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Built in 1875 and restored to its original grandeur, but with thoroughly contemporary infrastructure, this classic San Francisco house is of a quality almost never seen on the rental market. This is our home, and we rent it only occasionally. We're going to Italy for Christmas, so the house will be available only for 16 nights over the holidays, and we are asking our renters to take care of our lovely cat, Isabel, while we're away. In return we are offering the house at a steeply discounted rate.
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 14-foot ceilings, bay windows, and many-colored gingerbread in the classic "painted lady" style. There are hundreds of good books, an extensive collection of recorded music, and high-end audio equipment. The furniture and the art collection are of very high quality. The kitchen is outfitted to professional standards, including a Garland six-burner range and restaurant cookware.
The house is in a quiet, refined neighborhood of Lower Pacific Heights, but is only a mile from Union Square, the heart of San Francisco. The restaurants, shops, and other amenities on and around Fillmore Street, two blocks away, are extraordinary. Within a short ride are the symphony, the opera, 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 are SPQR, State Bird Provisions, The Progress, Pizzeria Delfina, Dosa, Woodhouse Fish Company, Octavia, B. Patisserie, La Boulangerie, Elite Cafe, Florio, Roam Artisan Burgers, 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 and Chinatown offer bargain dining at a very high level in various East Asian cuisines.
Elizabeth is a musician, a musicologist, an environmental consultant, and an entrepreneur--she has recently founded the very 'green' Greener Cleaners in San Francisco.
Tom is a writer. His latest books are The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance (2012) and The Killing of Wolf Number Ten (2015). His new book, The Inner Life of Cats, wil be published in March 2017.
Isabel, our beloved cat, is gentle, friendly, and a lovely companion. We ask that you take responsibility for her while we're gone--feeding, keeping her litter box clean, playing with her--in return for which we are offering a sharply discounted rent.
Tom McNamee purchased this house in 1998
You will not find a more elegant or more comfortable house at a better location anywhere in San Francisco.
A superb neighborhood, two blocks from Fillmore Street. A great book and music collection, a Steinway grand piano, beautiful furnishings, a professionally equipped kitchen, peace and quiet. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
My partner & I from Florida, and a friend from LA met in San Francisco and decided to use homeaway.com 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.
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.
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