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Paul Downey

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

Highest Rated apt in S.F. Close to Golden Gate Park & Beach, WiFi,

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights

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Overview

San Francisco Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Traveler Rated Best Vacation Rental 2009/10/11/12/13/14/15.

I am very proud that my vacation apartment has achieved one of the highest five star ratings and is the Most recommended Apartment in San Francisco on VRBO, 125 previous guests have awarded 5 stars and totally recommended this Apartment, no other property in San Francisco has that many 100% positive Five Star testimonials.

Experience the real San Francisco, stay where the locals live, my apartment is in the perfect location, if you are visiting this fabulous city on business or as a tourist, my apartment has it all. Walk to China Beach, Ocean Beach, the Presidio and Golden Gate Park.

Big Queen Sleigh Bed, Double sofa bed, Single Ottoman pull out bed, Dining room with seating for 6 people, Full Kitchen, Cable TV, Free Netflix, FULLY EQUIPPED HOME OFFICE, WITH BRAND NEW DELL COMPUTER & PRINTER, COPIER AND SCANNER, COMCAST HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION, Multi disk CD player with a selection of CD's, plus lots of DVD movies and books for you to enjoy during your stay, Plus a working Log Fire(Gas)for those foggy evenings.

Previous Guests Testimonials are the very best advertisement, we now have 125 five star testimonials from previous guests, Please read the comments sections for tips and ideas from fellow visitors.

If you are here on business, there is an Express bus to downtown right outside my front door. If you are visiting as a tourist and wish to experience the real San Francisco, then my apartment is the logical place, do not get ripped off in the high priced tourist restaurants, eat where the locals eat, there are many Ethnic restaurants within a few blocks, have a beer at some of the best neighborhood bars in the city. If you really want to be a tourist, take a walk to the Cliff House for dinner.

I own the building, it has 2 apartments and a retail store, the other apartment is occupied by a retired school teacher, Vladimir and his wife, they both take care of my apartment for me, so just knock on their door if you should need anything during your stay.

The neighborhood: Richmond/SeaCliff

The Richmond/Seacliff neighborhood has world-class recreation, You are within walking distance of 3 fantastic beaches, Ocean beach, China beach or Baker beach.

Golden Gate Park is only 5 blocks from the apartment. You also have a municipal golf course, Lincoln Park Golf , it is a short 6 blocks from the apartment.

The Richmond retains a neighborhood feel along its main shopping streets.

You can find Mexican, Russian, French and Italian restaurants with ease, not to mention a plethora of establishments serving food from every corner of Asia. 'Like the Outer Richmond itself, Geary calms down considerably after 25th Avenue as it meanders off into the fog and ultimately ends at the Pacific Ocean.'

Sea Cliff is dominated by Spanish architecture homes perched on the cliffs east of Golden Gate Bridge. Certainly one of the most desirable and picturesque residential areas in the U.S. Success exudes itself from any of houses, stars and theatrical types such as Robin Williams, Sharon Stone, and Carol Hayes of Hayes Productions all have homes here. The Presidio Trust sits to its east with remains of the Land's End Park and the famous Sutro Baths of 1896 to the west. The California Palace of the Legion of Honor museum built in 1924 ( inspired by the Palais de la Legion in Paris), home of Rodin's 'The Thinker', and the public golf course of Lincoln Park all share the Sea Cliff address!'

Lincoln Park: Most people know Lincoln Park for two things: The Palace of the Legion of Honor and the golf course. Fewer know about the park's easy access to Land's End and a portion of the Coastal Trail that runs about six miles along the bluff above the sea, from Baker Beach to Ocean Beach. Walkers along this path will be treated with incredible views.

Golden Gate Park:

The California Academy of Sciences Its fantastic, you have to go.

You simply must rent a boat in Stow Lake or explore the park by bike. Stow Lake Bike & Boat Rentals, 50 Stow Lake Dr.

M.H. de Young Museum.

You have all this right outside your front door and are only 15 minutes to downtown Union Square.

Muni Bus system:

If you intend to ride the cable cars, then it is cheaper to buy a bus pass, the fare on the 38 bus downtown is $2.25 and the cable cars are $6 so its better value to get a bus pass. The passes are for consecutive days.

Passports may be purchased on the Muni website or at the Airport, SFO Information Booth (Baggage Claim area)

For more information on Muni Passports, see Muni's website.

• 1-day Passport $17

• 3-day Passport $26

• 7-day Passport $35

The cheapest way to get to the apartment from SFO is a door to door Super Shuttle, it costs $19 per person one way, if there are 3 or more people then a Taxi is cheaper, about $45. You do not really need a rental car, except if you wish to see the Wine Country, I would suggest that you rent a car the last 2 days of your vacation, there is a Hertz location a few blocks away, pick the car up at the local Hertz and drop it back to the Airport, that way you save on a shuttle to the airport.

ZIPCARS: you can rent Zip cars by the hour or by the day,

There is a ZIPCAR location one block from the apt,

Please go to ZIPCAR Website for more information.

PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR AVAILABLE DATES, I ANSWER ALL EMAILS THE SAME DAY.

***EXTRA, EXTRA, I now have a second location, A one bedroom apartment in Twin Peaks, with parking and laundry, sleeps up to 5.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Paul Downey (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

About Paul Downey

I used to own a travel agency for 15 years and like to think I know what tourists want in a vacation apartment.

Paul Downey purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Paul Downey chose San Francisco

I bought the building in 2000 and totally renovated the owners unit apartment, I lived in this apartment for 3 years, then bought another Apartment building in Twin Peaks, where I now live.

I decided to rent this apartment to tourists and its been a huge success. Lots of guests have said it feels like your are staying in a friends apartment and not a sterile vacation place, I thinks its because I furnished and decorated it as my home, so when I moved out I left everything as is. I loved living here!

What makes this apartment unique

Live like a local in a very family friendly neighborhood,

Everything is right outside the front door.

Previous guests have commented on how great the neighborhood is. There are all types of cafes, bars and restaurants from a Michelin star (Aziza) to Mom & Pop places all within a few blocks.

You really do not need a car, but if you need one for a few hours or a day, there is a ZIP car location just one block away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Paul,

I just tried to post a comment on the VRBO site, and it will not allow me as I posted a comment on my last visit in 2007.

Here is what I was going to post:

We stayed here in Dec 2007 and had a totally wonderful time; we loved San Francisco so much that we could not wait to return. The apt has been painted and spruced up since our last visit, it was great back then and it’s even better now.

We love the neighborhood; it’s great to be able to walk to so many restaurants.

Our favorite restaurants were Chapeau (French), Aziza (Moroccan) and Pacifica Café (Seafood).

You do not need to rent a car, as the bus service is terrific, make sure you purchase a bus pass at the airport when you arrive.

I would suggest doing the land’s end walk, its finishes right at the Cliff House.

Overall another great vacation in San Francisco.

Lynn Rubbathan, Newark, NJ
Mar 2011
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(136 traveler reviews)
Highest Rated apt in S.F. Close to Golden Gate Park & Beach, WiFi,
average rating of 4.9338236 based on 137 reviews
5

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a great stay in SF! Our first VRBO experience was a success-- we loved the neighborhood with its many ethnically diverse restaurants. The Muni was easy to access and the neighborhood was safe at night. The apartment was comfortable and clean. We all slept well and parking wasn't difficult as long as u parked up by the schools and read the signs. We would definitely stay here again!

We felt like real San Franciscans! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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4

Comfortable Apartment in great SF neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

The Apartment was clean and nicely decorated. The sleeping accomodations were as described. Great neighborhood with friendly locals. Good public transportation options. Very much appreciated the responsiveness of VRBO apartment manager next door.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have stayed twice at this VRBO in San Francisco. We love being able to hop the bus right at our door here. Our daughter lives off of Geary so it has been great to be able to visit with her and get around the city and enjoy ourselves. We stayed for the month of March and two months in the fall 2015. We celebrated Thanksgiving here. The kitchen is large and fully equipped and a dishwasher too. Nice TV and internet. WE will be back.....to be continued.......

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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5

Ready to come back!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying here. Short walk to grocery stores, restuarnts along Geary are close and more along one block north. Eat at a new place each day. Additional easy transport just a call away from Uber. Did the bus tour.... Hop on, hop off to see the sites. Kids even got to ice skate outdoors at Union Square. Not enough time to do everything.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Convenient Property

  • 3 of 5

I enjoyed the property, it was nicely appointed. However, I did have a car and had trouble every night with parking. Also I was woke up every night about 2 a.m. because of the bar patrons leaving the bar down the block. They would talk and it felt like they were in the next room.

I really don't want to post a negative review because the property itself is nice and clean. The bed is very comfortable. But the best way to travel to San Francisco is without a car. I had to have one though.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The apartment is on a city street, there will be city noises. This apartment was once my "Home" for over 4 years. I installed expensive double glazed windows to keep out the street noise. The bedroom window must have been open if you could hear people talking like they were in the next room. Vladimir the tenant in the other apartment parks his car every night on the street and has been doing so for the past 15 years, I also used to park on the street every night. We supply a very detailed information brochure on how and where to park, you must not have taken the time to read it. Otherwise I am glad you liked the apartment.
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A great place for an extended stay

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is large, clean, and equipped with everything you need for a long or a short stay. It's near many bus lines, so you can get nearly anywhere in the city via public transportation. Often times you won't even need transportation because of this apartment's fantastic location. If you need to rent an apartment in SF for either business or pleasure, I highly recommend this one.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
7 Miles
SFO
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Lincoln Park Golf course
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Baker Beach
Car: not necessary

Only 4 blocks to Golden Gate park, 5 blocks to beach, 6 blocks to golf course, supermarket 1 block, bus stop directly outside. Hundreds of restaurants and bars in the neighborhood.

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Rates & Availability

Richmond District Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Special
Aug 8 2016 - Aug 11 2016
3 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Special
Aug 16 2016 - Aug 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
$3,295
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $80

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

San Francisco Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full Bath Tub with Shower, and yes we do have a hairdryer!
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Big Queen Sleigh Bed in the bedroom, Double Sofa bed and a single sofa bed in the living room, we also have a Pack-N-Play baby cot.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Everything is supplied linens, towels, fully equipped kitchen, Two HD TV's, and DVD players one in the living room and one in the bedroom, Easy Street Parking

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