Hot Property: A palace’s triumphant return to nobility 

The 16,000 square feet of living space at 2820 Scott St. were not always in Decorator Showcase shape. As recently as 2005, the four-story Italianate mansion chosen for the 31st edition of the Showcase was in sorry shape.

That was the year that the present owners bought the home. By then, the then-95-year-old had already lived several lifetimes.

Built in 1905 for prominent San Franciscans Eugene and Olive Grace, the home had already gone through several owners — including Mortimer Fleishhacker, whose Woodside estate, Green Gables, was a 1991 San Mateo County Decorator Showcase choice — when it was converted into a “guest house” by owner Harold Schubert.

In 1951, Shubert sold the property, which he’d operated as the “Scott Street Residence Club,” (but was also known as “Marine View”) to Olga and Walter Lindamood. By then, the house had been painted pink. Under the Lindamoods’ ownership, it became known as “the Pink Palace.”

Today, with 2820 Scott St. restored to its former grandeur, it is strange to imagine that it was once a boarding house. However, that is exactly what it was. From 1938 until descendants of the Lindamoods sold it in 2005, it played host to dozens of temporary residents.

For several years, the Pink Palace was as grand a “residence club” as it had been as a private home. With its panoramic Bay views and ornate original details, it drew a colorful cross section of residents. Many of them were the children of prominent San Francisco families. They often returned to the house as guests at one of Olga Lindamood’s legendary Friday night cocktail parties.

In 2003, faced with a costly order to install sprinklers in every room, Claude Reboul, the Lindamood’s son-in-law and operator of the Pink Palace, chose instead to evict his remaining tenants and sell. By then, what had once been one of Pacific Heights’ finest mansions had fallen into disrepair.

Amazingly, only five years have passed since then. The home sold in 2005. Its new owners, Matt Paige and his father Ken (of Paige Glass), began renovation almost immediately.

The completed home represented the work of 30 local designers, each of whom was assigned to a small part of the home. The Showcase, which benefited the financial-aid program at San Francisco University High School, ran throughout the month of May.

Now listed at $27.5 million by prominent San Francisco real estate agents (and sisters) Barbara Callan and Mary Toboni, 2820 Scott St. has certainly traveled a long way to return to what it once was.

Hot property

2820 SCOTT ST.

Where: San Francisco

Asking price: $27,500,000

Property tax: $357,500*

The property: Historic Pacific Heights mansion with seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and a colorful history.

Notable: 2008 San Francisco Decorator Showcase house.

Agent: Barbara Callan, Mary Toboni, McGuire Real Estate, (415) 351-4688 (Callan), (415) 345-3002 (Toboni).

Other properties


Where: San Francisco

Asking price: $17,500,000

Property tax: $227,500*

The property: Enormous 1904-built Georgian Presidio Heights mansion with six bedrooms, 6½ bathrooms, 9,000 square feet.

Notable: Outdoor amphitheater with movie screen evokes awe on faces of home theater buffs.

Agent: Linda Mayne, Mayne and Co., (415) 460-0900.


Where: Woodside

Asking price: $16,800,000

Property tax: $218,400*

The property: Seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 10,010 square feet of 1920s French Chateau; garage space for nine cars.

Notable: What do you give someone who has everything, including a five-acre lot? A gas-assisted, wood-burning pizza oven and a dedicated croquet lawn, of course.

Agents: Mary Gullixson, Alain Pinel Realtors, (650) 543-1175.


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