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Rent a House in San Francisco

The crown jewel of the Bay Area in Northern California, San Francisco is as famous for its arts offerings and ethnically diverse districts as it is for its landmark bridge. When vacationing in the City by the Bay, consider renting a house or apartment. You'll be able to experience a neighborhood the way a local would while also enjoying some of the comforts of home such as a washing machine, reserved parking spot, satellite television service, fireplace or outdoor grill.

Dining

The city's compact 49 square miles are literally packed with restaurants and eateries serving Moroccan, Italian, Mexican, Greek and Japanese dishes, to name a few, and locales pop up every day serving some type of new fusion cuisine. The areas known as South of Market and the Mission District, especially, have been gaining fame among foodies.

Culture

Museums

San Francisco takes pride in the number of museums within its city limits. The de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor house exhibits dedicated to American and European paintings and sculptures. The Asian Art Museum's very extensive collections include art from China, India and Japan. Several of Coit Tower's walls are home to excellent 1930s murals inspired by Diego Rivera's style.

Performing Arts

San Francisco boasts its own symphony and jazz music center, as well as an opera and a ballet company. This is in addition to the dozens of theaters and venues which regularly present film screenings, plays, dance recitals and concerts.

Shopping

For world-class shopping in the city there's no need to look any further than Union Square. The area is home to major retailers, upscale boutiques and exclusive designer stores in addition to art galleries, cafes and clubs.

Outdoor activities

Cable Cars

A ride aboard an iconic San Francisco cable car is an experience unto itself, providing great views of the city and the bay as the cable car travels along one of three routes, all of which go through Nob Hill. This neighborhood is graced by a Notre Dame replica, Grace Cathedral, and some stately homes dating back to before the 1906 earthquake.

Pier 39

This is a touristy area, but also a must do. Enjoy the street performers and shops, then be sure to savor a traditional sourdough bread bowl with clam chowder before stopping to greet the sea lions that have taken up residence here.

Planning Your Visit

Due to foggy, windy marine conditions, San Francisco's weather is the exception to the rule that says California's climate is sunny and warm all year. The best weather conditions can be found in the late summer and early fall months, when highs are normally in the 70s or low 80s, and even then, it's a good idea to wear layers topped by a jacket. Autumn is also a great time to visit if you're a chocoholic—it's when visitors can sample chocolates and fine wines at the annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival.

Options for Getting to San Francisco

San Francisco has its own international airport served by many major airlines. It's located approximately 13 miles from the downtown area. The process of renting a car there is simplified by the fact that there are many rental agencies in one centralized Rental Car Center. Advanced reservations for private limousine and town car service are required; vans providing shared ride services don't require pre-booking, but their travel times are lengthened if they have to make multiple stops. There are also public bus and rapid rail routes that stop at San Francisco International Airport and then proceed to different points in the city.

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                                                                                                    Recent San Francisco Reviews

                                                                                                    Vacations in great house!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Our family and friends loved stay in this great house in Tiburon. In the morning we could see the sunrise in San Francisco bay from the big balcony of the house. The living room is equipped with big TV as well as comfortable sofas which invited us to movie sessions at night. The house had even a mini golf with two holes for the kids have fun. The house also is very functional with a nice kitchen and comfortable rooms. The owners, Dennis & Suzy, spoiled us with a delicious lemon pie (made with lemons from the house) and made us feel at home! We recommend this house for adults & kids.
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Jan 2017

                                                                                                    Cozy modern cottage, clean comfortable perfect!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    I Loved this nicely decorated sweet cottage just 1.5 blocks from Solano avenue in a lovely neighborhood. My hostess Joan was very response to any questions I had. I especially loved the large hot shower at the end of a long day. It was exactly what I was looking for. I hope to stay next time I come to Berkeley.
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Jan 2017

                                                                                                    Overall, we had a very nice stay at this superbly-equipped home.

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    From fast wifi connections to new flat-screen TV's to just about every kitchen appliance and convenience a person could wish for, Thea's house was exceptionally well-equipped. Our kids live not far away, so Thea's became the venue for family dinners, and it was nice to find that there was a well-stocked pantry with spices and condiments, as well as the usual (and specialized) cooking utensils and kitchen gadgets. The only possible drawback, although the fact was plainly described ahead of time, is that there is one bathroom to be shared between the two bedrooms. The couple with whom we shared the home were very good friends, easy-going, considerate and flexible, so the bathroom did not pose a problem, but there were times when another bath would have been welcomed. The radiantly-heated floors were a treat on the cool December Marin County days, and the view to the lush backyard area was serene. In summary, a pleasant vacation stay in a nice neighborhood, convenient to local restaurants or to the City with a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. And for those with exercise in mind, there are wonderful hiking trails that wind over the hill to the ocean!
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Dec 2016