Edwardian 3-bedroom near Sea Cliff

Edwardian 3-bedroom near Sea Cliff

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
2 Bathrooms

About our home

A typical San Francisco home on two levels (European "first" and "second" floors) with an additional sitting room-bedroom-shower room suite at street level. It was built in 1912 and has much original, unpainted woodwork and built-in cabinetry. We have now lived here 37 years and have remodelled the kitchen and bathrooms and wc. Two bedrooms have double beds, one bedroom has a queen bed, sitting room has very comfortable queen sofa bed with the wc (toilet/wash basin) on the same level. Large rear garden (somewhat sere in current drought conditions), cast-iron wood-burning stove in the fireplace, forced hot-air furnace, piano, bicycles, children's books and toys, one high chair, one car seat, one stroller (push chair). Various recreational facilities can be removed or left in place, e.g., weight bench, full-size table tennis equipment. Fibre-optic internet cable. No garage, no reserved parking; convenient car rental agencies, and we have four good bicycles which we use almost daily within a 7-mile range.
Directly north is the posh residential area Sea Cliff, and north of that are Baker and China Beaches. West of Sea Cliff is Lincoln Park with golf course and art museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor. The three streets to the south of us are "high streets" with all sorts of businesses and food. The bus lines which serve our neighborhood are running during the pandemic and will continue afterwards. Trains and ferries are reached by direct or fairly long bus rides.

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Dick & Paula's reviews

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More about us

  1. 9 August 2020 we are well and looking forward to freer travels. Please write us if you have any interest in doing an exchange in San Francisco in the future. We are a retired couple with, usually, great flexibility for travelling. In San Francisco and when we travel we get around by biking, walking, and public transit and, if in an English-speaking country, attend the theatre frequently.

    We are now looking for exchanges from April 2021, up to three weeks in Chicago, Vienna, or Ottawa. We are always interested in long exchanges in London or Edinburgh. We enjoyed an exchange of 3-1/2 months in New Malden and would consider any location within the Oyster zone.

    We appreciate, and ALWAYS answer, inquiries from places which we have not mentioned, but it is unlikely we would accept an exchange. We do NOT travel in summer unless our granddaughter and her family want to join us.

    We have two grown sons. Our younger son, Brian, still lives in the City, works as a firefighter, and can provide assistance while you are here. Our older son, Jamie, lives in Philadelphia and is an English Professor at LaSalle University.

    Children, school schedules permitting, are welcome. We have had several exchanges with families with pre-school children. We no longer have pets but are happy to care for yours. Automobile not needed, and we do not own one. Take reasonable care of our bicycles and enjoy them.

  2. Paula recommends visiting our beautiful City Hall, where she used to work. Dick owned a baseball card store and batting cage and has written a play about Ty Cobb and Ernest Hemingway.

  3. We have two sons: Brian, a firefighter living in San Francisco, and Jamie, a university professor living in Philadelphia. Jamie, his wife, and school-age daughter have joined us once on their summer holidays; if they could join us again, we would be happy to exchange with another family with children on their school holidays, either Christmas or summer. Children are always welcome in our home, their schedules permitting.

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

We are located north of Golden Gate Park (one of the greatest urban parks in the world -- nice bike ride) and just south of the exclusive Sea Cliff neighborhood which sits above Baker and China Beaches and below Lincoln Park (playground, golf course, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, hiking trails, spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge). The three streets to our south, California, Clement, and Geary, are "high streets" (major shopping, restaurant, and services corridors, each with a bus line, within blocks of our house, to downtown and all tourist attractions). We are just off California State Route 1, easy approach to Golden Gate Bridge for drive to redwoods, wine country, rugged coast to the north, and to the south down the coast to Santa Cruz, Monterey/Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and beyond, or across to Yosemite. Berkeley by BART or across the Bay Bridge to the east.

Buzzy restaurants
More reasonable restaurants of all ethnicities than one could eat at in a year.
Cozy cafés
Angelina's Deli 22nd & California
Retail therapy
El Chico Produce; Grocery Outlet
Bit of culture
San Francisco's two Fine Arts Museums: Palace of Legion of Honor, DeYoung
Walks in the park
Lincoln Park to Land's End
Spot of exercise
Four beautiful tennis courts four blocks west off California Street.
Day tripping
Muir Woods, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Berkeley

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