About This Listing
Whether here for a celebration, a adventure, or business, enjoy a quiet and sunny getaway in this historic home tucked away beneath the expansive vistas of Bernal Hill.
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.
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 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 was a great host, very helpful and hospitable. He recommended many good places where to go and tips what to do. The room is big very pretty and the BED is super comfortable and large enough that you get a really good rest after being in town for the whole day! Recommended!
This is my second stay with Kurt which says a lot about how nice a host he is. Obviously, with all the options in SF, I love staying at Kurt's the most. The room is beautifully decorated with antiques and the bed is very comfortable. He has had fresh flowers on the room desk every time I've visited. The place is clean and he has a really cool espresso pot for morning coffee. His cat Sam is quite a talker and eager to greet you when you arrive. Located on the southern edge of the Mission near Bernal Heights, there are a lot of nice restaurants to chose from.
This was my first Airbnb and unfortunatley i became unwell on the plane over from NZ so had to cut the visit short. Kurt was a STAR !! he coped with my unwellness and could not have been more helpful. Thank you Thank you Kurt for everything. The House is lovely full of amazing stuff. The bed was sooo comfortable and the location of the house excellent for public transport ( not that i got the chance to use it ) I recommend Kurt's home for a stay in San Francisco and hope to go back some day
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.
About the Host, 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.