2000+ SQFT HOUSE - STUNNING SF VIEWS! - STEINWAY GRAND PIANO! - PARKING! - WIFI!

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2000+ SQFT HOUSE - STUNNING SF VIEWS! - STEINWAY GRAND PIANO! - PARKING! - WIFI!

Potrero Hill House Rental Photos and Description

House; 2 Bedrooms (queen beds); Sofa Bed (queen), 2 Full Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

This spacious, 3-story, architect-designed and stylishly-furnished house is my private home when I'm not traveling. It sits high on the north slope of Potrero Hill, one of San Francisco's most appealing neighborhoods and a restaurant mecca. Just minutes from downtown San Francisco, it is the perfect short-term residence for vacationers or traveling professionals and executives.

My Potrero Hill House offers sweeping views of downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay from the living room, kitchen, both bedrooms, and from the balconies off the living room & master bedroom (I was standing on the master bedroom balcony when I took the photo of the view of downtown). The large, open living room has a soaring cathedral ceiling with sunlight streaming through the two double French doors, and a huge skylight. The living room features a Steinway grand piano, a dramatic marble fireplace, an award-winning staircase, antique Japanese furniture, original art and sculpture, a high-end stereo sound system, a 46-inch HDTV, and BluRay DVD player.

The master bedroom suite, a private sanctuary that occupies the entire third floor, has a 'wall of windows' framing a magnificent view of downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge (see photo), a sitting area with its own fireplace, a 54-inch HDTV, antique Japanese tansu chests, a balcony, separate dressing room, Japanese-inspired bathroom, and a private redwood deck that floats among the bamboo and Japanese maples in the rear garden.

The second bedroom is smaller but equally stylish with a queen bed, a 42-inch HDTV, and its own large bathroom. There is also a leather couch in the living room which opens into a comfortable queen-size sofa bed.

All three TVs have Xfinity (Comcast) HD cable service with hundreds of channels and many free, on-demand movies. In addition, the TV in the master bedroom provides free access to Netflix. A guest computer with high-speed broadband Internet access is provided, and there is free high speed broadband WiFi throughout the house.

As you have probably already gathered, I am rather fond of my home, but my opinion is shared by others. Previous guests have said 'it is like staying in a miniature museum', 'an architectural gem!', 'one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen', 'incredibly peaceful, a wonderful place to relax'. A real estate professional who stayed for two weeks said, in his review on one web site, 'I have rented many houses in various locations throughout the years. Bill's house was the best ever.' If you need more convincing, just read some of the more than 50 5-star reviews my house has received.

Of course I appreciate all the compliments, but the point is that my Potrero Hill House is more than just a place to store your suitcase and sleep while you are visiting San Francisco. It will be an intimate part of your experience. If you or a member of your family plays the piano, there is a Steinway grand in the living room. If you are a history buff or armchair explorer, you will find one of California's largest private collections of books on Alaska and Russian America. If you are more into literature, there is an extensive collection of books by and about Mark Twain. If you appreciate art, the walls are covered with original works by contemporary artists, none of whom are particularly famous -- yet -- but all of whom are extremely talented and, I am fortunate to say, personal friends of mine. Scattered throughout the house you will discover Eskimo and Native American art and artifacts, sculpture, antique Japanese tansu chests, Persian carpets, and many other treats.

Located high on the coveted north slope of Potrero Hill, my house offers incredible views of San Francisco's famous skyline and is just minutes from the financial district, Moscone Center, Union Square and the SF Giants' ballpark. You can reach any other part of the City (Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.) in 20 minutes or less. San Francisco Airport is 15 minutes away, Oakland and Berkeley are 30 minutes away, Stanford University and Silicon Valley are 30-45 minutes away, Sausalito, Tiburon, and Mill Valley are 30 minutes away. Napa Valley and the wine country are just an hour away, Carmel and Monterey are 2 hours away, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park are 4 hours away.

Potrero Hill is justly famous for having the sunniest and warmest weather in San Francisco. Fortunately, the hills to the west usually protect us from the chilly evening fog that typically covers most of the rest of San Francisco. This safe, quiet, upscale neighborhood is a true delight. Several of San Francisco's best restaurants are within walking distance, including French, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Middle Eastern, and the much-loved Goat Hill Pizza, one of the best pizzeria's in town (all-you-can-eat on Mondays!). Farley's, whose motto is 'friends don't let friends drink Starbucks', is a classic 1950s coffee shop that draws customers from all over the city. If you like beer, the Anchor Steam Brewery tasting room is four blocks down the hill. And then there is Dogpatch, located on the east side of Potrero Hill and just a few blocks away. Home to working-class families for more than a century, Dogpatch, now the 'Dogpatch Historic District', has been discovered by young techies, artists, restauranteurs, and winemakers and is being transformed into one of San Francisco's trendiest new neighborhoods.

Finally, one of the best features of my neighborhood is that it is one of the very few places in San Francisco where there is never have a parking problem for you or your guests! Parking spaces abound and no permit is required. But if you prefer to use public transportation, there is a bus stop one block away.

To make certain that your stay is trouble-free, my house manager lives in a small cottage at the rear of the garden and is ready to assist you as necessary.

In my humble opinion, you will be hard pressed to find any other rental property in San Francisco as unique and wonderful as my Potrero Hill House -- and my low rental rates make it one of the best values in town! So, why stay in a pricey San Francisco hotel or sterile corporate apartment when my house offers twice as much for half the price? Why deal with an agent or property manager when you can deal directly with the owner? My Potrero Hill House is truly one of the best accommodation values in San Francisco!

My rates include all taxes, so when you compare my rates with a hotel, don't forget to add to the rate quoted by the hotel both the 14% San Francisco hotel tax and the 8.5% sales tax. Many San Francisco visitors are shocked when their final hotel bill turns out to be 25% higher than they had anticipated.

PLEASE NOTE: Maximum occupancy is six persons. Minimum stay is three nights. Minimum age is eight years old. Please check my availability calendar before making an inquiry. Because I travel so much, email is my preferred method of contact.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
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About The Owner

I am an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and consultant who has spent more than 25 years in Silicon Valley. I have started several companies of my own and worked with dozens of other embryonic technology ventures providing concept validation, strategic analysis and planning, interim management, mentoring, and investment capital. In a moment of whimsy or insanity (the jury is still out), two friends and I recently put together a group of investors to buy a ruined 17th mill on the Tiber River about an hour and a half from Rome, Italy. We hope to begin restoration soon: www.mulinosultevere.com.

Guestbook comments from the owner

***** Excellent!



Bill: It was a good stay over at your place. It was a comfortable, great priced accommodation where you can really relax, and there was ample room to move around and enjoy. We loved the fireplace and all the windows and use of wood. The kitchen was great. All your books and art give the house a unique, personal feel. You had everything an out-of-town tourist needs!
Nov 2008
  • 1 of 5
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 51 traveler reviews

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2000+ sqft House - Stunning SF Views! - Steinway Grand Piano! - Parking! - WiFi!
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews
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2000+ sqft House - Stunning SF Views! - Steinway Grand Piano! - Parking! - WiFi!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p4975vb
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Potrero Hill San Francisco
Bloomington, MN
5

Just as spectacular as the pictures make it look

  • 5 of 5
We were married in Muir Woods on this trip and spent half the time on a "mini-honeymoon" here. We were originally looking to stay in Marina, Pacific Heights, etc., but saw this and decided to try off the beaten tourist path instead. This was indeed a memorable place. The views are spectacular (being high on a hill), the house is spacious and very elegant, and it really makes you feel like you're living in the city rather than just being a tourist. I've stayed at many good VRBO properties but this one is at the top.
A Whole Foods is conveniently located nearby. We had a car but had no trouble parking the whole time. The neighborhood is very quiet and friendly, with a lot of small restaurants and cafes nearby. It's definitely worth checking out this part of the city!
  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your thoughtful and complimentary review. It was a privilege and a pleasure to have been able to share my house with you for your honeymoon. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together. -- Bill
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2000+ sqft House - Stunning SF Views! - Steinway Grand Piano! - Parking! - WiFi!
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Potrero Hill San Francisco
San Antonio, Texas
5

Peaceful haven in a beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5
If you are looking for a unique location away from the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further. There is nothing lacking in this home - comfort, artful design, spaciousness, beautiful views, a quiet neighborhood, and every amenity you could possibly need. The home was very clean, well-maintained, and my friends and I felt very safe and secure in there and the neighborhood. Choosing not to rent a car wasn't a problem since there are numerous bus stops conveniently located. We had no problem reaching any destination. Download the "Moovit" app if you choose to take public transportation. It was very helpful. Also, download the "uber" app vs. using taxis. The response time is fast, the cost is less than cabs, and there is no tipping! Be sure to make use of the house manual on the dining room table. It's loaded with helpful information - including neighborhood menus at the back! My friends and I were pleasantly surprised to meet the owner of the home who was welcoming and gracious. I would highly recommend this wonderful property for a memorable stay in San Francisco.
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your nice words, Stephanie. The Moovit and Uber apps are great recommendations. For information about the local San Francisco transportation system I also use an app call Quicky because it has some features Moovit doesn't - and vice versa. Please come again!
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2000+ sqft House - Stunning SF Views! - Steinway Grand Piano! - Parking! - WiFi!
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Potrero Hill San Francisco
5

Perfect San Francisco Vacation

  • 5 of 5
Our family of six had a wonderful visit and Bill's Potrero Hill home was exactly as advertised. The double french doors in the living room gave us spectacular views of the city and allowed a wonderful cool afternoon breeze. There are a number of quaint neighbor restaurants in easy walking distance of the house...our favorite was Aperto's. Parking at the house was never a problem, the spot right at the front door was always waiting on us. We would definetly stay at this Potrero house again.
  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words, Bill. San Franciscans come from all over the city to eat at Aperto, so we are lucky to have it within walking distance. Ciao! Bill
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2000+ sqft House - Stunning SF Views! - Steinway Grand Piano! - Parking! - WiFi!
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Potrero Hill San Francisco
5

Comfortable and Beautiful! Best Ever!

  • 5 of 5
It was a joy staying in your home - comfortable and beautiful. We were also very happy to have had the opportunity to meet you. I don't know if you meet everyone, but meeting you made our trip feel more like a personal visit. We liked that. Thanks!



I would say your overall design sense made me feel wonderful just being there. I love your art collection. We went to the Chocolate Lab on our last day. I do wish we had visited sooner!
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice compliments, Carol. It was great to meet you as well, something I don't often get to do because I am usually on the road when my guests are in residence. Please come back soon! -- Bill
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2000+ sqft House - Stunning SF Views! - Steinway Grand Piano! - Parking! - WiFi!
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Potrero Hill San Francisco
Michigan
5

Fantastic Home!

  • 5 of 5
The Potrero Hill House is very spacious, well equipped with everything needed to feel like being at home in San Francisco! Much more comfortable than staying in a hotel in downtown San Francisco! Spectacular view from the master bedroom! Kitchen has everything needed to prepare gourmet meals. Convenient parking is an outstanding asset.
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking time to submit your very complimentary review. As you point out, the easy parking in my neighborhood, a great rarity in San Francisco, is one of the advantages of renting my house. There is always a free parking spot right in front of my garage as well as plenty of nearby street parking for any friends who might visit.
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2000+ sqft House - Stunning SF Views! - Steinway Grand Piano! - Parking! - WiFi!
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Potrero Hill San Francisco
5

Absolutely fabulous

  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay - fantastic home, spacious, lovely location - we highly recommend this place - photos are accurate (believe me some owners show old photos).
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I genuinely appreciate your complimentary review, Gavin. Actually, I need to update the photo of my living room to show the new flat screen TV I purchased a few months ago. Thanks for the reminder! Ciao! Bill
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Francisco International
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 280 / Hwy 101
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Several
Car: recommended

The infinite variety of activities available in and around San Francisco defies description. If you can imagine it you can probably do it in our great city.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Potrero Hill House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
May 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$285
$1,995
 
 
Low Season - Fall
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 21 2014
3 night minimum stay
$255
$1,785
 
 
Christmas/New Year Holiday
Dec 22 2014 - Jan 3 2015
6 night minimum stay
$345
$2,415
 
 
Low Season - Spring
Jan 4 2015 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$255
$1,785
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$255
From
$255
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,785
$7,650
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Maximum number of guests: 6.
Quoted rates are for 1 or 2 guests sharing one bedroom. Rates for additional guests are higher.
Thanksgiving rates same as Xmas/New Year rates.
Arrive/depart dates at least 2 days before/after Thanksgiving/Xmas/New Years
Minimum age 8 years old.
Cleaning fee: $150 for 1-4 guests, $200 for 5-6 guests.
All taxes included.
Absolutely no smoking.
Absolutely no pets.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Potrero Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • PC
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Computer Available
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Telephone
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Stove ...
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Japanese-style; double shower head (shower with a friend!)
    Second Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Master Bathroom: The ensuite Japanese-style master bathroom, recently redone in cedar and black slate, has a large, double-headed shower. It opens onto a private, secluded redwood deck that overlooks the garden. Guest Bathroom: The guest bathroom is modern and spacious with glass-enclosed bathtub
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Entire third floor, panoramic views , 54-inch HDTV
    Second Bedroom - 1 queen , 42-inch HDTV
    Sofa Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-size Sofa bed
  • The spacious master bedroom occupies the entire third floor. On the north side is a wall of glass, opening onto a balcony, that boasts one of the best views of downtown San Francisco. The bedroom is decorated with Japanese antiques and original art. At the east end, there is a cozy sitting area with sofa, coffee table, fireplace, and huge 54' Hi-Def LED flat screen television (cable/Netflix). The ensuite Japanese-style master bathroom is done in cedar and black slate and opens onto a private, secluded redwood deck overlooking the garden. The second bedroom is cozy and comfortable, It has its own full bathroom, a 42-inch HDTV with cable, and a computer with high-speed Internet access.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Books for Adults
  • Piano
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Wood Deck
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • children welcome ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • museums
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • tennis
  • golf
  • hiking
  • cycling
Notes:
***Elegantly furnished with original art & antiques, Steinway grand piano, Persian carpets, computer and broadband WiFi, 46-inch HDTV in the living room, 54-inch HDTV in the master bedroom, 42-inch HDTV in the second bedroom, hundreds of cable channels, many free on-demand movies and streaming Netflix, 2 fireplaces (living room & master bedroom), Japanese-style chef's kitchen, spacious master bedroom with panoramic views of downtown San Francisco and an amazing Japanese-style bathroom, large library of books ***Great Neighborhood! Sunniest and warmest part of San Francisco; Quiet and safe; A dozen top restaurants and cafes within walking distance; Wine bars; Beer tasting; Whole Foods.
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