ArtHaven is a spacious and well-apointed 1 bdr apartment in the center of San Francisco with easy transit connections! Free and easy on-street parking right in front of the bldg. Private entrance, but connected to our beautiful penthouse and deck.
Though connected by a stairway to our Twin Peaks penthouse, ArtHaven has its' own private entrance.
ArtHaven is a spacious (800 sq. ft.) one-bedroom apartment on the lower level of our Twin Peaks penthouse filled with original paintings and prints by San Francisco artist, Richard Seger. Designer wall colors and lots of special touches and amenities make this a unique, comfortable, and creative space. While it does not have great views, guests have easy access to our deck looking out over the City from Twin Peaks.
With a queen bed in the bedroom and a queen-size airbed that can be inflated in the living room, it can accommodate three adults. The fold-down futon sofabed (recently replaced, so not the same as the photos) in the living space is also great for napping or for younger guests under 5' tall. Full bath with tub/shower combo. Hairdryer and all linens provided.
ArtHaven also has a drafting table and lots of comfortable workspace to let your creativity fly!
Fully-equipped kitchen comes with all the necessary pots, pans, dishes, utensils, linens, and cutlery and includes: coffeemaker (automatic and French press) and grinder, toaster oven, microwave, hot water kettle, full-size range, and big side-by-side refrigerator with icemaker to allow you to live a true San Francisco lifestyle and shop local Farmer's Markets and prepare your own snacks and meals. Not to mention heating up yummy leftovers from great restaurants!
ArtHaven has a completely private and separate entrance from the upper penthouse, but is attached by an interior stairway to our home upstairs (see our other listing, "Room & Bath in Twin Peaks Penthouse"). Guests enter through the bldg. laundry room (a true sense of a hideaway!), but they can also come up to our deck to have sweeping views of the City.
Interaction with Guests
Be on your own or join us for a glass of wine or jaunt around the neighborhood. We often work at home and are available if you need us.
My wife Colleen and I have lived in San Francisco for many years and love welcoming folks to our great City by the Bay. We can make sure you figure out transit and find your way to wonderful restaurants, unexpected and hidden gems of "Baghdad by the Bay", museums, and fun.
If you love opera, theater and/or classical music, we can order single tickets for you using our subscription discounts and perhaps provide you with some live music using our 5'11" grand piano that is located in the upper penthouse.
While we are listed as Twin Peaks, we are a 15-20 minute walk (or quick bus ride) to the Castro district renowned for its' nightlife, historic movie theater, restaurants, shopping, and cafes. It's also easy to reach Cole Valley and the Haight-Ashbury district on foot or by bus.
We are also within easy reach of UCSF medical center.
We are located on the lower part of Twin Peaks just above the Castro district near the corner of Market and Clayton. This is truly in the center of San Francisco and all the major attractions are easily accessed by transit or you can drive here and have easy, free parking on the street, no neighborhood permits necessary.
The 33-Stanyan/Mission/Potrero busline is about 1 block away and connects you easily with UCSF, the Haight, and Golden Gate Park and heads to the Castro, Mission District and Potrero Hill in the opposite direction.
It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk down to Castro & Market where most major MUNI lines (K,L,M,T,S and F-Market historic street cars) converge. If you don't want to hike back up the hill, the 33 Stanyan is only one relatively flat block away and the 37 Corbett drops off right behind the building.
Or bring your walking shoes and make San Francisco your gym!
Other Things to Note
We use all-natural cleaners and non-toxic products. If you enjoy heavily scented soaps, shampoo, or lots of perfumes, please don't stay with us - our allergies cannot handle these products.
With respect for our neighbors, we keep things pretty quiet, but do feel free to come and go anytime on your own schedule using the private entrance. We also appreciate the minimal use of perfumes, colognes, and highly-scented toiletries. We use non-toxic cleaning products and want to keep our home as "green" as possible. We also invite our guests to join us in recycling, composting, and being responsible with the use of water and electricity. The careful use of water is especially important in drought-prone California!
Excellent stay! The place is exactly as described in the ad and Melinda and Colleen are excellent hosts. They keep the apartment in very good order and are always available to give some friendly local advice. I highly recommend staying here!
This apartment was wonderful. Melinda was a gracious host and everything was ready for us when arrived. It was a very cute place with a stocked kitchen in a location that was very convenient for us.
Our 3 day stay at the art haven was a fantastic experience. Melinda went out of her way to accommodate a late arrival due to flight delays, and was an excellent and gracious host throughout.
The location is fantastic, right at the top of Market (Twin Peaks). We walked to the Castro for breakfast, and caught Muni to get to the financial district.
Melinda has placed a comprehensive book of recommendations (dining, etc.) in the apartment, and they were all spot-on.
The place is HUGE by SF standards, and very clean and well appointed. It was a very comfortable stay. We didn't make use of the full kitchen or laundry facilities, but for a longer stay they would be great.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Art Haven. Clean, quiet and well appointed, it's within easy walking distance of the Haight, the Castro and Golden Gate Park. And, day or night, the view of the city from Melinda's deck is stunning!
We stayed at Melinda's apartment for 4 days in November. We really enjoined ArtHaven : excellent location, free parking, high-speed wifi. The apartment is very clean and comfortable. Melinda is very friendly and nice host, assisting us with any questions that we had re our first visit in San-Francisco. This is the best choice in terms of price/quality
The apartment is even bigger than in the pictures. It looks great, has a lot of space and is very comfortable.
The apartment was very clean.
Melinda was very helpful and left us maps and a lot of information about the city.
The apartment is 10 minutes walk down hill to Casrto.
There is a muni (bus) stop only a few minutes away.
We recently spent a 3 day weekend in Melinda and Colleen's apt. The entrance to the apartment was rather alarming as it was off a storage/laundry area, so we were prepared for the worst... but the space itself is very roomy and certainly comfortable enough. The kitchen was well equipped and we enjoyed being able to prepare our own food at home. There were also picnic supplies which was great. The file with local information was very useful too, and Melinda was really friendly and gave us some good tips. One of our main criteria in finding a place to stay was being able to park our car and use public transport to get around, so free parking was great, and bus stops were very close by. However, public transport over weekends does not run as frequently as it does on weekdays, and on the Saturday we waited an hour for a bus to arrive, and our return journey later that night the wait was 89 minutes! Just something others should be aware of. Apart from that the location was good. Apartment has very little natural light coming in which bothered us, but really we didn't spend enough time there to let it get us down. Hard to remedy with buildings being so close together, but felt more like a basement than a Penthouse. We were happy to support all the efforts being made to "go Green" and recycle, not that common with renters! Certainly no strong smelling chemicals around.
It is an unusual space, but all of these things are on the description so I am surprised that you were surprised. It is part of a penthouse - too bad you didn't take advantage of the deck with views. Yep, every San Franciscan will tell you that MUNI is harder on the weekends. It does help to download a tracking app. Hope you had an easy trip home.
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I live in San Francisco, but my soul is usually hovering somewhere above the high deserts of New Mexico. Music is my first language, but I speak a smattering of Spanish and am fairly fluent in operatic Italian and German. I am dangerously over-educated with a B.A. in Music from Rice University, an M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Drew University. My partner Colleen and I have been together for over 12 years and love to travel - especially to places where great music is to be found. We have rented apartments in Rome and Paris and spent a magical week on an olive farm in Fiesole. We regularly go to Santa Fe for the opera and chamber music festival and to Sea Ranch to practice the restorative pursuits of cooking, reading, hiking, and napping. When I was in high school, I was given a letter opener with this phrase from the prayer of St. Francis and I think it fits me: "Where there is sadness, let me sow joy".