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Contemporary Light Filled Apartment in Potrero Hill
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Entire rental unit · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
Contemporary Light Filled Apartment in Potrero HillEnjoy stunning views in this hilltop hideaway in SF's sunniest neighborhood. Marvel at the view while enjoying the fully equipped kitchen or while watching the sunset on the balcony. Work remotely with fast Wi-Fi in our dedicated desk nook & comfy Aeron chair. This modern renovated in-law apartment is 900 square feet with a separate entrance. We are a family who live on the floor above so you may hear the occasional creaky floor. Street parking is free and easy on our block. A well-behaved dog over a year old may be accepted with permission for an additional fee of $98 (charged separately).
Stylish, Comfortable Apartment Close to Twin Peaks
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Entire rental unit · 4 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath
Stylish, Comfortable Apartment Close to Twin PeaksIndulge in unrivaled comfort in this luxurious space with a unique art collection, and a private patio. Enjoy a glass of wine in a chic, spacious living area while cozying up next to the feature fireplace, or cook gourmet meals in the state-of-the-art kitchen.
Relaxed Apartment with a Patio in The Castro
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Entire rental unit · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
Relaxed Apartment with a Patio in The CastroBrew a cup of coffee in a cozy kitchen with elegant tiling and find a seat on a decked patio wrapped in a leafy garden. Curl up with a book on a modern sofa in a living area boasting colorful paintings, a stocked bookcase, and exposed wood beams.

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Popular apartment amenities in San Francisco

  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Free parking on premises
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub

Where to stay in San Francisco

Locals share their top neighborhood recommendations to help you find the one to call home for your trip.

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Twin PeaksWhat locals sayQuiet · Residential · Busy
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Fisherman's WharfWhat locals sayHistoric · Classic
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Alamo SquareWhat locals sayHip · Historic · Quiet
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Haight-AshburyWhat locals sayBohemian · Classic · Historic
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ChinatownWhat locals sayHistoric · Vibrant · Quiet
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Mission DistrictWhat locals sayIndustrial · Bohemian · Hip

Stay near San Francisco's top sights

Golden Gate Bridge
Bridge · 379 locals recommend
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The bridge never gets old, even for longtime residents. It is spectacular, and is best experienced by bike. It’s two miles long and takes 20 minutes to cross. For a great ride, rent a Mission Bicycle, take the Wiggle to Golden Gate Park, and then cross the Presidio to the bridge and ride into Sausalito. From Sausalito, catch the ferry back to SF. The western walkway is open to cyclists only, so you get across more quickly. Tourists tend to mob the eastern, pedestrian side. At night, the bridge is closed to pedestrians but not to cyclists. You push a button and an unseen guard buzzes you in.

Jefferson
Jefferson
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    Lands' End hideaway
    $139 per night
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    Cozy Suite by Golden Gate Park, Private Bathrm
    $70 per night
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    Style & Comfort-Private Suite near UCSF and GGPark
    $130 per night
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    #2 Private room with private bathroom with tub
    $73 per night
Fisherman's Wharf
Neighborhood · 272 locals recommend
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One of the most popular destinations for tourists -- there are attractions such as museums, souvenir stores, historical buildings and piers, and scenic vistas over the Bay. Bring a jacket!

Tim
Tim· SF, CA
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    Marina Suite
    $389 per night
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    Beautiful Fisherman's Warf view Flat
    $350 per night
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    Russian Hill/ North Beach Garden Apartment
    $154 per night
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    Modern 1-BD in Fisherman's Wharf/Russian Hill
    $225 per night
Golden Gate Park
Park · 770 locals recommend
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What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.

Kate
Kate· SF, CA
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    Peaceful Guest Suite in Central Castro With Easy Parking
    $138 per night
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    2. San Francisco
    Sunset-Beach-GG Park 2nd Flr Bdrm/Patio/ Pvt Bath
    $75 per night
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    Studio steps from the ocean
    $127 per night
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    Private Ensuite with Private Entry in Geographic City Center
    $155 per night

Tips from San Francisco locals

Get advice about the city from the people who know it best. Local hosts share their tips and recommendations for travelers like you.

What should I pack

Bring a jacket & layers San francisco is cold especially in june/july. please be prepared by bringing the layers. water & fog keeps san francisco cool most of the year.

Satish
SatishLives in San Francisco

Always have some extra layers as sf can go from a sunny summer to a foggy winter in minutes. Wind breakers and scarfs sell well here...

Kevin & Esther
Kevin & EstherLives in San Francisco

What's the best way to get around

Getting around takes time Even though sf is a small city, it takes time to get around. going 2 miles can take upto 40 minutes especially if you are taking the muni - budget that into your day plans for moving between places.

Vibha
VibhaLives in San Francisco

What's the local culture like

Don't leave luggage in your car (especially rental cars) when parking in sf. Car break-ins are a big problem in sf and tourists who leave their luggage in their cars are a prime target.

Yelena
YelenaLives in San Francisco

Your guide to San Francisco

All About San Francisco

Surrounded on three sides by glittering water, punctuated by comically high hills, festooned with verdant public parks, and alternately enshrouded in mysterious fog and blazing sunshine, San Francisco is one of the prettiest places on earth. The city has long attracted iconoclasts and fortune seekers, in the shape of Gold Rush hopefuls, immigrants who fought to build thriving communities, and queer people seeking a home and civil rights. It’s a city of glorious contrasts: storybook Victorians and soaring skyscrapers; the bright, pinging amusements of Fisherman’s Wharf and the austere beauty of Ocean Beach. Like the rest of the Bay Area — which includes Oakland to the east, Marin to the north, and San Jose to the south — San Francisco continues to transform. But its scruffy, proudly independent roots are never far from the surface.


How do I get around San Francisco?

Fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Once you’re there, a car is not a must-have. The city is very walkable (if you don’t mind hills), and a network of public transportation, including underground BART trains and Muni buses and trains can get you just about anywhere. Taxis, rideshares, and bike shares are also plentiful. If you plan to visit Wine Country or Marin, consider renting a car.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in San Francisco?

San Francisco has a legendarily capricious climate — hot, sunny days can turn chilly on a dime, so no matter what time of year it is, pack layers. March through June typically ushers in temperatures in the low-to-mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. July through October is generally warmer, with temperatures in the high 60s or low 70s. Fall is often considered this city’s summer. November through February is brisk, with temperatures dipping into the 50s. Expect some fog and wind year round.


What are the top things to do in San Francisco?

Golden Gate Park

Opened in 1870, this park’s 1,017 acres are the undisputed jewel of the park system (and that’s saying a lot). Visit close to 2,000 species of rare, tropical, and aquatic plants inside the stately Conservatory of Flowers. Explore an indoor rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences, and surround yourself with world-class art at the de Young Museum. Ride a carousel, paddle a boat around Stow Lake, or stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden. Just don’t expect to do it all in one day.

Alcatraz

This tiny island in the bay, now a National Park, has a complicated and fascinating history. Best known as the home of an (almost) inescapable federal prison populated by notorious criminals, Alcatraz is also the site of a historically significant protest led by Native American activists, who occupied the island for nineteen months starting in 1969 to protest the US government's failure to surrender federal land owed to the tribes who once lived there. A trip to Alcatraz to learn about its many lives is well worth it. Tickets go fast, so plan ahead and book your voyage early.

Golden Gate Bridge

Completed in 1937, this gorgeous 1.7-mile-long Art Deco wonder is renowned for its hue — a color so distinct it has its own name: International Orange. Walking, biking, or driving are all wonderful ways to experience this architectural marvel, and on the Marin side you’ll find a rest stop with bathrooms and breathtaking views of the bridge and bay. One thing to note: If you walk or bike, wear layers, as it can get very windy crossing the bridge.