About this listing
SAN FRANCISCO SHORT-TERM RESIDENTIAL RENTAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: STR(phone number hidden)
This is a secluded and quiet two bedroom cottage, a 30-second walk to Muni light rail and Dolores Park. BART is a 15-minute walk from our front door.
You'll be a 5-15 minute walk to the boutiques and restaurants of Valencia St and Noe Valley, and to the hustle bustle of the Mission and Castro. Tartine bakery, Birite grocery and creamery and Delfina Restaurant are a few minutes walk. Muni will take you to the financial district and Embarcadero in 25 minutes, and BART wil take you to all those places and more, including the airport and East Bay.
The cottage is flooded with light from walls of South- and East-facing windows, with views of the East Bay and Mt Diablo.
There is a living room, a reading room, a kitchen, bathroom and two decks. The rear deck has a clawfoot tub with hot running water - few things beat sitting in a hot bath under the open sky! The interior bathroom has a skylight and Heath tiles throughout.
The cottage has high speed wireless internet. The kitchen is decorated with Heath tiles and is stocked with a full set of Le Creuset cast-iron cookware.
Shoes are removed inside the front door (no shoes in the house), hardwood floors throughout with subfloor radiant heating.
The bed is Cal King Tempurpedic. Street parking only.
Please write with a little about yourself and what brings you to San Francisco.
Interaction with Guests
We will only rent our home when we leave town, so we will typically interact with guests by phone, text and email.
Shoes to be left on shoe stand inside the front door
No smoking or pets
No candles inside house
No parties: keep occupancy below six people
Guests should be quiet and respectful, no loud music (so as not to annoy neighbors)
Best SF stay yet! Awesome location and even better accommodations! Louise and Andrew were on top of communication and made check in/out super easy. Cozy, Spacious and Clean. I didn't think this combination was possible in SF but their cottage is a hidden gem! Ideal location in quiet neighborhood within walking distance from amazing food, coffee, parks and markets. Muni station is less then a block away. We couldn't have asked for a better stay. Thank you!
After many months of effort, I was able to persuade my 82-year old mother to come to SF for a visit. She has limited mobility and because my place has 3 flights of stairs, she couldn't stay with me. I didn't want to spend the weekend traveling back and forth to downtown hotels, so I checked out airbnb and found this place, close to mine and with only a few steps. The place is lovely, in a great location and the welcome flowers were a very nice touch. Sadly, there was no hot water during the entire 3-night stay. The place has a radiant heat system and the hosts told me they made many calls and could not find any plumber over the weekend who knew how to work on it. It seems to me that hosts with this kind of sophisticated plumbing should already know a plumber/company with the skills to work on it. (Had I known this was a problem up front and that it couldn't be fixed, I would have found a hotel for my mom right away. By the time all this became clear, it was too late.) While I received a 50% refund, money wasn't the point. This clouded the entire trip.
Yes, it was unbelievably unfortunate that our radiant heat/hot water system malfunctioned less than 24 hours after James' mother arrived. Even more unfortunate was the fact that it malfunctioned on a weekend when most non-emergency plumbers aren't on call and our go to person had, as we painfully discovered, gone completely MIA. This left us searching far and wide for a last-minute replacement in a highly specialized field. In the end, we were only able to find someone nearly an hour away (San Jose) and he had to source the broken part from Florida. Despite his arrival on Monday afternoon, the part did not arrive until Wednesday evening and was installed on Thursday morning.
Given that replacement parts were not available locally, even if our go-to plumber were available to diagnose the problem on Saturday, it would not have been fixed in time for James' mother to have had the joys of a hot shower at our home. The whole situation was horribly unfortunate and frustrating for all and we were completely gutted at the turn of events for Mr. Foreman's mother.
Staying at Louise and Andrew's cottage was a pleasure. It's a tranquil spot, set back from the street. Large windows provide a beautiful view of the city, and my stay was relaxing and rejuvenating.
FANTASTIC! we planned a last minute weekend in San Francisco and were so pleasantly surprised by everything in the Castro cottage. The location was great - right near Dolores park and many things that we wanted to do in the mission, a perfect jumping off point for SF activities. The cottage was clean, had a great view and we LOVED the outdoor tub - Sunday night when I got home i found myself on craigslist looking for a cast iron tub for our own house. Also, parking was easy, which is always nice. I hope that we have the opportunity to stay here again.
Louise & Andrew's cottage was the perfect little getaway for our trip to SF. It had a very relaxed and calm feeling to it that was very much appreciated after a long day of exploring the city. The location was a dream for us since so many places we love are in the Mission District.
Louise & Andrew are the sweetest couple and all communication with them was fantastic.
My husband and I loved our stay and would happily visit again!
Andrew and Louise have a beautiful, secluded home in a great location. It was very peaceful, clean and modern, and perfect for our short stay. Their garden is lovely, the bed was very comfortable and large, the towels were wonderful, and so was the kitchen! Louise even left out some small batch chocolate for us, which was delicious, and instructions that made everything easy. Their neighbor was very friendly and even let us in and gave us some suggestions on where to eat. We really enjoyed ourselves and recommend their place!
The only drawbacks were the shower (either burning hot or freezing cold), and lack of some staples like a place to hang a few items of clothes/hangers (we had an event to go to), iron, and placements/napkins. All fairly easy fixes, but things that are really needed.
Loved our stay, the place was perfect and in the perfect location to allow for walking or jumpng on the muni. Keep in mind there isn't a TV but we didn't need one with so much to do. Shower is a bit tuff to sort out but once u do it a couple times it's fine. Overall great place to stay, would stay again.
John & Rochelle, seattle
About the Host, Louise & Andrew
My husband Andrew and I have lived in San Francisco for the past six years. We love exploring the city and all the beautiful hikes nearby, and thought that it might be a good idea to rent out our place occasionally when we go on trips. Andrew practices acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and I work as a financial reporter. I love riding my bike around the city and learning new tunes on the banjo.