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San Francisco California 94109 United States of America

Listing # 110309

Rates From USD 3794 Monthly
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Last Updated: Friday, February 26, 2021

2 of 3 B/R, Huge, Stunning, Downtown Luxury Penthouse w/ Rare Flexibility -- Fireplace, Private Terrace, Hot-Tub, 360-Degree Views

Fantastic, large, 3-B/R (2 available), top-floor, partially-furnished, penthouse live-work apartment five blocks from Union Square in a landmark building. Highly flexible sublet available, two couples or small family maximum.

Elegant top-floor penthouse live-work apartment five blocks from Union Square in a landmark, 1922, high-ceilinged, magnificent multi-room apartment with large outside terrace, fireplace, kitchen, washer/dryer, living room, dining room, entrance foyer, 2 bedrooms w/ individual shower/bath, hot-tub (unused for some time) with 360-degree views of the city and the Bay.

This space is offered as a legal sublet of a rent-controlled lease, so you would also be enjoying significant savings for a flexible number (8 to 12) of months per year if you travelled out of town during the year.

You would get without realtor fees or brutal lease requirements nearly all of the fully-furnished apartment. The apartment would still be my primary residence, and during the periods that you didn't want to be in town (we would coordinate this all in advance), I'd pay the full rent. Those months that you did, I'd arrange my out-of-town contract work/parent-care/travel. If you wanted the apartment for the full 12-months, you'd be sharing it with my low foot-print presence.

Thus, with sufficient advanced notice of months for both parties away, you would only pay full price for the months you wanted to be in San Francisco, and there would be secure storage available for your personal effects while you were away. Term may start any time from February 1, 2021 onward with no maximum number months, but a minimum of around 7.

Walker’s Paradise according to www.walkscore.com: 98 out of 100, 100 out of 100 for transit score.

DSL Internet (Ethernet and WiFi), free phone, fax, long distance, multi-component entertainment center (no TV, though) plus DVD/HD/Blu-ray projector to 5’x8' hideaway screen.

Both bedrooms are unfurnished, though the apartment has a lot of built-in cabinetry, shelves, and storage. One bedroom has a large, semi-circular, fixed work-at-home desk. The other has 2x4' committed to storage.

Payment for utilities: electricity, Internet, and bi-monthly cleaning will be required. Must comply with building’s owner rules/approval and all local laws and ordinances.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
3000 Sq. Feet
Suited for
4 people
Property Type
Apartment or Condo


Available from Thursday, April 1, 2021 until Friday, April 1, 2022
Minimum Stay
7 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
Can rent for 7 months as a one-time sublet, or 8-12 months/year as described.
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City San Francisco
Postal Code - State or Province 94109 CA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Lower Nob Hill, Upper Tenderloin, TenderNob
Closest University University of San Francisco
University nearby University of San Francisco; University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); San Francisco State University; Stanford University; Cal Berkeley; SFAI

Rental Price:

USD 3794 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
No rent due on months unoccupied w/ 30-day-prior written request & mutually agreed upon. Small rebate possible for first few months only. There is one $11/month SF/sublet/insurance fee.
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Second Home
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Architectural Gem
  • Available for Short Term
  • SemiFurnished
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Elevator
  • Stairs
  • Security System or Doorman
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

  • Care for Plants
  • Forward our Mail
Housesitting Comments
Both plant care & mail forwarding will be limited, have most everything on-line now.

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Member Since Jan 11 2017
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About Me
Academically, I hail from two wildly over-priced and notoriously over-subscribed New England univerities that very generously (it was another era) sent this long-ago young man on a decent upward trajectory. Applied thermo would be the best description of my training, and an eclectic set of results from this focus would characterize my professional background. I now live and work in San Francisco, but my private business takes me to the East Coast and the Far East several months per year. I also have an elderly mother cross country whom I visit regularly. I am from the middle of America and speak our dialect quite well. Je parle assez bien le français. Saya bisa bicara bahasa Indonesia sedikit sedikit saja. Mluvím cesky jenom trochu. Looking forward to sharing my home with you in beautiful San Francisco.



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We found the apt extremely nice and very charming. Very much a fulfillment of our realistic dreams. It has a larger living area (by NYC standards), wooden floors, high ceiling, tasteful interior design, large windows, comfortable furniture, and a large back deck. The location is great: A couple of hundred meters for the center of the west village, with lots of nice restaurants and shops for all you may need at walking distance, and half a block from two main metro stations (the ones of both F+M+L and of 1+2+3). The landlord is extremely attentive and helpful around the clock...

[A more detailed review follows.]

Before elaborating, let me say something about ourselves. We are an academic couple, city-mice types, who **love** NYC. We have been here for a full year in 2011/12, and for numerous short visits of months and weeks since the 1990s. We love dining out, hanging out, and going to dance, music, and films. And we do that a lot!

I'm writing this towards the end of August 2020, and we have been living in the apt since Sept 1st (2019). Before the CORONA struck the city (in early March), we had a fantastic time, but also then we spent much of each day in the apt, working at the large table or at the sofa. So saying that the apt was comfortable for us means a lot. But the real test was in the 100 days of Corona semi-curfew, when we spent almost all the day in the apt. We were perfectly fine "staying in place" in the apt, which really proved how comfortable the apt was for us.

The apt is located ten stairs above the street level, which feels both private and not overly secluded, and yet is extremely convenient in the physical sense. It is the first floor of a three-story townhouse, built in the mid 19th century, and there are only two other apartments above it and a restaurant below, which creates **no** hazards (i.e., no smell or noise at all). The apt has a wooden floor, which is mostly exposed, because having no apt below requires no carpets. The wooden floor itself is a real woodwork -- a real gem, not a modern parquet "defined" to be a wooden floor. The apt is on the south side of the street, and has a large deck on its (south) back (say, the size of a very large room).

The living area of the apt consists of two large rooms connected by a large two-fly door, which when opened gives the feel of a single space. The bedroom is on the north size, and it has a large bed, several storage areas, a sofa, and a desk. It has two large windows to the street, with good shades, which allow you excellent darkness for sleeping as well as some nice light when you do want it. (This is a feature I care about a lot!) The other room has several furniture including a sofa, a low table, a few chairs, and a large dining table. It has two extremely large mirrors that make it feel even larger than it is, and the large windows to the south intensify this feeling. The bathroom and kitchen (at the west side of the apt) are small, but are very clean and feel very cozy. The bathtub is old-fashioned in the best sense of the word, and so is the tiling in the bathroom. I really liked the bathroom, and that's an important aspect of an apt for me. In addition, there is a storage place next to the entry doorway.

All furniture, linen, towels, and kitchen-ware feel clean and cozy, although they are quite an eclectic collection. In the winter, three radiators provide perfect heating (we even kept one closed at all time), while in the summer two air-conditioners keep the apt cool enough even when outside heat is high. In short, you get comfortable temperatures all year long.

In general, the apt gives a feeling of a place where some nice guys live, but does not let you feel that you intrude as some temporary visitor. This should be contrasted to both the commercial feeling that some rented apt give and to the feeling that you have taken shelter for one night in some friend's place.

The location is great. It is Greenwich Village, in my opinion, the nicest part of NYC to live in; I prefer this neighborhood over Chelsea, let alone the upper sides or other areas. In addition to the charm of the neighborhood and the vast collection of restaurants, bars, and shops (for food and utilities of all sorts), this neighborhood is well-connected to the rest of NYC (which cannot be said, say, about the East Village). We traveled daily to various parts of the city, and enjoyed the proximity and high frequency of the Metro; the stations of lines 1+2+3 and L+F+M are half a block away. Let me also stress that the neighborhood and these Metro stations feel extremely safe.

Lastly, let me mention that the landlord has been extremely attentive and helpful around the clock. In particular, due to a delay in our flight, we arrived at the apt a couple of hours later than planned and he kept saying "no problem" all along, when we reported our position. Minor issues that came up during the year were addressed by him extremely quickly, even when he was on the other side of the globe.

Excellent Otto 8/20/2020 8:15:00 AM