About this listing
Come to celebrate! Come to explore! Come to work! Come to rest! Whatever your reasons may be, come and enjoy a quiet and sunny getaway in this historic home tucked away beneath the expansive vistas of Bernal Hill.
Featuring ethno-chic furnishings with 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.
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.
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 plus Roku with Amazon Prime video) and a dual alarm clock/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, you can always reach me by phone 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
Reservations that include a Friday or Saturday (or holiday or special event) have a two-night minimum stay. All reservations are limited to a maximum of ten nights.
Thanks for reading this far and I look forward to hearing from 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.
I'm a third-generation native Californian born in Oakland and raised all over the Bay Area. I've lived in San Francisco since 2002. My home turf stretches from Napa Valley to the Silicon Valley and from the Monterey Bay to the Sierra Nevada. Travel and relocation have been prominent features of my life from an early age. Over the years I've lived in the Midwest and East Coast in the US as well as in Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. I was a university student in Spain, a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, and a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. But with my heart and home in San Francisco, there is nowhere else in the world I'd rather hang my hat.
I also dabble in vintage, salvage, and upcycled furniture, decor, and jewelry. My home features many objects & artifacts I've collected or repurposed over the years. One of my favorite pastimes is poking around sidewalk sales and thrift stores... but some of my treasures were just as likely found 'free online' or on the street corner.
I'd love for you to come check out my place! Thanks for reading this far and I look forward to meeting you soon.