The market is rife with homes that are Victorian on the outside, Midcentury Mod on the inside. In truth, it takes a special kind of person to live in one of San Francisco's authentic or restored Victorian homes; dark woodwork, small rooms, and ornate woodwork aren't for everyone. But for people with a taste for history, finding a Victorian with its original details is not an easy task—until now. We've put together a map of the most intact Victorians currently on the market. Our criteria: We looked for the most unadulterated examples we could find. In truth, none of them are untouched—in fact, they are quite altered. However, if you are looking for a historic restoration project, these could be your best bet.Read More
For Purists: 15 of the Most Intact Victorians on the Market
2253-55 15th St.
Duboce Triangle: This two-unit building has modern systems but also maintains a period facade and interior details. Each unit has a Victorian stand by: spilt baths.
4146 22nd St.
Noe Valley: They call this one a "modernized" Victorian. The three-bedroom, two-bath home has been modernized to have an open plan, but what appears to be an original staircase and some molding remains. New elements, such as the kitchen, have been done with a period sensibility.
79 Santa Marina St.
Bernal Heights: The sweet front porch on this Victorian has incredible curb appeal. Inside, you'll find some vestiges of what it was back in the day: picture rails and some window molding. The kitchen is very nice, but not done in a vintage style.
7436 Geary Blvd.
Outer Richmond: You don't always think of Victorians when you think of Geary Blvd., but this top-floor flat in a Victorian-era home retains some of its original charm. The exterior has been shingled and updated, but the interior has high ceilings, wainscoting, and what appears to be original molding around the fireplace.
228-230 Clayton St.
Panhandle: This flat is located in a five-unit Victorian and lives near the Victorian-rich Haight. It has some classic details such as large bay windows, high coved ceilings, and hardwood floors. The trim around the fireplace and windows appears to be original.
4143 24th St.
Noe Valley: The first homeowners would likely not recognize this as their house today, but the dainty light fixtures, some cabinets, and some molding might suggest the original home to them.
1001 Diamond St.
Noe Valley: This home retains fancy, scrolling trim on the inside and out—including ornate ceiling medallions.
338 Duncan St.
Noe Valley: Historical purists will delight to see a fireplace with it's original, unpainted surround and delicate trim. There are other seemingly original elements as well, including a clawfoot tub and bronze light fixtures.
1793 Sanchez St.
Glen Park: Clearly, the modern hand has touched this Victorian charmer, but you'd hardly know it from the outside. Inside, it has quite a bit of original molding and some period light fixtures. The kitchen is quite modern, but it's done in a style that's sympathetic to Victorian era.
2505 Gough St.
Pacific Heights: When this elaborate home was built in 1900 it was a grand Victorian mansion. Today, it's on the market as a three-unit TIC. It has ornate stained glass windows and an inlaid parquet floor in the entry. The woodwork in the lower level is unpainted, the ceilings are coved, and there are several ceiling medallions still in place.
459 Ashbury St.
Haight Ashbury: It's true that there's little left inside that's authentically Victorian (with the exception of fireplace surrounds). But the high-Victorian details on this large home earned it a place on this list.
2722-2724 Folsom St.
Mission: This three unit house is cusp-y, meaning it straddles old and not-so-great new. The listing calls it out, noting that you could restore or renovate it. Period highlights include pressed metal wall panels and large baseboard molding.
712 Castro St.
Castro: This house is one of those that has kept its original fixtures (front door, stair rail, fireplace, molding) but added unabashedly modern elements.
Nob Hill: Unpainted woodwork is something of a Holy Grail for Victorian purists. This one-bedroom unit is selling with, as the listing says, "all of its original details intact."
981 Dolores St.
Noe Valley: This condo in a Victorian building has a bathroom that speaks of the 1970s, but the interior architecture of the front rooms speak to the Gilded Age. Wainscoting, moldings, and high ceilings are all here.