Please note that during this summer (July-August 2015) we are looking to host for at least 2 weeks, preferably a month. Thanks!
Come stay in your own artist-decorated, peaceful, bright garden studio apartment with a private, secure entrance, near hiking and biking trails, the beach, museums, parks and really any kind of restaurant you want. We love our city and if you want advice, we are excited to help you plan your trip.
What makes our place special:
*Privacy and quiet: You have a separate entrance (through garage) into your bright studio apartment, which includes a queen sized bed, closet, kitchenette, and full bathroom (all private).
*Access from the bedroom to the backyard
*Close proximity to nature and restaurants (see below)
*Complementary bottle of California wine, a snack to get you going, and coffee and tea.
*Notes about the space: This is a three-room studio apartment (bedroom, bath, kitchenette -see photos). The bedroom has a table and seating area good for 2 to share a meal, and the kitchenette is a small galley that includes the following amenities: small fridge, single-burner range, small counter-top oven/toaster oven, microwave, electric tea kettle. The bathroom has a shower but no tub. There is no TV in the space - we typically watch on our computer through the wireless.
We have two young kids and we are up early in the morning. We don't wear shoes in the house, are quiet in the morning, and are out of the house most mornings by 7:30 am. We ask guests to comment on sound in the apartment, so please read reviews to get a sense of the place.
Absolutely NO SMOKING on the premises, and we CAN'T HOST SMOKERS in our house due to severe allergies.
CHECK-IN is after 5pm - we know this is late, but we need the time to clean the apartment. If you would like to come by early to drop off your bags and go explore, just let us know.
Parking: There is street parking that is reasonable (by San Francisco standards) which means that you may have to look for a few minutes and possibly park a block or two away.
We look forward to sharing our home and this fabulous city with you. We love helping to plan non-touristy outdoorsy days for our guests. Please contact us with any questions you have about our place or your visit here.
We have a backyard (now landscaped, and we need to update the photo), and you're welcome to use it for a morning coffee or afternoon drink.
Interaction with Guests
We live upstairs so are almost always around and available to answer questions about the place and your visit to the area.
We are located in a mecca for a large variety of restaurants. Our favorites, which are all within a 10 minute walk, include the reasonably-priced Bai Son (Thai), Mescolanza (Italian), Ton Kiang (Chinese/Dim Sum), Blufin Sushi, (unique Japanese/Sushi), La Vie Vietnamese Restaurant (Vietnamese-French) , John Cambell's Irish Bakery, (to-go Irish bakery), Gaspare's (family Italian joint), Tommy's (featuring the largest tequila selection on the West coast), Pizetta 211 (locally-sourced flatbread), Angelina's Cafe (breakfast/sandwiches), Gordo's Taqueria, (tacos and burritos), PPQ Dungeness Island (Vietnamese/CRAB!), Bill's Hamburger (best burger and malts in SF), Royal Ground Coffee (coffee shop). It would really be hard to get bored of the food options around here, because there are so many. We'd love to give advice after hearing what you're in the mood for.
2 blocks away is the 4-star Movie Theater, which shows indie and blockbuster films
Our favorite bars include Tommy's (where, if you ask, Julio will give you a introductory lesson on types and origins of tequila), Plough and Stars (an Irish Pub where you will find us on Sunday nights when people show up to play Irish music (seisiún)). Blackwell's Wines (tastings on Saturday from 2-6).
Nature and Parks
We live very close to some of San Francisco's best natural spots. Our favorites, which can be reached on foot, bike, or by bus/car are:
Land's End: beautiful hiking trail up on the cliff, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay. Lindsay hikes here most days, and loves how the weather (fog/clear) changes the view). ((website hidden))
Baker Beach: View of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and big waves. Ask Brian about his recent Elephant Seal rescue here! ((website hidden))
Ocean Beach: This long beach is a favorite for surfers (the 2011 Ripcurl Pro Search Surfing Event occurred in November). We like to bring coffee in the morning or burritos at sunset to walk and watch the waves and birds. There is also a hilarious (if you like dogs) event on Saturday mornings - small dog owners gather for a walk on the beach, and seeing hundreds of small dogs running around brings a smile to our faces every time. ((website hidden))
Golden Gate Park: From our place you can walk to the more natural part of the park (Stow Lake), open fields for picnics, and a short bus ride/bike/drive brings you to the museums. (http://www.golden-(email hidden)/)
Kid Parks: A few blocks away, appropriate for toddlers and older kids, is the Rochambeau Park. Our son has been pretty happy there!
Museums: The Legion of Honor, Cal Academy of Sciences and the DeYoung Museum and close by and easy to get to.
Hiking: We love how close good hiking is to our place. Good local hikes include the new Coastal Trail (starts at Baker Beach), Land's End, Golden Gate Park. We drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin for a day hike most weekends and have maps and trail guides to share.
We can help you figure out where you want to go, but the 38 Geary Bus, which you pick up at the end of our block, is very convenient. It runs very regularly, early until late, and you can transfer ANYWHERE from this line - to all neighborhoods, museums, tourist attractions, etc. The bus brings you downtown (about a half hour), or out to Ocean beach.
We take public transportation from the San Francisco Airport, and Super Shuttle runs as well.
2 (adult) person maximum. There is room for a baby or toddler, but not for a third adult. Absolutely NO SMOKING OR DRUGS, and due to allergies, WE CAN'T HOST SMOKERS or pets. Your place is separate and private, but it is a city so we would like reasonable quiet at night because we are good neighbors.
We had a great time at your place and can only say good things about the experience! Neighborhood is great!!
Overall, very enjoyable experience. Pros: Lindsay and Brian are both very nice. They left a helpful guidebook with multiple maps/pamphlets and Lindsay provided in person suggestions upon arrival. They leave a lovely bottle of wine for guests. The room is spacious with a very comfortable bed. The neighbourhood is a short walk to Baker Beach, which is beautiful. The neighbourhood is great, with many good food options (try Angelina's Cafe for sandwiches) as well as grocery stores and a movie theatre. There are multiple bus routes within a few blocks.
Cons: while it's close to the beach, it takes about 40-50 minutes to bus to Chinatown/downtown/fisherman's wharf. The washroom was fine, but small. The kitchen has a fridge, microwave, and small toaster oven, but no stove, so it's not fully functional. Sound insulation isn't great, so you can hear the family (and two small children) upstairs. However, they provide ear plugs/white noise machine, and we did not find it overly disruptive.
Thanks again, Brian and Lindsay!
Lindsay was very kind, she showed us the studio, gave us information on how to to get around the area and SF. The studio is very comfortable exactly like the pictures. There are lots of very good asian restaurants around the area, and the golden gate park is 10 minutes away if you like to walk. Parking on the street is tricky but if you have a small car it can be a bit easier, besides that, everything was really good, we enjoyed a lot our stay!
This was such a cute place to stay. We stayed there for a week. They do have a small child so the first few morning were hard. But then we find the white nose maker they have there and that made it a lot better. But there was two thing I did not like. The first was there were a lot of ants. The Second was it got really hot at night and nothing we could really do about it. But it was such a cute place and I feel like they could fix those thing very easily. But the location was awesome. Close to the bus station and a lot of places to eat. Lots of fun.
Great place to stay. Neighborhood was perfectly located for quick access to Golden Gate Park, Lands End and the Presidio. Hosts were friendly, flexible and reliable. Check-in was smooth. Access to public transportation easy.
This was perfect for our stay in San Francisco. We met both Brian and Lindsay briefly and they were friendly and helpful, as well as being very flexible about check in and out times. Having a self-contained space in a residential area worked well for us. The room was comfy, clean and spacious and the flat had everything we needed but expect to be woken at around 7 by the family preparing for the day overhead. It takes a while to get to the centre of SF but there are loads of great restaurants and grocery stores nearby. We had a great meal at a little Korean restaurant.
This was a cosy 1 week stay... everything was accurately described on the listing page. Lindsay and Brian even left welcome sweets in the kitchen for me when I arrived, and provided a detailed binder of instructions and places to eat nearby.
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We are two teachers who love all that San Francisco has to offer. Brian is also a working artist and we are both avid hikers, swimmers (yes, you can swim in San Francisco), and campers, and love sharing our love for the beautiful outdoor spaces in San Francisco. While Brian is an excellent cook and loves shopping at the Asian markets around our home, we also love to eat out, and are happy to be living in a place with such good restaurants within a 1-10 minute walk!