What a Find! This Hidden Gem in Noe Valley
I grew up in Noe Valley and thought I knew it well. But the Duncan Street Retreat was a delightful surprise!
Tucked behind a streetside property and facing an inner treed courtyard, it is quintessentially (movie perfect) San Francisco. It is not what you'd call luxurious, but the kitchen is truly spacious, the decor homey, and all of the beds really comfortable.[Caveat: beds are doubles and twins - no queen, unfortunately.] Four adults showering each day and we never ran out of hot water - even with the dishwasher running!
The two balconies and the courtyard provide quiet outdoor space front and back. We appreciated having Wi-Fi and a large desk area, an electric fireplace, a large TV and entertainment unit, and laundry facilities. Bonus! we were treated to a bit of classical music, live from the musicians upstairs.
Duncan Street Retreat is so well-located. Noe Valley has a reputation for the best weather in town. Easy transport takes you everywhere in The City via the Muni one short block away - we got to the Embarcadero and CalTrain in less than 30 min. If it's a freeway you want, Hwy 280 heading south and the Bayshore Freeway leading east are just minutes from here and it's an easy cross-town drive to Hwy. 1 heading north.
Church St.has cafes and restaurants for every palate. Besides lunching at a few different cafes and shopping at Chuck's corner store for snacks during our stay, we ate at Toast diner, Pomello's organic, Eric's chinese, and a Thai restaurant, . But make reservations - we got turned away from a popular Italian restaurant on 30th St. one night. Don't miss LoveJoy's Tea Room for High Tea - my favourite - a few blocks north on Church!
24th Street's boutiques, several more ethnic restaurants and Whole Foods, as well as Safeway and Walgreens on Mission Street, banks at both, are within walking distance. Do I sound like a travel agent? No, I'm just proud of the neighbourhood I grew up in and know it well!
So why did we stay at Rae's? Well, my mother passed away and I come from a large family, so we needed space nearby St. Paul's (of Sister Act fame). Duncan Street truly became our retreat for the week.
I could not have asked for more kindness and consideration in this situation than what Rae and her son Jamie provided. They are very thoughtful, too, in how they have supplied the apartment for the comfort of their guests. I am happy to recommend the Duncan Street Retreat for families or friends wanting a great SF experience.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: I'm so glad that Duncan St Retreat met your needs and expectations. We really try to make our place homey, comfy and relaxing. After a busy day visiting family, friends or taking in the sights, coming "home" is always a nice feeling. Thank you for passing on our info to your family and friends. I hope to welcome them to Duncan St Retreat in the future.
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