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Hot Tub & Sauna! City & Twin Peaks Views. Central Castro Classic Victorian

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2Br, 1Ba Top Floor Vibrantly Painted Victorian with City and Twin Peaks Views

City of San Francisco Registered Short-Term Rental Certificate # STR-0000878 Certificate Holder David Jude Thomas

For a Truly San Franciscan, Castro Neighborhood experience stay at one of the most colorful Houses in the neighborhood, The House of Muse.

Prior Guests of The House include a well known LGBT Film Writer - Director, an esteemed Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, and a World Famous Rock Star (names withheld until we receive permission).

Only 1.5 blocks to the Center of the Castro neighborhood (Castro St. at 18th St.), and only 2 blocks from Dolores Park, its central location makes the House of Muse an ideal location from which to travel to most parts of San Francisco. The MUNI underground access is only 3 blocks away and several bus lines are available within 3 blocks.

If you arrive on Wednesday, then you can walk to the neighborhood farmers market on Noe at Market. Avoid the junk food on the right side of the street, shop on the left, and keep in mind the fish and meat are the highest quality. After shopping be sure to stop in for a drink special at Cafe' Flore before heading back to your classic and historic San Franciscan Flat.

From the back deck enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the fog creep over Twin Peaks and as the ominous Sutro Tower hovers over The City.

Following Dinner at your dining room table with Downtown SF views you can walk down the hill to watch a classic movie at the historic Castro Theatre. If you prefer, neighborhood restaurants and bars with comedy nights and dancing are only 2 blocks away. Or, stay in and enjoy a film on the giant 63” Plasma flat screen display. Sink into the leather couch and enjoy 100’s of DirecTV full package channels or apple TV offerings, connect to Netflix, Hulu and many media channels. We also offer wireless internet, and of course, a Blu-Ray/DVD Region free player. All media devices come with a quality surround sound audio system in the living room.

In addition to your two bedrooms there is a large living room / Dining room, private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a shared yoga room / laundry room and a shared back deck.

Caution: Make sure if you book a vacation rental property in San Francisco that they are officially registered with the City of San Francisco as we are. New laws are being enforced, and some vacationers lose their rental upon arrival if the hosts have not done their part to make their business legal with the city.

City of San Francisco Registered Short-Term Rental Certificate # STR-0000878 Certificate Holder David Jude Thomas

More Details
Registration Number : STR-0000878

Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge)
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2018

About Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge)

(written to describe your host by David S.)

Your host is a Multimedia Artist and film maker working in the fields of Music Videos, set design and music compositions for Dance and Theatrical works for over 30 years. If he's not writing music in his music studio, then he may be in his green screen and stage production studio filming an independent film or a music video. He's a veritable repository of San Francisco History, so if you've got questions about The City, he's got answers.

Your other host is a busy Chiropractor and Massage Therapist who is happy to answer your questions about health and healing. He is also available for in-house massage therapy, Bowen Therapy and/or Reiki energy work. Adjustments are only available off site at his office. Please make advance arrangements as his schedule often fills up a week or more in advance.

Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge) purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Dr. David Sundy (reservations host) & David Jude Thomas (Consierge) chose The Castro

This house is a dream come true. It has excellent views, and it's one of the only homes in the neighborhood with a large back yard set up for entertaining. The backyard has unique starlight LED bistro lighting, oversized tiki torches, moroccan lanterns, sculpted flagstone patios, a hot tub with a blue light, an infrared sauna with medical grade LED Light Therapy, an outdoor shower that shoots color lighted water, a fire table, umbrella covered table and old growth tropical and california native plants. It's a great place to enjoy breakfast, and it looks amazing at night with all the lights and fires going.

It's location is rather central to the overall city, and it's close to the Castro neighborhood bars and restaurants with 2 convenient stores less than 1 block away. It's nice to get what you need with having to get into a car.

The House has some interesting history. It was build in 1895 with the adjoining property which was the stable, now Ruby's Clay Studio. There was a blacksmith who worked out back, and we still find interesting artifacts when digging in the garden from this historic time.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a prime location being situated between the Center of the Castro Neighborhood and Dolores Park. Downtown views and views of Twin Peaks, Sutro Tower, Redrock Terrace, the Pride Flag at Castro and 18th are inspiring to see from a single residence. I enjoyed adding my personal touch by designing a color scheme for the Victorian to meet my taste and style. Many visitors stop and look or take pictures. If you take a break on the front porch with a drink or a smoke, passers by will often stop and chat. I like that about this neighborhood. People are friendly here. By and large it is a safe neighborhood.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in The Castro

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , This is the larger of the two bedrooms.
    Optional added bed to living room - 1 single bed , We can add a high quality memory foam mattress on a frame
    Front Bedroom (one twin pulls out from under the other) - 2 single bed , This is the smaller bedroom with City View and Trundle Bed.
  • Bedroom 1 is larger with its own TV and bathroom attached. Occupants must pass through this bedroom to access the bathroom and the kitchen. Bedroom 2 has a twin bed with another twin bed that pulls out from beneath it. This is the smaller of the two classically referred to as the fainting room of a Victorian. It has an excellent view of downtown.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
The backyard is now complete with 0utdoor Infrared Sauna with medical grade LED lighting, and hot tub, in an enchanted garden oasis with a fire pit and multiple seating choices with old growth tropical and native Californian plants.


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Hot Tub & Sauna! City & Twin Peaks Views. Central Castro Classic Victorian
average rating of 4.8431373 based on 51 reviews
Brooklyn, NY

Comfortable, well-equipped apartment with easy access to the heart of SF

  • 5 of 5

I had an enjoyable stay at The House of Muse, in a tidy, second floor apartment above a quiet street in The Castro. New kitchen appliances, a huge TV, and backyard access to a sauna and a bubbling-hot jacuzzi, which I used almost every day of my weeklong stay. The scent of jasmine from the back garden fills the air. Wonderful. On-street parking was not a problem, and David helpfully secured a local parking permit since the streets are 2-hour only parking zones during the day without it. Also enjoyed relaxing on the back deck, sitting in the sun while watching summer fog spill over nearby Twin Peaks. Classic San Francisco!

  • Review Submitted: 17/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed having you stay with us. look forward to having you as a guest again when you visit San Francisco. Extremely happy when guests take advantage of the amenities. And we’re more then happy to secure things for our guests, after all that’s why they call me (Dramatic beat, cue music) The Great Concierge. 😉?
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Apartment, very clean with all your needs catered gor

  • 5 of 5

Lovely location, very helpful hosts, hot tub very welcoming after a long day walking.

  • Review Submitted: 12/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful apartment in perfect setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week with our two (adult) granddaughters. We've all stayed in this area before and find it friendly, comfortable and lovable. We enjoyed being in this apartment, so conveniently placed, with such delightful landlords, David & David. The apartment is very comfortable with a fabulous deck and back yard. What's not to love? We would return in a heartbeat!

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  • Review Submitted: 21/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The crescent moon gangs are always welcome back here at the House of Muse. Wonderful guests!
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Nice property in an interesting neighbourhood!

  • 5 of 5

We came as a group to visit the Rugby Sevens tournament in San Francisco. Hotel accommodation was scarce and did not suit the needs of our group. This property came up and seemed to fit the bill. We knew that the Castro area was the heart of the gay community in the city and not being gay ourselves, we had a bit of trepidation about how we would fit in. Firstly we had a nice welcome from our host, who showed us around the apartment and gave us an insight into the area itself and transport links to downtown. The apartment itself has a well appointed kitchen and bathroom, both of which were spotlessly clean. There is a double bedroom, which was comfortable and a smaller single bedroom off the living room. A trundle bed from that room can be placed in the living room for extra accommodation. There are good TVs in the living room and double bedroom. The décor outside of the kitchen and bathroom looked a little tired, but we were very comfortable. Whilst there, the coffee maker packed up and was replaced straight away and the apartment seemed to have everything you needed for a nice stay. There is a sauna and hot tub available for use, but we didn't have time to use them. There is also a nice quiet garden area to use. The neighbourhood felt safe and the apartment was within easy walking distance of streetcars and the Metro. There are convenience stores nearby and a larger supermarket within easy walking distance. There are also a number of bars and restaurants. I don't think I was prepared for how much in your face the area is but we met some great people and enjoyed the ambience. My wife's favourite bar was the Twin Peaks by the Metro station. Very friendly, welcoming and a great atmosphere. All in all, this apartment suited our purposes and allowed us to see a different side to San Francisco. It was also good to be part of a neighbourhood rather than in some soulless downtown hotel. Thank you David and David for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 06/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, it was great having you stay with us on the day to a year ago we finally got around to our honeymoon when we spent time in the UK, specifically Cardiff. (These awesome possum guests were from Cardiff) Wonderful vacation renters, very kind, very quiet and very personable. If you ever come to San Francisco again we’d love to host you. And please pass along to your friends in Cardiff visiting SF about our house. We’d love to host them. And it goes without saying, anyone from Roath Lock Studios Are very much invited 👌?😉?👍?. Thank you so much for choosing us here in the city. Not a bad for a house built in 1885. PAX david jude thomas “The Great Concierge”
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Long Beach, U.S.A

As true as advertised!!!

  • 5 of 5

The owners give us privacy and full access to use jacuzzi tub, sauna, and BBQ in the backyard. The backyard is a place to relax and have a drink with friends. The property is only a couple of blocks away from the clubs on Castro street.

  • Review Submitted: 28/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A marvelous place to stay when visiting San Francisco

  • 5 of 5

I had always stayed in the hotels around SF MoMA and Union Square but I am very happy I found the House of Muse near the Castro and Delores Park. Nearby MUNI stops made getting everywhere I wanted to go easy, it was very comfortable and quiet, on just enough of a hill to remind me I am in SF rather than the flat city where I reside. I loved the beautiful yard although I did not take advantage of the hot tub I will next trip. House of Muse made my cultural vacation a joy.

  • Review Submitted: 19/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
San Francisco Interational Airport
Nearest Barpub
149 Metres
Last Call
Nearest Ferry
3.7 Miles
Ferry Building
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Presidio Golf Course
Nearest Train
3.7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
134 Metres
Kasa Indian Eatery
Nearest Ski
205 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
5.2 Miles
Ocean Beach

Shopping, shopping, shopping. I shop when I travel. Hit up each neighborhood depending on what you want. Castro has your gay essentials, Valencia Street has your hipster, vintage and SF classic looks, the Haight is constantly changing.

Dolores Park is only 2 Blocks away. It has become a super popular hang out almost any day of the week. The Weekends are Packed with beach blankets and smiling faces. Some call it Dolores Beach or if you're up near Dolores and 20th, Gay Beach.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment around the The Castro

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
23 May 2018 - 6 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$69 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$167.81
Parking Permit Use AU$27.97
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$419.52

Please review your rental agreement as soon as you receive it, and advise us if there are any discrepancies. You are required to sign, date and return the document to us, either by message attachment through the vrbo site, fax 1-415-487-9226, or mail within five business days of the agreement date. Our receipt of the completed document and the initial 50% of the Total Due is required to complete your reservation. Thank you!

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