About this listing
Rented by month only. A magic garden retreat, with sunny airy room on second floor, hidden in the urban Bayview neighborhood, 25 min ride to downtown SF, but has a "country" feel. This rustic, historic barn is now a lovely home and art studio!
This is a perfect place to rest and recharge. Even though this is a very urban area, this 100-year old rustic art-studio environment feels like a retreat from the hectic world, a perfect urban hid-a-way for a couple visiting the Bay Area!!! Our guest room is a spacious 2nd floor bedroom overlooking a lovely garden. You can hear the fountain, birdsong, and the city...The room is bright and airy, with views into our peaceful garden from 2 sides. It is part of our large barn - a 4000 sq ft, rustic, Italian winery, built in 1900! We are 2 blocks from public bus and light-rail to reach all parts of San Francisco and beyond. We are 15 minutes drive from the SF airport.
My housemate and I both travel, and when we do, we rent a room out by the month, 30 days or more. We do not rent short term at all.
The sunny bathing room is shared, but you also have a private sink in your room.There is an old-fashioned claw-foot tub for bathing. I usually provide you with towels and linens, ect. Use of our well stocked communal kitchen and dining area is encouraged. We have a huge garden, with a fountain, and a nice table for outdoor meals. The Bayview is an urban working-class neighborhood. A hundred years ago there once were once orchards down the hill from us, there are now warehouses. But there are some beautiful parks walking distance from our house.The closest area for restaurants and shops is the very hip Bernal Heights Area, 10 minute drive by automobile. Even though this is an urban area, this rustic art-studio environment feels like a retreat from the hectic world, a perfect urban hid-a-way for a writer or artist. Many people say that when they are here it reminds them of being someplace in the country, their grandmothers place in France, in the past...
I am an visual artist, filmmaker and performer, as well as an expert massage and movement therapist with over 20 years (website hidden) art studio, dance, and music rehearsal spaces are available upon request. Please note that these are large art , movement, and music studio spaces that are in active use. It is a big place, and my bedroom and healing space/dance area are upstairs on the 3rd level, so generally guests, on second level, have a sense of being in their own private space.
Most people who stay here are happiest with a car, but public transit is only two blocks away. Parking is on the street, no parking on the sidewalk or driveway. People who are happiest here are those who feel at ease negotiating the urban environment.
Indoor/outdoor cats are part of the place, but are not allowed in our guest room.
You have access to your Bedroom, our huge Garden, Dining room and Kitchen( with shelves for food storage), Shared Bathroom, Sitting Area and worktable in art space, ...Bikes, Cats, too
Smoking is allowed in the garden. for long term guests, art studio or rehearsal space is available upon request, price negotiable.
Interaction with Guests
I love San francisco, and love to share this place with people.I originally came to SF to attend graduate school in New Genres, At SFAI, but afterward, I never left... I can give you some pointers for fun, or finding a new home if you are new to the area, and possibly give you a ride someplace!!
There are two large parks, walking distance from my house. The first Candlestick Park, and my favorite, the Bayview Hill, where I often see Hawks, Owls, and recently two foxes! We are in the southeast corner of San Francisco, near the bay, so we hear the ships and fog horns out on the water. I have lived here for over 20 years! I love this neighborhood because it has more open park area, is culturally diverse, and friendly. This area is urban in all resects, but is not more dangerous than the Mission, downtown, North Beach or many other parts of the city. City is city. Do not leave your valuables visible in your auto anywhere in the city!!!
Most people who stay here are happiest with a car, but we are 2 blocks from public bus and light-rail to reach all parts of San Francisco and beyond. We are 15 minutes drive from the SF airport. Parking is on the street, no parking on the sidewalk or driveway. People who are happiest here are those who feel at ease negotiating the urban environment.
Other Things to Note
As of 2014, ABB automatically collects hotel tax within the city of San Francisco. It is called San Francisco Transient Occupancy Tax: 14% of the listing price including any cleaning fee for reservations 29 nights and shorter. 14% is the tax rate imposed by the City and County of San Francisco (the tax jurisdictions are one and the same).
Users Guide to our Home!
You are very welcome here at the Winery! Please follow our House Guidelines and help us create a harmonious live/work environment. This space hosted travelers, and has been used as a retreat and haven for healing, art making, dance and music rehearsal for many years. These guidelines make it possible to continue!
Please feel free to come and go whenever you like!
Outside gate must remain locked at all times. Do not leave the gate door open and unattended. Do not loan your keys to anyone other than your confirmed traveling companion.
You may use the bathing room, on the upper level. any time, day or night, for bath or shower. The only exception will be when a therapy session is in process, usually for only a few hours each week. Due to the ongoing drought, we use bath water to water the garden, and have a special siphon set-up. Just let us know, and we will take care of that after you have a bath.
Please keep the bathroom door closed(cat free zone).
The upstairs toilet is private, as it is connected to Shelley’s bedroom.
No cats are allowed in the 2nd floor bedroom, a cat free zone! So, you must keep your door closed when not at home.
Enjoy the great weather by opening your windows, but please close any window you opened before leaving the house. Better safe than sorry is true wisdom.
Free street parking is available for several blocks around, no meters.. Depending what time of day you are looking, it can be very easy, or very challenging. As in all cities, do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
Please do not park on the sidewalk or in front of the driveway. You are welcome to pull up to unload and load gear. Do not leave the gate door open and unattended while loading.
Note: The city intermittently tickets for sidewalk parking, $120.00, much more for blocking the handcap access on the corners.
Our Kitchen: We have a well-stocked kitchen and are happy to share with our gusts. We have a special share-shelf for our guests with teas, coffee, oatmeal, and other basics, and receive a vegi-box delivery which we also share. We also provide plenty of private storage, as needed, for your use.
Please wash your dishes and sweep the kitchen after cooking.
Trash: We have a compost, and recycle paper, glass , and plastic., in the kitchen. Please do take out the compost regularly, and the garbage at the first sign of a bad smell, even if it is not full. Fresh garbage bags are under the kitchen sink. Trash cans go out to the curb each Thursday night for a Friday pick-up.
Smoking: Please smoke only in the patio/drive area. Always dispose of your ashtray waste and butts in the trash cans. Do not leave butts in ashtrays or throw butts into the Garden.
Restroom: Please use the restroom in the kitchen. Take care to leave the rim clean with the seat/lid down. Thanks very much for your consideration in this regard. The upstairs restroom is private, as it is connected to Shelley’s bedroom. Please keep the restroom door closed (cat free zone).
Quiet: The foyer and art studio are below our bedroom and healing studio upstairs. If you need to chat, please use the Kitchen/Dining area or Garden/Patio. Please be aware that you must speak quietly Studio Foyer area so as not to disturb those of us who need to be asleep early, or when healing sessions are underway upstairs. This is rarely an issue, but should be considered.
If you have any complaints regarding neighbors music, or sounds form studio, please contact me directly and I will get after them !
Thanks, Jam on!Shelley Cook, (phone number hidden)
We enjoyed our stay at the barn very much, felt welcome from day one. Mark and Shelley were wonderful easygoing hosts for our family and made a difficult transition time much easier. Amazing garden and piece-of-old-San-Francisco house they were happy for us to share with friends. Guest/s need to be comfortable with sharing living space with housemates and kitties but our hesitations about being too much of an impact were more than overcome by our hosts' generosity.
I had an sublimely relaxing stay at this unique location. Walking into Shelley's space is like stepping into another world. It truly is a bit of country in the big city with a rambling fruit (and cat) filled garden, cavernous art and antique-filled barn, and cozy rooms tucked inside. My room was a wonder to sleep and wake up in - with amazing natural light and fresh air. Shelley was a perfect host - very helpful guide to the city while offering gracious privacy in her home.
About the Host, Shelley
Shelley Cook is a gifted camera woman and an internationally exhibited interdisciplinary artist, producing films, performances and installation artworks. She sees documentary film making as cultural activism. Cook is presently developing a series of bilingual documentaries regarding performance art and political activism in Latin America. In the past, she traveled to India, Mexico and South Dakota working on a film about a group of environmental activists called the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. She has lived in México for many months at a time working in the indigenous Zapatista community of Chiapas. Her past works have been funded by the National Endowments for the Arts the National Institute of Fine Arts, INBA, in Mexico, the National Fund for the Arts and The California Arts Council.
Cook is also an arts educator, whose teaching emphasizes art and performance for social change. She has served as a full time instructor at the university level as well as designed and taught media arts programs for San Francisco public schools.
Shelley Cook is also a movement therapist and massage therapist.
She is a community event organizer creating music/art/spirituality-based gatherings, fund-raising for International Answer and other organizations.
Link for some of her recent camera work –
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You may contact Shelley Cook directly at (email hidden),
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