About this listing
My little "Bernal Box" house is quiet, modest, & close to the action in San Fran. I've got a bit of a hillside view, and my neighborhood has a village feel. Bernal is a very walkable area, but close to freeways and transit lines. Restful! Clean!
My place sits on a fairly steep and very quiet street in a southern neighborhood of San Francisco called Bernal Heights. It's a convenient location for accessing San Francisco sights by car or by transit, and it also sits close to the major freeways (though you can't see or hear them from here!)
The house itself is a "Bernal box" - my neighbors' homes stack right against mine, though my house is a free-standing single family home. This 1938 house has all hardware flooring, a skylight that I recently customized with sunny citrus fused glass, and a simple and functional (if a little out of style) galley kitchen. The bath has a small shower stall and a standard tub. The living area is about 1100 square feet. My decor is charming, though spare. Front bay windows look onto Twin Peaks, Diamond Heights and the southern part of Noe Valley. I've lived in approximately 20 places in the USA, and this is the quietest of them all! I know! Quiet in San Francisco! Can you believe it?
I've got a small, terraced backyard (my hillside is steep!) I also have a rather large basement and garage (by San Francisco standards!). The garage is SOMETIMES accessible to guests as I often leave my automobile stored in the garage when I'm hosting. The basement can be used to stage and store travel stuff. Watch out for the little laser lab in the back, though, where I sometimes have laser engineering projects underway...
The neighborhood has lots of little shops and restos, and you can walk easily to the nearby well-known Mission District and Noe Valley areas (which I do pretty much daily). Trendy cafes, art studios, grungy taquerias, divey bars, foodie restos, abound. A short walk up the Esmerelda Steps parkways (approx 2 blocks) leads to the Bernal Hilltop, which has great panoramic views of SF, the Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Here's some blog posts I wrote about the neighborhood:
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Guests have access to the kitchen, laundry, all rooms, back yard, SOMETIMES the garage/parking (caution! I have a typically San Francisco garage that is both narrow and short. Large cars, trucks and vans may be difficult to park in the garage.)
Interaction with Guests
I typically only have folks stay when I'm not at home.
Walkability! Views! Access to greater San Francisco! Hills! Architecture! Funky SF residents & neighbors!
BART is a mile away. Major bus lines run just a few blocks away. Access to both major freeways is close by.
Other Things to Note
In response to a recent review, I decided to buy a microwave for the kitchen!
•Smoking only in back yard
•Do not use the fireplace! The fireplace is unsafe!
•Do not throw anything in the toilet – use the wastebasket for tampons, paper towels, etc.
•Please leave the place more or less as you found it
•Wash all dishes
•Close all window shades
•Deadbolt lock both doors
•Make sure garage door is closed
Front doors (upstairs and downstairs) should be deadbolt locked. Please keep the garage door closed when not in use.
Bed will have fresh sheets, so you can use bed as-is.
Any towels, linens, dishtowels you use may be placed either in the green laundry basket on the upper shelf of the back bedroom closet, or in the basement laundry hamper next to the garage. You may use the washer and drying in the basement.
If you use a lot of any particular ingredient or foodstuffs in the kitchen, I’d appreciate you replacing it. Small quantities of cooking ingredients or anything perishable is fine to use without replacement. There’s no dishwasher, so it’s just washing dishes by hand!
I do not have a television.
San Francisco has an advanced waste management system. We compost all food waste, and all paper/plastic/cans/bottles.
There is a 2nd half-bathroom in the basement. It’s a pretty rough and unfinished utility toilet closet. You may use it, though it’s best to use the upstairs full bathroom.
In the basement is a basic land line telephone. You may make local calls (San Francisco only) if you need to. I do not have a long distance plan for this phone, so please do not make calls outside of San Francisco.
Please take care with the hardwood floors throughout the house. Even dropping car keys may damage the floors. Wipe shoes thoroughly on doormat or remove shoes in house.
Great quiet neighborhood a short walk from Cortland Street - a lovely Bernal Heights strip of hip restaurants and bars. Greg's "Bernal Box" was comfortable, clean, and true to the listing. The newly remodeled bathroom is lovely and main bed very comfy. Greg even left guide books, wine and chocolate to greet us! I would stay here again.
In Gregs Haus war es einfach großartig, wir fühlten uns quasi zuhause! Durch die genauen Beschreibungen und Emails die wir vorab erhielten, haben wir uns von Anfang an sehr gut zurecht gefunden. Wir fanden die Lage seines Hauses sehr zentral und konnten von dort gut mit dem Wagen die ganze Stadt erkunden. Mehr als empfehlenswert!
My experience with the Bernal Box was great! Greg was very accommodating and responsive. 10/10 would recommend.
Place was lovely and just as pictured. We really only needed somewhere to sleep since we were visiting my brother and sister-in-law in the neighborhood. Greg was a great host--he left us clear instructions, plenty of towels for the newly renovated bathroom, and wine, chocolate and mandarins which my toddler happily gobbled up (not the wine). Short walk to Cortland (the main drag in the area) albeit a big hill, which was particularly fun with a stroller! I would absolutely stay here again.
What a cute and charming home. Greg could not have been more accommodating to us by having everything ready and available and was most communicative and welcoming. The house is in a charming neighborhood with easy access to The Mission District and of course restaurants and shops in Bernal Heights. Greg home is very clean and spacious and had everything we needed for a lovely stay and the bathroom renovation was very beautiful and luxurious! Thank you Greg so much for a beautiful weekend in SF!
We had a great stay at Greg's "Bernal Box." The location was perfect for us as we concentrated our visit in the Mission. Great restaurants, bars and coffee very close by. Convenient to grocery and retail shopping. They have a lovely back garden that we took full advantage of, and Greg even offered us the use of the garage! But, the best part of this place is by far the views! This is Bernal Heights, so be prepared to walk up the hill, but the effort is well worth it! Will definitely stay here again. Thanks, Greg!
About the Host, Greg
Trailers for sale or rent
Rooms to let...fifty cents.
No phone, no pool, no pets
I ain't got no cigarettes...
Actually, I do have a land line, but I don't really use it except for telemarketers and earthquakes. And I'm not renting my place out for fifty cents. But, the rest of that old "King of the Road" lyric is true for me.
More about me: I'm a world traveler, an independent scientist, and an engineer. I live by my-middle-aged-self in my little San Francisco "Bernal box", though I spend a lot of time visiting my out-of-town girlfriend. I love living in San Francisco, and take advantage of our resto and performing arts scene frequently.