630 Page Street

Purchased for $3.450 million six months ago, re-listed at the same price in October and then reduced to $3.299 million in November, the listing for the renovated Lower Haight Victorian at 630 Page Street has just been withdrawn from the MLS without a reported sale.

Once owned by the late artist, designer and collector, Rex May, when the asking price for the 3,000-square-foot home was reduced last month, the listing was updated to note a “One and only price reduction!” We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

13 thoughts on “Six Months Later and No Resale for a Historic Lower Haight Home”
  1. “Historic”…again? Dare I risk being smited by an angry SS God by questioning the use of this term for this property? Or perhaps it’s historic because it’s the first property in ages – or one of a few at least – that didn’t draw some unfathomable X*asking bid…that explanation I can agree with.

    1. It was owner by 2 historical figures and it was built in the 1880s, and clearly has been well preserved. The planning department will tell you that each of these, by themselves, justify a label of historical.

      Now would I pay well over 3M for 4 bedrooms and 2 baths? No, I would not. But it is historical.

    2. Every old place is historical. I believe Notcom was questioning the description of this place as “historic.”

      Re the place itself, this is a great location and a great house. But $3.45 million? Here (no view, no real cachet)? That’s crazy – appears to be an example of mania that (apparently) got too out of hand.

      1. The house also sits within the Page Street Historic District, to which it has been deemed to be a historic resource by the City. And once again, we don’t use “historic” when we simply mean old.

        1. I think there is a difference of opinion regarding the semantics: there’s “historic” like the White House or the Ferry Building or (even) some restaurant like the Tadich Grill (even though it’s not in its original location) which is such a prominent landmark that it’s an indelible part of the city’s history, then there’s “historic(al)” in the sense that it’s “old” and collectively with other similar buildings forms such a part (e.g. “Italianette Row Houses” or “Med Revival Loft Spaces”). I’m not suggesting the latter doesn’t have value, and as should be obvious, if every example of a group were eliminated on the grounds that the individual members were unimportant, then nothing would be left; but I am suggesting there’s an (important) difference between the two meanings: preserving the former is case of preserving specific properties, while the latter is more holistic, preserving a sufficient number of examples (to the eternal complaint of property owners who didn’t swing the wrecking ball first).

  2. Don’t think I’m a philistine if I bring this up but in the pix it’s not showing well, imho.

    The problems that I see are the HUGE “Carter the great” pic in the LR, unattractive grey in the K as well as the K moulding, the really unattractive kitchen island, dark brown wood flooring and paneling.

    For 3.45m or 3.299m people want it to be turnkey ready. Even the front yard could do with some flowering plants and be much more attractive. It just looks “blah” to me & needs some fixes. I would also put some potted plants on the top of the porch. The color of the home is fine.

  3. The listing photos from the first sale are a bit more charming and funky, with pieces of art and colorful rugs and furniture.

    Looks like the buyers never moved in, the Carter picture wasn’t moved at all. But everything else of color was and replaced with the bland staging furniture, which does not do as good a job of selling the house as prior. In fact, it highlights the dull floors and stained bathroom fixtures, which just look wornout instead of “vintage.”

    The first sale, you feel like you can move into this artist’s funky life. This one, you realize it’s just an expensive old house that you’ll have to fill with your own personality. Hope someone is up to the task.

  4. UPDATE: 630 Page Street has just returned to the MLS at the previously reduced price of $3.299 million. And the “one and only price reduction!” line has quietly been removed.

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