November 16, 2012
The Historic Atherton House Is Headed For The Courthouse Steps
The Atherton House at 1990 California Street was built in 1881, commissioned by Dominga de Goni Atherton, widow of land speculator Faxon Dean Atherton after whom the town of Atherton down in San Mateo was named.
The house was subsequently divided into 12 apartments and landmarked in 1974, "despite the modifications, and notwithstanding the City Planning Commission's own objections to its fundamental lack of a cohesive style."
On the market in early 2007 asking $6,500,000 having been purchased for $1,670,000 in 1988, 1990 California failed to sell and was refinanced with a loan for $3,569,500 instead.
Currently in default with over $450,000 past due, the Atherton House was scheduled to hit the courthouse steps yesterday but a bankruptcy filing has delayed the foreclosure auction for at least another two weeks.
And yes, as was reported by a reader back in 2009, supposedly the house is haunted:
I lived with my then partner Edward Kitson in [the] Ballroom for 1 month back in the late 70's. Before we moved in we were asked by the then caretaker to stay in his apartment while he was away for a short time.
One very early morning we woke up and Edward had left the room, I remember rolling over in bed and there standing in a door way leading to a part of the house that was under construction was the blurry figure of a male figure. Non threating and still very sleepy I thought nothing of it.
It was not until the next day or so that we had found out that the mansion was possibly haunted and was told the story of George Atherton. I then remembered what I saw that morning and to this day I still believe I saw his ghost and from what I have read and now know, I know I did.
First Published: November 16, 2012 12:00 PM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
the photo is strangly photoshopped. CPMC appears in the backround and it should not from the photographers angle
Posted by: snider at November 16, 2012 1:25 PM
I'm sorry but that's just ugly.
Posted by: SF at November 16, 2012 2:57 PM
snider: Try link to Streetview, very similar angle.
Posted by: R at November 16, 2012 3:08 PM
The building in the background isn't CPMC it's 2055 Sacramento, Grosvenor Court apartment building.
Posted by: dylar at November 16, 2012 3:34 PM
Late 70s? Apparitions? Do the math.
Posted by: Mark at November 16, 2012 5:24 PM
Ugly, ugly house. It looks more like a rooming house than a mansion.I can't imagine what someone could do with that heap.
Posted by: Jane at November 18, 2012 8:04 PM
Jane darling how about condos, live in music studio, shoot some porn, or be a widow with a big house good caterer and political friends?
Posted by: GetOffTheIvy at November 19, 2012 10:30 PM