my quiet little "Bernal Box" house

House - Entire home/apt · Winfield St, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States

My little "Bernal Box" house is quiet, modest, & close to action in San Francisco. 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 the freeways and the transit lines.

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My little "Bernal Box" house is quiet, modest, & close to action in San Francisco. 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 the freeways and the transit lines.

The Space

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 garage with an auto opener, a small, terraced backyard (my hillside is steep!) I also have a rather large basement and garage (by San Francisco standards!), which is accessible to guests, and 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:
http: //(website hidden)/2012/01/america-my-little-piece. html
http: //(website hidden)/2011/05/winter-solstice-in-my-san-francisco. html

Guest Access

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.

The Neighborhood

Walkability! Views! Access to greater San Francisco! Hills! Architecture! Funky SF residents & neighbors!

Getting around

BART is a mile away. Major bus lines run just a few blocks away. Access to both major freeways is close by.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Weekly Price: $1000 /week
Cancellation: Flexible

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Greg was a very nice host. His house is very nice. His large rubber band ball is very impressive!

    May 2014
  • Greg's place in Bernal Heights was just perfect for my needs. Everything was organized, clean, and instructions were very clear. Additionally, Greg was in frequent contact and quickly addressed my questions. He was gracious enough to allow me use of his garage which turned out to be a HUGE help. Check-in/check-out was smooth and easy.

    The house is about a 5 minute walk from shopping, restaurants, and local transportation. It is a quiet neighborhood and I would certainly consider staying there again in the future.

    April 2014
  • wonderful house
    close to every thing, restaurants, markets, shopping, nite life and my daughter. if the house is avalible the next time i go to San Fran i will go there again.


    August 2013
  • I really enjoyed staying at Greg place. Street is quiet and house is 10-15 min walk from subway station. There are plenty of nice restaurant in Mission. Good place to stay in San Francisco.

    September 2012
  • Greg was really easy to deal with in setting up the accommodations and his place was great. Everything worked out just as we had hoped and I would definitely recommend Greg's place to anyone considering a stay in San Francisco.

    August 2012
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self-employed consultant/scientist/engineer in medical laser technology
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.
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