Tourism for Locals: Mondrian House Rivals Painted Ladies in Visual Creativity

The Painted Ladies at Alamo Square might be a hot tourist attraction, but there's another house on the San Francisco market that is a better bargain with gorgeous beachfront views and nestled in a quiet neighborhood.

Along Ocean Beach's Great Highway, between Quintara and Rivera streets, there is a little house that — instead of blending in with all the other box-shaped houses decorated with opaque shades of taupe, olive green, and periwinkle blue — is a burst of color in a neighborhood surrounded by dull grey fog.

The Piet Mondrian-inspired house's exterior is painted in the signature style of the Dutch artist: solid horizontal and vertical black lines against a white canvas creating asymmetrical square regions accented with three regions filled with the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue.

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