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Hot Tub & Sauna! City & Twin Peaks Views. Central Castro Classic Victorian

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in The Castro - The House of Muse

2Br, 1Ba Top Floor Vibrantly Painted Victorian with City and Twin Peaks Views

(Summer is filling up fast. If you'd like to stay with us then please use the "book it now" link to book your stay immediately; otherwise, you may lose out to others who use this faster booking process).

City of San Francisco Registered Short-Term Rental Certificate # STR-0000878 Exp. 12/29/2017 Certificate Holder David Jude Thomas

For a Truly San Franciscan, Castro Neighborhood experience stay at one of the most colorful Houses in the neighborhood, The House of Muse.

Prior Guests of The House include a well known LGBT Film Writer - Director, an esteemed Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, and a World Famous Rock Star (names withheld until we receive permission).

Only 1.5 blocks to the Center of the Castro neighborhood (Castro St. at 18th St.), and only 2 blocks from Dolores Park, its central location makes the House of Muse an ideal location from which to travel to most parts of San Francisco. The MUNI underground access is only 3 blocks away and several bus lines are available within 3 blocks.

If you arrive on Wednesday, then you can walk to the neighborhood farmers market on Noe at Market. Avoid the junk food on the right side of the street, shop on the left, and keep in mind the fish and meat are the highest quality. After shopping be sure to stop in for a drink special at Cafe' Flore before heading back to your classic and historic San Franciscan Flat.

From the back deck enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the fog creep over Twin Peaks and as the ominous Sutro Tower hovers over The City.

Following Dinner at your dining room table with Downtown SF views you can walk down the hill to watch a classic movie at the historic Castro Theatre. If you prefer, neighborhood restaurants and bars with comedy nights and dancing are only 2 blocks away. Or, stay in and enjoy a film on the giant 63” Plasma flat screen display. Sink into the leather couch and enjoy 100’s of DirecTV full package channels or apple TV offerings, connect to Netflix, Hulu and many media channels. We also offer wireless internet, and of course, a Blu-Ray/DVD Region free player. All media devices come with a quality surround sound audio system in the living room.

This flat is a dedicated vacation rental in a 3-unit building set up solely for use by vacationers. It is not a temporarily vacated private residence. For your convenience the owner lives on-site in a separate flat on the first floor of the building and is available for advice or special requests from 9am – 5pm. There is one other resident on-site in a studio located on the 2nd floor who happens to be a chiropractor, knee specialist, nutritionist and massage therapist, so if you have some sort of travel pain feel free to ask for assistance. On-site massage therapy and various spa therapies are available upon request. In addition to your two bedrooms there is a large living room / Dining room, private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a shared yoga room / laundry room and a shared back deck. Owner has a bedroom in the back of the unit which is vacated when the unit is rented. Also, when we have guests we avoid using the backyard to make it freely available to the guests.

Caution: Make sure if you book a vacation rental property in San Francisco that they are officially registered with the City of San Francisco as we are. New laws are being enforced, and some vacationers lose their rental upon arrival if the hosts have not done their part to make their business legal with the city.

City of San Francisco Registered Short-Term Rental Certificate # STR-0000878 Exp. 12/29/2017 Certificate Holder David Jude Thomas

San Francisco City Office of Short Term Rentals Contact Info: Phone: (415) 575-9179 or shorttermrentals@sfgov.org

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge)
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2016
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About Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge)

(written to describe your host by David S.)

Your host is a Multimedia Artist and film maker working in the fields of Music Videos, set design and music compositions for Dance and Theatrical works for over 30 years. If he's not writing music in his music studio, then he may be in his green screen and stage production studio filming an independent film or a music video. He's a veritable repository of San Francisco History, so if you've got questions about The City, he's got answers.

Your other host is a busy Chiropractor and Massage Therapist who is happy to answer your questions about health and healing. He is also available for in-house massage therapy, Bowen Therapy and/or Reiki energy work. Adjustments are only available off site at his office. Please make advance arrangements as his schedule often fills up a week or more in advance.

Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge) purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge) chose San Francisco

This house is a dream come true. It has excellent views, and it's one of the only homes in the neighborhood with a large back yard set up for entertaining. The backyard has unique starlight LED bistro lighting, oversized tiki torches, moroccan lanterns, sculpted flagstone patios, a hot tub with a blue light, an infrared sauna with medical grade LED Light Therapy, an outdoor shower that shoots color lighted water, a fire table, umbrella covered table and old growth tropical and california native plants. It's a great place to enjoy breakfast, and it looks amazing at night with all the lights and fires going.

It's location is rather central to the overall city, and it's close to the Castro neighborhood bars and restaurants with 2 convenient stores less than 1 block away. It's nice to get what you need with having to get into a car.

The House has some interesting history. It was build in 1895 with the adjoining property which was the stable, now Ruby's Clay Studio. There was a blacksmith who worked out back, and we still find interesting artifacts when digging in the garden from this historic time.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a prime location being situated between the Center of the Castro Neighborhood and Dolores Park. Downtown views and views of Twin Peaks, Sutro Tower, Redrock Terrace, the Pride Flag at Castro and 18th are inspiring to see from a single residence. I enjoyed adding my personal touch by designing a color scheme for the Victorian to meet my taste and style. Many visitors stop and look or take pictures. If you take a break on the front porch with a drink or a smoke, passers by will often stop and chat. I like that about this neighborhood. People are friendly here.


based on 34 holidaymaker reviews

Hot Tub & Sauna! City & Twin Peaks Views. Central Castro Classic Victorian
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 34 reviews

Propre, beau quartier, mais un peu loin des activités touristiques.

  • 3 of 5

L'appartement est propre, mais un peu vieux... L'odeur de la cigarette en entrant est un peu dérangeant. Par contre, l'hôte est très sympathique et nous avons été très bien reçu. Nous n'avons pas utilisé la petite cours extérieure à cause de la pluie. Celle-ci est très jolie sur les photos, mais manque un peu d'entretien. En général, je recommande cet appartement, qui est dans le quartier gay de la ville de San Francisco. Bon service de la part du propriétaire et du concierge.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We really enjoyed the stay!

  • 5 of 5

We visited SF as a family of four. This was a great place to stay. Nice location to get around. Loved the views. Wish we had more time to stay in the apartment to explore all the features.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place with more than plenty comfort

  • 5 of 5

Characterful house with quirky interior befitting San Francisco. More technology comforts than can be understood, and did not even get to try the spa and sauna, because we spent too much time exploring the lively neighbourhood.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maybe the Best Place in San Francisco

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay there! It was everything it was billed to be. I thought it even looked better in person than the website. The owner was hospitable and friendly, answering questions quickly. The living quarters were very clean and beautifully decorated. It is essentially the second floor of house, with a nice sized living room and two bedrooms. All four of us stayed there for a week quite comfortably. The kitchen was not huge but very adequate. Key code locks for all relevant doors made access easy yet safe. The balcony and backyard were adorable. Another bonus for us was the use of a parking pass, although not every might be renting a car for their stay. Lastly, the location was PERFECT! In the middle of everything. Easy walking distances to many restaurants, cafes and entertainment, even historic places like the Mission. Public transportation is easily accessible, just a walk down to the corner. I would recommend this to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay in San Fran!

  • 5 of 5

It was really nice to stay in this spacious apartment. We are a family of four, used to staying in basic two bed hotel rooms. This very pleasant and well-stocked 2nd floor two-bedroom apartment was a thousand times better! We utilized every room, the back deck, the back yard! Made our own coffee, breakfast and even one supper! Great views from the back deck in the morning and city lights at night. Great location in the bustling Castro - easy walk to get to muni system and BART, restaurants and groceries. Always felt safe, sometimes noises from trees at night but nothing that kept us up later than we wanted. No complaints. All this, definitely worth the price! I would absolutely recommend staying at The House of Muse!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Space in a Wonderful Location

  • 5 of 5

We've been to San Francisco may times over the recent years and tend to stay in the North Beach area. This time we opted for the Castro area and were so happy to have made the change. This apartment is in a great location.....just a few blocks from great restaurants and public transportation off of Castro Street. Just a little further was Delores Park and all of the wonderful restaurants and shops of the Mission District. The apartment was spacious, clean and had all the amenities necessary for our 4 nights, right down to the chilled martini glasses in the freezer! The backyard has a spa and sauna, which looked very inviting but we never got around to enjoying. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
San Francisco Interational Airport
Nearest Barpub
149 Metres
Last Call
Nearest Ferry
3.7 Miles
Ferry Building
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Presidio Golf Course
Nearest Train
3.7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
134 Metres
Kasa Indian Eatery
Nearest Ski
205 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
5.2 Miles
Ocean Beach

Shopping, shopping, shopping. I shop when I travel. Hit up each neighborhood depending on what you want. Castro has your gay essentials, Valencia Street has your hipster, vintage and SF classic looks, the Haight is constantly changing.

Dolores Park is only 2 Blocks away. It has become a super popular hang out almost any day of the week. The Weekends are Packed with beach blankets and smiling faces. Some call it Dolores Beach or if you're up near Dolores and 20th, Gay Beach.


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Prices for this holiday apartment in The Castro, The Bay Area

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £82
Cleaning Fee £99
Parking Permit Use £16
Tax Rate 14.0%

Please review your rental agreement as soon as you receive it, and advise us if there are any discrepancies. You are required to sign, date and return the document to us, either by message attachment through the vrbo site, fax 1-415-487-9226, or mail within five business days of the agreement date. Our receipt of the completed document and the initial 50% of the Total Due is required to complete your reservation. Thank you!

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in The Castro in The Bay Area

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , This is the larger of the two bedrooms.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , This is the smaller bedroom with City View and Trundle Bed.
  • Bedroom 1 is larger with its own TV and bathroom attached. Occupants must pass through this bedroom to access the bathroom and the kitchen. Bedroom 2 has a twin bed with another twin bed that pulls out from beneath it. This is the smaller of the two classically referred to as the fainting room of a Victorian. It has an excellent view of downtown.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • Rock Climbing
  • tennis
The backyard is now complete with 0utdoor Infrared Sauna with medical grade LED lighting, and hot tub, in an enchanted garden oasis with a fire pit and multiple seating choices with old growth tropical and native Californian plants.

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