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Renovated North Beach Apartment With Spectacular Roof Deck SF Rental STR-0000727

Bedrooms 2
Space 960 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom/1 Bath, Sleeps 6, Small Pets Ok, Breathtaking Views Roof Deck

Thank you for your interest in my apartment. The six unit building was completely renovated down to the studs a few years ago. Everything is like new. You get the charm of an original 1908 San Francisco walk up with all the modern conveniences like an tank-less water heater and an in-unit washer/dryer. My unit is on the top (third) floor. The master bedroom has a queen size bed and a bay window with a built in bench from which there are beautiful views of Russian Hill and a quaint little alley reminiscent of the left bank of Paris. The second bedroom has a full size bunk bed and twin trundle that can sleep up to 4 adults and 1 child. All of the bedding, linens, mattresses and pillows are brand new with hypoallergenic and waterproof coverings. Everything is professionally cleaned and sanitized between guests.

The living area features a large comfortable sectional with views of Coit Tower and a full entertainment system that including a 55” flat screen TV with HBO and Showtime, CD player, DVD/Blue Ray player and auxiliary input for iPhone/iPad or other MP3 device. The large, open kitchen has a gas Bertazzoni range and a side-by-side refrigerator with an ice maker. The kitchen is stocked with basic essentials like spices, condiments and coffee so you can make meals at home without having to purchase things that won’t get used up. There is a large counter height dining table on which to enjoy family style meals.

The apartment is equipped with a portacrib, a child's convertible car seat, and stroller if you have a little one.

If you don’t feel like cooking there are literally hundreds of restaurants that will deliver right to the door.

Perhaps the best feature of the apartment is the spectacular private roof deck. With 360 degree views including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower and the Transamerica Building, you feel like you are on top of the world. The roof deck features a high quality sound system, a dream BBQ, a commercial propane heater and a fire table so you can enjoy the deck even on chilly evenings.

North Beach is one of the best places to stay for a San Francisco vacation. It is walking distance to many of the major tourists attractions like Cable Cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown and Lombard Street. And North Beach is a foodie's dream come true with literally hundreds of restaurants and bars including Michelin star-rated Gary Danko’s and the famous 'Saloon' where Tommy Castro recorded his first album.

If you want to venture out of North Beach there are many options for public transportation. The famous Mason/Powell Cable Car and Muni stops are only 1 block away. The beautiful F-Line - impeccably restored vintage trains from around the world (I love the one from Milan) is 4 blocks away. Cabs are plentiful and easily hailed on the street or by phone.

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Registration Number : delist-temp

Ralph Vonder Haar
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

About Ralph Vonder Haar

I grew up in the Bay Area and moved to North Beach about six years ago. I'm a VP at a high tech silicon valley company. I love to travel myself and look forward to hosting people in our beautiful city.

Ralph Vonder Haar purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Ralph Vonder Haar chose Fisherman's Wharf

North Beach is one of the best places to stay San Francisco. It is walking distance to many of the major tourists attractions and it is a foodie's dream come true! North Beach also has a wonderful local culture. Staying in our apartment instead of a tourist hotel down the street you can get the best of both worlds. Right around the corner is Sweeties Art Bar which is generally considered the 'Cheers' of North Beach. The diverse group of regulars range from sailors in their 20's to professionals in their 40's and 50's to retirees. Everyone knows everyone yet newcomers can make friends instantly. There is a list of our other favorite little neighborhood places in the apartment as well.

What makes this apartment unique

The best feature of this apartment is the spectacular roof deck. With 360 views including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower and the Transamerica Building, you feel like you are on top of the world. Throw in the high quality sound system, a dream BBQ and a glowing fire table and it becomes a little slice of heaven. As you relax with a glass of wine you can hear the clang of cable cars in the distance, the faint bark of sea lions at Pier 39, the forlorn call of the fog horns and the ringing of the church bells at St. Peter and Paul's.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great location and perfect for a five person family !

One bedroom with queen bed & other bedroom with bunk beds and trungle bed . perfect for three children to occupy. Kitchen and living room very functional, well equipped .... but the "home run" is the rooftop patio and the fantastic views of Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and San Francisco Bay..... we had a full, unobstructed view and saw the July-4th Fireworks show from the rooftop ... AMAZING !!!!!!!

Only minor challenge is that you do have about 5 short flights of stairs to get into the unit, so lugging large luggage could be a challenge ....... but it did not give us any issues.

Cable Car stop one block away, wharf area an easy 10 minute stroll and a good sized Safeway and liquor store within one block for groceries/beverages.

Ralph, the owner, was very available to assist with local recommendations where to eat and his choices were all "on spot". He's a great guy and very, very helpful before arrival and during the stay.

This is a definite "YES" as a great spot to stay while in San Francisco ... would definitely stay there again !!!!
Jun 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment around the Fisherman's Wharf around the San Francisco

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower has waterfall shower head. Soft 100% cotton towels.
  • Hotel-size shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soap provided
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Child Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , Bunk bed is full size. Trundle bed is twin size.
  • 2 bedroom. Master has great with of Russian Hill 2nd bedroom has full size bunk beds with trundle
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Renovated North Beach Apartment With Spectacular Roof Deck SF Rental STR-0000727
average rating of 4.878049 based on 43 reviews
Austin, USA

Lovely, cozy place right in North Beach

  • 4 of 5

We traveled to San Francisco with our two young adult children in September, 2018. The apartment we stayed in was great for location and comfort. It was very close to a Safeway and Trader Joe's, so easy snacks and quick meals made the trip more enjoyable. The apartment was clean, had plenty of room and had the comfort of staying in a home. We loved the location and the roof top patio was wonderful! We only had two slight issues. The faucet in the bathtub/shower was a bit strange. There did not seem to be a true "on off" feel to it. Fortunately, we turned until we had no dripping water. Also, the thermostat was non-functional. Most nights were quite comfortable, but on one night, we could not raise the temperature. We remedied this by cooking in that night and running the gas stove. That,combined with the fan on the thermostat, warmed things up. Ralph is very responsive and a wonderful host. He emails you recommendations for restaurants and activities before arrival. Overall, this was a wonderful and convenient place to stay. We would highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our family really enjoyed this apartment!

  • 5 of 5

The property was very clean, the location was very close to pier 39 and many restaurants! The best part was the roof top deck with city views — perfect way to have a cup a coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at the end of the day!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Apartment with Million dollar views!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful girls week in SF and the apartment was perfect. Ralph was so helpful and was available to ensure we had the best experience. The roof top patio was amazing! Best views in the city! Would return in a heart beat!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Aimee! Please come back soon!!!!
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Perfect Location with a couple of minor flaws

  • 3 of 5

Let's start with the easy and obvious: The Location. Ralph's apartment is in an amazing part of San Francisco for Tourists. From Ralph's we were able to walk to the piers, boat to Alcatraz, AT&T Park, Coit Tower and Lombard Street. Perfect for people who like to walk everywhere they go. There are a ton of dining options all within a 5 minute walk. We loved the location.

The apartment itself is nicely laid out. The bedrooms are bright and the bunk room slept our three kids easily. The rooftop patio is, as advertised, a really nice place to hide away from the world and just relax.

There were a couple of downsides.

The blinds in the kids room didn't work. Ralph said they were scheduled for repair but given prior reviews stating the same thing, sounds like blind repair work in SF is a slow business.

The smoke detector didn't have any batteries. We let Ralph know about it and assumed he would change them. He didn't. Not a huge deal.

The unit had a smell (from both the fridge and garburator). A fishy smell. I understand the previous renters were chefs and probably prepared some fish and didn't dispose of it very well. That smell took some getting used to.

The unit was a bit dirty and wasn't hotel level clean. It wasn't a huge deal for us but some folks might find that off-putting. I was a bit disappointed to pay a cleaning fee and find the unit in that state. That said, we didn't come to San Francisco to sit around an apartment. The location more than made up for the shortcomings of the apartment itself.

Ralph is a gracious host and friendly guy. Was quick to respond and helpful when it came to finding places to eat and drink. Fun guy.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jamie. Blooming blinds didn’t show up to fix blinds in the 2nd bedroom. They are scheduled to come Tuesday. I purchased temp blinds for the mean time. I didn’t know about smoke detector batteries until you departed. Not sure why I didn’t get message. I’ve forwarded your review to the cleaning company I’ve used exclusively for four years to let them know they dropped the ball. This is the first negative comment received about this. Again, thanks for the feedback. I want staying with me to be a first class experience.
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A Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

We spent Memorial Day 2017 weekend here and we had a wonderful time. Everything was exactly as shown in the photos. We enjoyed the rooftop deck as well as the well-equipped kitchen. We loved the fact that you could easily walk to numerous attractions as well as to public transport. The owner was helpful yet unobtrusive. I couldn't imagine a better place to stay in San Francisco than this.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Location

  • 4 of 5

My family of 5 consisting of 2 adults and 3 children stayed in the property. Our host Ralph communicated several times before our trip giving us very helpful information and tips for our stay. Ralph meet us downstairs (Note the unit is up 5 sets of stairs and we had no problems carrying our 7 weeks worth of luggage up but we were prepared and aware of the stairs before we arrived) the home has a large kitchen lounge area with everything we needed. The main bed was comfortable with plenty of cupboard space, the second bedroom accommodated our 3 children with the double size bunks and pull out trundle. There is no blind/curtain in this bedroom (privacy is not a problem) however light does enter the room during the evening which did not bother my children or effect their sleep at all. The bathroom/ laundry were tight but clean with quality linen and some body wash and shampoos supplied. On Ralph's suggestion we made the effort to sit on the roof deck with our coffee and watch the sunrise which is fabulous with views around including out to the bay. Great restuarant's and coffee close by and short walk to Pier 39 area, trolley cars, Fishermans Wharf, Alcatraz tours, Lombard St and much more.

We recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys! It was great having you stay. A couple notes: the apartment is on the 3rd floor and there are blinds for the 2nd bedroom but they were out being repaired (sorry for inconvenience). Please come back soon!!!!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Sweeties Art Bar
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Blue and Gold Fleet
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Presideo Golf Course
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Caltrain: 700 4th St., San Francisco 94107
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
101 & 280
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Nearest Ski
200 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Crissy Field, Baker Beach
Car: not necessary

North Beach is the 'Italian' section of SF filled with famous restaurants and bars. Tony's Pizza is the only non-Italian to win pizza making contest in Italy. Gary Danko Restaurant is within walking distance. Washington Square Park is a short walk.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £94.2
Pet Fee £75.36
Refundable Damage Deposit £753.6

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
No smoking in apartment. Smoking on roof deck OK.
Small pet OK.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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