Townhome, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)
Lisa, Diana, and Rob Duca
About Lisa, Diana, and Rob Duca
Diana and I are proud to welcome you to our home, The San Francisco Duck’s Nest! Just as you are carefully choosing a place which will make your visit special, we too are looking for thoughtful, caring, special folks who will care for our home as if it were their own. The Duck’s Nest gets its name from Rob’s longtime nickname “the Duck” (although we are not even certain whether ducks’ actually build nests!) and the sense of friendly, inviting, “coziness” that 90 year old restored homes just seem to provide. Somehow, people just seem to have fun and feel good here. Diana and I enjoy an active lifestyle, with cycling (last year Rob thought it would be a good idea to ride his bicycle across the U.S. and he actually did it), hiking, and dogs being high on our list of fun things to do. Throughout the years, Diana and I have always found that time spent with family and friends is what really makes living in San Francisco so wonderful, and oh, what tales The Nest could tell! From 25 years of Memorial All-Day Picnics with volleyball in the Park, to seasons of 49’er and Giant’s games, to countless rock ‘n roll/country/reggae/opera/bluegrass music concerts and comedy festivals in the park, to 100,00+ people Bay to Breaker runs each spring, to an evening on the town, to sightseeing with out-of-town visitors. Afterwards, so many evenings always ended with laughter late into the night at The Nest. Arriving in San Francisco during that magical “Summer of Love” in 1967, raising our children (Lisa and Ben), and working for the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy for many years, we have called 9th Avenue home until just recently. Like many of our generation, we now care for an elderly parent outside of San Francisco and that leaves The Nest empty at times. But like the chorus of Tony Bennett’s song, our heart (and the laughter!) will always be there.
Lisa, Diana, and Rob Duca purchased this Townhome in 1974
Why Lisa, Diana, and Rob Duca chose Inner Richmond
Location, location, location! We’ve already mentioned how close The Duck’s Nest is to Golden Gate Park’s major attractions (the de Young Museum, the Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Gardens, Conservatory of Flowers) and that most San Francisco visitors usually spend at least a day visiting them. While these attractions are literally at the end of the block, the Golden Gate Park tennis courts are a 10 minute walk, paddle boating at Stow Lake is a 10 minute walk, the fly-fishing casting pools are a 20 minute walk, there’s even a nine hole golf course in the park (betcha didn’t know that!) And at night, the Academy and its Planetarium has a weekly event – where else can you enjoy music, science, entertainment, and cocktails! Since it is close to the geographical center of San Francisco, The Duck’s Nest makes going anywhere easy: A new, upscale, full delicatessen, Safeway grocery store is one city block away. If you don’t feel like going out to eat, it’s nice to grab groceries or a bite that’s close by. Three major bus lines run downtown (#5 Fulton, #31 Balboa are one block away; #38 Geary is 3 blocks away) to Market Street, connect to all attractions, and avoid the hassle of SF driving and SF parking costs at $5-$20 an hour. Going to Ocean Beach, the Clift House, or Palace Legion of Honor? It’s simple – 15 minutes in the opposite direction. The Golden Gate Bridge is a 20 minute ride (#28 19th Ave/Presidio bus line 3 blocks away). The University of San Francisco is a 15 minute walk and the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center is a 20 minute walk. It’s a 5-10 minute walk to Balboa Street, inner Sunset, and Clement Street restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs. And lastly, if you are planning a day trip north to Sausalito, Muir Woods, Napa Valley or south to Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay it’s a 2 minute drive to Park Presidio Drive (US1).
What makes this Townhome unique
The Duck’s Nest is over 100 years old, having been built in 1913. It was constructed by an Italian contractor and between the kitchen, the pantry, and the dining room, almost 40% of the living space is devoted to enjoying meals together as a family. During the holidays or when the temperatures in San Francisco are chilly, nothing beats a family dinner of pasta, lighting the fireplace, and then settling down to watch a football game or movie on a surround sound home theatre system. Our son, Ben, had allergies, so in each bedroom there are HEPA filers if needed. On the same floor and off the kitchen is a laundry room, with a new GE front loading washer and new GE gas dryer. If traveling, it’s great to catch up your wash as you go to sleep or before going out sightseeing or while making a dinner – and never have to leave home. If you are travelling with bicycles, other large items, you don’t have to carry them upstairs to your room for safety. The garage and adjacent storage areas are secure and such items can be left downstairs. And if you enjoy eating out, American, Chinese, Thai, seafood, Dim Sum, Korean, Italian, Russian, Mexican, and too many other ethnic restaurants are minutes away by walking, as well as some great Irish Pubs!
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Wonderful and memorable stay that exceeded our expectations
We are frequent visitors in SF and love the city and especially the Golden Gate park. We stayed at the Duck's Nest for almost 4 months (a family of 4, including 2 kids, plus a nanny and a dog). Overall, I don't think there is a better place in the market in terms of location, amenities, owner availability and hospitality and price. The place is not super fancy and super modern, but this is not what predetermined the best memories for us during our stay. The apartment has literally everything you need to enjoy the stay, including washing and drying machines and a garage where we left both our car and a stroller, etc. The location is just superb: within 1 block from the GG park and nearby playgrounds for kids, museums, botanical gardens, etc. and many nice cafes and restaurants in a walking distance, plus a large Safeway grocery just 2 blocks away. The neighborhood is quiet, as well as the neighbors. The owners have been extremely nice and accommodating to all our requests and are just great people that we enjoying talking to and already miss them - this was a great bonus that you do not normally expect. A perfect fit for a mid-term family stay in a wonderful city.
Wonderful holiday stay at Duck's Nest
We had a wonderful stay at the Duck's Nest for Christmas and New Year's. The house was beautifully decorated for the holidays when we arrived. It was very well provisioned with everything we needed. Just one block from Golden Gate Park and plenty of room in the garage for our car. It was the perfect place for us. Thank you Rob and Lisa!
Awesome Location with Great Owners
The location is amazing, especially if you have children or want to explore the many museums and activities in Golden Gate Park. The rest of the city is a convenient drive, and city buses are just down the street for those without a car.
The owners were extremely nice, helpful and quickly attended to any issues that came up during our stay. They even provided child gates, high chairs and kid dishes for our children, which was greatly appreciated!
The neighborhood is peaceful too, and the private garage and in-unit laundry are really convenient. The place feels homey and has everything you need (office supplies, kitchen supplies, toiletries, etc). Would definitely recommend staying here!
lovely appartment for a wonderful stay in SF
We spent 4 weeks at the Duck nest for a wonderful and unforgettable stay in SF. We were four adult people (parents, two daughters). We fully confirm all the compliments of our predecessors and we had everything we needed for our quite prolonged stay. The appartment is cosy and functional, well located at the edge of the Golden park (5 mn walk to the main museum), the area is quiet and lovely, and we used the bus 5 at the street corner which was very convenient to reach all the sites of interest of the city. We could also appreciate the kindness and availibility of Rob for all his valuable advises, especially when our oldest daughter needed urgent dentist care (!). We highly recommend the Duck nest to everyone who would like to visit SF and the area. Special thank you also to our successors (former renters) approached by Rob, who have kindly accepted to move their booking in order to let us extend our stay in California.
A perfect stay with fantastic owners
We stay for 10 days in this very beautiful house. Everything is perfect and the owner was very fantastic with us! If we will come back in San Francisco we hope we can come back here, in this fantastic house to meet again the fantastic owners!
The Ducks Nest
We just spent 5 nights at this wonderful home. We needed 3 separate sleeping spaces and although this is a two bedroom there is a cozy daybed in the dining room, which can be closed off for privacy. The house is spotless! At every turn there are dining guides, instructions for use of the washer/dryer (so convenient), the Internet, TV, and a guest book. There are travel books and every household/personal need was easily satisfied. There are thick white towels, robes and toiletries! Actually no need to bring your hair dryer or shampoo it's all there ! We arrived a few hours early and my son in law was really feeling sick. No problem, Rob gave us early access! Oh and there is a garage, but you are only a block from the Golden Gate Park! Enjoy your stay!
The wonderful, central, location of The Duck’s Nest will help make your visit to San Francisco so easy and convenient, you’ll want to leave the car in the garage. A new, upscale, grocery store with full deli is one block away, go one block in another direction and there’s a children’s playground. Restaurants of almost every ethnicity and type (from high end French cuisine to classic American diner) and pubs galore (some with live entertainment) are a 10-15 minute walk from your front door. Four major bus-lines (1 to 3 blocks away) take you to all other major sightseeing attractions in San Francisco and a 15-20 minute walk will get you to the University of San Francisco campus, the Haight Ashbury district, or the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.