Pacifica house with spicy past asking $1.2M 

Century 21 Sunset Properties real estate agent Steven Hyman puts it demurely on his Web site: "Ask about the home’s very colorful past."

If you guessed brothel, you guessed right.

The Spanish-style house he’s selling on Pacifica’s Pedro Point was built in the 1930s for ladies of the evening, according to Hyman. He believes it was built to take advantage of a now-defunct train line running from San Francisco.

Of course, things have changed. The nine small communities that combined to form Pacifica in 1957 are celebrating that 50-year anniversary this year. And the Pedro Point house hasn’t been a brothel for decades.

But its past use has left behind a few architectural relics, such as a massive whitestone fireplace in the living room, a bedroom that’s 8 feet by 8 feet square, and some of the original moldings. There’s also a fanciful seahorse-and-starfish ceiling relief in the living and dining room, which Hyman guessed was part of the initial plastering.

There are more modern features, however. Walls have been moved so that aside from the tiny bedroom, it’s not the warren of small rooms it was initially. The kitchen was completely renovated between five and seven years ago, Hyman said, and the owners also took out the red glass in the front entrance lantern.

Many other properties in Pacifica have been creatively reused, according to Manning. "The Castle" up on the hills above the Sharp Park neighborhood has been a U.S. Coast Guard Station, a brothel, an abortion clinic and is now a private property, she said. An upholstery business with apartments above was once the Salada Beach Hotel, which had its own risqué repute. An entirely smut-free building dating to 1910, The Little Brown Church, temporarily served as a police station, Manning said. Her group now hopes to transform it into a museum.

Where: Pacifica

Asking price: $1,195,000

Property tax: $15,535*

What: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,800 square feet

Amenities: Large, 12,500 square foot lot, ocean views, beach nearby, history, legal in-law unit included in tally of beds and baths, lots of gardening space.

Contact: Steven Hyman

* Estimate based on 1.3 percent of asking price.

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