|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Come stay in the In-Law in our beautiful house in the warm sunshine of Bernal Heights. Park your car in front of the house and easily navigate the city without it.
This studio is located on a quiet street but so close to all the action. You can feel safe leaving you car in front of my house (you get the spot in front of the garage so it will always be free). Inside you will find a fully renovated studio. You will have your own queen sized bed and fold out queen futon to comfortably sleep 4. There is a beautiful Japanese sliding door that separates the space so you can have some privacy from the front door if you like (a good friend of mine built the door by hand out of Canadian Cedar so they smell nice and are a personal treasure of mine).
You will have a mini fridge, microwave, and breakfast station (the coolest thing ever; coffee maker, toaster, and griddle). There is no official kitchen so you will need to use the bathroom sink to wash dishes but it is nice and spacious. I have provided dishes and utensils for your convenience. The bathroom is equipped with towels, hand soap and toilet paper so please let me know if anything is running low.
There is also a washer and dryer in the main house which you may use but the times will need to be coordinated. Finally, there is a fantastic hot tub in the back yard. If you want to use it, just let me know do we can coordinate moving the dogs and letting you in.
You will have access to the entire studio apartment with a renovated bathroom; tub and glass sliding door, queen sized bed, dresser, small dinette with two stools, fold out couch and antique closet (it's nice to look at but please don't try to open it) Since you have your own key you can come and go as you like. the main house has a much larger kitchen and large back yard with a grill and hot tub. You will not have direct access to those but we can coordinate use if you'd like. Also there is a washer and dryer available but again usage will need to be coordinated since you do not have direct access.
I live in the unit upstairs with my roommate and my two dogs. We are happy to help out in any way. My dogs are very sweet but they may bark at you when you arrive (they get very excited and assume you are coming to see them). There is a very nice front deck that you are welcome to enjoy. It is located right next to the upstairs front door. Since you have your own private entrance and access to the lockbox key it is possible that we completely miss each other for the entire stay. The key will be located in a lock box (the key and the code change with each guest). Also there is a door in your studio that leads to our back yard but it will be locked so we can not enter your space and you can not enter ours.
I am absolutely nuts about the neighborhood (I mean, after all I bought a house here). It is the sunniest part of the entire city and has some of the best views (up the hill at Bernal Park). It is quiet and safe but also has access to all the city has to offer. I like to think of it as the secret gem of San Francisco. I hope you will have time to experience some of what the city, and specifically my neighborhood has to offer. First of all walking into the mission by Precita park is a pleasure. Follow Precita street to Folsom and walk into the Mission. Some of the most exciting culture and street art lives there just on the walls of your walk. When you get to 24th street walk either left or right and enjoy the food and shops up and down the street. If you go left you will eventually reach the Bart at Mission street. If you are up for more of a walk take a right on Mission street and enjoy the heart of the Mission district. You will often see street performers or people selling wares in the plaza by the Bart stop (don't be surprised if you also see a few street people). If you make it all the way up Mission to 18th street take a left and head all the way to Dolores street where you will find one of the most best secrets of SF; Dolores Park. Here you will find interesting people, dogs playing, people selling snacks (Be aware many of the snacks have weed in them. Be sure to ask) there is also a children's playground that is brand new and pretty amazing!! If you walk up the hill you will get pretty spectacular views of the city (that hill is also called Gay Beach by locals because that side of the park lies along the Castro and many men from the neighborhood meet in that park of the park to picnic and chat and lay out in the sun)
The easiest is Precita Park Cafe. Located just by the park at Precita and Alabama. An easy walk from the house (although on the way home you have a decent hill to navigate) For brunch (since most people are in a hurry) I recommend St Francis (24th and York). It has amazing greasy spoon food but all organic and as healthy as you can make it. The staff here is exceptionally nice and it is a true SF hub so you will see all kinds of real SFians. There are a ton of taquerias in the Mission district and most are exceptional. There are a bunch of places named El Farolito but my favorite is the one at 24th and Alabama. For vegetarians: Most places will easily serve you vegetarian means but Gracias Madre makes vegan food amazing!! – Vegan Organic Fresh Mexican food (2211 Mission (email hidden)). I recommend you use (website hidden) and search in the area for food to find your pleasure.
Best Italian around here is Delfina, reservations recommended (3621 18th street). Sugoi Sushi (1058 Valencia street) will surprise and delight you with its fine balance of humbleness and sophistication. Escape from New York Pizza (3342 22nd street) is your best option for pizza by the slice or ordering a pie. Sit down pizza/salad place a bit more fancy and great for people watching is Farina at the corner of Valencia and 18th st. Brunch or breakfast is at Boogaloos (3296 22nd street at Valencia) – don’t let the crowd scare you away; waiting at the sunny corner is part of the experience.
Coffee I know very little about coffee but those who are say this is a great neighborhood for coffee. Check out Philz and Ritual. Both very close on foot. If you like pastries with your coffee, check out the croissants and bread pudding from Tartine (600 Guerrero Street). It’s a long line, but if it’s just for coffee don’t get in line, just go straight inside and order at the coffee bar.
Ice Cream Humphry Slocombe (2790A Harrison street) and Bi-Rite Creamery (3692 18th street) Cocktails Lone Palm (you can see the tree that names the bar and stands tall in front of it from my window!) at 3394 22nd street. It’s divey, but reliable.
The most convenient is the small deli on the corner of Precita and Florida. For more healthy, fancier food check out Cancilla Market on the corner of Precita and Folsom. Other than that there are many Safeway stores and also tons of produce stands in the Mission.
The Chapel (777 Valencia street), Amnesia (853 Valencia Street) and Elbo Room (647 Valencia street) are small venues along Valencia Street. There is also Café Revolution (it’s free music, but is also hit or miss: could be awesome or awful. It’s always worth taking a look at what’s going on there though) at 3248 22nd street. Art and other Cool things 826 Valencia, the pirate store supply/creative writing workshop, is a must go. Right near it, City Art gallery shows local art and Paxton Gate offers exotic gardening and 24th street has lots of cool art galleries as you go down towards the deep inner Mission District. Thrift stores and cool boutiques galore.
Precita Park is the easiest. Is located about 6 blocks away at Precita and Alabama. Also you can walk up the hill to Bernal Hill. This is a suprisingly large city park with some of the best views in the city. Dolores Park is about a 30 minute walk but great for people watching, or take the Muni bus to Golden Gate Park or the Ocean Beach.
If you have a car it is great for getting out of the city but I don't recommend doing much driving in the city. (Just leave the car front of the house in the spot that blocks the driveway. It will always be free. The only time parking is not allowed is between 12-2 on Wednesdays-just move your car across the street)
In general in the city parking is expensive, roads are confusing and traffic is usually pretty annoying.
If you do head out of the city for a day trip there are amazing things to see in every direction.
BART - If you instead want to enjoy the city on foot and with public transit you should check out BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit - our version of the subway). Bart is great but does not cover the whole city) Fortunately for you it is located pretty close to the house (about a 15-20 minute walk) and will take you downtown and to Oakland.
MUNI - If you want to visit other places I recommend you check out MUNI. The bus system can be a little confusing but will get you anywhere you want to go. People are friendly, just ask them:)
Car Share - My final recommendation for transport is to use one of the cooperative car share systems. It is just like a cab but better!! Go to the site lyft.com on your mobile device and register. Lyft is one of the best things to ever grace SF. It is a taxi service with a mobile app. You request a ride, they come to you and it is charged to your credit card (you only need to have wifi when booking). The taxi system in SF is a mess so I would not expect to call a cab and have them show up (if they find a fare on the way to you, they will take it and leave you in a lurch).
Last piece of advice. Even if the weather is great now it will get about 20 degrees colder around 4 pm. Always, always bring layers (a windbreaker and scarf are gold in this city).
I am an eastcoast transplant to San Francisco but have been here since 2006. I love it here! I purchased a new house in 2012 and love the idea of being able to share it with visitors to this fantastic city. I work in biotech in Silicon Valley so I have an appreciation of what it means to need a car but also to be able to leave it and enjoy the city on foot. I also practice sports massage in the studio next door to the rental. I have two sweet dogs (they have no access to your space but you might hear them:)
Maury Argento purchased this apartment in 2012
Holladay House (the rental is 176 A and the main house is 176) is great if you want to be able to see the city but also get away. It is a quiet place but walkable to great places and close to transportation. Also a huge plus is the fact that there is parking and only 4 steps to walk up:)
One thing I love about this location is that is is very convenient while also being separated from the hubbub. We are right at the intersection of two major freeways. We are a 20 min walk to the subway. We are walking distance to the Mission District (the heart of the city). There are plenty of buses only a few blocks away. We are up a hill but the hill deters any of the riffraff that may be in The Mission. Finally, you can park right out front (which is close to impossible in this city). The Mission is the warmest and sunniest part of San Francisco. So as you can see, it is the best possible location:)
This place was AWESOME! The bathroom was recently refinished and the amount of space was perfect for my boyfriend and me. The welcome binder was very helpful to find some great breakfast places. The parking space was naturally incredibly convenient and the location of the flat was a short few minutes uber drive to the main sightseeing areas. We would absolutely stay here again!
My husband, my son and I went to San Francisco for a Giants' game and to do a little walking about the city. We stayed for 2 nights, met Maury on our 2nd day and she is very accommodating and friendly 😊𘀠The flat was well equipped and the beds very comfortable! The biggest 'plus' is the free parking right in front!!! We parked the car and took Ubers where ever we wanted to go 👍𣑍𘀠Thank you, Maury, for the opportunity of staying at your place! We will definitely recommend your place to friends.......Oh, and the Giants WON!
Neal and Jamie Tucker
A little more attention to detail and hospitality and I could rate this unit higher. Maury is a nice and is fairly quick in responding to emails. We chose this property based on the reviews and the fact that it came with its own parking space, right in front of the house! That is HUGE in this city and probably saved us quite of money. It seems like a pretty safe neighborhood too. This unit is directly below Maury’s unit, so she is right there if need be. The unit is cozy but not very sound proof. It was just my husband and I and we were only there to sleep basically, otherwise out sightseeing and it took hardly any time to get to downtown on light traffic days, maybe 20 mins.
That being said, there are a few things that could be different to make me put 5 stars instead of 3. With this unit being directly below Maury’s some noise is to be expected, however 1 of the 2 people the lived there is VERY HEAVY footed and on one night it was all throughout the night until at least 2 am. My husband, who is a deep sleeper was even woken up several times. We hardly heard her dog, except one night when I believe Maury and roommate left and the dog barked for about ½ an hour but it was around dinner time, annoying yes but we dealt with it.
The unit was clean for the most part but could have been better. There was dust and dirt around the non walking areas, like around the backside of the kitchen table and specifically in the bathroom around the walls and behind the bathroom door. LOTS of dust and other people’s hair. There were multiple spiderwebs left in plain site on the wall above the tv, the shower head, & the front door… I had the feeling something was crawling on me quite often from that, and we killed no less then 4 spiders.
We were only given one set of towels each for the five days we were there and the bathroom isn’t ventilated well so it gets the mildew smell, especially the towels, and when people with long hair wash their hair, they generally like to put it up in a towel. When we asked for another set, we were asked what was wrong with the current set, but Maury did bring us a new set later that day.
Also, there are NO flashlights or emergency lighting in the unit. A MUST IN EARTHQUAKE COUNTRY! We had to leave the bathroom light on at night just to see and there is a huge wooden door track right down the middle of the unit, huge tripping hazard, especially in the dark.
Not a bad place to stay, just a few minor hospitality adjustments needed.
I stayed for two weeks at spacious vacation rental close to mission district in SF. Parking in front of rental a bonus. Warm welcoming owner that accommodated all my needs. I especially liked the sunny backyard.
The only downside was noise from upstairs in evening and early in morning.
A good deal.
The home was great for a girls weekend getaway. It was clean and spacious enough that four of us were comfortable and the shower head is AMAZING. Located in Bernal Heights, it was right off of HWY 101 with direct access into the city and getting an Uber to anywhere was no issue at all, and it was easy to hop on the highway for a day trip to Napa. It was about 10 min ride to downtown, within walking distance from coffee shops and cafes for breakfast, and only a few min walk (up some hills!) to Bernal Hill that offered 360 view of the city. It was a great way to start each morning. Dedicated parking was a lifesaver, and saved us about $120 in what would've been parking fees in a garage at any other location. The only thing about the property is that the owner does live above the apartment, so if you are staying over a weekday, people do get up early for work and it can be heard in the apartment. But other than that the owner and her roommate and dogs were quiet and respectful. The owner has a guide book and tourist maps of the city available to use in the apartment with some recommendations of her favorite places to eat and things to do, with small maps and addresses for each location. The apartment is able to share amenities with the owner (such as a backyard, washer/dryer, and hot tub) but arrangements need to be made with the owner when you get there.
Wir waren zu 5. mit unseren erwachsenen Kindern dort.
Ein idealer Ausgangspunkt für ein paar Tage. Maury ist sehr nett und hilfsbereit.
Die Wohnung ist, typisch für SF etwas klein, aber ausreichend um dort zu übernachten. Tagsüber ist man sowieso nur in der Stadt unterwegs. Jederzeit gerne wieder.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$175|