Garden Studio: Totally Private

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Treat Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States

The Space

If you'd like to know more about us, we're the couple on the Airbnb Safety & Security video ((website hidden)).

Our Place: A private Garden Apartment on historic Balmy Alley. Steps from some of the best Murals in San Francisco. Sunny and bright with full access to a warm and well maintained garden.

We are in a great location in The Mission: 1/2 block off 24th street which is filled with great taquerias, cafes, fun shopping and some of the craziest and inventive ice-cream and doughnuts in the world. Transportation to other parts of the city and the airports is easy too. We're five blocks from 24th St. BART/Subway and minutes walk to Valencia street (home to some of SF's best restaurants).

Perfect for a couple wanting a little sanctuary in the city or base yourself during your school semester, residency or job relocation. The place gets lots of morning sun and has a great view of the garden (where you can enjoy your morning tea or coffee).

The studio is it's own unit. It's very comfortably furnished and with a all-new appliances and a full bath/shower. The apartment is stocked with sheets, towels and everything you need.

There's a comfortable Queen Bed with down comforter, full kitchen (minus oven), independent heating, high speed WiFi, iPod/iPhone Clock Radio Charger and fold-down Room & Board couch (twin bed sized).

Size wise, The Garden Studio is best for a single person or couple though there is a fold down couch bed for a 3rd person or kid.

There's a private entrance with electronic keypad lock so you never have to worry about arriving late at night and meeting us for a key, getting locked out, or sharing a key with your travel-mate.

We live upstairs, so if you need anything, just give a call or knock on our door.

Other great stuff nearby:
Trick Dog
Flour + Water
Mission Local Eatery
Humphry Slocombe Ice Creamery
Philz's Handmade Turkish Coffee
Dynomite Donuts
St. Francis Soda Fountain
Sugarlump cafe
La Palma Mexicatessen
and more....


Rentals more than 2 weeks include a cleaning during your stay.

PETS: We do have a mellow house cat who likes to hang out in the yard during the day (he's in every night). He won't come in to the apartment (unless you let him) but he would love to sit on your lap out on the deck.

Guest Access

Guests have use of the garden and patio.

Getting around

We are located 5 blocks east of the 24th Street BART Station (our subway) which can take you downtown in less than 10 minutes or to SFO Airport, OAKland Airport, Berkeley, Oakland and beyond. There are also numerous bus lines within one block.
The Mission is very flat and walkable, so it's easy to get to our many restaurants and shops.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $850 /week
Monthly Price: $2300 /month
Security Deposit: $400
Cleaning Fee: $45
Check In: 5:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We loved our stay with David and Tina for four days the end of January 2014. The apartment was perfectly clean and well supplied, and we were able to park our small car on the sidewalk (parking would otherwise have been a major problem). Never did much cooking, but everything seemed in place. We found coffee in the freezer, butter in the refrigerator, some unopened juice probably from previous visitors, the bed was fine. We never used the TV or sleeper sofa. Even the selection of books and free maps was good.

    Whitney and Charles, from Cincinnati and Phoenix

    HOWEVER, trying to leave a review with Airbnb has been frustrating and we still don't know whether this is working. This may be partly the fault of (website hidden), but if two people are using the same computer, the Airbnb login screen never goes away after either person tries to sign up. I have no idea how I got to this screen.

    February 2014
  • Lovely family and a great place to stay. We are still emailing back and fourth long after I left.

    January 2014
  • We had a great experience with David & Tina's place in San Francisco. The Garden Studio is very conveniently located in The Mission - a great base to explore some of SF's best coffee, restaurants and bars. After 3 weeks in hotels it was great to be able to spread out and relax in the spacious studio. The kitchen is also well equipped if you want to self-cater. A great local neighborhood experience. Would definitely recommend to other travellers.

    January 2014
  • This apartment is virtually a private residence - separate entrance, little sound bleed from the house upstairs. Quiet, pleasant, attractive, impeccably clean, well-outfitted, with full kitchen and good internet - better than a hotel room for a fraction of the price. The hosts are discreet rather than chatty types looking for conversation; you get an entrance code for the door and need not interact at all if you don't want to. Definitely does not feel like you are invading someone's house, more like you're in your own apartment. It was a great place to stay on a working trip. It's in the Mission which is a bit of a hike from downtown but the neighborhood turns out also to be ground zero for the invasion of the internet hipsters. (People differ on whether this is good or bad but it's certainly interesting).

    December 2013
    David + Tina
    Response from David + Tina:

    Thanks for the nice review. For other folks reading this, I do want to mention we're 5 blocks from BART (our subway) and it's only an 8 min ride downtown.

  • I booked the Garden Studio for my parent's visit and they had a fantastic time! Great location, great apartment, great hosts!

    December 2013
  • Our stay was exceptional. The garden studio was as advertised. The check in experience was great. Tina and David provided good information regarding their home and surroundings. They went out of their wAy to be so helpful and so very friendly! We enjoyed staying in the "mission" good restaurants and transportation. The mural art was a cultural experience initself.

    December 2013
  • David and Tina were very kind and responsive hosts. If I ever needed to reach them, they responded very promptly. The garden studio is lovely. It's small and cozy but the size was perfect for my stay (I was alone on business.) Great location right near the bustling Mission district, but surprisingly quiet. Would definitely recommend!

    November 2013
  • We had a wonderful 5-night stay at David & Tina's studio and would definitely stay there again if it were available next time we're in town. It's a great size for a couple, with every amenity you could need for a short stay including a great little kitchenette, plenty of room for your luggage and reliable wifi. Wonderful hosts who were completely unobtrusive from start to finish, but also genuinely friendly and helpful both in making check-in/check-out arrangements via email, as well as when our paths crossed briefly in person (+ their kids are super adorable. We're also big fans of Pica the cat!) The location was perfect for us as coffee- and food-lovers used to exploring a city on foot, right in the heart of the Mission, with great local eateries and markets right around the corner, and ultra hip(ster) Valencia St just a few blocks away. Also just a few minutes' walk to the 24th St/Mission BART which connected us easily to all of the city's attractions. Thanks so much for your hospitality!

    October 2013
  • Wonderful apartment just as described and shown in the pictures. Was really sad to leave this place and the wonderful vibrant neighborhood all around 24th street.

    October 2013
  • We stayed at the Garden Studio at the start of a long holiday in California. Once we got our bearings we really liked the location of the flat and although it's far away from the tourist places of Fisherman's Wharf I'd much rather stay at the studio!

    The studio is nicely designed, it's a nice roomy place to stay at but still with plenty of amenities. David and Tina were both really nice to deal with and to chat to during our stay. They provided us with a good list of recommendations of things to see/places to eat in the local area which was helpful when settling in.

    I would recommend this place to my friends or any visitors wanting a more local experience of San Francisco.

    August 2013
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We're avid travelers but now with two kids we don't get as far from home as we used to. When we do travel- we love to stay in real neighborhoods and experience an area the way the folks who live there do. We love to eat, walk and bike (yes, pulling the kids behind us!). We've lived in The Mission for 15 years and know it well. It's an area we love to show off to visitors.
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