In San Francisco, a “painted lady” has a very different meaning than elsewhere:
San Francisco’s Painted Ladies consist of Victorians and Edwardians from the 19th Century up to WWI that have not only withstood the decades and the earthquakes, they have thrived under the tender love and care of their owners, boasting intricate color paint schemes such as the above bed-and-breakfast at Haight & Central. Here are two more that you can find on Buena Vista, no more than 50 yards away:
Wouldn’t you love to live in a flat or apartment that had a tower like these?
Living in San Francisco, the architect’s Disneyland, I Remain,
Vonn Scott Bair