Mission Garden Apartment

Apartment - Entire home/flat · Shotwell St, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States

The Space

A modern studio apartment off a quiet private garden court with giant timber bamboo and outdoor dining area. Access is through a gate off the street and then down a passageway to the courtyard. The apartment has a kitchen with sink, refrigerator, and stove-top, but no freezer or oven. I can provide ice if you would like some. There is one private bathroom with walk in shower, as well as a Bosch clothes washer and dryer. The queen size bed has a comfortable SONOS firm memory foam mattress and down comforter. Storage is provided by an armoire custom made from sustainable bamboo. The polished concrete floor has radiant heat. There is a sofa that is also a twin size daybed suitable for a child to sleep on. Also an ipod compatible music system and free guest WiFi, but no TV. Bedding and organic cotton towels are included. Lower your carbon footprint by staying in a "green" building with solar hot water and electricity collectors. Complimentary seltzer water in antique siphon.

The construction of a new building, Zero Cottage in the courtyard is complete, and the courtyard has been re-landscaped. It's quite nice now with no construction activity.

There is a small woodworking space on the courtyard, associated with my architectural firm. During the day there are occasional periods of noise from this activity.

There is an arts event space, StoreFrontLab, sharing a wall with the mission garden apartment. Occasionally there are opening parties and other activities that make some noise. These are infrequent, and don't go past 10pm.

Occasionally my neighbors have a party and make some noise.


This area is the location of many top restaurants and cafes: Locanda, Farina, and Delfina, some of the best pizza in San Francisco is served at Flour and Water and Pizzeria Delfina. Local California cuisine is great at Universal, Range, Frances, and Commonwealth. Those who are adventurous might try the super spicy Mission Chinese Food, named one of the 3 most innovative restaurants in the USA by The New York Times. And for quick, cheap, and excellent tacos you can't beat the food truck on 16th and Shotwell.

Stable around the corner is great. Full breakfasts at Mission Beach Cafe and St. Frances Fountain. San Francisco's most popular bakery/cafe is Tartine. The newest addition is Linea Caffe on 18th just past Mission Street: waffles and salads.

Four of the best artisan coffee roasters in San Francisco are nearby: Blue Bottle, Four Barrell, Ritual Roasters, and Linea Caffe. Great ambiance and super coffee.

Bi-Rite Creamery always has a line for it's organic house made ices cream cones. Humphry Slocombe makes their own excellent ice cream as well.

THe Uptown is a great dive, and where I hang out. Pool table and reasonable prices.

The vegan Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre on Mission Street is excellent. Rainbow is a vegetarian grocery store nearby with an excellent selection of bulk foods.

Bi-Rite is an incredible local full service grocery in a tiny space. They have organic produce, local meats, fresh fish, and a great selection of prepared dishes.

On the premises is StoreFront Lab with occasional interesting programs. Next door is ODC Dance Commons where numerous dance classes are offered every day. The ODC Dance Theater is in a new award winning building on the corner and has a full schedule of excellent modern dance performances. SOEX Gallery is near with ongoing shows and openings. There are many studios and art galleries in the area.

Two beautiful orange Public bicycles with locks and helmets are available for borrowing. We are located close to major bike routes, and the neighborhood is flat.

Convenient to transit, both bus and the BART subway (0.4 mile, 10 minute walk). The Walk score is 97, and the Transit Score is 95, so this is the place to be car free. MUNI serves this location very well, with routes 12, 22 and 33 stopping about a block away, with many more routes a short walk away. There is a San Francisco City Pass available online that is a good deal for visitors, though BART is excluded. Another option is getting a CLIPPER Card which is accepted at all Bay Area transit operators. It's very convenient and can be ordered online and set up to load from a credit card.

There is no private off street car parking on site. Street parking is tight, but available. There is a public parking lot nearby with reasonable rates.

A portion of the income from the Mission Garden are donated to local community non-profits. Currently StoreFrontLab. Past recipients include 7 Tepees, Cell Space, Sunday Streets, Root Division, Greening Guerrero, 826 Valencia, Creativity Explored, 18 Reasons, Systems Mural Project, Mission Community Market, and Walk SF.

Room type: Entire home/flat
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: £11 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: £545 /week
Monthly Price: £1772 /month
Security Deposit: £204
Cleaning Fee: £20
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • David and Yosh were great hosts. The studio is perfect for a couple and has all the little things you need. It's in the perfect location for short walks to great bars and restaurants. We really loved all of David's recommendations to all the local hang outs. Thanks for having us!

    April 2014
  • David is an excellent host. He responds quickly and provides excellent recommendations and directions. The apartment is well stocked and has a washer and dryer! I loved the location, but what really took it over the top for me was the bike. The bikes are well tuned, and come with a lock, lights, and a map. I have visited SF many times, but cruising around on the bike made this visit the most special. I visited so many new neighborhoods and parks because of his bike. I am convinced this is the only way to go now. Rolling around town all day and finding a great restaurant in David's neighborhood for dinner at night--fantastic plan! Breakfast at Tartine and ice cream at Humphrey Slocombe---Chocolate smoked sea salt and brown butter vanilla--really? Come on now….how do I live outside of SF now that I have tasted the good stuff? Bikes plus Mission location--I will definitely return to the Mission Garden Apartment.

    March 2014
  • Mission Gardens was a very comfortable apartment. Having use of the complimentary bicycles made our stay in San Francisco that much better.

    March 2014
  • This is an amazing unique place in a great neighborhood. Very clean, comfortable bed, cool space in the backyard and great city bikes. Was here for a week and wish it was longer! Would love to stay here again.

    March 2014
  • My stay at Mission Garden Apartment was awesome! The place was clean, quiet and located in a sweet spot! I found the apartment comfortable, spacious and truly relaxing.

    David was a great host! He provided a lot of information about the best spots to hit up...from coffee to food!

    This is definitely where I will stay on future visits to SF!

    Thanks so much David!

    February 2014
  • I love David's apartment! It's in the wonderful Mission District. It's quiet, very beautifully decorated and right next to the ODC dance school. I'll keep coming back to this place!

    February 2014
  • The Mission Garden Apartment was wonderful overall. Clean, organized and accommodating. Space was a bit colder than we would've liked but David promptly responded to our request for more heat.

    Only negative was the insects we found in the bathroom - two spiders in the shower and an army of ants colonizing what seemed to be an empty garbage bin (many stragglers still appeared throughout the week thereafter after we left the bin outside).

    February 2014
  • From the moment we walked up to the Store Front Lab and through the wooden gate, we knew this was a special place. Comfortable modern design, thoughtful surfaces, great book shelf, soft bed linens, and a quiet, arty city street in a fun neighborhood. We also loved the bikes and took two long rides around the city. I've never riden a public bike before, and I was very impressed with their sturdiness and adaptability to city riding. They did remarkably well on hills! We could have stayed many more days enjoying the Mission Garden Apartment and exploring the neighborhood.

    January 2014
  • We absolutely LOVED our stay at Davids place. The location was fantastic, we walked to at least twenty delicious eateries nearby. Our favorite place we ate during our trip was Mission Chinese Restaurant, the squid ink noodles with lamb broth had the best combo of flavors. The apartment had a book of suggestions which was helpful. David also gave us perfect instructions on how to get in from the airport and the Bart was super easy, much cheaper than a cab. We ended up taking the Bart everywhere on our trip.
    The space was beautiful, carefully thought out and felt like a really special place to stay. It was nice be to have compost and know you were staying in a place that was looking out for our environment. The bookshelf is filled with great reads and even the cups on the shelves are interesting. It also feels very safe and private having the gated entrance from the street. Next time we come to San Fran we are totally staying here.

    January 2014
  • We had a delightful stay at the Mission Garden Apartment! It was so nicely situated right where we wanted to be in the Mission District, our host was very helpful and friendly and the space itself was so cleverly designed and quiet/comfortable. This was my second time staying there, and the way I see it, why stay anywhere else?

    January 2014
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I'm an architect in San Francisco with my own small firm. I'm very interested in green architecture, and the small studio I rent is part of my sustainable home in the Mission. For more information visit my web site at dbarchitect.
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