Come stay for a month this summer in our home. The neighborhood is central to restaurants, bus transportation, and city life, yet within walking distance to some of the most beautiful parks, beaches, and trails in the area.
Note: Our house is only available for a LONG STAY of 4-6 weeks over the SUMMER, or over the Christmas holiday.
Perfect for a family or small group! Come stay in your own artist-decorated, peaceful, bright home near hiking and biking trails, the beach, museums, parks and really any kind of restaurant you want. We love our city and if you want advice, we are excited to help you plan your stay.
For information on who we are as hosts, check out our other listing, "Quiet, Private Studio near nature."*
Absolutely NO SMOKING on the premises, and due to allergies, we CAN NOT HOST SMOKERS, even if you smoke outside the home.
We look forward to sharing our home and this fabulous city with you. We love helping to plan non-touristy outdoorsy days for our guests. Please contact us with any questions you have about our place or your visit here.
3 bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, large living and sitting room, TV room on 3rd floor, gas grill, porch, backyard, and off-street parking for one small car.
*Notes about our home:
BEDROOMS: This is a 3 bedroom home - bedrooms are all on the second floor. The master bedroom is a two-room suite, with a king-sized (chemical free "tempurpedic" style) bed. The second bedroom has 1 queen-sized bed, and the third bedroom is set up as a kids room with a crib and changing table. All linens included. *Allergy-proof mattress/bedding.
KITCHEN: Large, sunny, well-stocked kitchen with gas range and mid-to high-end appliances and cooking utensils.
FAMILY/DINING: The large, open room on the main floor has an area for dining and another for relaxing.
BATHROOMS: One full bathroom (with shower) on the first floor, and a split bathroom (with tub/shower) on the 2nd (website hidden)/BONUS: The top floor is the cozy place we watch TV (flat screen, DVD, lots of movies).
PARKING: The garage will fit one small to medium car, and another small to medium car fits in the driveway behind the garage. Our Prius fits well in both spaces.
*Note: We also rent out an apartment off the basement. The apartment has a separate entrance, and there is no access to the house living space. If you would also like to rent the basement apartment, we can work something out.
Interaction with Guests
We will arrange to be gone when you are here but are available to meet or video chat before and during your stay. We are happy to help plan your time here - we love this city and love to share what we know.
What makes our place special:
*Privacy and quiet: Our house is in a neighborhood. It is convenient to restaurants, shops, public transportation, but is a quiet area.
*Tastefully decorated with original art
*Private, large (for the city) backyard
*Close proximity to nature, restaurants (see below), and playgrounds
*Laundry and Wireless Internet, Flat screen TV, DVD
*Lots and lots of books for adults and kids
*Complementary bottle of California wine or 6-pack of local beer on arrival, coffee and tea.
*~30 minutes to downtown on the bus
We are located in a mecca for a large variety of restaurants. Our favorites, which are all within a 10 minute walk, include the reasonably-priced Bai Son (Thai), Mescolanza (Italian), Ton Kiang (Chinese/Dim Sum), Blufin Sushi, (unique Japanese/Sushi), La Vie Vietnamese Restaurant (Vietnamese-French) , John Cambell's Irish Bakery, (to-go Irish bakery), Gaspare's (family Italian joint), Tommy's (featuring the largest tequila selection on the West coast), Pizetta 211 (locally-sourced flatbread), Angelina's Cafe (breakfast/sandwiches), Gordo's Taqueria, (tacos and burritos), PPQ Dungeness Island (Vietnamese/CRAB!), Bill's Hamburger (best burger and malts in SF), Royal Ground Coffee (coffee shop). It would really be hard to get bored of the food options around here, because there are so many. We'd love to give advice after hearing what you're in the mood for.
2 blocks away is the 4-star Movie Theater, which shows indie and blockbuster films
Our favorite bars include Tommy's (where, if you ask, Julio will give you a introductory lesson on types and origins of tequila), Plough and Stars (an Irish Pub where you will find us on Sunday nights when people show up to play Irish music (seisiún)). Blackwell's Wines (tastings on Saturday from 2-6).
Nature and Parks
We live very close to some of San Francisco's best natural spots. Our favorites, which can be reached on foot, bike, or by bus/car are:
Land's End: beautiful hiking trail up on the cliff, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay. Lindsay hikes here most days, and loves how the weather (fog/clear) changes the view). ((website hidden))
Baker Beach: View of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and big waves. Ask Brian about his recent Elephant Seal rescue here! ((website hidden))
Ocean Beach: This long beach is a favorite for surfers (the 2011 Ripcurl Pro Search Surfing Event occurred in November). We like to bring coffee in the morning or burritos at sunset to walk and watch the waves and birds. There is also a hilarious (if you like dogs) event on Saturday mornings - small dog owners gather for a walk on the beach, and seeing hundreds of small dogs running around brings a smile to our faces every time. ((website hidden))
Golden Gate Park: From our place you can walk to the more natural part of the park (Stow Lake), open fields for picnics, and a short bus ride/bike/drive brings you to the museums. (http://www.golden-(email hidden)/)
Kid Parks: A few blocks away, appropriate for toddlers and older kids, is the Rochambeau Park. My niece has been pretty happy there!
Museums: The Legion of Honor, Cal Academy of Sciences and the DeYoung Museum and close by and easy to get to.
Hiking: We love how close good hiking is to our place. Good local hikes include the new Coastal Trail (starts at Baker Beach), Land's End, Golden Gate Park. We drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin for a day hike most weekends and have maps and trail guides to share.
Please see the "Guidebook" on our other listing (the basement apartment in the same location) for some of our favorite local places.
We can help you figure out where you want to go, but the 38 Geary Bus, which you pick up at the end of our block, is very convenient. It runs very regularly, early until late, and you can transfer ANYWHERE from this line - to all neighborhoods, museums, tourist attractions, etc. The bus brings you downtown, or out to Ocean beach.
We take public transportation from the San Francisco Airport, and Super Shuttle runs also.
The bus system is good here. Buses run anywhere in the city, and it takes about 30 minutes to get downtown and to tourist areas. If you're interested in transportation to a specific place, let us know and we can help figure it out.
Other Things to Note
We are only interested in hosting at our house for (a minimum of) 4-6 weeks this summer, but the dates are somewhat flexible.
Our photos don't yet include our large back deck and landscaped back yard.
Absolutely NO SMOKERS (even outside the house) OR DRUGS, and due to allergies, no pets. Your place is separate and private, but it is a city so we would like reasonable quiet at night because we are good neighbors.
Our stay from 16-20 August was an extension of our earlier stay with Brian and Lindsay. Extending was easy and reasonable marked by a 'let's figure this out spirit'. We found them always accessible even though they were traveling themselves and always friendly and helpful.
If you get chance, this is a place to stay.
We had a great, comfortable stay at Brian and Lindsay's clean, comfortable, well-equipped, eco-friendly house. An added, esthetic benefit is the great artwork around the house!
Also, in terms of service, they were always available despite their own travel plans.
We'd love to stay again.
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We are two teachers who love all that San Francisco has to offer. Brian is also a working artist and we are both avid hikers, swimmers (yes, you can swim in San Francisco), and campers, and love sharing our love for the beautiful outdoor spaces in San Francisco. While Brian is an excellent cook and loves shopping at the Asian markets around our home, we also love to eat out, and are happy to be living in a place with such good restaurants within a 1-10 minute walk!