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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sleeps 4; beautifully restored; great neighborhood

1875 Victorian, classic multicolored "gingerbread" façade, elegant interior, superb kitchen. This is our home, and we almost never rent it.

The house includes two home offices (one as part of the front bedroom, the other a separate room). The bedrooms, on the second floor, sleep two couples, and each has its own bathroom. The master bath is especially luxurious. There is also a half-bath downstairs. The first floor includes a large professionally equipped kitchen, a large separate dining room, and a double parlor with a Steinway grand piano.

This is a quite luxurious house, with 12-foot ceilings, bay windows, and all the interior ornamentation that is traditional in the "painted lady" style. There are hundreds of good books, an extensive collection of recorded music, high-end audio equipment, Blu-ray DVD and HD Roku TV. The furniture is of very high quality. Our art collection is eclectic, and extensive; it includes several very valuable works.

The kitchen is outfitted to professional standards, including a Garland six-burner range and restaurant cookware. We welcome you to use our china, sterling flatware, and Riedel glasses.

Our garden is small, but it offers flowers, herbs, and two little Meyer lemon trees. The house is in a quiet, refined neighborhood of Lower Pacific Heights. It is only a mile from Union Square, the heart of San Francisco. The restaurants, shops, and other amenities on Fillmore Street, two blocks away, are extraordinary. Several of the restaurants have Michelin stars, and one (State Bird Provisions) was named Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appétit magazine in 2012. Within a short ride are the symphony, the opera, the Asian Art Museum, Golden Gate Park (with its splendid De Young art museum and the California Academy of Sciences), the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ferry Building farmers' market, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, downtown shopping, the boutiques of Union Street and Chestnut Street, and a wide variety of entertainment venues. Major churches and synagogues are within walking distance.

The location is unbeatable for food lovers.: the farmers' market at the Ferry Building is probably the best in the United States. Groceries available nearby, at Mollie Stone's and Bryan's markets, are also of remarkable quality. The kitchen is equipped with the best professional equipment. The restaurants within a short distance are among the city's best. In this neighborhood alone, in addition to State Bird, are SPQR, The Progress, Pizzeria Delfina, Dosa, Woodhouse Fish Company, Octavia, B. Patisserie, Elite Cafe, Florio, Roam Artisan Burgers, Wise Sons Bagel & Bakery, Black Bark BBQ, Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar (with genuine sustainable fish only!), and the myriad restaurants of Japantown. Among San Francisco's fine dining restaurants within easy reach are Campton Place, Zuni Cafe, Quince, Atelier Crenn, Rich Table, Saison, La Folie, and Acquerello. The Richmond District offers bargain dining at a very high level in various East Asian cuisines--and dozens of discoveries. Tommy's Mexican Restaurant, for example, is not great dining, but the bar has an encyclopedic collection of tequilas as well as bartenders capable of explaining them in detail. The Hakka cuisine at the outwardly modest Ton Kiang is, we believe, as good as any other Chinese food in the city.

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Registration Number : delist-temp

Tom McNamee
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, italian
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Calendar last updated:
November 26, 2017

About Tom McNamee

Elizabeth is a musician, a musicologist, an environmental consultant, and an entrepreneur--she recently founded the very 'green' Greener Cleaners in San Francisco.

Tom is a writer. His most recent books are The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions (2017),The Killing of Wolf Number Ten (2015), The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance (2012), and Alice Waters and Chez Panisse (2010).

Tom McNamee purchased this house in 1998

Why Tom McNamee chose Lower Pacific Heights

You will not find a more elegant or more comfortable house at a better location anywhere in San Francisco. There is probably no other property that is more truly San Franciscan. For taking care of our lovely kitty Isabel we are offering a reduction of our usual rate by $100 a day.

What makes this house unique

A superb neighborhood, two blocks from Fillmore Street. Besides the great book and music collection, the Steinway grand piano, the beautiful furnishings, the professionally equipped kitchen, this is a place of peace and quiet. With its high ceilings and soft Oriental rugs and all its orginal Victorian ceiling fixtures, rosettes, brackets, moldings, and corbels, this house just speaks relaxation.

For hikers and bikers, we're a half-hour drive from Mt. Tamalpais and the whole wildlands complex of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. For urbanites, we're just over a mile from Union Square, within walking distance of the brilliantly remade and expanded SFMOMA, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, and much else of what has made San Francisco legendary as an urban destination.


Lower Pacific Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 2nd Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Downstairs Guest Bathroom - toilet
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , large, luxurious, marble counter, 2 sinks, private w.c.
  • Spotless, top-of-the-line fixtures. Lots of light.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 double
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double
  • Luxurious master suite with balcony, two large closets, large lavish bathroom; four-poster bed, antique furniture.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Professional-quality kitchen, Steinway grand piano, fine art, wi-fi, 12-foot ceilings, office, extensive library, double parlor, dining room, garden, garage. A very comfortable and luxurious house in one of San Francisco's best neighborhoods. Few houses of this caliber are ever offered on the rental market.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Beverly. MA, U.S.A.

S.F. Victorian - Property # 108754

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this house several times over the past few years. It is an elegant Victorian which has been updated with a gourmet kitchen, and is very well maintained. It is located in a very desirable area for shopping, restaurants, and transport to other parts of the city. There is one point which prospective renters should know for their convenience and safety, and that is that the house has a fairly steep, long stairway to the second floor, which would not be suitable for handicapped or seniors who could not negotiate the stairs. Parking in the area is very limited, so unless part of the garage of the property is available, this can be a problem. Overall, we have enjoyed this delightful house, and would recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2009
  • Stayed: January 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We've arranged for the garage to be available (just one car, though).
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A very rare rental indeed.

  • 5 of 5

I would absolutely recommend this. We had a lovely visit over Christmas and New Year, in a new area of the city for us. It's an immaculate property, a home that has benefited from years of love and attention from the owners, that fits like a well-worn glove that's been well looked after. It's ideal for a party of three (or four). I'd say that the listing description and photos even undersell it a little! The owners were an absolute pleasure to deal with, and made the whole experience totally painless and also made a number of helpful suggestions accumulated from many years spent in the city.

Lower Pacific Heights is a great place to stay, as it's a proper residential neighbourhood but still with a great bus service to Downtown San Francisco. The Fillmore Street shops are just a few blocks away, including a Mollie Stones Market for all your basic grocery needs. Locally, we dined at Pizzeria Delfina and Fresca Fillmore; a little further afield we particularly enjoyed Coi and Atelier Crenn, both only a short bus (or taxi) ride away.

The delights of San Francisco don't really need retold by me: suffice to say that this was our sixth visit to the city and we're still a long way off exhausting its delights. No doubt we will be back, and I hope that we will manage to stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Manhattan , KS

True San Francisco dream home

  • 5 of 5

If you want to experience the city, this home provides a beautiful oasis of true San Fran culture and life. Within (2) blocks of the Filmore St. District with excellent shopping and restaurants plus easy access to transit/bus system. The owners are very helpful on providing information and services. They have lovingly cared for and updated this Victorian San Francisco dream home with both modern and historical decor. The kitchen IS a cooks delight and beautiful dishes, cooking basics, all needed utensils are provided. We were able to walk or take public transportation to do everything we wanted to see/do during our stay.( pick up MUNI and Bart information while at the airport). To see the wine country we hired a private driver for the day, but you would able to easily access the larger tour groups available at fisherman wharf . This was a special anniversary trip for us and another couple and staying here was everything we could hope for in a romantic get away!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow--what can we say? We're just delighted and grateful.
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Wonderful home, Wonderful owners

  • 5 of 5

This home had everything we needed, was very functional, is extremely well located and the owners could not have been more pleasant or efficient. Our expectations were met in every way and the whole process could not have been easier.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home - great location!

  • 5 of 5

The home is very nicely kept up and very well stocked. The location was great. Gorgeous church right across the street. The owners were very accommodating and very helpful in giving recommendations of things to do around the area. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Home. Great Location.

  • 5 of 5

My partner & I from Florida, and a friend from LA met in San Francisco and decided to use rather than being cramped into 1 hotel room or renting 2 hotel rooms.

This home is beautifully maintained and nicely furnished. The kitchen was my favorite room - we cooked breakfast every morning and enjoyed the backyard garden.

The location is good with restaurants and shops nearby and we used the local buses to get around the city when we didn't feel like walking. We did rent a car for a couple days during the weekend to get to Napa Valley and easily found parking on the street.

I've already told friends & family that if they're heading to San Franciso, that this home is a great option.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Ferries to Marin County, East Bay, Alcatraz
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
At least fifteen within a five-minute walk
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: not necessary

Restaurants nearby include SPQR (a brilliantly creative trattoria), State Bird Provisions (Bon Appetit's 2012 Restaurant of the Year), Florio (our regular favorite for casual dinners out), Pizzeria Delfina Pizzeria (as good as it gets), Dosa (luxurious Indian), Roam (superb hamburgers), Woodhouse Fish Company (New England style lobster rolls, etc.), Fresca (Peruvian); and many others. Japantown, a short walk away, has well over a dozen fine restaurants. Also in Japantown is the Kabuki Hot Springs and Spa, with great massages.The Sundance movie theatre complex, showing interesting independent films in exceptional comfort, is four blocks away. The Richmond District, with its many Chinese and other Asian restaurants and shops, is one mile to the west. The Golden Gate Bridge, a short drive away, provides access to Mt. Tamalpais (25 minutes) and Point Reyes National Seashore (1 hour). Golden Gate Park is one mile to the southwest, the Presidio a half-mile north. Union Square, the heart of San Francisco, is slightly over a mile to the east--a 15-minute bus ride at the most. Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, the Ferry Building with its extraordinary farmers' markets, SoMa--all can be reached in less than fifteen minutes by taxi, half an hour or less by bus or a brisk half-hour's walk. The beautiful Gothic-style St. Dominic's Church (Roman Catholic) is right across the street from the house; Grace Cathedral (Episcopal) is a 15-minute walk; two synagogues--Congregations Sherith Israel and Beth Sholom--are within walking distance, as are a number of other houses of worship. Shops within a short walk include Mollie Stone's luxury grocery and butcher shop, D&M Wines (specializing in champagne and old brandies), fine clothing stores, and all the usual amenities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $99

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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