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We where two families (4 adults + 3 kids) and stayed at this place. We had a good time and got friendly advice about the area for our stay. The host made us feel very welcome.
The house was very nice and the area in general was also nice. There are a few shops and restaurants within 5-10 minutes walk. The area has quite a few hills, so be prepared for this if you plan to walk in the neighbourhood.
Superbe maison dans un quartier très agréable. La rue Cortland à 2 coins de rue dispose de tous les petits comerces de proximité; les autobus y passent et la rue Mission est à 10 mn à pieds et on y prend le bus pour le centre historique de San Francisco.
Quartier très agréable pour une famille (nous avons 3 enfants: 16, 12 et 4 ans): parc et bibliothèque au coin de Cortland.
La maison est bien équipée et très agréable à vivre.
Si nous retournons à San Francisco c'est définitivement une maison où nous souhaiterions pouvoir revenir.
Traci's home in Bernal Heights was a perfect home base for our adventures in San Francisco! Located on a residential street with plenty of parking, we loved exploring the lovely local neighborhood and relaxing in the hot tub. It was very close to public transportation, full of amenities, and truly felt like home. A fully stocked kitchen, a large assortment of DVD's, beds for 8, washer and dryer, internet and computers, and a hot tub were all waiting for us upon our arrival. Traci left detailed notes on how to operate all appliances and a list of the best local restaurants and bars. When I had a question about the hot tub, she responded promptly to my email even though she was out of the country and she left a list of local contacts in case we had any immediate issues. She was also extremely flexible with our arrival and departure time which made our planning all the more stress free. After staying in her amazing home, I know that I will make every effort to go back and I will never hesitate in telling all my friends and family that it is THE place to stay. It truly is a wonderful home in the city of San Francisco.
We enjoyed our vacation in SF very much. Staying in Traci's home allowed us the flexibility to relax in a home environment and yet be close to quaint cafes, groceries and amazing public transportation. They were kind enough to supply us with brand new linen and a bottle of wine. A heart-warming "welcome to San Francisco" sign greeted us at the door. We felt very safe in the area, amazing market near by on Saturdays with lovely fresh produce, etc. We would recommend staying at Traci's place, especially if you have a family...as her decor and taste for comfort make it easy to enjoy. **as an unforseen unfortunate incident, the hot water tank broke down and we had to disturb Traci and her family on their holiday...They looked after the situation with grace and ease, and with minimal//no interruption to our time....we were quite thankful
Very clean and tidy and the children were very well behaved. Apart from my usual bedlinen change there was hardly need to clean the house so I definetly recommend them as guests.
Traci and her family have stayed with me twice and I highly recommend them, very pleasant and very tidy leaving the house immaculate.
I am very happy to recommend Traci and her lovely home. I stayed here for 6 weeks in the summer of 2009 when Traci and her family and I did a house swap between her delightful Moultrie Road house and my apartment in New York.
I had to admit at the time that I didn't know Bernal Heights, but I'm very glad that I discovered it. It is a beautiful friendly “village”-like setting that on the north side of the hill overlooks the Mission district. On the southside of the hill where Traci's home is, there a perfect little “downtown”/ main street, with great cafe's, delicious restaurants and a couple of quite funky bars.
On street parking is dead easy, but if you don't think your car has the cojonous for the hills then I say leave it at home and take the great bus services. I did and with a little local knowledge its really easy to get around using the public transport. All the info you could need can be found on the sfamta site but following are a couple of highlights.
The 24 at Cortland Street (the main street drag) will take you a roller coaster journey up hill and down valley through the North Mission, the Noe Valley, the Castro (where you can hop onto the streetcar down Market), and then along Divisidero past Haight Street (walk uphill to Ashbury and down hill into Lower Haight) and onto Filmore Street in Pacific Heights.
Alternatively take the 67 on Folsom Street for a trip around the hill and down Folsom on the North side of the hill to 24th Street. From 24th and Folsom switch buses across the corner to continue your journey down Folsom and in SOMA for the Art Museums and beyond into downtown or stay on until you reach 24th and Mission where you can take the BART all the way in both directions from Berkeley in the North to the airport in the South.
There is a good market on Cortland Street with all you'd need to cook at home, or alternatively at the bottom of Cortland Street and down a couple of blocks on Mission there is a Safeway if you'd like to add a little Super into your market experience. As a New Yorker I love Safeway supermarkets, but if you come from anywhere else in the US you probably have a Walmart, or Jewel or Dominiks or, or, or, all of which, as a Brit in New York, I kinda miss.
The hike (and it is a bit of a hike) up to the top of Bernal Heights is not to be missed. Its great to head up around 4 or 5pm as the weathers about to change and watch the fog roll in off the coast and over the city. Ahead of then you can enjoy truly dramatic views of downtown, looking directly down the long straight sweeps of the streets that head into the bay at the North of the Peninsula.
Oh and the house. The house is really quite lovely and again as a Londoner used to living in New York is really quite big. There is a great dining room and very comfortable living room, three bedrooms and a bathroom, but my two favourites are the huge chefs style kitchen and the back deck (a little piece of heaven). The micro climates of SF are world famous and this this small part of the city benefits both from cooling breezes but also surprising amounts of sunshine, so be sure to bring your sunblock to enjoy this my favourite space in the home.
All the amenities you could need for your stay are (website hidden), radio, internet, washer, dryer and probably more besides.
In summary, great folks, a great place in a great part of town. But hurry, its only available for a month.