About this listing
Our private lower apartment in Bernal Heights is a block from trendy Cortland Ave, and close to public transportation. There is free parking in the street. With kitchen and bathroom, it sleeps six - perfect for couples, families, or friends.
Our private lower apartment in Bernal Heights is a block from trendy Cortland Ave, and close to public transportation. Complete with kitchen and bathroom, the apartment sleeps six. There is free wireless internet, and parking in the street.
There is wireless internet.
Climate control is regulated via a nest temperature unit; you can control the climate of the apartment yourself. San Francisco is known for its fog and it can get cold, even in the summer. An extra heaters are located in the bedroom closets
The apartment used to be an au pair suite. It has four rooms: the dining/kitchen area, master bedroom, large bedroom, and bathroom.
The kitchen has enough glasses, plates, cutlery, pots and pans and the like to cook meals. There is a microwave, coffee maker, stove/oven and fridge with an ice maker. Stairs pass between the kitchen and dining area, leading to upstairs. The upstairs is blocked off and soundproofing material separates the two apartments.
The dining area seats six. There is no couch in this area (we've tried adding one last summer, but the space is just not big enough). There is a closet along the wall. There are games, maps, and activities for children, in the dining area closet, including a limited selection of DVDs.
The master bedroom contains one full size bed (a full bed sleeps two snuggly), and has a small window. There is closet built into the wall complete with a full length mirror. A foldout bassinet/travel playard and stroller stored for a baby/toddler, available in the closet.
The converted garage bedroom has two full size beds. This area used to be a garage. It was converted into a sunroom twenty five years ago; large insulated sliding doors replaced the entire wall to the dining area, and sliding doors were added to the outside wall, to let light in. The garage opener was kept so that the garage doors could be opened on warm days. The area now serves as a bedroom. We have kept the original cement flooring, adding a throw rug. The solid steel beds date from 1940. They are from a former church in Walnut Grove, CA, and were later used to sleep farm workers. These beds too, have been kept in their original state. The artwork is an early work by New York artist William Kohler.
In the large bedroom there is a sitting area for two complete with a small table, and a large flat screen television. The television is a Samsung tv with a Sony blue ray player. Please note that it is not connected to cable. There are two corresponding remotes. The Blu-ray player is sourced via HDMI 1, and chromecast is attached and configured for HDMI channel 2. Please see here for information on using chromecast: (URL HIDDEN) Television is not listed as an amenity.
When you arrive your beds will be freshly made. There is extra bedding and towels in the closets.
In the last twenty years, Bernal Heights has become a trendy place to live and work. Cortland Ave has restaurants, bars, cafes, book stores, and the renowned Good Life Grocery. There is a local farmer's market on Saturday morning. The playground behind the library, and a walk around Bernal Heights is sure to please children of all ages. San Francisco's wharf, zoo, Golden Gate Park, and also sure favorites, as are day trips to Stinson Beach, or Santa Cruz.
We use a bolt lock access code - no key. This means you can arrive as late as you like, following the 4 pm check in time. Getting into the apartment requires passing through a smaller than normal door, past three large trash cans. There is one step inside the apartment. The door and step down are not wheelchair friendly. At some point, we hope to change this.
Interaction with Guests
Our meet/greet and emergency contact person, Emily, is your contact for getting into the apartment. She will give you the bolt lock code. She will help you any way she can, for example if you want to drop off bags early. She is your emergency contact person should there be any troubles in the apartment. We have worked with Emily for two years, and she is terrific.
Bernal Heights is fun for kids of all ages. Views from the hill are phenomenal any time of day. There are playgrounds, restaurants, parlours, bakeries, and all kinds of specialty stores all along Cortland, just a block from the house.
The apartment is close to public transportation that will bring you to Haight Street, Golden Gate Park, or the Financial District. The BART is a fifteen minute walk away, in the Mission. Details information about local buses will be sent to you in your information package, sent out about a week before your trip.
Other Things to Note
We want you to have a great stay. Our information package, sent out a week before your trip, provides detailed information about the apartment, neighborhood, and public transportation.
If you have a car, you may be able to park it on the street in front of the old garage (now the large bedroom of the apartment). There is a "do not park" sign on the garage door. Please note that others do NOT always honor this sign, and as such "parking" in not listed as an apartment amenity.
IF YOU PARK IN FRONT OF THE APARTMENT DRIVEWAY, PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR VEHICLE IS NOT OVER THE THE RED LINE ON THE CURB. IF YOUR VEHICLE - EVEN A SMALL PART OF IT - EXTENDS OVER THE RED LINE, PLEASE NOTE THAT IT MAY BE TOWED.
Guests may not use the alleyway or garden.
We ask all our guests to be energy efficient. Please leave towels and bedding that is not used in the closets. Please make sure the faucets are closed when you leave the apartment, and that the lights are turned off.
The kitchen area. The kitchen has all you need to cook for six. NB the open stairs to the upper apartment - not good for toddlers.