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Mission Local: More than a dozen chronic mentally ill residents in limbo, as South Van Ness Manor...

A 21-room board-and-care facility housed in a gargantuan Victorian home on South Van Ness Avenue is stated to close its doors Nov. 30, leaving more than a dozen chronically mentally ill residents homeless.

The 129-year-old house, gaily decorated in white, lavender, and gold, was placed on the market in October for just shy of $5 million. Realtor Ellen Julian said the 6,745-square-foot home has not sold, and she’s fielded offers from “three interested buyers:” The city itself a developer with a notion of running it as a for-profit facility (with, it would seem, a different client base), and a developer interested in converting the site into a hotel.


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