|Minimum Stay||30 nights|
This two bedroom converted attic apartment with private deck sprawls the entire top floor of a nine unit building built in 1909 on the corner of Scott and Filbert in Lower Cow Hollow. It is a well loved jewel with northerly views that will take your breath away.
There is a 3 floor walk up to this quirky, low ceilinged 'penthouse' filled with colorful art and antiques. So, if you have bad knees, are a basketball player, crave beige or blank walls look elsewhere. This is not a typical rental, but our home when we are in town.
All of one's cares literally go out the window once you step into this magical world. The typical responses are 'I want to live here! 'Why don't I live here!' 'Why Didn't Daddy buy this for me!!!'
There have been many modern upgrades since 1909 that make the living experience free and easy. The kitchen is equipped to make any cook happy. There is wi-fi, a Bose CD player with iPod dock, wireless printer/copier, a 32 inch flatscreen, DVD player, Apple T.V. with streaming HBO and Netflix. Outside on the deck, there is seating for 8 and a Weber Genesis BBQ.
There are also so many restaurants nearby that do take-out and two grocery stores with sophisticated prepared menus that if one doesn't feel like cooking there are great options.
The apartment has an open floor plan with two private bedrooms. The Master has a queen size bed and the guest room has a double. Both beds have pillow top mattresses, lovely cotton sheets and goose down comforters. It comfortably sleeps 2 to 3, however in my opinion, the apartment is best enjoyed by two... two VERY responsible, non-smoking adults without pets or small children (too much is too tempting) who enjoy ethnic eclectic and have a sense of humor.
The views and the location are spectacular. Please look at the pictures carefully.
I try to tell the real story, so there are no surprises.
Due to the new changes in the law, the minimum stay is now 30 days.
I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland in a family that valued education, social work, art and travel - more or less in that order! After getting an MA in religious studies, I married and moved to California. I taught art for years in the Bay area while raising two children. My daughter now runs a sailing school in Sydney, Australia and my son is an artist living in Mexico City. I am remarried to an artist and living in Deer Isle, Maine.
Hillary Becton purchased this apartment in 2002
I bought this property because the moment I walked up the final flight of narrow stairs I fell in love. The view, the old world feel, the safe and charming neighborhood and the warmth of the other owners made buying in easy. It is a delightful magical place.
Now that we live in Maine full time and can only visit a few weeks out of the year, I have decided to make the apartment available on VRBO.
Sitting out on the deck in the morning sun drinking coffee, listening for the wild parrots and looking out in any direction is just Heaven... Or sitting in the living room in the late afternoon watching the waning light sweep the city and then burn into the windows over in the Berkley Hills... Or just watching the weather and listening to the fog horns and all the dynamic activity on the Bay... is captivating. Sometimes it is hard to peel away from the view to go to that museum opening, but one of my favorite cities in the world is waiting right outside the door.....
Great apt in a great area of town. It's a walk-up but a very easy one, with a wide staircase down below, and fun attic garret stair for the last floor. Decorated extensively with colorful, fun art, rugs and pottery. Beds are super super comfy, with down pillow toppers and down duvets! Easy walk to restaurants, shops and the Marina Green and Chrissy Field Beach are easily walkable for anyone remotely fit. Amazing views of the GG Bridge, Sausalito and Angel Island. Great deck, been having morning coffee out there and even in the fog, it is sheltered enough to be comfortable outside.
Only thing I didn't consider is the ceiling height. Fine for me (5'8") but my husband (6'4") was worried he was going to wack the lights (he didn't) and he said it was a tad bit challenging to use the loo (standing up). Anyway, none of those issues for me or my daughter.
Kitchen was well stocked. We didn't use most of the appliances, but they looked in good condition. Shower had good water pressure, didn't try the bathtub. Washer and dryer are downstairs (communal) and worked well.
Owner was super easy to communicate with and really went the extra mile with us, letting us check in at 1am because of a late flight. I had told her we would just book a hotel room near the airport as it was so late, but she organized for someone to meet us and let us in.
Overall, if you are looking for something with a boatload of charm, fanciful art and great views... this is your place.
Would give it 3 thumbs up if I had that many thumbs!!!
The apartment is in a great location, quiet neighborhood that is easily accessible to many restaurants, stores and the waterfront. The view is spectacular where you can just sit and watch the boats on the bay and the city wake up while you drink your coffee. The beds are super comfortable and the apartment is just like being at home. The only thing you need is to stop at the store and get some food for your stay! The pictures describe the space perfectly! Walking is a must to discover the areas around you and the amazing architecture. We were continually finding new things each day all around as we explored. I recommend signing up for Zipcar and leaving the city from there. There are pickup locations just a couple of blocks away and it allows for extended adventures without taking time out of your day to pick up a rental at the airport and dealing with parking around the apartment. The owner was very helpful and answered any questions that I had and made great suggestions for places to go. I recommend this rental and would stay here again without hesitation!
I can only echo the comments regarding the location and views.......spectacular. The location is great, close to lots of good neighborhood restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The apartment building was nice and quiet and the accommodation minders couldn't be more helpful.
An ideal base to launch from if you have a car rental and plan to go explore the Northern Californian coast over the bridge.
I will definitely check if this rental is free next time I visit this beautiful neighborhood and city!
The position of this apartment is superb. To be a couple of blocks from the nicest part of Chestnut Street, and a couple of blocks from the beginning of the interesting part of Union Street is amazing.
The views are simply fantastic (both from the living room windows and the roof terrace). I have rented many times in this neighborhood, but this is the first time I have had a view over the bay. It adds another dimension....from the moment you get out of bed in the morning you know you are in wonderful San Francisco.
I would describe the apartment itself as "quirky", and in some ways it suits the city it is in. As the photos show, there is an awful lot of decoration and memorabilia. It is on every shelf and in every corner. You are left in no doubt that you are staying in somebody's home....the owners' personal possessions are everywhere (including wardrobes and drawers). My biggest single complaint would be the lack of a single comfortable seat.
I always love my time in San Francisco, and I enjoyed this apartment. Its position and views more than make up for any shortcomings.
The views of the bay, the bridge and Alcatraz are stunning. The decor is sophisticated-hippy, the facilities are extensive and the beds are ultra-comfortable. If it's sunny, take a barbecue on the deck and if it ever rains (which San Francisco prays for) you have TV, Netflix, quality radio, hundreds of books and DVDs... plus those vistas to gaze at from the picture window. Top marks for helpfulness go to the owner and the accommodation minders.
... feeling much more comfortable to express myself in German I here provide a review in my mother tongue (may be attracting some other Germans to this really nice apartment):
In dieser Dachgeschoßwohnung haben wir – ein Erwachsener und zwei Jugendliche – eine sehr schöne Woche im September verbracht.
Im Vorfeld hatten wir bereits mit Hillary Kontakt und sie hat uns sehr entgegenkommend einen lokalen Parkausweis für unseren Mietwagen besorgt. Da die Verkehrsanbindung zum Apartment sehr gut ist (Haltestellen von Bus-Linie 45 Richtung Innenstadt ist ein Block und für Linie 22 zwei Blöcke entfernt) und San Francisco vor allem fürs Parken anstrengend ist, haben wir nach dem 49 mile Scenic Drive die Stadt und Sehenswürdigkeiten nur noch mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln mit dem 7-Tage CityPass erkundet. Dank des vorhandenen und schnellen WLAN kann man mit der Muni App auf dem Smartphone sogar bis auf die Minute optimieren wann losgelaufen werden muss. Allerdings fahren die Busse so oft und regelmäßig, dass selbst spontanes Loslaufen zu geringen Wartezeiten führte.
Bei der Ankunft empfingen uns Violette und Dave – die lokalen Manager – sehr freundlich und führten uns kompetent in die Wohnung, die Geräte und Technik, den Waschraum sowie die Mülltrennung ein.
Von der Ausstattung des Apartments – Grill auf der Terrasse, allerlei Kochgeschirr und Geräte – haben wir keinen oder kaum Gebrauch gemacht, deshalb kann ich dazu wenig sagen.
Die Inneneinrichtung ist etwas erklärungsbedürftig mit viel südamerikanischem und zum Teil totenkultigem Kleinod ausgestattet. Das war für meine Mädels zuerst etwas irritierend und wurde auf neugierige Nachfrage per eMail von Hillary sehr nett beantwortet.
Wovon ich heute noch schwärme sind die Frühstücke auf der kleinen, aber feinen Terrasse mit Ausblick auf die Bay in Richtung Alcatraz und Nappa Valley. Den Sonnenuntergang habe ich auch mal genießen können. Mit der zum Teil niederen Decke – z.B. im Bad – hatte ich mit meinen 1,83m kein Problem.
Das Apartment liegt im schönen Cow Hollow und ein paar Blocks entfernt gibt es eine Einkaufsmöglichkeit für Alltägliches und Restaurants.
Wenn ich wieder nach San Francisco gehe, werde ich ganz sicher versuchen auch wieder das Apartment zu bekommen.
The corner of Filbert and Scott is within easy walking distance to all of the shops, bars and restaurants on Union St and Fillmore and then going across Lombard to Chestnut St where there are two cinemas, an excellent grocery and meat market, bakeries etc. etc. It is less than a 20 min walk down Scott St to the Marina Green and to the Bay. Zip Cars are nearby and buses or cabs can take you anywhere in the city or beyond. The location is perfect. I have a list of favorite restaurants and things to do. But, you may find that once perched on the deck or inside looking out the picture window at all the activity on the Bay the need to go anywhere slips away...
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My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
I do not do nightly rates, so VRBO's forms don't quite fit. Up to one month will be billed at the same rate of $232 a night
There is a $150 cleaning fee to be paid directly to the manager when returning the keys at the end of the stay.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.