This lovely apartment is a delight: a bright, clean, happy home-away-from-home, nestled right in Cole Valley, a safe, family-friendly, charming neighborhood located at the center of San Francisco. It truly is where you'll leave your heart.
This chic and cool studio apartment in a charming Victorian home in Cole Valley merges the best of San Francisco, with classic 19th century architecture on the exterior, and a newly remodeled, beautiful studio apartment that features mod design and a cheerful and vibrant color scheme in the interior. (SEE NOTES ON PARKING IN LAST PARAGRAPH BELOW.)
Adjacent to the queen-size canopy bed there is a little nook with sunny window and the absolute cutest twin bed, outfitted with colorful linens, a sweet reading lamp, and charming framed prints and paintings by local artists.
There are three proper beds (one queen bed that sleeps two, and two twin beds-- one in the nook that sleeps one, one that also acts as a sofa/ day-bed). Under the day-bed there is a very comfortable trundle bed that pulls out to reveal a proper twin size mattress. The apartment can sleep a family of 5. If you are traveling with an infant, I also have a co-sleeper crib with sheets.
There is a fully outfitted kitchen with 4 stools and retro-chic tableware, perfect for cocktails. And speaking of cocktails, the neighborhood is lovely if you like great food and cocktails. A close walk to Cole Street, you can feast on gourmet tacos and drinks at local favorite Padrecito, topping it off with caramelized honey, creme fraiche and roasted pineapple sundaes at the Ice Cream Bar, also a fan favorite on Cole Street.
And if you worry you may have over-indulged, you can run (or stroll) it off the next morning with a circuit around nearby Golden Gate Park, featuring miles of gorgeous paths, and amazing museums like the Academy of Sciences and the DeYoung Museum. And if you're traveling with kids, there's a playground across the street (Grattan Playground), and an even more deluxe playground a short stroll away in Golden Gate Park.
The apartment has free wifi, a "smart TV" that connects through the internet, a nice clean bathroom with a shower, and fully equipped kitchen. I provide all bed linens and blankets, towels, soap, hairdryer, iron, yoga mat—really everything you might need. As for your privacy, it is a ground floor apartment, but the entire home is two flights of stairs above the street, so it's very light, and very private, with the only people passing by being other inhabitants of the house.
I am a relaxed, happy host-- here to help if you need it, and invisible if you prefer to relax without interruption. It is a fun, cheerful, and inspiring home, perfect for a vacation holiday. I love my home, and hope you will, too.
If you have to mix pleasure with business, the apartment is an eight minute walk to UCSF [Hospital], and a block and a half away from the MUNI N-Train which takes you straight downtown to work (and to shopping in Union Square and the Embarcadero), and 1 block away from multiple bus lines. If you are working down in Silicon Valley, the (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), Genentech, Tesla, etc. shuttles all pick up within a couple blocks, as do the shuttle buses to UCSF Mission Bay.
In terms of getting to the apartment from the airport, you can take a cab here, a bus, the Super Shuttle (a very inexpensive, great way to get here-- just (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) "Super Shuttle" to check fares and schedule a pick-up/ drop-off), or the MUNI train (it's right on the N line-- towards Ocean Beach if you're coming from downtown/ Civic Center; the N-Judah if you're coming from the other direction. Our stop is "Stanyan Street"). Getting here with public transportation is very inexpensive and very easy. You just take BART to the Civic Center stop from the airport, and transfer to the MUNI "N" line, going toward Ocean Beach. Our stop is Stanyan Street (at the intersection of Stanyan and Carl streets).
The apartment is extremely close to multiple MUNI stops (San Francisco's public transportation system), so public transportation is easy, cheap and plentiful. However, if you're driving, please note that while I don't have a parking spot, it's a fairly easy neighborhood to find free parking in. However, while parking is free, it is not unlimited. They ticket every two hours from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, so you need to either move your car by 10 am (not too hard, there are usually spots to be found, and most people start their day by then anyway), or park in a nearby parking lot (Kezar Parking Lot is within a 10 minute walk down the street on 801 Stanyan near Frederick Street, and you can pay to park all day for ~$20-~26 for 24 hours, should you want to leave your car there for the day). There are also some streets nearby (Rivoli street, for example) where you can park round the clock for ~48 hours for free and they don't ticket, but you have to search a bit for those spots as everyone wants them. Always take care not to block anyone's driveway, and to read the street parking signs/ restrictions, so you don't accidentally leave your car on a street where there is a scheduled street cleaning.
I do not permit any smoking in the apartment or outside the apartment, but going down to the sidewalk and smoking there is totally fine by me! :-)
Welcome to my home, I'm happy to have you here! While this is a self-contained unit with its own entrance, it is still a private home with a family living above. Please be quiet in the evening/ morning when leaving and returning home, as sound travels easily, and you wouldn't want to deprive anyone of their sleep and sense of privacy. I expect kindness and respect, no crazy loud parties at all hours of the night, absolutely no smoking inside or out, and just general thoughtfulness.
As for “house rules,” I'm happy to have your friends over, so long as everyone is respectful of the property and it doesn’t get too loud/ raucous. There is absolutely no smoking, either inside or outside (only on the sidewalk downstairs). In general, other than the no tolerance ban on smoking, just do as you would have others do in your own home, and leave the place as you found it when you arrived. In other words, just be nice. ;-)
I love the great outdoors-- riding my bicycle, hiking, and running make me happy beyond compare. I love to read. I enjoy cooking elaborate, delicious meals and sharing them with friends. I adore traveling, and spending time with my family in far-flung locations all over the world. I am a friendly, open, curious and warm person who loves meeting new people and making them feel at home. I would love the opportunity to welcome travelers to San Francisco, and to share all the wonders that this beautiful city has to offer.
My top five things I cannot live without:
3) Reading a great book or The New Yorker
4) My family and friends
Lowest depth of misery:
Being stranded in an airplane without a good book. or any book. or coffee.
I am a relaxed traveler. I don't like to stick to a hard schedule; I prefer to wander around a city by foot and discover the sights and sounds that you find only by getting lost.
I am a wonderful host, if I do say so myself. I like to make people feel taken care of-- to anticipate guests' needs and provide them in advance of their having to ask. I am always present to answer any questions or concerns you may have, but invisible if you want to feel like you are in your own home, free of intrusion. I strive to create a relaxed, happy atmosphere that's clean, comfortable and uncluttered, and that radiates joy. My apartment truly is the perfect place to begin a bright and happy San Francisco morning, and to rewind after an amazing day of exploring this wonderful city. I hope you'll come and visit!