Quiet & Sunny Bernal Getaway

House - Private room · Santa Marina St, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States

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.

The Space

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.

Guest Access

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

To make the most of your stay, you can count on personalized hospitality, friendly advice, and insider knowledge from your host, a Bay Area native and longtime SF resident.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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

Friday or Saturday stays require two nights minimum. Holiday and Special Event rates start at $129/night.

Thanks for reading this far and I look forward to meeting you!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $690 /week
Cleaning Fee: $40
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • I enjoyed my stay with Kurt and his lovely cat. He was helpful, respectful and generous with his space and time. The bedroom was comfortable and clean, and his cat a lovely conversationalist. The location is perfect for sightseeing, shopping and is convenient to public transport. He was also great for travel tips. I would recommend the room and Kurt's space hands down! The garden is another beautiful aspect. Much enjoyed.

    April 2014
  • Kurt was a magnificent host. My friends felt very well-cared for and his apartment really shows off his abilities as an antiques collector. Sam the Cat was definitely the star.

    April 2014
  • Kurt responded to a late request for a place to stay in San Francisco. We'd used airbnb for all of our US trip, but this was our first experience of a room in someone's pace, rather than having the whole place to ourselves. Kurt's place was a really lucky find - it's well located,the room is really comfy, has anything and everything you could need, is a lovely space to be in and Kurt is really great company. You can tell Kurt has put time and effort into making his guests comfortable and relaxed and it works. Communication was easy and quick, Kurt was full of useful advice and suggestions, but never in your face. We really enjoyed our stay and recommended staying with Kurt to anyone.

    Thanks Kurt.

    October 2012
  • Staying at Kurt's house in Bernal Heights was our first AirBnB experience and we will definitely use AirBnB again! Kurt gave us a very warm welcome, as did his gorgeous cats. His house was a really nice place to stay, comfortable and cosy. The area was nice with lots of nice eateries and good transport links to the rest of SF . We really liked Cafe XO for brunch. We really appreciated Kurt's thoughts on what to see and do in the area. I would definitely recommend him as a host.

    August 2012
  • Kurt was great! My girlfriend and I enjoyed his great Bernal Heights room. It was just blocks from everything you need...transportation we just jumped on the J-Muni one block away and it took us right into the city. Kurt has two great cats that were the cutest things ever. There was also a backyard with grill, which Kurt and his friends invited us to enjoy. Overall great experience. One word of advise when staying here though would be to make sure to close the bedroom window at night when the temperature drops it can get pretty chilly in the room. Enjoyed it! Would definitely recommend!

    June 2012
  • We had a wonderful stay! Kurt's place is clean, comfortable, and perfectly located to public transportation. A short block away we hopped onto the J line and rode into the heart of the city. Kurt is a very low-key and informative host. We highly recommend.

    February 2012
  • Hi my name is Greg and this was first experience with using Airbnb and all I can say is "EXCELLENT".
    Kurt, my host and I hope yours one day too, made me feel at home right away. Even his two cats(Sam and Bhu) welcomed me(Meow!!!).
    Kurt's home is so charming and decorated with such unique things from around the world, antique sales, and local finds from flea markets. It all just added to the 'feeling at home' factor for me. A great little oasis in the backyard to start or end your day in.
    As that phrase goes,"location, location, location", is so true to describe Kurt's place. Close to great neighbourhoods in the area with charming shops and cafes all easily accessible by foot. A supermarket and drugstore(pharmacy) just down the street.
    A very short walk to explore the rest of the city via public transit(MUNI) with either the 14 Mission street bus or the J route streetcar(light rail transit). These two routes would get you right to downtown San Francisco. A short ride the other way would get you to the local BART(heavy rail subway) station to give access to the entire Bay Area. So Kurt's is just perfect for its location.
    My room was most comfortable with an extremely comfortable bed. A nice wardrobe cupboard to put all your clothes into instead of 'living' out of the suitcase. Kurt had a cleared a shelf off for me in the refrigerator and the pantry and made me feel like his kitchen was at my disposal
    any time I wished.
    I met some of Kurt's friends during my stay and all made me feel most welcome. WOW!!! What can I say, "home".

    So this Quiet & Sunny Bernal Getaway is just a perfect place for your stay in San Francisco. Once again Kurt, THANK YOU for my stay!!!

    October 2011
  • We found the Bernal location very satisfactory. We were a short walk to the "J" train which took us right down town. It was interesting to explore a neighbourhood outside the tourist district. The bedroom was beautiful and the bed especially comfortable. On our arrival, we recouperated from the flight with a glass of wine on the patio surrounded by greenery. Kurt was a very generous host and helped us to acclimatize.

    September 2011
  • My wife and I had a very nice two-day stay. Kurt provided a cozy house we enjoyed: the decorations were funky, unique, and comfortable. He welcomed us to use the kitchen and pantry items, and provided coffee, tea, and a bit of fruit and toast in the morning. The bedroom was private and the bed was so comfortable. We hope our travels allow us to stay again.

    August 2011
  • Federico and I, two Italian guys stayed at Kurt's place, a really charming house, very well decorated with several pieces collected all over the world. The backyard is so cozy too.
    The house is centered in Bernal Heights, a residential and quiet area, not exactly a tourist spot. However, u can easily take the J train (a sort of light subway) and buses to get quickly to other neighborhoods.
    Unfortunately, we didn't have the chance to spend enough time with Kurt, but he seemed a really nice guy, considerate, respectful. Overall, an interesting person. He made us feel like being at our place ... also because we were usually on our own at his place ;D

    August 2011
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BS - Northwestern University, MPA - Monterey Institute of International Studies
Owner, Spiff Bang Do - antique, vintage, and upcycled treasures
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, I would always long to return to 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 antique shops 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.
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