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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.

Additional fees apply. Taxes may be added.
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                                                                                                      Recent San Francisco Reviews

                                                                                                      Real San Francisco

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The description of this property says it all: it's in a great location, close to many, many restaurants, the cable car, Fisherman's Wharf and the ferry piers, Chinatown, and the financial district. It is walking distance to most of these sights. The combination of "old" San Francisco architecture and modern amenities make this place perfect for a family or two or three couples. You couldn't ask for anything more.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Cozy Place

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This was a very nice place to stay. Very cozy and comfortable. It's located extremely close to multiple bus stops. No car was necessary. There's a small market close by. Within walking distance of a lot of things. Some have commented on hearing walking around from above. Alev let me know when they were having company and said to let them know if it was too loud. It was never too loud. I received my deposit back with days of leaving. My only complaint was the stairs are dark if you get back late. They're steep too so it's something to keep in mind with heavy luggage.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Terrific Location! Nice amenities!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Stayed here in early November 2016. Property owner was great to work with and has thought of everything. The appliances in the kitchen are high end. The beds were very comfortable. It was nice having 1.5 baths so that two people could use bathroom at same time. The property was recently updated and is in a very safe neighborhood and convenient to the Fisherman's Wharf. Going the opposite direction on Stockton toward Filbert has a LOT of restaurants and nightlife. I highly recommend a neighborhood bakery called Victoria's Pastry Company. I do not recommend renting a car in the city if you are just going to stay in the city. Parking is challenging. But if you do, research which parking lots to garage your vehicle. It is expensive and few have in/out privileges. Parking on the street is limited. Just use Uber and public transit. The neighborhood is quiet too. For those of you in the south with central air like me, be careful in the summer months. Many places in the city do not have central air. Fortunately, the temperature was great and fans were provided for guests in each bedroom. I would definitely stay at this place again. There is even a corner market one block down that has all the essentials.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Nov 2016