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Monday, May 10, 2010


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Newly Remodeled, completely redone Private One Bedroom In-Law Garden Retreat

Located in one of the best cities in the world, in the sunniest and most vibrant neighborhood in San Francisco.
The Mission District is compared with Greenwich Village: eclectic and authentic, hip and unique.
Locals and those in the know come to The Mission for its amazing cafes, restaurants, night life, shopping, vibrancy.

From a private entrance, through the Gallery Hallway, you enter the Garden Retreat and find yourself home away from home.
Comfortable and efficient, warm and inviting...
The perfect place to use for Home Base as you explore the colors and flavors of The Mission,
the wonders of San Francisco and all that the Bay Area has to offer.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Garden Retreat is located within easy walking distance of the Atlas Cafe, El Metate, Blowfish Sushi, Asiento and countless wonderful Mission spots. Easily accessible by public transportation (BART and Muni) and highways 101 and 280. Parking can be tricky, although temporary parking passes can be arranged. For maximum enjoyment, come stay without a car. An easy 10 minute walk to 24th Street Mission BART station connects you to San Francisco International Airport as well as Downtown.

ideal for 1-4 people
kid friendly
sorry no pets
sorry no smoking inside (outside smoking ok)
parking not included (temporary passes available upon request for an additional fee)

Weekday $105 (1-2 people) + $25 for each extra person/ per night
Weekend $145 (1-2 people) + $25 for each extra person/ per night

Weekly $700 (1-2 people) +additional charge for extra people
Monthly $2500 (1-2 people) +additional charge for extra people

-------------an additional cleaning fee ($85) added to each stay of 1-4 nights
----------------an additional cleaning fee ($100) added to each stay of 5 nights or more

(a $50 linen surcharge will be added for double occupancy using both beds)
ask us about holiday and special event pricing
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Two nights minimum, please.

There is a very comfortable queen bed in the RobinEgg Blue Bedroom, flat screen HDTV w/ cable. Ipod dock.
And most importantly, a lovely peaceful view of the garden outside.

The Tangerine living room has a futon couch that folds down to a full size bed.

Efficient Kitchen includes brand new major appliances: stainless gas range (20”) and a spiffy black refrigerator/freezer combination (10 cu.feet) Also available for your convenience: toaster oven, microwave, french press/ coffee maker, pots and pans, dishes and plates. Sliding patio doors lead directly into the private garden where you can enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast underneath the Loquat tree.

The bathroom features new fixtures including a brand new energy saving toilet. Shower/Tub with a rain-shower head. Plush towels.
The new glass bricks add colorful light to the comfortable bathroom.

Guest Comments

    We had great stay at your cozy and convenient Garden Apartment. It was a perfect location and provided excellent facilities for a two week stay while relocating back to San Francisco from China.  The apartment immediately felt like home. It was quiet yet vibrant with great access to places like the Atlas Cafe and my favorite local Mexican restaurant, El Metate. I highly recommend The SF Mission Garden Apartment to anyone who needs a true San Francisco stay.          ---Robert (April 1-15, 2010)

      The apartment is so beautiful and I really enjoyed my stay here.  [The Manager] Dan was very nice and always helped us.  I used to live in San Francisco and for the first time after so many visits, I felt like I was at Home!  My recommendation: have a cup of coffee by the water in the garden.  It is so relaxing!  Thanks!    ---Mayumi (April 28-May5, 2010)

      Thanks so much for sharing your amazing place with us!  It is such a wonderful location which we found so comfortable and cozy.  Your hospitality was remarkable and your suggestions were so helpful--even with the weather you insured we enjoyed San Francisco to the fullest!  Can't wait to visit again soon and stay here again!       ---L.K, "Kansas"   (May 12, 2010)

We had a great time, thanks for the wonderful abode!
El Metate was delicious and so convenient!
We can't wait to come back and hopefully enjoy ourselves even half as much.
                               --Brad and Katy (July 5, 2010)

My husband and I have just returned from a fabulous 14 months of traveling around the world and are staying in the Mission Garden Retreat while we readjust to life in the city.  It is an adorable little apartment, full of charm, and with a gorgeous garden all our own.  It has everything we need to live a normal life - to cook our meals, to relax, to clean up a little.  And it has the sweetest [manager] who lives in the house upstairs and is both present and also un-intruding.   I can't imagine a more ideal place for our first few weeks back in the states or a more charming landlord.  I'm almost sad to leave it in another week and a half to move into our own apartment!

This would also make a great vacation rental for someone who wants to stay in the real parts of San Francisco as opposed to the tourist centers.
                               --Sharon and Ian, San Francisco   (July 28,2010)

click here to go to yelp review

Thank you very much for sharing your home with us!  We simply loved the apartment, the patio, the barbecue, the wine...We will definitely be back.  We also enjoyed the advice about the city.  Thanks to you, we really made the most of our trip!  Take care,
                                --Ema and Louise, Paris France (August 7-21, 2010)

We had a great stay in the Mission Garden.  It was a wonderful hideaway for my fiance and I to spend some much needed time together.  Not only did we enjoy the apartment (the art, the garden, the peace and quiet) but the neighborhood was great too!  Our restaurant recommendations to people new to the city would be:  El Metate--around the corner;  Dosa--Valencia and 19th Street (Indian food);  Osha--Valencia and 18th Street (Thai food).  All three were delicious!  Thank you to Dan and Family.  Your hospitality was the icing on the cake to an already awesome experience.  We have recommended your place to friends in the neighborhood who may need a place for visitors to stay.  And, should we need another hideaway, we will think of the Mission Garden first!  All the Best,
                                --Angela and Justin (September 6-27, 2010)

Mission Garden Apt. was a wonderful home base for me while visiting my baby grandson and his parents over on Capp St. The lovely garden patio in back was an added bonus.  All very cozy.  I'm sure to be back soon.  All the Best,
                                --Sally,  Gainesville FL  (Sept.28--Oct-5, 2010)

Thank you so much for the wonderful stay.  Your suggestions on what to do and what to eat were spot on.  We had El Metate at least twice!  San Francisco was amazing, but our stay was even better by staying in such an amazing part of the city and experiencing a neighborhood we only would have briefly visited otherwise.  The apartment was amazing and your hospitality was outstanding.  We know where to stay next time we are in town.
                                 --Lane and Mary, Atlanta GA  (Oct.5--9, 2010)

For the past 3 weeks we've been able to call this lovely apartment "home."
We thank you for your friendliness and help--we have had a good holiday in San Francisco and by staying here have got to experience the "real" life of this city!     With our best wishes, 
                                 --Barry and Linda, South Africa (Oct.17--Nov.9, 2010)

Thank you for such a relaxing place to spend our brief visit to San Francisco.  We were pleased to find a relaxed, friendly neighborhood and a great apartment.  We recommend the Atlas Cafe (@ 20th Street/ Alabama St.) for breakfast and the bars on Valencia Street for night life.  (Quickest way to the city is walk to the BART station at Mission Street/ 24th Street)  All the Best,  
                             --Joe and Ruth, Manchester, UK (Nov.17-20, 2010)

For a family that is not new to VRBO, we seem to out-do ourselves every time!  This little haven is wonderful.  The artwork, the wall colors, the Secret Garden--it is as if we have stepped out of our own lives and into new San Franciscan lives.  It suits us quite well.  Thanks to [the Manager] for being so responsive.  The time here we've spent so happy in the Mission!  Perfect surroundings for our little family--so much more to see and do.  Happy Holidays and best for a bright New Year!
                          --Sheila and David Eddison, Mt. Desert, Maine (Nov.20-27, 2010) 

"...We enjoyed and appreciated our four week stay at the Mission Garden Retreat.  The unit's ease and efficiency launched us well each morning and its warmth and art welcomed us back in the evening.  The space was great for gathering, too.  Thank you for all your accommodation and hospitality.  We look forward to returning--perhaps during a warm stretch of SF weather to enjoy morning coffee and evening dinner outdoors..."
                           --Lucille/Peter, NJ (Dec. 2010-Jan.2011) 

The SF Mission Garden Retreat offered the perfect space as I transitioned from a Bay Area homeowner to a corporate expatriate in Switzerland.  Lots of charm, excellent location, and [the Manager] was very welcoming.  If you are from out of town, make sure to pick up some Ghirardelli Chocolate!
                         --Will, Walnut Creek, California (Jan.30-Feb.1, 2011)

“Love this city.  Love this ‘hood.  Love this place.  
Despite the rain the city shined.  We recommend the pupusaria on 24th and Harrison."

                    --Carr Family, Portland ,Oregon  (March 23-26th, 2011)

“We had such a great time exploring the city and love having Mission Garden Retreat as our home base--it really made our trip so much more enjoyable.   Thanks for all the recommendations and opening up your place to us!  All the best."
        --Komp Family, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (March 26-April 3, 2011)

Thanks...we had a great time in SF and loved your place!
We feel so lucky that we found this wonderful place to stay on the internet.
The MUNI-pass worked out great; getting us anywhere we wanted to go in the city: enjoying the colorful murals/ houses/ flowers and trees on the way.

        --A.P. and Family, Westlong Branch, NJ   (April 17-22, 2011)

Having strolled here and there, Mission is definitely the best place, And Garden Retreat almost makes you lazy on sunny is so peaceful in the garden!!  The house has everything you need, but more important, it has a charm that makes the difference.  We immediately fell for it and had a great and comfortable time here.  We can only hope we'll have the opportunity to come back some time.  Thanks a lot for this place which made us feel at home....All the best to you and your family.
            --Jacqueline, FRANCE  (August 15-23, 2011)

Thank you!  We really enjoyed our stay.  Best Sushi at Tao Yin (also has great Chinese) 3515 20th Street, San Francisco.  Delivers!
         --Megan and Tritia,  Southern California (August 30-Sept.8, 2011)

We have had a wonderful time in SF and this apartment was the perfect place to call home, albeit briefly.  The art, the colors and the design really gave this place a cool, eclectic feel.  Dan gave us great recommendations like Burma Superstar and Front Porch.  In the Mission, we loved the breakfast joints like St. Francis Fountain, Atlas Cafe, and San Jalisco.  Also we enthusiastically recommend Philz Coffee if you are a caffeine fan.  There's tons of great stuff in SF that we loved like Alcatraz and Golden Gate Park (Conservatory of Flowers, De Young Museum) and Ocean Beach.  But if you're short of time, skip the tourist traps like Fisherman's Wharf--really not that great.  If you're seeking adventure, you can do what we did and drive to Yosemite for some great hikes and spectacular views (4.5 hours each way).  What we regreat is not spending enough time in the Mission.  Don't make the same mistake!  Cheers,
           --Abhishek and Jody, Somervile, MA (September 15-21, 2011)

 "Garden Retreat"-------Perfect!
      Your place has been a real retreat for us during our two weeks here.  So restful and quiet.....perfect decor!  So convenient for us to be just around the corner from our daughter and family.  
      Your family has been so gracious and hospitable--loved hearing the pitter-patter of little feet!  
      The Mission is such a fun place.....super walk to Bernal Heights, Twin Peaks....diverse and yummy food, El Metate, La Palma, Mission Chinese, Tartine, Pizzeria Delphina, Foreign Cinema, Dynamo Doughnuts, Arizmendi Bakery, etc.....
      We've had a lovely time and hope to come here again.
          --Jeff and Cassy, Atlanta GA (October 12-26, 2011

Things to do:  
     --eat breakfast at Atlas Cafe, Dynamo Donuts and Tartine
     --see BATS Improv at Fort Mason
     --take a guided tour of Muir Woods
     --get cheap, delicious dinner at El Metate and Mission Chinese
     --people watch at Golden Gate Park
     --look at all the murals in the Mission
     --talk with ladies at the corner stores
     --order a small #11 with cream/sugar at Philz Coffee

Things to don't:
     --assume you can walk it......ow
     --try to hail a cab on Halloween weekend
     --just dress for the day's high temperature (it gets cold at night!)

Thank you!
           --Ben and Adrienne, Greenville, SC (October 27-30, 2011)

We had such a great time in SF for our HONEYMOON(!), and a lot of the awesomeness was thanks to this place.  Thanks to Dan and family for creating such a peaceful, cozy and private launching pad for our SF adventures!

Great things we did and ate:
     --Breakfast at Atlas Cafe
     --personal guided hike at Muir Woods ( is great!)
     --Gracias Madre--vegan Mexican food--you won't believe it's vegan!  (Mission Street)
     --Big Lantern--regular and veggie dim sum (16th Street)

Things we could have skipped:
     --Fisherman's Wharf
     --Millennium Restaurant--over-priced and unimaginative food.

Thanks again for making our trip so comfortable and special!  We will definitely be back here as soon as possible!  xo, 
         --Laura and Richard, Houston TX (October 30-November 4, 2011)

We had a wonderful time at the apartment and in San Francisco.  The place is great and Dan is an amazing host!!!  Thanks for everything and hugs and kisses from BRAZIL!
         --Best, Simone, Brazil (March 31--April 3, 2012)


Absolutely wonderful stay @ the Garden Retreat.  Great neighborhood, great food;  great vibe.  El Metate is a must, just around the corner on Bryant [Street].  Taco Truck @ Harrison/22nd also a must.  We'll be back!
       --Sandra/Nick and Family, Merrickville Ont. CANADA  (April 6-10, 2012)

Wish I could have stayed longer--this is truly a garden retreat:  comfortable, convenient, and close to everything.   Thanks!  --T.M., Wellington, FL  (May 19-24, 2012) 

It was wonderful to stay here;  I just wish it could have been longer.
Thank you for a clean, pretty, relaxing and convenient place for me to stay.
I hope to return!
Warm regards--Shalom--Peace--Jackie E., NYC (Sept.3-5, 2012)

We loved this little G.H. here and had a fantastic time!
For a nice night out we'd recommend a drink at Asiento (Bryant St. and 21st St., 2 blocks from the apartment) then keep going up to Mariposa St, then turn right until to you get to the Slow Club (Mariposa St. between Hampshire/York)--yum!

                                   --Danielle & Paul, Brighton UK (Sept.8-11,2012)

8 yr. old, 15 yr old, Mom and Dad
Great time!
Bus 27 takes you downtown.  Walked the Golden Gate Bridge!
Don't miss the DeYoung.  Skip the Vietnamese around the corner, but definitely have the Thai food-----> SO GOOD.  Liberty Cafe in Bernal Heights is good too!  Loved everything!
                                   --Myssi and Family, Longmont, CO (Oct.10-17, 2012)

This was the best birthday weekend I've ever had!  The apartment was PERFECT, a better deal and location than we would have gotten anywhere else.  I will recommend it to anyone coming to SF!
The Mission is great;  we spent hours walking around!
You Should:
  --eat bourbon&cornflakes ice-cream @ Humphry Slowcombe
  --get breakfast @ St. Francis Fountain
  --eat fancy brunch @ Foreign Cinema 
  --drink the best coffee of your life @ Philz!
  --rent a car and drive to Sonoma!
 Thank you so much!     --S.andA., Nashville, TN (Nov.7-12, 2012)

We had a wonderful time!  We loved the neighborhood and having so many places so close by.  The apartment is perfect--neat, clean, and the most comfortable bed ever!
I can't say enough good things about Dan.    Your hospitality was amazing!  The tips and information on the neighborhood were very helpful.  I greatly appreciate that you were able to accommodate an extra night.  You helped make my first (but not last!) trip to San Francisco most awesome! 
The people here are all so kind.  On our second night here I managed to drop one of my contact lenses down the sink.  I panicked because I didn't bring any extras and forgot my glasses.  Well, I found a place (Oasis Vision) that was amazing!  Paul at Oasis Vision was able to hook me up with free trial samples of my exact lenses!  He saved my trip and helped me save a lot of $$!  I love it here!  Thanks again for everything--
                                    --Tracy, St. Petersburg, FL (Nov.17-21, 2012) 

We had a great time  & are totally exhaused back home.  Your place was the perfect get away.  We caught the Muni & Bart everywhere.
Went to:
Salumari Deli
El Metate
Mission Chinese
Humphry Slocombe
Dynamo Donuts
Picked up food @ Rainbow Coop
Giants Game
Napa Valley Wine Tour
De Young Museum ( The Girl with the Pearl Earing )
The Haight
The Cliff House & the Beach
Ferry Building
Great little place you have &  enjoyed the little Backyard.
Also Murals in the Neighborhood were incredible.
Highly recommend your place & hope to return sometime.
Thanks so much,
                             --Mike & Carole, Rio Rancho, NM (April 7-11, 2013)

We are having a lovely time.  The place is clean, comfortable and a very convenient location.
Thank you for your detailed instructions that were very helpful.
                            --Z.R., LA, CA (April 12-14, 2013)

 Even before we got here, Dan was making sure we had the best stay possible.  What a wonderful visit it has been!
Top Spots on our list:
Flour and Water--amazing homemade pasta!
Philz Coffee--we had to stop 3 times in 4 days!
Trick Dog--new bar with a cool feel
La Taqueria--delicious authentic tacos

Your place is beautiful and we felt so at home in this little oasis away from the city.  Thank you for all of your suggestions!  We hope to be back someday!  Now, on to Sonoma!
P.S.  Not in the Mission, but if you feel up to it, bike the Golden Gate Bridge--AMAZING!!
                          --Amanda and Jonathan, Atlanta, GA (April 16-20, 2013)

Very clean and comfy.  
Love the patio to enjoy wine or some delicious Philz coffee.
Wish we could have stayed longer!
                         --Patrick and Elizabeth, Cambridge, MA (April 20-23, 2013)