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Warm Contemporary Home-Golden Gate Bridge Views-Best S.F. Area

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 8)

View the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from your penthouse room and decks. Walk to the Saint Francis Yacht Club or hundreds of restaurants. Jog throught the Predidio. Or enjoy a quiet night at home just blocks from the bustle.

It looks like a traditional San Francisco home on the outside but inside it's a contemporary architectural work of art with Golden Gate Bridge Views. Warm walnut floors and thresholds and soft furnishings make this contemporary home very warm and comfortable. The architecture is so striking that the home has been featured in magazines, on French TV and on the American Institute of Architects home tour.

The ground floor has a separate living room with antiqued mirrors and a gas fireplace. The dining room has a beautiful custom table that expands to seat 12 comfortably surrounded by soft, padded walls. Next to the dining room is the sleek kitchen, a mix of wood, Carrera marble and glass. The appliances are state-of-the-art. Dinner wear, glass wear and serving wear is ample for any occasion. The kitchen and dining rooms open to the family room. It has a large wood-burning fireplace, large lounge area and huge sliding doors that open onto the deck and the beautiful, level back yard. The powder room finishes off this floor.

The back yard has a deck with chairs and sofas covered by a glass deck above. The water wall pours down the side before pouring over the steps into a long pond. At the end is the fire pit, rising out of the water. It's surrounded by seating and a large picnic table. The built-in gas BBQ and outdoor range are great for outdoor entertaining or just cooking a great meal.

An open, metal staircase with glass rails leads up 2 floors and is capped by a huge skylight letting in lots of natural light. The second floor holds 3 bedrooms and two of the bathrooms. The two front bedrooms have perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge. One has a queen bed and the other has bunk beds and is decorated in a safari theme for kids. The guest bathroom on this floor has a tub/shower with a large and very unique skylight over it. A laundry room has Miele front-loading washer and dryer.

The master bedroom is large with a queen bed, sofa, ottomans and plasma TV. Large sliding doors open onto a glass deck with views of the Bay and Alcatraz and overlooks the back yard. The master bathroom feels like the most luxurious spa you've ever been in. It's sleek and modern with stone of two tones punctuated by a stainless steel tub and double sinks. In the center, a 12 foot tall cube of frosted glass glows from the skylight above-- this is the master shower. Wash your hair watching the clouds drift overhead.

Taking the staircase up another level brings you to the penthouse level with its unique roofline and walls of windows. The front doors slide to open the room completely onto a deck overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio National Park, The Palace of Fine Arts, the mansions of Pacific Heights and the Bay. The back windows look out at Alcatraz, the Bay and the buildings of Russian Hill. This room has a very contemporary full bathroom with a glass ceiling. The room has a day-bed that's a full bed that sleeps 2 people. It's open to the stair hall but the penthouse makes a fairly private suite with a view. The wet bar with fridge makes this penthouse playroom a playroom for all ages!

The garage fits two cars tandem. It has a well-equipped work-out room with a weight machine, a Bowflex machine, a stationary bike, Step Mill, free weights, Ballet bar, and a plasma TV for using your favorite workout DVD's.

The home is located in the best part of Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow. The streets here dead-end into the Presidio National Park or Pacific Heights so there's little traffic and noise, but it's walking distance to the Union Street, Chestnut Street and Fillmore Street shopping districts. Jog to the Golden Gate Bridge (about 2.5 miles away along the waterfront promenade), enjoy hiking trails in the Presidio (3 blocks away), visit the Palace of Fine Arts and the Exploratorium (6 blocks away). Dozens of great restaurants, bars and wine bars are within walking distance. The best of San Francisco is right outside your door!

Bus service to downtown and Union Square is a block away. Other buses connect you car-free to the rest of San Francisco, including the museums, Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Park. It's an easy drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods, Pt. Reyes and Golden Gate National Parks, and the Sonoma and Napa wine country. It's the perfect location for exploring San Francisco and the rest of Northern California!

And, the house is powered by solar panels and contains the most energy-efficient appliances if you're concerned about being green.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About The Owner

We fell in love with this house and its great floor plan and location the moment we saw it. We then set out to bring it up to date and went a little crazy, adding a 3rd floor penthouse. Since the house was all torn up, we decided to put it back together in a more contemporary way, opening it up and using beautiful materials in unique ways. We live here with our two children (currently 4 and 6 years old). We love being able to walk everywhere and enjoy eating at the great local restaurants. I jog along the waterfront to bridge or we walk/bike as a family there. The kids love the Exploratorium which is walking distance away. We love walking and will walk to Fisherman's wharf (1.5 miles) or even downtown (2 miles).

The Owner purchased this house in 2004

Why The Owner chose San Francisco

We love San Francisco-- the restaurants, the shopping, the museums, the unique homes and views. It's so close to wine country, national parks and forests, beaches, skiing, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. And the weather's great (we're not in the fog-belt so it clears up almost every day-- and it's beautiful to watch pouring over the hills of Marin and the Golden Gate Bridge. I always loved this part of San Francisco-- it's relatively flat so you can walk/bike easily to the bridge, shopping, restaurants and bars. The streets in our neighborhood dead-end so there's little traffic yet we're in the heart of one of the best neighborhoods close to 3 great shopping/dining districts (Union Street, Chestnut Street and Fillmore). There's a great kid's park a block away and the Presidio National Park is 3 blocks away. I love to jog to the Bridge and, occasionally when I feel like a challenge, over the bridge and back. The waterfront promenade is blocks away and wraps around the entire city-- perfect for jogging, biking, walking, skating, etc. San Francisco is a very outdoors city. The transit to/from other parts of the city is great from this location so you will hardly use your car. If you want to venture out of the city you can be over the Golden Gate Bridge in 5 minutes and in National Parklands, on your way to Muir Woods, Pt. Reyes and Napa and Sonoma. Stinson Beach is a short drive away.

What makes this house unique

The house is very comfortable and the neighborhood is quiet yet close to it all. The kitchen is great for cooking and the dining room is really comfortable for family or friends. There are a lot of places to just lounge and enjoy the views-- of the beautiful back yard, the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz and the Bay. Much of the furniture is custom-made for the home. The linens and fixtures are the finest European brands. The kitchen, dining room and bathrooms are all well appointed and contain everything you'll need. The house has a state-of-the-art audio system so you can listen to your music (via iPod) or our music/radio/XM anywhere.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Warm Contemporary Home-Golden Gate Bridge Views-Best S.F. Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Chapel Hill, NC

Everything was exceptional!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed in this spectacular home for the second year and we could not have enjoyed it more.

The location is perfect - on a beautiful quiet street, just steps from terrific shopping and restaurants and very close to everything in the city. All five of us LOVE the home. The detail of the design and construction is top notch, the home is very clean and modern, while simultaneously being very warm, inviting and homey.

The owners really top it off though in that they are wonderful people. They leave their stunning home in immaculate condition, have thought of everything, leave very clear and easy to understand directions for everything. And are just really kind, thoughtful people.

We could not have had a better experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chapel Hill, NC

Cannot say enough good things about this house and our stay

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough good things about our stay. The home is both stunning and wonderfully comfortable. The photos are great, but they do not do justice to the design and craftsmanship of the home. Our whole family (three kids eight and under) loved the home. Our kids would say they wanted to go back "home" while going to many of the sites around the city, and we could not blame them. The neighborhood is quaint and only a few blocks from terrific shopping and restaurants, and the views are amazing. Especially from the third floor.

The home exceeded our expectations, but what really made our time so nice were the owners. They could not have been more organized, helpful, welcoming and warm.

My only hesitation in writing this review is that I am concerned that the word will get out and we certainly plan on coming back.

A highly recommend home and experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quebec city, Quebec, Canada

Perfection in every way

  • 5 of 5

Our family always wanted to visit San Francisco. Not only did we find the perfect city for a family vacation, but even more, we could not have found a more perfect home for our stay and more pleasant and graceful homeowners. The house is perfectly renovated, with state of the art amenities. The photos even don't do justice to how beautiful and well thought out you will find the house. Everything is as new. And what a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz you will find in the upper level great room! Ideally located in the best area of Pacific Heights. No need for a car, everything is within easy access by cable bus (just around the corner), cable cars, or simply a very nice walk through the city.

We visited all SF during our stay, a square area that we can roughly identify as delimited between the Presidio and Market Street, and Fulton St. and the piers area almost all the way between Bay bridge and Golden Gate bridge. We loved everything, and again, the warm welcome of the homeowners and beautiful, ideally located house added very much to our stay. Walked a lot throughout the city and in the neighbourhood of Pacific Heights, including Lyon Street stairways, beautiful neighbourghood, visited all the must sees : the crowdy Market on our first Sunday, the piers, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf (great lobster roll sandwich on the go…), the historic and war boats, shopping around Union Square, Pier 39 (don't miss the sea lions), the City Hall, Alamo square and the painted ladies, Haas-Lilienthall house, Lombard St., Chinatown, Science museum at Golden Gate Park, Alcatraz, Fort Mason Park, to name but a few. And many excellent restaurants nearby to suit every taste! What else to say: Perfection! Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pacific Heights Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

We spent Thanksgiving week here and could not have been happier! Amanda and Vince are wonderful hosts - making sure we had everything we needed to entertain our 16 dinner guests. The house location is fabulous and it is beautifully decorated and spotless.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara

Perfect San Francisco Location

  • 5 of 5

This architecturally unique and beautifully appointed home has it all. Location, location, location plus being very clean, very well maintained and equipped to handle everyone's needs. Loads of linens, dishes, glassware, cooking utensils etc and state of the art appliances. There is a fantastic master suite with a private deck offering views of Alcatraz and the Bay. The penthouse "playroom" is great for adults and/or children. There are walls of windows and huge sliding glass doors to a deck with views of Golden Gate Bridge, Presidio Park and mansions of Pacific Heights. For workout enthusiasts there is a fully equipped gym (with a full bath attached). Two car garage is definitely a big plus. The back yard is private and features a water fall, creek, firepit and outdoor kitchen and dining area. This home is well suited for elegant formal entertaining or casual fun. For a fabulous San Francisco stay this residence rates an A+.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danville, CA

San Francisco luxury

  • 5 of 5

We were thrilled the minute we stepped inside this incredible home during our recent visit to San Francisco. You can tell that the owners thought of every last detail when designing this striking architectural masterpiece. Although the home is contemporary, it is also warm and comfortable. We were surrounded with beautiful art, spacious living areas, cozy furniture, high-end linens and towels, a beautiful back yard area (complete with fountain, fire-pit and grill) and all the amenities you could imagine. The home is full of amazing amounts of natural light with huge skylights, large windows and big glass doors. The top floor is incredible with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts from the front deck, and Alcatraz from the back. If you opt to leave home (...and believe me, you won’t want to), you are walking distance to the shops & restaurants on Union Street, Chestnut Street and in the Presidio. Also, the owners answered all of our questions about the area and were the perfect hosts. This home is more beautiful than the pictures and we look forward to our return visit!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Palace of Fine arts and Exploratorium
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Chestnut Street Shopping District
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Union Street Shopping District
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Great grocery store
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Entrance to Presidio National Park
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Lyon Street Steps
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Fillmore Street Shopping District
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Library and Great Playground, fields and courts
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Miley Playground
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Great playground with views
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Bayfront promenade
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Bar, Restaurant and Grocery Store

Walking to Golden Gate Bridge along waterfront promenade, Presidio National Park trails blocks away, Fillmore Street and Union Street and Chestnut Street shopping areas are easy walk away, bus service to downtown SF and Union Square and museums and Golden Gate Park.


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Cow Hollow House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Ocean View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 full baths and 2 1/2 baths
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Full bed (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
HD TVs in family room, master bedroom, full-house entertainment system with music library, well-equipped work-out room in garage, great level yard with BBQ, table, sofas, fountain, fire pit and lawn.

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