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Alamo Square’s 'Full House' Painted Ladies with Exclusive Private Home Tour

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3 hours

Max 10

Why take this tour?

A truly special and intimate experience, this tour of San Francisco’s unique and defining architecture takes you inside one of its most inspiring private homes. Explore this ‘secret’ house from top to bottom with its caretaker - learning about its vivacious owner and his sprawling collection of Victoriana - on a journey that will no doubt be a highlight of your visit to the city.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Take the only tour in San Francisco that goes inside a privately owned Victorian mansion - built in 1865 - to explore its interiors from top to bottom
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a fully guided, intimate tour of the lovingly restored, era-perfect home, before slipping downstairs to the saloon of self-playing instruments
  • Created with Sketch.Explore San Francisco's most beautiful streets, stopping at leafy Lafayette Park and the famous 'Spreckels' Mansion - with insights from a local guide
  • Created with Sketch.Visit Alamo Square - home to the proud 'Painted Ladies' on the pretty Postcard Row

Health & Safety Standards

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • We use and offer hand sanitizer before, during, and after all tours
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • Masks will be worn and are available if you do not have one
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All Walks tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety

Explore a private Victorian House from top to bottom on an exclusive, intimate tour

Whether you’ve a passion for Victorian architecture, or simply wish to explore an authentic aspect of San Francisco’s eclectic character, our Victorian Houses tour will leave you with a wholly different perspective on life inside some of the city’s prettiest properties.

Our journey begins in the leafy Lafayette Park, where we’ll discuss the foundations of some of San Francisco’s most prestigious residences and the people who made them their homes. Strolling by some of the area’s most beautiful facades, we’ll explore just what went into designing and building the city’s most striking streets, and hear how they’re regarded by locals today.

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Whether you’ve a passion for Victorian architecture, or simply wish to explore an authentic aspect of San Francisco’s eclectic character, our Victorian Houses tour will leave you with a wholly different perspective on life inside some of the city’s prettiest properties.

Our journey begins in the leafy Lafayette Park, where we’ll discuss the foundations of some of San Francisco’s most prestigious residences and the people who made them their homes. Strolling by some of the area’s most beautiful facades, we’ll explore just what went into designing and building the city’s most striking streets, and hear how they’re regarded by locals today.

Stopping at the magnificent 55-room Spreckels Mansion in Pacific Heights (now home to novelist Danielle Steele), we’ll share secrets and stories - including the true tale behind that Arthur Conan Doyle residence - plus we’ll discuss what life is like in the beautiful houses on Cottage Row - a ‘hidden’ street lined with homes built in the 1800s.

In a true picture-perfect moment, we’ll stop at Alamo Square to survey the famously pretty ‘Painted Ladies of Postcard Row’, which for many act as an emblem of San Francisco. Of course we’ll take time to snap a photo or two with the backdrop of the colorful homes, plus stop by the home that featured in the credits of popular sitcom ‘Full House’.

Now for the highlight of our tour: special access to a privately-owned Victorian mansion. Truly a time to savor, our small group will step inside this special setting for an intimate tour with a difference. Guided by the home's conscientious caretaker, we’ll explore this time capsule from top to bottom, taking in its impressive collection of Victorian trinkets and curiosities - before making our way downstairs to the saloon for a musical experience like no other.

This tour leaves you with a piece of San Francisco you didn’t know you craved: the true heart of the city in one of its most unique characters and an experience that will stay with you long after your vacation has come to an end.

  • Sites Visited
  • Private Victorian home (inside)
  • Lafayette Park
  • Cottage Row
  • Spreckels Mansion (outside)
  • Alamo Square
  • ‘Full House’ house (outside)
  • Painted Ladies (outside)
  • Tour Includes
  • Guaranteed exclusive access to Victorian home
  • Transportation to Alamo Square
  • Walks guide
Discover the history of some of San Francisco's most beautiful houses.
Spreckels Mansion, with views of San Francisco bay.
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I've taken Walks tours in Italy and New Orleans, this was no different! Ted was great and the tour highlighted so much more than just the Victorian houses. I look forward to more walks tours.

We had the best time! Really lovely tour and LeAnne is such a wonderful guide. Will recommend to all my friends!