Hide away in our quiet, secluded back cottage with separate access. There's a full bathroom with a deep soaking tub, a queen bed, sofa (fold-out to full bed), love seat (fold-out to a cot), table and chairs, and kitchen stocked with coffee.
The cottage front yard is our back yard, but we're up a floor and rarely use the back area, so you basically have your own private patio. With queen bed, full-size fold-out couch, and cot-size fold-out loveseat, you could fit 5 adults, but it would be pretty cozy (cramped). The space is about 400 sq ft, so more comfortable for up to a two adults and a child or two, depending on how small.
There is an equipped kitchen (stove, sink, hot water kettle, coffee maker, toaster oven, fridge), and we stock it with coffee, milk, honey, sugar, teas, basic cooking equipment, bowls, plates, cups, and silverware.
The full bathroom has a deep soaking tub. Towels, sheets, pillows, blankets and quilts are included.
There is a space heater which takes a minute to get to temperature, but can be left on and heats up the well-insulated space nicely.
There is no TV. There is wifi, and a solar-powered blue-tooth enabled speaker.
You have your own locked entrance, and there is coin-operated laundry accross the patio from the cottage. You are welcome to our laundry detergent, which is stored on the shelf above the machines, all the way to the left (the stuff on the right belongs to our upstairs neighbors).
If our truck is gone when you arrive, you're welcome to use the driveway to unload, but otherwise there is street parking. Please check signage for street cleaning. If you're coming in late and have a smaller car, we can make some arrangement to share the driveway for the first night, but it's too narrow to park two cars regularly.
Right around the corner on Mission Street is a Little El Salvador, with pupuserias, bakeries, and other restuarants and shops. There is also a nice local coffee shop, convenience stores, a pizzeria, and neighborhood bars.
Our block ends at Holly Park on the hilltop, with basketball courts, tennis courts, places to grill, and a good sized kids' playground.
Around the bend from Holly Park is Cortland Ave., the main street of Bernal Heights, with coffee shops, wine bars, a gallery, several restaurants, a couple neighborhood bars, and full-service grocery store, among other shops and services.
There are lovely stairway walks up Bernal Hill and around the neighborhood, with many views of the bay and the city.
To make getting around the city easy, we provide 2 Clipper Cards, pre-loaded with a Fast Pass, which is good for unlimited Muni and BART travel within the city limits. There is a small amount of cash value pre-loaded as well, for riding the ferries or travelling outside the city. This is on an honor system and we ask that you replenish the value you use. Instructions are provided.
Our neighborhood is a little off the beaten path, and was practically unknown 10 years ago. Now, the area is increasingly popular with young families who enjoy the small Victorian houses with yards, the views, and the friendliness of the area. Our block is a mix of renters, owners, adults, families, people who have been here a few years and people who have been here for a few generations.
It's about a 20-minute walk to the hip part of the Mission District, or there's a bus stop at the end of our block. The 14 and 49 stop there, and take you right to the Mission District and downtown. Go a couple blocks up Mission St. to catch the 14L for a faster ride to downtown.
Parking is generally easy during the day, but in the evening and later and night it gets tighter. Pay attention to street cleaning signs. We are a couple minutes' drive from freeway on-ramps for 101 and 280, so there's very quick access to the Peninsula.
Smoking allowed outdoors only. There's a comfy patio for your relaxation.
No pets please, as our backyard is already occupied by our cat. (She doesn't go in the cottage.)
We have a simple Weber grill and charcoal, let us know if you'd like to use it and we can make sure you're set up.
The room is perfect for 1 or 2 adults, and 1 child. To use all the fold-out capacity, you could squeeze 5 adults (2 sharing a queen bed, 2 sharing the full fold-out couch, 1 on the fold-out loveseat). It would be quite cozy (or cramped).
Please don't hesitate to let us know if anything breaks or is broken or needs fixing, so we can address it promptly.
Please keep it quiet outside between 10 PM and 8 AM - it's a quiet neighborhood, and we live on the other side of the patio. However, the cottage itself is well insulated for sound - so if you're inside with closed windows, sound won't travel much.
Very accomodating and helpful. Had my boyfriends brother come stay in the cottage for a surprise party. Only a block feonbthe house. Couldn't have been easier. Communication was great.
We had a lovely stay at Cat and Eb's lovely cottage. Everything was just as described and they thought of and prepared for every possible need for their visitors. The neighborhood was very cool and the privacy was wonderful.
Nice little one-room cottage with bathroom. Great kitchen, nice cabinets; good bed. Nice hosts. Handy to Mission St., buses & Muni, and Safeway not far. Very quiet. On-site laundry nice.
The cottage was just as described, perhaps even roomier than we expected. The furnishings were comfortable. The Clipper cards were a welcome touch.
We loved coming "home" to the cottage after long days exploring the city. It has everything you could need plus more. We will definitely be back!
Cat and EB are great hosts. Their place is close to everything, yet off the beaten path which is nice. The cottage is so quiet at night, you'd hardly know you are in a city. The park at the end of the block is very nice. The Cortland strip is a short walk away and has just about anything you'll need. This was a great place to land when I first arrived in town for work and I'd recommend it to anyone in a similar situation. Parking is a challenge here. Cat and EB give good advice on this, listen to them and you'll be fine. Overall a great experience and I would certainly stay here again.
We've owned our house for 10 years, and have been remodeling it one area at a time. We've done a fair amount of the work ourselves, but find it gets done quicker when we hire the pros. We hope you enjoy our cozy little getaway in the city. We love to meet new people, and love to show off San Francisco.