152 4th Avenue Cleanup

The Lake District Victorian within which the mummified corpse of the homeowner was found is now on the market for $928,000 as a “major-fixer” with “Vintage Charm/Details” and touting “a real News Worthy History,” the unfortunate story of which we first reported earlier this year.

While the listing doesn’t include any photos of the interior, the home has been cleared of the floor-to-ceiling trash which had been accumulated by the hoarding daughter of the deceased homeowner over the past seven years.

And as a plugged-in reader reports and provides a peek inside, “the front half of the property is in great shape with plenty of potential (two beautiful original fire places, lincrusta in the hallway, original trim, etc),” but the back half is another story:

152 4th Avenue Bathroom

152 4th Avenue Kitchen

The mother’s death was never reported nor was probate settled. As such, the sale will require court confirmation and the property, the exterior of which has been repainted, is being offered “AS IS.”

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by san FronziScheme

    The scenario of that Poltergeist movie writes itself:

    Family decides to move, fleeing the crime and negative environment of the Big City, and also looking to rebuilt itself as a stronger family after his/her indiscretion and/or personal drama.

    They find this charming yet decrepit house in need of work, where HE will write the perfect American Novel and SHE will take care of the children that they both neglected. The main attraction of this home was that it was a great family place, very airy, and front and foremost: affordable


    …did I write affordable?…

  2. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    Time to call Sunshine Cleaning.

  3. Posted by SFcitizen

    The water heater has one band of plumbers tape. That should count for something.

  4. Posted by Mark F.

    “Needs some work” is an understatement, but a fair price for the lot I suppose.

  5. Posted by anon

    This house seems to have good bones. Or do the bones not come with the house?

  6. Posted by c_q

    So, now we have a good ‘test case’ for how much ‘asian money’ is really coming in to the SF market. Because most asians will refuse to buy a house where someone passed away, especially under abnormal circumstances such as this.

  7. Posted by Denis

    It’s a little macabre to think that when you look at the street view of this place on google maps, there’s a mummified corpse sitting in there. A nice remodel seems to get rid of ghosts… I predict a sale slightly north of 1.5.

  8. Posted by Some guy

    The horror… the horror…

  9. Posted by anon94123

    If you lived in a building, and had a neighbor who was a hoarder like this, what do you do? Obviously they can do whatever they want inside their home, but at some point wouldn’t mold and such be a health hazard to others nearby, especially if you’re in the same building? I’m just curious if folks knew something was up (before the death obviously), should they let health department know?

    • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

      I’ve seen hoarder houses shut down based on health issues, notably foul smells and rat populations. One had a back yard filled with junk that was a rat haven.

  10. Posted by inclinejj

    Move in and pay the taxes for 7 years and keep quiet!

  11. Posted by 4th Gen SFer

    That seems to be a good price for this imho. I have no idea what the comps are but seeing that it’s a fixer with a history & under $1m I predict a bidding war, and it will sell within the week, if not by today.

    • Posted by san FronziScheme

      A fixer with a history

      That’s definitely a conversation piece.

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