Eight Victorian Homes that Respect History Without Sacrificing Style

True Victorian homes date to Queen Victoria’s reign—1837 to 1901—and encompass several popular architectural styles. But their distinctive elements—spindlework, wraparound porches, gingerbread trim—remain popular across America, whether in newer homes that pay respect to tradition or in historic properties that have been lovingly maintained.

1 of 8 | Shelter Island Beauty

1 of 8 | Shelter Island Beauty


A landmark among the impressive homes of Shelter Island, this timeless Queen Anne estate was constructed in the 1880s and has been thoughtfully restored and updated. Replete with Victorian hallmarks, the approximately 7,000-square-foot main residence features a living room with two fireplaces, multiple sitting rooms, a dining room accented by striking hand-drawn etchings, and seven bedrooms. The classically detailed wraparound porch was designed for appreciation of the water and the verdant grounds, which include a pool, tennis court, and windmill guesthouse.

$25,000,000 | Shelter Island, NY 11964 | VIEW LISTING

2 of 8 | Timeless Elegance in San Francisco

2 of 8 | Timeless Elegance in San Francisco


Meticulously preserved and maintained, this six-bedroom Pacific Heights home boasts abundant delightful Victorian details, including ornate fireplaces, decorative door trim, eye-catching moldings and cornices, exposed rafter tails, and squared bay windows. Among the interior highlights are a parlor, a formal dining room, and a light-filled kitchen on the main level and private quarters that include a master suite with a south-facing deck and a garden apartment accessing the backyard patio.

$5,195,000 | 2405 Washington St San Francisco, CA 94115 | VIEW LISTING

3 of 8 | Lush Ojai Retreat

3 of 8 | Lush Ojai Retreat


An ambience of elegance that recalls the American South pervades this gated retreat on approximately 2.3 meticulously landscaped acres. The main residence offers four restful bedrooms and a classic cupola with panoramic views of the Ojai Valley and beyond. Gabled rooflines and a wraparound porch are indicative of the home’s Victorian inspiration. The mature, lush grounds beckon with two welcoming guest cottages, meditation garden areas with sculptures and water features, a greenhouse, a swimming pool and spa, a gazebo, and tennis courts.

$3,900,000 | 3860 Grand Avenue Ojai, CA 93023 | VIEW LISTING

4 of 8 | Stunning Alamo Square Victorian

4 of 8 | Stunning Alamo Square Victorian


This charming three-bedroom home combines sophisticated modern style with the delightful Victorian details for which so many San Francisco residences are widely revered. Extensively renovated, it features scalloped trim, stately moldings and door surrounds, a stunning kitchen with high-end appliances, a luxurious master suite with views of the city, front and rear patios, and a coveted two-car garage. Nearby are Alamo Square Park, the city’s celebrated Painted Ladies, and the bustling Divisadero corridor.

$3,395,000 | 540 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94117 | VIEW LISTING

5 of 8 | Brewster Village Victorian

5 of 8 | Brewster Village Victorian


Surrounded by verdant lawn and mature trees, this historic four-bedroom Victorian home was thoughtfully updated and expanded in 2010 to bring modern conveniences and comforts to an already architecturally significant estate. Stylistic highlights include natural wood cladding, a stone fireplace and chimney, a turret, a wraparound porch, eight-inch reclaimed white-oak floors from Jack Daniels’ barn in Tennessee, coffered ceilings, handsome staircases, and numerous balconies. The 10.68-acre grounds also include tennis courts and a charming vintage barn.

$3,200,000 | 2022 Main Street Brewster, MA 02631 | VIEW LISTING

6 of 8 | Beautiful Brooklyn Brownstone

6 of 8 | Beautiful Brooklyn Brownstone


On one of the most desirable blocks in Bedford Stuyvesant, this grand yet inviting 1890s home celebrates the architectural splendor and history of the city. A loving restoration carefully maintained its authentic original details, including arched windows, vintage tilework, handsome parquet and hardwood floors, pressed tin ceilings, a stained-glass skylight, egg-and-dart molding, and intricate staircase fretwork. The building is currently configured as a two-family residence, consisting of an owner’s triplex and a garden-level apartment with a private entrance.

$2,300,000 | 740 Macon Street Brooklyn, NY 11233 | VIEW LISTING

7 of 8 | Delightful San Francisco Retreat

7 of 8 | Delightful San Francisco Retreat


Occupying a full floor of a delightful Victorian building in Lower Pacific Heights, this enchanting condominium home offers three generous bedrooms, an updated kitchen with high-end stainless-steel appliances, plentiful storage space, soaring ceilings, and a wealth of period details, from hardwood floors, transom windows, and classical door and window trim to bay windows and three fireplaces with colorful decorative tilework. The wonderful back patio is ideal for outdoor lounging and dining.

$1,695,000 | 2002 Buchanan St San Francisco, CA 94115 | VIEW LISTING

8 of 8 | A Piece of Galveston History

8 of 8 | A Piece of Galveston History


Built in 1899 and serving for decades as an award-winning bed-and-breakfast in Galveston’s historic East End, this striking four-bedroom Victorian mansion begins with a covered verandah designed for enjoying island breezes and views of a butterfly garden. Intricate hand-carved decorative woodwork distinguishes many of the interior spaces—including the elegant dining room, the formal library, and the inviting parlor. A striking circular second-level balcony is one of the home’s many alluring alfresco spaces.

$1,100,000 | 511 17th Street Galveston, TX 77550 | VIEW LISTING

ARE YOU ON THE LIST ?
Subscribe for a weekly digest of house tours, luxury real estate market news and design inspiration.
ARE YOU ON THE LIST ?
Subscribe for a weekly digest of must-read house tours, luxury real estate market news and design inspiration.