Lone Mountain Garden Studio

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States

A lovely, quiet retreat for your visit to San Francisco

The Space

This lovely garden apartment is a one-room studio with attached kitchenette and full bathroom. This unit is fully private with access from the street. The owner lives upstairs in a separate unit.

The bedroom is furnished with a queen sized bed that will comfortably sleep two. There is also a sofa that folds out to sleep an additional person, so a couple with child will sleep comfortably. The unit is ideal for one or two people, but it can sleep three. There is a TV with basic cable and a DVD player.

The apartment opens up to a garden where you can sit out on a lovely day.

The kitchenette is fully equipped and includes a coffee machine, kettle, 2-burner cooktop, microwave, toaster oven and mini-refrigerator. It does not have a full sized oven. There is a private, full bathroom with shower. All water from the tap is filtered.

This studio is conveniently located two blocks from Golden Gate Park and USF, with a short walk to the Haight-Ashbury district and UCSF to the south. The Presidio, Geary and Clement St. business corridors are a few blocks to the north. Just down the street is Rossi Recreation Center, with pool, tennis courts, and playground.

We are located right along a bus line that will take you downtown to the Union Square area, financial district and Embarcadero. Street parking is plentiful, but there are restrictions during the day. Contact me if you need a visitors parking permit (there is an additional fee of $60 for the permit).

This apartment is a quiet and comfortable place to unwind after a day exploring San Francisco. Enjoy your stay!

Guest Access

You will have a fully private apartment, including private bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. There is a garden out the back that is shared and you are welcome to enjoy. Help yourself to lemons or herbs, but please leave the rest of the vegetables that are growing.

The Neighborhood

The Lone Mountain neighborhood (also part of the Inner Richmond neighborhood) is the home of the University of San Francisco. It is a quiet, residential neighborhood with basic amenities such as cafes, laundry, and groceries.

Getting around

The public transportation in SF is pretty good. From the apartment, there is a bus line that will take you to the city center. You catch the 31 bus at Arguello and Turk, one block from the apartment, and get off at Powell & Market St. It’s about a 25 minute ride. At Powell and Market St., there are many options. Union Square and the major shopping district is in this area. You can also catch the cable car here, which will take you on a scenic ride to Fisherman’s Wharf, a major tourist destination.

The tourist information center is also located here, where you can buy a Muni Passport that will give you unlimited rides on busses, street cars, and cable cars. I highly recommend it. A 7 day pass costs $29. Look up "sfmta muni passport" for more information.

Back at the apartment, there is another bus that runs along Arguello Blvd., one block from the apartment. It is the 33 bus. This bus takes you to the Haight-Ashbury, Castro, and Mission district neighborhoods, which are unique neighborhoods that offer a more local feel.

Other Things to Note

Airport Transit Options

There are several options for getting from the airport to the apartment.
Public Transportation:
This is the cheapest option but takes the longest. From the Airport, you follow the signs to BART. Take BART to the Powell St. station. Exit the station and look for the Muni bus stop on the street level. Take the 31 Balboa bus, outbound. Take this bus for several miles. Get off at the Stanyan St. stop. Then walk down the hill to the corner of Turk St. and Willard North. The house is on the corner.
Shuttles/Vanpools are shared vans that will take you right to the door. This will generally get you here faster, but you may need to wait till the other passengers are dropped off. It costs $18-$20 per person (tips for the driver are customary). Look for the "vanpool" signs as you exit the baggage claim area. Tell the driver or attendant that you are going to the Richmond District. Type "sfo airport shuttle" into your search engine for more information.
Taxis are fastest but most expensive. It will cost about $50 with tip for the ride but if you have 3 or more people it can be cheaper than a vanpool. Taxi stations are outside the baggage claim area (follow the signs for taxis at the airport).

Parking Notes

I generally recommend to visitors not to have a car unless you will be making day trips outside the city. There are many good transportation options to get around within the city. However, if you really need a car you will need a parking permit.

The permit allows you to park on the street in my neighborhood all day. Without the permit, you can only park for 2 hours between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. The permit does not allow you to park anywhere in the city, just my neighborhood. The cost of the permit is $40 for two weeks (I charge an additional $20 to go down and get the permit for you). Another thing you need to be aware of is street cleaning. There are certain times where you can't park even if you have a permit due to street cleaning. This happens on different days of the week on certain sides of the street, and is for a couple of hours in the morning. You just need to make sure your car is parked on the other side of the street during this time.
Street parking is not too difficult in my area. If you are parked on a slope, be sure to turn your wheels into the curb. Our parking enforcement is very unforgiving.

As an alternative, you might consider not getting a car. You can get a Muni Passport that will give you unlimited rides on busses, street cars, and cable cars. Also, if you have an iPhone or Android phone there are applications that will summon a car to take you wherever you need to go. This is similar to taxi service but is much better. Type "sf ridesharing services" into your search engine. I recommend SideCar.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Weekly Price: $650 /week
Monthly Price: $2500 /month
Cleaning Fee: $40
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We Loved our stay at Phil's place, it was very consistent with what he had descbribed. The apartment was very tidy, super comfy bed was a big plus. Good kitchen, which we cooked dinner in one evening and very fresh bathroom. The appartment was privat and no noise at all.

    It was easy to get into town by bus lines near the apartment but there were also walking distance to grocery store, nice restaurants and bars in the neighberhood.
    Phil hade information out, with tips on what to do in SF and where to eat, also maps on the muni and BART systems which was very helpful.

    We have nothing negative to say about the accommodation and highly recommend you to book Phil's apartment if you visit San Francisco!

    April 2014
  • I loved every part of Phil's studio! Clean and airy. Kitchen was fully stocked. Used a lemon from the lemon tree outside. Hope that was ok! The place was close to everything needed. Golden Gate Bridge was 15 mins away driving. Good restaurants near by. Phil was more than accommodating. Excellent time spent at Phil's. I wouldn't stay anywhere else!

    April 2014
  • Phil was a great host, he answered all of our questions and gave us great advices.
    The studio is awesome, very cute, clean, a really perfect place to stay.
    Thanks Phil !

    March 2014
  • Phil was a great host ! We really felt ourselves at home in his cosy and convenient flat. We have enjoyed the nice garden (what a beautiful lemon tree !). The situation is great, just near the line bus 31 which goes straight to downtown. Thanks again for everything !

    March 2014
  • We loved staying at Phil's studio - clean, fully stocked kitchen, luxurious bathroom. The outdoor garden was a gem. The location is quiet and accessible via bus into mission or downtown. Phil was responsive and helpful and provided us an extra umbrella when we asked. Highly recommend this studio to anyone!

    March 2014
  • I stayed at Phil's studio apartment for 4 weeks in february. The studio is very nice, has a good kitchen and a surpricingly spacious bathroom. With an entry through the garden it is very private and the area is very calm and nice, so it was very quiet to stay there as well.
    I fully recommend a stay with Phil, the apartment is close to Haight street and golden gate park and it is very easy getting around with public transportation as well.

    February 2014
  • A friend and I stayed at the Lone Mountain Garden Studio for two weeks and we loved it. The house is in a nice area, with great access to everywhere. The studio was clean and comfortable, the garden lovely and we enjoyed to cook in the kitchen. We would definitely stay there again. Phil is a great host and very helpful. Thank you so much.

    January 2014
  • We rented Phil's apartment for my in-laws and they absolutely loved it. The apartment was well appointed, spacious, and within walking distance to a great neighborhood park, restaurants, and shops.

    January 2014
  • My first experience via Airbnb and what a great one! The studio is just as shown on the website. Really convenient to reach Downtown via buses 5 and 31, in a really quiet neighbourhood. Won't hesitate to come back if I plan to go to SF again.

    January 2014
  • Me and my boyfriend stayed at Phil's Garden Studio in San Francisco over christmas and new year. We were expecting a peaceful place close to city with privacy and possibility to cook ourselves. That was all that this place also provided so it was a perfect stay! The place is just next to Golden Gate park and very convenient to access anywhere from SF with busses. Especially as a fan of Mission district, I loved the fact that bus 33 run just next to the apartment and passed the Haight-Ashbury on the way to Mission. And the bus 31 run from front of the flat to the city Center and Powell. Phil gave us very thorough instructions and answered all questions we had during our visit although it was holiday season and I'm sure also he wanted to take it easy with his family. After checkout he was kind to let us to leave our luggages on his place for the day before our flight took off. I can warmly recommend this place and would stay again when in SF! Happy New Year 2014 Phil and the family!

    January 2014
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I'm a native San Franciscan and I love to share my city with visitors. I'm a single father to two girls who are college-aged.
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