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.