Great Bernal Heights View Condo!

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Virginia Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States
Your host, Mark
6 Reviews
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The Space

My condo comfortably sleeps four and can sleep 6. There is a large kitchen, full bathroom, deck, easy street parking, large screen tv, wireless internet, and it's got loads of style, with high ceilings, a comfortable pull out couch, and a grand view from almost every room.

It is ideal for people without a car as it's 3 minutes from 6 diffierent Mission Street bus lines, 7 minutes to BART, 5 minutes walk from Mission restaurants and clubs. Street parking is easy and even better, there's no street cleaning.

Hardwood floors, comfortable queen size bed and fold out queen size couch in seperate living room, hardwood floors, plenty of sunlight, and Bernal is a great neighborhood with supermarkets and laundry 5 minutes away. It's very safe and child-friendly. We have an infant and it is well-equipped with a crib and changing table and swing if you've got a young child.

My place is the entire top half of a Edwardian home built in 1906. It's very spacious and easy for a party of two or four. Noise is minimal and you're welcome to sit out on the deck and look out over Twin Peaks and the back garden.

As you're so close to BART, it's 15 minutes to downtown, 30 minutes to Berkeley, and it's an easy drive to Silicon Valley.

One dog is allowed for $25 a day extra.

This is my own home so it doesn't have that sterile feeling of a hotel. Even though it's right in the city it feels like a quiet oasis in the hills and the light is bright and cheerful. It's the ideal place to live like a local and at the same time be near everything you want to see.

I can negotiate stays of less than 5 days at a higher rate. If you stay 10 days I will waive the cleaning fee.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $35 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 7 nights
Weekly Price: $650 /week
Monthly Price: $2400 /month
Security Deposit: $400
Cleaning Fee: $60
Check Out: 1:00 PM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Bernal Heights is a really pleasant area to stay - far enough from the city to feel quiet and neighbourhoody, close enough to be able to bike around easily. Mark's place is conveniently close to some great restaurants and lively bars, a Safeways, a Walgreens and the J stops nearby.

    Mark was very accommodating about my bicycle, and we had good communication throughout. The lack of apartment-wide heating was a drawback at this time of year: the only source of heat is a gas fire in the living room, which is probably not an issue during the summer, but makes the kitchen a chilly place to dine. In general the apartment was a little uncleanly - not to any extent that made me want to complain to Mark, but if you're sensitive to dust this might not be the place for you. There were a lof of mousetraps around, which I don't mind, but might upset some people.

    Overall I had a great stay.

    November 2012
    Response from Mark:

    David and his guest were fine renters and I would recommend them.

    There are heaters for the kitchen. If I had known this would be an issue I would have set them up. In the future I will make this more clear in my instructions for the condo.

    There was a mouse problem in the 2 weeks proceeding the time David stayed at the condo, and the condo board hired Clark to come in and deal with the problem in an aggressive way, thus the mouse traps. The problem seems to have been solved in all the units by this point. There was also some construction near the house, which might have caused some of the dust. A cleaning company is hired before each stay.

    Thanks as always for the feedback.

    November 2012
  • Great location, great view, and great host. I would definitely consider it again for my next trip to SF. Coupled w/ a rental car from a shared car service and your visit is complete. Thanks again Mark.

    October 2012
  • Beautiful place with a view, close to everything (24h Safeway, restaurants, transportation, etc.)
    We enjoyed our stay, and Mark was a great host.

    August 2012
  • Great apartment, overboardingly full of Mark's life. Certainly not the empty and sterile hotel booth, but a great sunny flat in a very nice neighbourhood. Even though we didn't met him in person, we experienced Mark as a relient and caring host. Thanks Mark for hosting us.

    July 2012
  • First of all, the photos do not reflect the condition of the apartment. I picked up the key 4 days before and was a bit shocked by all the things lying around. Especially the kitchen was messy. Overall, the apartment is not clean; rather it is dusty and dirty. I was planning to stay with my girlfriend and sister for one week, and I tried to warn them about the condition, since they had only seen the pictures. As we had little time to reschedule we decided to stay in the apartment after all.

    When we arrived late Saturday night we tried to be positive, focusing on the upsides, that the apartment is light and spacey. Unfortunately one thing after the other turned out to be very disappointing: (1) the sheets in the bed did not feel like they had been changed, they had old stains all over them; (2) the fold out bed was dusty and dirty (old leftovers like nuts and even some nails); (3) the fridge was so full of groceries that we couldn’t fit our stuff in there (one of the reasons we had chosen airbnb instead of a hotel was the cooking opportunities); (4) the towels in the bathroom was full of old stains and felt very used; (5) there was waste in the trash can in the kitchen; (6) there was dish left in the dishwasher. Overall we did not feel welcomed at all.

    We discussed whether we could use the mattresses that the host had mentioned since we did not feel very pleased with the condition of the fold out. We found two mattresses that were so dirty it was out of the question we could use them.

    I don't know if I am picky but these are issues that we just couldn't cope with. In the end we decided to book a hotel instead.

    The host showed little understanding, saying you cannot expect the standard of a hotel. I have used airbnb before and I have seen nothing like this in other places I have booked.

    The host also said that we should have communicated better, and that this would have helped him to fix the issues. From my perspective it was not the lack of communication that was the problem. To me it seems obvious that you make some effort before the guests arrive, not after.

    [I really do not want to use this forum to argue back and forth, but I feel I need to put things in perspective after reading the hosts answer. If a guest pays $700 to stay in someone’s place for a week I think it is ok to require a minimum standard - even if it is someone’s home. I just learned that airbnb this week introduced a Guest Refund Policy "which is designed to require certain minimum quality standards and impose reimbursement obligations on Hosts for failure to comply with the standards". My interpretation is that there are perhaps other airbnb guests with similar experiences as mine.

    We all make mistakes and it would have been better to just admit and say that you will learn from this. Instead the host tries to discredit me saying I did not return the key etc. I did not want to keep the key in the first place but did not know where to leave it since the door locked from the outside. I offered to come in person and leave it back (which is a 45 min drive) but the host told me to mail it. I mailed it as soon as I had time, making sure to ask for a priority mail. This cost me an additional $8. I asked how long it would take and got the answer 3-4 business days. Hopefully the key is returned by now.

    I think airbnb has opened up fantastic opportunities and I will continue to use it. At the core of this service, however, are trustful reviews. I understand that the host is disappointed with my review, but I also have a responsibility towards other potential guests to share my view.]

    May 2012
    Response from Mark:

    I take great exception with the description and facts that this guest related in the review.

    Let me say first of all that I think one of the things I most value with
    Airbnb is communication, and there was no communication at all with this guest.

    I like to show my place if
    possible to every guest who stays with me, so they know exactly what
    they are getting. If it's not what they want, they can cancel and there
    is no problem on either end.

    I showed my
    place to this guest 5 days before they were set to arrive. He spent 45 minutes, got a full tour of
    everything, seemed more than pleased with the space, complimenting it
    more than once. I asked if he had any issues at all with it. He told me
    it seemed great and had no questions. Not one word was stated. He had
    my email and phone and text.

    I cleaned up
    and vacuumed and put on freshly laundered sheets and put out freshly
    laundered towels and new soap and shampoo. The kitchen and bathroom
    floors were scrubbed, plenty of space for a week was cleared in the
    refrigerator (in fact, there's a separate smaller fridge for guests) and the couch and chairs were gone over with a lint brush.

    I live and work in my home, so it's not a hotel. It's a real, warm space
    with character, as you might expect from a home built in 1906. If
    someone is expecting a spartan minimalist hotel, you're probably better
    off not on airbnb.

    All the photos in my profile are accurate and were taken in April 2012.

    I checked in to make sure everything was fine before I left and didn't
    hear anything from the guest until Sunday, notifying me via text that
    they'd left. They made no effort to contact me about any of their
    concerns at all. If there were issues with the towels or sheets, there
    was a whole linen closet full of both, including sheets that were still
    in the package! I was frankly amazed that someone would be concerned
    with the rolled up bit of newspaper that was in the garbage, but a
    perfectionist might feel otherwise. The same goes with the 1 dish that
    was in the dishwasher. And a fold out bed that was not opened for a
    year. I would have been glad to prepare it if I had know the guest was
    going to use it, but once again, no communication. In a hotel or bed and breakfast you ask the host to address any issues if there are problems. I never ever got the chance to address them. It took days to
    find out what their issues were. And to add insult to injury, they did
    not return the keys.

    I have hosted 12
    different parties at my home over the course of three years, both
    through airbnb and other venues. Everyone has been more than satisfied
    with their stay until these guests. I am more than glad to communicate
    with anyone about anything. I am more than glad to address any concerns
    you might have. My number one priority is that you feel like my home is
    your home and that you are as comfortable as possible. That is what I
    believe the essence of Airbnb is about.

    May 2012
  • Mark's apartment is perfectly located on a beautiful street with sweeping views and walking distance from the restaurants and shops of both Bernal Heights and the Mission District. My wife and I had a lovely stay and we were very impressed with both the state of Mark's apartment, the spacious and well spread out floor plan, the views and the all around "SF feel" of the place. Even though we have lived in San Francisco for several years, staying at Mark's place was a truly unique and new experience for us - Bernal Heights is a gem of a neighborhood and one that we would never have discovered if it were not for our two week stay at Mark's cozy "nest" at the top of Virginia Street.

    The iron clad fireplace adds to the warmth and relaxing feel of the place, to the extent that on many occasions we stayed in snuggled on the couch despite the endless great dining options within walking distance!

    Thanks for the hospitality, Mark! We hope to have another opportunity in the future to spend some more time at our favorite perch in Bernal Heights!

    Highly recommend this place and five stars to Mark for being such a gracious host!


    March 2012
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I'm a librarian, a writer and an avid traveler. Non-smoker. I love hosting people at my condo and I'm an ex-dj and music writer with very diverse tastes. A native of Colorado but a San Franciscan for the past 20 years.
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