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Meet the New Owner of San Francisco's ‘Pink Painted Lady'

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The new owner of one of San Francisco's iconic "Painted Ladies" is taking the public along during her journey to remodel the home.

Leah Culver, 37, a software engineer on Thursday posted a video of herself holding house keys in front of the home at 714 Steiner Street with the caption "Some personal news - I bought a house!" She said her plan is to preserve and restore the home with history in mind.

"I talked to some neighbors about taking molds of features they have that weren't preserved here, bring them back over here," Culver said.

Culver spoke to NBC Bay Area on Thursday and said she was excited after closing on the home last week.

"I was actually hoping I wouldn't like it so I wouldn't have this project," Culver said. "But I loved it."

Culver said she gets a kick out of the renovation audience that gathers across the street.

"It's fun," she said. "Everyone is looking in here and you get to look at them."

The new owner of the Pink Painted Lady has also created a Twitter and Instagram account for the home, where she plans to document the remodel.

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The home was originally listed for $2.75 million in January. Zillow reported the house sold for $3.5 million.

The Victorian-style home was built in the 1890s and spans 2,588-square-feet of real estate. It is a three-story home with a two-car garage, three bedrooms, and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

The home was remodeled in the 1960s to turn it into a duplex. 

Culver is a co-founder and CTO of Breaker, a popular podcast app.

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