About This Listing
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. Private entrance, but connected via interior stairs 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 upgraded to a Belize Eurolounger, so not the same as the photos) in the living space is also great for an extra sleep spot 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.
While the space is separate, we do appreciate easy-going guests who understand that this is part of our home and not just a disconnected apartment rental.
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. We also use the washer and dryer in the apartment, so we will work out times to do our laundry that are convenient for you.
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, locals would call this location Upper Market and 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. There are great transit connections at Castro and Market, just 1 mile downhill from our building.
It's also easy to reach Cole Valley, the UCSF Medical Center, and the Haight-Ashbury district on foot or by bus. The famed Mission district is also within easy reach. If you are a foodie, you will really enjoy exploring the great restaurants on Valencia Street.
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-Ashbury 18th 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 Ashbury 18th 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-stricken California!
Melinda and Colleen are very warm, welcoming and organized hosts. We met Melinda upon our arrival, who was flexible with meeting us later than planned, as our flight was quite delayed. Melinda greeted us with fresh coffee beans, and ensured that the apartment was in good condition for our arrival.
The apartment is spacious, airy and well decorated. The kitchen is adequate for all cooking needs, and the bed is quite comfortable to sleep on. The views from the rooftop are stunning. The apartment itself is lacking in natural light, as it gets almost no direct sunlight. The apartment can also be quite loud as it's directly above a three door garage which woke us up several times when it was opened and closed late at night.
The apartment is about 1 mile from where Castro and Market intersect - a lively area, with lots to do, see and many places to eat. The mile walk back is mostly all up hill and feels like a quick workout when done at a fast pace, we did not try the public transportation, though it's not far from the apartment, if you don't mind or enjoy a good half mile up hill you'll find the location very convenient.
Our only qualm with the apartment, was that we were told upon arrival that the hosts wanted regular access to the kitchen to do their laundry. There was not always a choice as to when this would be, and because the washer machine is quite loud it renders the kitchen unusable. My husband and I found this a bit invasive and unusual for a private space. Over the course of our stay we became better at working out times convenient for both parties, and it became less of an issue for us. However, we still felt that this expectation of apartment use should be mentioned upfront, as AirBnB has a different definition for a private space.
With all this in mind, I would absolutely still recommend this space to future guests. For the size of the space, location, decor, price and the warm hosts you'll find Melinda and Colleen's apartment quite comfortable and a sound choice for a visit to San Francisco. Thanks Melinda and Colleen!
My deepest apologies for the confusion about laundry. The space is unusual because it is the lower level of our apartment making it both private and attached - a category that is not available via menu on airbnb. I have done my best in the description to let folks know in advance that the laundry is shared and for most guests this is not a problem, because most guests are regularly out and about. Denise rarely left the space, so it was somewhat challenging to find a good time. Thanks for all your kind words Denise, and best wishes to you in all your travels!
Hemos vivido en el apartamento de Melinda durante un mes, tiempo suficiente para hacer una evaluacion completa que me gustaria que fuera mas positiva, pero no es posible.
Melinda hace un marketing estupendo con el tema verde y el cuidado del medioambiente, pero su limpieza de la casa "solo" consiste en pasar el aspirador y echar un poco de lejia en el baño para que huela a limpieza, por lo que el estado del apartamento deja bastante que desear. Hay tanto polvo y suciedad acumulada que me vi obligada hasta a lavar el edredon, en fin un desastre!!
Por otro lado, al tener acceso directo a la casa por la escalera interior del apartamento que comunica su casa con la nuestra, me senti en todo momento intimidada, ya que ella en alguna ocasion la abrió sin avisar , ademas de bajar a hacer la colada en la casa que yo tengo alquilada. Un drama!!
Y por ultimo pero no menos importante es el tema del ruido, las ventanas de la casa son tan malas que el murmullo de la calle es constante, ademas, las puertas del garaje que estan justo debajo del apartamento hacen un ruido al abrir y cerrar como si despegase un avión, muy similar al ruido que hace la lavadora, muy relajante!!
Ahhhh se me olvidaba, la casa es como un zulo, no tiene nada de luz, el salon de hecho da al lateral de la casa de al lado. Estupendo tambien!!
En positivo debo decir que el apartamento es como se ve en las fotos, pero sin luz, una pena!! Es amplio y esta bien comunicado, pero en el barrio no hay nada en cuanto a servicios, debes cojer transporte o caminar, para comprar, tomar algo,etc...
Mi conclusión, ni volveria, ni por supuesto recomendaria el apartamento ArtHaven..
We have been hosts for four years and have had consistently great reviews in every area including cleanliness. This is an unusual, urban space and difficult to describe, although most guests seem to understand it when they arrive. Barbara and Pepe were the worst guests we have ever had in our apartment. Their use of super toxic chemicals forced us to put a towel under the door upstairs so that we could breathe even though we are clear in our listings and house rules about our sensitivities to such chemicals. It was very difficult to air the apartment out after they left and we had to rewash all the sheets, towels, and linens in the apartment. They also broke or stole 4 wineglasses and 3 waterglasses. Also, who is Pati Difusa? The account and the people do not seem to match and there was a problem with the payout that airbnb has finally resolved . . . I do not recommend them as guests.
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
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About the Host, Melinda
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 wife Colleen and I have been together for over 13 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".