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The 13 Coolest Airbnb San Francisco homes you can rent

Looking to explore the City by the Bay? We've got you covered with our pick of amazing rentals.

Georgia Evans
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So you've booked that ticket to San Francisco, lined up all the best restaurants to dine at, and have plans to visit every museum in town. All you need is the perfect place to stay. You could reserve a room at one of San Francisco's best hotels, but for something a little homier, consider staying at one of these amazing Airbnb San Francisco homes.

And don't worry, we've made sure that the recent changes in regulations for short-term rentals in San Francisco won't affect your stay with our cherry-picked list of the very best properties registered via the City of San Francisco. From a garden oasis to a geodesic dome to a luxurious artist's retreat, these Airbnb options are the perfect way to experience SF in style. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Best Airbnbs in San Francisco

1. An ocean-front home

You don’t want to have to wander too far to dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean, right? Of course not. And the good news is that this incredible Airbnb puts you right on the beach, with expansive views past your private hot tub and out across the ocean. And yes we’re cheating a bit as this one is about 25 minutes south of San Francisco, but look at it... we had to include it, no? Pitch up, listen to nothing but the waves crashing on the beach, and set yourself on the path to relaxation, in your own private little bit of paradise. 

What’s the budget range? Well worth the splurge for these epic ocean views. 

What’s it like to stay here? The house is just incredible. Airy, bright and modern with lots of spaces to hang like the patio and front deck.

Rooms: 2 beds, 2 baths. Sleeps 6. 

2. Bernal Heights studio

This cozy studio was once a corner store in its former life. But now, it's a 1920s-inspired hideaway with a gas fireplace, wood and stone floors, and artistic decor. Perfect for couples exploring San Fran on a romantic getaway, this intimate space features areas for sleeping, dining, cooking, working, and relaxing all in one room. You needn't travel far for amenities, as Cortland Street houses many a restaurant, bakery, cafe, and more, with regular markets and two gorgeous parks.

What’s the budget range? Decently priced for a six-night stay (minimum).

What’s it like to stay here? This cozy studio in Bernal Heights is great for those looking for a safe, family-friendly base.

Rooms: 2 beds, 1 bath. Sleeps 4. 

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3. Minimalist suite in the lively Mission district

The photos don’t do this light-flooded retreat justice. Though the modern, blond-wood space feels tucked-away, it’s located less than half a mile to the 24th Street BART. The studio features a queen-size bed, but a twin AeroBed or crib is available for children. At 450 square feet, the studio is uncommonly spacious, including the newly tiled bathroom with dual sinks. The space includes a small table, microwave, and fridge, which is handy for leftovers: La Taqueria, Taqueria El Farolito, Humphry Slocombe, Tartine Manufactory, Dynamo Donut, and Flour & Water are a short walk away.

What’s the budget range? A moderately-priced stay; ideal for couples.

What’s it like to stay here? It doesn't get any more zen than a stay at this suite in the walkable Mission district.

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 3. 

4. Charming garden apartment in Sunset

Like the idea of falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves? This charming garden apartment can be found in Lower Sunset, just a stone's throw from the beach. The area is somewhat of a hidden gem, welcoming surfers, artists, hipsters, and families alike in one multicultural neighborhood. Made up of two rooms, the space features a full kitchenette, a comfortable living area, and a cozy bedroom. Pets are welcome (they'll have some friends that live with the host upstairs), and there's free coffee, tea, and a bottle of wine offered to all guests.

What’s the budget range? Pretty affordable. 

What’s it like to stay here? Unwind in this stylish home steps from the ocean. The patio is a real win too. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 3. 

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5. Garden retreat steps from Haight Street

This is the kind of place that would suit a couple or solo traveler. Close to Golden Gate Park, Haight St, Buena Vista Park, and Cole Valley, this is the spot for people who really want to get stuck into city life. The one-bedroom sanctuary is equipped for all seasons, with a beautiful garden view and cozy fireplace, along with a completely private bedroom, bathroom, and breakfast bar. As for kitchen amenities, there's a mini-fridge, Nespresso coffee maker, toaster oven, and goodies waiting for you when you're not out on Haight Street.

What’s the budget range? In the mid-ranges for a weekend trip. 

What’s it like to stay here? Homey and vintage, a short stroll to Haught Street. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 3. 

6. Private Guest Cabana

Ok, but what about your own cabana? Soak up some California sun every morning, by opening up the lanai doors from your private suite and enjoying coffee on the patio. Perfect for couples, this cozy space not only comes decked out with all the amenities you could possibly want, but it's radiant with light and decorated with reclaimed coastal redwood, giving it a real beachy feel. The main draw has to be the cabana and lush garden, which houses chaise longues and a hot tub. Plus, it's right in the heart of the uber-cool neighborhood, the Mission. 

What’s the budget range? A pretty sweet deal for four nights (min). 

What’s it like to stay here? Pretty homey with lots of essentials like coffee and washcloths. Plus, lots of great food joints nearby. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 4.

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7. Nob Hill row house

Old-school Nob Hill, it is not – that much is evident as soon as you spot this skinny, lipstick-red row house. The two-bedroom home is complete with double beds, one full marble bath, and extras like iPod docking stations and Roku-ready TVs. But the real draw is the offbeat, mood-spiking design, from the black and white striped kitchen to the splashy floral rug in the living room—paired with a delightfully-clashing tufted yellow sofa. It’s a rabbit hole of brash, invigorating color, all the more notable for its lovely (but traditionally fusty) location: steps from the cable car turnaround atop Nob Hill.

What’s the budget range? Luxury escape for those looking for a long-haul stay.

What’s it like to stay here? It doesn't get any more idyllic than Nob Hill, that's for sure. This row house is all about style. 

Rooms: 2 beds, 1 bath. Sleeps 4.

8. Castro two-bedroom

Old meets new in this stylish two-bedroom apartment. A modern velvet sofa and chunky area rug contrast with vintage art and powder-blue kitchen cabinets. Though it’s near in the center of the Castro—three blocks from the Castro Street MUNI station—the second-story unit is tucked away on a quiet block. Windows span one wall of the living room, flooding the space with natural light. Each bedroom is equipped with its own artfully tiled modern bathroom.

What’s the budget range? A hefty price tag for a dazzling spot just a block from Castro.

What’s it like to stay here? A beautiful place to call home with 1920s charm and gorgeous city views.

Rooms: 2 bed, 2 bath. Sleeps 4. 

 

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9. Edwardian dwellings in NoPa

While the facade is postcard-esque, the colorful interior is awash in contemporary creature comforts (plus fresh flowers). The kitchen is fully equipped with a Dacor dual-fuel range, Miele dishwasher, automatic espresso maker, and more. The three bedrooms contain a king-, queen-, and full-size bed. It’s an ideal apartment for families or small groups: The L-shaped couch is made for cozying up around the fire (check out the game trunk), while the separate dining room seats eight. Take a soak in the oversize, 6-foot soaking tub.

What’s the budget range? A hefty but oh-so-cozy rental.

What’s it like to stay here? Host Bree thought of everything. Fully stocked essentials including baby gear, WiFi, games and more. 

Rooms: 3 beds, 1 bath. Sleeps 6. 

10. Uber cozy suite in the heart of the Bay

We dig the cozy, vanilla aesthetic of this private guest suite bang in the middle of the Bay. Featuring one bedroom, one bathroom, a charming living area, a full kitchen, and a patio, you'll have everything you need here to unwind and enjoy the Bay. This is the ideal spot for couples and nomads.

What’s the budget range? A very attractive price point indeed. 

What’s it like to stay here? Cozy and convenient if you're thinking about staying here, do it. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 4. 

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11. The farmhouse tucked atop Sonoma Mountain

If you want views, we've got your views. About 50 minutes out, this farmhouse perched atop Sonoma Moutain is the perfect base for exploring wine country while you disconnect and take in the charming pastoral views of the surrounding vineyards, valleys, and those 'million dollar sunsets' of course. You'll have access to a beautifully made-up private studio with all the trimmings including heaps of tea and coffee options. With waterfalls and nearby biking and hiking trails to explore your next great outdoor adventures await. 

What’s the budget range? A luxury five-nights with to-die-for views. 

What’s it like to stay here? Cozy farmhouse vibes and insane panoramic views. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2. 

12. Hiker's paradise near the Golden Gate bridge

Kick back in style at this uber-chic guest house in San Anselmo, dubbed the 'hiker paradise' for its stunning location just at the base of Mount Tamalpais. Interior-wise it's a mid-century meets boho: bright walls, earthy brown tones, cozy throws, and leafy house plants – it's safe to say a stay here will give you some serious home envy. 

What’s the budget range? Cheeeeap. 

What’s it like to stay here? A little secluded, it offers the perfect oasis for digital nomads just a skip from Downtown. Our definition of cozy for sure. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2.

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