PROPERTY DESCRIPTION "Wonderfully unique" - just two words that only touch on the elegance and wonder that this unit invokes. Designed by the world-renown architect James Francis Dunn in 1890, the building itself is a main focal point of both tourists and residents alike. Only 1 block from Alamo Square Park and the famous "Painted Ladies" housing row, this apartment is in the heart of downtown San Francisco. However inside is where your stay in San Francisco truly becomes exceptional. This 7-room unit features elegant rooms, high ceilings with wood beams spanning across the living room, hardwood floors throughout, and wool area rugs. A wonderful mix of both modern and antique furnishings adds the perfect touch to this unit's design, as do the stained glass windows found throughout the apartment. Both bedrooms are set very far apart ensuring privacy within your party. The kitchen is complete with beautiful wood cabinets and is sunny and spacious. There is a large family style kitchen table along with a dining table for those quiet dinners at home, or you can enjoy the evening on the quaint garden patio. The unit also offers a backyard with two ancient Sequoia redwood trees. Your stay at this beautiful unit will not be forgotten! It has been said of this building that it is "one of three of the most significant architectural dwellings in San Francisco". "If San Francisco is the Rome of the colorist Movement, Alamo Square is the Vatican. The Square is the heart of the greatest collection of Painted Ladies and one of the most important collections of Victorian buildings in the world. Although it doesn't have a Saint Peter's, it does have an Archbishop Mansion." This Mansion is located a block away from the "Belle" facing Alamo Square park and just up 1/2 a block are the famous "Seven Sisters" seen in every collection of photos depicting San Francisco. 1347-45 McAllister Street was designed by James Francis Dunn, started in early 1898 and completed at the end of 1900. It was built in the French neo-Baroque style as a tribute to the owner's great love, an opera diva from Paris. He had 2 "Juliet"(as in Shakespeare's Juliet) balconies constructed that are similar to the Paris Opera House boxes even today. The front of the building has 4 winged mermaids and Grecian urns of mythological significance surrounding the 2 huge oval windows at the very top of the building, behind which is a grand ballroom with a panoramic view of downtown San Francisco all the way to Mt. Diablo across the Bay Bridge, as well as weary gods holding up the eves, and finally museum worthy stained glass sea shell windows with gems spilling out over the balconies. The entry way is a huge tortoise shell with a ruby heart above it said to be "like the piece that frames m'lady-in-waiting at the French court". The building is a feature on the Double Decker bus tourists route, as well as walking tours of S.F., and is to be found in coffee table books on San Francisco architecture, magazines, and newspaper articles. The "Belle" survived the great 1906 quake as it is built on bed rock. Look up James Francis Dunn for more photos and other unique buildings he erected in San Francisco during his career. LOCATION DESCRIPTION Neighborhood: ALAMO SQUARE Victorian splendor characterized by the iconic Queen Anne 'Painted Ladies', behind which the central downtown skyline protrudes. The slope of Alamo Square Park is the green sunny vantage point for the famous static show. Houses along McAllister and surrounding streets are breathtakingly stylish and ornate. Divisadero Street is nearby. PARKING SITUATION There is safe and free street parking, not metered, don't need permit. There are also public garages around the unit: Fillmore Center Garage. 1475 Fillmore Street - San Francisco, CA 94115-4114. Tel. (415) 921-4340 Fifteen Fifteen Scott St Parking Lot. 1515 Scott Street - San Francisco, CA 94115-3511. Tel. (415) 567-4656 Ampco System Parking. 2186 Geary Boulevard - San Francisco, CA 94115-3455. Tel. (415) 441-2486 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION & DISTANCES Union Square is 1.8 miles away from the property: 9 min by car. 21 min by public transportation: take Bus#5 right outside the apartment direction Transbay Terminal, and stop at Powell St. Or, 35 min walking distance. The Moscone Center is 1.9 miles away from the property: 9 min by car. 21 min by public transportation: take Bus#5 right outside the apartment direction Transbay Terminal, and stop at Powell St. Or, 32 min walking distance. Fisherman's Warf is 3.1 miles away from the property: 14 min by car. 45 min by public transportation: Take Bus # 5 right outside the apartment, and stop at Van Ness. Then take Bus #47 and stop at Powell and Beach St. Or, 55 min walking distance. The SFO Airport is 14.2 miles away from the property: 24 min by car, or taxi. You can also book a shuttle service. 50 min by public transportation: Take BART at the airport, and stop at Powell St. Then take Bus #5 direction Ocen Beach and stop at Pierce. GORCERIES NEARBY SAFEWAY. 1335 Webster Street -San Francisco, CA 94115. Tel. (415) 921-4557 Divisadero's Farmers Market. 550 Divisadero Street - San Francisco, CA 94117-2213 Tel. (415) 863-0887 Trader Joe's. 3 Masonic Avenue - San Francisco, CA 94118-3485. Tel. (415) 346-9964TripAdvisor property ID 2244843...Read more
Left on 12/17/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 17, 2013Stayed Oct 2013
I spent 4 days with my family at Mcallister B and highly recommend it. Our apartment was in a beautiful historic residence near the top end of Mcalister. Public transport was right out front and it was a short walk to restaurants, cafes, local shopping and the sights. Excellent information was available in the apartment.
Our neighbours in Mcallister were very friendly and although we didn't meet our hosts they were excellent in providing everything we needed. We will definitely come back.
Left on 01/17/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 17, 2013Stayed Jan 2013
El departamento era muy comodo y tal como lo muestra las fotos. La ubicacion es excelente y pasan lineas de colectivos en la misma cuadra lo cual es muy beneficioso. El departamento no esta impecable porque tiene unos cuantos años y la mayor contra para familias con varios hijos es que el lavarropas esta en la planta baja del edificio y es con monedas (ojo, lo decia en la descripcion).
Volveria con mi marido sola...
Left on 09/05/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 5, 2011Stayed Jul 2011
It is a fairly large and elegant apartment where we (2 adults and 3 teenagers) stayed for 6 days. We had a great stay as there is a very pleasant atmosphere in the apartment. The apartment has a good location in the city by public transport on your doorstep and shopping nearby. You can walk to the center in half an hour and there are interesting neighborhoods in walking distance. There are also good running routes in the area. San Francisco is a city you always want to revisit.
Left on 08/10/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 10, 2011Stayed Jul 2011
We thank you for a superb stay in the apartment!
This is not only a flat...it is a piece of art and history.
Many people stop and take photos of this house.
The owner has a sence of combining "new" and old interior decoration
and we realy liked it.
It is simple to get to the city center with bus nr 5 that runs often and the area feels safe and friendly. Alamo Squere is right around the corner.
Left on 06/17/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | JCReviewed Jun 17, 2011Stayed May 2011
Really enjoyed our stay at the apartment... beautifully presented with tonnes of SF characteristic. Just a short bus ride to downtown and handy little organic grocery store a few blocks up the street, with a good pizza joint for those lazy nights.
Correspondence with Bernat is simply brilliant - no fuss or hassle no delay. Would definitely stay there again given the opportunity to visit beautiful SF in the future and have no hesitation recommending it to all our friends.
Left on 03/28/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | Carlos MeloReviewed Mar 28, 2011Stayed Mar 2011
Somos una familia Chilena de 5 personas que visitamos la ciudad de San Francisco Ca entre los dias 1 y 7 de Marzo de 2011 .
Nuestra experiencia fue excelente con el apartamento .Esta bien ubicado dentro de la ciudad con transporte publico por la misma calle.Muy seguro .No hay ruidos Limpio y con las comodidades para sentirnos como en Casa . Esta a 15 minutos del centro de interes de la ciudad lo cual hace que no es necesario rentar vehiculo para conocer la ciudad.
Ningun problema con los abonos de dinero ni checkin
Left on 03/12/2011 for a stay in February 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 12, 2011Stayed Feb 2011
Very convenient location for traveling without a car. #5 Bus goes right past the apartment quite often. Bus goes downtown, past Golden Gate Park to the beach. Restaurants and stores within walking distance. Can walk to Lucky Strike grocery and take the bus back. Apartment is very attractive.
Owner was very helpful when we had a problems with the TV setup.
“Beautiful Apartment, Easy Experience, Central Location”
Left on 05/26/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | tophersteeleReviewed May 26, 2010Stayed May 2010
I rented this apartment for a 6 day stay to celebrate my mom's birthday. The apartment and building are quite fun and we had all we needed. The experience was just what I was looking for.
Three of us stayed for 6 days and 2 friends joined us for 2 of those days. The space worked well no matter how many people we had over. One evening, I hosted a pre-dinner cocktail party for 14 and we had plenty of glassware, serving dishes and kitchenware. The oven worked well for hors d'oeuvres.
On two nights we were tired from the day and ordered in. Little Star Pizza (restaurant pizza, not Dominos-style) and the Indian place that had left a menu on the door were both outstanding.
The WiFi was a little hit or miss. The modem is in another apartment that you don't have access to, but that being said, I called management and someone was there to help in 5 minutes. I was very impressed with the service.
The beds and furniture are comfy, clean, stylish. I would stay here again.
Left on 05/17/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 17, 2010Stayed Apr 2010
I just got back from a fantastic vacation with my wife and two sons. The apartment was a great base for exploring San Francisco. It is really well located, most of the major sights are within 20 min with public transportation. You can also walk to Alamo Square Park, Haight Ashbury and the Golden Gate Park. There are nice restaurants and cafes on Filmore St and the Divisadero Av. The apartment, located in a real Victorian building, is clean and well-equipped. I would definitely recommend staying at this apartment to my friends and family.
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