Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)
My introduction to San Francisco was in the sixties when I worked on a surgery ward at UCSF. My free time was spent hanging out in North Beach and favorite places: City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio’s Café, Enricos’ and Café Trieste. After sojourns on the Monterey Peninsula, Washington, D.C. Vietnam and North Carolina, I returned to San Francisco to work as a professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. Haight Ashbury was the neighborhood where I wanted to live. I fell in love with 740 Shrader Street, a house built in 1897 by a well-known artist of the day, Nellie Burrell Scott who was married to Wisner Gillette Scott , an engineer with investment in the mining industry. He was also a very civic-minded gentleman who gave the opening address to the West Coast Defense League meeting in Seattle in 1916. 740 Shrader has been a work in progress all these years, and I take great pride in the high quality of maintenance and improvements. Music has been a passion throughout my life, and opera is my favorite musical form. I especially enjoy chamber and classical, music as well as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Joni Mitchell. Collecting books is another passion; my library includes an extensive collection of books about military history, war and peace. This particular interest derives from an 18 month period in 1967-68 when I worked for the Agency of International Development as a nurse adviser in South Vietnam. Other interests include politics and art. My travels have taken me to Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Central America, and Mexico. I was a board member of Haight Ashbury Improvement Association for a number of years. What a sweetheart! Harry is a friendly Shih Tzu and resident of 740 Shrader. We celebrated his 2nd birthday in May with friends, neighbors and his favorite four-legged playmates.
Owner purchased this Apartment in 1977
Why Owner chose Haight-Ashbury
I love living in a metropolitan city with access to the arts: music, theater, dance and museums.
What makes this Apartment unique
My abode is on the top floor of 740 Shrader Street; the lower two floors, known as A Flat and B Flat, are vacation rentals. The house was designed by the artist Nellie Burrell Scott in 1897. The top flat where I live was her art studio and place where she could hold informal art receptions. B Flat was their living quarters, and A Flat was, perhaps, servant's quarters and later, a rental. I have a considerable collection of their letters and memorabilia that will eventually be a part of the California Historical Society collections. Most everything I want or need is found within two to four blocks.: an espresso place, pharmacy, excellent cafes and restaurants, hardware store, pet store, gym and neighborhood bar. The best independent bookstore is only a few blocks away as is a Whole Foods store. And Golden Gate Park! I've spent endless hours jogging, cycling walking and rollerskating there. I can drive or take public transportation direct to the Civic Center, Union Square and the Embarcadero for shopping or performances. 740 Shrader's location is central and most places in the city are accessible in 20 minutes.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Wonderful apartment in a fantastic location
We spent two months here with our little ones during our transition back to Northern California and it was just perfect. Joan is a wonderful host and we loved seeing her and Harry as we came and went. The apartment is spacious, clean, and very comfortable with an upscale and well-equipped kitchen. Beautiful period details reflect San Francisco's rich history and architecture. Plus, it's remarkably quiet for being in a city and in a lovely neighborhood! And you can't beat the location -- walkable to everything including Golden Gate Park. We cannot recommend this flat highly enough!
Fantastic city experience
We just finished a month in this flat and already miss it. Staying there allowed us to live as a local San Franciscan. As mentioned in other reviews, the location is great. It's very quiet yet just a couple blocks from nice restaurants, shops, and public transportation. The house really is a charming Victorian with a great atmosphere. While some of the furniture is a bit worn, the bath, kitchen, and beds were all perfect. The flat is extremely comfortable and we felt very much at home there. Joan even offered to get us extra cookware and allowed us to check in early. Hopefully we can return some day...........thanks Joan!
All the stars - wonderful, spacious flat in prime location
We stayed for a month for medical treatment and Joan's place was perfect. We had enough space to accommodate visiting helpers overnight, and were able to bring our small dog. Location is convenient to Golden Gate Park, Cole Valley, and Haight St. My wife enjoyed milkshakes from Ice Cream Bar (2 blocks away) as a key component of her recovery. The two gas fireplaces and provided space heaters kept the unit warm and cozy even in cold weather. Joan was very helpful and answered all our questions promptly.
Best VRBO ever!
The flat was by far the best VRBO we have ever stayed. The rooms were well done and the kitchen right out of Architectural Digest. The kitchen offered everything we needed and then some. The bed was very comfortable being adorned with our towels artistically shaped as swans! The toilet paper was folded in a flower. I have never seen any of this in any of 5 star hotels we have stayed. The furniture was also very comfortable. The garden was private and charming. A nice respite from the city.
The location was perfect for us. Within a few blocks was Cole Valley with restaurants, shops, and market. The muni bus line was 2 blocks away making it easy and economical to get anywhere else in the city. Haight St, Whole Food Market, and many interesting shops were 3 blocks away. We always felt very safe. The flat was on a quiet tranquil street.
Joan the host was the very best. Gracious and accommodating. We couldn't have stayed at a better VRBO. Anyone would be fortunate to be a guest.
Wonderful stay in Cole Valley
There cannot be a more gracious host than Joan. She was welcoming and mademsure wemhad everything we needed. A great neighborhood, easy to get around, lotsmof great shops, restaurants and a wine bar! The apartment was very well taken care of and had everything you could need.
Hope I have the opportunity to stay the next time I am in San Francisco.
Cole valley in Haight - Ashbury
We stayed for a week and absolutely loved the place..Joan was so warm and welcoming . There is NO need for a car easy to get around the city . The neighborhood was great tons of great restaurants so no need to travel into city for dinner. Haight Street market better than whole foods and cheaper. The apartment is well equipped only thing may use better pans but otherwise more than adequate. Will definitely stay again when in San Fran ..Thanks Joan