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Modern new zen getaway in Bernal Heights, 2br, 1ba, efficient, fun, shops, parks

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Beautiful, modern, cozy, new, all for you, on Cortland Ave in the heart of SF's idyllic Bernal Heights. Ideal for couple, efficient for couple plus 2 kids. Beautiful tiled bathroom, shower, and soaking tub, Japanese-touch bedrooms, and a kitchenette. Quaint shops, great restaurants, hills for hikes, four parks within five minutes walk, and a diverse neighborhood of friendly folks. Bedroom #1 has a full bed plus a single bed in Japanese capsule style which I love. Bedroom #2 has one full bed plus a foam sofabed. The tiny living "room" has a chaise lounge that converts to a single bed. A Japanese rock garden and design elements help relax you after a busy sightseeing day. It is small and efficient - the space used to be our basement so we have worked hard to give it a light feel, with creative elements so that even though there are no windows it seems like there are! We're on Cortland Avenue with its delightful small shops - everything you need is steps away. Parking is free and relatively easy - never more than 2 blocks walk. Many transportation options: carshare vehicles are 1/2 block away, Lyft and Uber are prolific, and the 24 bus passes our place with stops steps away. Easy access both to downtown and SFO.

Registration Number : STR-0002173

Bill Shireman and Aileen Ichikawa
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, japanese
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Bill Shireman and Aileen Ichikawa

We are a family of four (the two adults on the right plus our 9-year-old twins) who love SF and live right next to your apartment here. Mom is a former tech sector executive and dad runs a non-profit, Future 500, dedicated to bringing together political enemies - lots of work on our plate, as you might imagine. Our little zen apartment is also our escape and creative work area, when we are not hosting others.

Bill Shireman and Aileen Ichikawa purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Bill Shireman and Aileen Ichikawa chose Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights is one of SF's friendliest and quaintest communities. It's a great location - close to downtown, the airport, parks, sites. If you want to focus on Fisherman's wharf or the Marina, we are a little distant, so base yourself on the other side of town.

What makes this apartment unique

Quiet, relaxing, and zen, with an upbeat slightly funky element.


Bernal Heights Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Luxury tub, attractive tile and lighting
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Extra single bed inspired by Japanese capsule beds I love
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Also extra fold-out foam and chaise lounge sleeper if needed
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • ice skating
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
This neighborhood offers virtually anything you'll need, close at hand. Great restaurants and bars; delightful shops and small stores; massage and workout places; three parks within 3 blocks; hills to climb; diverse people; easy transportation options - bus, car share, Lyft, Uber, taxi, and great walking.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

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Modern new zen getaway in Bernal Heights, 2br, 1ba, efficient, fun, shops, parks
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 12 reviews

Great space!

  • 4 of 5

Great space for travelers that are looking for a convenient space to lay their heads while traveling. We enjoyed our time in Bernal Heights, with lots of awesome restaurants and a great coffee shop a few doors down.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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The property was good value for money. It was simple & modern and the public transport was great!

  • 4 of 5

Although the property is small it was perfect for our family of four. The kitchen is good for simple meals with a small fridge and hot plate. There was a lovely electric fire and adequate heating for winter. Well situated to public transport to get to city centre and main attractions. Hosts provided a family pass to the Academy of Sciences which was a pleasant surprise and a beautiful family adventure. Negatives: There isn’t a washing machine, although there is a nearby laundry mat. The place is very compact and doesn’t have any windows. You can hear noise from the upstairs nail salon, but as we were out during the day this was only heard in the morning when they were setting up. The bed in the main room is actually a lounge with a matterace on top and NOT an ensemble bed. Suitable for a short stay but the bed isn’t that comfortable. Although the place was clean, it was dusty. Host was very friendly with excellent communication. We had a pleasant stay here for 4 nights.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Location.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 great nights at Bernal Heights. Accommodation was perfectly as described, and our hosts were very friendly and welcoming. We will look to stay here again when visiting SF.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Very clean and spacious! Loved the area it was located in!

  • 4 of 5

The area where the house is located is sooo cute! So much to eat you almost don't need to go into the city. The look out over the city was an unexpected surprise that made me very happy! The room was clean and had more than enough room for the 4 of us. My only warning is that if you like to sleep in that may be difficult because you can hear the nail salon from upstairs. This was not a big deal with us because we were out exploring most of the day but something to keep in mind. The owners are sweet and more than willing to to help if needed. We would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Hello, Bernal Heights was an adorable neighborhood to stay in and we enjoyed the apartment i

  • 4 of 5

Bill was a wonderful landlord the lodging was very comfortable and well worth the price. The bathroom shower head is quite low so if you need to wash your hair, you need to bend down, but everything else was incredibly comfortable. The artwork and design of the place was adorable. The location to SF is awesome without all the high prices and craziness of the city. Bernal Heights was a sweet little neighborhood. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location to explore SF

  • 5 of 5

The Appartement is in great condition and placed in a nice neighbourhood. Supermarket, Bars, Restaurants all located in walking distance. Going downtown with Public Transport is easy nur takes roughly 40min. All in all I can highly recommend "Modern new Zen getaway"

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Wild Side West
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Ferry Building
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
BART and CalTrain
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Many excellent ones on the street
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Squaw, Kirkwood, Alpine ...
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
SF Bay and Pacific Ocean


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Deposit $200

Rates and availability are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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