|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
(New, larger beds, new Williams-Sonoma furniture, and totally updated master bathroom...pictures coming soon!) 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.
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.
***Sorry I have to write this: PLEASE DO NOT SEND A MESSAGE ASKING IF YOUR DATES ARE AVAILABLE--our calendar is always kept up to date. PLEASE DO NOT SEND A MESSAGE ASKING HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST--you can view a custom quote online by entering your dates and details; we don't negotiate rates unless you're interested in a week or a month rental (in which case, please do ask, we are very interested in renting the house during school holidays and the summers). PLEASE ONLY contact us if you are unable to figure out how to view the calendar or unable view a custom quote or have a question that is not answered here, in which case we're happy to answer questions before you book. If you don't have any questions, go ahead and "Book It Now," which gives us 24 hours to approve the booking. PLEASE INCLUDE information in your INITIAL message about the people in your party and reason for your visit--if you don't, we probably won't approve your booking.***
This is our home, not a vacation rental property; we live here except when we're traveling, and we are careful to rent it to nice people who take good care of it. It 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.
When we get reservations, we use it as an excuse to take a trip! Our work schedules are flexible so we can usually accommodate your preferred dates. If you're interested in Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, or Valentine's Day, we can make it very special for you. If you're traveling on business, guests are finding our house is ideal and a huge money-saver for coworkers here for meetings and conventions. (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, then we will usually be traveling within driving distance 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 relatively new, 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 from Z Gallerie, antique armoire, and a chandelier. The third bedroom has an antique French double bed (larger than the twin size still pictured), beige linen loveseat, armoire, desk (and a cozy walk-in closet converted to a children's library). The fourth bedroom can be for an adult (it has an antique twin bed and Serena & Lily wool rug) or can be a cozy nursery, since it is right off 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 and 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 and comfortable seating for nursing. 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. We can also set up bed rails for the twin bed if you need them. 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).
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 your family. Then include information about your party and the reason for your visit in your inquiry--and if possible, go ahead and "Book It Now" so we can easily approve the request. The major reason we turn down bookings is a lack of information provided about the people traveling. 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.]
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 adore and spend all our time with. This is our primary residence and won't be available often, 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
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
Myself and three colleagues stayed here for a week while in San Francisco for a conference. The home is spacious, quiet, comfortable, clean and centrally located. The hosts were great and took a lot of effort to make sure that we had everything that we needed for our stay. The location is right in the middle of everything that you would want to do in San Francisco. It is <$9 Uber ride to Moscone Center and great for getting away from all the noise and bustle of the downtown area while seeing a bit of the real city. The neighborhood is full of great coffee houses, shops and restaurants.
Property was spotlessly clean with very comfortable beds. Location good but an area you still need to be streetwise in. Kitchen rather cramped with more than 3/4 people in it. Lounge huge. Lots of antiques in the property and it is the owners home so little hanging space for guests.
Perfect for a short stay. Owners very precise with instructions (understandably as they normally live here full time) but very friendly and welcoming. If you want the full SF house experience this is for you.
I stayed here for a long weekend with 8 people. We had a fantastic time, the house is beautiful and also in a wonderful location. We made dinner in the kitchen and would spend the rest of the day's exploring San Fran. My only hesitation would be that 8 people was a little cozy, (although we were pre warned someone would sleep on a couch) so I would suggest 6 or 7, but besides that, no complaints here :)!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
|Garage Space (per car)||$100 + Tax|
|Cleaning Fee||$250 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
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 so we don't accept all requests. When we do, we make sure our guests have an absolutely perfect time at our home!