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Charming Victorian Flat with High Speed Internet

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

This charming Victorian flat is light and spacious and has recently been remodeled. The second parlor features a 50' flat-screened HDTV. There are two bedrooms, a bathroom and a wide hallway.

This neighborhood that includes Haight Ashbury and Cole Valley is one of the most desirable in the city. You can start your day at one of the six espresso cafes within three blocks of 740 Shrader. My favorite is Reverie Cafe; and for brunch, lunch or dinner go to Zazie's, a french bistro on Cole Street. Wander up and down Haight Street and into unique shops. Stop in at one of the very best independent bookstores, Booksmith, which brings writers to the neighborhood and sponsors many community-oriented events.

Spend some time in Golden Gate Park and go to the California Academy of Sciences and visit with the penguins and see the amazing aquarium. The CAS cafe may be just the place for lunch. Across the way is the De Young Museum which has good food as well as an outstanding art collection and special exhibitions. Alice Waters of the famous Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley raised the bar on museum fare some years back. Lucky for us!

Keywords: This charming Victorian flat is spacious and light with a double parlor, two bedrooms, one bathroom, large eat-in kitchen with new SS appliances including a Bertazzoni gas range. The kitchen and a bedroom look out upon a lovely garden and brick patio. The front parlor looks out upon ferns, jasmine and Vinca Major, as well as a Sycamore tree of dramatic proportions.

Some of the amenities include a large collection of books and art, children's books and toys.

More Details
Registration Number : Long-Term Only

Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 10, 2018

About The Owner

My introduction to San Francisco was in the sixties when I worked on a surgery ward at UCSF. My free time was spent hanging out in North Beach and favorite places: City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio’s Café, Enricos’ and Café Trieste. After sojourns on the Monterey Peninsula, Washington, D.C. Vietnam and North Carolina, I returned to San Francisco to work as a professor in the UCSF School of Nursing

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1977

Why The Owner chose Haight-Ashbury

Haight Ashbury was the neighborhood where I wanted to live, and I fell in love with 740 Shrader Street, a house built in 1897 by a well-known artist of the day, Nellie Burrell Scott who was married to Wisner Gillette Scott, an engineer with investment in the mining industry. He was also a very civic-minded gentleman who gave the opening address to the West Coast Defense League meeting in Seattle in 1916 during WWI.

What makes this apartment unique

740 Shrader has been a work in progress all these years, and I take great pride in the high quality of maintenance and improvements. Music has been a passion throughout my life, and opera is my favorite musical form. I especially enjoy chamber and classical, music as well as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Joni Mitchell. Collecting books is another passion; my library includes an extensive collection of books about military history, war and peace. This particular interest derives from an 18 month period in 1967-68 when I worked for the Agency of International Development as a nurse adviser in South Vietnam. Other interests include politics and art. My travels have taken me to Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Central America, and Mexico. I was a board member of Haight Ashbury Improvement Association for a number of years. What a sweetheart! Harry is a friendly Shih Tzu and resident of 740 Shrader. We celebrated his second birthday in May with friends and neighbors and his favorite four-legged playmates.


Haight-Ashbury 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: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (2) Double bed in each of two bedrooms
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(28 traveler reviews)

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Charming Victorian Flat with High Speed Internet
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews

Lovely apartment, great location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our 7 year old son. The apartment is spacious and is ideal for using muni and exploring. Golden Gate Park is a few minutes walk away and Height is a lively area with an awesome range of shops.

Joan is a wonderful host. Friendly and welcoming and available if you have any questions.

The apartment is large and has everything you need. The kitchen diner is a socialble large, space and the lounge offers somewhere to relax.

Would fully recommend this apartment

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation in amazing Victorian property in a fantastic San Francisco location

  • 5 of 5

Our five week stay at 740 Shrader was perfect in every respect and truly exceeded all our expectations. We had been planning a return trip to San Francisco after 10 years and Joan’s property clearly stood out, with its original Victorian features and location. Cole Valley is a vibrant neighbourhood, with a real sense of community. Our stay was made even more special by Joan’s kindness as a host, welcoming us into her home and introducing us to friends and neighbours. We really appreciated the opportunity to look round 740 Shrader, as we have a love of Victorian architecture - having renovated properties ourselves in the north of England. Flat A is light, spacious and full of character, with many of the original architectural features preserved. We particularly loved the well equipped and modern kitchen, especially the gas range. We ended up hardly dining out at all! The flat is a block from Golden Gate park and we enjoyed a long walk each morning, which we will really miss. Sincere thanks to Joan for a truly special vacation - we’re already planning our return visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Rob and Carol, for your review of 740 Shrader Street. It was delightful having you as guests in my home for five weeks, and I enjoyed getting to know you on evenings when we had wine and cheese together. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and had such a positive response to the neighborhood and the park. I look forward to seeing you when you return to San Francisco for another visit.
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Sydney, Australia

Fantastic location, place and host - couldn't be better.

  • 5 of 5

Joan's place is fantastic, has everything you could need and the courtyard is beautiful. If you're in the mood for a read there is an amazing collection of books on offer also. The location is perfect, on the doorsteps of the wonderful Cole Valley neighbourhood, the hippie Haight -Ashbury and of course incredible Golden Gate Park.

Getting downtown is easy with the N tram that takes you into downtown shopping and to the Ferry Building for the famous Embarcadero or go the other way to Ocean Beach. Whole Foods and heaps of culinary choices are within walking distance, including the Inner Sunset district.

The best part is by far your host Joan and her puppy Harry, thanks so much Joan.


  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Fantastic Place! We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful, peaceful home! Joan could not be a nicer host. She is very attentive to any need you might have, and equally allows complete privacy. We were well looked after, and felt very at home.

The apartment is absolutely charming. Every thoughtful detail is in play. The home is spacious, clean, good light and comfortable. There is a beautiful back patio just off the kitchen we greatly enjoyed. My dog and I had a fantastic month here, and I would book here again in a heart beat.

The location is amazing. You are among the lovely, historic, Victorian homes of the Haight-Ashbury district. You can walk everywhere, and you are not in a section of steep SF hills. The immediate blocks are flat and easy to navigate. Surrounding are lots of restaurants, coffee shops and stores. Whole Foods is a few blocks away. Golden Gate Park is just a few blocks away (you can walk to the lawn of the Flower Conservatory within 10 minutes) . Public Transportation (Muni) is just 2 blocks away. Street parking is only for 2 hours at a time (and can be hard to find), but there is a 24 hour parking lot, 1 block away ($22 for 24 hrs.) which was very worth it.

This truly is a wonderful place to stay with a fantastic host; you'll be very happy here!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great value!!

  • 4 of 5

Place is large and utilitarian but old. The large number of books definitely added to the accumulation of dust over the years. The homeless (even though they are harmless) in the neighborhood worried me about my family, especially when I was away for work. Now that my peeves are down, let me come to the good part.

Hostess Joan is awesome. She genuinely cares about her guests and makes sure their needs are properly addressed. The WholeFoods store in the neighborhood and the GoldenGate park are my favorite spots. The place is large and this allowed us to have guests over an weekend. Great time and great memories!! Thank you Joan!!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Most of my guests appreciate the interesting books which are part of my very selective personal library. The Victorian house was built in 1897 and has been very well-maintained all these years. The exterior was recently painted. A cleaning crew comes after guests leave and vacuums, dusts, mops, puts freshly laundered linens on beds, scrubs kitchen and bathroom thoroughly. Housekeeping services can be arranged during the stay. There are very few homeless on the block
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Fantastic! A wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Joan for a wonderful month in San Francisco!! You were extremely accommodating and Flat A was lovely. I would highly recommend the place and would rebook in a heartbeat.

Available on site is laundry and easy access to Whole Foods for groceries.

We arrived to a well stocked and well maintained place and when I noticed that I couldn't make my morning smoothies without a blender, Joan immediately got one for the Flat.

The location is central to many attractions in SF. GOlden Gate Park has so much to do and is just a block away. Highly recommend.

Samantha & Chris

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Large collection of books, art, lovely gardens, two blocks from Golden Gate Park, great location with excellent access to public transportation.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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