About This Listing
Very private, secluded, quiet, two-room garden apartment in the heart of SF's most treasured neighborhood, Cole Valley! With a 15-min tram trip to downtown, a 1-min walk to Cole Street & a 3-min walk to GG Park, this "home away from home" has it all.
Cole Valley Garden Retreat wifi TV coffee tempurpedic kid-friendly kids light peaceful flowers birds butterflies immaculate luxurious
Downtown SF is door-to-door 15 minutes away -- just a one-minute walk to the tram stop, then a 14-minute tram trip. The heart of Cole Valley, with it's fabulous restaurants and shops, is one block away. An entrance to Golden Gate Park is a few minutes walk.
A spectacular, super gorgeous, very large open-space room with a separate, enclosed smaller, second room, this south-facing garden apartment (the only unit on the first floor) is in a five-unit Victorian building. Chic, modern, and updated with all the amenities that you might need while being "home away from home".
Tons of ambient morning light!
- Wireless Internet.
- Widescreen TV including Netflix streaming and Apple-TV.
- In the Main Room: King-size, high-end authentic Tempur-pedic platform bed (can accommodate up to two adults and two small children).
- In the second room: Trundle bed with two twin-size mattresses. All outlets in this second, smaller room have child-protective covers.
- Fine linen and down alternative pillows throughout.
- Modern and fun furnishings and art throughout.
- Hardwood floors throughout.
- Full kitchen includes 4-burner gas range/grill and dishwasher. The kitchen is fully equipped for daily meals and serving. The following items are available: coffee maker*, coffee press*, coffee grinder*, tea kettle, *toaster oven, *blender, dishes, glasses, flatware, serving dishes, copper pots and pans*, J.A. Henckels kitchen knives set, and cooking utensils. * New as of December 2014
- Shower bath with toilet, sink, counter and hairdryer. Soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, lotions and some other essentials are stored in the bathroom cabinet.
- New washer/dryer located within the apartment. Unlimited use.
- A collection of San Francisco guidebooks, maps, puzzles, and knick knacks for perusing.
- Very large collection of toys, games, and books for children, suitable for the newborn - age 5; tricycle available for use (stored in garden).
- Available within the apartment at the entrance closet are a pack and play/crib and a stroller, as well as cloth shopping bags.
- Heated. Electric heat in both main room and smaller room.
- All the paint used in the unit is low-VOC.
- Organic and natural cleaning products.
- Professionally cleaned after every guest.
- New smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher
- Infused with wonderful, serene yet playful energy.
There are French doors leading to the apartment's private deck and the shared backyard. The backyard is regularly maintained and is overflowing with herbs, perennials and fragrant and flowering bushes and trees. The private deck has a bistro set with two chairs.
Words to summarize the overall feel of this very special space: sanctuary, Zen, peaceful, light, serene, calm, warm.
The space is appropriate for: a single person, a couple, or a family of four with two young children. Maximum occupancy is two adults and two children, or three adults.
Guests have access to the entire unit except for one closet (in the hallway) that is stored with personal items.
There is a washer/dryer available, as well as a hairdryer, an iron, a large collection of San Francisco guidebooks, books and games for adults and children. There is also a pack-n-play crib, a stroller, and a trike.
Guests will find a clean refrigerator and have access to the entire pantry: olive oil, salt, pepper, spices, some condiments. Coffee and tea are always stocked -- there is a tea drawer and coffee in the freezer. Help yourself to anything that you find.
Should you require them, eye masks and earplugs are stored in the main room's guest closet (look inside the small black velvet bag).
Additional sheets, blankets and towels are stored in the guest closet.
Over the years I have had a few requests for darker curtains in the main room. There are a variety to choose from, located in the cabinet in the main room's guest closet. Feel free to switch the curtains per your needs.
Any other need? Please let me know in advance of your stay.
Interaction with Guests
The house and apartment have a keyless entry with codes that I change after every guest checks out. Upon your arrival, I will either meet you in person or will provide you with the door codes on the day of your arrival. You may check in anytime you like, after 3pm. Once you arrive we are available via text messaging 24/7 to help out with tips on SF or answer any questions on the apartment.
Our main home is located about a half-mile away, in Lower Haight.
We offer these ad hoc services for an additional fee: door-to-door service from/to SFO Airport, personal shopping and delivery, babysitting, meal preparation, massage, and acupuncture. Have another need? Please ask!
I am happy to help in any way I can to make your experience more enjoyable and memorable.
The apartment is located just half a block away from Cole Street, where you can find all your conveniences -- many restaurants (including cafes, breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner), bars, bakery, wine/deli/cheese store, fabulous organic and homemade ice cream bar, grocery store, wine/liquor store, video store, natural pharmacy, postal shop, gift shops, salons, beauty store, cleaners, gym, auto mechanic and more.
North of the apartment, about two blocks is the Upper Haight. Haight-Ashbury needs no introduction. It provided the backdrop for the 1960's Hippie movement and Summer of Love. Today, the area still maintains its bohemian ambiance and remains a thriving center of independent local businesses. It is home to a number of independent restaurants and bars, as well as clothing boutiques, booksellers, head shops and record stores including Amoeba Music. The cohabitation between throw-backs to the Fifties lounge scene, organic and spiritual New Age ambiance of the Sixties, punk-rock politics and computer culture is one of the neighborhood's most interesting and endearing aspects socially and artistically. The neighborhood is home to many beautifully restored "Painted Lady" Victorian houses, as well as shops and restaurants galore.
An entrance to Golden Gate Park is a few blocks away. Or, take the N-Judah train west, less than a mile away to 9th & Irving. From there you can walk five minutes to the Academy of Sciences, De Young Museum or the Japanese Tea Garden.
The apartment has a walking score of 92.
Bicycles may be rented on Stanyan Street at Haight Street (3 blocks away).
For those wishing to rent a car, a City Carshare hub is one block away, at Waller and Belvedere.
"Uber" is more affordable that taxis, and is a very convenient and easy way to get around town. Their personal drivers come to your location.
The Muni line N-Judah light-rail / train which runs the entire length of the city, from the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach, has a stop just two short blocks from the house. Please note that the rail runs just behind the backyard and the sound of it can be heard from the apartment. (Not disturbing to most but I have had one complaint.) (Serves neighborhoods: Mission Bay, Embarcadero, Financial District, Civic Center, Duboce Triangle, Sunset.) At the Intersection of Carl and Cole.
Half a block from the house is the #6 bus. (Serves Financial District, Civic Center, Lower Haight, UCSF, Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley, Inner Sunset, Golden Gate Heights.) At the Intersection of Clayton and Frederick.
Half a block from the house is the #33 bus (Serves Laurel Heights, Richmond, Haight-Ashbury, Eureka Valley, The Castro, Mission District.) At the Intersection of Cole and Carl.
Half a block from the house is the #43 bus (Serves Marina, Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley, Inner Sunset, Forest Hill, Sunnyside, Balboa Park, Crocker-Amazon). At the Intersection of Cole and Carl.
Driving and Parking:
Street Parking only. Be very aware of SF Parking Regulations. The apartment is located in a
residential neighborhood and as such a parking permit is required for extended lengths of time. There is a two-hour limited parking from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Saturday/Sunday & select holidays exempt. Extended hours of parking (all day street parking) is available just a few blocks away and is readily available during daytime hours. Your vehicle can also be left there for several day. Look out for parking signs. Watch driveways, red curbs, crosswalks, handicapped ramps and curb your wheels when on the smallest hill.
Other Things to Note
There is a new smoke/carbon monoxide detector plugged in, behind the master bed. The fire extinguisher is located under the kitchen sink.
In case of an emergency, CALL 911.
Nearest Hospitals, both about a mile away:
St. Mary's: 450 Stanyan Street, (phone number hidden)
UCSF: 500 Parnassus Street, (phone number hidden)
Using the remote, press "TV" and then "Power".
There are plenty of channels to choose from: (phone number hidden), and 44 are some of the most popular ones.
Press "Sat/Cbl/Stream", then "Power", then "TV Input HDMI". Use the toggle switches to do most navigation. The "Menu" and "Exit/Back" button are also helpful.
Please turn the TV off when not in use.
- Farmer's Market (every Wednesday, 3:00pm to 7:00pm, April through October) located at Waller and Stanyan Streets at the edge of Golden Gate Park.
- Off the Grid (Food Truck circuit, 10-13 creative gourmet food trucks and live music (every Thursday, except during winter months from 5:00pm to 9:00pm).
- Nearby Hiking: Buena Vista Park, Corona Heights & Twin Peaks.
- Corona Heights/Randall Museum: This is an awesome (and free!) little children's museum that is a 10-minute walk just to the south-west of Cole Valley.
Thank you in advance for following the 'House Rules'.
No incomin(website hidden) allowed, due to the request of the building's other owners (the HOA). No pets allowed. No parking in (or blocking of) the driveway. No smoking allowed inside or outside. No other guests or visitors without prior request and approval by myself. No parties allowed. The minimum check-in age is 25 and that we have a maximum occupancy of two adults and two children, or three adults. Any violation of these rules will result in termination of rental agreement without refund.
My husband & I stayed for my business trip. I enjoyed staying in a different part of the city as I never really ventured in this area when I lived in SF years ago.
Camille was very hospitable and attentive. There was a lot of information prepared with what's around the neighborhood and how to get around. We really enjoyed dining in the local spots and had a nice time.
This was my first time staying in airbnb, so I learned it's not very conducive for business travel as there's no place to store luggage before you can check in at 4pm & after you check out at 10am.
My only critique is about the cleaning. Knowing we were checking in that day and not having the cleaning person booked until 30 minutes prior to our check-in time, they were cleaning until 5:30pm which was very intrusive on our time there.
The apartment is cute with nice outdoor space. The place looks just like the pictures. If you have a child, there are tons of toys and all the equipment (baby bed, pack-n-play, stroller) you could ever need and love not having to travel with. My 2 year-old daughter could not stop talking about her "new house." The location is great with the park, Haight street and and Cole street all right there. Also, the cooking area is roomy for a smaller apartment and it is a nice gas stove to cook on. Camille was very responsive, welcoming and the in-depth descriptions are nearby restaurants and shops were accurate and helpful.
About the Host, Camille
If we all made our hearts a little larger the world would be much smaller...
I love to connect. It's in my blood, in all of our blood really. The first 13-months after University were spent backpacking around the world. I had dreamed of that trip since I was a little girl. I feel most alive when I am fully immersing into my environment, experiencing new places, colors, smells, tastes, cultures, rituals, and customs.
Now, being the delighted mother to a four-year-old angel-boy, I am not such the buzzing bumblebee that I once was. My darling has me somewhat anchored to our beautiful City by the Bay. These days, I get to enjoy welcoming people from around the globe into both our hearts and our home, which is a lovely garden sanctuary smack dab in stunning San Francisco. Quite magically, the world is coming to us! Over the past two years I have grown into an experienced and devoted Airbnb host.
I trust that you will enjoy your stay immensely and will do my very best to make it ever so special and memorable. I'm completely dedicated to 5 star stays and welcome your feedback at any time.
Welcome! Come belong with us.
Local park just behind the houseSF CA 94117
This is one of the premier specialty cheese shops in the Bay Area. Aside from cheese, Say Cheese offers sandwiches, wines and other gourmet times. My favorite sandwich is the Jambon Gruyere (=Smile).Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117-3908
Locals favorite coffee houseCole Street San Francisco CA 94117-3908
The owner, Elizabeth, is lovely. This small shop is filled with higher-end childrens delights. And, it has a ride-able seal that will happily accept quarters.Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117
Gem of a shop to pick up a unique gift for yourself or a friend. Housewares, baby and child items, including stationery, linens, pillows, trays, ceramics, and more for the whimsical and elegant home.Carl Street San Francisco CA 94117
Quaint shop at the back of a lovely garden, selling tapered candles, incense, oils, herbs, crystals, stones, cards, and beautiful jewelry. They also offer intuitive psychic readings.Carl Street San Francisco CA 94117
The latest addition to Cole Valley, a very fun stop for kids from 1-99, showcasing a soda fountain and all-organic, handmade ice creams.Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117
The latest addition to Cole Valley. Spectacular fish tacos, ceviche, guacamole. Try the Piñata cocktail.Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117
Affordable wine shop with a decent selection.Cole St San Francisco CA 94117
Great beers on tap and pub food, including a fantastic lamb burger.Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117-4316
Fresh carrot and orange juices, comfort food. Good place to bring kids.Carl St San Francisco CA 94117-3906
Cozy wine bar offering all Italian wines and small plates.Carl St San Francisco CA 94117
Really fantastic and fun place to get a haircut, color or style. Owner Grant is a gem of a guy.Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117
Offering natural wellness products, everything from everyday essentials to homeopathy, herbs, flower essences, and vitamins. Also friendly pharmacists, a great magazine section, and complimentary tea.Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117-4315
Scrumptious miso soup and very fresh Ahi sushi.Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117
Take good care of yourself!Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117
Offering the best Eggs Benedict and Ginger Pancakes in the City, a very popular brunch spot.Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117-4315
Consistently good food, and a fabulous brunch alternative to Zazies.Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117
Fantastic French toast, walnut baguette, Nicoise salad and hot chocolate. Their almond croissants are what dreams are made of.Cole Street San Francisco CA 94117-4318