Sunny, quiet, convenient - parking!

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Mississippi St, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
Gayle

Welcome to our studio apartment with direct garden access! It's in a nice neighborhood with amazing views, plus you can walk to restaurants, shops and transportation. We have hosted more than 150 guests, so we know what you need for a great stay!

Your host, Gayle
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Welcome to our studio apartment with direct garden access! It's in a nice neighborhood with amazing views, plus you can walk to restaurants, shops and transportation. We have hosted more than 150 guests, so we know what you need for a great stay!

The Space

Welcome to our garden apartment on sunny Potrero Hill (in the summertime, when much of the city is covered in chilly fog, our neighborhood usually has sunshine!). This studio (a large one-room apartment) is on the lower level of our house and looks out on a quiet garden.

Please note that there is NO SMOKING (this includes electronic cigarettes) in the apartment, the garden or in front of the house.

FUN FACT: Science-fiction writer Frank Herbert lived in this house in the 1960s, and wrote most of his acclaimed book "Dune" while living here!

Features include:

--King-size bed, with sheets, pillows (down, feather and foam are all available) and goose-down duvet
--Optional roll-away single bed sleeps a third person
--Private bathroom with shower, toilet and sink - plus hairdryer and a selection of soaps, shampoos, conditioners and other toiletries
--Clothes closet with hangers
--Big, fluffy bath towels, washcloths and hand towels
--Kitchen area with full-size stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee-maker, coffee grinder, stove-top espresso maker, toaster, teapot, cooking utensils, dishes, silverware - everything you need
--The kitchen is stocked with a selection of premium coffee beans, teas, sugar and other condiments
--Outside door to the garden and deck (shared with us)
--Free wireless high-speed internet
--Flat-screen HD TV with cable & DVD player (we're happy to loan you movies)
--iPod/iPhone dock and player on alarm clock-radio
--Free phone calls within the U.S. and Canada
--Carpeting
--Heat
--South of Market location, near 2 bus lines (3 blocks to the #10 which will take you to the downtown Financial District and Chinatown; 1 block to the #22, which will take you to the Mission District and the Marina District). We are a 10-minute walk from the "T" tram line, which goes to downtown, the Union Square area and the ballpark. We are also 4 blocks from a Caltrain stop, where you can catch a train to Silicon Valley destinations and Stanford University (Stanford shuttle connects to the train station).
--Restaurants (Italian, French, Sushi, Vietnamese, Mexican, Pizza, Mediterranean, Crepes, Californian, sandwiches), a wine shop, a great coffee house, a bookstore, grocery stores, other shops and a library - all within very close walking distance.
--Several local grocery stores within walking distance, including one that sells a good variety of organic produce and cooks delicious rotisserie chickens. There is also a Whole Foods supermarket about half a mile from the house.
--Free street parking is usually very easy to find in the area (though there are street cleaning restrictions on Monday and Wednesday mornings). If you arrive late at night, parking may be a bit more difficult - but even then, you'll typically find a spot within a couple of blocks, which is rare in San Francisco!
--Restaurant and travel advice - I'm a travel and food writer! I'm happy to make recommendations and reservations for you. I'll even share my list of the latest insider food spots - the ones that haven't yet made it into the guidebooks! I also know the Wine Country quite well.
--You'll find a large collection of local information in the apartment, including guide books, maps, transportation information and restaurant guides. We also provide a folder with menus from all the neighborhood restaurants.

Note: this apartment is at the back of the lower level of our private house. You enter through a private door in the garage, walk through the garage and then enter the apartment through a private door. You may hear a few footsteps from upstairs, but in general, it is very quiet. The apartment is on the ground floor, with two small steps at the entrance. Aside from that there are no other steps.

PLEASE READ THE HOUSE RULES (CLICK ON "HOUSE RULES" ABOVE) BEFORE MAKING A RESERVATION REQUEST. PLEASE ALSO TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHO WILL BE STAYING IN THE APARTMENT, SO WE CAN BE SURE THE ACCOMMODATIONS ARE THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU. THANK YOU - AND WELCOME TO SAN FRANCISCO!

SAN FRANCISCO TIPS:

--Bring a jacket, no matter what time of year you are visiting. It always cools down at night here, and can also be breezy. A leather jacket is perfect!
--We recommend that you consider renting a car for at least part of your stay in San Francisco. Our neighborhood is well-served by mass transit, but some of the worthwhile attractions (such as the deYoung Museum) are far from the downtown, Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf areas. You might also want to take a day-trip up to the Wine Country.or Muir Woods, which are north of the city.
--If you are interested in visiting Alcatraz, we highly recommend that you make reservations before you come to San Francisco. It is very popular, especially in the summertime. We can send you the link for the official booking website.
--There are often "blockbuster" shows at city museums which require advance, timed tickets. We're happy to help you with info about this if you want to book before you arrive.
--You might want to consider signing up for some of the free discount websites that serve SF - Groupon, HomeRun, LivingSocial, BlackBoardEats, GoldStar. You'll find offers for discounts on entertainment, events, restaurants and other services.

Guest Access

Guests have access to the back deck and garden, which has a lounge chair, table and chairs, and BBQ (please check with us before using the BBQ).

We have a washer and dryer which are available to guests who are staying a week or longer - but only after we have explained how to operate them.

We have extensive information and guide books about San Francisco in the apartment, which is yours to use.

We provide a basket of toiletries for guests to use, and also provide coffee, tea, kleenex, paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning products.

The apartment kitchen is equipped with cooking equipment, but we are also happy to loan guests any special equipment they might need.

Interaction with Guests

After hosting more than 150 guests, we understand that guests have very different needs. Some like a lot of advice and interaction, while others like to be independent. We try to be sensitive to the individual needs of each guest.

We live upstairs from the apartment, and I work from home, so I am usually around during the daytime if you need anything or want some advice.

Want to go on a walking tour of our neighborhood? Need restaurant recommendations or transportation advice? Want insider tips? We're here for you! Want to learn more about life in San Francisco? We're happy to chat!

The Neighborhood

Potrero Hill is the sunniest neighborhood in San Francisco! We have great views and it's very quiet, but yet, you can quickly get downtown or to the trendy (but rowdy) Mission District. We have an assortment of great local restaurants within walking distance (we provide restaurant menus and a map), and you can even organize a free tour of San Francisco's most famous historic brewery, Anchor Steam, which is a few blocks away. There are 2 markets and a great little organic grocery store within an easy walk. We have a great bookstore, independent coffee house and cute shops on the main business street in the neighborhood. See photos of them in the photo section of our listing.

Getting around

We are served by 2 bus lines and 1 tram line. The #22 bus, which goes to the Mission District, Pacific Heights and the Marina District, stops 1 block from our house. The #10 bus, which goes downtown, near Union Square, the Financial District, and Pacific Heights, stops 3 blocks from our house. The "T" tram is about a 7-minute walk from our house, and it goes downtown, to the waterfront, and connects with other transportation that will take you anywhere in the city, including Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. The #22 bus and the "T" tram also connect with the BART transportation system, which goes to the airport. By taxi, our house is about 15 minutes from the San Francisco Airport.

Other Things to Note

SAN FRANCISCO TIPS:

--Bring a jacket, no matter what time of year you are visiting. It always cools down at night here, and can also be breezy. A leather jacket is perfect!
--We recommend that you consider renting a car for at least part of your stay in San Francisco. Our neighborhood is well-served by mass transit, but some of the worthwhile attractions (such as the deYoung Museum) are far from the downtown, Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf areas. You might also want to take a day-trip up to the Wine Country.or Muir Woods, which are north of the city.
--If you are interested in visiting Alcatraz, we highly recommend that you make reservations before you come to San Francisco. It is very popular, especially in the summertime. We can send you the link for the official booking website.
--There are often "blockbuster" shows at city museums which require advance, timed tickets. We're happy to help you with info about this if you want to book before you arrive.
--You might want to consider signing up for some of the free discount websites that serve SF - Groupon, HomeRun, LivingSocial, BlackBoardEats, GoldStar. You'll find offers for discounts on entertainment, events, restaurants and other services.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $30 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $800 /week
Monthly Price: $2500 /month
Security Deposit: $300
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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  • Very nice apartment. Clean and confortable. the location is not the best, however if you usually leave the apartment the whole day for sightseeing and come back at the evening is a very good opcion.
    Gayle is very attentive and available for whatever you need.

    July 2014
  • Our experience at Gayle's apartment couldn't have been any better. The location is perfect. Parking was very easy. Plenty of great places to eat. A great view. Most of all, Gayle was very accommodating. I would definitely recommend staying here.

    July 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thanks very much, Brandon! You mentioned our favorite things about our neighborhood. So glad you enjoyed staying with us!

    July 2014
  • A big thank you to Gayle and Paul for hosting us for three days.
    Brilliant communications from start to finish keeping us updated up to us arriving.
    The listing was 100% accurate and the apartment is roomy, comfortable with a kitchen. There is lots of parking and just watch the signs for street cleaning day which Gayle tells you about anyway.
    Gayle left us some cookies and strawberries which were yummy. The Potrero hill area is as the name says hilly! However with gayle's guidance you can miss out the big ones. Well most of them!
    Their knowledge of the area is amazing and we used muni transport, trolley cars and drove through the city which wasn't that bad after seeking out their knowledge. 20 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge by car was a nice surprise.
    We ate in local restaurants which are recommended by Gayle and all were great.
    Overall our first airbnb experience was a fantastic success.
    Thanks

    June 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    It was such a pleasure hosting you, Dave and Karen! Come back soon - we miss you!

    June 2014
  • Gayle is a great host, very nice and helpfull. Always ready to give some cood advice about the town and the arounds.
    The place was great : very quiet, clean, all you need to live in !

    Highly recommended.

    June 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thank you, Jean-Baptiste! We really enjoyed hosting you, and hope to see you again soon!

    June 2014
  • We had a great time staying in Gayles apartment. She was a great host giving us lots of tips and help during our four weeks stay in San Francisco. And Potrero Hill is a very cozy (and hilly), area with great views of the city and the bay. We would really recommend people to stay here! Thank you Gayle!

    June 2014
  • When searching for a place to stay in San Francisco, I came across Gayle's profile and was immediately attracted to the fact that she was a freelance food and travel writer and therefore we'd get more of an in-depth/professional take of what to see, do and where to eat during our stay! I also liked the look of the apartment and the area of San Francisco it was in. The entire experience lived up to our expectation, the apartment was cosy (bed was amazing), convenient and the area was nice and quiet, so we had the best of both worlds, ie the noisy, exciting buzz of the city when we ventured in each day but the quietness of the Potrero suburb in the evenings. We had great cafés and restaurants on our doorstep too which we took advantage of a few times over the week we stayed there! It was so easy and convenient when it came to transportation into the city with buses and trams literally on our doorstep and a max of 30mins to travel into the city each day! We were visiting from New Zealand and funnily enough Gayle was away in New Zealand whilst we were staying so unfortunately we didn't get to meet her but she was up front about that from the start before we even booked and we still chose to stay there. She made sure we had everything we needed before we arrived in terms of info about the area and how things worked in the apartment. She even left books for us and each time we emailed her with a question she was so quick to respond, nothing was ever too much or a bother. We did meet her husband Paul before he flew out the same evening we arrived to join Gayle and he was so welcoming. We would not hesitate to stay here again should we ever visit San Francisco again. Gayle, thanks for hosting us from afar and we hope to meet you in person some day! :)

    May 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thanks for the kind words, Mel! We're so glad you had a good stay - and just wish I'd been able to meet you. Hope you'll visit again soon! (Clarification for future guests: Our neighborhood is actually in San Francisco - it's not a suburb)

    May 2014
  • Gayle was a wonderful host: friendly, accommodating to our specific needs (like storing our bikes!) and even called to remind me to move my car on the street cleaning day to avoid a ticket. The apartment has all the amenities needed to live comfortably.

    The location in Potrero hill is unbeatable - 2 blocks to the neighborhood strip with great restaurants and a few blocks to the Dogpatch neighborhood with additional restaurants and bars. While there is no view from the apartment, the moment you leave the building the view is stunning! We loved the location and exploring the neighborhood.

    April 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thanks for the great review, Kate! I was a real pleasure to host you. Hope you end up deciding to live on Potrero Hill.

    April 2014
  • I loved staying at Gayle's place! She was very pleasant and gave me cookies upon my arrival! The place was nice and neat and plenty of space for me for the week. The neighborhood was beautiful, one of the nicest I've ever stayed at in SF. If I need to work in the area again, I will definitely see if Gayle's place is available.

    April 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thanks very much, Rachel! We really enjoyed being your first AirBnB hosts. It would be a pleasure to have you stay with us again!

    April 2014
  • We stayed with Gayle for 2 weeks at the end of March/beginning of April.
    The apartment suited us well with a good bathroom and good kitchen facilities, a comfy bed and a quiet situation.
    It is in a nice area of San Francisco and the parking was useful but due to our own mistake we did get fined for parking on the wrong side of the street on street cleaning day - so beware, the street is cleaned on a different day on either side!
    The public transport was also very accessible and it was very easy to get down town.
    We had a great holiday visiting our younger son.
    Alastair and Jane.

    April 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thanks for your kind review, Jane! And very sorry you didn't see the street cleaning signs. If we'd known you were renting a car, we definitely would have given you a heads-up on street cleaning days, which we try to do for all guests with cars. For future guests, street cleaning is on the opposite side of the street from us on Monday mornings (9am-11am) and on our side of the street on Wednesday mornings (9am-11am) . You'll also find this info in our listing. Street parking is usually easy in our neighborhood.

    April 2014
  • Very nice rental in a quiet neighborhood a bit off the usual map for a business traveler like me. Would stay again!

    March 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Glad you had a good stay, Matt - and that you enjoyed living like a local! Come back anytime!

    March 2014
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I am a freelance travel and food writer, whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Gourmet, The Washington Post and many other publications. So, if you rent from us, you get bonus professional travel advice about San Francisco and the Wine Country! My husband has his own company, HIP Investor (HIP = Human Impact + Profit), which helps investors do good while also seeking a profit. He authored a book published by Wiley called "The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World." We often rent apartments in various parts of the world and enjoy "living like a local" when we travel. We are in our 40s and own our house - so as renters, we are quite responsible and self-reliant. English is our first language. I also speak French and my husband speaks Spanish. We know a bit of Japanese and Italian, too. If you have any questions, just ask!
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