714 Steiner St., also known as the “Pink Painted Lady,” has been listed for sale for $3.6 million — the same price it was purchased for in January 2020.
Owner Leah Culver told SFGATE that unfortunately, it was “possibly the worst timing ever.” The pandemic hit the US just months later, which slowed down permitting and design plans. Then, supply chain issues followed while they searched for materials. Plus, with a booming housing market and so much economic uncertainty, the project has become much more expensive than she anticipated.
When Culver, a software engineer and angel investor, first spoke with SFGATE in February 2020, the house was in terrible shape. She estimated that renovating the interior would take about three years and $3 million. Now, she said she couldn’t even make a new estimation of how long it would have taken if she had kept at her quest.
“I had to just make the call,” she said. “I didn’t see an end in sight.”
Leah Culver looks at a drop ceiling in the front room of the Pink Painted Lady in 2020. The interior needs major renovations.
Culver had dreamed of owning a Painted Lady, the homes most recently made famous by the 1990s sitcom “Full House” and its reboot “Fuller House,” for years prior to her purchase. She’d even toured the real “Full House” house on Broderick (which is definitely not for sale), and while she said she liked the interior, it ultimately wasn’t what she wanted.
She is listing the home for the same price she purchased it for since she said she’s made no improvements aside from some exploratory demolition. She has, though, had some plans approved by the city and she’s willing to hand over the architectural plans from David Armor Architecture to the next owner. Her construction plans are currently with the city’s building department and she said she hopes those will be approved this summer.
Leah Culver in front of the Pink Painted Lady in February 2020.
Culver also made the announcement of the sale on her popular Instagram account @pinkpaintedlady, which had amassed nearly 19,000 followers. She said she’s happy to hand over the accounts to the new owners as well, though obviously wouldn’t expect anyone to take the public along on the journey like she did.
Mostly, she just hopes someone with as much passion as she had for renovating such a culturally important part of the city is the next buyer. “I’m looking for someone who really cares about this home and its significance to San Francisco,” Culver said. “I’m super sad about it. It’s not really what I wanted or expected.”