2012 NoPA Tour

A lovely cluster of Queen Anne homes will be showcased in the 40th home tour presented by The Victorian Alliance of San Francisco on Sunday, October 21st from 1:00 to 5:00pm in celebration of the organization's 40th anniversary.

Noted Victorian builders of the picturesque style, including Cranston & Keenan, are represented in the North of the Panhandle (NoPA) neighborhood. Many of these homes feature curves, bays, towers, balconies and whimsical ornamentation so beloved in the 1880-1890s.

Homes in this popular self-guided tour have proudly retained or regained their original Victorian elegance, with beautifully detailed interiors and garden embellishments, often adapted to reflect contemporary lifestyles.

The featured NoPA neighborhood was developed soon after the creation of nearby Golden Gate Park and its Panhandle Park. Tour homes lie within a relatively flat and compact area, well served by public transportation. Comfortable walking shoes and attire are recommended, and stair climbing should be anticipated in most residences.

Knowledgeable docents will provide historical background on each house's architect, contractor, craftsmen and the families who settled NoPA in the 19th Century. Complimentary light refreshments and a gift shop provide a welcome reward for tour goers.

All net proceeds benefit the Preservation Grant Fund of The Victorian Alliance, San Francisco’s oldest all-volunteer, not-for-profit architectural preservation and education organization. See our Grant Program page for an extensive list of past beneficiaries.


General Admission All Ages: $35

Day-of-tour tickets will be sold from the ticket booth located at the intersection of Hayes and Baker Streets; look for the balloons. Please arrive at the beginning of the tour if you want to purchase tickets the day of the tour.

We look forward to welcoming you to NoPA on October 21st!

As this is our major fundraising event of the year, there are no refunds and a small service fee is applied to all online (and credit card) ticket sales to cover the expense of operating the service.

When Attending The Tour

The start location is at the intersection of Hayes and Baker Streets. All tour-goers must check-in at the ticket desk before proceeding to any of the homes on the tour. We do not provide an address. Please look for the balloons; it will be obvious.

  • The tour is self-guided and runs from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2012.

  • Parking will be challenging in and around the tour area. We recommend carpooling and public transportation. The 5-Fulton, 24-Divisadero, and the 21-Hayes MUNI lines are very convenient to NoPA.

  • Costumes are not required, though you may see some who have donned vintage attire. Feel free to join the fun. Otherwise, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for some mild hills and lots of stairs.

  • You may start at anytime during the window of 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, but we do end the tour promptly at 5:00 PM. Arrive early for the best shot at seeing all the homes.

  • The start location is at the intersection of Hayes Street and Baker Street; look for the balloons. Please know that we maintain the privacy of our generous homeowners until the day of the tour. This prevents early-birds from paying anyone an unexpected visit. Again, MUNI bus lines 5-Fulton (three blocks from our start), 24-Divisadero (two blocks from our start), and the 21-Hayes (on our start) are all good alternatives to driving. You can plan a specific MUNI route here. Note to our East Bay visitors: the 5-Fulton and 21-Hayes bus lines are accessible from BART at the Montgomery Street Station.

  • You will need to visit the starting location at Hayes and Baker Streets to pick-up a tour program; the tour program serves as your ticket for entry into the homes.

  • Please bring your photo identification when picking up your tour program(s), as you may be asked for it.

  • If you purchased more than one ticket online, then you, as the purchaser, will need to pick up all your tour programs at one time and distribute them to your party. Again, tour programs are your "tickets."

  • If you ordered tickets via mail or at one of our events, then you may distribute your tickets to others or redeem all your programs at one time.

  • You may spend as much or as little time in each home.

  • You may visit the homes in any sequence.

  • You do not need to see all homes.

  • There may be lines at some homes; consider going to another house and returning a bit later.

  • Docents, homeowners, and other volunteers are given badges to bypass the lines. Docents and volunteers are on a limited break to see the homes on the tour; please understand this is one of their perks. (Consider becoming a volunteer next year and get free admission in exchange for your good deed!)

  • Restrooms are available in three locations as indicated on the map inside of the tour program.

  • There are a number of eateries within and surrounding the tour area. Come early for lunch or stay late for dinner. Make a day of it and explore this wonderful neighborhood!

  • Please consume all your delicious food and beverage goodies before entering any of the tour venues.

  • Large backpacks and bags are discouraged inside homes. If you must bring one, you will be asked to leave it at the door; regretfully, we cannot be responsible for your belongings. This policy helps prevent accidental damage to homeowners property or injury to others. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

  • Parents are asked to hold their very young children or, at a minimum, their hands at all times inside homes.

  • For privacy reasons, we ask that you refrain from taking photos inside any of the buildings on the tour. You are encouraged to take as many pictures outside as you like. If you see an official Alliance photographer, we hope you won't be bashful.

  • Tour attendees with service animals are welcome, but in some instances, due to homeowner and family allergies, you may be asked to leave your companion with a docent outside of the private residence. If possible based on circumstances and abilities, another docent will attempt to render assistance in touring the home, if you require it. We encourage you to leave all non-service pets at home or, if you must bring them with you, ask that you please curb them away from other tour guests and docents. This includes even the friendliest of pet.

Lastly, and this is for the enjoyment of all, we reserve the right to refuse anyone admission and to ask anyone to leave we deem disruptive.