2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, double parlor, small garden, classic style
- English, French, Spanish, Italian
About Tom McNamee
Elizabeth is a musician, a musicologist, an environmental consultant, and an entrepreneur in the green consumer services sector. Tom is a writer. His most recent books are The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions (2017),The Killing of Wolf Number Ten (2015), The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance (2012), and Alice Waters and Chez Panisse (2010).
Tom McNamee purchased this House in 1998
Why Tom McNamee chose Western Addition
You will not find a more elegant or more comfortable house at a better location anywhere in San Francisco. There is probably no other property that is more truly San Franciscan.
What makes this House unique
A superb neighborhood, two blocks from Fillmore Street. Besides the great book and music collection, the Steinway grand piano, the beautiful furnishings, the professionally equipped kitchen, this is a place of peace and quiet. With its high ceilings and soft Oriental rugs and all its orginal Victorian ceiling fixtures, rosettes, brackets, moldings, and corbels, this house just speaks relaxation. For hikers and bikers, we're a half-hour drive from Mt. Tamalpais and the whole wildlands complex of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. For urbanites, we're just over a mile from Union Square, within walking distance of the brilliantly remade and expanded SFMOMA, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, and much else of what has made San Francisco legendary as an urban destination.
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
It's not a good house for little kids--steep stairs and a lot of breakable stuff.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
A Stay in Pacific Heights
Staying at this home was one of the great "sights" of San Francisco, along with the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Painted Ladies. Being in this home left no doubt that you were actually in San Francisco.
Beyond that, its value as an accommodation was superb. There was plenty of space for our four travellers, a beautiful kitchen, and great beds. The location was outstanding as well.
This was such a unique house to stay in! We loved all the books, records, decorations, trinkets, and pictures around the house. The location was in a good neighborhood but it didn't matter how close we were to downtown because we took Ubers everywhere (didn't realize how many hills there are in SF). The water pressure for showers was GREAT! The manager was easy to contact and reached out to us a couple times. I would recommend the stay for anyone more than your average home.
Shower pressure! That's a particular concern of mine, too, and I'm glad you appreciated it. And the rest of the house as well. Thanks for your kind words.
Gorgeous Victorian Home
This home was awesome to stay in! We fell in love with it and the surrounding neighborhoods. The location is fantastic. You are three blocks from a very trendy, eclectic area with lots of delicious restaurants, dessert places, and shops of all sorts. The home itself is something special! Very clean and beautifully decorated, yet down to earth so you felt comfortable and relaxed in this iconic San Francisco Victorian home. Everything about this home is gracious and welcoming. The master bath was roomy and lovely. The house is also a short walk to amazing views of the Bay and gorgeous parks and neighborhoods. This home enhanced our stay in San Francisco and was the perfect central location for exploring the city. We did not want to leave!
Golly! Thank you! We're delighted that you liked the house and the neighborhood. (We like 'em too....)
Perfection in the middle of San Francisco
My friend and I stayed a week in this wonderful property which was exactly as described. The house was so comfortable and the location couldn't have been better. We are both walkers and took off each day to a different part of the city. We did use Uber several times which was very easy and the drivers had no problem finding this home. The neighborhood is very quiet and no noise from neighbors . In close proximity (5 minute walk) is a wonderful grocery store Molly Stone's. They had everything we needed including the morning papers. We would walk to a different neighborhood for dinner each night. You have so many choices so there is never a problem.
One day we headed to Sausalito and Muir Woods. I would suggest taking the ferry to Sausalito and then catching one of the shuttles to Muir Woods. The shuttle tickets you can buy online in advance and the shuttles go back and forth all day. It is much easier than trying to navigate the many cars. Muir Woods is definitely worth the time.
I plan on a return visit to San Francisco someday and won't hesitate to rent this property again.
Great Victorian House
This was a nice spacious house for 3 adults. We enjoyed the decor and all the books that surrounded us. We used the kitchen for breakfast but found lots of places for dinner in the area. We walked a lot, but also found the buses close by and easy to use. Thanks Tom for sharing your house with us.
Amazing home in fabulous location
You will not regret your choice to stay at this fabulous house. An beautiful, tasteful home, amazing kitchen, excellent location and generous hosts. The local tips for eating out were much appreciated.
Restaurants nearby include SPQR (a brilliantly creative trattoria), State Bird Provisions (Bon Appetit's 2012 Restaurant of the Year), Florio (our regular favorite for casual dinners out), Pizzeria Delfina Pizzeria (as good as it gets), Dosa (luxurious Indian), Roam (superb hamburgers), Woodhouse Fish Company (New England style lobster rolls, etc.), Fresca (Peruvian); and many others. Japantown, a short walk away, has well over a dozen fine restaurants. Also in Japantown is the Kabuki Hot Springs and Spa, with great massages.The Sundance movie theatre complex, showing interesting independent films in exceptional comfort, is four blocks away. The Richmond District, with its many Chinese and other Asian restaurants and shops, is one mile to the west. The Golden Gate Bridge, a short drive away, provides access to Mt. Tamalpais (25 minutes) and Point Reyes National Seashore (1 hour). Golden Gate Park is one mile to the southwest, the Presidio a half-mile north. Union Square, the heart of San Francisco, is slightly over a mile to the east--a 15-minute bus ride at the most. Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, the Ferry Building with its extraordinary farmers' markets, SoMa--all can be reached in less than fifteen minutes by taxi, half an hour or less by bus or a brisk half-hour's walk. The beautiful Gothic-style St. Dominic's Church (Roman Catholic) is right across the street from the house; Grace Cathedral (Episcopal) is a 15-minute walk; two synagogues--Congregations Sherith Israel and Beth Sholom--are within walking distance, as are a number of other houses of worship. Shops within a short walk include Mollie Stone's luxury grocery and butcher shop, D&M Wines (specializing in champagne and old brandies), fine clothing stores, and all the usual amenities.