Sunday, June 5, 2011

Oops, I did it again...

I had no intention of buying any more large dollhouses.  I have a few large kits put away and after the townhouse, I was looking forward to working on smaller projects that I could finish more quickly.  But I still check out Craigslist now and again to see whats out there.  Last weekend I came across this: 

I intended to just look at it. It was a great price but HUGE.  And I almost passed on it.  But at the last minute, I decided to go for it.  (And I'm glad I did!)
The sellers found it in there garage in San Francisco when they moved into there house years ago.  I think it was built from plans and not a kit.  It is signed underneath the front stairs by Fred D. Davis 1979.  It is in pretty good condition except for a water stain on one side of the roof (and 30 years of dust.)

It came with a box of working windows (most still in there wrappers), doors, trim, shingles, wallpaper, door hardware and hinges.  A role of copper tape (It is partially taped and has a 30 year old adapter that probably needs to be replaced) and a couple of lights.

It is side opening on both sides and one side of the roof lifts up:

The attic:

 The right side:

 The left side with water stain:

The back:

It definitely looks like the Queen Anne Row Houses in San Francisco's Alamo square.  Or Painted Ladies on "Postcard Row" as they've become famously known.

Now will it be current San Francisco residence or back in to the turn of the last Century!  How fun to decide.

If anyone is familiar with these dollhouse plans or kit.  Let me know!


  1. What a great house! The inside looks like my San Francisco house. Can't you make a building plan ;-)?
    Already I'm in love with it. I really really want to see more and maybe ever there will be another great house here.
    Greetings, Roelie


  2. Your house looks so great! I have been only once in San Francisco. But I love the houses there. Have a nice week Kati

  3. What a wonderful find! I love vintage. I'm so excited to see what you do with it!

  4. That is indeed a fabulous find! Even better is the fact that it is not from a kit, it makes it more unique. Lucky you! Have fun working on it!

  5. Te felicito por tu compra, la casa es preciosa, seguro que la dejaras maravillosa, seguire visitandote, para ver los avances,siento no poder ayudarte en tu proyecto.Besos.

  6. What a great find! I'm excited to see what you do with it. =)

  7. I think you did very well to buy it. I'm sure you will have great fun with it.

  8. Heather, it is herculean to resist an offer like this one. A good purchase and loads of potential. So lucky that it is done up enough fo rthe frustrating part to be over and yet not done enough for you to explore loads of possibilities.

  9. wow- what a great find! It's extra special because it is so unique- I look forward to seeing what you do with it :)

  10. That is so nice! I love the front steps! I would line them with little potted flowers. It is a gorgeous house. You are going to make it look so good I can't wait! Have fun!

  11. Ha Ha, Heather! I see I am not the only one with ANOTHER big house! LOL! But WHAT a House! It is Gorgeous! and so Unique with both sides opening like that! Great find! You will be busy for a while with this one! I can't wait to see some updates on what you do with it!

  12. This is such a Beautiful House!!

  13. It very much resembles a Majestic Mansion house, but that one has the staircase centered. What a beauty! I love unique houses and especially ones that aren't open backed! Looking forward to seeing more!

  14. I am now following you. I found your blog through

    I am pea green with your envy on your Craigslist find. That sort of find is exactly why I love stalking Craigslist although I've never gotten that lucky. Congratulations!

    Sarah K.