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Sun-Filled Garden Studio in Heart of the City

Bedrooms 1
Space 440 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 4 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Newly Built Spacious Studio Opening Directly To The Garden.

This peaceful and quiet hidden gem of a studio is perfectly situated in the heart of the city. We're located in the bustling Castro district only a five minute walk to Market and Castro -- a convenient and fast transportation hub with Muni underground, trains and buses. Downtown is only 10-15 minutes away. It's possible to travel directly from SFO by Bart with only one transfer at Civic Center to the Castro Street Muni Station. You won't need a car to get around -- most of our guests enjoy the city without one -- but if you do drive, parking is easy and free on our block.

The Castro is a friendly neighborhood with well cared for classic Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, cafes, restaurants, small groceries, shops and the venerable Castro theater. Although it is a flat walk to transportation and Castro street shopping, we have lots of hills nearby with hidden staircases and wonderful views. Start your day with a walk to Tartine Bakery on Valencia for croissants & coffee or up to Twin Peaks for the views. We are perfectly situated next to some of the city's hottest restaurants -- walking distance from the Mission, the Valencia Corridor, Duboce Triangle, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight & Noe Valley

This studio apartment was newly built in 2012 at the garden level of a renovated 1907 Edwardian. Accessed through a side door and corridor to the back, it's great for folks who prefer not to climb a lot of steps. It's a spacious 440 square feet with 9' ceilings, hardwood floors, recess lighting and Anderson sliding doors to a patio and shared garden.

We've set up the apartment for the way we'd like to live if we, family or friends were to stay there for weeks at a time. The sitting area has a comfortable couch and chair, a 32' LCD TV w/cable and DVD, the fabulously comfortable king size bed has lots of great pillows and high thread count cotton sheets. There are bathrobes in the closet and the tiled bathroom is equipped with a hairdryer, bath products and lots of room for your things. Upon request, there is a single mattress for a third person and for our smallest visitors a travel crib or child's cot.

The kitchenette with refrigerator, convection microwave, induction burner, toaster oven, coffee maker, tea kettle, rice cooker and crock-pot, etc. has everything you'll need to eat in when you're not in the mood to take advantage of numerous restaurants nearby. There is a supermarket three blocks away and farmers' markets all over town.

Your hosts, Jan and Wandralee, are happy to direct you to neighborhood cafes & restaurants, interesting places to walk or bike, and all of the wonderful amenities San Francisco has to offer.

We are a legally registered business with the city of San Francisco.

More Details
Registration Number : STR-1023355

Jan Medina
Member since: 2012
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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Jan Medina

I've lived in San Francisco for almost 50 years and can't imagine ever moving. I still appreciate the parks, museums, cultural activities, great food and being able to walk everywhere. I'm a bicyclist, avid reader, traveler, mother of two grown daughters, grandmother, scuba diver, ceramist, Realtor and work for social change.

My partner and I love spending time with friends, enjoying a walk across town, and hosting travelers from around the world.

Jan Medina purchased this studio in 1992

Why Jan Medina chose The Castro

I moved from the Mission district to this wonderful 2 unit Edwardian about twenty years ago because it's both quiet and only a few blocks to the center of everything. I love that I can walk to Muni-Metro (which connects to BART) in five minutes and get anywhere easily and quickly -- it's one of the easiest places to catch a bus, train or taxi in SF.

Although street parking is fairly easy, in 2011 we raised our building to put in a three car garage. At that time we built out a new large studio at the garden level.

What makes this studio unique

The Castro is a friendly neighborhood with well cared for classic Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, cafes, restaurants, small groceries, shops and the venerable Castro theater. Although it is a flat walk to transportation and Castro street shopping, we have lots of hills nearby with hidden staircases and wonderful views. I often walk to Tartine on Valencia for croissants & coffee or up to Twin Peaks for the views.


The Castro Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 440 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , The twin mattress is by request.
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) folding foam mattress. Child's size cot is also available.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • 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
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
If there is anything not mentioned that you may need, please ask if we can accommodate your request.


Close to the Metro and check out this amazing garden just outside your door.

VRBO Bear stayed here

Aug 8, 2015

I loved this rental property as it was right next to everything. We were so close to the Castro, a grocery store, a drugstore and many restaurants and bars. There was even a hardware store nearby with anything that you could need. I loved the space of the studio. It was perfect for me and my friend. Intimate but not small and perfect for couples, with plenty of space. It’s a lot bigger than any hotel room I’ve seen in San Francisco and has the kitchenette you’ll never find in a hotel room. We were able to keep snacks and little nibbles in the room so we didn’t have to run out to get something in the morning before we were ready to head out to our next adventure. The bed was giant and very comfortable. I could sleep forever on the sheets provided. We had everything we needed from an iron and ironing board to robes and slippers. We were close to public transportation. It was a short walk to catch the Metro to anywhere in the city. It’s also close to bus lines if you prefer. Although we weren’t able to meet Jan, we did get to meet Wandralee and had a great time visiting with her. She was able to recommend restaurants and many things that we hadn’t heard of. The best part of staying here was the amazing garden out back. It was pretty and wonderful to look at as we sat outside in the morning. There’s a great table in the back corner where you can look at the trees and the garden while relaxing or two chairs just outside the sliding glass door. The garden would be great for those who like to meditate or do yoga in the morning. Or anytime as the space is so quiet even during the rush hour. You can’t hear any traffic or noise unlike many of the downtown hotels. I even heard from Wandralee that a couple staying here got engaged in the garden. I’d highly recommend this studio to anyone wanting to stay in San Francisco. I’d love to stay here again next time I’m in town.

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Sun-Filled Garden Studio in Heart of the City
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 94 reviews

A super cute and cozy place to rest our heads!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the garden studio for our honeymoon trip to San Francisco. The garden is absolutely gorgeous and so is the studio. Hardwood floors, a great TV, radio, kitchenette, huge walk-in shower, simple parking, comfy king-size bed, and an excellent location for going anywhere in town! We went down the street to the grocery store and had several meals at our little cozy home away from home. So much better than a hotel and great non-intrusive hostesses! Book it!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alexandria VA

Great studio! Had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Jan was a great host. We felt we could ask her anything. We enjoyed the Castro neighborhood which is well served by public transport, a must for us. The bed was super comfy and the beautiful garden out back delighted us.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Santa Ana, CA

Beautiful and Peaceful Refuge

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Jan's while attending a large conference in Union Square. Jan's place was close to everything, while also far away enough to be very peaceful. I am a female and was traveling alone, and I really valued how safe this location is. Jan has stocked the studio full of everything you could ever need. It feels more spacious than the photos show. I can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Oasis in the City

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Garden Suite and we loved it as much as the last time, if not more. We actually extended our visit to be longer, remembering what a great time we had last year.

First and foremost - the bed is so comfortable.

Second - the location is perfect for transportation, restaurants, bars, and grocery store.

Third, but not least, the hosts are warm and charming but do not impose themselves during your stay.

These are just but a few items that made our stay feel like we came back to our home away from home in San Francisco.

Thanks Jan and Wandralee - we look forward to seeing you next year!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The only place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Loved everything about this apartment! The location, the hosts, the neighborhood and the garden. I could have spent four days just hanging out in the private patio full of succulents and a lemon tree. It was so peaceful. The neighborhood was in close proximity to everything we wanted to see and I really don't have a single complaint. Jan and Wandralee were exceptional hosts and I'll be recommending this place to anyone I know staying in San Francisco. The true local experience!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Beautiful garden studio apartment

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed at Jan and Wandra Lee's apartment and couldn't be more pleased. Jan allowed us to check-in early since nobody had rented the previous night and our flight arrived very early. The apartment was perfectly located in the Castro district close to public transportation, restaurants, and shops. We were able to explore the entire city using this as our base. The apartment was quiet with a very comfortable bed and great shower. The gardens are absolutely breath taking, and a perfect place to drink your morning coffee. I highly recommend this Castro gem!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Al
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Presido Golf Course
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Cal Trans
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
101 or 280
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: not necessary

Close to several of SF's hippest neighborhoods including the Castro, Duboce Triangle, Lower Haight, Hayes Valley, Mission Dolores and the Mission, the Fillmore, Civic Center with Opera, Ballet, Symphony etc.. Use one of our bikes to ride to Golden Gate Park or around the city.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning $90
Tax Rate 14.0%

Cleaning fee is $90. Holiday and event rates may be higher - check with owner. There will be an additional $45 per night fee for a third person or child. Weekly or longer rentals preferred.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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