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One of a kind,Charming, Artistic,Romantic Getaway in most desirable neighborhood

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps four

Originally built in 1890's as a restaurant that served the officers of the Presidio this unique Victorian cottage was converted to a house in the 30's. It is the lower unit of a two unit with a shared garden. In fact, some of the original rafters are still exposed. It has a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area with a library for your pleasure, a sitting room with foldout couch, arm chairs, a desk, and a TV. All the cabinetry is custom built by a master craftsman.

The bedroom has an antique four-poster bed, an art deco vanity, and plenty of closets, separated from the sitting area with curtains for privacy. The bathroom has the feeling of a hammam, tiled with Turkish tiles and looks out to the garden where you can also enjoy breakfast or tea. When you leave your private sanctuary, you will find yourself across the street from the Presidio (17,000 acres of park land) with lovely walking trails. Or walk down to Chestnut street for shopping and having a wonderful dinner.

Amenities: Washer-dryer. Microwave.

TV,VCR, DVD player.

Free Wi-fi fast internet access.


Highlights: Fabulous walking area, steps from the Presidio park, Palace of Fine Arts, Crissy Field Beach and recreation area.The Exploratorium is right around the corner.Lots of bus lines, restaurants, cafes, shops, ATMs, movie theaters, quiet neighborhood, walking distance to the Golden Gate Bridge. Lyon St steps, leading to some of the most beautiful mansions in San Francisco, is a five minute walk.

Aesthetics: It's ideal for a couple or a single person from out of town to explore all the wonders of SF. Perfect for a romantic getaway. In fact, we've had couples who got engaged here... Great place for writers, artists, and people involved in many other creative endeavors. You feel like you are in an enchanted cottage, full of wonder and mystery.

Decorated with unusual objects from our travels all over the world. The decor is shabby chic that inspires a European apartment or a country cottage.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

A flight of steps leads to this cozy hideaway and adjacent garden. The bed is very, very comfortable, the bathroom delicious, the shower blissful, and the whole apartment visually entertaining, decorated with books and objects from the owners’ collections. We made good use of the convenient laundry and kitchen facilities and nearby Marina Supermarket. The apartment is clean and as described in the listing. The owners are very hospitable and attentive to supply small items guests may want. We enjoyed exploring and sitting in the delightful secluded garden; there was a bench and table and chairs for our use. The location is excellent and the neighborhood safe and pleasant for walking. You can explore much of the north part of the city on foot. Several bus lines stop nearby or you can call for a taxi to more distant locations. Altogether it was quite nice to have a sense of coming 'home' at night instead of returning to an impersonal hotel room.
Sep 2011
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Cow Hollow Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double
  • The queen size antique four poster bed is very comfortable. We use down quilts and pillows but will accomodate our guests' needs if they prefer a different kind of bedding. The bedding is all cotton.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

One of a kind,Charming, Artistic,Romantic Getaway in most desirable neighborhood
average rating of 4.8 based on 31 reviews
Collinsville, OK

Cozy Place

  • 5 of 5

This was a very nice place to stay. Very cozy and comfortable. It's located extremely close to multiple bus stops. No car was necessary. There's a small market close by. Within walking distance of a lot of things.

Some have commented on hearing walking around from above. Alev let me know when they were having company and said to let them know if it was too loud. It was never too loud.

I received my deposit back with days of leaving.

My only complaint was the stairs are dark if you get back late. They're steep too so it's something to keep in mind with heavy luggage.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. There is a light switch next to the entrance and it provides plenty of light at night.
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Silverdale, WA

Perfect location for an anniversary celebration!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful surprise to find such a gem of a house and its gardens located in the midst of the city! Surrounded by condos and apartments, this hidden rental is located within walking distance of the Presidio, and for those who like longer hikes, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf are easily accessible. The delightful owners have gone to great depths to provide a place where you can relax in comfort and feel right at home!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure to have you as guests on your anniversary! Thank you for your company.
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First visit to San Francisco

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay at this property was no less fabulous than I expected! Alev and Robert met us and gave us some great tips about getting around, suggestions for local restaurants and we felt as if they were old friends soon after we met. I could have spent all day just examining the book collection, and enjoying the garden and I especially marveled at the unique decor and gorgeous antique furnishings of this old home. The location was only about a half block from a Muni bus stop which made it very convenient. We did not have a car for the three days we stayed and walked a lot in the nearby neighborhoods, to the grocery, etc. The wifi gave us perfect reception and my husband was happy with the tv! If we had to do it again, we would definitely choose this property. Perfect home base for a trip to the city.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely, clean, cozy + great location!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely, clean, cozy apartment in a perfect location of San Francisco!! It is WAY bigger than the pictures portray it to be. The decor is so fun!!! I caught myself many times just sitting on the couch smiling - I was truly happy to be there!

We were within a 5 minute walk to Presidio and a 15 minute walk to East Beach!!

It was everything plus more we had hoped for!! We had a rental car because we traveled from LA; however, you definitely do not need to rent a car while staying here.

Alev was an absolute doll to do business with. There was always an immediate response via phone and/or e-mail. When we arrived, we were immediately greeted by Alev and her husband, Robert. They were so kind to help us with our luggage too! In the apartment, there's a very, very helpful binder full of great information for your stay... restaurant recommendations, things to do, things in the area, etc. It really helped us the one night when we felt like ordering out, we used one of the recommendations provided to us.

Although we were only there for 3 nights and did not see them during that duration, it was nice to know Alev and Robert were right upstairs. The night before we left, I e-mailed Alev to let her know the time we were leaving - she e-mailed me back in seconds and told us to ring her doorbell in the morning. I gave her a big hug and felt sad as we were leaving - I feel as if I knew Alev for such a long time.

She truly made our stay here absolutely memorable... This was truly an experience full of fun adventures that me and my husband will never forget!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, lovely people, for bringing light into our lives! We really try hard to create a peaceful, cozy place that would feel like a home away from home, and people as our guests. It makes such a difference when people appreciate how special it is. We welcome you any time. xo
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Stafford Springs, CT, USA

Good location

  • 3 of 5

Review #15082594 “One of a kind,Charming, Artistic,Romantic Getaway in most desirable neighborhood”

Pros; Good location in the Presidio neighborhood. It was close to the Marina and accessible from all parts of the Bay area. Property owners were welcoming and provided maps and info. The kitchen has everything you need to cook and prepare meals. The place has a good layout with some books and art pieces. Cons; The apartment is located in the basement of the home, so there is stale air and sewer gas smells. There is no garage or driveway, parking on the street was always a concern for us. Owners have the unit above and the noise from them walking on the wood floor/ceiling, woke you up at about 6 am. The in the basement, there is only one entrance/exit, (between tall buildings, down a stairway) my concern was, how do you get out in case of a fire/earthquake?

Also, the owners requested cash payment upon arrival, which we found to be a little inconvenient. A month or more after we rented, we still had not received our deposit back. We had to send an email to request it. Instead of giving us cash when we left, or sending a check, they paid us by Paypal. Fees were charged on both ends and we ended up paying both. After renting dozens of vacation places all over the world, we have never failed to get our full deposit back, until now. Not a good way to do business!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, AB, Canada

Great host/s and superb location!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location in the Presidio neighborhood! It was super close to the Marina and very accessible from all parts of the Bay area. Although there is no garage or driveway, parking was never an issue. The bed is extremely firm, so if you are someone who needs something plush, this is definitely not the bed for you, or else bring your own mattress topper. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to cook and prepare meals and such, with. Just bring your own groceries and you are set. The place has a great layout with some amazing books and art pieces and this is a very cute little French-inspired getaway. It is located in the basement of the home, so there is quite a bit of the typical San Francisco mildew and sewer gas smells - that was the only downfall is it smelling "old" and lots of uncirculated air. Otherwise this was fantastic! We came and went at our leisure, the location allowed us to get anywhere in 20 minutes and was a very nice and safe place to come back to. We really enjoyed our stay and the value, for what you got, was outstanding! Although we did not get the chance to meet Alev, she had a wonderful replacement caretaker and he was suberb and very polite and efficient. We recommend this place to travelers new to San Francisco as well as seasoned travellers who want the "home away from home" feel. Thank you so much for the wonderful stay - we didn't have a worry in the world!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Karmen for the wonderful review! I wish so much I was here to meet you but as you know,my mother died and I had to go out of the country. That brings me to the issue of smell--NO ONE, NO ONE until now has complained about the smell. It upset me greatly. It turns out that a construction nearby was working with their pipes that emanated an unpleasant smell, compounded by the rain. Sorry that happened during your stay but certainly not anything to do with the apartment and thank goodness it is not there anymore!!! As for the bed--I suppose it's personal thing but many of our clients comment how comfortable it is and how well they slept. In fact, here is a recent message from Boston: "We are on the market for a new bed and the bed in the apartment was the best we ever slept in! Could you kindly tell us the brand and where you got it?" Well, each to his own I guess.
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Golden Gate Bridge
Palace of Fine Arts
Crissy Field Center
Lands End Trail
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
North Beach
Castro Theater
Kokkari Estiatorio
The Fillmore
Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center
Ghirardelli Square
Conservatory of Flowers
Asian Art Museum
Davies Symphony Hall
DOSA on Fillmore
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Many, many: A16, Presidio Social Club, Rose's Cafe
Car: not necessary

One of the most attractive areas of San Francisco is by far Cow Hollow and Marina. This romantic apartment is across from the Presidio and George Lucas Park (where Star Wars films are made).

Five minute walk through the spectacular parks will take you to the beach through the Palace of Fine Arts with its lovely pond full of swans and other aquatic birds and a historical Maybeck palace edifice, then to Crissy Field recreation area with its wildlife and sports facilities. You can take a walk along the beach to the Golden Gate Bridge and one of the best surfing areas. Or visit Fort Point and its historically interesting museum with the unequaled panoramic views of SF and the Bay. Then, walk or bicycle on the Golden Gate bridge to Marin County.

The apartment sits In between Chestnut and Union, the great shopping streets, filled with charming restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, trendy boutiques, beauty salons, markets, and ATMs.

Several bus lines within a block will transport you to just about anywhere in the city. You will have an unforgettable experience of San Francisco in this perfect location. If you like outdoors, the Presidio is full of natural trails, some with Andy Goldsworthy sculptures, that will make you feel as if you are in the country.


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Refundable damage deposit $200
third or fourth guest $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.0%

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