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Luxurious Well Appointed West Portal Garden Suite - Ultra Convenient Muni Access

61 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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West of Twin Peaks House Rental Photos and Description

Convenience and Comfort

A cozy and luxurious suite is the ground floor of our early 1900's Edwardian style house in one of S.F.'s most desirable, safe and upscale neighborhoods, West Portal with private, gated entry and beautiful garden. Features one bedroom with queen poster bed - one full custom tiled bath with Jacuzzi - Brazilian cherry hardwood throughout, convenient kitchenette - continental breakfast included. Plentiful street parking and complimentary driveway parking available, please inquire. We are conveniently located 1/4 block to West Portal Village and public transportation located at "The Twin Peaks Tunnel." Here you can enjoy any of our wonderful, authentic restaurants, coffee houses and pubs or take any inbound streetcar to downtown S.F to any of your travel destinations.

~ Electric twin air mattress for second bed

~ Interim housekeeping available

~ Not suitable for small children

We are west S.F. close to Ocean Beach / SF Zoo / Harding Golf Course. BART, The Moscone Center, Union Square, Cable Cars, Chinatown, The Piers/Ferry Building, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, AT&T Baseball Park, are 10-15 minutes by streetcar, 5 minutes to the freeway, a 15 minute route from SFO. BART can be taken directly from SFO to West Portal. Golden Gate Park, UCSF Med Center/Hospital, S.F. State University, Stonestown Shopping Mall are 1-2 miles accessible at the Tunnel. An extensive binder with maps, restaurants and guidance how to get around the city is provided. Owners live upstairs.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Linda Burke
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Linda Burke

Both Michael and I are native San Franciscans.

What makes this house unique

There were originally two houses built in the West Portal area in the early 1900s, ours still proudly stands, the other was destroyed. This house has survived numerous earthquakes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved our stay on this cute street. The garden is absolutely amazing and we actually enjoyed the rain ! It never rains where we are at. Though our trip was cut short for work, we really enjoyed our time staying here. The location is very good within walking distance to transit, restaurants. We definitely will recommend your place to our family and friends and would stay here again. Thank you,
Nov 2013
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based on 61 traveler reviews

Luxurious Well Appointed West Portal Garden Suite - Ultra Convenient Muni Access
average rating of 4.7377048 based on 66 reviews

Convenient and clean

  • 5 of 5

The house was in a very convenient location with good restaurants , drug store, public transportation close by within walking distance. It was nice not to get back in a car after doing touristy things all day in the city and dealing with San Francisco traffic. We were surprised to find a UPS store nearby as well, which we utilized to ship some things home.The suite was clean and comfortable. We were concerned about parking, but that worked out as well and we never parked more than a block away.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your stay with us, hope you will return !
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Naperville, Illinois

Did we just move back in with my parents?!

  • 2 of 5

I'll start by saying that the rental was nice, clean and in a good location. The rental was further from the wharf than I thought but being close to Golden Gate Park and nice dinning options made up for it.

The rental is small and cozy but the lack of a fully appointed kitchen disappointed me. The only sink to use was the bathroom sink as there isn't a kitchen sink. Also of note is the lack of any sort of dinning table or somewhere to eat a meal if you'd like to get take-out and dine in.

As the title of this review states, it felt as if my wife and I moved back in with my parents. I have used VRBO to book many rentals and this is my first negative experience.

The owner states that they provide a "continental breakfast every morning" in the instruction binder. Since we did not see this perk in the initial description of the property, we were pleasantly surprised... Until we realized that the breakfast seemed like a veiled excuse to check in on property while the guests are away.

We were told that we must turn off all lights when we leave the rental. I'm all about conservation but when staying in an unfamiliar house, its nice to have a light on when you get back from a long day and be able to see where you are stepping. When we got back from a day of shopping, the one light I left on was turned off and ended up fumbling around trying to find a light switch. While leaving the lone pastry for my wife and I to satisfy the so-called breakfast, the owner turned off the light I intentionally left on.

That same night, the rental was warm so I looked through the binder to see if there were instructions for the thermostat. I didn't see any thermostat on the walls so went to open the only window in the rental but there was no screen. I emailed the owner to ask if there was air conditioning and was given a condenscending reply of "this SF, we have natural air conditioning, it's called fog." Nice. This was not my first time to SF and am very aware of the weather but the window had no screen and didn't want insects coming in.

Also, since the rental is ground floor, my wife didn't feel safe with an open window and no patio light being on, so we left the patio light on overnight. The next morning, we were greeted with an email stating that the light bothers the neighbors and not to leave it on.

As I mentioned before, I have rented many properties and this is the first time the owner has come in daily.

Would not recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is simply one nasty, far fetched review like we've never had. The listing description and pictures are very accurate and detailed. There is no kitchen, there is a table and chair provided for eating, not close to the Wharf (one should refer to a map), there is no air conditioning, S.F. does have it's own natural air, fog. Contrary to this guest's apparent paranoia about lights being turned off and no screens on the window, I do not enter the suite to spy on the guest, I remove the dirty dishes to be washed and provide pastries and coffee for the morning. This guest, I might add, didn't pay as agreed when booking and requested to extend their stay, which we couldn't accommodate.
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We'll never know....

  • 1 of 5

The owner of this property canceled our reservation less than a week before we were supposed to check in. Family crisis was what we were told. We truly hope that everything worked out okay for her, but this REALLY left us in the lurch! We ended up staying in an over-priced, flea-bag DIVE hotel in a VERY scary part of the Tenderloin. With less than a week before check-in, there weren't any reasonably priced VRBO properties available with such short notice, and for some reason, most of the mid-priced hotels were booked solid.

We made the best of it, and kept busy the whole time. It was just very scary getting to that hotel late at night.

To top this all off, VRBO kept their portion of the fee for this booking!

After I called VRBO, and explained this situation to them, apparently they WILL refund the fees that they had kept. I feel that if a reservation is not kept, and it is not the fault of the customer, these fees should be automatically reversed.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! One can not time an unforseen death in family as happened to us. This guest was inconvenienced by the cancellation of his reservation a week before their arrival date. All monies that were in my control were immediately refunded, a delay apparently occurred with the guest fee from VRBO, which I had no control over. I really don't think that it is my fault that the guest rebooked in a very bad part of the City, or that the available hotels were pricier than their budget. I also don't feel that I should be blasted for something VRBO did, take it up with them. Lastly, the insensitivity of this guest is so very sad, but some people are just that way, unfortunately.
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Calm "port" in chaotic city

  • 5 of 5

Located 10-15 minute by underground streetcar Muni ride to downtown and waterfront this charming abode was a haven of respite from the big city (And I live In Toronto:)The beautiful garden with patio furniture provided a layer of peaceful space ,fresh cool air and chirping birds while travelling with my adult daughter.The West Portal area itself was great for hill walking and home gazing , ethnic restaurants and a middle eastern marketeria and Safeway store 7 blocks away.The bedroom was cozy with very comfy bed,nice kitchenette and amazing large tiled bathroom with jacuzzi and shower.The hosts provided a wonderful looking entertainment centre (did not use) and many brochures,maps,menus,books of the West Portal area and San Fran.Continental breakfast and Keurig coffee maker/pods were provided daily as was washing up of dishes.Blinds and shutters provided ample light block and everything was aesthetically pleasing .There was no need for a/c as temps dipped to the 50's in the evening and the fog rolled in.Private entry with keypad and tall wooden gate provided security .I would definitely recommend this VRBO!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edgerton, MO


  • 5 of 5

We loved the small apartment, West Portal Cozy Garden Suite. It is absolutely amazing that West Portal is only a short block away. Couldn't ask for better location. Good restaurants within walking distance, and the garden was quietly isolated and lovely for an evening glass of wine. You do need to remember, however, that the kitchen is tiny, with only a microwave and small refrigerator. Linda does provide a tasty light breakfast. Enjoyed our stay and loved San Francisco.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, glad you enjoyed the suite, West Portal and San Francisco! Think of us on your next visit...
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Great value!

  • 4 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Clean, quiet, well appointed, attentive owner. GREAT LOCATION!! Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time for the review. Glad you enjoyed staying with us so much!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Golden Gate/Blue Fleet
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Harding Golf Course
Nearest Train
Muni Streetcar
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
280 and Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
1/4 Block -
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: not necessary

Our house is in the upscale residential neighborhood of West Portal nestled between two prominent areas of St. Francis Wood and Forest Hill. It has the highest rate of private cars and lowest rate of crime in S.F. The area has been recognized as one of the safest in San Francisco by the SFPD. The district is named for the western portal of the Twin Peaks Tunnel which opened for business 96 years ago.


Rates & Availability

West of Twin Peaks House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $300

2 Nights Inquire - Holidays & Special Events subject to increased rates -
3rd bed is twin electric air bed - 3rd person $30 nightly
Cancellation outside 45 days full refund less $25 fee
Plentiful street parking - parking options available inquire
Accept credit cards, e-check, personal check - International and bookings within 30 days fees may apply

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West of Twin Peaks House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Step down shower, Toto toilet, Jetted Jacuzzi, single Porcher sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom and sitting area shared, separate from kitchenette
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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