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) 346-9964
Tax rate 18% of rent tax rate
Cleaning fee $147 per stay
Damage Deposit $40 per stay Fees for additional guests may apply....Read more
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Left on 02/17/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We really enjoyed our stay at this apartment. The decoration was nice and the beds comfortable. It was very easy to get downtown as there is a bus stop on the street and the bus line 5 runs every 5/10 minutes, even overnight! The alamo Square Park was 1 block away and offers spectacular views of the city!
Bernat was very helpful and fast to answer all our questions. Will definitely stay here again!
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