Spacious Five-Level House w-Gorgeous Decks/Views
When you visit our beautiful city of San Francisco, and you want your place to stay to be more than just a place to drop your luggage, then you want the immersive San Francisco experience. You found it in our house! Built into a hill, our house is filled and surrounded by steps, decks, views, history and artistic character that stays with you long after you've left, and beckons your return.
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My little 'hood on the hill is known for its quiet and quaint character, spectacular views, amazing food, colorful homes, friendly people, and an unfair amount of sunshine. Here's your guide to the area around my home.
Restaurants + Bars
When it comes to dining, even seemingly far-flung Bernal is a bona fide destination, and my house is walking distance to all the hot-spots. Foodies make the pilgrimage for modern sushi offerings at Ichi Sushi (3369 Mission St.), which recently returned to its original location and it is just a block away.
If you only have time for one restaurant, then do not miss Blue Plate (3218 Mission St.) for comfort food and more just around the corner. While on that corner at night, check out the patio at my local watering hole Royal Cuckoo (3202 Mission). Across the street is new family friendly Outer Orbit, (3215 Mission) a pinball arcade bar serving up Hawaiian small plates. Emmy's Spaghetti Shack (3230 Mission St.) is a Bernal institution. For Pizza you cannot go wrong at both Pizzahacker (3299 Mission St.) for an eat-in restaurant. Or the best to-go pizza in under 90 seconds is served out of trailer at FirePie Pizza. (3498 Cesar Chavez), Yes you read correctly, and I swear on this one, just walk up and order. Other notables within a few blocks are Mi Lindo Peru (3226 Mission St.) for rustic, homey Peruvian food.
The Front Porch (65 29th St.) has a cult following for their fried Chicken and funky decor. La Ciccia, which technically is not in Bernal Heights, but a 12 min walk to the best Sardinia food in SF and a really hard reservation to score.
On the main street called Cortland Ave, you will find Red Hill Station (803 Cortland Ave.) spotlights the bounty of California farmers and fishermen.
Nearby Precita Park has two amazing food options, Hillside Supper Club (300 Precita Ave.) and the more casual Precita Park Cafe on the other end of the park. More drink can be found at Holy Water (309 Cortland Ave.) is sacred ground for cocktail connoisseurs.
Go for perfectly poured Moscow Mules and Old Fashioneds; stay after 11pm for a taste of something more exotic. // Some would call it for the Mission, but we say Bernal gets to claim everybody's favorite day-drinking and dance spot, El Rio (3158 Mission St.).
Along the south side of the neighborhood you will find the giant warehouse where Bare Bottle Brewing (1525 Cortland Ave.) serves us tasty brews and they host a variety of food trucks daily.
Bakeries + Coffee & Ice Cream
Mitchell's Ice Cream (688 San Jose Ave) is an SF Institution. Take a number and wait to be amazed with the flavor..
Cafe St. Jorge (3438 Mission) serves us avocado toast as well as Portuguese-inspired cafe snacks.
Black Jet Baking Co. (833 Cortland Ave.) Pop in for the classics—cookies, cakes, pies, and jam bars.
Little Bee Baking(521 Cortland Ave.) makes cakes, pies, and pastries to spoil your dinner. But best of all for lazy bakers is the take-home, pre-made dough.
Progressive Grounds (400 Cortland Ave.) is the neighborhood's old-school coffee house. For more serenity, check out their backyard.
The newer kid on the block, Pinhole Coffee (231 Cortland Ave.) Serving Linea Coffee and treats from Marla Bakery and Little Bee, Pinhole is the new gathering spot.
THINGS TO DO
For over 30 years, Heartfelt (436 Cortland Ave.) has supplied the 'hood with every fun, gifty, tchotchke thing that playful hearts desire.
Dive into the world of terrariums, moss walls and cacti at Succulence(402 Cortland Ave.), one of the cutest flower shops around.
Alemany Flea Market (100 Alemany Blvd., Sundays 7am to 3pm) You'll find vintage clothes, baseball cards, 1950s china, '30s movie posters, and all sorts of unexpected treasures.
Parks + More
Located at the northernmost border of the 'hood, Precita Park (2200 Folsom St.) has ample green space, picnic tables and playground.
A climb along the streets or the hidden staircases (Hint: there is on the left as you exit my house) that take you to the top of the summit at Bernal Heights Park (3400-3416 Folsom St., map), with sweeping views of the city and, on a clear day, the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.
While strolling Cortland Avenue, be sure to stop in front of the Bernal Heights Public Library (500 Cortland Ave.) for a glimpse of the mural representing the colorful vibe of San Francisco.
Entire house, except for my artist studio. The studio has nothing valuable in it, but it is locked, as there are paintings in progress which cannot be disturbed.
There is also a cabinet next to the kitchen that is not to be used... I have marked it with a sign. It's a fragile cabinet with nothing valuable inside, I would just ask that it not be used.
Please keep the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower.
This is a typical SF home that is built up a hill which maximizes the amazing views and has five levels, with staircases throughout. There are no stair gates and some interior stairs are open spiral staircases, so be mindful of little ones.
Smoking is only allowed outside if you are clean and **safe** - use a container with water, don't put cigarettes out on the ground. We take safety very seriously. If we find a cigarette butt anywhere outside on the property we will notify you and charge an additional cleaning fee.