Owner and ASNA member, Leah Culver said that unfortunately, it was “possibly the worst timing ever.” The pandemic hit the U.S. 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 purchased the home in 2020, the house was in terrible condition. She estimated that renovation of the interior would take about three years and cost around $3 million. Now, Leah says she couldn’t even make a new estimation of how long it would have taken if she had kept at her the enormous undertaking.
“I had to just make the call,” she said. “I didn’t see an end in sight.”
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 Armour 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.
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.”
We wish Leah all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for her involvement in the neighborhood and with ASNA.