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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

                                                                                                      Perfect Marina Apartment

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                                                                                                      Terrifically located 3 bedroom apartment. Perfect for families, renovated, roomy, extremely well equipped, with all modern amenities.(wifi, desk top computer, multiple TV's, washer/dryer, etc). Safe, clean, residential neighborhood within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Mason, Fisherman's Wharf, cable cars, and on and on. My wife and I had lived in SF 20 years ago and it was the perfect place to bring our 3 teenage children for a week of fun and exploring all the city and environs has to offer. Hosts Bob and Linda are wonderful hosts.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Lovely, Comfortable Studio with a great host!

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                                                                                                      I recently spent a week at Rayne's lovely studio. I have rented from VRBO and Airbnb several times - this was for sure one of the best experiences. From the initial questions that I had to the booking process and all thru the stay, Rayne was quick in her replies and very professional and helpful. Carolina, the person that manages the apartment, met me upon arrival and gave me a tour of the features, answered questions, etc. There was a lovely welcome basket with various snacks and even included some pears from Carolina's pear tree! The Studio is located on a lovely street in the Marina District - really nice block with gorgeous houses and landscaping. Half a block away, at the end of the street, is the Palace of Fine Arts which has beautiful grounds to explore. Two blocks away is the Bay, the Marina, and the beaches. The neighborhood is a quiet, residential area that felt very safe to me - I walked a lot both during the day and after dark and always felt safe. 10 minutes away is Chestnut Street which has lots of great restaurants and shopping - try Lucca Deli for authentic italian deli sandwiches and prepared foods. A bit further away, up the hill, are the Cow Hollow and Pacific Heights neighborhoods with more fun shopping and lovely homes. The apartment was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked for anyone that might want to cook. The bed, which is actually a Murphy Bed that pulls down from the wall, was very comfortable. The apartment is on the roof of the building and has 3 large windows - one on each side - that provide panoramic views of the Palace of Fine Arts (which lights up at night), the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay, and the San Francisco Skyline. Alcatraz is view-able as well. It was very quiet, both during the day and in the evening. Note that there are 4 flights of stairs to be climbed to reach the studio which Rayne notes in the listing - this worked out fine for me(I got my workout for sure! Lol);however, just something to be aware of. Great stay. Thank you Rayne!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Good Rental for Families Visiting Bay Area

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                                                                                                      We stayed in this rental with family visiting from overseas and found it to suit us well. It was clean, comfortable, and exactly as advertised.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016