About the property
- House4100 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom
Prime Marina District location, just a few blocks from San Francisco Bay, Palace of Fine Arts, Crissy Field, Marina Green and Fort Mason. 4,100+ square foot home built in 1926 and fully remodeled retaining its old world charm.
With five formal bedrooms and four full baths, two families with children can enjoy their privacy, while sharing common spaces including the formal living room, sun room for games, media room, deck off the spacious master bedroom and pleasant back yard.
Ideal for family reunions and vacations, corporate relocations, conference attendees, or wedding parties, the spacious home is location is in one of the most convenient and desirable neighborhoods of San Francisco.
The house is WiFi enable and has three large smart HDTVs with surround sound, DirecTV's Entertainment Package including 150+ channels including all the top entertainment and news channels, plus all the major sports networks. Additionally, internet access for you to log into your own Netflix, Amazon Prime and other accounts. We also offer DVD and CD players, and am/fm stereo, plus a landline for free local calls.
Enter the ground floor foyer with spacious coat closet.
Past the 2-car tandem garage, you will find the media room with adjacent full bath. French doors open onto a patio with a dining table and chairs, two lounge chairs, and a BBQ grill. The ground floor utility room contains a second refrigerator/freezer and second washing machine/dryer set.
Up one flight of stairs you will find the main entertaining areas. Formal living room with comfortable seating area, large west-facing windows, a fireplace, baby grand piano, HD TV with surround sound, DirecTV's Entertainment Package including 150+ channels including all the top entertainment and news channels, plus all the major sports networks, internet access for Netflix and Amazon Prime, DVD and CD players, and am/fm stereo.
Adjacent dining room has a sturdy and spacious table that can be expanded with leaves to accommodate up to twelve diners. Gourmet kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances including a Thermador Range with 4 burners and built-in griddle, Venmar hood with heat lamps, Jenn-Air double oven, Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, quiet Bosch dishwasher (installed in 2017), plus a 2-person breakfast table.
Also on this floor are two bedrooms, one full bath with shower over tub, and a sunroom stocked with family games.
Upstairs you will find the elegant 900-square foot master bedroom with jetted bathtub, double-headed shower with skylight above, his and her sinks and a separate room for the toilet. French doors open to a private deck with city views. On this floor, there are two additional bedrooms (queen and full), another full bath with shower over tub, plus a clothes washer and dryer.
Head north 1 ½ blocks and you’ll find San Francisco Bay. Stroll down to see the boats of the Marina, walk on groomed paths or the sandy beaches of Crissy Field where you’ll see the best kite boarders and wind surfers playing in the water. On calmer days you’re more likely to spot a sea lion bobbing in the surf. Continue to historic Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, just two miles west, where surfers hang out when conditions are right. or take the more rigorous hiking paths up the hill to walk across the iconic bridge itself. This part of the Presidio houses many entertaining public venues including Planet Granite climbing gym, Batter’s Box batting cages and House of Air trampoline park. Don’t miss the swans, turtles and other wildlife abundant in the pond adjacent to the 100+-year-old Neo Classical Palace of Fine Arts, one of the city’s most popular and picturesque photo backdrops, just two blocks from the house.
Head south four blocks and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Marina’s commercial center-- Chestnut Street-- packed with lively restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. The neighborhood’s dining establishments are varied and abundant. Breakfast options range from Starbucks, Peets Coffee, and Noah’s Bagels to Le Marais for fancy espresso drinks and French pastries, or the popular Home Plate diner. Casual lunch options include designing your own gourmet salad at Pluto’s or The Plant Café Organic, grabbing a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich at Blue Barn or selecting a sustainably harvested ahi tuna poke bowl at Pacific Catch. For dinner you can enjoy a picture of Margaritas and Mexican fare while people watching from the sidewalk seating area at Tacolicious, or opt for world class Southern Italian Cuisine and wine parings at A-16.
Chestnut Street still boasts two independently owned neighborhood movie houses, the Presidio and Marina Theatres. There’s a small but well-stocked grocery store and a separate high quality meat market in case you’d rather pick up supplies to cook at home, an Apple Store, and a 24-hour Walgreens Pharmacy conveniently located just 5 blocks from the house. Other nightlife options within easy walking distance range from dive bars to wine bars to live music venues.
On Sunday mornings head west ½ mile to the Fort Mason Organic Farmers’ Market where you can buy prepared foods to eat on the spot, or pick up the finest quality local produce, meats and seafood, bread, produce and condiments to make your own picnic or transform into a gourmet dinner. It’s a great place to pick up some local honey or olives to bring home as a souvenir. This location is also home to a diverse range of food trucks, accompanied by live music at Off the Grid every Friday evening from June through September.
Continue in his direction and you’ll find Aquatic Park, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Pier 39, the Exploratorium, and the Ferry Building. San Francisco lends itself to being explored on foot, but it’s easy to drive or use public transit or ride-sharing services to reach other top sites incuding SFMOMA and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Art Museums, Golden Gate Park, (where you’ll find the California Academy of Sciences, the DeYoung Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, Botanical Gardens, and the Japanese Tea Garden), Coit Tower, curvy Lombard Street, and Ocean Beach.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 23, 2018
About owner/property manager
Gary and Anne met on the first day of graduate school at UCLA, and started dating a few weeks later. Eventually relocating to SF was a requirement for Gary, who moved to Northern California to attend UC Berkeley and relocated to San Francisco when he graduated. He couldn't wait to return to "The City," and Anne agreed that it would be a terrific place to raise a family. So, after a few years in LA, we jumped at the opportunity when the investment bank Gary worked for asked if he'd be willing to relocate. We really appreciate delicious food and wine, and Anne cooks often (her specialties are paella, gumbo, pesto, Caesar salad, and chocolate chip cookies with pecans or almonds). But we love eating out in San Francisco and are happy to offer restaurant suggestions to visitors. Gary is a sports nut, who's been commissioner of his fantasy football league for over three decades. We're season ticket holders of the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors as well as Cal Football and Basketball. Anne loves making art and looking at it in places like SFMOMA and the DeYoung Museum. She ran three marathons including Boston, but has retired from running as she now needs a knee replacement. Our other hobbies include travel, attending concerts, and watching movies.
owner/property manager purchased this House in 1997
Why owner/property manager chose Marina District
As a recently married couple we moved to San Francisco from Southern California, and immediately fell in love with the Marina District. For us the neighborhood offered the perfect combination as we are situated between nature in one direction and city life in the other. After renting in this neighborhood, we were able to purchase our home a few months after our first baby was born, as we anticipated having another within a few years. We were only the second owners of the home; the seller, along with four siblings, had been raised in the house his parents built in 1926. We chose the place because we loved its period charm including original fireplace and plaster moldings. It was large enough Before moving in, we updated the kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. A few years later we added a 900 square foot master suite with a deck, spacious bathroom, and two walk-in closets. We used to grow vegetables in our backyard, but We raised two wonderful children to adulthood in this home. Now that they are out of the nest, we are traveling more (including visits to them at college), and have decided to offer our place for short term rentals for the first time.
What makes this House unique
Walk out our front door to the right and in a block and a half you will reach the Bay. Head west to the beach at Crissy Field, and continue to Fort Point or follow hiking trails up into the Presidio and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Turn right instead, and walk past Marina Green to Fort Mason with its organic farmers market on Sundays and Off the Grid, the largest roaming mobile food extravaganza on Friday nights from early March through late October. Continue in this direction to Aquatic Park and Fisherman's Wharf. If, when you head out the front door, you turn left instead, you will only need to walk a few blocks to reach the Marina's commercial hub. On Chestnut Street you will find wonderful restaurants, cafes, bars, movie theaters and boutiques in the other. There's a grocery store and sustainable meat market if you'd like to pick up groceries and cook in the house's gourmet kitchen.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Spacious and comfortable
This was an amazing location for a home base to visit San Francisco for my family. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen very open and functional. The owner was more than accommodating. We highly recommend this VRBO.
We are so glad that you and your lovely kids enjoyed staying at our home while exploring the City. We'd love to have you return, and hope you'll decide to make San Francisco an annual vacation destination! I'm glad I got to know you through our communications, and would recommend you with absolutely no reservations to other hosts.
Grand house in the most beautiful, convenient location in the City!
I was very pleased with my stay at Villa Marina! Anne accommodated my 10 out of town guests and I very well for my 25th birthday celebration. The property itself is incredibly spacious with plenty of sleeping and closet space. Location, location, location! It is very conveniently located 2 blocks away from the Marina, every sunrise and sunset we walked out to view SF's iconic Golden Gate Bridge and got the best pictures out of it! Also very close to all marina bars and restaurants, Palace of Fine Arts and just a short drive away from the nearest Safeway. There is plenty of kitchen items to utilize for home cooking and great tv/ cable service for games or movies. We were lucky enough to utilize the backyard (in February) on a beautiful sunny day and soak up some rays on their nice patio furniture. I'm looking forward to coming back to Anne's property for a family reunion in the near future. Thanks for a great first stay!
We were so pleased to host your milestone birthday celebration, and that you had such spectacular weather while you were here. Please do return to Villa Marina for your family reunion! We would be delighted to host you and your family again, and can vouch that you are the kind of communicative and considerate guests that any host would welcome.
Great home in a great location
I had the pleasure of staying at the Vollen's home for two months and it was a fantastic experience! The house is very large with great amenities and a super cool top floor patio, and so happens to be in an amazing location.
The top floor master bedroom connects nicely to the rest of the home with a matching bathroom. It also backs on to the patio which looks over the back garden and across the neighbouring rooftops, makes for a great spot on a sunny day! A fully stocked kitchen with quality appliances makes for a nice space to cook and entertain. There was also lots of parking, either in the garage or on the street which was highly convenient. Although it's a large home, it is very well connected by stairwells at the front and back of the house making it easy to get around.
As mentioned, the location was also fantastic. Only a block from the water, I would always walk to the beach for a morning coffee and during the week I would hop on my bike and ride along the water all the way to work. Less then 5 minutes walking the other direction is a multitude of restaurants, cafes, clothing stores, ice cream shops, movie theatres, bars, and more. Even though there is a lot going on in the area it is really quiet for the city due to the fact it's on the periphery of the peninsula. This also means it's only 5 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge taking you out of the city for weekend adventures!
Overall, whether you're in the city for a few months with your family or here to work and temporarily need a place this is a great option! The Vollens are very friendly people and their home truly is wonderful!
Thanks for your kind words, Adrian. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us!
Great location! Great home!
After coming to California for our son's college graduation, our extended family added an excursion to San Francisco to the end of the trip, and very muc h enjoyed staying at Anne and Gary's home.
We had lived in this neighborhood before moving to the Midwest over a decade ago, so knew that the location w as right where we wanted to stay during our visit. It was fun for us to visit old haunts from Crissy Field to Chestnut Street, while also discovering new sights and businesses.
This is a very large home but has an inviting and warm feel to it. We didn't spend all that much time at home since we wanted t o maximize our time in San Francisco, but the house does have multiple public rooms where people can hang out without getting in one others' way.
My husband and I were very happy in the huge master suite with its spa-like bathroom (I loved the towel warmer and jacuzzi!) The private deck overlooking nei ghborhood backyards was a peaceful place to drink coffee in the morning before tackling the day's activities.
The grandparents were comfortable in the q ueen bedrooms, and our teenaged kids had no complaints about their sleeping situations either (it was nice that they didn't have to share a bed or even a bedroom as they often do when we're traveling).
The hosts were good communicators, and offered recommendations for restaurants and activities to do whi le we were here. With so many interesting places to eat out or pick up casual food nearby, we only chose to cook dinner at the house once, but the kitche n was stocked with everything we needed. We did save time and money by buying groceries so everyone could have the kind of breakfast they wanted accordin g to their own schedule. This was a good way to save time and money before the group headed out for each day's adventures.
We appreciated having access to two garage spaces as we were all too familiar with the tactics of parking enforcement officers who seem to delight in ticketing anyone who doesdoesn't have a residential permit allowing them to keep a car on the street for more than two hours on weekdays.
We highly recommend this property for a group of 8-10, and would definitely choose to stay here again when our family visits San Francisco in the future.
We are so glad that your family enjoyed their stay, and hope you will come back to visit your old neighborhood soon!