Many years ago I visited San Francisco. While there, I did all the typical touristy stuff, like riding a cable car, visiting Alcatraz, eating chocolate at Ghirardelli Square and snapping a picture of the famous Painted Ladies. This was the photo I took around 14 years ago during my visit. They really are so striking…beautiful Victorian homes all lined up in a row.
Here’s a recent picture below, and the first thing I noticed is all the ladies are still painted the same color as they were when I was there so long ago. I wonder if there are covenants or rules in place that say they must always remain these exact colors. I’m thinking there must be because folks would probably have a hissy fit if an owner got a wild hair and decided to paint one a dark burgundy or a hot orange color.
Per Wikipedia, the term Painted Ladies is a phrase used to describe Victorian or Edwardian homes that were painted in three or more colors so as to embellish their architectural details. There are actually several cities in the U.S. boasting their own row of “painted ladies.”
Something exciting has just happened! For the first time in many, many years, one of the homes is actually available for purchase. That’s big news since these homes rarely ever come on the market. The one that’s currently listed for sale is the one on the far right.
Here’s a better picture of it. The home was built in 1898. Notice all the ornate trim and special details on the exterior. I had never noticed that they all have garages, how did I miss that?
Since this pretty lady is on the market, we get a rare peek inside! The entry is just as beautiful as I had imagined. Look at the stairway…such a unique design! Have you ever seen a staircase like this?
Just across from the main stairway, we find the entrance to the living room.
Because of the home’s location high above the city on a hill, it’s gets a lot of natural light pouring in from the front and back windows.
This must be the library or perhaps a den.
Beyond the library we find the dining room…such a beautiful room! I love the fireplace on the slanted wall.
Wow, you can really see how beautifully ornate the dining room fireplace is in this picture below. Notice how the front of the mantel actually curves out in the center. It’s those details that make older homes so special. Gorgeous transom! Sooo pretty!
The kitchen is a lot bigger than I expected.
Standing on the landing here on the second floor where the bedrooms are located, you can see that the home continues even further upward. We’ll go up there in a sec.
On the second level is where we find the bedrooms. What a pretty view!
The master bedroom…
Because there’s a beam running across the ceiling, I can’t help but wonder if they took a wall down at some point to create a master suite.
The master bath…
A pretty blue and white bedroom…
Another bedroom in this iconic home…notice the antique light fixture. So pretty and I love how it looks against the wallpaper.
Remember how the staircase continued on up past the second floor? Let’s go up and see what’s up there.
Here’s where it goes, such a happy, sunny room! Forget skylight, this is a skyroof! 🙂
I would love to see the view out those windows! It appears there’s a small deck out there, too.
This Painted Lady has a cute garden in back. It kind of reminds me of the historic homes in Savannah and Charleston with their small, walled gardens.
So now you can say you’ve seen the inside of one of the famous San Francisco Painted Ladies. She didn’t disappoint, did she? Someone will soon be the owner of a piece of San Francisco history!
You’ll find additional photos of this lovely home here: Tour a San Francisco Painted Lady
On our trip to California, as we traveled up the interstate headed for San Francisco, we saw signs for another amazing home I had once seen featured on HGTV, The Winchester Mystery House. What an experience it was to tour this home. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the sign saying the home was open for tours!
You’ll find photos taken of my visit to San Fran and The Winchester Mystery House in this post: The Winchester Mystery House