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Gorgeous Victorian Home in NOPA. 3 bdrm. Parking. Near GG Park/Haight

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom (Sleeps 5 or 6)

A recent guest said it best,

'Absolutely stunning house in what I think is one of the neighbourhoods with most personality in SF. This area has got a bit of everything, and at the same time is a bit tucked away from the buzz. Still you are close to what ever you feel like doing. The Golden Gate Park is just a few blocks away and the quaint little french bistro, that our lovely host Rob was kind enough to point out, is just one block away and served a lovely Moule Mariné in a cozy environment. We recommend it! The house it self was very clean and well laid out. Beds were comfortable and the pictures doesn't quite capture how large of a space it actually is! Sometimes the details are the thing that enhances the stay in a house, Rob's place was full of high quality details. Nice entertainment center with Netflix and a great sound system located in the kitchen dinner area. That turned the cooking to a really social affair. Kitchen was very well equipped and left nothing to desire. We had a bunch of great meals! The cat LuLu was a real sweetheart and the kids took turns cuddling her. She was totally optional and it was all our decision to let her in the house. Rob stays in a studio in the basement of the house while renting it out but he is truly great at being the invisible host only appearing when we needed him. All in all I can just say: If you want a class stay in a beautiful environment while visiting San Francisco, go here! Thanks Rob!'

DETAILS: Large, renovated 1895 Victorian home with high 12 ft ceilings, columns, tall windows, incredible amounts of natural light and very open floor plan (like a cross between a loft and Victorian)

3 bedrooms, 1 king, 2 queen beds, 1.5 baths, huge living space, wood floors, super comfy great room/kitchen/dining room--in total 2 stories, 2,100 sf--it's spacious. . WiFi, 50' TV, Apple TV, DVD, cable TV and a collection of 100's of books. Washer, dryer. Large patio and yard which great to use, but still a work in progress. Parking available on the street directly in front of the house.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Incredible neighborhood if you want to experience local SF culture. Three world class restaraunts within a four block walk (NOPA, Park Central, Bar Crudo). Coffee, market, sandwich shop within 100 ft. Walking distance to thriving shopping/eating neighborhoods of Haight Ashbury, Lower Haight, the Castro and the up and coming North Panhandle. 10 min bus ride to de Young Museum, Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers and the rest of Golden Gate Park. 15 mins to Ocean Beach, Cliff House, The Presidio and the rest of the City. This neighborhood it truly one of the cultural hearts of the City. If I was new to SF and had a choice of my neighborhoods today, this would be it.

HISTORY: Here's the story behind this 1895 Stick Victorian. It was first owned by Frank Devlin, a pattern maker at Levi Strauss--they obviously made good money back then. The entire structure was built with rough-sawn redwood and handmade square nails. It's 'balloon framing' allows it to flex in earthquakes and high winds without damage. It seemed to survive the 1906 quake fine unlike most of it's immediate neighbors. The pillars in the front parlors were added just after the quake. In the 70's and 80's it seems like there was a bit of a 'war of the roses' going on. Upstairs had layers and layers of different pastel colors and retained the original Victorian details. Downstairs was a different story. One room had fully saturated gold paint, then red, then black, then white acoustic tile, then wood paneling, then a duck hunting scene done in a mosaic of square mirrors--classic! Other rooms downstairs shared a similar let's-do-something-different-with-the-walls fate. It was quite an asethetic when I got it.

I did most of the renovations about 10 years ago converting the three back rooms into a single great room/kitchen/dinning room which is the best for just hanging out. Bathrooms, electrical and plumbing were all renovated at that time. And the minimalist style was established.

Bathrooms are marble with great porcelin and nickel fixtures. The upstairs shower has been repeated called 'the best shower ever' by my guests due to its beautiful natural light and large, forever-hot water flow.

I've owned this house for 15 years and though I love the hustle of life in San Francisco, it's always been like a wonderful sanctuary to me, a place I can come back to luxuriate in. I hope you have a similar experience.

CARE/KIDS: As for children or entertaining in the house: the walls are flat white paint and some of the lath and plaster is 125 years old so it's a place to be appreciated for its aesthetics and not suitable for rough wear and tear, nor is it sound proof enough to have kids running inside--as a result, I'd prefer to not have kids between the ages of 2-5 stay here.

CAT: I have an extremely friendly and affectionate cat (part Lab?) named LuLu, that will be with me downstairs in the basement studio and outside--she spends no time in the house. With hardwood floors and professional cleaning, I haven't had an allergic complaint.

More Details

Rob Novotny
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2017

Why Rob Novotny chose San Francisco

I fell in love with the high ceilings (12 ft), the incredible amount of natural light, amount of space, the neighborhood and it's Victorian design and roots. It took some work to get it where it is today, but well worth it. One of the most satisfying things in my life.


North of the Panhandle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Gorgeous Victorian Home in NOPA. 3 bdrm. Parking. Near GG Park/Haight
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 27 reviews

Not ideal for young families

  • 3 of 5

I stayed at this house with my three young daughters (5,4,2) and my mother for a week. This house was spacious but I wouldn't call it kid-friendly. The staircase was extremely steep, long, and he bannister was rickety and wobbly. I had to move a table in front of it at night as I was afraid my kids would tumble down. The backyard wasn't useable at all, full of dead plants and an actual dirty bathtub-totally misleading from the photos posted online. I would have appreciated more than one small lock on the door; the neighborhood didn't seem safe and I didn't feel secure in the house.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home...super clean, comfortable, quiet area, great base to explore San Francisco!

  • 5 of 5

We had an enjoyable stay at this NOPA home. It was very clean and comfortable. We spent our days exploring San Francisco and this space was a great place to come home and relax after very busy days. The beds were very comfortable with nice linens. Bathroom was spacious and had plenty of great quality towels. The kitchen had everything we needed. The home reflected the owner's personality without being crowded or cluttered. The front bedroom was a little noisy on weekday mornings but we would expect that in any city. We slept well in this home. We loved the restaurants and coffee shops in the area. Our favorite was NOPA which was recommended by the homeowner...truly not to be missed. We explored the Haight Ashbury neighborhood on foot and used Lyft to get to other historic areas. Using Lyft was easy and inexpensive and we met some great drivers! We highly recommend this property in San Francisco, especially for couples or families with older children. The owner was available through email and he left very detailed instructions for the apartment and helpful suggestions for getting around San Francisco. Overall it was an excellent experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific home and great location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, beautiful well appointed home with three large bedrooms with a comfortable beds and a marvelous kitchen. Lots of stuff to cook with all though the pots can certainly use an upgrade! Parking is something of a hassle in this neighborhood but it is in all of San Francisco! Rob is a great host and can help with any of your needs. Location is great for walks through Golden gate Park and Short drives to fun neighborhood restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for Thanksgiving

  • 5 of 5

There were 11 of us from CA, NY and MN for Thanksgiving dinner and Rob's house was perfect. Lots of space for everyone and a really nice kitchen.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Extraordinary House

  • 5 of 5

We were 6 people and had a comfortable time in the house, delicatessen the weather was not the best to get unfortunately so we took the advantage of been at home, big rooms, extraordinary playroom around TV theater and kitchen, the best house ever. Talking about rooms they were big enough and comfortable beds. the with quite and easy to walk around, with unfortunately, supermarkets and restaurants. Thank Rob .

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cosy,homely and spacious rental in perfect location in safe area of SF

  • 5 of 5

Beds super comfy. Location great for visiting USF and golden gate park area all within walking distance. Rob owner is very diligent at answering emails and super helpful. He was away at the time of our visit but answered all our queries quickly and organised us a parking permit. The house is comfortable,light and airy. Please know we will return so please don't book when we are going!!! The TV is tricky to use and we did use as after walking up and down all the SF hills all day it's a great home to have a cosy evening in. A perfect vacation and a great host/ owner. Many thanks

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $175
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 14.0%

Music Festivals, Bay To Breakers and other Events: $425/night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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