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Review 3381: Owner, Duncan House (#145871)


Review by teaberry from PA who is a SlowTrav Contributor

2bed/1bath apartment in San Francisco, California


March 4-9, 2008, 5 days


This lovely pied-a-terre (VRBO listing #145871) is located on the edge of the Noe Valley neighborhood of the city of San Francisco, on a quiet, tree-lined residential street.

Nearby Amenities

Within walking distance of the apartment is a coffee shop and grocery store, a supermarket just a few blocks away, and just two blocks from Church Street, lined with many shops, restaurants, and cafes.

The House/Apartment

This first floor apartment has a completely and newly renovated interior and exterior. The building is from the 1890s, and is an elegant structure. It is quite attractive and has great curb appeal. It is decorated in a modern/classic fashion, making it quite inviting and easy to feel comfortable and at home. Large living room and kitchen, two bedrooms with closets and one bureau, large roomy bathroom, hall area. Recessed lighting in all rooms and hallway, and all lights are on dimmers, adding to the atmosphere. Accessible and easily programmable thermostat, for heat and air-conditioning.


There was no outside sitting area.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Absolutely immaculate living area. The furniture is all new and in excellent condition. Comfortable couch in the living room, with lots of seating space, cushions, pillows, throws. There was a folded table which could open and seat four.


One queen bedroom and one double bedroom. VERY nice sheets, pillow top mattresses and four comfortable pillows per bed. Each bedroom closet has an extra pillow and blanket. Queen bedroom has a window, double does not. Queen bedroom has a bureau, double bedroom has a large table. Night tables and night lights in each room. Both rooms were very cozy and inviting, and quiet. The bathroom is new and immaculate. VERY nice towels, well-stocked with toilet paper, tissue, even some minimal toiletries. Strong shower with plenty of hot water. A beautiful space.


Large kitchen with granite counter-tops and plenty of preparation space. Plenty of pots, pans, dishes, glasses, coffee cups, flatware, and cooking utensils. Bose dishwasher. Coffeemaker, microwave. Four-burner old-fashioned oven/stove adds a funky touch. Large refrigerator. Kitchen has more than ample counter space. We did not cook meals, but that would be fully feasible. The owner even stocked the cupboard with some granola, breakfast cereal, fruit, coffee, tea, sweeteners, and yogurt in the fridge.

Problems or Bonuses

No problems at all. The rental was a bonus from start to finish. The apartment also is hard-wired for Internet access, has a DVD/CD player and a large cable-wired flat screen HDTV. The owner not only has provided books about San Francisco, and places to eat and visit, he also has put together a binder with information about local restaurants/with reviews, maps, public transportation, and and "owner's manual" for the apartment. All very helpful, user-friendly, and hospitable.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The owner, Ed, lives just above this apartment, and is always available. He provides you his cell and land phone numbers, and accepted no deposit from us, only our VISA card number. Squaring up our bookkeeping was seamless. For five nights in early March, 2008, our total fee was $1078. Divided by two couples, and I cannot imagine finding better accommodations in SF for $100 per night per couple. He even reminded us that we were leaving on the Sunday of the switch to Daylight Savings Time (which we had TOTALLY forgotten), and saved us the misery of missing our flight! What a nice guy, and he runs a class act at this pied-a-terre, from start to finish.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Great first impressions, and great lasting impressions. I HIGHLY recommend this apartment, without reservations, for a most enjoyable, neighborhood-flavored and homey stay in San Francisco. The owner, Ed, is gracious and MOST accommodating. I would surely come back again, but I can see from his calendar that he is filling up fast. Amazingly, he has only been renting this apartment since October. You could have fooled me - he is the penultimate host.

Things to do in this area

We enjoyed a really great lunch at Chloe's Cafe, at 26th and Church; and had a yummy dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant called Alice's, at 29th and Sanchez. Of course, do not leave the area without stopping at Tartine Bakery, at 18th and Guerrero, quite possibly the best bakery I've ever eaten at outside of France. There is a line to get in.

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