"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.
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.
There is safe and free street parking, not metered and no permit needed. There are also public garages around the unit:
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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION & DISTANCES
Union Square is 1.8 miles away from the property: By car or taxi: 10 min. By public transportation: 19 min. Take Bus #5 direction downtown and stop at Powell St. Walking distance: 30 min.
The Moscone Center is 1.9 miles away from the property: By car or taxi: 11 min. By public transportation: 21 min. Take Bus #5 direction downtown and stop at Powell St. Walking distance: 33 min.
Fisherman's Warf is 2.9 miles away from the property: By car or taxi: 14 min. By public transportation: 35 min. Take the Bus #5 direction Downtown and stop at Van Ness. Then take Bus #47 direction Fisherman’s Wharf and stop there.
The SFO Airport is 14.3 miles away from the property: By car or taxi: 25 min. You can also book a shuttle service. By public transportation: 50 min. Take BART at the airport direction East Bay, and stop at Civic City Center. Then transfer to Bus #5 direction Ocean Beach and stop at Pierce.
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Property Type: Apartment
Size: 111m² / 1200ft²
Number of Bathrooms: 2
Number of Rooms: 2
Bed Types: 2x 1x 1x
Security Deposit: No What's this?
Processing/Misc Charges: US$187
Min Stay: 3 nights
Max Guests: 6
Rates Based On: 4 Guests
Additional Guest Pays: US$24/ night
Smoking Allowed: No
Children Friendly: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
Check In / Out: 13:00 / 11:00
- Bed Linen & Towels
- Wireless Internet
- Cable TV
- Parking Included
- Air Conditioning
- Washing Machine
- Free Cleaning
- Wheelchair Access
- Outdoor Space
Jcurry1 June 08, 2013
Our stay here was excellent! The apartment is great and was very clean. The location is fantastic, just a short walk from cafes and restaurants on Divisadero St., and Hayes St., and it is right by Alamo Square Park. And the 5-bus, which can take you as far west as the ocean and as far east as downtown, runs right in front of the building. I would definitely stay here again.
Munteanu August 04, 2012
POSITIVE FEEDBACK We really enjoyed our stay in SF this july 2012, part of this being the high quality of the apartment: style, extremely good position (bus station only meters away), very well furnished in a classical SF building. We slept well and sometimes took the breakfast on the terrace. All modern comodities were available. The neibourhood is calm and with specific SF architecture. I would reccomend it to anybody (if arriving to the third floor is not a problem).
Katsmith May 01, 2012
What a delight!!! We will be back!!!
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