About this listing
Whether you are in San Francisco for sight-seeing, work or visiting friends and family, you will appreciate having a home-away-from-home that is incredibly located. Walk to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Financial District & more.
* 3 bedroom (or 2 bedrooms + living room)
* Central! Perfect location for work or adventure
* At the intersection of North Beach (Little Italy) and Chinatown
* Minutes from Fisherman's Wharf, Union Station & Downtown
* Kitchen & dining for 6
* Front bedroom or living room with flat screen TV (web-enabled for Hulu Plus, Netflix, etc. but not with broadcast tv or cable)
* Quiet bedrooms with comfortable beds
* 1 bathroom with shower/tub
* Wonderful decor
* Key lock box (no key pick up to coordinate)
WALK TO EVERYTHING!
* Beach Blanket Babylon - 2 minute walk
* Coit Tower & Telegraph Hill - 10 min walk
* Transamerica Building & Financial District - 10 min walk
* Alcatraz Ferry & Pier 39 - 15 min walk
* Lombard Street - 15 min walk
* Exploratorium - 15 min walk
* Fisherman’s Wharf & Ghirardelli Square - 20 min walk
* Montgomery BART/MUNI Station - 20 min walk
* Ferry Building & Embarcadero Center - 20 min walk
* Union Square & Downtown Shopping - 20 min walk
* SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Center - 25 min walk
* Moscone Convention Center - 30 min walk
* Caltrain Station 4th st - 40 min walk or 16 min bike ride
* Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion - 30 min bike ride
A HISTORIC RESIDENCE
The North Beach Hideaway is the second floor of a building constructed shortly after the San Francisco earthquake and fires of 1906.
Amid an abundance of restaurants, cafés, bars and markets, you'll be able to have your own private space, your own hiding place, your own comfortable home - The North Beach Hideaway.
Step inside the building, go up a staircase to the front door. Once it's opened, in front of you is a hallway. There are 3 rooms to your left along this hallway and 2 closets on the right.
Open the door to the first room. It can be a set up as living room in which you lounge, unwind, and converse. Or it can be set up as a private bedroom if you would prefer, with the couch converted to a queen bed with a memory foam topper. Given that this is a separate room with a door, this bedroom enjoys the same privacy as the other two bedrooms.
The second room down the hall (the Golden Bedroom) has a queen-sized, eco-friendly memory foam Keetsa mattress – the Tea Leaf Supreme.
The third room (the Red Bedroom) has a queen-sized pillow top mattress and striking red-orange bed frame - slightly reminiscent of the Golden Gate Bridge.
At the end of the hall is a sun-filled kitchen and dining area. The kitchen has a gas range and oven, full-sized fridge, and various kitchen tools to make home-cooked meals. (Whether you check out the abundance of produce markets around the corner in Chinatown, gather cheeses and meats from Molinari Delicatessen on Columbus, grab some organic produce on Grant Ave a few blocks away, or choose to walk to Trader Joe's or Safeway - you are surrounded by delicious ingredients!) The dining table has seating for 6. The bright dining area is a wonderful place to enjoy some coffee and breakfast before heading out for the day. Or feel free to just use the dining table as a desk/work space, and take advantage of the litany of restaurants, cafes and bars in all directions!!
As mentioned above, this building is from the early 1900's and has some unique features that have been added over the last 100 years. Walk through the kitchen to a small room with windows to the ceiling. This converted porch was once used for drying clothes and now has the bathroom sink and vanity. Through another door is the bathroom with a toilet and shower/bath. This may not be your usual bathroom experience, but you are visiting San Francisco after all and will get a glimpse of the historic nature of SF homes.
The bathroom includes a make-up mirror, blow dryer with a diffuser, cotton balls, q-tips, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, ear plugs and a few feminine products in case of emergency.
The home also comes equipped with an iron and ironing board. There is also a high chair and a pack-n-play crib for guests with children. There isn't a washer and dryer, but there's a laundromat a half block away.
Please see the parking info below.
Interaction with Guests
This 3 unit building is co-owned by Sara and Tiya-B. Sara lives in the 3rd floor home and Tiya-B lives in the 2nd floor home. (She will however not be in the unit - the North Beach Hideaway - when you are staying in the home.) If you have questions or requests, I'm happy to be of service. While we're friendly, we tend to keep to ourselves and honor your privacy as well.
We are privileged to give guests the experience of belonging and being at home in San Francisco. We want people to feel special, important and taken care of.
"North Beach is that rare thing -- a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. It's best known as San Francisco's Little Italy, with its high density of check-clothed ristorantes, caffes and Old World delicatessens. It's also a popular pilgrimage for fans of the Beat movement seeking the old haunts of Kerouac and Ginsberg. However, North Beach is no relic, and it has much to offer beyond pasta and poetry.
This vital neighborhood is home to some of the liveliest nightclubs and bars in town. Small boutiques carrying handmade clothing and imported goods dot the streets, particularly on upper Grant Avenue. Though Italian restaurants appear to dominate the dining scene, there are plenty of other good spots to try once you've had your fill of lasagna, with menus featuring Japanese, French and contemporary fusion cuisine. City Lights, original publisher of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," is still one of the best bookstores in San Francisco, and founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti can sometimes be seen strolling the neighborhood. Then there's Broadway, buzzing with neon and strip clubs and adding an incongruous dash of sleaze to all the culture and history.
Part of the old Barbary Coast, North Beach is steeped in the past -- Grant Avenue itself is the oldest street in San Francisco. In the early days, North Point docks served as a gateway for immigrants from South America, Europe and the Australian penal colonies. It wasn't until the late 1800s that thousands of Italians made the area their stronghold and turned it into the local Latin Quarter. The Italian-American community can also be credited in part with protecting the neighborhood against the fire that swept the city after the 1906 earthquake. According to legend, some enterprising residents cracked open the barrels of red wine in their cellars and saved their houses by draping them with wine-soaked blankets. In more recent history, North Beach has produced some notable people, including baseball great Joe DiMaggio, who moved there at the age of one and grew up in a flat at Valparaiso and Taylor. Former San Francisco mayor Joseph Alioto was born in North Beach.
Whether prowling for historic landmarks, sampling house-roasted espressos, shopping, clubbing, or chowing down, you'll find North Beach has plenty to offer for both a leisurely afternoon visit and a night on the town. Take a detour off the main drag of Columbus and you're likely to run across some unexpected treasure of a shop, restaurant or spectacular view."
There is so much within walking distance, but there are many other transportation options. You can also easily take a bus to your desired destination: the 41, 45, 8, 30, 12 and 10 bus stops are all within 2 blocks. The Powell/Hyde Cable Car and Powell/Mason Cable Car pass through the neighborhood. The BART and Muni train station is only a 20 minute walk away. The Caltrain Station on 4th st is a 40 minute walk or 16 min bike ride away. Or you can catch a cab since many taxis pass by the house at Stockton and Columbus. I prefer to use Sidecar, a taxi-like service which requires a smartphone app. (You will know the exact fee for your ride in advance and can choose the driver/car you like best. I think it's less expensive than Lyft and Uber.)
Other Things to Note
There is street parking nearby. Most of it has a 2 hour limit between 8am Monday - 9pm Saturday. So, you can park in a spot from 7pm in the evening to 10am in the morning before you have to move every 2 hours. Since the time limit doesn't apply on Sunday, you can leave it from 7pm Saturday night to 10am Monday morning.
There are also parking meters around. They are enforced Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. So you can park for free from 6pm to 9am and all day on Sunday. After that, it's $2 per hour which you can pay from your smartphone with an app.
If you park on the street, please read all street signs regarding street cleaning and such in order to avoid your car being towed.
During the day, if you're going to leave your car near the house, rather than paying for a meter you can park in a number of nearby parking garages. The North Beach Garage on Vallejo charges about $3 per hour. They charge $30 for 9-24 hours. However if you enter before 10am and exit before 7pm, it's only $16. (They call this their Early Bird Special.) So you could switch off between the garage during the day and street at night and save $14 if you wanted to. This garage is open 24 hours.
The Vallejo Street Garage is $27 daily maximum and $16 Early Bird Special. This garage closes on midnight Sunday-Thursday and 2am Friday and Saturday.
The Powell Street Parking garage is usually $12 for a weekday from morning to about 6pm. The price goes up in evenings and weekends, however you can park for free in the evenings on the street. They close between 10pm and 2am depending on the day. So you could switch off between the garage during the day and street at night and save money if you wanted to.
Another parking option is to leave the car in the Mission neighborhood, some of which doesn't have the 2 hour limit. It just has weekly street cleaning to avoid. The Mission is a super hip area to explore. You could drive there in the morning, park the car, wander Valencia St - be sure to check out their foodie restaurants, specialty cafes and cool shops like Paxton's Gate and Dijital Fix - then take the bus back to the North Beach Hideaway.
I suggest dropping off your stuff before you go sight seeing, just so that you don't have all of your baggage in a car, which may be tempting for a thief. You may drop off your things at the home after 11am.
Do your best to prevent a robber from breaking into your car. Do not leave any bags or belongings or even jackets in the car, particularly not in sight, any of which may be tempting for a thief. If you're going to park and put things in the trunk, put them in the trunk in advance before you park so people don't see you loading your trunk with goodies then walking away. I think SF is a pretty safe city, but I also think it's important to set yourself up for success as much as possible. =)
In consideration, the sufficiency of which is acknowledged, of being granted permission upon our specific request to visit the property specified in this booking (collectively the “PROPERTY”) and to use personal property and other rights related thereto and other good and valuable consideration, we, the guest creating the booking and the party we represent (collectively the “Guest”), have read this agreement and hereby agree as follows:
I. Rental Terms. We agree to the following policies:
1. Check in is at 4pm, and check out is at 11am.
2. The owners of the PROPERTY (collectively the “Owners”), and any agents or hired individuals acting on behalf of the Owners (collectively the “Managers”), are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. Managers and the Owner are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest.
3. People other than those in the Guest party set forth above may not stay overnight in the property. We agree that any other person in the property is our responsibility.
4. The Managers and Owners are not responsible for any damage to cars or vehicles. Any vehicles blocking a driveway are subject to towing from the city of San Francisco; applicable fines/towing fees are the sole responsibility of the vehicle owner.
5. Linens and bath towels are included, but there is no daily maid service. We agree to not remove towels or linens from the premises. We agree to pay for all missing sheets and bath towels.
6. No Smoking: We agree not to smoke or allow our guests to smoke inside the PROPERTY. If the Managers or Owners find evidence of smoking, we agree to pay up to $500 for cleaning.
7. No Pets: We understand that no pets are allowed at the PROPERTY. If the Managers or Owners find evidence of smoking, we agree to pay up to $500 for cleaning.
8. Furnishings, Appliances and Decorations: We agree to keep the furnishings, appliances and decorations in good order. If the Managers or Owners find evidence of abuse we agree to pay damages.
9. The Managers and Owners can enter the PROPERTY as needed. The Managers and Owners will give you advance notice whenever possible, and then will ring the bell and/or knock on the door prior to entering.
II. Waiver: We, the GUESTS, knowingly, freely and voluntarily, for ourselves, as well as our heirs, personal representatives, our guests, successors and assigns, waive any claim or cause of action of any kind whatsoever from which any liability may or could accrue to the Owners and any agents or the Managers. We assume all risks of injury to ourselves, our guests, and to our personal property, while visiting or using any of the PROPERTY, as well as in connection with any activities in which we participate during our visit. We waive any and all claims that we have or may have in the future against the Managers and Owners, in any action arising out of, relating to or in connection with our visit to or use of any of the PROPERTY, whether of actual damages, exemplary or punitive damages, consequential damages or otherwise. We intend for the scope of the waiver and assumption of risks in this paragraph, as well totality of this agreement, to be interpreted in the broadest possible manner and to be enforced to the full extent permitted under the law.
III. Care of the PROPERTY: We acknowledge and agree that we will be responsible and liable for any lost, broken, or stolen items left for our use in the PROPERTY and for any damages to the items or PROPERTY during our stay, including acts by us or any of our guests.
IV. Use of PROPERTY. We agree to only use appliances for their intended uses. We agree that we are responsible and liable for all damages, bodily injury and death that may occur in connection with our visit to or use of the PROPERTY and caused by but not limited to use of appliances (stoves, ovens, and all other appliances). We understand that the PROPERTY may be situated near a body of water, or on a high-floor and may include windows and stairs. We understand the risks, and will be responsible and liable for damages, bodily injury and death caused to guest(s) and any other persons visiting the “PROPERTY” as our guest.
V. Personal Property: We understand that we are responsible for our personal property if lost, stolen, damaged, or left behind in the PROPERTY.
VI. Reasonable Use: We agree to only use the PROPERTY as a private vacation residence. We agree not to allow the PROPERTY to be used for any improper or illegal purposes. We agree to abide by the rules, regulations, terms and conditions of the community where the PROPERTY is located and to refrain from any activity that interferes with the quiet enjoyment of its residents. We further agree to abide by any and all applicable laws and ordinances of the jurisdiction where the PROPERTY is located.
VII. Release of Liability: To the maximum extent permitted under the law, WE RELEASE FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY the Owners and Managers for any loss, damage, injury, or expense that we may suffer, or that our family or guests may suffer, as a direct or indirect result of use of any of the PROPERTY and due to any cause whatsoever, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION: NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT, OR BREACH OF ANY STATUTORY OR OTHER DUTY OR CARE THAT MIGHT BE OWED BY ANY OF THE OWNERS PARTIES. This release is intended to be interpreted in the broadest possible manner.
VIII. General Provisions: We agree that If any part of this Agreement is found void and unenforceable, it will not affect the validity of the balance of the Agreement, which shall remain valid and enforceable according to its terms. BY ACCEPTING THIS RESERVATION AND ENTERING THE PROPERTY WE ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THIS RENTAL AGREEMENT. WE ARE EXPRESSLY ASSUMING THE RISK FROM OUR USE OF THE PROPERTY. WE ARE ASSUMING THE RISK OF ANY AND ALL HARM ARISING TO ME; MY PARTY; OTHERS WHO I INVITE; AND OTHERS WHOM MY PARTY INVITES TO USE THE PREMISES. WE AGREE THAT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL PEOPLE ON THE PREMISES DURING THE PERIOD OF THE OUR STAY.
About the Host, Sara
I love people... truly I adore meeting people, hearing about their lives, and making a difference for others. Being able to provide clean, lovely and stylish homes to guests is deeply fulfilling to me. It is an honor to have the opportunity to be hospitable. Even if most of my communication is with the individual reserving the home, I know that I am taking care of them so that they may take care of the other members in their group - whether that is three generations of a family or a group of friends or a team of coworkers.
I live in San Francisco and offer a home to guests in a building that I co-own. In addition, I help a friend provide guest services for a home that he owns. I have always been passionate about providing wonderful customer service - even when I was a babysitter or worked in retail as a teenager. All of my activities - such as responding swiftly to questions, fulfilling special requests, and providing neighborhood information to guests - are intended create a positive experience. For clarification, taking care of guests is at times a team effort. So you may read reviews that mention other people's names who are (or have been) part of my excellent team.
Being able to provide a home - not just beds, but a kitchen and communal living space - especially inspires me. Recently, parents with their 5 young children stayed at a home. I came by to drop off some extra items and got to watch the father play with the baby and see the other kids in their footie pjs piled up on the couch enjoying a cartoon before bed. I believe they made most of their meals in the kitchen, which was a significant savings for a family of their size. When they checked out, the parents told me how it simply would not have been possible for them to take a vacation like this at a hotel. It moved me to know that I helped give these parents and children something so precious.
My mother probably would have had a bed & breakfast, but instead ran a small business to support my dad's dreams. Even still, she had a comfortable lounge, complete kitchen, full time cook, and little touches like scented candles so that clients felt at home. She hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for 40+ so that friends, family, friends of family, family of friends, etc can experience belonging and being part of something special. I inherited her love for hospitality, combined with my father's outgoing nature.
I've had the good fortune to travel internationally a bit. I'm learning and eventually will be able to speak French, Spanish, Italian and perhaps some other languages. I want to be able to communicate with people globally in their own language, whether they are visiting me or I'm visiting them.
I also deeply enjoy exploring the city in which I live. San Francisco is a magical, ever-evolving and vibrant place. Even after living in LA for 30+ years, I was always learning something new and discovering special qualities. There is so much happening in San Francisco, one can be a "tourist" in this city and never get bored. There isn't enough time in the day to attend all the events and try all the restaurants, etc. I appreciate when my guests tell me about their SF adventures.