722 Steiner, the fake ‘Full House’ House
This is the house that launched a thousand dreams of living next to Kimmy Gibbler. It’s currently on sale for $4.1 million, and it’s beautiful, but it’s not the right house! If you were fooled, it’s not totally your fault, since 722 Steiner is one of San Francisco’s famous Painted Ladies, a row of old school houses that’s featured in Full House’s opening credits. Tricky. And also, when you’ve seen one crazily painted Victorian house, you’ve seen them all.
Maybe you know this video from the “Hunting For 90s TGIF Homes” series on YouTube. They fall prey to a fairly basic re-painting explanation, which is plausible, especially if you are too busy reciting Full House factoids for your audience. (No judgment.) But let’s do a side by side:
NOT THE SAME HOUSE. (Sorry for the poor quality, but I took a photo from the actual program for authenticity). The bay window is on the wrong side. New paint and possibly-added-at-a-later-date detailing aside, the basic architecture is completely different.
Here is a photo of the actual Full House House, 1709 Broderick Street, taken by yours truly on a pilgrimage in August 2009. (You really have to want the religious experience, because it’s quite a hike up the hill to Pacific Heights.) For verification of this address, please visit here, here, and here.
Here is video of the real house from another set of investigative pilgrims. Please note the address confirmation from a neighbor.
Finally, Kimmy Gibbler herself has weighed in, responding to a similarly-themed post by PopWatch’s Annie Barret. Basically, this myth-busting has the Gibbler seal of approval.
In conclusion, please only buy this home if you enjoy original moldings and Bosch appliances. (More photos here.) This house will not bring back your childhood.
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