Sunny, quiet, convenient - parking!

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Mississippi St, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States

Welcome to our studio apartment with direct garden access! It's in a nice neighborhood with amazing views, plus you can walk to restaurants, shops and transportation. We have hosted more than 150 guests, so we know what you need for a great stay!

The Space

Welcome to our garden apartment on sunny Potrero Hill (in the summertime, when much of the city is covered in chilly fog, our neighborhood usually has sunshine!). This studio (a large one-room apartment) is on the lower level of our house and looks out on a quiet garden.

Please note that there is NO SMOKING (this includes electronic cigarettes) in the apartment, the garden or in front of the house.

FUN FACT: Science-fiction writer Frank Herbert lived in this house in the 1960s, and wrote most of his acclaimed book "Dune" while living here!

Features include:

--King-size bed, with sheets, pillows (down, feather and foam are all available) and goose-down duvet
--Optional roll-away single bed sleeps a third person
--Private bathroom with shower, toilet and sink - plus hairdryer and a selection of soaps, shampoos, conditioners and other toiletries
--Clothes closet with hangers
--Big, fluffy bath towels, washcloths and hand towels
--Kitchen area with full-size stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee-maker, coffee grinder, stove-top espresso maker, toaster, teapot, cooking utensils, dishes, silverware - everything you need
--The kitchen is stocked with a selection of premium coffee beans, teas, sugar and other condiments
--Outside door to the garden and deck (shared with us)
--Free wireless high-speed internet
--Flat-screen HD TV with cable & DVD player (we're happy to loan you movies)
--iPod/iPhone dock and player on alarm clock-radio
--Free phone calls within the U.S. and Canada
--Carpeting
--Heat
--South of Market location, near 2 bus lines (3 blocks to the #10 which will take you to the downtown Financial District and Chinatown; 1 block to the #22, which will take you to the Mission District and the Marina District). We are a 10-minute walk from the "T" tram line, which goes to downtown, the Union Square area and the ballpark. We are also 4 blocks from a Caltrain stop, where you can catch a train to Silicon Valley destinations and Stanford University (Stanford shuttle connects to the train station).
--Restaurants (Italian, French, Sushi, Vietnamese, Mexican, Pizza, Mediterranean, Crepes, Californian, sandwiches), a wine shop, a great coffee house, a bookstore, grocery stores, other shops and a library - all within very close walking distance.
--Several local grocery stores within walking distance, including one that sells a good variety of organic produce and cooks delicious rotisserie chickens. There is also a Whole Foods supermarket about half a mile from the house.
--Free street parking is usually very easy to find in the area (though there are street cleaning restrictions on Monday and Wednesday mornings). If you arrive late at night, parking may be a bit more difficult - but even then, you'll typically find a spot within a couple of blocks, which is rare in San Francisco!
--Restaurant and travel advice - I'm a travel and food writer! I'm happy to make recommendations and reservations for you. I'll even share my list of the latest insider food spots - the ones that haven't yet made it into the guidebooks! I also know the Wine Country quite well.
--You'll find a large collection of local information in the apartment, including guide books, maps, transportation information and restaurant guides. We also provide a folder with menus from all the neighborhood restaurants.

Note: this apartment is at the back of the lower level of our private house. You enter through a private door in the garage, walk through the garage and then enter the apartment through a private door. You may hear a few footsteps from upstairs, but in general, it is very quiet. The apartment is on the ground floor, with two small steps at the entrance. Aside from that there are no other steps.

PLEASE READ THE HOUSE RULES (CLICK ON "HOUSE RULES" ABOVE) BEFORE MAKING A RESERVATION REQUEST. PLEASE ALSO TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHO WILL BE STAYING IN THE APARTMENT, SO WE CAN BE SURE THE ACCOMMODATIONS ARE THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU. THANK YOU - AND WELCOME TO SAN FRANCISCO!

SAN FRANCISCO TIPS:

--Bring a jacket, no matter what time of year you are visiting. It always cools down at night here, and can also be breezy. A leather jacket is perfect!
--We recommend that you consider renting a car for at least part of your stay in San Francisco. Our neighborhood is well-served by mass transit, but some of the worthwhile attractions (such as the deYoung Museum) are far from the downtown, Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf areas. You might also want to take a day-trip up to the Wine Country.or Muir Woods, which are north of the city.
--If you are interested in visiting Alcatraz, we highly recommend that you make reservations before you come to San Francisco. It is very popular, especially in the summertime. We can send you the link for the official booking website.
--There are often "blockbuster" shows at city museums which require advance, timed tickets. We're happy to help you with info about this if you want to book before you arrive.
--You might want to consider signing up for some of the free discount websites that serve SF - Groupon, HomeRun, LivingSocial, BlackBoardEats, GoldStar. You'll find offers for discounts on entertainment, events, restaurants and other services.

Guest Access

Guests have access to the back deck and garden, which has a lounge chair, table and chairs, and BBQ (please check with us before using the BBQ).

We have a washer and dryer which are available to guests who are staying a week or longer - but only after we have explained how to operate them.

We have extensive information and guide books about San Francisco in the apartment, which is yours to use.

We provide a basket of toiletries for guests to use, and also provide coffee, tea, kleenex, paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning products.

The apartment kitchen is equipped with cooking equipment, but we are also happy to loan guests any special equipment they might need.

Interaction with Guests

After hosting more than 150 guests, we understand that guests have very different needs. Some like a lot of advice and interaction, while others like to be independent. We try to be sensitive to the individual needs of each guest.

We live upstairs from the apartment, and I work from home, so I am usually around during the daytime if you need anything or want some advice.

Want to go on a walking tour of our neighborhood? Need restaurant recommendations or transportation advice? Want insider tips? We're here for you! Want to learn more about life in San Francisco? We're happy to chat!

The Neighborhood

Potrero Hill is the sunniest neighborhood in San Francisco! We have great views and it's very quiet, but yet, you can quickly get downtown or to the trendy (but rowdy) Mission District. We have an assortment of great local restaurants within walking distance (we provide restaurant menus and a map), and you can even organize a free tour of San Francisco's most famous historic brewery, Anchor Steam, which is a few blocks away. There are 2 markets and a great little organic grocery store within an easy walk. We have a great bookstore, independent coffee house and cute shops on the main business street in the neighborhood. See photos of them in the photo section of our listing.

Getting around

We are served by 2 bus lines and 1 tram line. The #22 bus, which goes to the Mission District, Pacific Heights and the Marina District, stops 1 block from our house. The #10 bus, which goes downtown, near Union Square, the Financial District, and Pacific Heights, stops 3 blocks from our house. The "T" tram is about a 7-minute walk from our house, and it goes downtown, to the waterfront, and connects with other transportation that will take you anywhere in the city, including Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. The #22 bus and the "T" tram also connect with the BART transportation system, which goes to the airport. By taxi, our house is about 15 minutes from the San Francisco Airport.

Other Things to Note

SAN FRANCISCO TIPS:

--Bring a jacket, no matter what time of year you are visiting. It always cools down at night here, and can also be breezy. A leather jacket is perfect!
--We recommend that you consider renting a car for at least part of your stay in San Francisco. Our neighborhood is well-served by mass transit, but some of the worthwhile attractions (such as the deYoung Museum) are far from the downtown, Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf areas. You might also want to take a day-trip up to the Wine Country.or Muir Woods, which are north of the city.
--If you are interested in visiting Alcatraz, we highly recommend that you make reservations before you come to San Francisco. It is very popular, especially in the summertime. We can send you the link for the official booking website.
--There are often "blockbuster" shows at city museums which require advance, timed tickets. We're happy to help you with info about this if you want to book before you arrive.
--You might want to consider signing up for some of the free discount websites that serve SF - Groupon, HomeRun, LivingSocial, BlackBoardEats, GoldStar. You'll find offers for discounts on entertainment, events, restaurants and other services.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $30 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $800 /week
Monthly Price: $2500 /month
Security Deposit: $300
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • I loved staying at Gayle's place! She was very pleasant and gave me cookies upon my arrival! The place was nice and neat and plenty of space for me for the week. The neighborhood was beautiful, one of the nicest I've ever stayed at in SF. If I need to work in the area again, I will definitely see if Gayle's place is available.

    April 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thanks very much, Rachel! We really enjoyed being your first AirBnB hosts. It would be a pleasure to have you stay with us again!

  • Very nice rental in a quiet neighborhood a bit off the usual map for a business traveler like me. Would stay again!

    March 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Glad you had a good stay, Matt - and that you enjoyed living like a local! Come back anytime!

  • Gayle and Paul were perfect hosts: friendly and very informative of the local areas sights and eats. Bus access to local areas and even to downtown was quick and easy. We would definitely come back to stay again - and thanks for the delicious cookies!

    March 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thanks so much, Sean! We really enjoyed hosting you and Samra!

  • Gayle is a gracious host, with lots of suggestions for eating out ways to get around the city. Her place is a comfortable gem in a great neighborhood, close to Caltrain, Muni, and bus lines. Oh yeah, and cookies!!!

    March 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thanks for the kind words, Dwight! It was a pleasure to host you and Gail!

  • The place was great! Very convenient to the city, but very quiet and private. The apartment felt very safe and homey. And the view from this part of town is utterly spectacular! Really enjoyed staying at Gayle's place and would recommend it to others.

    March 2014
  • We received very precise instructions ahead of time on how to access the apartment, and were free to come and go as we wanted. The neighborhood is quiet and pleasant, and our hosts saw to every need. The apartment is complete in every detail, comfortable and cozy. It is within walking distance of a number of restaurants, has great views from it's location on Portero Hill, and it was easy to get to off of the freeway. With the pricing of lodgings in San Francisco on the high end, we were originally going to stay in a renovated old motel in Daly City, before checking on airbnb for something better, and we are glad we did. For not much more, this was 100 times better. Thank you, Gayle and Paul, for making our stay so much nicer!

    February 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thank you for your kind review, Steve! We are really glad you didn't have to stay in a motel outside the city ;-) Please come back and stay with us any time!

  • Gayle and Paul are great hosts. Apt. is clean and confortable.The location is close to many restaurants and shops. We enjoyed our stay and would rebook for another stay.

    February 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thank you for your kind review, Christine and Jean-Louis! It would be our pleasure to host you again.

  • We had a wonderful experience staying with Gayle in Potrero Hill. We stayed for about a month while we were in the process of moving to San Francisco. The apartment was cozy and comfortable and there was plenty of space for all of our suitcases. We really appreciated having a well stocked kitchen, and we made frequent trips to the Good Life grocery store just a couple of blocks away for easy meals at home. The apartment was also very clean, and quiet as promised.

    Gayle was very helpful and accommodating and has a wealth of knowledge about the neighborhood and city. The apartment is located very close to all of the great Potrero Hill restaurants, and Farley's coffee shop was a great place to work during the day. This was really the most amazing parking in SF (we now know how difficult it is to park here) and the bus service makes it easy to get around the city. And the views from Potrero Hill are amazing!

    Overall, a great experience! Would definitely recommend.

    February 2014
    Gayle
    Response from Gayle:

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Alison! We really enjoyed hosting you and Howie, and helping you get to know San Francisco.

  • Great location with good restaurants nearby. My wife and I have stayed here for the past 3 years on our visits to San Francisco. Gayle and Paul are great hosts. The apt is clean and has everything you need for an extended stay in the city. There is public transit a block away that gets you downtown for $2. We love the place because it is quiet. We don't like hearing traffic or loud people and this apt is quieter than hotels we have stayed in downtown.

    December 2013
  • A very nice apartment. Clean, spacious, a nice garden in the back (even in this cooler weather). All of the information and house rules are both useful and clear. Gayle even left me cookies on the table!

    If you arrive within BART / MUNI hours, then getting there and back from SFO is very simple and cheap. Even the hill coming up from 17th Street (if I remember correctly), is actually a nice little workout.

    Due to an unexpectedly late arrival (missed flights...) and bad timing, I unfortunately was not lucky enough to actually meet Gayle. Hopefully next time!

    Highly recommended.

    December 2013
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I am a freelance travel and food writer, whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Gourmet, The Washington Post and many other publications. So, if you rent from us, you get bonus professional travel advice about San Francisco and the Wine Country! My husband has his own company, HIP Investor (HIP = Human Impact + Profit), which helps investors do good while also seeking a profit. He authored a book published by Wiley called "The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World." We often rent apartments in various parts of the world and enjoy "living like a local" when we travel. We are in our 40s and own our house - so as renters, we are quite responsible and self-reliant. English is our first language. I also speak French and my husband speaks Spanish. We know a bit of Japanese and Italian, too. If you have any questions, just ask!
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