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Victorian House Steps to Dolores Park, Restaurants & Castro

Navin Agrawal

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish, italian, hindi
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house

Navin Agrawal

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish, italian, hindi
Response time:
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Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2015
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Victorian House Steps to Dolores Park, Restaurants & Castro

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house

Overview

Castro District House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Classic 1899 Victorian, steps from Dolores Park.

Recently fully restored top-to-bottom, the flat has two handsome bedrooms, each with a queen bed, with lots of natural light, two full bathrooms, living room, formal dining room, and large back patio with outdoor fireplace and manicured garden. The kitchen is a chef's dream -- a classic motif with modern amenities which include a six-burner gas stove, large refrigerator, lit cabinets and refrigerated wine cellar.

This upstairs flat is approximately 1,800 square feet (170 square meters), has 14-foot high (4.3 meter) ceilings throughout, and can accommodate 1-4 comfortably. Brand new amenities include washer, dryer, refrigerator, Direct TV Satellite and Wi-Fi.

Take a movie at the Castro Theatre. Stroll through Dolores Park. Have the best burrito or crepe or falafel in the Mission. Get fresh groceries and pharmaceuticals 24/7. All within walking distance. As is public transit -Muni, BART and the easiest place to catch a taxicab in San Francisco.

The Lower Level Studio (ground floor level) is also available *see ad 'Spacious Victorian Studio' listing # 207712

Keywords: Victorian House

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Navin Agrawal (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish, italian, hindi
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2015

About Navin Agrawal

I'm a San Francisco resident since 1999 and appreciate the beauty and character of the historical homes of San Francisco.

Navin Agrawal purchased this house in 2006

Why Navin Agrawal chose Castro District

Live like a true San Franciscan in an 1899 Victorian which is located in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of San Francisco where you get the local feel, from the creative arts to the array of savory foods from the diverse ethnic restaurants.

What makes this house unique

I love the local feel of the neighborhood. Dolores Park, which is around the corner is a great place to soak in the sun and people watch. A short walk to the Valencia Street corridor and I can find almost any ethnic cuisine to fulfill my palate.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
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Reviews

4.7
based on 28 traveler reviews

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Victorian House Steps to Dolores Park, Restaurants & Castro
average rating of 4.678571 based on 28 reviews
4

Enjoyed our stay

  • 4 of 5

I was re reading the previous reviews and have to shake my head at those who complained about the noise. This is a city and with a city can come every city noise imaginable from street noise to neighbor noise. If you do not want to stay in a city, then go to the Suburbs. I was so excited to be staying is such a beautiful home especially since I am currently renovating a 1930s home. I was studying all the little details about this house and hope to find some similar items for my house. This may be a little detail that others may not notice but is something that is unique - your towels and sheets are amazing! Where did you get them? I couldn't figure out the brand names. The beds were sooo comfortable. I know it sounds weird to rave about such things but I have stayed in many vacation rentals around the world and never has an owner cared about those things so I just wanted to point them out.

I do have a couple of suggestions:

1. You should create a "information" binder that gives your guest information about the house. I have seen other vacation rental owners do this and it is very helpful and may help eliminate some of the complaints that people have. Such as where to find the toilet paper (I figured you would have some so I just looked in the most obvious place and easily found them) Also how to work the TV, stove, laundry, fireplace. Even though you may think these things are obvious, it doesn't hurt to provide the info.

2. You do need an internet "booster" to help get internet in the back of the house. The signal is very strong up until you get to the 2nd bedroom but then you cant get it in the kitchen or dining room. I don't know what the technical name is for them other than booster but I have them all over my house in Bermuda because our walls are made of concrete so the signal needs a boost. It is something you can easily plug into the wall in the dining room.

We absolutely loved being here. The neighborhood is perfect and we will definitely be back again.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
2

Pretty but flawed

  • 2 of 5

The good, pictures accurately reflect the home, neighborhood is great and the downtown train is right on the corner.

The bad, Broken television. The owner claimed on a previous response it had been replaced April 9th but was still broken during our stay 2 weeks later. Several promises were made and broken for a replacement, disappointing service.

Some more good, beds are comfortable, appliances are high end and overall the décor while showing light wear is nicely finished.

Sadly more bad, Noise, I don’t believe we had unusual expectations of quiet and are not overly sensitive to noise having lived and stayed in many cities. While money and time has clearly been spent on the home, sadly noise abatement has been neglected.

I’m prepared to accept that we may have been unfortunate in experiencing a perfect storm of noise events during our stay, but a few were predictable and I believe should be disclosed to future guests.

The house is on a busy street and road noise is loud at night but acceptable given the location, I wouldn't mark the house down based on it alone.

The neighbor’s dog(s) -- the only visible one being a large malamute is a howler. Again not a problem on its own, but they do seem to have several more dogs in the home (referred to as a dog rescue by another reviewer) and when the other dogs join in, the cacophony is unpleasant.

Construction, the house 2 doors down is under substantial construction. The entire first floor and basement are being excavated. Construction has been going on for several months according to neighbors and will continue for six more. This is obviously out of the owners hands but given the scale he has to know and should make renters aware that crews are operating 7am to 7pm 7 days a week. Loud generators, earth movers, concrete trucks and pneumatic drills. In short, a real racket.

Downstairs unit, Regular conversation level from downstairs is clearly audible throughout the house and if you’re unfortunate enough to have a bickering couple below it feels like you’re sharing a room. Two nights of screaming and wailing and we knew way to much about the couple below. This could be easily solved with an additional door at the bottom of the stairs. One interior door is insufficient sound separation between the rental units.

Bottom line, the home looks great and has some lovely details but all the ornate door hinges in the world aren't going to help you sleep through the night.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Whitney, Thank you for the wonderful review. Sorry I was not able to get back to you in time for your request for a refund because the TV was not working and that there is construction happening to a house a few doors down. The construction happening a few doors down is beyond my control and I was not aware of this since I am traveling at the moment. As you know, the TV was being shipped when I said it was replaced in another previous review. As you recall, the new TV did arrive but was delivered with a huge crack on the screen. We had to send the TV back and the new (2nd replacement) has arrived today. Attention new guests: There is a brand new 55" HDTV with AppleTV to watch Netflix, DVD player and Satellite TV, but I hope people don't come to San Francisco to watch TV! You state "Several promises were made and broken for a replacement, disappointing service" Not sure which promises were made because I do not recall making or breaking any promises to you. Disappointing service? Because I didn't refund the money you asked for because of the construction going on several houses away? Some people will be unhappy even if they have the sun and moon, but that's better left to be dealt with the professionals. Also, the neighbor does have dogs next door and they howl or bark occasionally. I will try to contact my neighbor about this, but again, it is just occasionally. You can go to practically any neighborhood in San Francisco and hear dogs barking occasionally because San Francisco is a city full of dogs and dog lovers! As for the Studio below, it is normally quiet unless someone is shouting which is normal to hear. I only hope guests staying in the flat either upstairs or downstairs flat are considerate of their neighbors. You mentioned there is only one door from the upstairs to the downstairs. There are actually two doors. One from the Studio Hallway to the Studio and then one from the stairs to the upper flat. I'm not sure how you are able to know there is only one door since the door from the stairs that go up to the upper flat remains locked. I appreciate your positive feed back and sorry about your first world problems. I hope you will find a better place to stay on your next trip to San Francisco because unappreciative guests are not welcome back. Cheers, Navin
5

Beautiful Home: Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and young kids stayed at Dolores Victorian in April of 2015. The home was beautiful and clean. The back patio was charming. Very close to parks and dining. We loved everything about it. Hope to come back again.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Chad! I'm happy to hear you and your family appreciated this home. Cheers, Navin
Spearfish SD
3

Great spot, but you may need some earplugs

  • 3 of 5

Good news: beautiful, super cute, loved the back patio, comfy beds, good shower, walking distance to great spots, Uber was our means of transport. Bad news: dog rescue being operated next door- earplugs needed, incessant barking, one got out and we had to deal with it so it didn't get hit in the street-not really how we wanted to spend our last night. The owner did respond to messages, but he was out of the country and got them after the fact. TV needs replaced: no adjustment fixed this picture-NCAA tournament was on and we're a bunch of girls from IN who wanted to watch. TWO rolls of TP for 5 girls for 4 nights....TWO. I get having to buy some TP but really, TWO? No wifi on back patio fyi-not a huge deal. They ask that you start a load of laundry when you leave, but there's no detergent. A handful of Tide Pods would be nice. Two washcloths. Oh and the cleaning staff was still there at 4pm and we had to fold the load of sheets in the dryer. So a bunchof little things resulted in 3 stars. Most of it was not a big deal, but we felt like they were worth mentioning for an honest review.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Heather, I'm sorry to hear about the next door neighbor's dog getting out onto the street. You did a wonderful deed by saving the neighbors dog, however, I don't think that should reflect on a negative review for my home since it was an issue with the next door neighbor. I have contacted the Animal Control department of San Francisco about the dog rescue operation you said is going on. I was not aware of this recent activity since I have been traveling abroad. The flat screen HD Sony TV which is less than 2 years old became faulty during your stay and has since been replaced with a brand new set. There is an abundance of toilet paper in the laundry room cabinets as well as laundry detergent. Sorry that you did not find them, but a little peek in the cabinet is all it takes. I have also upgraded the wi-fi router so that the signal is now strong enough to be picked up in the back patio. I really appreciate your honest feedback as it helps me improve stays for my future guests. The cleaning crew is usually done by 3:30pm, however, sometimes the previous guest are inconsiderate and leave a huge mess for the housekeepers which was the case when you checked in. The housekeepers have a high standard of cleanliness to ensure the highest standard of quality. I apologize for your first world problems and I hope you will NOT consider this home again when you visit San Francisco. :) Cheers, Navin
New Orleans
5

Genie

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful home and our experience was a great one. We felt at home and relaxed and slept so well on the comfortable beds. The neighborhood was easy to access and close to everything- we would most certainly stay here again!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Francisco, CA USA
5

OMG this home is GORGEOUS!!! Wow! 10 STARS!

  • 5 of 5

OMG this house is gorgeous!!!! wow! Its straight out of HGTV – amazing! The attention to detail in the décor is outstanding – the claw foot tub, lighting fixtures, unique furniture and even the modern appliances that blend perfectly with the Victorian feel. Its really amazing! I kinda chuckled when I saw the hinge photos in the rental listing, but I get it now. The detail in this renovated Victorian is amazing. Most Victorian homes in SF are made of paint and dirt, but this home is immaculate. Its very cozy and the layout is perfect for small dinner parties or taking time out to have privacy. The backyard is completely private with a working fireplace. The flat is a few blocks from Castro street and a block from Dolores Park, easy buslines and J church train. Very quiet...did I mention gorgeous?!?

Check-in/check-out was super easy, key in the lockbox - have a great time! (no annoying property managers ;)

Navin - thank you for opening your doors to us, we LOVED staying there. I have never been in a Victorian that was in such immaculate condition. I know you put a ton of money into your home – again, gorgeous!

I can't wait to have more friends come visit so we can all come back!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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Castro District House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125.00 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59.00
Tax Rate 15.0%

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Castro District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2) Brand New Top of the Line Sealy Beds
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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