"Beautiful property in a great location. Really spacious! We vacationed with our 5 kids, ages 4 to 19, and we hosted extended family dinners and movie nights with my sister, her husband, brother in law and 3 kids. We loved the high ceilings, charming architectural details (original woodwork! Nonfunctional but pretty fireplaces! Stained glass skylight at the top of the stairs!). Also the art on the walls was very interesting, many with a San Fran theme; loved the panoramic photo capturing the city on fire in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake. Nice kitchen, not huge but the most cooking we did was oatmeal and fruit. Dining table sat 10.
We discovered the Bi Rite grocery a mile away, Safeway and Whole Foods about a half mile away. Corner liquor store just across the street was surprisingly well stocked with essentials like soy milk, Cheerios, whole wheat bread, microwave meals (even organic vegan options!). Jumpin Java coffee house a couple doors down was my morning stop in for passable coffee, and they did have vegan breakfast sandwich options.
We rented a minivan but mostly took public transportation everywhere. The crazy little garage was one of the few drawbacks to this rental...We were warned that it's small, and it wouldn't fit a "large SUV." I sent an email inquiry to be sure a regular minivan would fit, but I never got a reply...so let me tell you, it was lucky we received a Kia Sedona from Hertz, and not a Dodge Grand Caravan. The Kia barely fit, with folding one of the side mirrors down. Not only is it narrow, but then there's a 90 degree right turn a short distance in, and then a steep decline... And then you have the neighbor car to the right. If we had rented 153, there's no way our car would have fit. Backing out is definitely a 2 person job.
Another negative was an off odor, dog I think. My husband's allergies were triggered a bit.
Another minus was that many of the lightbulbs were out, and no replacements were to be found.
Overall, a charming and spacious Victorian flat in a pretty neighborhood. As to value, better than needing 2 hotel suites, and much better opportunities for family bonding. We loved it!"
Date of Stay: February 2015
Review Submitted: February 26, 2015