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2000+ Sqft House - Stunning Sf Views! - Steinway Grand Piano! - Parking! - Wifi!

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Last updated: 07/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Potrero Hill house description

This spacious, three-story, architect-designed and elegantly-furnished house is my private home when I am not traveling. It sits high on the north slope of Potrero Hill in the heart of San Francisco and is the perfect short-term residence for vacationers or traveling professionals and executives.

There are sweeping views of downtown San Francisco and the Bay from the living room, kitchen, both bedrooms, and from the balconies off the living room & master bedroom (I was standing on the master bedroom balcony when I took the photo of the view). The living room has a dramatic marble fireplace, an award-winning staircase, antique Japanese furniture, original art & sculpture, a Steinway grand piano, a high-end stereo sound system, a 46-inch HDTV, BluRay DVD player, and a soaring cathedral ceiling with sunlight streaming through the two double French doors, the huge skylight, and the many windows.

The master bedroom suite, a private sanctuary that occupies the entire third floor, has a 'window wall' framing a magnificent view of downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge (see photo), a sitting area with its own fireplace, a 54-inch HDTV, antique Japanese tansu chests, a balcony, separate dressing room, Japanese-inspired bathroom, and a private redwood deck that floats among the bamboo and Japanese maples in the rear garden.

The second bedroom is smaller but equally stylish with a queen bed, a 42-inch HDTV, and its own large bathroom. There is also a leather couch in the living room which opens into a comfortable queen-size sofa bed.

All three televisions have Xfinity (Comcast) HD cable service with hundreds of channels and many free, on-demand movies. A guest computer with broadband Internet access is provided, and there is free broadband WiFi throughout the house.

As you have probably already gathered, I am rather fond of my home, but my opinion is shared by others. Previous guests have said 'it is like staying in a miniature museum', 'an architectural gem!', 'one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen', 'incredibly peaceful, a wonderful place to relax'. A real estate professional who stayed for two weeks said, in his review on one web site, 'I have rented many houses in various locations throughout the years. Bill's house was the best ever.'

While I appreciate the compliments, the point is that this home is more than just a place to store your suitcase while you are visiting San Francisco. It will be part of the experience itself. If you or a member of your family plays the piano, there is a Steinway grand in the living room. If you are a history buff or armchair explorer, you will find one of California's largest private collections of books on Alaska and Russian America. If you are more into literature, there is an extensive collection of books by and about Mark Twain. If you appreciate art, the walls are covered with original works by contemporary artists, none of whom are particularly famous -- yet -- but all of whom are extremely talented and, I am fortunate to say, personal friends of mine. Scattered throughout the house you will discover Eskimo and Native American art and artifacts, sculpture, antique Japanese tansu chests, Persian carpets, a high-end music system, and many other treats.

Located high on Potrero Hill, My house offers incredible views of San Francisco's famous skyline and is just minutes to downtown, Moscone Center, Union Square and the SF Giants' ballpark. You can reach any other part of the City (Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.) in 20 minutes or less. San Francisco Airport is 15 minutes away, Oakland and Berkeley are 30 minutes away, Stanford University and Silicon Valley are 30-45 minutes away, Sausalito, Tiburon, and Mill Valley are 30 minutes away. Napa Valley and the wine country are just an hour away, Carmel and Monterey are 2 hours away, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park are 4 hours away. A car is useful, but public transportation is available just one block away.

Potrero Hill enjoys the sunniest and warmest weather in San Francisco, and this safe, quiet, upscale neighborhood is a delight. Several of San Francisco's best restaurants are within walking distance, including French, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Middle Eastern, and one of the best pizzeria's in town. Farley's, whose motto is 'friends don't let friends drink Starbucks', is a classic 1950s coffee shop that draws customers from all over the city. If you like beer, the Anchor Steam Brewery tasting room is four blocks down the hill. Finally, one of the best features of my neighborhood is that it is one of the very few places in San Francisco where there is never have a parking problem for you or your guests! Parking spaces abound and no permit is required.

To make certain that your stay is trouble-free, my house manager lives in a small cottage at the rear of the garden and is ready to assist you as necessary.

In my humble opinion, this is the best accommodation value in San Francisco. So why stay in a pricey San Francisco hotel or sterile corporate apartment when my house offers twice as much for half the price? Deal directly with the owner, not an agent or property manager. This is one of the best accommodation values in San Francisco! When you compare my rates with a hotel, remember to add both the 14% San Francisco hotel tax and the 8.5% sales tax to the rate quoted by the hotel. Many San Francisco visitors are shocked by their final bill. My rates include all taxes.

NOTE: Maximum of six persons. Minimum stay of three days. Please check my availability calendar before making an inquiry. Because I travel so much, email is my preferred method of contact.

LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT: Reservations made within one month of arrival date may be eligible for a 'last minute' discount.

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Keywords: Large, 3-Story House (2,200 sq. ft.)

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Eight years old...moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            54-inch HDTV...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            42-inch HDTV...moreless

          • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

            Queen-size Sofa bed...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            The kitchen was recently remodeled and now boasts stunning Japanese tansu cabinetry and all new appliances, including a high-end gas stove. It contains just about every appliance, utensil, pot and pan a good cook could ask for as well as basic supplies such as paper towels, dishwashing soap, cleaning supplies, etc....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            I love to cook, so my kitchen is equipped with everything a talented chef might need....moreless

          • Ice Maker
          • Microwave
          • Dishwasher


          • Parking Off Street:

            Unlike the rest of San Francisco, there is always plenty of parking in my neighborhood, for you and any guests that may visit you....moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:


          • Linens Provided
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Washing Machine

          Other Amenities

              • Elegantly furnished with original art & antiques, Steinway grand piano, Persian carpets, computer and broadband WiFi, 46-inch HDTV in the living room, 54-inch HDTV in the master bedroom, 42-inch HDTV in the second bedroom, hundreds of cable channels, many free on-demand movies and streaming Netflix, 2 fireplaces (living room & master bedroom), Japanese-style chef's kitchen, spacious master bedroom with panoramic views of downtown San Francisco and an amazing Japanese-style bathroom, large library of books ...moreless


              • Satellite / Cable:

                Hundreds of HD channels, many free on-demand and Netflix. There is a 46-inch HDTV in the living room, a 54-inch HDTV in the master bedroom, and a 42-inch in the second bedroom. ...moreless

              • Music Library:

                Many CDs of every music genre. Particularly large collection of classical music and musicals....moreless

              • CD Player


              • Broadband Access:

                the fastest cable internet service that Comcast offers...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Broadband Wireless N - the latest and fastest...moreless

              • Computer Available

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio

              Location & View

                  • Monument View:

                    Panoramic views of downtown San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay, and the East Bay hills....moreless


                  • Museums
                  • Zoo
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Cinemas
                  • Live Theater
                  • Restaurants
                  • Antiquing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Shopping
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Tennis
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Cycling


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                  from 51 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  High Season
                  May 1 - Oct 31, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  Low Season - Fall
                  Nov 1 - Dec 21, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  Christmas/New Year Holiday
                  Dec 22 - Jan 3, 2015
                  6 night min stay
                  Low Season - Spring
                  Jan 4 - Apr 30, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  $255 $255
                  Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $1,785 $7,650
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Taxes Included


                  Maximum number of guests: 6.

                  Quoted rates are for 1 or 2 guests sharing one bedroom. Rates for additional guests are higher.

                  Thanksgiving rates same as Xmas/New Year rates.

                  Arrive/depart dates at least 2 days before/after Thanksgiving/Xmas/New Years

                  Minimum age 8 years old.

                  Cleaning fee: $150 for 1-4 guests, $200 for 5-6 guests.

                  All taxes included.

                  Absolutely no smoking.

                  Absolutely no pets.

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                  Last updated: 07/21/2014
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                  Owner info

                  About the owner: I am an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and consultant who has spent more than 25 years in Silicon Valley. I have started several companies of my own and worked with dozens of other embryonic technology ventures providing concept validation, strategic analysis and planning, interim management, mentoring, and investment capital. In a moment of whimsey or insanity (the jury is still out), two friends and I recently put together a group of investors to buy a ruined 17th mill on the Tiber River about an hour and a half from Rome, Italy. We hope to begin restoration soon:

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                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Steinway Grand Piano

                    Steinway Grand Piano

                  • Dining Room

                    Dining Room

                  • Entrance to Kitchen

                    Entrance to Kitchen

                  • Chef's Kitchen (recently remodeled)

                    Chef's Kitchen (recently remodeled)

                  • Master Bedroom

                    Master Bedroom

                  • Master Bedroom

                    Master Bedroom

                  • Master Bathroom

                    Master Bathroom

                  • Second Bedroom

                    Second Bedroom

                  • Deck off the Master Bedroon Overlooking the Japanese Garden

                    Deck off the Master Bedroon Overlooking the Japanese Garden

                  • View of Downtown San Francisco from the Master Bedroom and Living Room

                    View of Downtown San Francisco from the Master Bedroom and Living Room

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Living Room Fireplace

                    Living Room Fireplace

                  • Living Room - 46' HDTV

                    Living Room - 46' HDTV

                  • Dining Room

                    Dining Room

                  • Chef's Kitchen (recently remodeled)

                    Chef's Kitchen (recently remodeled)

                  • Chef's Kitchen (recently remodeled)

                    Chef's Kitchen (recently remodeled)

                  • Master Bedroom

                    Master Bedroom

                  • Master Bedroom

                    Master Bedroom

                  • Master Bathroom - Japanese-Style Shower

                    Master Bathroom - Japanese-Style Shower

                  • Second Bedroom

                    Second Bedroom

                  • Entrance to the Front Door

                    Entrance to the Front Door

                  VRBO #4975

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                  This listing was first published here in 2000.

                  Date last modified - Sunday, July 20, 2014

                  $255 - $345 per night (USD)

                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

                  View calendar: Updated 07/21/14
                  Minimum stay: 3-6 nights
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