From Margaret Everton on January 22, 2010 in San Francisco
Not too many people live in a home where the view from the back porch is worthy of a postcard. Kurt Grundman does. The house didnt come without some hard work. For Grundman, it was a house-flipping dream that turned into a three-year saga.
In the beginning, there was ugly.
So ugly, in fact, that it was almost enough to pass up. The barren walls and barracks-like bedrooms spoke absolutely nothing of beauty. It demanded a total gut of a remodel in order to eradicate every semblance of the homes original look and feel.
So, why did he buy it?
Grundman was sold on the view. Stepping onto his back porch, youll see why. The home has a breathtakingly perfect view of the city of San Francisco. From the clear sightline of downtown and a horizon perspective taking in the distant hills, the porch and master bedroom present a view that is almost to die for.
Now post-gut, the inside of this Castro/Upper Market home has its own story to tell. The Victorian façade gives the homes modern edge a bit of classic elegance, but doesnt quite prepare you for whats to come. The home is built for luxurious comfortno questions about that. The home theater contains a wall-to-wall screen, fronted with the incredible mustard sofa which has a fuzzy leather feel that makes you instantly relax.
Now were cookin!
If you have any room for your jaw to drop any further, walk into the kitchen. Here is where owner-remodeler Grundman finds his pride and joy. The kitchen is a perfectly modern onesleek lines, abundant light, clean edges and arrant minimalism. You wont miss the six-burner Wolf gas range, the sink big enough to be a bath and the Viking stainless hood.
This home gives a new sense to the word rehab. Nothing of the original dwelling exists. It has been replaced by an awe-inspiring home that has incredible appeal and interminable charm.