Category Archives: House Portrait

Home Improvements at the Skull House

Remember the awesome Skull House on Folsom? It may be battered, but it keeps getting better. Kaisa Wyser-Pratte captured this tasteful new addition above the front door.

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House Portrait: Hidden Peralta Street iPad House

When you zip south on US 101 alongside Bernal Heights, it’s hard to miss the giant Apple iPad billboard perched alongside the freeway just beyond the Cortland Avenue overpass. But what you may not have noticed is that there’s also … Continue reading

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The Lost History of The Beatles House on Precita

This is a tale of The Beatles, a house on Precita Avenue, a mural, an artsy kid, domestic terrorists, classic punk rock, and a lost moment of Bernal Heights bohemia… For almost two decades, the former “Beatles House,” at 191 … Continue reading

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The Cottage by the Reservoir (and the Day it Was Demolished)

Here’s a special celebrity guest post by Vicky Walker of the excellent Bernal History Project. Vicky shares a charming tale about a charming house that sat on Elsie Street, alongside the College Hill Reservoir, for 100 years. As a special bonus, … Continue reading

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Remodel in Progress or Magical Bernal Hermit House?

Reader Ned sent us this photo of an unusual house on Ellsworth, just short of Cortland. Is it a remodel in progress? I’m hoping not. I’m hoping it’s some amazingly, magical hermit, who will grant you access to his house … Continue reading

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House Portrait: Ripley Modern

Although most people associate Bernal Heights with quaint old houses and former earthquake shacks, there are a few Dwell-esque contemporary homes in the ‘hood –including this tidy collection along Ripley Street. Photo: Telstar Logistics

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House Portrait: Folsom Street Skull House

Amid all the predictable (if tedious) gnashing-of-teeth one hears about the transformation of Bernal Heights from the working class enclave it was a few decades ago to the middle class oasis it is today, it’s nice to find some pockets … Continue reading

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