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New Listing! Outstanding views of the Bay! Bohemian Two Bedroom!

Marina District, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Apartment1125 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay30 nights

1125 Sq Ft Top Floor gem! Gorgeous views 1 Queen, 1 Full, one bath, deck w/BBQ

This two bedroom converted attic apartment with private deck sprawls the entire top floor of a nine unit building built in 1909 on the corner of Scott and Filbert in Lower Cow Hollow. It is a well loved jewel with northerly views that will take your breath away.

There is a 3 floor walk up to this quirky, low ceilinged 'penthouse' filled with colorful art and antiques. So, if you have bad knees, are a basketball player, crave beige or blank walls look elsewhere. This is not a typical rental, but our home when we are in town.

All of one's cares literally go out the window once you step into this magical world. The typical responses are 'I want to live here! 'Why don't I live here!' 'Why Didn't Daddy buy this for me!!!'

There have been many modern upgrades since 1909 that make the living experience free and easy. The kitchen is equipped to make any cook happy. There is wi-fi, a Bose CD player with iPod dock, wireless printer/copier, a 32 inch flatscreen, DVD player, Apple T.V. with streaming HBO and Netflix. Outside on the deck, there is seating for 8 and a Weber Genesis BBQ.

There are also so many restaurants nearby that do take-out and two grocery stores with sophisticated prepared menus that if one doesn't feel like cooking there are great options.

Be aware that I do NOT have a garage. There is 2 hour street parking during the week days with unlimited evenings and weekends. If I have enough notice, I can arrange for a temporary parking permit, but only for up to two months and for a modest fee.

The apartment has an open floor plan with two private bedrooms. The Master has a queen size bed and the guest room has a double. Both beds have pillow top mattresses, lovely cotton sheets and goose down comforters. It comfortably sleeps 2 to 3, however in my opinion, the apartment is best enjoyed by two... two VERY responsible, non-smoking adults without pets or small children (too much is too tempting) who enjoy ethnic eclectic and have a sense of humor.

The views and the location are spectacular. Please look at the pictures carefully.

I try to tell the real story, so there are no surprises.

Due to the new changes in the law, the minimum stay is now 30 days.


Hillary Becton

Member Since 2009
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Calendar last updated:
Dec 04, 2017
About Hillary Becton

I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland in a family that valued education, social work, art and travel - more or less in that order! After getting an MA in religious studies, I married and moved to California. I taught art for years in the Bay area while raising two children. My daughter now runs a sailing school in Hobart, Tasmania, and my son is an artist living in Mexico City. I am remarried to an artist and living in Deer Isle, Maine.

Hillary Becton purchased this Apartment in 2002

Why Hillary Becton chose Cow Hollow

I bought this property because the moment I walked up the final flight of narrow stairs I fell in love. I had to have it! The view, the old world feel, the safe and charming neighborhood and the warmth of the other owners made buying in easy. Now that I live in Maine full time and can only visit a few weeks out of the year, I have decided to make the apartment available on VRBO.

What makes this Apartment unique

Sitting out on the deck in the morning sun drinking coffee, listening for the wild parrots and looking out in any direction is just Heaven... Or sitting in the living room in the late afternoon watching the waning light sweep the city and then burn into the windows over in the Berkley Hills... or just watching the weather and listening to the fog horns and all the dynamic activity on the Bay... is captivating. Sometimes it is hard to peel away from the view to go to that museum opening, but one of my favorite cities in the world is waiting right outside the door.....


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, The Master Bed is a soft pillowtop. It is very tranquil.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, This room is smaller than the MB, but private, comfortable
      • Both beds have soft mattresses and the bedrooms are both cozy, but different sizes. This apartment is really best enjoyed by a couple, but it can accommodate 1-2 well behaved children or VERY good friends in the smaller of the two bedrooms.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower
      • There is a small, but good tiled shower and a wonderful, old cast iron tub. There is also a large closet (without much head room) where I keep extra supplies like TP, detergent, a vacuum etc.

      Location Type

        • Monument View
          Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts and Alcatraz
        • Mountain View
          Marin Headlands, Mt. Tam, Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island....
        • Water View
          180 degree view of the GG Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Marin, Alcatraz to the Berkley Hills


            • Adventure
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Coin Op next to washer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      There is a fun electric heater with fake flames and a radiator which is automatically set and should NOT be adjusted! There is also a wall heater in the bathroom.
                    • Internet
                      locked wi-fi
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      I only have 100% cotton sheets
                    • Living Room
                      This apartment has an open floor plan for the dining, living and kitchen area. There is a living room section which centers around the picture window. It comfortably seats 4 plus 2 in the love seat.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Coin op in the basement. Commercial fluff and folds are nearby which will pick up and deliver


                        • Coffee Maker
                          electric (Cuisinart), French Press and Nespresso milk frother, a small Nespresso is available, but you must provide your own pods
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          I have an eclectic assortment from Waterford crystal on down. Decent knives and a wide range of tools are hanging from the walls and stuffed in drawers.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Apartment size Miele - very quiet
                        • Kitchen
                          This is a happy place. All of the major appliances are apartment size
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          There is a Breville toaster oven to augment the oven under the gas cooktop.
                        • Pantry Items
                          There are several Cuisinarts, a Toaster Oven, blenders and all kinds of pots and pans for cooking and baking
                        • Refrigerator
                          no ice maker
                        • Stove
                          4 burner gas stove and oven
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              The table is set for 4, but 2 more matching chairs are in the Master Closet. Placemats are in the table drawer.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  A real mishmash
                                • DVD Player
                                  This plays region 2 as well as U.S. DVDs
                                • Music Library
                                  My CDs are also under the bed in the small bedroom
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Comcast Cable with a medium package Apple T.V. with streaming Netflix
                                • Stereo
                                  Bose CD player with iPod dock
                                • Television
                                  42 inch flat screen inside what looks like a fireplace in the living room area
                                • Video Library
                                  There are all kinds of DVDs, mostly European mysteries, under the bed in the smaller of the two bedrooms


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The deck is small, but has seating for 8 - 4 teak bar stools at round table 4 teak chairs at a lower Mexican tiled rectangular table - This is definitely the place to be when the weather permits.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas Genesis Weber on the deck - a great extension to the kitchen


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • not suitable for children
                                          This apartment is definitely not childproof. NO small children PLEASE!
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • live theater
                                            • arboretum
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services


                                                        • If you enjoy walking and are relatively fit, this is the place for you. San Francisco is an amazing city to be explored!

                                                          21 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          The best view in San Francisco, and walkable to everything you need

                                                          Peter P.

                                                          My wife and I were working in San Francisco for a while, and this was the perfect place. The top-floor view is north, and the big picture window gives you a stunning view of everything from the Golden Gate Bridge to past Alcatraz. It's a short walk (with a hill on the return; this is S.F., after all) to Chestnut St. for a good grocery store, a wine store, restaurants, latte parlors, a big drugstore, even an Apple Store--in short, for everything you might need. Also a short walk to Union Street, for the same. The No. 45 bus (a block and a half away) will take you to North Beach, Chinatown, Downtown, and all the way to the CalTrain terminal for trips down the Peninsula. Get a Clipper Card and you're all set. The apartment has everything you need for cooking, sleeping, bathing, etc., so all you have bring are your clothes.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          You and your wife were my longest renters (over 3 months) to date and it was such a pleasure. You really made the apartment your own and now know how to navigate the city better than I do! You will be welcomed back any time.

                                                          Great Escape

                                                          JustinWarren, Maine

                                                          The apartment is in a great location, quiet neighborhood that is easily accessible to many restaurants, stores and the waterfront. The view is spectacular where you can just sit and watch the boats on the bay and the city wake up while you drink your coffee. The beds are super comfortable and the apartment is just like being at home. The only thing you need is to stop at the store and get some food for your stay! The pictures describe the space perfectly! Walking is a must to discover the areas around you and the amazing architecture. We were continually finding new things each day all around as we explored. I recommend signing up for Zipcar and leaving the city from there. There are pickup locations just a couple of blocks away and it allows for extended adventures without taking time out of your day to pick up a rental at the airport and dealing with parking around the apartment. The owner was very helpful and answered any questions that I had and made great suggestions for places to go. I recommend this rental and would stay here again without hesitation!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          There were 3 adults in your party, and I am so glad that the apartment did not feel too tight and that you enjoyed yourselves. Using the Zipcar was brilliant. That's what I do now and it is virtually hassle free. I am glad to hear that you felt the pictures tell the story. It is not exactly your normal normal, which I try to make clear. And there is no doubt that the walking is intense, but oh so worth it for the view!

                                                          November in Cow Hollow


                                                          I can only echo the comments regarding the location and views.......spectacular. The location is great, close to lots of good neighborhood restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The apartment building was nice and quiet and the accommodation minders couldn't be more helpful.

                                                          An ideal base to launch from if you have a car rental and plan to go explore the Northern Californian coast over the bridge.

                                                          I will definitely check if this rental is free next time I visit this beautiful neighborhood and city!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          I no longer have my wonderful management team, now that San Francisco requires minimum monthly rentals. But, we seem to make due having a competent plumber, building manager and part time cleaner. I can get guests temporary parking permits for up to 8 weeks, which is a huge help.

                                                          Fantastic Views


                                                          The position of this apartment is superb. To be a couple of blocks from the nicest part of Chestnut Street, and a couple of blocks from the beginning of the interesting part of Union Street is amazing.

                                                          The views are simply fantastic (both from the living room windows and the roof terrace). I have rented many times in this neighborhood, but this is the first time I have had a view over the bay. It adds another dimension....from the moment you get out of bed in the morning you know you are in wonderful San Francisco.

                                                          I would describe the apartment itself as "quirky", and in some ways it suits the city it is in. As the photos show, there is an awful lot of decoration and memorabilia. It is on every shelf and in every corner. You are left in no doubt that you are staying in somebody's home....the owners' personal possessions are everywhere (including wardrobes and drawers). My biggest single complaint would be the lack of a single comfortable seat.

                                                          I always love my time in San Francisco, and I enjoyed this apartment. Its position and views more than make up for any shortcomings.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Comfortable, quirky and charming are hard to roll into one! You are the first guest to complain about the seating, but my husband might agree with you!!! There is certainly space in the master closet for guests - hanging fabric shelving and bar space, plus an empty armoire in the second bedroom, but there certainly are things of ours there. I try to be very clear in the listing that this is a home we use, and it is full of my goofy global folk art collection. Not every one is comfortable living in my world - as fun and as great I think it is!

                                                          Bay vista

                                                          Peter G.Darlington, Co Durham

                                                          The views of the bay, the bridge and Alcatraz are stunning. The decor is sophisticated-hippy, the facilities are extensive and the beds are ultra-comfortable. If it's sunny, take a barbecue on the deck and if it ever rains (which San Francisco prays for) you have TV, Netflix, quality radio, hundreds of books and DVDs... plus those vistas to gaze at from the picture window. Top marks for helpfulness go to the owner and the accommodation minders.

                                                          A positive review in German ...


                                                          ... feeling much more comfortable to express myself in German I here provide a review in my mother tongue (may be attracting some other Germans to this really nice apartment):

                                                          In dieser Dachgeschoßwohnung haben wir – ein Erwachsener und zwei Jugendliche – eine sehr schöne Woche im September verbracht.

                                                          Im Vorfeld hatten wir bereits mit Hillary Kontakt und sie hat uns sehr entgegenkommend einen lokalen Parkausweis für unseren Mietwagen besorgt. Da die Verkehrsanbindung zum Apartment sehr gut ist (Haltestellen von Bus-Linie 45 Richtung Innenstadt ist ein Block und für Linie 22 zwei Blöcke entfernt) und San Francisco vor allem fürs Parken anstrengend ist, haben wir nach dem 49 mile Scenic Drive die Stadt und Sehenswürdigkeiten nur noch mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln mit dem 7-Tage CityPass erkundet. Dank des vorhandenen und schnellen WLAN kann man mit der Muni App auf dem Smartphone sogar bis auf die Minute optimieren wann losgelaufen werden muss. Allerdings fahren die Busse so oft und regelmäßig, dass selbst spontanes Loslaufen zu geringen Wartezeiten führte.

                                                          Bei der Ankunft empfingen uns Violette und Dave – die lokalen Manager – sehr freundlich und führten uns kompetent in die Wohnung, die Geräte und Technik, den Waschraum sowie die Mülltrennung ein.

                                                          Von der Ausstattung des Apartments – Grill auf der Terrasse, allerlei Kochgeschirr und Geräte – haben wir keinen oder kaum Gebrauch gemacht, deshalb kann ich dazu wenig sagen.

                                                          Die Inneneinrichtung ist etwas erklärungsbedürftig mit viel südamerikanischem und zum Teil totenkultigem Kleinod ausgestattet. Das war für meine Mädels zuerst etwas irritierend und wurde auf neugierige Nachfrage per eMail von Hillary sehr nett beantwortet.

                                                          Wovon ich heute noch schwärme sind die Frühstücke auf der kleinen, aber feinen Terrasse mit Ausblick auf die Bay in Richtung Alcatraz und Nappa Valley. Den Sonnenuntergang habe ich auch mal genießen können. Mit der zum Teil niederen Decke – z.B. im Bad – hatte ich mit meinen 1,83m kein Problem.

                                                          Das Apartment liegt im schönen Cow Hollow und ein paar Blocks entfernt gibt es eine Einkaufsmöglichkeit für Alltägliches und Restaurants.

                                                          Wenn ich wieder nach San Francisco gehe, werde ich ganz sicher versuchen auch wieder das Apartment zu bekommen.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Vielen Dank

                                                          Gott beschütze dich!


                                                          Marina District, San Francisco, CA, USA

                                                          The corner of Filbert and Scott is within easy walking distance to all of the shops, bars and restaurants on Union St and Fillmore and then going across Lombard to Chestnut St where there are two cinemas, an excellent grocery and meat market, bakeries etc. etc. It is less than a 20 min walk down Scott St to the Marina Green and to the Bay. Zip Cars are nearby and buses or cabs can take you anywhere in the city or beyond. The location is perfect. I have a list of favorite restaurants and things to do. But, you may find that once perched on the deck or inside looking out the picture window at all the activity on the Bay the need to go anywhere slips away...


                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          I do not do nightly rates, so VRBO's forms don't quite fit. Up to one month will be billed at the same rate of $232 a night There is a $150 cleaning fee to be paid directly to the manager when returning the keys at the end of the stay.

                                                          21 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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