About this listing
Our house is a two story building with yard on a quiet street and in a very friendly, family-oriented area. We rent it out when we are away during the summer or at Christmas time.
We have a friendly outdoor cat.
This is our house where we live during the year, except when we are away. It has a yard with herbs, lemons and apples. It is located in the friendliest neighborhood in San Francisco, 5 minutes walk from the largest farmers' market and the largest flea market in the bay area. The house has three lovely bedrooms, two bathrooms and one spacious living/dining room with fireplace, opening into a wide and sunny kitchen. The roomy study downstairs has a private bathroom with shower and opens into a yard. The master bedroom has a queen size bed. The second bedroom upstairs also has a queen size bed.
The room downstairs has a twin bed and an en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. All windows are just newly installed, double pane, UV protected (lots of sun from the West!). All mattresses are very comfortable.
In the garage you can do your laundry (large washer and dryer). Our cat Tata is totally independent, and very sweet, she lives outside and comes inside through a system of flap doors (flap doors are not in your living quarters). No need to clean after her and my cleaning person comes once a week to clean and refill her food dispenser and water fountain.
We love to cook, have good copper pots and lots of cookbooks. If you'd rather eat out, you will be 5 minutes walk from Cortland Avenue where you can dine out, do your food shopping at very good quality stores (Good Life, Avedano the boutique butcher shop, 331 Cortland indoor market - reviewed in the New York Times - Sand Box Bakery, the yummiest place for breakfast European Style and Red Hill Station, a new seafood place, to name a few. Basically if you don't want to go that far but still eat well, you have it right there, minutes walk from our house.
If you like parks, you can walk to two very interesting sites near our house: Bernal Hill, where you can jog, hike and from the top, enjoy the most stunning 360 degree panorama of San Francisco and the Bay; or Holly Park, a very green, hilly park with tennis, baseball, basketball courts and barbecue areas. Very family friendly but never crowded.
So now you see what makes our house special: quiet, with surrounded with green, yet near a very nice walkable commercial area and very well connected to the rest of the city.
Parking on the street is easy (you can use our driveway spot and more room on neighboring streets).
The security deposit will be returned within 48 hours after your departure, to allow us to check that everything is in order.
You will have free wi-fi throughout the house, a TV set upstairs and good amp and speaker system to hook up your device to with your favorite music. There is also a landline and you are welcome to make local and USA long distance calls. We keep the landline for just-in-case-of-an-emergency, type of situation. We ask you not to use it to make international calls. If you do, you are welcome to let us know and we will ask you to pay for it separately before you check out. Or we can also deduct the cost from your security deposit.
Interaction with Guests
I communicate with my guests ahead of time to make sure that they know what to expect and can find an answer to their queries. I usually ask for their arrival and departure info to coordinate check in and check out and, if I am not outside of the country, I get them a few items for their first breakfast.
I love its friendly atmosphere and the many eateries. It is not central but very well connected with Downtown SF and many other destinations in the city.
Vibrant Valencia with lots of boutiques and restaurants is a very short bus ride away, (bus #67, 5 min walk to bus stop from our house). For those who need to commute to the South Peninsula, Highway 101 south or 280 south are 3 minutes ride away or a very short bus ride (#23, bus stop is 3 min walk down from our house, very short bus ride to BART and then you can hop across the platform on Caltrain at Millbrae to go to Stanford and/or all the way to San Jose). Should you want to go to the Pacific Ocean and enjoy your day at the beach, the same bus #23 will take you there in 20 min. If on the other hand you want to go downtown SF, walk 7 minutes on Putnam and then downhill on Cortland to Bayshore Blvd and take the bus #9. An alternative for downtown destinations, you take bus #67 on Folsom st, get (email hidden) and Mission and then take Bart to downtown. REMEMBER BUS DESTINATION FROM MY HOUSE: always INBOUND if you want to go downtown and/or to the Golden Gate Bridge area.
Other Things to Note
PARKING: you can park in front of my house - parallel. Just make sure you move your car between 12 pm and 2 pm on Tuesdays - street cleaning.
CLEANING: our wonderful cleaning lady will come once a week. The cost of cleaning is not included in the fee. Please make sure she can come to clean and make arrangements with her. We will provide you with her phone number and email. She will change your linen and bathroom towels and clean the whole house.
Always check that gas stove burners are off before you live.
Please leave the house in order as you found it, all furniture in the same place as you found it, dishes, pots and pans clean and in their proper place, garbage disposed of in the garbage bins outside, keys on the dining room table. Please close all windows and doors when you depart.
NEIGHBORS: our neighbors are very nice and friendly. We ask you to respect them and to avoid any loud noise after 10 pm.