.695 million and it has now sold for $2.5 million.
We love that the city has clearly embraced one of its more unique properties. That seems to be the case, unless the home (which was sold vacant and therefore relatively easy to condo convert) returns to market a year from now, completely gutted and staged in various shades of gray. That would be a huge loss, not just for the owner who put so much time and energy into the property, but for the city as a whole.