908 Steiner: Parlor
908 Steiner appears to be Victorian through and through (except perhaps the kitchen). And unfortunately without a place to park the buggy.
∙ Listing: 908 Steiner (4/3.5) – $1,950,000 [MLS]

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  1. Posted by anonandon

    I take back every negative comment I ever said about DWELL interiors. This interior explains why modernism is so popular.

  2. Posted by dub dub

    … It also explains why they took pictures in black-and-white back then :)

  3. Posted by Kathleen

    Less is more.

  4. Posted by DataDude

    Who is the interior decorator? Liberace.

  5. Posted by Rillion

    Wow, just wow. Now I know why most people just do victorian restorations on the outside…

  6. Posted by 94114

    I’m afraid a lot of people in SF actually find that attractive.

  7. Posted by ex SF-er

    I’m not 100% sure, but I’m pretty sure this place was highlighted in Architectural Digest a few years back.
    If not this house, one just like it.
    I have that issue in my house and will check later.
    Definitely over the top for me, but I’m sure there are some people who dig this style.

  8. Posted by eddy

    Better archive these pictures cause the next guy is going to gut this place like a fish.

  9. Posted by SausalitoRes

    I wouldn’t have guessed Liberace as the decorator. This one is in the style of Sally Stanford (San Francisco newcomers and others who don’t get the reference can try Wikipedia).

  10. Posted by rr

    Well, if you are going to go victorian, at least go all out.
    It’s a lot worse when you have a victorian couch, and an ikea coffee table, and some chinese style vase you bought in china town, and modern colored walls, etc.

  11. Posted by San FronziScheme

    Very Psychedelic Victorian. Were they high on Absinthe?

  12. Posted by ex SF-er

    Were they high on Absinthe?
    Nah. red-green color blind.
    :)
    the thing that always makes me giggle is that some day (not too far from now) granite countertops and SS appliances and the Dwell look will be critiqued like this place is today!
    Stainless Steel will be the Avocado green of tomorrow!

  13. Posted by Debtpocalypse

    I would gladly offer a future fish-gutter a sharp blade and a pair of heavy gloves….

  14. Posted by redseca2

    So, like the painters on the Golden Gate Bridge that never stop painting, you need someone full time dusting – all the time.

  15. Posted by pianist

    Folks, this style was beautiful in its time, quite chic and modern. Don’t disregard ex SF-er’s comment about stainless as the new avocado green.

  16. Posted by San FronziScheme

    Dust would definitely be a big issue, along with discoloration from the sun.

  17. Posted by Rillion

    I already hate SS appliances but comparing this [place] to SS appliances is a bit much.

  18. Posted by invented

    Notwithstanding regular shootings and 5 brazen break-ins in the past 6 weeks within one block of this house (including my home) — this still is a great street and location. (I’m an optimist or I’d already be in Marin or East Bay). Incredible grand architecture all around– and in time, some of the asbestos shingle-covered Vics on the block will undoubtly be restored. Separately –What’s with the Archibishop’s Mansion B&B across street — seems vacant for past 2 years.

  19. Posted by vonT

    My dust and mold allergies are kicking in. We should make all SF preservationists live in interiors like this until they themselves get dusty and moldy.

  20. Posted by Dan McLean

    I am so proud to say this was built by my Great Great Grandfather Neils Iverson in 1888!

  21. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    While this place is louder than a sports bar on game night at least it looks to have been done tastefully (as in 1890s taste) and with good workmanship. I’d have a hard time bidding on this knowing that I would undo a large part of the work that went into it.
    BTW – I’m still looking for a sponsor in Sacramento for my “Wallpaper Mitigation” law. This law would require that anyone wanting to put up new wallpaper would have to remove a similar amount of wallpaper somewhere else in the state. My guess is that a good percentage of prospective wallpaper enthusiasts will change their minds once they find out how difficult it is to remove wallpaper.
    I agree with Ex-SFer on SS being the new avocado green (or sundown orange perhaps :-)
    invented – sorry to hear about that break-in and I hope nothing irreplaceable was taken.

  22. Posted by John

    I live in the neighborhood – tell me more about these brazen break-ins.

  23. Posted by EH

    I imagine the break-ins and such are explained by the proximity to Golden Gate and environs. Just like everywhere else in the city, you’re always 4 blocks away from both mansions and projects.

  24. Posted by invented

    Brazen break-ins.
    Two daylight burglaries (2p, 1p) in past month last Tuesday latest — entry while owners at home — locks picked. Three others not sure how entered (including mine), our laptops stolen – quick turnaround $ guess –. Dedicated inspector is on this uptick in Steiner/Mcallister/Pierce block.

  25. Posted by Rillion

    Ouch, hopefully they catch someone. The uptick in break-in’s is a bummer but I wonder about the other part (the regular shootings). It seems to me that there have actually been less shootings in the area recently. I live a couple blocks north off of Pierce and haven’t noticed any shootings recently compared to the large number of them before the area got declared a gang enforcement zone or whatever it was.

  26. Posted by Auden

    Interesting, there is an uptick in brazen break-ins all over the SF Bay Area.
    On topic, I like the facade. But the inside looks like someone got really carried away ordering from a ‘make-your-own victorian’ catalog.

  27. Posted by mrnosense

    It is a great house to have christmas in. if you dont like dust live in a bubble or buy at Ikea and throw it away when dusty… This is the ultimate recycle

  28. Posted by jlasf

    Great place for a Sherlock Holmes-themed costume party.

  29. Posted by Mystery Realtor

    I thought it was a lovely, colorful home.

  30. Posted by joel Davis

    I love it! So great.

  31. Posted by SocketSite

    The listing for 908 Steiner has been withdrawn from the MLS.

  32. Posted by mrnosense

    Its baacck! reduced to 1.6 this victorian dream is again available for the discriminating buyer. if you love it leave it the way it is. Like any grand dame it has great bone structure and can be remade into your dream home- think 2 story atrium in the dining room. Alamo square is hot and a great place to live

  33. Posted by Marcia Girardi

    Corinthian columns, dentil molding, cornices . . . imagine this house as I saw it many years ago, in all white. This was my favorite house in SF, hands down . . . obviously, I had never seen inside! What a shock! If I could, I would buy it in a second, hands down, cream colors inside and out, modern Italian with a few choice beautiful pieces of antique furniture. Sigh . . . dream on.

  34. Posted by paco

    no parking and not much chance of adding it. and its on the wrong side of the park light/view wise. hard to believe they think they will get this much money for this place.

  35. Posted by Marcia

    Corinthian columns, dentil molding, cornices . . . imagine this house as I saw it many years ago, in all white. This was my favorite house in SF, hands down . . . obviously, I had never seen inside! What a shock! If I could, I would buy it in a second, hands down, cream colors inside and out, modern Italian with a few choice beautiful pieces of antique furniture. Sigh . . . dream on.

  36. Posted by HappyRenter

    Back on Mkt for $1.65MM.

  37. Posted by SocketSite

    The listing for 908 Steiner has been withdrawn.

  38. Posted by Roy Cordu

    Just in case anyone is checking back on this:
    908 Steiner experienced very colorful times in the Sixties and Seventies. Back then it appeared as if someone went nuts on the facade with a box of crayons, hence the nickname “psychedelic house“ or “hippie house“. For a picture see ‘Painted Ladies’, ISBN 0525174419, page 48.

  39. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair
  40. Posted by maude

    It’s important to remember that a real victorian parlor would have been lit by candles and gas lights. Such dim lighting would have created a different atmosphere and things wouldn’t have looked quite so garish and loud.

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