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Elegant, beautiful Victorian, perfect for families or coworkers, has garage!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1889 home, popular neighborhood, great for walking

[Update: We are accepting bookings through the end of 2017, but are planning to move in 2018, and when we do, we'd like to find a long-term tenant, so we are not currently not accepting short-term booking requests for 2018, only inquiries about long-term tenancies. Thank you!]

Our beautiful Eastlake Victorian house is in the heart of the city, with parking for two or more cars, plus it's only a few blocks' walk to everything—two blocks to famous Alamo Square Park with the famous “postcard row” Painted Ladies houses and a 360-degree view of the city, four blocks to fashionable and bustling Hayes Valley cafes, eight blocks to the ballet, symphony, SFJazz (our new, world-class jazz center), and the architecture of City Hall. This neighborhood is perfect if you want to be close to the best restaurants and shopping in town. It is rated a "Walker's Paradise" with a Walk Score of 95, public transportation score of 99, and bike rider's score of 88.

Our home has a huge, double-sized living room with a grand piano, hardwood floors, very high ceilings with plaster moldings, wood wainscoting, original doors and transoms, antique chandeliers, exposed brick, curved wood staircase in the entry hall, and antique furniture throughout, including a working crank Victrola.

If you're renting a car, or two, you can park in our garage. Golden Gate Park and most of the major museums are only a 10 minutes drive. The magical Presidio, two gorgeous beaches, and the Golden Gate Bridge, are all just 15 minutes away. There's a friendly bicycle rental shop a few blocks away, too.

If you have a very large party that needs more space than we have, our next-door neighbor also rents her beautiful one-bedroom condo very affordably, so I can always check with her to see if, combined, we can accommodate all of you.

We will greet you and show you how everything works, and we will be living just downstairs, so we can handle any emergencies that come up. Our regular cleaning team is available for extra cleanings during your visit, if you're interested, at an extra cost.

The eat-in kitchen (there is also formal dining in the double-sized living room!) has all new dishes and kitchen linens, a stainless steel double-sink, dishwasher, microwave, etc., plus marble kitchen countertops and marble bistro breakfast table, stained glass windows, a loveseat and a brick (non-working) fireplace. We have a stacked washer and dryer on the same floor as the bedrooms, high-speed wifi, and iPod docks in most rooms (if you forgot your Victrola at home).

Most bedrooms have high-end organic mattresses, plus most bedding and our brand-new towels are from Coyuchi, a luxury organic cotton brand used in nicer hotels.

The master bedroom has large windows overlooking a huge tree, a California King bed, exposed brick, an antique triple armoire, and private bath. There is a second, shared bathroom. The second bedroom has a queen Restoration Hardware sleigh bed, a full-length sofa, antique armoire, and a chandelier. The third bedroom has an antique French double bed, beige linen loveseat, armoire, desk, and a cozy walk-in closet converted to a children's library. The fourth bedroom has a double bed and can be for adults but also works as a nursery since it is right next to the master bedroom. Also, the living room can act as a fifth sleeping area because it has a sectional that includes a comfortable, very wide, extra long sofa area. The living room has French doors for privacy. If necessary, the daybed in the room with the queen sleigh bed can be used for additional sleeping, and we have nice air mattress options if you have lots of kids (we have small toddler blow-up travel beds, twin air beds, and a queen air bed).

Since we have small children, we have tons of children's toys, stuffed animals, and books, as well as a high chair. We still have the baby gate frame up at the top of the stairs and can attach the gate if needed, just let us know you have babies/toddlers. Plus, we can tell you all the best activities and resources for children while you’re in town!

We can also provide recommendations on the best restaurants, natural beauty, historic architecture, and unique activities in the city...and beyond (like the Wine Country to the north and Monterey/Carmel to the south).

If you're interested in a stay of 30 days+, please message us before booking. If you're booking less than 30 days, please remember to first check the calendar to view availability, and then create a custom quote (there are several additional fees--city taxes, HomeAway/VRBO fees to travelers, etc.) to make sure the TOTAL price works for you--we appreciate if you don't ask us if it is available during your dates or how much it would cost (unless you really can't figure out the calendar or how to calculate a price quote, then we're happy to help). We prefer you "Book It Now" so we can easily approve or deny the request. The major reason we turn down bookings is a lack of information provided about the people traveling, so please tell us about everyone in your party and the reason for your visit. We love to meet new people and have hosted wonderful people from all over the world and we look forward to hosting you!

[By the way, the City of San Francisco requires that all short-term rental listings display their registration number, and ours is #STR-0000461. If you see a listing without this number, it probably isn't registered with the city. Thanks.]

More Details

Samantha and Darrin Stephens
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Samantha and Darrin Stephens

I'm a huge Bewitched fan, and have been told I look like Samantha Stephens (on a very good day), so I'm using her name and photo as an alias to protect our privacy. We are a married professional couple, both from San Francisco, with small children we love to spend time with. This is our primary residence and won't be available all the time, but we're leaving the calendar open because so far, we've been able to arrange to travel nearby (a great excuse to get away!) and accommodate most requests we've received. We're also open to home exchanges if you have an existing home exchange profile and history on a home exchange site. We look forward to meeting you!

Samantha and Darrin Stephens purchased this house in 2007

Why Samantha and Darrin Stephens chose San Francisco

When we walked up the curved staircase and into the house, we fell madly in love with it and immediately got in a bidding war over it with six other couples (as you know already, we were the lucky winners).

What makes this house unique

We were surprised to find that tour buses stop in front and tourists take pictures of our house because it is such a great example of a San Francisco Victorian. Inside, the period detailing like the chandeliers, the plaster moldings, and the high ceilings (great for a giant Christmas tree!), all make us feel like our house is a special place to come home to--and very San Francisco, our hometown!


Alamo Square House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The master bath now has a beautiful antique vanity and chandelier; we haven't updated pictures lately!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • The Master Bedroom - 1 king , California King, organic mattress, private full bathroom.
    The Moss Bedroom - 1 double , Antique double bed, organic mattress. Loveseat, desk.
    The Grey Bedroom/Nursery - 1 twin/ single , Smallest bedroom, twin bed.
    The Yellow Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleigh bed with pillow-top Beautyrest. Sofa/daybed.
  • Four bedrooms: One king, one queen, one double, and one twin. The fourth (with antique twin bed) is small and right next to the Master Bedroom (if you have a small child in there, we can put rails on the bed). Also, the living room has a sofa that is extra wide and long for sleeping one person, and has French doors for privacy at night (or when used as a living room or conference room, privacy for meetings during the day). Plus, the queen bedroom also has a large daybed sofa that is comfortable for one person to sleep on. And we have toddler and adult air mattresses if needed.
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We will be in touch throughout your stay, and you'll have our cellphone numbers, so we can make sure you are happy and very well taken care of!


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Elegant, beautiful Victorian, perfect for families or coworkers, has garage!
average rating of 4.904762 based on 21 reviews

We had a wonderful time with our family staying at this house.

  • 4 of 5

The house was very tastefully decorated and centrally located within walking distance to many restaurants and shopping areas.

The host was very friendly, kind and timely if we had any questions.

The only one surprise we had is that it was smaller than pictured and resembled more of a 4 bedroom apartment (one floor upstairs only) rather than a whole house and that the entrance stairs to the house were so steep and high, especially when traveling with an older person.

This place would be perfect for a smaller group of family traveling with younger people.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, Central, Spacious Home to Stay in San Francisco!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 stayed at this lovely home and it was the highlight of our holiday in San Francisco! Our children (ages 13, 11 and 7) loved this home so much that they wished we could live here permanently. The hosts were so kind and welcomed our family with kindness and great generosity. The neighborhood was central and in walking distance to many sights. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this fine home and highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a lovely home centrally located filled with books very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect home for our family to stay for our daughter's wedding in San Francisco. The owners were very gracious and accommodating and even had a bottle of wine and food in the refrigerator upon our arrival! The living room is lovely with a baby grand piano that we enjoyed one evening when our guest from Japan treated us to a concert. I highly recomend it as an intimate comfortable beautiful home to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed over the holiday. We had a fantastic stay. Everything was as shown and described. We were looked after very well and very kindly. Would strongly recommend and stay again.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our group of adults & teens thoroughly enjoyed our base for our 6 night vacation in San Francisco doing the tourist things . Hosts couldn't be more helpful particularly with well documented local recommendations & available for advices during our stay. Warm welcome on arrival with welcoming treats. Good residential location within walking distance of several restaurants & shops popular with non tourists . Very impressive living room which we didn't maximise. Would stay here again & recommend to friends.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alamo Square

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five adults rented this home for a long weekend. It was attractive, clean, well-equipped and perfect for our group. The owners are great hosts and very attentive to your needs. We liked the fact that everything is on one floor. I would heartily recommend this place to anyone interested in renting a nice home in San Francisco.

J. Mitchell

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12.8 Miles
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Nearest Ferry
2.9 Miles
Ferry across the bay to Sausalito and Larkspur
Nearest Golf
2.8 Miles
2 public 18-hole golf courses overlooking ocean
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Tons of upscale restaurants & cafes 4 blocks away
Nearest Beach
2.3 Miles
Gorgeous beach with view of Golden Gate Bridge
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Alamo Square House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Rates
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sept 1, 2017-Sept. 17, 2018
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Damage Deposit $1,000

UPDATE: This is our primary home but we are considering relocating so we are interested in hearing proposals for long-term rentals (meaning a 30-day minimum and possibly for as long as three years). We're now offering a deeply discounted "monthly" rate so our property shows up affordably in searches for longer stays, and the price is further negotiable depending on the period of time and specifics (furnished, unfurnished, etc.). For long-term rentals (30 days or more), please message us about yourselves first without booking. Please note that if you book for longer than one week, extra garage parking rates will apply per car per week. Also note that if you book for a stay of 30 days or longer, the 14% short-term rental tax does not apply, and we might not want to book it through the platform, so the cost might not exactly match the quote you are shown online, and might require payment offline. Thanks.

For less than 30 days, to secure your dates, select "Book It Now." Then we know you're serious about renting it, and we can answer all your questions, make sure it's a perfect fit, do a quick background check, and send you a rental agreement to sign and return, before we click on "Accept this Booking." This is our well-loved full-time residence, and we are tied to some school-calendar constraints, so we don't accept all requests unless it is during a period when we are living elsewhere. We love making sure our guests have an absolutely perfect time at our home!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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