10/24/2012 12:10 am ET Updated Oct 24, 2012

School For Rent: This Abandoned San Francisco Schoolhouse Could Be Yours (PHOTOS)

If you're anything like us, you were a budding school reformer years before the charter school movement started to take off. If we had our way, instead of a spending fourth grade learning about long division, we would have devoted one half of the school day to recess and the other half to Mega Man.

Sadly, we lacked the resources to turn our dream into reality. But if you have a little over $30,000 a month burning a hole in your pocket, a historic San Francisco schoolhouse could be all yours.


The 13,564 square foot building in the Lower Haight dates back to the 1920s and formerly housed the Sacred Heart school. An advertisement seeking someone to rent the building was posted on Craigslist earlier this month.

The posting boasts high ceilings, lots of office space, a large multi-purpose room, ten classrooms, easy access to public transit and a 9,000 square foot outdoor playground.

The San Francisco Examiner reports that, about a decade ago, the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco strongly considered closing Sacred Heart, a largely African American parochial school located on the property, due to funding issues and declining enrollment. The tables turned when prominent local attorney and vineyard owner Fred Furth stepped in and gave a large donation to keep the institution open--not to mention rename the school after his daughter.

The newly rechristened Megan Furth Academy soldiered on for a few more years, until money issues arose once again, and it merged with the Mission Dolores School last year. Once again rebranding itself, this time as the Mission Dolores Academy, the school vacated its space and moved into a new facility in the Mission District.

The old property, on the other hand, is still looking for an occupant.

"The only catch is, it's zoned for use as a school, so unfortunately you won’t be able to turn this into your fantasy party mansion," explained neighborhood blog Haighteration. "Also, the building is considered a 'known historic resource' by the Planning Department, so that might make it a little hard to alter."

Even so, there's nothing (save for regional accreditation) stopping you from buying the building and instituting a strict recess and Mega Man curriculum, right?

Check out some pics of the property:



School For Rent