709 Greenup Street is the type of house you'd imagine seeing on a steep street in San Francisco. It's tall with ornate, brightly painted architectural features that make it jump out from the Covington landscape around it. A broad bay window propped up by chunky stone widens to nearly the entire width of the long, narrow, shotgun-style Victorian house. A balcony off the master bedroom caps the shaded walkway to the front door. All it's missing is a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
The 3,228-square-footer features three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms throughout. Every bedroom has its own private bathroom, which in and of itself is extraordinary if you're the type to host people overnight.
When I walked into this place, I was immediately taken with how tall the ceilings were on the first floor. Of course, that's not an uncommon feature in a Victorian-era house like 709 Greenup, but it's a welcome feature nonetheless. As I stood in the foyer with a winding staircase in front of me that spiraled gracefully upward, I could see to the front and the back of the house with ease by looking to my left and right. The clear sightlines for a house of its age seemed remarkably modern.
The bay window, bordered with stained glass squares, is the barrier between Covington and a marvelous private sitting room with an original, restored fireplace. A pocket door reveals itself to tastefully separate the room should privacy be needed.
The kitchen, outfitted with a massive (and I mean massive) imported Bertazzoni gas range, sits several stools at the spacious island with built-in shelving. With a copious amount cabinet space and a pantry, there's more than enough room to stock up for the week and never set foot in a restaurant if you don't want to.
Hardwood floors run throughout the first and second floors. Ornate iron grates cover the floor vents; yes, this house has central air heating and cooling. Though it's an old house that's seen its fair share of decades, it is not without modern updates to make it comfortable for a contemporary lifestyle.
On the second floor, loads of windows open up each room to natural light. On a sunny day, 709 Greenup is a haven for sunshine to relax with its owner(s). Another flight up, a long, freshly carpeted room with low vaulted ceilings provide a flexible space for another bedroom, a fun room, storage, or other use the owner can dream up.
As always, you need to see it to believe it. Above is a photo gallery of images that showcase the enormity of the home's beauty and functionality.
709 Greenup Street in Covington is listed for $629,900. You can view the full listing here.