Lovely Historic Italianate House

House - Private room · Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Your host, Allison
149 Reviews
Response rate: 90%
Response time: within a day

The Space

This beautiful property is centrally located in the popular Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Known as the Russell Warren House, it is one of only a handful of properties in San Francisco listed on the National Registry of Historic Homes. If you're looking to experience San Francisco from the local perspective and immerse yourself in the culture, art and history of this amazing city, this is the place to be! It's walking distance to BART, the Castro, the Mission, Alamo Square and Haight-Ashbury. Union Square, Chinatown, Nob Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Embarcadero are only a short streetcar ride away.

Your room booking includes access to a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living room with TV, Wii, fully stocked bar, garden, laundry facilities and wireless internet service that extends to our beautiful garden oasis.

Our home survived the 1906 earthquake and has many original charming details including a working marble fireplace, chandeliers, crown moulding and hardwood floors throughout. The garden is very comfortable with a cozy sectional and a gas fire pit with azure glass. We provide warm blankets to snuggle under while you enjoy the fire pit and hot cocoa upon request.

Your hosts are Dave and Allison and Chacho the very nervous little chihuhua. Allison likes to cook and is available to prepare breakfast, snacks and even dinner on occasion if you care to join us. Our guests often like to join us as we entertain guests for dinner parties and holidays. It's the best way to really experience what it's like to live and thrive in San Francisco.

Our home is cozy and beautiful and we love hosting. We know San Francisco very well and are passionate about our city. Our philosophy about hosting is that once you become our guest, you're family, so there's never a stranger in our home! Please take some time to read our reviews, they speak volumes about our hospitality. We're a 5 star establishment, and your comfort is our priority.

The guest bedroom includes unique design touches and original art we're sure you'll enjoy. We provide plush robes, bath sheets and hand towels for your comfort and convenience. We finish to room with local chocolates on your pillow by Littlejohn's - a SF based company owned by a friend-to give you the full SF boutique hotel experience. The guest room is stocked with maps, tour books and local publications to help you plan your daily adventures. We're frequently available to help you map our your sights to help you get around the city and make the most of your time here. We provide breakfast pastries, granola, yogurt, fruit, coffee and juice for our guests and, on occasion, a custom breakfast prepared just for you.

Our garden is a small, sunny gem rich with flowers, blooming jasmine, a fountain and our very own apple tree. We have comfortable new patio furniture and a variety of gorgeous flora that will make you forget that you're in the heart of a major international city as you enjoy the buzzing of the hummingbirds and sip a glass of wine or your morning coffee.

Our neighborhood is safe, friendly and central to public transportation, boutique shopping, hip restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs. Within just a few blocks you'll find German, Italian, Japanese, French, Mediterranean, Thai and Soul food.

We also have bikes and helmets for rent for $25/day if you want to explore SF like a local!

PARKING: Just like any large city, parking can be a challenge. There are several parking garages that charge $20-45/night throughout town, the closest is Civic Center Garage. Generally in residential neighborhoods there is free 2 hour parking unless you have a resident parking sticker issued from the city. Just make sure you read ALL the signs in the area to avoid a ticket (street cleaning, construction, etc). The neighborhoods aren't patrolled as much by Parking Enforcement, but occasionally they do come by. After 2 years and well over 100+ guests, only 1 guest has gotten a ticket (they blocked a driveway). So, while the odds are in your favor not to get a ticket, the possibility is there. Just please read the signs...

CHECK IN 2 pm or later - CHECK OUT 11 am. If you must check in early, we'll try to accommodate but we often have back to back bookings. Thank you for understanding.

We look forward to helping you make your visit to San Francisco unforgettable.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Some pets

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Fin juin 2014 avec ma fille de 12 ans, nous avons passé une semaine magnifique dans cette splendide maison historique au coeur de San Francisco, mais à l'abri du tumulte. Allison et David sont vraiment des personnes super, d'une extrême bonté et très accueillant: des hôtes dont on ne peut rêver mieux. C'est sûr, on y retournera. Encore merci à vous deux.

    July 2014
  • We had a nice enjoyable stay at Allison and David's place. Didn't find parking too much of a problem. The apartment is very nice and clean. Well equipped and Allison left plenty for breakfast. Unfortunately we didn't have the opportunity to meet Allison and David but they left instruction and tips in a ring binder which we found very useful. Thank you Allison and David

    June 2014
  • Alison and David made us feel comfortable and welcome in their gorgeous San Francisco home. They keep their home clean and tidy and made everything available for our use during our stay. The free beer and cocktails were a bonus and after a hard day doing the tourist thing in San Fransisco it was nice to return to the house which felt like a home away from home. If your considering San fransisco for a holiday then David and Alison should be at the top of your list of places to stay.

    June 2014
  • One of the first things Allison told us was that her and her husband, Dave, treated their guests like family. Well, this is exactly the way we felt. They were very welcoming and they have helped us to find good restaurants and attractions in the city. Their advices were very usefull. Also, the location of the house was perfect, near all public transportations and close to the most beautiful and interesting neibourghoods, such as the Castro, the Mission, Haight Ashbury ... We would recommend Allison and Dave to anybody, without any hesitation. Thanks again !

    Marianne and Jessika.

    June 2014
  • I had a great time with Allison and Dave - they were the perfect hosts and made me feel very comfortable and at home. I loved the room and the bed was a dream to sleep in. The location is excellent and I highly recommend a stay!

    June 2014
  • Allison's and Dave's apartment was the first stop on our Pacific Coast Trip! A really wonderful start in our holidays! The room was clean and very comfy! Allison and Dave are the greatest hosts in town! ;-) Very friendly, very helpful! It was a pleasure to meet them! I hope we will meet them again!

    May 2014
  • Allison, Dave and their doggies were great hosts. They did everything you can imagine to make our visit a wonderful experience. We felt more like friends than guests. Thanks you again for all. We really would love to come back.

    May 2014
  • We loved our stay with Dave and Allison! They were gracious hosts and their home was delightful! Loved the neighborhood...great restaurants within easy walking distance and close to the trolley line for getting around the rest of the city.

    May 2014
  • We had a super time with Dave and Allison. Their home is warm and inviting and the puppies made it perfect. Very convenient to bus lines and easy access to the city. Allison provided a lot of great tips on where to go and what to eat! The garden is beautiful and the atmosphere very relaxing in a bustling city.

    May 2014
  • Our hosts were fantastic! The house beautiful,within walking distance to everything, fell in love with their new puppy... all in all could not have had a better experience! Can't wait to visit again.

    May 2014
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We are a nice couple who work in Emergency Medicine in San Francisco. With such intense jobs, we understand the extremes of human experience and behavior. We've also been together for many years and are still very much in love with one another. We have a diverse community of friends who enrich our lives on many levels. We're down to earth, enjoy entertaining, cooking, art, hiking, concerts and photography among other things. We love adventure and travel and enjoy meeting new people. We also enjoy nesting at home and our home reflects our diverse interests and keen value for comfort and beauty. We're long-time Burners, too, so we have a creative spirit to us and a strong sense of community and social responsibility. People often describe us as being very open, warm and accepting. I think it's probably true, as you will be greeted with a hug and a smile (and, sometimes, cookies!) and will often feel like you're visiting long-time friends. We've lived in the Bay Area for 10+ years after re-locating from the East Coast. We love our city and are eager to show it off. We look forward to meeting you!
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