1898, Say Hello to 2019

This cottage was built in 1898. Can you even imagine what was going on in the 1890s when this adorable cottage was built?

 
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Ross Alley in SF Chinatown in 1898. Photo by Arnold Genthe.

Ross Alley in SF Chinatown in 1898. Photo by Arnold Genthe.

 
 

Just for a frame of reference, think ragtime music, player pianos, initiation of air-flight, the beginning of the suffragette movement and the first Sherlock Holmes story being published.

Here is a photo of Ross Alley, in San Francisco’s Chinatown, that is from 1898—the same year this Noe Valley cottage was built.

 
 

And, here are some lovely ladies at the beach in 1895 to give you a feel for the latest in clothing.

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We didn’t really have much of a budget to make any significant changes. Just a bit of decluttering, paint and some new light fixtures. But, check out the upcoming pics for some recent before and afters of this adorable SF cottage.

There was no budget to paint the exterior of the house, so we just painted the door a perky, inviting yellow to welcome potential buyers into the home.

Door: Benjamin Moore Fiesta Yellow 341

Door: Benjamin Moore Fiesta Yellow 341

LIVING ROOM

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After

GUEST BEDROOM

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MASTER BEDROOM

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Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage.
— Thomas Kinkade

And a few other “after” shots of the cottage…

Bathroom, Although dated by today’s standards, this was definitely modernized when it was added in the 40s or 50s.

Bathroom, Although dated by today’s standards, this was definitely modernized when it was added in the 40s or 50s.

Little office area at the top of the stairs at entry to master bedroom

Little office area at the top of the stairs at entry to master bedroom

A different angle as taken from the living room over near the shelves. You can see the vintage stove on the far right.

A different angle as taken from the living room over near the shelves. You can see the vintage stove on the far right.

Back hallway and steep, winding stairs to the master bedroom in the attic.

Back hallway and steep, winding stairs to the master bedroom in the attic.

BUILT-IN SHELVES

We actually wanted to have these shelves removed as they stole precious square-footage and created a big clutter-collector. But, at some point, someone had added new floors around the bookcases so we couldn’t remove them without redoing the floors. Oh well.

Before…

Before…

cleaned out…

cleaned out…

and, after!

and, after!

Oh, and one last detail. Check out the built-in light, clock and salt and pepper shaker on the 1950s Occidental stove. I am sure it was the height of modernity at the time! What will someone say or think in 70 more years about our stoves of today?

Detail of 1950s Occidental stove

Detail of 1950s Occidental stove