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Jan. 2016 - Noe Valley Garden Apt - W/D Kitchen Wi-Fi Printer; Maid Service

Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 15 nights


About the property

Apartment, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Minimum stay: 31 nights.

Next availability: January 2017.

For more info, visit our web site (see link below) or find us on yelp and facebook ... search for SF Vacation Hut & give us a 'like'!

LOCATION: Near 27th St / 28th St and Dolores Street. Easy walking distance from Tech Shuttle Stops (Google, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Yahoo, Genentech, Zynga, EA, Dolby, Dropbox, etc)

Driveway Parking, SF MUNI Transit Passes, and use of one bicycle with lights, basket, U-lock, and helmet, may be negotiated with your reservation, for an additional price or deposit. Ask for details.

Vegan, Locavore, Omnivore: come one, come all, to SF Vacation Hut. You'll fall in love with this Organic, Eco-Friendly Studio Apartment, perfectly situated next to the internationally acclaimed eateries of the Mission, the Valencia Corridor, and Noe Valley.

Whether you're in town for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives, or maybe even all three ... our goal is for you to feel at home from the moment you arrive. Your welcome package may feature chardonnay from a solar-powered winery in Napa, organic fruit and juice, breakfast, fresh flowers and gourmet chocolate. Plus we provide plenty of guide books, maps and more. Don't miss the chance to live like a local in a beautifully furnished San Francisco apartment.

SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS: Enjoy a luxurious night of sleep in the Queen-Sized Bed with hypoallergenic, eco-friendly mattress and organic cotton sheets. You'll find the European-style sofa perfect for reading, watching TV, or planning the next day of sightseeing. The sofa folds out to sleep an additional guest.

OUTDOOR SPACE: Bring your yoga mat and suntan lotion! In the summer, the backyard is a SUN WORSHIPPER'S PARADISE. Lie outside and get an extra dose of Vitamin D. The Backyard Patio and Rose Garden (total size, 25 feet x 50 feet) has views of Redwoods and Palm Trees.

LAUNDRY FACILITIES: The apartment has an In-Unit Laundry Room with Washer and Dryer (not shared; it's just for you!). Iron and ironing board, eco-friendly detergents and dryer sheets are provided. There's even a sewing kit and a tool kit.

FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN: Prepare your own meals in the kitchen and serve meals at the dining bar built for two. Having friends over? Feel free to entertain them outdoors, as we have plenty of tables and seating at the garden patio with BBQ. The kitchen features a full-size Electric Stove & Oven, Programmable Coffee Maker, Dishwasher (!!!), Microwave, Toaster / Toaster Oven, Blender, Coffee Bean Grinder, French Press, and more. Kitchen utensils, dishes, a full range of spices, and natural dish soap are all provided.

PRIVATE BATH: The private bath has a tub with shower, and 100% organic cotton towels. Enjoy lavender-scented or unscented shampoo, conditioner, and soaps. We re-stock the dispensers with eco-friendly, all natural products.

BUSINESS CENTER, EN SUITE. To keep you organized and in touch, the apartment offers a Laptop Computer ... all hooked up and ready to go, with fast, secure wireless internet and En Suite Printer/Copier/Scanner. Imagine how convenient it will be to print airline boarding passes, movie tickets & maps from the comfort of your own apartment. Of course you can also use the free wireless internet for your own laptop, iPad, or smart phone. The apartment includes an electronic safe large enough to store laptops and other valuables.

TV and OTHER AMENITIES. Fast Wi-Fi, Land Line Phone ... Flat Screen HDTV with DVD/CD Player and Basic Cable TV Channels, and a Video/Music Library. The DVD selection includes a variety of domestic blockbusters, indie films, and international titles, from the 1930s to the 2010s, children's movies and SF classics like Harold & Maude, Star Trek IV (the one with the whales!), The Birdman of Alcatraz, Mrs. Doubtfire, 'San Francisco' (with Clark Gable), The Flower Drum Song, and The Joy Luck Club.

FOR CHILDREN: We have a 3-level portable crib with organic cotton mattress, organic cotton sheets, baby blankets, and bibs, high chair, hooded terry cloth towels, Graco pack and play with mobile, Euro Spa baby bath tub, bath toys, California Baby no tears/fragrance free body wash/shampoo, toddler toilet seat and step stool, children's books and DVDs, and more. Parents traveling with babies and toddlers are definitely welcome.

SIZE & LAYOUT: The Queen-Sized Bed and Fold-Out Futon are both in the Main Room. The kitchen and dining bar are open to the main room; beyond that you continue down the hallway to the bathroom, laundry room, and then out the back door to the shared patio and garden. The entire apartment is 490 square feet. Due to size considerations, this apartment is best suited for a couple, or for parents with 1 or 2 small children.

PARKING, WALKING & TRANSIT: Easy driveway parking is available for 1 car (see below for dimensions). We offer complimentary Muni transit passes, and use of the bicycle storage room, for our car-free guests. While here, enjoy the car-free life of a San Franciscan. You can bike or take Muni buses, streetcars, and BART to get all around town. Or stay nearby and explore the adjoining neighborhoods on foot. (Our WalkScore is 97 out of 100, Walker's Paradise.)

WALKING DISTANCE from Corporate Shuttle Stops: Google, Yahoo, Genentech, Apple, Facebook, eBay, LinkedIn .... check with your company to see if they still have shuttle stops nearby. We're near 27th & Dolores.

SF Vacation Hut offers close proximity to downtown and the excitement of city life, in a quiet residential location, walking distance to trendy gourmet / locavore restaurants as well as old-fashioned pizzerias, taquerias, and neighborhood stores. You'll feel like a native when you come 'home' to this peaceful guest apartment.

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Rachel Donovan
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About Rachel Donovan

We are Jeff and Rachel, the owners of SF Vacation Hut; we live in the apartment upstairs. We love swing dancing, hiking, live music, record stores, vegan food, outdoor street festivals, and going for long walks or bike rides all over town. We have a combined total of 30 years of experience living in San Francisco and would be happy to help answer your questions about our city.

Rachel Donovan purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Rachel Donovan chose Bernal Heights

We are in one of the sunniest parts of town, right next to the Mission. It's easy to walk to the J-Church light rail line (only 5 minutes), as well as shopping and night life in Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, and the Mission. We are next to the 'bike freeway,' aka Valencia Street, which connects easily to the 'Wiggle,' leading to the Panhandle, Golden Gate Park, and Ocean Beach (one of Rachel's favorite rides). Within a 5-minute (very flat) walk you'll find Noeteca coffee & wine bar, Locavore (our hippest new restaurant), Martha's Coffee, Baby Blues BBQ, Amberjack Sushi, Safeway, New Alternatives Cafe, 26th & Guerrero Natural Foods, THE FRONT PORCH, Luv a Java, Mitchell's Ice Cream, Mi Lindo Peru, and Omnivore Books (a whole bookstore just for cookbooks!). Yes, this is Foodie Heaven.

We're a quick (20 minutes) uphill hike to the top of Bernal Heights. On the way up, you'll follow an enchanting garden stairway, with a slide (for kids and kids at heart) that matches the contour of the hill. When you get to the top, you'll be rewarded with VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS! Including Golden Gate Bridge, the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge, Twin Peaks ... don't miss it!

We're a 20-minute walk from the wonderful people watching and city views at Dolores Park. It's easy to get to Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Chinatown, Alcatraz, SF Museum of Modern Art, and the cable cars from SF Vacation Hut ... just take the J-Church or BART to get downtown; then, either walk or take the cable cars, trolleys, buses, or historic streetcars. (From the BART station, it's only a 5-minute train ride to get downtown.)

Noe Valley is a large neighborhood, geographically; 'our part' of Noe Valley has easy access to the 280 freeway via San Jose Avenue and the 101 freeway via Cesar Chavez. We are less than a 20-minute taxi ride from SFO Airport (24 min. on BART), 30 min. drive from Oakland's airport, and 60 min. from San Jose Airport. You'll be amazed by how convenient everything is!

What makes this apartment unique

Our guest apartment is very clean and new; we've taken care to furnish it as a calming retreat after a busy day. We call it SF Vacation Hut because it is a true studio with only one room (aside from the hallway, bathroom, and laundry room) where everything happens ... cooking, sleeping, working, and relaxing ... so you could say its a modern version of the 'family hut' from traditions gone by.

We (Jeff and Rachel) live upstairs and want to help you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay. As mentioned in the main description, you'll love the welcome package, with breakfast foods, social beverages, fresh flowers and chocolates, included! We've taken care of many of the practical details so you can make yourself at home and live like a true San Franciscan ... whether you're staying for a month or only a few days.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were here to visit our son and see San Francisco. We did all the touristy things ... Golden Gate Bridge, the Park, etc. We loved the cruise under the bridge and around Alcatraz and also the visit to Sausalito. We had mostly good weather, and some rain. The apartment is lovely. It is stocked with great thought by Jeff & Rachel. All the information is really helpful. Flowers and chocolate are really nice touches. We were very comfortable and felt very safe here. Would highly recommend this apartment in lovely area. Thanks so much. J&R
Oct 2010
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Bernal Heights Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Keetsa eco-friendly mattress with microfiber cover; removable 4-inch memory foam topper (depending on how soft you like it); organic pillows with microfiber covers; organic cotton or conventional sheets., Baby Cribs (1) Three level wooden crib with organic cotton mattress & organic linens provided on request, PLUS a Graco Pack and Play crib. , Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon mattress is 78 inches by 50 inches. Includes 4-inch memory foam topper with padded cover and organic sheets. Located in same room as queen-size bed.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
digital SAFE to lock up your laptop and other valuables; printer/copier/scanner, garden view, organic cotton bath robes for adults and baby, ionic hair dryer, iron, ironing board, in-unit laundry room, weight/body-fat scale, binder full of restaurant menus & tourism brochures, guide books and maps, bar area for dining, writing desk, MP3 player/ipod connections on clock radio, black-out curtains


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average rating of 4.92 based on 32 reviews

Fantastic Cosy Apartment with Full Amenities

  • 5 of 5

Very pretty and well stocked apartment half an hour to Union Square by Muni tram. There was no problems coming back after dark as the neighbourhood felt safe.

We were 2 adults with 2 young kids (one still using a pram) and the apartment was just nice with the queen bed and pull out sofa bed.

This apartment has all the amenities you need for a longer visit to San Francisco.

The full kitchen includes all the pots and pans and plates to prepare a meal. They even have a coffee maker and grinder so you can purchase gourmet coffee beans from Whole Foods Supermarket which is just a nice stroll away. There are also some nice restaurants nearby. We had fantastic pizza a few blocks away. Safeway, Walgreens and Whole Foods are within walking distance.

When you've walked too much around the streets of San Francisco, you can have a nice relaxing bath in the bath tub.

The backyard has a beautiful garden to chill in, though it was too cold for us this April to fully enjoy the wonderful flowers and water fountain.

The washer and dryer is very handy as we stayed a month and I could immediately wash food stained children's clothes rather than having to go to a laundromat.

Will definitely stay here again if I next visit SF.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jeanine et Jean-Paul

  • 5 of 5

J'ai passé plus de 7 semaines ( 23/04/13 au 15/06/13) dans cet appartement et je suis très enthousiaste.

Cet appartement, situé dans un quartier très chouette, outre le fait qu'il est très propre - femme d'ouvrage tous les 15 jours - est super équipé.

J'ai trouvé tout ce dont j'avais besoin : des épices, le gel pour les cheveux, le sparadrap, le tourne vis, la machine à lessiver, le séchoir, plein d'espace de rangement, un super jardinet ,...Rachel et Jeff sont sympathiques. Je garde un merveilleux souvenir de mon séjour à San Francisco. Les 7 semaines se sont envolées à la vitesse de l'éclair : l'appartement, le ciel bleu, le soleil, l'océan, les restaurants, tout s'est conjugué pour faire de ce séjour un moment formidable.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great apartment, nice neighborhood, & gracious hosts.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2012
  • Stayed: November 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Colin, thanks for the review! So glad you enjoyed our apartment as a "first landing place," during your transition from across the country to a new job in the SF Bay Area. Most of our guests stay for one month or more (like you did), but if you'd like to come back for a shorter stay, let us know, as we are sometimes able to accommodate. Good luck at the new job, and best wishes in the new year. Warmly, Rachel and Jeff
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Caracas, Venezuela

Feels just like home!

  • 5 of 5

Rachel and Jeff have a beautiful place, a quiet and cozy nest to stay in one od the best neighborhoosds in San Francisco. Everything in the apartment is useful and full of joy! The place is packed with everything you need for a vacation: they even have razors in case you forgot yours! The kitchen is fully equipped, and very generous. Everything they offer on the web page is provided, and more! It is a nice touch to arrive so late at night and find flowers, fruits, cereal, bread, and more food in the refrigerator: your first breakfast is ready!

There is so much storage space, and the laundry works perfect.

We walked through the neighborhood to find groceries, cafés, restaurants, bike shops, pilates, you name it!

Rachel and Jeff are ALWAYS available to answer your requests (if there is any!).

My wife and I found that we now have the perfect place to stay in the perfect city.

Thank you very much Rachel and Jeff, for having created such a wonderful place, and for being such excelent hosts!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great place for a real San Francisco experience!

  • 4 of 5

I stayed for 6 weeks in this quiet, clean and excellently located studio. If you want to have the real San Francisco experience - meaning living like the locals - this is the right place.

The renting procedure was easy and fast, the owners responded always immediately to my questions. The owners are very correct and extremely helpful. When I arrived, Rachel provided me with lots of books, maps and DVDs of films made in San Francisco! What is really excellent is that you are provided with a free transit pass so that you can use all public transport means in San Francisco. The studio is located in Noe Valley, a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful houses, which might seem for a tourist a bit far in the south of the city. However, with public transport, one is easily in 15-20 minutes in the city center (the studio is in walking distance to the airport BART!).

As mentioned in the ad, the studio has wifi, a laptop and even a printer, which simplified my life enormously (I studied in San Francisco). One has direct access from the studio into a beautiful sunny garden. During my stay, the owners purchased a table and chairs so that I had my own, semi-private place in the garden.

Thank you very much, Rachel and Jeff, I really enjoyed staying at your place!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Montreal, Canada

Everything was great and as described but...

  • 4 of 5

The appartment is great and very well appointed. We were very happy with our choice and were impressed with the owner's attention to details.

After we left, we were waiting for the reimbursement of our security deposit. I contacted Rachel because I thought it would have been done right away. She didn't reply immediately because she was busy/away with family matters (which I completely understood once I knew). Because she had been so ''hands on'' since the beginning, I began to feel a little worried if I would get my money back (being thousands of miles away...). Anyway, it was all a misunderstanding and I finally got my security deposit back in a timely manner, but through all of this I was disappointed with Rachel's reaction to my worries. She was really offended that I even considered I could lose my money. She was very defensive in her emails and pushy... I finally just asked her to not write to me anymore (which she respected). I was hoping she would have been more considerate...

I waited a long time before writing this review because I don't want her to lose any renters... but in the end I felt it was important to share this experience. Again, the appartment is great, the location is good, Rachel was very helpful. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very pleased to see the wonderful 4-star review of our guest apartment from Kathy. In addition, I'm surprised to see that Kathy is still upset about a security deposit that I refunded IN FULL, only 7 days after her departure, nearly 8 months ago. As we say at SF Vacation Hut, "If it's important to you, it's important to us!" So ... I will respond. First, I would like to clear up exactly what happened here. Upon receipt of Kathy's initial message regarding the status of her security deposit, I responded immediately, cordially reassuring her that I was away on vacation and would return her deposit as soon as I got back. Luckily, that very same day I spied a "common use" computer in Yosemite and was able to process her deposit refund right away (a few days EARLIER than promised). Unfortunately, after my cordial message, Kathy began writing to me in a threatening tone. When I got back from vacation, I explained the situation and asked Kathy to apologize for her suspicious and threatening tone, especially given that I had already returned the deposit a few days prior. Not only did Kathy refuse to apologize, she asked that I never respond again, and I gladly obliged. :) Sadly, upon reading Kathy’s review, I see that she never understood what was wrong. She wrote here (about me) "She was really offended that I even considered I could lose my money." This underscores how completely Kathy misunderstood. In fact, I was not offended AT ALL when Kathy asked about the status of her deposit. I only became offended when Kathy began using a suspicious and threatening tone, AFTER I had assured her, in writing, that indeed she would be getting a full refund. Despite all of that, I do love that Kathy gave such a glowing review of the apartment, and my helpfulness and responsiveness throughout most of the process. Jeff and I enjoy creating a wonderful stay for our guests, from beginning to end, and we were sad to see the misunderstanding arise. After the incident with Kathy, we added the following to our guest rules: "The funds remaining in your security deposit will be refunded after your check-out and final cleaning, as soon as your hosts may conveniently do so, and no more than 21 days after your departure, per California state law." The prior wording was "as soon as possible after departure," and I realize this can mean different things to different people. :) We hope this clears things up for all future guests!
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Nearest Airport
11.9 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Noeteca Wine Bar
Nearest Ferry
4.3 Miles
Ferry to Larkspur, Sausalito, Alameda & Oakland
Nearest Golf
3.4 Miles
Gleneagles Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
J-Church Muni Line
Nearest Motorway
1.3 Miles
Route 280 San Jose Ave Exit
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
178 Miles
Sierra at Tahoe
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: not necessary

5 minutes on BART to downtown; 24 minutes on BART to SFO Airport; 14-minute walk to BART, 5-Minute walk to J-Church Muni; catch cable cars or historic streetcar to Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz; go for a hike to the top of Bernal Heights or Dolores Park; near shopping, farmer's markets, antique stores, playgrounds, parks, swimming pool, rock climbing gym, yoga studios, night life, restaurants, and more.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

THERE IS NO TAX!! for 30 nights or more (VRBO shows tax; it won't be charged). A $500 Refundable Security Deposit is Required. Monthly rate includes 2 Monthly Maid Visits. Driveway parking may be available; please inquire. BIKE with helmet, lights, and U-Lock, available for a $150 bike deposit and signed liability waiver form. Monthly transit passes for an additional fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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