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!
living room. this is where I do my living. Fireplace isn't functional, but who needs one in San Francisco?
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:
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http: //(website hidden)/2011/05/winter-solstice-in-my-san-francisco. html
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.
We stayed for 5 days at Greg's for a business trip in San Francisco. Greg responded very quickly to messages, the conversation prior to our stay was very uncomplicated. The house is located at bernal heights a small distance south of downtown. The BART station 24 th mission st. is located within 10-15 min. walking distance and buses leave down at the main road. Travelling to downtown takes you about 20-25 min in total which was very convenient.
The house is in a quiet and nice neighborhood, everything was prepared for our stay, the rooms were very clean and there was everything provided what you need for your stay... A lot of small restaurants which offer very tasty food (mostly thai and mexican) are located at the main road as well.
We would certainly come back, as it was a really nice and pleasant stay.
Greg was a wonderful host, making his beautiful home available for us on extremely short notice! The neighborhood is quiet but incredibly close to great food in the mission district as well as public transportation and cab rides anywhere in city are pretty cheap. Would stay again :)
Thank you Greg!
I would definitely recommend Greg and his home! Greg was a very warm and responsive host, and his house was a perfect accommodation for my visiting MIL. My MIL has difficulty walking, and Greg let us visit the place in advance to make sure my MIL could navigate the house. He was super kind and responsive by email throughout our stay even though he was out of town. My MIL had no problems.
The house is perfect for a small family. Very clean, spacious, and extremely quiet. Greg was honest about the parking challenges at night, but we managed. One note: the house lacks a microwave which would have been helpful. There's a hidden gem for kids - 1/2 block away is a slide that our daughter loved. Walkable to Safeway (grocery store) and Courtland Street for neighborhood stores and restaurants.
Greg was a very nice host. His house is very nice. His large rubber band ball is very impressive!
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.
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.
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.
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.