This is a charming and Bohemian San Francisco flat centrally located on Russian Hill. The flat is the top of two units in an historic cottage on Macondray Lane, a lovely walking Lane which runs between Taylor and Jones streets. This lane is vibrant green with abundant gardens and a brick and cobblestone walk way. One feels in the country rather than the city and the noise of the streets and city sounds are muffled in this sequestered lane. The house was built in 1850 and has a warm charm and lovely furniture and decor. The owners prefer to rent to those who'd like to stay for two weeks or longer.
It has a tower bedroom with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. (There isn't a bathroom connected to the master bedroom.) Just off the tower bedroom is a roof deck with wrought iron table and chairs and a gas grill for entertaining. This deck includes views of the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz and Coit Tower. The 4th of July fireworks can be enjoyed from here. The second room is a small den with a daybed/trundle which can sleep 2, and has a separate TV/DVD. (No closet.)
The living room has historic warm Mahogany paneling, views, a fireplace, and a table for eating. The dining room seats 8 - 10 and is equipped for entertaining including cloth tablecloth and napkins. The kitchen has a Wolff stove, and is fully furnished for your convenience, and is adjacent to a sunny breakfast room which looks out on Taylor Street. The bathroom has a shower as well as a separate whirlpool tub.
This unit contains lovely and sometimes rustic decor, art and books. It is by no means an impersonal condo. Please be aware that due to new laws imposed by the City of San Francisco, we can only rent it for stays of at least 30 days.
Most tenants find they do not need a car as there is a Green Grocer, Wine Shop and the SearchLight Market within 2-3 blocks, and it is an easy walk to North Beach, Polk Street Shopping District, China Town or Fisherman's Wharf. Convenient bus stops are just 1 block away. However, tenants can rent a secure parking space in a building 3 blocks away on Hyde Street.
MACONDRAY LANE (Information from the Russian Hill Neighbors website):
'Sandwiched between Green and Union Streets and between Taylor and Leavenworth Streets, Macondray Lane is a secret find. The block between Jones and Taylor is most significant. Macondray Lane has long captured the hearts of San Franciscans and visitors for its woodsy enclave with charming cottages, interesting new buildings, and most special of all, gardens on the south side of the public path. As you traverse the lane you will find many different garden areas, yet they all seem to fit together. This was an early enclave for artists and writers including California Poet Laureate Ina Coolbrith and, for many years, some of the city's leading newspapermen. The informal landscaped gardens began early in the twentieth century.
In the late 1970s, Macondray Lane was memorialized as 'Barbary Lane' in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City.
15-17 Macondray Lane, 'Giuseppe Cadenasso Flats,' Architect unknown, c.1872-1892 depending on the historic resource. This is the sole Macondray Lane survivor of the 1906 fire—a very simple rectangular plan building with baroque garlands of plaster draped across each of its two front doors. One source suggests that this building was pre-built and shipped around the 'Horn.' Its second owner, Cadenasso (resident from 1908-1918) was a major California landscape painter and taught in the art department at Mills College in Oakland.'
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