About this listing
Are you visiting San Francisco and want to stay in a charming, sunny and convenient neighborhood? Our Bernal Heights home includes the perfect place for you: a large private guest suite with its own entrance and bathroom.Close to public transit.
Are you visiting San Francisco and want to stay in the charming, sunny neighborhood of Bernal Heights (with plenty of nearby cafes, markets and parks) while still having easy access to the entire city and surrounding region?
Are you a couple with one child, or a new grand-parent or in-law and want a cozy kid-friendly place--outfitted with toys, books and games for kids over three?
Are you visiting San Francisco for work and want easy public transit connections to downtown, the convention center or a business office--but want to come home to a quiet retreat outfitted with every convenience like wifi, work desk, coffee maker and iron where you can hear the birds and enjoy nature while you work or rest?
We have the perfect place for you in Bernal Heights.
Our home includes a wonderful large (240 sq. ft./21 sq. meter) guest suite with natural light bordering a garden; it has two private entrances (one through the garage and one through the garden) and its own bathroom. The main room includes work desk, sitting area, window seat and a brand-new queen bed with a mattress that can be adapted to be soft or firm. There is also a single futon (for a third guest) which is available. This room includes an extensive DVD collection (including films set in San Francisco), travel reference and San Francisco history library, games, and TV. Street parking available. The room is outfitted with coffee maker, electric tea pot and a mini-refrigerator stocked with treats for your arrival. Continental breakfast served upstairs between 8:30-9:30 a.m. Perfect for a couple, two/three friends, a family with a child or a solo traveler.
We are a couple with a grown Rome-based daughter who has inherited our travel genes and global curiosity. We have all lived and travelled internationally and welcome anyone interested in exploring San Francisco and environs.
We are long-time residents of San Francisco and love to share all its offerings, from street art to high culture, from off-the-grid food trucks to some of best restaurants serving international cuisine. We are also avid hikers and adventurers around the Bay Area so we can give you suggestions on where to explore or which dance class to take at the nearby ODC Dance Commons. We are always happy to answer any questions and make recommendations, over coffee or a glass of wine.
There is a library of books about San Francisco and California in your room. There is also an extensive film collection. Lots of old classics, some newer films, many Italian and foreign films. And…a number of San Francisco films, including:
Lady from Shanghai
Escape from Alcatraz
Invasion of the Bodysnatchers
House on Telegraph Hill
Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Guests have two private entrances to their room. The easiest-to-use entrance is through the garage as there is a self-locking key pad so you don't need to worry about keys. And there is also a door through the garden in back. I am personally available in the morning and evening. I am always available by phone, text or email to answer any and all questions. However during the day (10 a.m. until 5:30) I work with coaching and consulting clients in our living space so the general house upstairs is not available to guests then.
Interaction with Guests
I thoroughly enjoy making breakfast (latte or tea, home-baked muffins, fresh fruit, yoghurt and home-made granola) for our guests and serving it in our sunny kitchen. And I love coming up with off-beat suggestions of things for you to do based on your interests. My husband and I live in this home and are around in the mornings and evenings to answer any questions. I am available all day long by text, phone or email if any questions arise.
We live in Bernal Heights, a hilltop that overlooks San Francisco and is one of the warmest areas in the City. Bernal is perfect: it has aspects of a quiet village, but has easy access to the urban rhythms of San Francisco. You will wake to the sounds of birds. Our immediate neighborhood includes cafes, markets, playgrounds, and restaurants. The delights of the vibrant Latin/artsy Mission District, including its world-famous street murals, are a 10-minute walk away.
We live directly below Bernal Hill Park, a large open space area with 360 degree views of the City and San Francisco Bay. There are also a series of secret stairways throughout Bernal Heights to explore which even many San Franciscans are unaware of.
At our nearest corner is a bus stop which has a direct link to the BART subway that takes you quickly get to the heart of the city, the San Francisco International Airport, and Berkeley/Oakland across the SF bay.
Street: Yes, this is a steep street, but we are thankfully at the bottom of the steep section. Depending on which source you cite, Ripley Street is either the fourth or sixth steepest street in San Francisco. (Also, we can tell you where the crookedest street in San Francisco is; it’s not Lombard St, as all the guidebooks allege).
Hill: The hill behind you is Bernal Hill. On top of Bernal Hill you can see almost all of San Francisco. It’s a good way to orient yourself to the City. Bernal Hill Park also has tons of people walking their dogs.
Downtown Bernal: Yep, there is actually a "downtown." Has restaurants, gift stores, Bank of America and our recently renovated neighborhood public library etc. It’s on the south side of Bernal Hill. Walk up to Bernal Hill and then down to Cortland Avenue.
Secret Stairways: We’ll equip you with the Book that describes what and where these are. For example, from Bernal Hill you can pretty much can get to Mission Street using the stairway system. There is also a secret park which is close by and can be accessed by stairways.
Restaurants within walking distance:
(within 5 minutes: walk north down Alabama Street to the park)
Precita Park Café: Good food and casual
Hillside Supper Club: More expensive, but really nice Italian food—on opposite site of park--run by Jonathan and Tony, two great, Italian-American guys who love to cook and to serve the neighborhood.
Cortland Street (Downtown Bernal):
(Located on the other side of Bernal Hill—a healthy 15 minute walk south up and over hill)
Vega: Great Italian fare. Friendly owners
Bernal Star: Wonderful casual restaurant in a Victorian home with a charming cottage and courtyard in back—same owners as Vega.
Piqueos: Really nice Peruvian restaurant
Little Nepal: Friendly Nepalese/Indian food
Moki’s: Sushi and Japanese cuisine
24th Street (Mission District):
(Located north, straight down Alabama to 24th Street—10-15 minute walk)
Roosevelt’s Tamale Parlor: on 24th Street near York St.-- Long time Mexican restaurant in the Mission. If you are there on the last Friday night of the month there is a wonderful musician who sings and plays on her guitar—needless to say, go for the tamales
Philz Coffee: at 24th Street and Folsom St -- not a restaurant, but has the best coffee in the universe. Really.
La Taqueria: on Mission St, near 24th St.—Very casual, and always wins the best burrito and taco awards for the Bay Area.
Old Jerusalem: on Mission near 25th St. -- An inexpensive cafe serving amazing Mediterranean fare.
Humphrey Slocombe: on 24th St & Harrison -- Also not a restaurant, but the maker of the most unusual ice cream flavors you will ever try: Breakfast cereal w/bourbon, peanut butter curry, basil balsamic vinegar. Yes, those really are ice cream flavors and they're great.
Dynamo Donuts: on 24th near York St. Think again about breakfast. Serves an unusual and delicious range of donuts. Rachael’s favorite: Maple bacon, John’s favorite: Lemon Poppyseed.
Harvest Valley: A real nice corner market on the SW corner of Precita Park (across from Hillside Supper Club). It has a remarkable selection for such a small market; its treats include a wide array of organic fruit, an irresistible selection of fabulous chocolates and an impressive variety of beers and wines.
Good Life Grocery is our local market on Cortland Avenue; it is a full service gourmet market with lots of organic goods and goodies.
San Francisco is a very walkable city and we will outfit you with a free map so that you can find your way easily whether on foot or by public transit. There is a very easy public transit access from our house. A bus (#67)stops at corner two doors from us and goes directly to 24th Street BART subway station. BART will take you to downtown San Francisco, east to Berkeley and Oakland and south to San Francisco Airport and San Mateo County. There are also other bus lines that run from our neighborhood to all other areas of San Francisco.
Other Things to Note
The room is on the ground floor at the same level as the garden. This means that, despite all the best screens and weather-proofing available, that a few harmless garden bugs sometimes make it into the room on hot days. However we clean the room thoroughly between guests and can attend to any issues you might have during your stay. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
We do our best to provide a quiet environment for our guests at all times and would appreciate that you do the same; please respect the quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
No smoking on the property.
No pets allowed.
We are a professional couple, parents of a lovely 26-year-old daughter who is living in Rome. The photo above shows us at restaurant in Rome in the middle of a long Christmas feast.
We have lived and worked overseas, love to travel and enjoy anyone else who does as well. We tend to travel and explore close to the ground, opting for house exchanges or small rental apartments so that we can enjoy the rhythm of daily life wherever we are.
Our house is filled with books, music, movies and laughter. John is a film buff and has amassed a large collection of genre films from noir to musicals, and everything in between. Rachael is an avid dancer and would be happy to introduce you to one of many great dance studios in the area. We both love to provide specialized tips for our guests, about places and activities that will make their stay here truly special--whether they are interested in the best vintage record stores, the most outrageous places to surf, or the best Chinese dim sum restaurant. We love to share a latte in our kitchen in the morning with guests while they munch on Rachael's muffin of the morning (different every day), fresh fruit, yoghurt and cereal. We both work at home so are available via text and phone if questions arise.
We are the guardians of some sweet, senior pets: two cats and one blind dog. They are around if you want to have animal time but keep to themselves if not. We look forward to sharing this lovely spot in San Francisco with others.
We love to host guests and we love to travel. Luckily, we have a wonderful guest host who helps us when we are traveling. Michael Bongiorni is a neighbor who is a natural born host and a professionally trained chef and baker. Together we are always thinking about new ways to make the guest experience more delightful. Here is his AirBnB profile: https://m.airbnb.com/users/92857