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Joe Bender

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Cozy, Comfy, Centrally-Located 2 Bedroom in Hayes Valley

75 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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2 bedrooms, 1 bath, + sofa bed on entire first floor, at the heart of it all!

This lower level garden rental is a modern, renovated 2 bedroom, 1 bath space with a full, well-equipped kitchen, small, private outdoor hummingbird garden, and a comfortable living room in an owner-occupied, circa 1896 Victorian. It includes othe entire bottom floor of our house and has its own private, gated entry. The unit sleeps up to 5 utilizing the sofa bed in the living room, assuming 2 people per bedroom. Located in vibrant, desirable Hayes Valley, a 5-15 minutes walk takes you to Opera Plaza, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco Civic Center, San Francisco Jazz Center, Fillmore Jazz District, Kabuki Baths, Main Library, Asian Art Museum, movie houses, theaters, art galleries, coffee houses, cafes, Alamo Square Park, Haight Street and more. 20-30 minutes walk takes you to Dolores Park, Powell Street Cable Car turnabout, Westfield Shopping Center, Union Square, Golden Gate Park, The Castro District and South of Market bars and clubs. Public transit is convenient and comprehensive. Easy freeway access to SFO and Oakland Airports, City of Oakland, UC Berkeley, and points east such as Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. Also convenient to Golden Gate Bridge and points north such as Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties and Point Reyes National Seashore, as well as points south such as San Jose and Santa Cruz.

Friendly, discreet owners have lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and are happy to provide advice about dining in or out, how to have a great time on a budget, and memorable, world-class walking tours and day trips. We also know how to leave you alone in your private abode if that is your preference. Free wireless internet access and premium linens and bedding provide for your convenience and comfort. Gated entryway provides privacy and security. Access to private garden patio. Easy daytime street parking, but you don't need a car as our walk and transit scores are 91 and 100 respectively. Chauffeur service available at cost. Comfortable, private, secure.

Keywords: cozy, centrally-located, oak st.,downtown, 2 bedroom

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joe Bender (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Joe Bender

I am a San Francisco Unified School District Special Ed teacher who has lived in and loved this neighborhood for more than 20 years. Ashley and I enjoy making sure our guests get the most out of their visit and are glad to provide advice and directions as requested by guests. However, we won't intrude, and will wait for your request for help. This is a great location for travelers who love exploring urban environments on foot or using public transportation, which is very close and takes you all over the city.

Joe Bender purchased this house in 1986

Why Joe Bender chose San Francisco

We bought this property because of the neighborhood. It has a unique mix of walking convenience to all that a big city has to offer, such as music, theater, museums, restaurants and night life, and yet still retains a homey feeling.

What makes this house unique

The shops, restaurants, and nightlife of this neighborhood are exciting, dynamic and diverse. There is easy freeway access, and so many famous San Francisco sites within easy walking distance, including Alamo Square, Hayes Valley shopping, Opera Plaza, Symphony Hall, Theaters, Museums, The Castro District, City Hall and so much more. One ritual we enjoy is walking our dog at Alamo Square early in the evening during 'doggie social hour' when the best-behaved dogs play together in the park.


based on 75 traveler reviews

Cozy, Comfy, Centrally-Located 2 Bedroom in Hayes Valley
average rating of 4.733333 based on 75 reviews

We didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

If you wonder why so many guests rate this Oak Street jewel with 5 stars, it's because they can't give it 10. We loved gazing at the rows of "Painted Lady" fashioned SF homes, and we applauded our luck at being able to stay in one whose deep hues, gold leafing, and scarlet jewels greeted us in true SF style. Other reviews affirm the apartment's spaciousness, its perfect location within walking distance of so much of SF, its convenient proximity to public transportation, and its eclectic decor. All of the accolades are true. Joe and Ashley's hospitality included super-prompt replies to my e-mailed questions, their cheerful greeting as we arrived, their delightful touches throughout the apartment (tourism literature, stacks of thick towels, a wicker basket of snacks and treats, kitchen cabinets stocked with every basic, the super-comfortable beds...., and their easy accessibility in case we needed them). Our two adult daughters and we (the parents) especially loved slipping into the idyllic apartment garden oasis. In the morning, hummingbirds darted among the brilliant red flowers and suspended feeder; and in the evening whimsical patio lights sparkled above us as we sipped wine and nibbled Joe and Ashley's complimentary Ghirardelli chocolates. We cannot thank them enough for the perfect SF experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! We can't thank you enough for taking the time to write such an amazing review! It was really a pleasure to meet you all, and we really enjoyed the small part we played in your family getting together from all over the continent. May you have many similar reunions in the near future, whether in Alaska or Philadelphia or somewhere in between, and may our paths cross again in another happy time.
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Clean, well-stocked apartment with friendly and attentive owners.

  • 4 of 5

Very nice owners; attentive to our questions prior to staying; allowed us to overnight a package containing some medical equipment we forgot at home.

The apartment was clean, kitchen well-stocked and the small outdoor garden relaxing.

The owners had a three-ring binder on the table with clear and precise instructions on how to use items in apartment and how to access public transportation options, including maps.

We've used VRBO for approximately 10 apartments and you are never quite sure what you will get when you walk in the door. Most are okay but some I would not recommend.

I would definitely recommend this apartment.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a great review. It is easy to take care of the best guests in the world.
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Good break

  • 4 of 5

Great apartment, friendly host who was v available to answer any queries. Great city, steep hills, good food. Would stay here again

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Really Comfortable Stay

  • 4 of 5

Four of us stayed on the house in early April and really quite enjoyed it. It is particularly well located with supermarkets located within very easy walking distance as well as public transport being close by. We were able to park our car pretty much right outside the house which was convenient as well.

The house itself was comfortable and well appointed and was a very welcoming spot after long days of sightseeing in and around San Francisco.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Great, last minute stay at Hayes Valley condo. In SF for business but brought the family last minute. Perfect location, walking distance to great bars, shops, restaurants of Hayes Valley and centrally located within city.

Clean, easy-access and quiet apartment- and Joe was even thoughtful enough to leave us beer/wine/snacks for Super Bowl (which was in town that weekend). We would highly recommend this place to anyone traveling with kids, and looking for a great spot to land in San Fran.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Great location, clean accommodation and fabulous hosts. Our party of 5 thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this home which added to our overall impression with this amazing city.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13.7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Too many to name
Nearest Ferry
2.8 Miles
Baylink Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Presidio Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
MUNI Railway
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
I 80 & 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Too many to name
Nearest Ski
189 Miles
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Chrissy Field
Nearest Point of Interest
Painted Ladies at Alamo Square
Nearest Point of Interest
Hayes Street Shopping
Nearest Point of Interest
Castro District
Nearest Point of Interest
Civic Center Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Westfield Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Fillmore Jazz District
Nearest Point of Interest
United Nations Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Golden Gate Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Haight Ashbury
Nearest Point of Interest
Lower Haight
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Hayes Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Oracle World
Sep 17 2016 - Sep 22 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

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.
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San Francisco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Both bedrooms fitted with soundproofing.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Both bedrooms fitted with soundproofing.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 twin/ single , small convertible bed sleeps only 1
  • King size beds (1) Premium King mattress., Queen size Beds (1) premium queen mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Smaller than a full size, larger than a twin. Very firm.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • tennis
'Private gated entrance'

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