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2000 sq ft House - Stunning SF Views! - Steinway Grand Piano! - Parking! - WiFi!

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

House; 2 Bedrooms (queen beds); Sofa Bed (queen), 2 Full Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

This spacious, 3-story, architect-designed and stylishly-furnished house is my private home when I'm not traveling. It sits high on the north slope of Potrero Hill, one of San Francisco's most appealing neighborhoods and a restaurant mecca. Just minutes from downtown San Francisco, it is the perfect short-term residence for vacationers or traveling professionals and executives.

My Potrero Hill House offers sweeping views of downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay from the living room, kitchen, both bedrooms, and from the balconies off the living room & master bedroom (I was standing on the master bedroom balcony when I took the photo of the view of downtown). The large, open living room has a soaring cathedral ceiling with sunlight streaming through the two double French doors, and a huge skylight. The living room features a Steinway grand piano, a dramatic marble fireplace, an award-winning staircase, antique Japanese furniture, original art and sculpture, a high-end stereo sound system, a 46-inch HDTV, and BluRay DVD player.

The master bedroom suite, a private sanctuary that occupies the entire third floor, has a 'wall of windows' framing a magnificent view of downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge (see photo), a sitting area with its own fireplace, a 54-inch HDTV, antique Japanese tansu chests, a balcony, separate dressing room, Japanese-inspired bathroom, and a private redwood deck that floats among the bamboo and Japanese maples in the rear garden.

The second bedroom is smaller but equally stylish with a queen bed, a 42-inch HDTV, and its own large bathroom. There is also a leather couch in the living room which opens into a comfortable queen-size sofa bed.

All three TVs have Xfinity (Comcast) HD cable service with hundreds of channels and many free, on-demand movies. In addition, the TV in the master bedroom provides free access to Netflix. A guest computer with high-speed broadband Internet access is provided, and there is free high speed broadband WiFi throughout the house.

As you have probably already gathered, I am rather fond of my home, but my opinion is shared by others. Previous guests have said 'it is like staying in a miniature museum', 'an architectural gem!', 'one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen', 'incredibly peaceful, a wonderful place to relax'. A real estate professional who stayed for two weeks said, in his review on one web site, 'I have rented many houses in various locations throughout the years. Bill's house was the best ever.' If you need more convincing, just read some of the more than 50 5-star reviews my house has received.

Of course I appreciate all the compliments, but the point is that my Potrero Hill House is more than just a place to store your suitcase and sleep while you are visiting San Francisco. It will be an intimate part of your experience. If you or a member of your family plays the piano, there is a Steinway grand in the living room. If you are a history buff or armchair explorer, you will find one of California's largest private collections of books on Alaska and Russian America. If you are more into literature, there is an extensive collection of books by and about Mark Twain. If you appreciate art, the walls are covered with original works by contemporary artists, none of whom are particularly famous -- yet -- but all of whom are extremely talented and, I am fortunate to say, personal friends of mine. Scattered throughout the house you will discover Eskimo and Native American art and artifacts, sculpture, antique Japanese tansu chests, Persian carpets, and many other treats.

Located high on the coveted north slope of Potrero Hill, my house offers incredible views of San Francisco's famous skyline and is just minutes from the financial district, Moscone Center, Union Square and the SF Giants' ballpark. You can reach any other part of the City (Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.) in 20 minutes or less. San Francisco Airport is 15 minutes away, Oakland and Berkeley are 30 minutes away, Stanford University and Silicon Valley are 30-45 minutes away, Sausalito, Tiburon, and Mill Valley are 30 minutes away. Napa Valley and the wine country are just an hour away, Carmel and Monterey are 2 hours away, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park are 4 hours away.

Potrero Hill is justly famous for having the sunniest and warmest weather in San Francisco. Fortunately, the hills to the west usually protect us from the chilly evening fog that typically covers most of the rest of San Francisco. This safe, quiet, upscale neighborhood is a true delight. Several of San Francisco's best restaurants are within walking distance, including French, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Middle Eastern, and the much-loved Goat Hill Pizza, one of the best pizzeria's in town (all-you-can-eat on Mondays!). Farley's, whose motto is 'friends don't let friends drink Starbucks', is a classic 1950s coffee shop that draws customers from all over the city. If you like beer, the Anchor Steam Brewery tasting room is four blocks down the hill. And then there is Dogpatch, located on the east side of Potrero Hill and just a few blocks away. Home to working-class families for more than a century, Dogpatch, now the 'Dogpatch Historic District', has been discovered by young techies, artists, restauranteurs, and winemakers and is being transformed into one of San Francisco's trendiest new neighborhoods.

Finally, one of the best features of my neighborhood is that it is one of the very few places in San Francisco where there is never have a parking problem for you or your guests! Parking spaces abound and no permit is required. But if you prefer to use public transportation, there is a bus stop one block away.

To make certain that your stay is trouble-free, my house manager lives in a small cottage at the rear of the garden and is ready to assist you as necessary.

In my humble opinion, you will be hard pressed to find any other rental property in San Francisco as unique and wonderful as my Potrero Hill House -- and my low rental rates make it one of the best values in town! So, why stay in a pricey San Francisco hotel or sterile corporate apartment when my house offers twice as much for half the price? Why deal with an agent or property manager when you can deal directly with the owner? My Potrero Hill House is truly one of the best accommodation values in San Francisco!

My rates include all taxes, so when you compare my rates with a hotel, don't forget to add to the rate quoted by the hotel both the 14% San Francisco hotel tax and the 8.5% sales tax. Many San Francisco visitors are shocked when their final hotel bill turns out to be 25% higher than they had anticipated.

PLEASE NOTE: Maximum occupancy is six persons. Minimum stay is three nights. Minimum age is eight years old. Please check my availability calendar before making an inquiry. Because I travel so much, email is my preferred method of contact.

More Details

Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 12, 2017

About The Owner

I am an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and consultant who has spent more than 25 years in Silicon Valley. I have started several companies of my own and worked with dozens of other embryonic technology ventures providing concept validation, strategic analysis and planning, interim management, mentoring, and investment capital. In a moment of whimsy or insanity (the jury is still out), two friends and I recently put together a group of investors to buy a ruined 17th mill on the Tiber River about an hour and a half from Rome, Italy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

***** Excellent!

Bill: It was a good stay over at your place. It was a comfortable, great priced accommodation where you can really relax, and there was ample room to move around and enjoy. We loved the fireplace and all the windows and use of wood. The kitchen was great. All your books and art give the house a unique, personal feel. You had everything an out-of-town tourist needs!
Nov 2008
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Potrero Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Japanese-style; double shower head (shower with a friend!)
    Second Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Master Bathroom: The ensuite Japanese-style master bathroom, recently redone in cedar and black slate, has a large, double-headed shower. It opens onto a private, secluded redwood deck that overlooks the garden. Guest Bathroom: The guest bathroom is modern and spacious with glass-enclosed bathtub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Entire third floor, panoramic views , 54-inch HDTV
    Second Bedroom - 1 queen , 42-inch HDTV
    Sofa Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-size Sofa bed
  • The spacious master bedroom occupies the entire third floor. On the north side is a wall of glass, opening onto a balcony, that boasts one of the best views of downtown San Francisco. The bedroom is decorated with Japanese antiques and original art. At the east end, there is a cozy sitting area with sofa, coffee table, fireplace, and huge 54' Hi-Def LED flat screen television (cable/Netflix). The ensuite Japanese-style master bathroom is done in cedar and black slate and opens onto a private, secluded redwood deck overlooking the garden. The second bedroom is cozy and comfortable, It has its own full bathroom, a 42-inch HDTV with cable, and a computer with high-speed Internet access.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
***Elegantly furnished with original art & antiques, Steinway grand piano, Persian carpets, computer and broadband WiFi, 46-inch HDTV in the living room, 54-inch HDTV in the master bedroom, 42-inch HDTV in the second bedroom, hundreds of cable channels, many free on-demand movies and streaming Netflix, 2 fireplaces (living room & master bedroom), Japanese-style chef's kitchen, spacious master bedroom with panoramic views of downtown San Francisco and an amazing Japanese-style bathroom, large library of books ***Great Neighborhood! Sunniest and warmest part of San Francisco; Quiet and safe; A dozen top restaurants and cafes within walking distance; Wine bars; Beer tasting; Whole Foods.


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2000 sq ft House - Stunning SF Views! - Steinway Grand Piano! - Parking! - WiFi!
average rating of 5.0 based on 67 reviews
Markham, Ontario

What a treat. Must return to see more of the neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with another couple stayed at this great spot and we will certainly make a point of returning. What a find! The house is exactly as it appears in the pics and yes, the view from the master bedroom is quite something looking out over the city. The house is very well appointed with everything you will need whether in the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. We took the bus or Uber downtown and back and both worked very well. When we return we will make a point of taking in more of the local shops and restaurants. There are numerous great restaurants within a few blocks and we visited three of them but were told there are a few more that are equally as good. Farleys coffee shop was our standard morning place to visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, John, for your very nice and complimentary review. When you return, you must certainly focus on our local neighborhood restaurant scene. Between Potrero Hill and Dogpatch (both within walking distance), there are more than a dozen restaurants that live up to San Francisco's culinary reputation. I myself rarely leave the neighborhood when I eat out. Ciao! Bill
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited San Francisco in June with our grandson and nephew. This apartment was beautiful and very clean. We arrived on a very warm SF day and were worried a bit about no A/C in the apartment. We opened the windows and within 30 minutes the apartment was cool and we had to sleep under covers at night. We loved having a parking place for our rental car....however; we used Uber for the travel within SF. Great location also...can't say enough about the beautiful apartment!!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your compliments, Carolyn. All San Franciscans love our natural air conditioning in San Francisco - and Uber is definitely one of best ways to get around town, even for locals. Please come back soon! Ciao! Bill
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Delightful stay.

  • 5 of 5

The house was eclectic and welcoming. The location was perfect. Easy to get to from the airport and many great restaurants within walking distance. The guest book had great recommendations. We hope to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, Debra. The guest handbook contains more than 10 years of recommendations from past guests and is a great resource. Ciao! Bill
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Spacious, elegant house with amazing view

  • 5 of 5

Potrero Hill House is very special - it was more like staying at a friend's eclectic home with special touches that made it far from an ordinary holiday rental. Quality kitchen, furnishings and lots of room for our family of five adults.

The thing we liked most? The view! Extraordinary view over the city to the Bay Bridge. Amazing.

Follow suggestions in the house handbook for dining and shopping. Excellent recommendations. We found Uber to be very useful and inexpensive for transporting our family of five to and from the city centre.

Our recommendations: Soak up the amazing ambience of this fabulous house - bring a bottle of Californian wine home after a day of sightseeing, kick back and enjoy the sparkling lights of the city spread out before you.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Rosyln, for your nice review and for sharing your recommendations. As a result of feedback from my guests, my house handbook has grown steadily over the years and is now a great resource for special San Francisco adventures and local Potrero Hill secrets. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit and hope you will stay at my house again the next time you visit San Francisco. Ciao! Bill
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A home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your beautiful, comfortable, inviting, and eclectic home, and I so enjoyed meeting you. Your home is definitely at the top of the list for future trips to San Francisco. Thanks for opening your home to us wayward travelers!

We liked the great location, the peace and quiet, the easy public transport, the great restaurants in the neighborhood (Chez Maman), the aesthetics of the house and its art collections, the fireplaces and views, the kitchen accommodations, being able to practice on the grand piano, etc..

The only thing we disliked was having to check out.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Xavier. I genuinely appreciate the time you took to write a review and am pleased that you enjoyed your stay. I, too, enjoyed the chance to meet you. I don't often get to meet my guests. Come back soon! Ciao! -- Bill
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The house on the hill!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Bills house for four wonderful nights, it is a beautiful house with stunning views over San Francisco. We were a group of four adults and had plenty of room to relax and enjoy our time there. The bedrooms and bathrooms were great and the beds were very comfortable. There was parking which was great as we had a car, I would defiantly recommend this property, thanks Bill.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Caroline! I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come back soon. Ciao! Bill
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Francisco International
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 280 / Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
Car: recommended

The infinite variety of activities available in and around San Francisco defies description. If you can imagine it you can probably do it in our great city.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Maximum number of guests: 6
Quoted rates are for 1 to 4 guests using two bedrooms.
Use of the sofa bed is an additional $30 per night
Arrive/depart dates must be at least 2 days before/after Thanksgiving/Xmas/New Year's
Minimum age 8 years old.
Cleaning fee: $150 for two bedrooms; $200 if sofa bed is used.
All taxes included.
Absolutely no smoking.
Absolutely no pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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