The Victorian Home Walk in San Francisco, California is a unique tour that includes areas of Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow where most tour buses are prohibited from entering. The tour allows visitors to explore highly decorated interiors of an original Queen Anne Style Victorian home. There are over 200 restored Victorian homes to tour on this home walk. Educational information is provides and tourists learn to appreciate the differences between the Queen Anne, Italianate, and Stick Style Victorian architecture. The tour begins with transportation to the Victorian neighborhoods from Union Square. Spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay including Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge are included. Tourists can walk past the highly manicured gardens throughout Pacific Heights and even visit some of the most famous locations in San Francisco. The Victorian home where Mrs. Doubtfire was filmed can be viewed as well as the Victorian home that is featured in the hit television show Party of Five.
The originator of the home walk is Jay Gifford who has lived in San Francisco since 1979. He worked for IBM for 15 years, purchased a Victorian in 1988, and lovingly restored it over the years to its original grandeur. He started Victorian Home Walk in 1996 after being downsized from IBM, in order to share his enthusiasm and knowledge of Victorian homes.