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Large, Sunny 2 BR/2 BA Top-Floor Flat w Garage Parking

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Peaceful, Spacious Flat to Launch Your SF Adventure

HELLO, and welcome to my home in San Francisco! My name is Rob and I live in this spacious Edwardian flat smack in the center of SF. For more info about me, check out my profile.

Note that I live here year round, but occasionally I rent out the apt while I'm traveling.

My expansive 2,000 sq ft/ 190 sqm (some have called it oddly large) flat sits alone on the top of a 3 unit building. The location is right in the center of San Francisco, in a cool neighborhood called NOPA. Within a few blocks of my place you'll find great cafes, new restaurants, and quirky bars PLUS lots of parks, including Alamo Square, the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park (all within 10 min walk).


* 2 BR / 2 Full Baths with tubs and showers

* PLUS - two high quality inflatable mattresses

* High ceilings and beautiful white oak hardwood floors throughout

* Huge 400 sqft master bedroom with queen bed, 6' X 8' walk-in closet, a separate sitting area with couch, and views of Buenva Vista park and twin peaks

* Large 2nd bedroom with queen bed and 4' X 6' walk-in closet

* Huge living room / dinning room with 6 bay windows affording tons of natural light and views of classic victorian buildings

* New HE washing machine and gas heated dryer

* Potential for one parking space in garage (check with me first)

* Patio/garden terrace with 2 BBQ grills


* The kitchen is fully stocked (dishes, silverware, glasses, etc)

* Gourmet stainless steel cookware and cutlery

* Gas range/oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and Cuisinart food processor

* Eat-in breakfast nook perfect for 2 - 3


The apt is very expansive, affording privacy even for big groups. In the rear half of the apt is the master bedroom, the 1st bath and separate laundry room. In the front half sits the kitchen, the 2nd bedroom, 2nd bath and the massive living room/ dining room.


* Very central, accessible location at Golden Gate Ave and Baker St. Get to anywhere in the city for less than $15 using Uber or Lyft (ride sharing apps)

* Quiet residential street with a good mix of young families and singles

* 4 blocks from the famous seven Painted Ladies and Alamo Square park

* 5 blocks from the Panhandle of Golden Gate park

* Great of bars, restaurants and cafes all within an easy walk

* Seven (7) bus lines all within 5 blocks or less, including the MUNI 5, 21, 22, 24, 31, 38 and 43, providing access to virtually all of SF by bus.

-- WHY NOPA --

I love the NOPA/Alamo Square neighborhood because of its central location and its easy-going vibe. It has a great mix of young families, hipsters and professionals, and it's quite safe. I also love seeing new retail (BiRite!), restaurants and bars open up all the time here. The area is still in the midst of a great renaissance!

Great public transportation options are here as well, with several bus routes within 5 blocks or less, including the 5, 21, 22, 24, 31, 38 and 43 MUNI lines (yes, 7 different bus lines!). These can take you virtually to any part of the city.

Keywords: Alamo Square, Painted Ladies, USF, North Panhandle, NOPA, St Mary's, Hayes Valley, Cole Valley, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Lower Pacific Heights, Western Addition, UCSF Medical Center, The Presidio

More Details
Registration Number : STR-0001307

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Rob

My name is Rob and I am an explorer at heart. I've lived all over the US, (NY, Connecticut, Alabama, Georgia, DC, Virginia, Michigan), but have made my home in San Francisco for many years. I'm a social guy, love hanging out with friends, and am fortunate to have traveled and lived in many diverse places.

I have a real passion for budget travel, and I've explored many parts of Asia, Europe and Latin America, and actually spent a couple of years living in Brazil (which by the way has totally killed my spoken Spanish, but I do still understand the language).

Besides travel, my other passions include music, food, international affairs and generally being outside.

My ideal guests are people who are conscientious, respectful and clean. I love it when people stay at my place and treat it as if it were there own home.

Thanks for taking the time to read my profile. I look forward to hosting and helping you make the most of your time in San Francisco.

Rob purchased this condo in 2007

Why Rob chose North of the Panhandle

I love the NOPA/Alamo Square neighborhood because of its central location and its easy-going vibe. It has a great mix of young families, hipsters and professionals, and it's quite safe. I also love seeing new retail (BiRite!), restaurants and bars open up all the time here. The area is in the midst of a great renaissance!

What makes this condo unique

I want all my guests to have an amazing experience in San Francisco. So in addition to the great peace and comfort you will enjoy in my flat, I am here to help make your trip memorable with suggested itineraries and locals-only tips for making the most of your vacation -- especially should you share my passion for music! Also, since I travel a lot, I have a pair of property managers who live next door should you ever need anything during your stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We are a mature Australian couple who stayed here for 6 weeks in April/May 2011 and found the apt. to very comfortable and in a great location, as we are big walkers. We loved the spaciousness of the apt. - it felt like a small house. It was very nicely decorated with good quality furnishings. Lots of natural light and lovely hardwood floors. Rob, the owner, is very accommodating and welcoming. Would definately stay here again."
Mar 2011
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North of the Panhandle Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There are two full bathrooms in the apt, both have tubs, and each is located adjacent to a bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , The master bedroom includes a separate sitting area
    2nd Bedroom - 1 queen , The 2nd BR has large closet and dresser
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2 inflatable mattresses are provided
  • Queen size Beds (2) Each bedroom has one queen bed. The master bedroom bed is a high-quality foam mattress, on a very firm platform bed. The second bedroom is a extra thick mattress with a 'Euro Top', also on a platform bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) UPDATED - There are TWO high-quality air mattresses: one is a twin-sized aerobed and the other is a queen-sized Wenzel Instabed (80' x 60' x 22'). There are also two couches in the apt.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
One of the best parts of my place is the amount of space it has. It truly is quite expansive and feels wide open.


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Large, Sunny 2 BR/2 BA Top-Floor Flat w Garage Parking
average rating of 4.894737 based on 20 reviews

Our new vacation home when we visit my son!

  • 5 of 5

We just had the easiest, most pleasurable vacation week in San Fran while staying in this comfortable, huge, bright and airy front to back apartment. We were instantly comfortable in this, our very first VRBO. The owner was so easy to communicate with and work with. He went out of his way to make the timing and everything work for our comfort.each of the two bedrooms had very comfy mattresses. The kitchen was well equipped. Even the cute yard had a charcoal grille which added to the enjoyment. The location was convenient, safe, quiet and quite lovely, all adding to how easy it was to feel instantly comfortable. All of us agreed that we couldn't have found a better place for our Christmas week vacation.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Comfort and Convenience

  • 5 of 5

My family of four stayed at this NoPa apartment. It was so comfortable. Plenty of room to spread out. Comfortable beds and couches. Easy to use kitchen. We relied on public transportation. There were multiple bus lines within easy walking distance. The apartment was so nice to come home to after days of walking and sight seeing. The owner left a great list of neighborhood recommendations for groceries, coffee, restaurants, etc. This was a great, central location and we look forward to staying here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fountain Valley, CA

San Francisco Top Floor Appartment

  • 3 of 5

My wife, 4 kids (9, 7, 5 and 1.5 years old) and I rented the apartment while we were in San Francisco for 5 days. Below are the pros and cons about the apartment and owner.


- We arrived two hours early and Rob allowed us to go in early

- Clean and well maintained

- Roomy

- Lots of sun light

- Air mattresses available


- Dryer was out of order. This was most disappointing since we should have been told of the issue so we can bring extra cloth for the kids. Rob allowed us to use the 1st floor laundry room but since we're on the 3rd floor running up/down to do laundry wasn't an option. We ended up re-wearing our cloth.

- Garage opening is too small for a minivan. We have a 2012 Honda Odyssey and we can't enter the garage without closing both side mirrors. In addition you have to back into the garage else your front bumper will rub the bottom. This is not an issue if you have a smaller vehicle.

- Either the tenant under us were too sensitive or the floors are thinner at this apt because we got complains from the people under us when we haven't at other places we've stayed. The kids played the provided Jenga game and when the pieces fell we got a few knocks from the tenant below telling we were too loud. Not wanting to disturb them my wife and I found ourselves yelling at the kids not to craw or run the entire time we were there. They wanted to play the provided Twister game but we didn't let them. That makes it uncomfortable for the kids too. This may not be an issue is you don't have kids.

Overall I would give it 3.5 Stars but since that option is not available I would have to give it 3.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A slice of city life

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I are one a quest to get our boys to every major league park before they complete high school. We chose to stay at Rob's place for our San Francisco and Oakland excursion. Rob was very attentive to all of our needs from the very beginning. Almost immediately after selecting our dates Rob contacted me via email to offer many ideas and suggestions for things to do in the Bay Area. He is a wealth of knowledge and provided me with some great places to see some live music. Rob phoned me on the day of our arrival to make sure we had landed, to make sure we didn't have any questions, and to offer his assistance for any other issues. Upon our arrival, we found the apartment to be everything that was described and more. We found the location of Rob's apartment to be superb and having a place to park was an excellent amenity. There were many things to do within walking distance. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen contained most everything you would find in a standard kitchen. If you're looking for a slice of what it's like to really live in a city look no further than Rob's apartment. After five days of living in San Francisco, it was somewhat difficult for our family to leave.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coquille, Oregon

Enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time renting an apartment rather than a hotel in San Francisco and because of the outstanding experience we will do it again on our next visit. What made it so satisfying was the owner and property manager, two super hosts who made sure we were comfortable each step of the way. We and another couple stayed five nights and the apartment is perfectly setup for this, two large bedrooms and separate bathrooms at each end of the large apartment. A full kitchen setup and laundry room make it convenient for meals and washing clothes if needed. In addition to the tastefully decorated apartment there is also an available parking space in the garage which is a great amenity if you drive to The City. It's a quiet neighborhood with some nice neighborhood restaurants within a short walking distance. I grew up four blocks away and it was great seeing the old neighborhood and how it had changed in 60 years. The apartment was clean and well maintained. We were greeted by a nice bottle of red wine from the owner and when we had a question the property manager was quick to respond, wishing us a comfortable stay. The apartment has a very effective heating system, if needed. We didn't use it because we had some fabulous sunny days during our trip and the apartment seemed to be well insulated and maintained a comfortable temperature during a couple of foggy evenings and one rainy morning which captured the essence of SF. I highly recommend this rental especially for two traveling couples who want to be together but also like some separation. The apartment is ideal for this arrangement. You would be hard pressed to find a nicer owner and property manager that provide superior customer service for their guests. It's on our destination list for future SF visits.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is an ideal location in NOPA. It was clean, well-stocked and lovely. Richard, the manager, couldn't have been more helpful.

We would definitely consider a return visit!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
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Nearest Point of Interest
Haight & Ashbury
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Painted Ladies
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Panhandle Park
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NOPA Business District
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USF Campus
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Koret Rec Center
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Hayes Valley District
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UCSF Medical Center - Mt Zion Campus
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Alamo Square Park
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Buena Vista Park
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UCSF Medical Center - Parnassus Campus
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St Mary's Medical Center
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The Fillmore Auditorium
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Fillmore St Shopping District
Car: not necessary

There are an unlimited number of things to do in San Francisco, but I love the music scene and the access to the great outdoors!

FOR MUSIC -- If you're a live music fan, the world famous Fillmore Auditorium is just a 10 minute walk downhill, or you can go to The Independent, a mere 5 blocks away for some of the best independent music in San Francisco. Also, the Symphony, Ballet and Opera houses are a quick 10 minute bus ride on the #21 MUNI bus.

FOR EXERCISE -- Golden Gate Park is just FIVE blocks away, and is the perfect place for running, biking, walking, etc. Plus, there are dozens of yoga and Pilates studios within an easy walk. And, an excellent lap swimming pool and gym is located just a few blocks at The Koret Center. A morning/weekend pass there costs only $78 for a 15 visits.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 14.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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