Bernal Heights is a quaint village-like, sunny part of San Francisco where you get the best of both worlds...a quiet respite from the hectic city pace but so close to everything should you feel like venturing out and experience "city" life.
The condo is a beautiful, light-filled, bright and serene retreat with breath-taking, panoramic views of the city. Just a short walk down the hill and you are in the wonderfully bustling, ever-changing, eclectic, Latin-flavored Mission area where lots of options for plentiful public transportation, restaurants and shopping are easily accessible. The BART station at Mission and 24th Street can take you downtown in less than 10 minutes. Using MUNI which is the bus system is a bit slower but is an inexpensive to see other parts of the city.
Your private room includes a queen-size bed (YES, this is a real bed...not a futon, air mattress or sofa bed!) with a desk and a dresser. The closet has some of my extra wardrobe but if you are staying longer than a few days, I have no problem making more closet space for you to hang your clothes.
High-speed wireless internet is available throughout the condo and should you have a car, there is plenty of free street parking on Ripley Street or on the adjacent streets of Folsom or Alabama. This is a big plus because unlike other neighborhoods like Pacific Heights, Hayes Valley, Nob Hill or SOMA where parking is premium and will cost you extra, parking is free around Bernal Heights. Just make sure you move your car during the hours where there is street cleaning.
There is on one bathroom in the condo, but sharing the single bathroom has worked out very well with other guests. Guests are responsible for their own meals but you are welcome to use my kitchen and you are welcome to help yourself to a wide variety of teas and spices, should you decide to cook at home.
For your laundry needs, there is a shared coined-operated laundry downstairs through the garage.
My allergies prevent me from having any pets (even though I love them!), the mattress and pillows are in hypo-allergenic casings.
If you decide to use public transportation, the 67 MUNI bus comes right up to Bernal Heights. The 67 makes a loop from the BART station at Mission and 24th Street intersection up the hill and then back again to the BART station.
Please be aware my condo unit is on the top floor (hence the great views!) so climbing up two floors via a circular staircase is necessary.
For a bit more exercise, just a short hike up to the top of Bernal Heights hill will reward you with breath-taking 360 degree views of San Francisco and the Bay area.
For groceries, there is The Good Life on Cortland Avenue on the south side of Bernal Heights and also a Safeway on Mission and 30th. Cortland has several great cafes and small restaurants, two bakeries, a small bookstore, hair dressers, nail saloons, a butcher shop, a library, a couple of galleries and a library on Cortland. And recently a new Cafe called Precita Cafe opened up down the road.
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Nice, clean room and bathroom. The room is on the street side but on the third level up. It is generally very quiet at night with some bus noise on the weekday mornings. Personally, I didn't find that an issue. Very nice view of the city from the living room. Gina is friendly and outgoing. She is seriously interest in helping if you have questions about San Francisco. I would recommend this facility to a relative or friend.
Thanks for much, Charlie! I truly enjoyed your company and your recaps every evening when you returned home telling me how you spent your day. And I glad you enjoyed the museums and Philz's Coffee. There's more good fun places to eat and visit in this gorgeous city so I hope you come back soon. The world needs more people like you....my birthday twin!
I like the orange juice, the museum,and the fab view!
Gina is so nice!
My stay at Gina's place was great. She is a very generous person and her place is amazing because of the view over San Francisco. It is especially good for single travelers.
I stayed at Gina's place for over a week and it was a pleasurable experience all around. First of all, Gina is a wonderful and helpful host who was attentive to my needs, she woke up every morning to make a fresh squeezed orange juice, yummy! Also her place is properly situated, 10 mins by walk from the mission district and just 15/20 mins to the bart station. Not to mention that the city view from her patio was stunning.
If you are coming to SF, I would recommend staying at her place with a heartbeat!
Gina took me on for 10 days while I started a new job in SF and a time when I really needed a place.
It was my first experience of airbnb and I was not too sure what to expect and was a bit apprehensive of staying in a stranger's home. However, Gina was very welcoming and was a great host, who had excellent advice on what to see in San Francisco and the best ways of getting from A to B. Gina also lent me a mobile charger as mine was not working.
My stay at Gina's place was very enjoyable. The apartment including the bathroom and bedroom was very clean and tidy, and it did have wonderful views of San Francisco. The bed was also very comfortable with clean 'crisp' sheets.
I found that using public transport to and around San Francisco was relatively easy. The bus stops were within walking distance. In addition, the nearby cafe was excellent with friendly staff and customers and the nearby resturant was superb.
Gina was very accommodating as I was able to arrive during the morning, and I could leave my bags in the apartment on my last day while I did more sightseeing.
Thanks for a great stay, Gina
Very nice apartment. Gina was super friendly and I had a great stay!
Gina is a wonderful hostess, it's like staying at your friend's house, just the right amount of friendliness, support, and giving you your space to do what you need to do. She even made a dinner reservation for me and my friends. She's a lovely lady.
Her condo is awesome, and felt like home!! The views are fantastic, I loved the private bedroom with the window overlooking the hill, fantastic breeze and California sunshine, birds in the trees outside. What a great retreat. So convenient to centralized San Francisco, and a great neighborhood with an organic market and bistro in walking distance. I will stay here again.
Gina was a great host and very welcoming. The house was lovely and clean with fantastic views. The house was located near the mission area too which is really cool. Thanks for everything Gina.