San Francisco Victorian Houses (Design Gallery)

Here we share our gallery of San Francisco Victorian houses including popular design styles, materials and decor of this era.
SF Victorian architectureSan Francisco is well recognized for its diversity, stunning views, vibrant culture, and remarkably charming Victorian houses that are widespread in the city. Tourists and photographers have always loved to drive around the picturesque of Alamo Square, also known as “Postcard Row” and capture some of the majestic historic beauties in contrast with the city’s dazzling skyline.

Victorian Architecture

Victorian’ Architecture refers not to its style but the era of prominence – between 1830 and 1910. However, the elements came into limelight much later in San Francisco due to the reconstruction after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

Victorian Architecture is a dynamic symbol of its historic culture that tremendously highlights some of the ideal characteristics which make them steal the eyes of their observers. These key features include:

1) Vertical houses with multiple stories
2) Steep Roofs
3) Bright and attractive Colors
4) Asymmetrical facade
5) Detailed intricate patterns and trim
6) Dominant front-facing gingerbread-style gables
7) Heavy patterned brackets
8) Stained glass paneling
9) Round and dominant corner tower
10) Small porch covering entrance area
11) Differing wall textures
12) Classical columns and balustrades
13) Bay windows
14) Decorative fireplace
15) Interior neutral color palettes

Victorian Style Homes

Diving deeper into differentiating the architectural styles of Victorian Architecture, three main typologies that are observed in San Francisco. The first style is Italianate, which is highly characterized by slanted bay windows and flat fronts. These are not that commonly used due to missing features of high level of details and intricate designs.

The second style is Eastlake, highlighted with heavy decorated crafted woodwork and squared bay windows that outlooks through its detail carved façade. The third style is Queen Anne, which is one of the most famous and decorated of all the Victorian homes. ‘The Painted Ladies’ are a classic example of Queen Anne Style built during the 1860s and 1870s.

One of a note-worthy fun fact of this home-style construction is that in the present era, the most Victorian Homes you could find would be in San Francisco with their multitudes in design elements and patterns. In the past, the developers built a total of 50,000 San Francisco Victorian Homes from 1850 through 1915. This number continued to multiply for years and now the present-day highlights the heavy influence of Victorian Architecture on the streets on San Francisco that shall continue to stand in pride for years to come.

Do you seem to feel tempted towards these out-of-the-fairy-tale houses? Let’s have a look at a few of the available properties in San Francisco.

Victorian Renovated House

Victorian renovated houseVictorian Renovated House priced at 2.8 Million at the heart of Noe Valley – See this house here.

This Stunning renovated Victorian house located on 26th Street in the heart of Noe Valley highlights 4 bathrooms with 2 master suites and 4 full baths, custom-designed chef’s kitchen lush gardens and spa-like modern bathrooms.

The house interiors are renovated into a Scandinavian touch complementing an all-white color palette and luxurious wooden plank flooring with incorporation of natural elements like plants, natural lighting, and wood. The space oozes out utter comfort and adds the character to the 1906-built structure.

Neutral color palette entrywayNeutral color palette brightens the interior spaces of the home

Charming renovated victorian living roomBright and charming living room with a spectacular view of the outdoors

Open island kitchen with skylight shiplap ceilingOpen island kitchen with a skylight

Scandinavian style bedroom with wood flooringTypical Scandinavian setting with indoor plantation to create an aura of comfort in the bedroom

Victorian home dining nookBeautiful little Victorian corners with a dining nook and an inside-out setup

Outdoor living area with sectional couch gas fire pit horizontal wood fencing iron gateOutdoor seating with gas fire pit, overlooking lush garden

Contemporary Victorian House

Sf victorian homeRenovated double-story 1900-built Victorian house – See this house here.

Gracefully sitting on 817 Guererro Street, this renovated contemporary Victorian house has a WalkScore of 98. The detailed intricate, trims and columns have been beautifully preserved letting the house speak for its glorious history. The house features authentic use of parquet wooden floors, marble, and contemporary finishes.

This 2,495 sqft single-family home highlights 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a cheerful living room attached to dining and an open concept kitchen with French doors opening upto a wooden deck looking at the lavish fountain and garden. Due to an all-white color palette, the interior spaces are enriched with plenty of sunlight and natural air that makes the space look delicate, light, and open.

Preserved victorian home entrywayPreserved interiors: pillars, ceilings, and detailed frames

Natural light living room in renovated victorianNatural light through bay windows bathing the living room interiors

Dining room with parquet hardwood flooringParquet hardwood flooring complements the neutral palette of the house

Victorian style fireplaceFireplace in a Victorian home is like cherry-on-the-top

Open island kitchen with outdoor viewsOpen island kitchen pushes its doors towards the luxury outdoor space

Victorian style house backyard with artificial turf sitting areaLush Backyard adds a space of serenity to the house

Post Victorian Era House

Post victorian era houseAn eye-catching 1910-built post Victorian House – See this house here.

Looking for a lesser detailed Victorian Home? This Noe Valley house features 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths, a spacious living room with a cozy fireplace, and protruded bay windows. This multi-family residence was built in 1910 and recently renovated to a modified Victorian home with white walls, hard wooden flooring, and numerable indoor plantations. The deck offers world-class views of the surroundings which could be used as outdoor seating for a late evening get-together.

Grand entrance to post victorian houseGrand entrance to the house with high ceilings and intricate patterns

Renovated family room in victorian style houseFamily room with an authentic fireplace overlooking the beautiful outdoors

Small deck sitting areaOutdoor relaxation spot of the house with small deck

Kitchen with storage below staircase and portable wood islandUtilization of space below the staircase for kitchen equipment

Rooftop deck sitting areaOpen-air family gathering spaces

San Francisco has abundant local Redwood which makes it possible to build the huge numbers of Victorian Houses. Due to the material’s flexibility, it could be molded to carve the detailed trims, gables, and brackets. This advantage of availability of materials led to massive numbers of rising Victorian homes in the bay.

Where to See SF Victorian Homes

None of the local trips are completed without stopping by Alamo Square or South Park which are the two highlights of these houses. For all the Victorian Architecture enthusiasts, exploring the Pacific Heights, Noe Valley, Mission District, Bernal Heights, and Nob Hill should be on the top of the list. Wouldn’t be able to visit? Let’s sneak a peek into the beautiful streets of San Francisco and get inspired by some admirable Victorian houses.

Victorian home rooftopsBright colors are a key feature of Victorian homes. See more house color ideas here.

Bright SF Victorian style housesMulti-story façade adding beauty to San Francisco’s streets

Victorian house with bay windowsBay windows and detailed brackets outshine typical Victorian architecture

Bedroom with bay windowBedroom interior with bay window

Victorian house frontPale and textured shades don’t do bad either

Queen anne victorian houseSteep sloped Victorian home with decorated balustrades

1885 sf victorian houseBuilt in 1885, this house glorifies the authentic Victorian architecture with patterned columns and lintels

SF Victorian houses painted ladiesThe Painted Ladies at Alamo Square, San Francisco

Victorian houses with towersRound dominant towers define Victorian architecture. Bright round towers mark one of the main landmarks of San Francisco.

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    1. These homes were all found on stock photography sites. Unfortunately, I don’t have any contact details for the individual photographers.

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