The French Victorian House With Bay Views

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Entire residential home hosted by Wendy (Fred & Lita)

5 guests, 3 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1 bath
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The French Victorian . c o m.
A 15 min walk to the Mission, views of the Bay, Berkeley hills & Mt. Diablo, near the peak of Bernal Heights. Our cozy, light-filled home built in 1909 has a fireplace, wood floors, deck, Bay views & free all day street parking. 3 rooms, sleeps 5, but note there is only 1 full bathroom & a powder room. We’re in a quiet neighborhood up above the noise & city grit but just a short walk to amazing restaurants, bars, shopping, organic grocery store, & park.

The space
VETERAN HOSTS - SINCE 2013

Updated May 2021

We are transitioning from short term to long term rentals & will be updating photos. The house has 3 levels & 2 separate units. We’ve recently repainted the entire house, inside & out & we’ve “Marie Kondo’d” the house so it feels even more zen.

The new garden apartment doesn’t have a listing yet, but it’s at the same location with its own entrance & garden with views of the Bay. One of use will usually be staying in the apartment.

See more at our website:

The French Victorian. C o m

We have implemented a high level of cleaning for our guests with antibacterial cleaners & wipes. We also leave a minimum of 3 days in between guest bookings.

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We welcome guests from all walks of life!

Our little house is a funky and creative space, built in 1909. It is not perfect or fancy, but we’ve loved it a long time since 2001. It’s a perfect fit for 4 adults. It can sleep 5, but be sure to note, there is only 1 full bathroom & a powder room.

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HOUSE HISTORY:

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The house has 3 levels. The bottom level is a full apartment with its own entrance. One of us will be staying down there during your stay. We hope to have this rented to full time tenants or on Airbnb at some point.


*The back garden is the private space for the bottom unit. Thank you for respecting the privacy by not going down into the garden.

* Your space is the top 2 floors & the deck.

*There is plenty of free all day street parking on the street.

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Our daughter grew up here, she was born & raised in San Francisco. & We’ve lived in SF since 1989.

The house was built before there was indoor plumbing. You will discover the creative way the original owners decided to enclose the back porch to add a sink and bathroom. We love these historical features of the house and seeing the bones of the house as well.

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WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD

Our location is perfect if you like to walk, have a car or if your into taking Lyft’s & Übers.

We’re in a quiet neighborhood on a hill, but close enough to the freeway so you can hop on it in 2 min.

Bernal Heights is a quiet neighborhood village, up out of the grit, noise and bustle, but super close to the heart of the trendy Mission district.

In 15 minutes you can walk to the heart of the Mission District at 24th St. and Harrison where it’s just the beginning of an amazing selection of bars, restaurants, shops & cafés.

It’s a 15 minute drive to downtown, without traffic.

BART (the metro) is a 20 minute walk.

Moscone Center: We are 2.5 miles from the Moscone center. If your taking an Uber or Lyft car it’s about a 15-20 minute drive depending on traffic.

If you walk or take a bus to BART (the underground train) it’s about a 30- 40 min commute.

We are on a hill, so if people aren’t into walking I usually say walk or bus to BART. & take a Lyft home at night.

Nothing is far, San Francisco is only 7x7 miles.

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THE VIEWS

We love being on the hill with the views of the Bay & Berkeley Hills.

The narrow streets, hidden stairways and parks make our neighborhood feel like a village rather than part of a big city.

It's a lovely quiet neighborhood that most people don't even know exists in San Francisco.

The top of Bernal Hill is only a 5 minute walk & from there you have an incredible 360 view of the city and the Bay.

There is a good hill to walk up to the house from Cesar Chavez St. Our daughter has been doing it since she was 5, but if your not a walker, getting around with a car, electric bike or Lyft ride might be best for you.

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REGISTERED WITH THE CITY

We have registered our Airbnb rental with the city of San Francisco and are very happy to be #255. Our daughter went to public school in SF & with the taxes that are collected you are helping to support public programs in SF.

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VETERAN HOSTS

Listed in November 2013, we are veteran hosts; see our references from previous guests and the magazine and book credits!

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INSTAGRAM

Follow our Instagram page or tag your own photos @ TheFrenchVictorian. We also post about what to do and where to eat in the city on our page or search # WhereToInSF.
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See discounts for stays over 5 weeks.


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PHOTO SHOOT RENTALS

We also rent the house for photo and movie shoots contact us for more info.

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Check out the 'Guidebook' to see all of the great food and places to go that are near the house.

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MAGAZINE & BOOK CREDITS:
The house has been rented for several commercials and photo shoots: Victoria’s Secret, Pottery Barn, L’Art De Voyager Magazine, Red Bubble, Home and Garden Magazine, Family Spaces Book, San Francisco Kitchens Book, San Francisco Magazine, Romantic Country Magazine, Zakka, Eclat and Croissant (Japanese Magazines) & Spell Clothing Company from Australia.

We are accustomed to having people in our home and we love meeting all the new people that come through.

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WORK, RETREAT, ROMANCE or FAMILY GET AWAY:

Situated just below the peak of Bernal Heights, this 1,200 sq. ft. ‘fully detached’, cozy, light-filled house is the perfect accommodation for a single person looking for a retreat, a couple needing a romantic get away or a family looking for a place to call home while in San Francisco.

The house is filled with French & American antiques, original art, art books, magazines and there are several spaces indoors and out to relax, read, be inspired or just soak up the sun.

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COMPLETE PRIVACY & 15-20 min TO THE MISSION:

Enjoy complete privacy, peace, quiet and great views while being only minutes away from the best restaurants, shops & culture in the bustling Mission District and Valencia Corridor.

Nothing is far away in San Francisco since it is only 7x7 miles.

With the 80, 101 and 280 freeways just at the bottom of the hill we are only a 2-minute drive to hop on the freeways to get anywhere and it’s incredibly easy to find the house.

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DOWNSTAIRS:

(Dining Area & Kitchen)
A wall of windows in the Dining and living room look out to the San Francisco Bay and beyond to the Berkeley hills.

The open floor plan includes a wood-burning fireplace that can be enjoyed and viewed while eating at the long dining table that will seat 8 or relaxing in the leather armchair or day bed in the living room.

We even have the fireplace set up so you can grill over the open flame or do s'mores inside!

There is an open framed wall that separates the kitchen from the dining area, it lets all the light flood into the kitchen.

The kitchen is equipped with a 1940's O’Keefe & Merritt stove with 4 burners and a center griddle. All the basics for cooking your own meals are provided including a French, Greek & Thai coffee press and an Italian stove top espresso coffee makers.

There is also a round table that seats 3 for eating in the kitchen.

We also like to leave our guests a bottle of local wine, some local beers, coffee and tea and breakfast items to get you started with your stay.

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(Bathrooms & Sunroom)
The cozy bathroom is off the back sun-room nook where another wall of windows and a long zinc table has a stool to sit and enjoy your coffee while looking at the view or can be used as extra bathroom counter space with a wall mounted cosmetic mirror.

We provide towels, shampoo, conditioner and soap in the bathroom.

The Powder room, painted in a pale pink ombré is just next to the garden room. It has a small sink & mirror.

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(The Garden View Bedroom)
This room looks out to the front yard where a lemon tree and climbing roses frame your view.

The downstairs bedroom has two beds if needed.

One is a twin with a memory foam mattress, linen duvet cover, a down comforter & down body pillow.

There is also a twin floor mattress that slides under the main bed. This bed is also topped with memory foam has a linen duvet cover, down comforter and a down body pillow.

There are plenty of toys and books for children and there is a closet for your clothes.

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UPSTAIRS:

(Large Bay View Bedroom)
This room is a clean all white and light filled space, with a pitched roof and views of the San Francisco Bay and Mount Diablo from bed.

1 queen bed with a memory foam top, linen duvet cover, a down comforter & down body pillow. Here you can watch the sunrise over the water from bed.

There is also a cozy alcove with a futon on the floor for napping, reading, working or playing card games.

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(Attic Bedroom)
There is an antique French daybed, (European size, between a full and twin: perfect for 1 adult or 2 small people can have a cozy nights sleep together.

There is also a cozy nook with a futon on the floor for sleeping, reading or working. If a guest will be sleeping on the futon, we top it with memory foam.

Both beds have linen duvet covers, down comforters and down body pillows.


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OUTSIDE:
The deck

There is a table that seats 4 on the deck and sun almost the entire day.

There is a parasol for the hot days.

Lights are strung in the tree for lighting up evening meals.

(Front Yard)
The front garden has hydrangeas a climbing rose bush, lemon tree, rosemary, fig tree & a tiny succulent garden.

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GUESTS HAVE ACCESS TO:
The entire house, deck & the laundry area. There is not access to the garden, this is for the people staying downstairs.



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INTERACTION WITH GUESTS:
Assistance if you want it peace and quiet if you don't. We are available via phone, text and email anytime.

We will also have maps and a booklet with things to do in the neighborhood and the city including day trip ideas when you arrive.

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

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OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU:
1. A clean space.

2. An inspiring space.

3. FREE STREET parking in front of the house everyday, all day.

4. Comfortable beds - all are topped with memory foam & have down pillows, down comforters & down body pillows.

5. Complimentary coffee, tea, wine, beer and breakfast goodies in the fridge to start out your stay.

6. Expertise on the city to help make your experience memorable- we have very diverse interests & we've been in the city nearly 30 years and are here to help!

7. Assistance if you want it and peace and quiet if you don't.

8. Very flexible check in and check out.

9. Between us we speak French, Spanish & English & Lita is teaching herself Japanese.



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WELCOME:
Don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to meeting you and making your trip to San Francisco a memorable one!
Wendy, Fred and Lita


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BERNAL HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD AND GETTING AROUND:
(Bernal Hill)

Voted 'Hottest Neighborhood' in the U.S. for 2014!


The neighborhood has a real progressive community feel to it and is more like a village.

Here you get to feel what a real and livable San Francisco neighborhood feels like, you’ll become a local soon enough!

It’s just to the left of the heart of the city with small winding one-lane streets, where the neighbors wave at each other as they share the road. Its a part of San Francisco most people don’t get to experience, or even know exists.

There are secret hidden hillside stairways, slides and mini playgrounds that lead you up to Bernal Hill where you can get a 360-degree view of the city. We make the 10-minute walk up to the peak almost every day!

All of the cafes in the neighborhood are kid friendly and there are 2 restaurants, a small organic grocery store, a laundromat, a park and a playground within a 5-10 minute walk to the bottom of the hill.


THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
(Cortland Street)
A short 5 minute drive or 30 min walk to Cortland Ave. takes you to ‘The Good Life Grocery Store” and Zagat-rated restaurants, several cafe's, bakeries, butcher, book store, yoga studio, Library, bank and a variety of charming, locally-owned businesses.

There's even an electric-bike shop where you can rent a motorized bicycle to help with the hills....

The Alemany farmers market on Saturdays and the flea market on Sundays is also only a 5 minute drive or 30-40 minute walk away (with hills).

(THE HIPSTER MISSION DISTRICT)
We are only a 15-20 minute walk to the heart of the Mission district at 24th & Harrison St. Where the best ice cream awaits you. On the corner is ‘Humphrey Slocomb Creamery’ where you can get bacon, beet or salted caramel Ice Cream.

There are also an abundance of taquerias, hip restaurants cafes and Mexican bakeries.

The trendy Valencia corridor is only a 20-25 minute walk from the house and is where you can shop, eat, drink, hear live music and dance the night away to your hearts desire.


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GETTING HERE AND AWAY:
We are 15-20 minutes from the San Francisco International Airport (without traffic)and at the Cesar Chavez exit.

A big plus is we are usually the first to be dropped off by the Airport Shuttles when you arrive and the last to be picked-up when you need to get back to the airport.

the 3 Freeways run right by the house and you can hop on them in less than 2 minutes.


WALKING, BICYCLES & MORE:
San Francisco is a small city and the greatest way to appreciate it is on foot or bike!

You can rent electric bikes close to the house on Cortland St.. or Ford bikes are at the bottom of the hill.

We will also have maps and a booklet with things to do in San Francisco including day trips and longer trip ideas for when you arrive. Just ask and I can email this information to you before you arrive so you can plan your trip.


(BART to other Neighborhoods)
24th Street Bart is also just a 20-25 minute walk or catch a bus or uber on Cesar Chavez Street and it’s only minutes away.

A short walk and BART ride gets you to other great parts of the city (door to door 45-60 minutes) including the convention centers, Union Square, the Embarcadero, Chinatown, North Beach, Hayes Valley, Downtown, the Ferry building and more.

A great option instead of a cab is to download the 'Uber' or 'Lyft' app onto your phone and use them, they are cheaper, pre paid and it's a lot more fun being a part of the new 'share' economy! Shared bicycles & scooters are also options. Ford bikes are just down the hill & you can pay with a clipper card. More details will be sent about all of these options when you book.

Also 'getupandgo' will rent you a car for a few hours or a day another great 'sharing' concept!
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WHEN TO COME TO SAN FRANCISCO:
Our neighborhood has the best weather in the entire city!

When they say San Francisco is a foggy city they are talking about everything west of twin peaks. Twin peaks blocks the oceans fog and wind from getting to our neighborhood, so it's usually sunny at our house!

San Francisco is filled with mini microclimates so dress in layers. It can be drizzly cold and foggy in the Haight Ashbury, but you could be in a swimsuit in our back yard where the wind and fog won’t reach you.

The best time to get warm sunny beach weather in all parts of the city and beyond is during our

‘INDIAN SUMMER:
August, September, October, November.

MARCH - also tends to give us warm sultry nights where every one will drop everything to eat outside anywhere they can.


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CLEANING:
If you would like the house cleaned during your stay, let us know & we can recommend people. You'll pay directly to your cleaning person.


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HANDY MAN AVAILABLE:
If you need any help with something in the house we have a handy man who lives next door that has worked on the house and his number will be provided should you need it.


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We are only a 15-20 minute uber or shuttle ride from the SFO Airport & very easy to find!

The 101 & 280 Freeways are a 2 min drive from the house, just at the bottom of the hill, making it convenient to get anywhere.

A 15-20 Minute walk to BART,
or 10 minute walk to a bus on 24th St. or Mission St. will also get you to BART.

You can also easily call an Uber or Lyft car or catch a cab on Cesar Chavez St. which is less than a 5 minute walk.

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We love being on the hill with the views, the narrow streets , hidden stairways and parks. It's a lovely quiet neighborhood that most people don't even know exists in San Francisco and from the top of Bernal Hill you have incredible 360 views of the city and Bay.

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Hosted by Wendy (Fred & Lita)

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Having our house on Airbnb is helping us with our daughters college fund. She graduated from High School in 2019 & has taken a gap year before deciding on a university & country that she wants to go to school in. Renting our home also funded a new garden apartment that will be for a long term tenant. Airbnb also helped fund 'Tartlet Bar', a food business Wendy had with her families farm. We own the house together, but split our time there with Lita our daughter. We co-parent & raise our daughter in what’s called a “nesting” situation. One of us are usually in town & available if you need anything. We have lived in San Francisco since 1989, we get out of the city as much as possible, but always seem to return. Wendy is a creative consultant & avid paddle boarder. She speaks French, English & understands Spanish. One of her passions is to see the world and study different cultures, which she has done extensively (she wants to be an anthropologist when she grows up ;.). (Website hidden by Airbnb) We believe the world is Lita's education, with 3 languages and several countries already under her belt she is a gypsy at heart. She’s fluent in French, Spanish & English, & is teaching herself Japanese. She took 2019/2020 to explore Europe & work in Japan before she attends a University. Fred is French, fluent in French, English & Spanish, a photographer, entrepreneur, surfer, world traveler and owns two small business in SF; Dalva (a bar in the mission district) and Grenouille-French Vintage Antiques. We're also doing Airbnb because we like the idea of meeting like minded travelers, people who seek adventure, people who believe we can learn from everyone we meet and enjoy absorbing other cultures as much as we do. Is it possible to be part of a community while being a gypsy and a nomad? So far it's working out to be yes...
Having our house on Airbnb is helping us with our daughters college fund. She graduated from High School in 2019 & has taken a gap year before deciding on a university & country th…

During your stay

We are available via phone, email or text as much or as little as you would like, just ask if you have any questions.

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Check-in: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
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No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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