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Hot Tub & Sauna! City & Twin Peaks Views. Central Castro Classic Victorian

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

2Br, 1Ba Top Floor Vibrantly Painted Victorian with City and Twin Peaks Views

City of San Francisco Registered Short-Term Rental Certificate # STR-0000878 Certificate Holder David Jude Thomas

For a Truly San Franciscan, Castro Neighborhood experience stay at one of the most colorful Houses in the neighborhood, The House of Muse.

Prior Guests of The House include a well known LGBT Film Writer - Director, an esteemed Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, and a World Famous Rock Star (names withheld until we receive permission).

Only 1.5 blocks to the Center of the Castro neighborhood (Castro St. at 18th St.), and only 2 blocks from Dolores Park, its central location makes the House of Muse an ideal location from which to travel to most parts of San Francisco. The MUNI underground access is only 3 blocks away and several bus lines are available within 3 blocks.

If you arrive on Wednesday, then you can walk to the neighborhood farmers market on Noe at Market. Avoid the junk food on the right side of the street, shop on the left, and keep in mind the fish and meat are the highest quality. After shopping be sure to stop in for a drink special at Cafe' Flore before heading back to your classic and historic San Franciscan Flat.

From the back deck enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the fog creep over Twin Peaks and as the ominous Sutro Tower hovers over The City.

Following Dinner at your dining room table with Downtown SF views you can walk down the hill to watch a classic movie at the historic Castro Theatre. If you prefer, neighborhood restaurants and bars with comedy nights and dancing are only 2 blocks away. Or, stay in and enjoy a film on the giant 63” Plasma flat screen display. Sink into the leather couch and enjoy 100’s of DirecTV full package channels or apple TV offerings, connect to Netflix, Hulu and many media channels. We also offer wireless internet, and of course, a Blu-Ray/DVD Region free player. All media devices come with a quality surround sound audio system in the living room.

In addition to your two bedrooms there is a large living room / Dining room, private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a shared yoga room / laundry room and a shared back deck.

Caution: Make sure if you book a vacation rental property in San Francisco that they are officially registered with the City of San Francisco as we are. New laws are being enforced, and some vacationers lose their rental upon arrival if the hosts have not done their part to make their business legal with the city.

City of San Francisco Registered Short-Term Rental Certificate # STR-0000878 Certificate Holder David Jude Thomas

San Francisco City Office of Short Term Rentals Contact Info: Phone: (415) 575-9179 or

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Registration Number : STR-0000878

Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge)

(written to describe your host by David S.)

Your host is a Multimedia Artist and film maker working in the fields of Music Videos, set design and music compositions for Dance and Theatrical works for over 30 years. If he's not writing music in his music studio, then he may be in his green screen and stage production studio filming an independent film or a music video. He's a veritable repository of San Francisco History, so if you've got questions about The City, he's got answers.

Your other host is a busy Chiropractor and Massage Therapist who is happy to answer your questions about health and healing. He is also available for in-house massage therapy, Bowen Therapy and/or Reiki energy work. Adjustments are only available off site at his office. Please make advance arrangements as his schedule often fills up a week or more in advance.

Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge) purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge) chose The Castro

This house is a dream come true. It has excellent views, and it's one of the only homes in the neighborhood with a large back yard set up for entertaining. The backyard has unique starlight LED bistro lighting, oversized tiki torches, moroccan lanterns, sculpted flagstone patios, a hot tub with a blue light, an infrared sauna with medical grade LED Light Therapy, an outdoor shower that shoots color lighted water, a fire table, umbrella covered table and old growth tropical and california native plants. It's a great place to enjoy breakfast, and it looks amazing at night with all the lights and fires going.

It's location is rather central to the overall city, and it's close to the Castro neighborhood bars and restaurants with 2 convenient stores less than 1 block away. It's nice to get what you need with having to get into a car.

The House has some interesting history. It was build in 1895 with the adjoining property which was the stable, now Ruby's Clay Studio. There was a blacksmith who worked out back, and we still find interesting artifacts when digging in the garden from this historic time.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a prime location being situated between the Center of the Castro Neighborhood and Dolores Park. Downtown views and views of Twin Peaks, Sutro Tower, Redrock Terrace, the Pride Flag at Castro and 18th are inspiring to see from a single residence. I enjoyed adding my personal touch by designing a color scheme for the Victorian to meet my taste and style. Many visitors stop and look or take pictures. If you take a break on the front porch with a drink or a smoke, passers by will often stop and chat. I like that about this neighborhood. People are friendly here. By and large it is a safe neighborhood.


The Castro Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This is the larger of the two bedrooms.
    Optional added bed to living room - 1 twin/ single , We can add a high quality memory foam mattress on a frame
    Front Bedroom (one twin pulls out from under the other) - 2 twin/ single , This is the smaller bedroom with City View and Trundle Bed.
  • Bedroom 1 is larger with its own TV and bathroom attached. Occupants must pass through this bedroom to access the bathroom and the kitchen. Bedroom 2 has a twin bed with another twin bed that pulls out from beneath it. This is the smaller of the two classically referred to as the fainting room of a Victorian. It has an excellent view of downtown.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
The backyard is now complete with 0utdoor Infrared Sauna with medical grade LED lighting, and hot tub, in an enchanted garden oasis with a fire pit and multiple seating choices with old growth tropical and native Californian plants.


Great views and a super location!!!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Sep 21, 2015

Upon arriving at the property, we were greeted by David, our concierge, and given a tour of our new home for the next five days in San Francisco. Instantly, my group and I fell in love. The view of the city from all sides of the house revealed a beautiful sight of the unique architecture of San Francisco. Outside, there was a great patio area where one could catch the breeze of the bay. When it got a bit chilly, we turned on the hot tub and relaxed as we played music from the surround system in the backyard. The property is literally in the center of the most vibrant parts of the city. Within walking distance is the Castro District, famous for its history. There, you can go to the Castro Theatre where you can catch very interesting and great programming. My friends and I caught a double feature of "Smooth Talk" and "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me," the latter of which is one of my friend's favorite films. To the east of the rental was the Mission District, a great place to walk around and shop and catch a bite to eat. Grocery stores surround the neighborhood. The public transportation is easily accessible from this rental as well! Buses are only a block away and subways leading to downtown are only a five minute walk. We were able to go to beach in the afternoon, get dinner downtown, and explore the clubs and bars in Castro easily in one day. The comfortable beds and sofas alongside the 63" inch plasma screen television were perfect to curl up in and catch some television or Netflix after a long day of walking around the city. Waking up wasn't difficult when we could roll out of bed and feel the cool bay breeze while looking towards the beautiful San Francisco city. Thank you, House of Muse, for the wonderful stay - this Bear can't wait until his next time in San Francisco!

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Hot Tub & Sauna! City & Twin Peaks Views. Central Castro Classic Victorian
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Great apartment and location with all the amenities we needed plus

  • 5 of 5

Access to the deck was wonderful. Great kitchen that was fully equipped.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A fully equipped kitchen is important to me as a guest when I travel so I made sure to offer it to my guests. If a guest requests an item like a specific tea or coffee vessel then I purchase that item ASAP for my guest so that they may use it and future guests may benefit as well. We aim to please and respond to guest requests as soon as possible. We love to have guests enjoy the deck with the view of Twin Peaks as the Fog creeps over the hillside ... if you are lucky enough to enjoy one of those rare days or nights when the hillside puts on a show. It's truly a site to behold.
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We loved our stay!

  • 4 of 5

The hot tub and sauna were wonderful. The location was super easy to get anywhere. We did not have a car. Dolores Park cafe was a favorite as well as taking the hop on off bus! Groceries were very close...just up the hill!😀

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location in the Castro

  • 4 of 5

My Friends and I truly enjoyed our stay. Accessing the property was a breeze with the electronic door locks (no keys to be misplaced). The unit was clean and comfortable; and after a day of exploring; the Huge TV (which I did not think I would use) was a delight.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely a. Home Away

  • 5 of 5

I am writing my review from a hotel room in Palo Alto wishing I was back at the House of Muse. Starting with David greeting us so enthusiastically at the door to the easy access to the city. The mattress was amazing...actually both mattresses....There are so many amenities at the House of Muse that it would have been very easy to have stayed in the house and the yard for our whole visit....sadly we didn't have time to use the hot tub, Suana, massage services...or the kitchen...but it was nice to know they were there. Great place..wonderful host, lovely location.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning apartment in the heart of The Castro!

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what an amazing place this apartment is. From the period features to the comfortable furniture, this place does not disappoint.

Our concierge David is an awesome guy and was so welcoming and engaging. It felt like a home away from home and we would not hesitate to come back!!

Thanks for being wonderful hosts!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We aim to please our guests at the House Of Muse. And please come back anytime. Our motto is "your home away from home"!
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Fantastic location in the heart of the Castro

  • 5 of 5

Clean and quite. Definitely recommend a stay with the David's if you go to San Francisco. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
San Francisco Interational Airport
Nearest Barpub
149 Metres
Last Call
Nearest Ferry
3.7 Miles
Ferry Building
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Presidio Golf Course
Nearest Train
3.7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
134 Metres
Kasa Indian Eatery
Nearest Ski
205 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
5.2 Miles
Ocean Beach

Shopping, shopping, shopping. I shop when I travel. Hit up each neighborhood depending on what you want. Castro has your gay essentials, Valencia Street has your hipster, vintage and SF classic looks, the Haight is constantly changing.

Dolores Park is only 2 Blocks away. It has become a super popular hang out almost any day of the week. The Weekends are Packed with beach blankets and smiling faces. Some call it Dolores Beach or if you're up near Dolores and 20th, Gay Beach.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Parking Permit Use $20
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 14.0%

Please review your rental agreement as soon as you receive it, and advise us if there are any discrepancies. You are required to sign, date and return the document to us, either by message attachment through the vrbo site, fax 1-415-487-9226, or mail within five business days of the agreement date. Our receipt of the completed document and the initial 50% of the Total Due is required to complete your reservation. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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