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New Listing! Outstanding views of the Bay! Bohemian Two Bedroom!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,125 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

1125 Sq Ft Top Floor gem! Gorgeous views 1 Queen, 1 Full, one bath, deck w/BBQ

This two bedroom converted attic apartment with private deck sprawls the entire top floor of a nine unit building built in 1909 on the corner of Scott and Filbert in Lower Cow Hollow. It is a well loved jewel with northerly views that will take your breath away.

There is a 3 floor walk up to this quirky, low ceilinged 'penthouse' filled with colorful art and antiques. So, if you have bad knees, are a basketball player, crave beige or blank walls look elsewhere. This is not a typical rental, but our home when we are in town.

All of one's cares literally go out the window once you step into this magical world. The typical responses are 'I want to live here! 'Why don't I live here!' 'Why Didn't Daddy buy this for me!!!'

There have been many modern upgrades since 1909 that make the living experience free and easy. The kitchen is equipped to make any cook happy. There is wi-fi, a Bose CD player with iPod dock, wireless printer/copier, a 32 inch flatscreen, DVD player, Apple T.V. with streaming HBO and Netflix. Outside on the deck, there is seating for 8 and a Weber Genesis BBQ.

There are also so many restaurants nearby that do take-out and two grocery stores with sophisticated prepared menus that if one doesn't feel like cooking there are great options.

Be aware that I do NOT have a garage. There is 2 hour street parking during the week days with unlimited evenings and weekends. If I have enough notice, I can arrange for a temporary parking permit, but only for up to two months and for a modest fee.

The apartment has an open floor plan with two private bedrooms. The Master has a queen size bed and the guest room has a double. Both beds have pillow top mattresses, lovely cotton sheets and goose down comforters. It comfortably sleeps 2 to 3, however in my opinion, the apartment is best enjoyed by two... two VERY responsible, non-smoking adults without pets or small children (too much is too tempting) who enjoy ethnic eclectic and have a sense of humor.

The views and the location are spectacular. Please look at the pictures carefully.

I try to tell the real story, so there are no surprises.

Due to the new changes in the law, the minimum stay is now 30 days.

More Details
Registration Number : Long-Term Only

Hillary Becton
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 31, 2018

About Hillary Becton

I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland in a family that valued education, social work, art and travel - more or less in that order! After getting an MA in religious studies, I married and moved to California. I taught art for years in the Bay area while raising two children. My daughter now runs a sailing school in Hobart, Tasmania, and my son is an artist living in Mexico City. I am remarried to an artist and living in Deer Isle, Maine.

Hillary Becton purchased this apartment in 2002

Why Hillary Becton chose Marina District

I bought this property because the moment I walked up the final flight of narrow stairs I fell in love. I had to have it! The view, the old world feel, the safe and charming neighborhood and the warmth of the other owners made buying in easy.

Now that I live in Maine full time and can only visit a few weeks out of the year, I have decided to make the apartment available on VRBO.

What makes this apartment unique

Sitting out on the deck in the morning sun drinking coffee, listening for the wild parrots and looking out in any direction is just Heaven... Or sitting in the living room in the late afternoon watching the waning light sweep the city and then burn into the windows over in the Berkley Hills... or just watching the weather and listening to the fog horns and all the dynamic activity on the Bay... is captivating. Sometimes it is hard to peel away from the view to go to that museum opening, but one of my favorite cities in the world is waiting right outside the door.....

Guestbook comments from the owner

Loved my stay at this fabulous apartment in Cow Hollow. The apartment is perfectly set up with all the comforts of home and all the amenities you could ever need. The views over the Bay are magical, I could have sat and watched the view all day, if not for all the great things to see nearby. The apartment is walking distance to lots of great restaurants on Chestnut and Union streets, several bus routes and the marina. My favourite walk was to Fishermans Wharf along the water’s edge and around Fort Mason. Only one small hill back up to the apartment, but that just means there are great views!

The bedrooms are super comfortable with room enough for our group of three. The bathroom is quaint, but very nice and the kitchen is very well stocked. The living room is very comfortable with a great TV and views. The owner is extremely helpful and lovely to deal with, she responded to all of my questions super quickly and went out of her way to accommodate me.

The laundry is in the basement, and is quite reasonable at only $1 for washer and $1 for dryer. Parking is only for 2 hours in the day outside the apartment, but we never had any issues finding a park. A car is definitely not required to get around.

I would definitely recommend this apartment to friends and family. I hope to be back someday myself!
Aug 2017
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Marina District Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1125 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • There is a small, but good tiled shower and a wonderful, old cast iron tub. There is also a large closet (without much head room) where I keep extra supplies like TP, detergent, a vacuum etc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , This room is smaller than the MB, but private, comfortable
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The Master Bed is a soft pillowtop. It is very tranquil.
  • Both beds have soft mattresses and the bedrooms are both cozy, but different sizes. This apartment is really best enjoyed by a couple, but it can accommodate 1-2 well behaved children or VERY good friends in the smaller of the two bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
If you enjoy walking and are relatively fit, this is the place for you. San Francisco is an amazing city to be explored!


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New Listing! Outstanding views of the Bay! Bohemian Two Bedroom!
average rating of 4.904762 based on 24 reviews
Hong Kong

Charming Quirky Cottage Feel - Very "Tales of the City" type feel

  • 5 of 5

Great apt in a great area of town. It's a walk-up but a very easy one, with a wide staircase down below, and fun attic garret stair for the last floor. Decorated extensively with colorful, fun art, rugs and pottery. Beds are super super comfy, with down pillow toppers and down duvets! Easy walk to restaurants, shops and the Marina Green and Chrissy Field Beach are easily walkable for anyone remotely fit. Amazing views of the GG Bridge, Sausalito and Angel Island. Great deck, been having morning coffee out there and even in the fog, it is sheltered enough to be comfortable outside.

Only thing I didn't consider is the ceiling height. Fine for me (5'8") but my husband (6'4") was worried he was going to wack the lights (he didn't) and he said it was a tad bit challenging to use the loo (standing up). Anyway, none of those issues for me or my daughter.

Kitchen was well stocked. We didn't use most of the appliances, but they looked in good condition. Shower had good water pressure, didn't try the bathtub. Washer and dryer are downstairs (communal) and worked well.

Owner was super easy to communicate with and really went the extra mile with us, letting us check in at 1am because of a late flight. I had told her we would just book a hotel room near the airport as it was so late, but she organized for someone to meet us and let us in.

Overall, if you are looking for something with a boatload of charm, fanciful art and great views... this is your place.

Would give it 3 thumbs up if I had that many thumbs!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ah yes, the toilet for the men is a bit of a challenge!!! If one is willing to sit, I think it is easier, but I don't really know....
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The best view in San Francisco, and walkable to everything you need

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were working in San Francisco for a while, and this was the perfect place. The top-floor view is north, and the big picture window gives you a stunning view of everything from the Golden Gate Bridge to past Alcatraz. It's a short walk (with a hill on the return; this is S.F., after all) to Chestnut St. for a good grocery store, a wine store, restaurants, latte parlors, a big drugstore, even an Apple Store--in short, for everything you might need. Also a short walk to Union Street, for the same. The No. 45 bus (a block and a half away) will take you to North Beach, Chinatown, Downtown, and all the way to the CalTrain terminal for trips down the Peninsula. Get a Clipper Card and you're all set. The apartment has everything you need for cooking, sleeping, bathing, etc., so all you have bring are your clothes.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You and your wife were my longest renters (over 3 months) to date and it was such a pleasure. You really made the apartment your own and now know how to navigate the city better than I do! You will be welcomed back any time.
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Warren, Maine

Great Escape

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is in a great location, quiet neighborhood that is easily accessible to many restaurants, stores and the waterfront. The view is spectacular where you can just sit and watch the boats on the bay and the city wake up while you drink your coffee. The beds are super comfortable and the apartment is just like being at home. The only thing you need is to stop at the store and get some food for your stay! The pictures describe the space perfectly! Walking is a must to discover the areas around you and the amazing architecture. We were continually finding new things each day all around as we explored. I recommend signing up for Zipcar and leaving the city from there. There are pickup locations just a couple of blocks away and it allows for extended adventures without taking time out of your day to pick up a rental at the airport and dealing with parking around the apartment. The owner was very helpful and answered any questions that I had and made great suggestions for places to go. I recommend this rental and would stay here again without hesitation!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There were 3 adults in your party, and I am so glad that the apartment did not feel too tight and that you enjoyed yourselves. Using the Zipcar was brilliant. That's what I do now and it is virtually hassle free. I am glad to hear that you felt the pictures tell the story. It is not exactly your normal normal, which I try to make clear. And there is no doubt that the walking is intense, but oh so worth it for the view!
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November in Cow Hollow

  • 5 of 5

I can only echo the comments regarding the location and views.......spectacular. The location is great, close to lots of good neighborhood restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The apartment building was nice and quiet and the accommodation minders couldn't be more helpful.

An ideal base to launch from if you have a car rental and plan to go explore the Northern Californian coast over the bridge.

I will definitely check if this rental is free next time I visit this beautiful neighborhood and city!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I no longer have my wonderful management team, now that San Francisco requires minimum monthly rentals. But, we seem to make due having a competent plumber, building manager and part time cleaner. I can get guests temporary parking permits for up to 8 weeks, which is a huge help.
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Fantastic Views

  • 4 of 5

The position of this apartment is superb. To be a couple of blocks from the nicest part of Chestnut Street, and a couple of blocks from the beginning of the interesting part of Union Street is amazing.

The views are simply fantastic (both from the living room windows and the roof terrace). I have rented many times in this neighborhood, but this is the first time I have had a view over the bay. It adds another dimension....from the moment you get out of bed in the morning you know you are in wonderful San Francisco.

I would describe the apartment itself as "quirky", and in some ways it suits the city it is in. As the photos show, there is an awful lot of decoration and memorabilia. It is on every shelf and in every corner. You are left in no doubt that you are staying in somebody's home....the owners' personal possessions are everywhere (including wardrobes and drawers). My biggest single complaint would be the lack of a single comfortable seat.

I always love my time in San Francisco, and I enjoyed this apartment. Its position and views more than make up for any shortcomings.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Comfortable, quirky and charming are hard to roll into one! You are the first guest to complain about the seating, but my husband might agree with you!!! There is certainly space in the master closet for guests - hanging fabric shelving and bar space, plus an empty armoire in the second bedroom, but there certainly are things of ours there. I try to be very clear in the listing that this is a home we use, and it is full of my goofy global folk art collection. Not every one is comfortable living in my world - as fun and as great I think it is!
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Darlington, Co Durham

Bay vista

  • 5 of 5

The views of the bay, the bridge and Alcatraz are stunning. The decor is sophisticated-hippy, the facilities are extensive and the beds are ultra-comfortable. If it's sunny, take a barbecue on the deck and if it ever rains (which San Francisco prays for) you have TV, Netflix, quality radio, hundreds of books and DVDs... plus those vistas to gaze at from the picture window. Top marks for helpfulness go to the owner and the accommodation minders.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
San Francisco International
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Lombard St and Scott St
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
There is a public course nearby in the Presidio
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
On Lombard St - Yukol Place - great Thai
Nearest Ski
300 Miles
Nearest Beach
1.2 Miles
Crissy Field
Car: not necessary

The corner of Filbert and Scott is within easy walking distance to all of the shops, bars and restaurants on Union St and Fillmore and then going across Lombard to Chestnut St where there are two cinemas, an excellent grocery and meat market, bakeries etc. etc. It is less than a 20 min walk down Scott St to the Marina Green and to the Bay. Zip Cars are nearby and buses or cabs can take you anywhere in the city or beyond. The location is perfect. I have a list of favorite restaurants and things to do. But, you may find that once perched on the deck or inside looking out the picture window at all the activity on the Bay the need to go anywhere slips away...




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $130

I do not do nightly rates, so VRBO's forms don't quite fit. Up to one month will be billed at the same rate of $232 a night
There is a $150 cleaning fee to be paid directly to the manager when returning the keys at the end of the stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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