DESIREE & DYLAN
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Dylan lives with his high school sweetheart and girlfriend of eight years, Desiree, in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Dylan is a soccer coach and Desiree is a law-student. Noe Valley is known for being one of the most sought after neighborhoods in San Francisco as it is one of the safest and quietest parts of the city but it is mere minutes away from the more bustling districts like the flamboyant Castro and the hipster Mission. Additionally, the adjacent Twin Peaks partly block the coastal fog and cool winds from the Pacific, making the microclimate unusually sunnier and warmer than surrounding neighborhoods. While tourist attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge are easily accessible from their home, as native San Franciscans, Dylan and Desiree pride themselves on knowing all the hidden gems, like the hole-in-the-wall restaurants serving the “world’s best burritos,” to naturalistic vantage points like Baker Beach, a haven for nude sunbathers! With cuisine from every region imaginable, a mix of cultures from artists, techies, and sports fans, and views of both land and sea, diversity reigns king in the Bay!
Their home is a classic San Francisco Victorian comprised of three levels of living space. The second level is the main family living space which features 15 foot ceilings, and a huge glass window wall in the kitchen, giving it an indoor/outdoor feel. The dated kitchen overlooks a spacious, but lackluster backyard. The couple would like to update the kitchen cabinets and countertops with more modern materials, replace the old, foggy Plexiglas window with energy-efficient glass, and transform the yard into a mini “Pan’s Labyrinth,” for guests to enjoy from both sides. The main level’s décor is a hodge-podge of eras and styles, and they would like to refurnish and redecorate to give the house a cleaner, crisper, and more inviting feel. The converted bottom level is quite spacious and has a finished office that could easily be transformed into a comfortable bedroom. The couple has been utilizing the space as a junk room, and admit that decluttering the space could give them an entire rentable level. The third level of the home is accessed through an outside staircase and features a small open studio space with 30-foot exposed beam wood ceilings and a spiral staircase leading up to a carpeted loft. The room has a “cabin in the city” feel to it, and Dylan would like to replace the small bar top with a rustic hardwood counter and add antique stools, and repaint the interior to brighten it up.
Colloquially known as “Stroller Town” for the many families with small children in the neighborhood, Dylan and Desiree plan to cater their home to traveling families as well. Their abode would not only be more cost efficient than a hotel, but also much more spacious for visitors with young children. Desiree and Dylan are very excited to be able to utilize the extra revenue to travel the world for a year before they start a family of their own.
ESTIMATED ENTIRE HOME PER NIGHT: $150-$300
- Update kitchen counter and cabinets
- Replace glass in kitchen window wall
- Update furniture and décor on main level
- Declutter basement level and convert office into a guest bedroom
- Replace counter top and paint in third level loft
- Offer guests use of artist’s space, cooking and yoga classes