I Could Live Here: Nightingale HouseAuthor:Sarah Lynch
Offered at $1.575, the historic Nightingale House is a maze of strangely make-shift rooms, but with a little love and lot of white paint, I could easily live there.
“This house redefines the word ‘potential,’ said Realtor Scott Kalmbach as he opened the door to 201 Buchanan and waited to see my excitement level dip. It did but only for a minute. The house, which was built in 1882 by San Francisco real estate developer John Nightingale, has a long list of very cool features: 4,400 square feet, a mixture of contrasting architecture that blends towers and gables, gothic windows and a Victorian fainting room, a spacious attic and a sunny studio addition. However, there are some drawbacks like the strange layout, a horrific kitchen with it’s pegboard backsplash and two bathrooms that both need to be gutted, a lack of a yard and a general creepiness that comes from the in-law unit underneath. Though it’s been panned by neighbors for being run-down and haunted, I can imagine a few easy fixes that would make it livable in no time.
#1 suggestion: Lighten the floors to almost gray distressed white oak look and add Scandinavian antiques… BEFORE:
#2 Suggestion: Rip out all lighting and heaters and paint everything white (just until you are ready for a multi-million renovation).
AFTER: (these shots and the inspiration rooms that follow are from Willow Decor – thank you!)
#3: Spend whatever it takes on the bathrooms (actually, this should have been my first suggestion).
#4 Suggestion is to pour concrete on the floors in the art studio addition, which is charming as it is otherwise.
#5 – Extend the existing eyebrow dormer and turn the attic level into the bedrooms (this wasn’t my idea but the prior owner who may already have a permit in the works). Lightening the floors and stripping the paint off the rafter beams will help. And maybe a little wallpaper where it’s smooth enough.
And that should do it. Ready to move right in. Oh and I hear there’s a buyer in our midst so I hope he’s reading this!