The house is an original 1875 Victorian, with the classic gingerbread façade, an elegant interior, and a professional kitchen. It’s full of books, with a significant art collection. It is safe to say that a house like this rarely comes on the rental market.
The bedrooms, on the second floor, sleep two couples, and each has its own bathroom. The master bath is especially luxurious. There is also a half-bath downstairs. The first floor includes the kitchen, a separate dining room, and a double parlor with a Steinway grand piano.
The house has 12-foot ceilings, bay windows, and all the interior ornamentation that is traditional in the “painted lady” style. There is an extensive collection of recorded music, high-end audio equipment, Blu-ray DVD, and HD Roku TV. The furniture is of very high quality. Our art collection is eclectic, and wide-ranging; it includes several very valuable works.
The kitchen is outfitted to professional standards, including a Garland six-burner range and restaurant cookware. We welcome you to use our china, sterling flatware, and Riedel glasses.
Our garden is small, but it offers flowers, herbs, and two little Meyer lemon trees. The house is in a quiet, refined neighborhood of Lower Pacific Heights. It is only a mile from Union Square, the heart of San Francisco. The restaurants, shops, and other amenities on Fillmore Street, two blocks away, are extraordinary.
Within a short ride are the symphony, the opera, the theater district, the Asian Art Museum, Golden Gate Park (with its splendid De Young art museum and the California Academy of Sciences), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ferry Building farmers' market, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, downtown shopping, the boutiques of Union Street and Chestnut Street, and a wide variety of entertainment venues. Major churches and synagogues are within walking distance.
The location is unbeatable for food lovers: the farmers' market at the Ferry Building is probably the best in the United States. Groceries available nearby, at Mollie Stone's and Bryan's markets, are also of remarkable quality. The restaurants within a short distance are among the city's best. In this neighborhood alone are SPQR, The Progress, State Bird Provisions, Pizzeria Delfina, Dosa, Woodhouse Fish Company, Octavia, B. Patisserie, Elite Cafe, Florio, Roam Artisan Burgers, Wise Sons Bagel & Bakery, Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar (sustainable fish only!), and the myriad restaurants of Japantown. Several of our neighborhood restaurants have Michelin stars, and one, State Bird Provisions, was named Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appétit magazine in 2012.
Among San Francisco's fine dining restaurants within easy reach are Campton Place, Zuni Cafe, Quince, Atelier Crenn, Rich Table, Saison, La Folie, and Acquerello. The Richmond District offers bargain dining at a very high level in various East Asian cuisines--and dozens of discoveries. Tommy's Mexican Restaurant, for example, has an encyclopedic collection of tequilas as well as bartenders capable of explaining them in detail. The Hakka cuisine at the outwardly modest Ton Kiang is, we believe, as good as any other Chinese food in the city.