Whether here for a special family celebration, a weekend adventure, or a business meeting, enjoy a quiet and sunny getaway in this historic home tucked away beneath the expansive vistas of Bernal Hill. Luxuriate in the tranquil privacy of your room, sip morning coffee amid butterflies and hummingbirds, or simply relax in an easy chair and take in the delightful whimsy and eclectic fusion of antiques, colorful art and other collected treasures.
Featuring ethno-chic furnishings with a modern style, metro sensibility, and historic flair, this San Francisco jewel boasts quirky charm and unique architectural detail befitting its unlikely origins. Built as a humble earthquake shack after the devastation of 1906, the simple structure was later relocated to its current site on a horse-drawn wagon. The dwelling underwent several additions and entered the SF housing register in its present configuration in 1919.
The serene guestroom features a queen bed, a cozy armchair, and an antique secretary desk. Fresh, quality linens and towels are provided. There is a luxurious Turkman kilim wool rug over Berber carpeting. Also included are high speed wireless internet, 32" flat screen HDTV (local broadcast) and a dual alarm clock with iPod docking station.
The shared part of the home includes an open-plan living room/dining room with Kazak and Azeri wool rugs over new wood floors, a granite-tiled bathroom overlooking the garden, and a well-appointed galley kitchen featuring an original Wedgewood gas stove, as well as a microwave, toaster, blender, food processor, and coffee-maker.
Down the back stairs is an urban oasis with fruit and palm trees, lush foliage, native flowers, garden art, and a flagstone patio – the perfect setting for a casual barbecue or a gourmet brunch al fresco.
Interaction with Guests
You can count on personalized hospitality, friendly advice, and insider knowledge from your host, a Bay Area native and longtime SF resident.
My goal is to help you make the most of your stay. I endeavor to be available to you without being conspicuous. Your privacy is of utmost importance. If you need something but don't see me around the house, please reach out at any time with a call or text, or contact me via the web.
Here in Bernal Heights, the vibrant buzz of Mission Street gives way to the stylish calm of Cortland Avenue. With numerous specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries just steps away, and more than thirty cafes and restaurants within easy walking distance, Bernal Heights is an eclectic shopping and foodie destination.
With easy access to numerous public transportation options, every corner of the city is reachable in just minutes. Automobile users will appreciate the proximity to both major freeways in addition to free and unlimited street parking. Just be aware of 8am street cleaning every other week (see street signs for info), and while It is easy to find a space during the day, it is less so in the evening when neighbors are home from work. You can almost always find a space within a block or two at the most.
Other Things to Note
Holiday and Special Event rates start at $129/night.
Thanks for reading this far and I look forward to meeting you!
No need for many rules around here... please just make yourselves comfortable and consider this place your home-away-from-home. Don't hestitate to contact me if you need anything at all!
California is experiencing a severe drought and everyone is asked to be mindful in their consumption of water, reducing usage where possible and minimizing waste.
Smoking is allowed outside; there's a bench in front of the house and a table and chairs in the garden. Ashtrays provided.
The guest room can accommodate a maximum of two people. No unregistered guests, please.
Kurt is a wonderful host, and the private room is immaculately furnished with beautiful antiques. The entire house has a warm and comforting feel about it that I have rarely felt in my many other Airbnb stays. The location was a few doors down from Mission St. and where there are many restaurants and stores. The center of Bernal Heights is also walking distance on Cortland, so there is lots to do and places to eat. Parking was also very easy on the street.
Kurt was a wonderful host; friendly, kind and available - I really enjoyed getting to know him. The accommodation is perfect: clean and beautiful, with everything I could have wanted. I really like Bernal Heights, it's a safe and quiet neighbourhood, a good base from which to explore San Francisco. I highly recommend this Airbnb!
Kurt welcomed me with a glass of wine, a brief history and tour of his fascinating house and some suggestions for local things to do. Throughout my stay he was instantly responsive via text if I had any questions or needed to know something as I was exploring the city. I found him helpful but unobtrusive, and the house was quiet and private. His collection of artwork, artifacts and knick knacks is unique, many of them from his travels and his time in the Peace Corps. Great location.
Perfect location, the most beautiful house and Kurt ist the perfect host. We had a wonderful time.
Kurts apartment is beautifully decorated and the bedroom is a perfect size with a really comfortable bed. Location was great for a first time visit to San Fransisco. Bernal hights is quiet, with a variety of restaurants in walking distanse from Kurts place. The Mission is close by, and you can get around the rest of the city by BART, or Uber. Kurt is a great host, that gives guest their space but also is great company! We're regretting not having the time to share a bottle of wine with Kurt. He has great advice to give, and knows his city well. Sam, the very talkative and social cat made our stay even more cosy and "homey". Parking was no problem.
We stayed 8 wonderful nights in Kurt's place! The location is perfect to discover the neighbourhood (not as famous but very cute!) and the city. There are 3 different Muni lines across the street to get to the city center (approx 15 min) but you can also walk to the mission district easily. We also rented a car during 3 days to visit the bay area and it was not as difficult to park in the street.
The place is perfectly decorated (especially when you love antiques) and furnished, you can also enjoy the small garden,...you will feel at home very quickly!
Kurt is a very nice host who takes care of you at any time: we awarded him the best host ever! (and we met a lot of hosts)
I deeply recommend this place if you want to live a great experience in the city
Thanks a lot Kurt
I'm a third-generation native Californian born in Oakland and raised all over the Bay Area. My home turf stretches from Napa Valley to the Silicon Valley and from the Monterey Bay to the Sierra Nevada. And while I've lived in San Francisco since 2002, travel and relocation have been prominent features of my life from an early age. Whether for family, school, or career - I've found myself living in the Midwest and East Coast in the US as well as in Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Even as university student in Spain, a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, or a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan, when it was time to return to the States, I would always long for my favorite place of all, my home... my San Francisco. There is nowhere else in the world I'd rather hang my hat.
I also have a small business dealing in vintage, salvage, and upcycled furniture, decor, and jewelry. My home features many objects & artifacts I've created & collected, restored & repurposed over the years. I love poking around sidewalk sales and thrift stores... but some of my favorite pieces were found 'free online' or right down on the street corner. Come check out my place! Thanks for reading this far and I look forward to meeting you soon.