A man paid $400k to have his $2.6 million Victorian house moved In San Francisco.

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  • When individuals say “move house,” they usually mean “change apartments,” not “move the entire house.”
  • San Francisco’s 1882 Victorian “Englander House” was recently relocated to a new position 7 blocks away.
  • The 5,170-square-foot home was moved from 807 Franklin St. to 635 Fulton St., a distance of 0.6 miles.
  • The relocation is alleged to have cost $400k and included the removal of street lights and utility connections.

A man paid $400k to have his $2.6 million Victorian house moved In San Francisco.
Image credits: AP Photo / Noah Berger

Moving House In San Francisco

It is not every day that people relocate. With all of the packing, determining what to move, cleaning, and then settling in at the new location, it’s a bit of a pain. On the other hand, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air and a new beginning.

Well, sometimes you’re lucky and your house doesn’t have to move as much as you do. A building in San Francisco was recently relocated many blocks to a new address. The entire house, for example, was taken up, placed on wheels, and moved to a new location. If you ask me, I think it’s really fantastic.

A man paid $400k to have his $2.6 million Victorian house moved In San Francisco.
Image credits: AP Photo / Noah Berger

As a result, San Francisco, California is home to a diverse range of gorgeous architecture, including not only sleek modern mansions but also historic Victorian-era homes.

The Englander House, for example, is currently in the headlines after being picked up, loaded onto a flatbed trailer, and transferred seven blocks to its new site.

A man paid $400k to have his $2.6 million Victorian house moved In San Francisco.
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The Victorian architectural masterpiece is a 5,170-square-foot (about 480-square-meter) home that has been standing since 1882. From 807 Franklin St. to 635 Fulton St., it was transported at an average speed of 1 mile per hour (1.6 kilometers per hour) for 0.6 miles (approximately a kilometer).

The move was far from simple, since the job was estimated to cost roughly $400,000 and required the removal of street lights, parking meters, and electrical cables, among other things. This transfer necessitated the acquisition of over 15 distinct licenses.

A man paid $400k to have his $2.6 million Victorian house moved In San Francisco.
Image credits: The Sun

Despite the fact that the relocation took place at 6:15 a.m., over 600 people turned out to watch the spectacle. Due to the weight of the home, the wheel axle was bending sideways, and the tires were appearing a little flat.

Tim Brown, a real estate broker and investor, paid $2.6 million for the home in 2013. He had been planning to move the building to its new location for quite some time.

Brown has plans to convert the house into seven residential apartments now that it’s in situ. In terms of the space it has left behind, plans are in the works to turn it into a new 48-unit apartment complex.

A man paid $400k to have his $2.6 million Victorian house moved In San Francisco.
Image credits: The Sun

While some San Francisco commenters wondered how much controversy this must have caused—spending money to adapt the roadways and generating some traffic congestion for those actually commuting—others saw this as a positive move because it allows for smarter land development and the money supports the economy.

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Others quipped that they should have just used balloons, a subtle reference to the Disney film Up, and asked what the parking fines would be for stopping a vehicle this huge with such a load for a lunch break.

A man paid $400k to have his $2.6 million Victorian house moved In San Francisco.
Image credits: The Sun

Needless to say, this San Francisco action went viral online, with multiple news publications covering it and it being featured on Facebook, Twitter, Imgur and Reddit etc…

A man paid $400k to have his $2.6 million Victorian house moved In San Francisco.
Image credits: The Sun

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