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Sunny Cole Valley Flat w/5* Reviews & Centrally Located

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Centrally located in San Francisco, this sunny and warm 2 bedroom 1.5 bath flat is on the main floor of a 3-unit Edwardian home. The building was built in 1908 and is one of the original houses in the Cole Valley/Parnassus Heights area. The flat has been remodeled for a modern interior feel with some period detail left to preserve the beauty of the era in which it was built.

The flat has a private entrance. The flat comfortably sleeps 6 people and is perfect for a family or friends traveling together. The living room has a working fireplace for the cooler San Francisco evenings and a 40' HDTV flat-screen with cable and DVD player. The master suite has a queen size bed with a private working fire place and a television with a built in DVD player. The second bedroom has a full size bed and private bath access. The living room has a comfortable queen size sofa bed along with a twin sized day bed. Linens and towels are provided. Wi-fi access is throughout the flat.

There are hardwood floors throughout the unit. The flat has a large gourmet chef’s kitchen with brand new appliances, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery. The kitchen, formal dining area, and living room can all be connected to make one great room and is wonderful for entertaining. There is a back deck patio that has lots of north facing sunshine which keeps the patio nice and sunny.

The flat is in walking distance to shops, restaurants, and cafes on Cole and Carl Street as well as the entrance of Golden Gate Park (which houses the California Academy of Sciences, the deYoung Museum, the Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the Golden Gate Park Children’s Playground). We are also a short walk (9 blocks) to the famous Haight Street where the Grateful Dead and other bands made famous in the 60s and 70s. The flat is also 8 blocks from the Castro district.

In addition, the home is 5 blocks to the N-Judah subway/MUNI line to go downtown to City Hall, the Asian Art Museum, the Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, Union Square, the Ferry Building, the Financial District, South of Market or to AT& T Park (home of the 2010 World Series winners, the San Francisco Giants) or to even go to the Cal Train (for Silicon Valley or the Peninsula). You can also take the N line right to Ocean Beach where some of the greatest surf is enjoyed year-round. The 43 Bus line (4 blocks away) can take you to the Marina district or Pacific Heights. The 37 Bus at the corner of 17th St and Cole also gives access to other great San Francisco neighborhoods such as Twin Peaks where one can enjoy panoramic views of the entire Bay Area.

A car is not necessary to stay here. However, access to the 101 or 280 highways are both only a few minutes away and the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge are both only 10-15 minutes away by car.

Holiday & special event pricing will differ from the normal rates.

Keywords: San Francisco vacation rental, San Francisco holiday rental, Edwardian, Victorian, flat, family, Golden Gate Park, UCSF, fireplace

More Details

Joy and Wayne Boatwright
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Joy and Wayne Boatwright

I am a father of 2 and have lived in Cole Valley, San Francisco since 1998.

Joy and Wayne Boatwright purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Joy and Wayne Boatwright chose San Francisco

Charming neighborhood and centrally located - takes 15 minutes or less to get to anywhere in the city and easy to get to anywhere in the Bay Area (airports, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Wine Country), easy to park (which is an oxymoron in San Francisco), and incredibly easy to use public transportation.

What makes this apartment unique

Sunny and warm and access to the N-Judah line which can take you just as easily to the Ocean/Beach as it can take you to downtown. Great for entertaining and for family get-togethers.


Cole Valley Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size bed in Master bedroom, Full size bed in 2nd bedroom, Queen sofa bed, twin day bed in living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Central Heat


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Sunny Cole Valley Flat w/5* Reviews & Centrally Located
average rating of 4.586207 based on 29 reviews
Bethesda Maryland (suburb of Washington DC)

Ideal location

  • 4 of 5

Great location in a quiet and safe neighborhood, near local shops, restaurants, and good transportation. Street parking a bit of a challenge, but car not really needed. Setting and amenities as described. Very clean. Updated kitchen and spacious dining room, good for family get-to-gethers. Remodeled 1.5 bathrooms. Unusually large amount of available storage space. Could have used comfortable chairs(one or more) in living area--the day bed was not comfortable for sitting, and there really wasn't any place to sit and read or write in living room or the small bedrooms....but who wants to be inside in San Francisco.

One concern for families with small children--the very large low glass-topped coffee table which was central in the living room could be dangerous if children tried to sit on it or ran into it.

Owner helpful and unobtrusive. Definitely worth revisiting..

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Thanksgiving!

  • 5 of 5

My family traveled in from Ohio for the Thanksgiving holiday to celebrate my last week living in San Francisco. Joy's place perfectly accommodated extra guests for our turkey dinner and gave my family a comfortable week in SF. We rented bikes just a short walk away and cruised the city one day, which they loved. It was also very easy to find a place to park my car without a permit across the street during the day (I drive a compact Prius + holidays leave parking fairly open, so this may not be true for everyone).

Thank you for a wonderful last hoo-rah in the city I've called home for several years. It was great to share my life and "home" with my family one last time <3

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great sizable home, fit our needs very well

  • 4 of 5

We had a nice stay at this home. The place was spacious and equipped with everything we needed. There wasn't cable in the bedrooms, but there is a DVD player in the master bedroom. We have stayed at places where there was some food, drinks and staples, such as butter etc in the fridge upon on arrival, which was not the case here, but there were places in walking distance, so it was easily remedied. The location was great as far as accessibility to places we needed to go.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice, cozy, roomy lower apartment in quite neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

This lower unit near the H/A area was perfect for our family Christmas get together. The rooms were spacious and comfortable for our family gatherings, especially the dining room. The kitchen was adequate for all our cooking needs. Master bedroom was large and having two bathrooms worked out well 😉򒐊Had trouble finding the informational book on the house/neighborhood and when we did it could use a little updating.

Would definitely recommend staying here as neighborhood is quite and near the H/A area and shopping.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great apartment in a great location.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed staying in this lovely apartment. It is clean, better than described, well equipped, spacious and in a really nice neighbourhood. It is convenient for all public transport. Joy was easy and pleasant to deal with. The folder with information about local amenities was very useful. If you want a great tour of SF we also recommend Urban Trek USA for a personalised and informative walking tour. Our party of six would happily return to Joy's apartment. The only small thing is that some of the mattresses are due for an update otherwise this would definitely be a five star review. Everything else was fantastic, a really great place to explore San Francisco from. Thanks Joy

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

I stated at this flat with my four friends for the Outside Lands music festival and we were far fromcimpressed. First, it took at least 20 minutes to figure out how to get the door open. The next day we discovered the door knob has to be in a certain position in order for the second lock to turn costing us another 15-20 minutes. Then, we discovered the handle to the hallway closet comes completely out of the door. Also when we first arrived we found four opened frozen water bottles in the freezer, and butter and cheese in the refrigerator. The kitchen was clean and the counter tops were wiped down but the floor was dirty. I slept in the smaller bedroom and found a bunch or wires coming out of the wall. In the bathroom next to the small bedroom the toilet seat was broken. The microwave makes very loud bang sounds when used and it was failed to mention that the washer and dryer were meant to me shared with others so you can imagine my friends surprise when he wanted to wash his socks but couldn't due to it being occupied. There are also many scrapes, holes, and marks on almost every wall and what appears to be rotting over the entrance to the shower.Now, in total there were 5 people staying at the apartment. Two women and three men. We decided to use the bathroom closest to the small bedroom for the women and the one closest to the door for the men. On the information page of this website it says that both bathrooms come with one shower in each but what we found was just one shower in the entire flat. It too says on the information page that there was off street parking with we could not find at all. Also, we were left with one extra roll of toilet paper for five people. Over stalked fridge, under stalked bathroom. Also it appeared that this apartment was used as storage.

Also, no one came to meet us when we first came to the flat and when I emailed Joy with questions and to let her know about the problems we found, she did not respond. So to answer the following questions:

1. Was the listing description accurate regarding the location, layout, amenities, etc? No absolutely not. 2. Was the property clean and well maintained?No. The kitchen counters were the only thing that looked like it had been cleaned. I am even wondering if the owners even check on it.3. Did the owner or manager provide good customer service?No. It seemed like after my friends and I paid, that was it. 4. Would you recommend this property to a friend or relative? Never.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Finnegans Wake
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
N-Judah MUNI line
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Cole Valley Apartment Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

If more than 4 guests are staying in the unit, there is a $20 per person per night surcharge for the extra guests (maximum 6 guests). Rates are subject to change.

Holiday & special event pricing will differ from the normal rate.

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.