December 1, 2008

Victorian Through And Through (For The Most Part): 908 Steiner

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]

First Published: December 1, 2008 6:45 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

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

Posted by: anonandon at December 1, 2008 6:56 AM

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

Posted by: dub dub at December 1, 2008 8:12 AM

Less is more.

Posted by: Kathleen at December 1, 2008 8:39 AM

Who is the interior decorator? Liberace.

Posted by: DataDude at December 1, 2008 8:43 AM

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

Posted by: Rillion at December 1, 2008 9:10 AM

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

Posted by: 94114 at December 1, 2008 9:16 AM

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.

Posted by: ex SF-er at December 1, 2008 9:47 AM

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

Posted by: eddy at December 1, 2008 10:01 AM

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).

Posted by: SausalitoRes at December 1, 2008 10:09 AM

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.


Posted by: rr at December 1, 2008 10:11 AM

Very Psychedelic Victorian. Were they high on Absinthe?

Posted by: San FronziScheme at December 1, 2008 10:13 AM

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!

Posted by: ex SF-er at December 1, 2008 10:33 AM

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

Posted by: Debtpocalypse at December 1, 2008 11:04 AM

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

Posted by: redseca2 at December 1, 2008 11:14 AM

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.

Posted by: pianist at December 1, 2008 11:26 AM

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

Posted by: San FronziScheme at December 1, 2008 11:26 AM

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

Posted by: Rillion at December 1, 2008 11:33 AM

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.

Posted by: invented at December 1, 2008 11:52 AM

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.

Posted by: vonT at December 1, 2008 11:55 AM

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

Posted by: Dan McLean at December 1, 2008 12:20 PM

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.

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at December 1, 2008 12:21 PM

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

Posted by: John at December 1, 2008 12:53 PM

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.

Posted by: EH at December 1, 2008 1:39 PM

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.

Posted by: invented at December 1, 2008 2:14 PM

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.

Posted by: Rillion at December 1, 2008 3:11 PM

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.

Posted by: Auden at December 1, 2008 3:36 PM

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

Posted by: mrnosense at December 1, 2008 4:40 PM

Great place for a Sherlock Holmes-themed costume party.

Posted by: jlasf at December 1, 2008 6:24 PM

I thought it was a lovely, colorful home.

Posted by: Mystery Realtor at December 2, 2008 11:51 AM

I love it! So great.

Posted by: joel Davis at December 2, 2008 1:21 PM

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

Posted by: SocketSite at December 11, 2008 11:27 AM

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

Posted by: mrnosense at December 29, 2008 8:17 PM

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.

Posted by: Marcia Girardi at January 16, 2009 8:29 AM

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.

Posted by: paco at January 16, 2009 8:42 AM

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.

Posted by: Marcia at January 16, 2009 11:16 AM

Back on Mkt for $1.65MM.

Posted by: HappyRenter at February 2, 2009 8:04 PM

The listing for 908 Steiner has been withdrawn.

Posted by: SocketSite at March 13, 2009 11:03 AM

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.

Posted by: Roy Cordu at October 23, 2011 4:07 AM

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at October 23, 2011 1:36 PM

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.

Posted by: maude at February 10, 2013 7:09 PM

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