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Soma studio, minutes from Union Square, Moscone, ballpark, & best restaurants!

Soma studio, minutes from Union Square, Moscone, ballpark, & best restaurants!


Property Details

Updated: Mar 23, 2015
Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5

MAX 5 PEOPLE * THANK YOU! Welcome to my home! Studio is available for a 6 month lease minimum with no exceptions. The longer the lease request the better!

Price INCLUDES water, garbage, high speed internet, and utilities (within reason)! Everyone renter has been very respectful of the water and utilities and we have records of regular rates over the years. Given that the rates are within 10% of the normal range there will be no additional charge. If the usage stays over after 1 month warning the renter agrees to pay the difference.


Each guest is welcomed with a complimentary gift basket. It is nice to have a warm welcome coming into your new home away from home after a long trip. It is our goal to make your stay special and to let you know how much we enjoy each unique guest. Providing you with some delicious treats is one way that we show our appreciation. You can take them with you to snack on during your adventures throughout the city.

Perfect clean, nice space for a single or couple who will be out in the city day/night and needs a super convenient, easy lovely home in a CENTRAL area.

In 550 sq feet you get a studio complete with; one queen size bed, one twin bed, desk, large sectional 10 foot couch, one queen size airbed, long wood coffee table, small new fridge, new Breville convection oven, new hot plate , dish ware, flat ware, pots & pans, new vacuum cleaner and full bathroom with a bath tub.

This lovely, modern, and clean home also provides you with.


Hair dryer, and flat iron, regular iron


-50mbps wireless internet (highest speed internet available in the area)

-new Samsung large flat screen TV with HD TV

-Apple TV, Netflix, HULU, basic cable

-Apple 22' monitor to plug your laptop or Ipad

Amazing location

Centrally located between the Moscone center and the Yerba Buena center for the arts (7-10 minute walk), the SF Giant's AT&T Park (12-15 minute walk), the China Basin Waterfront (15-20 minute walk) and the Westfield Mall (5-8 minute walk), all within a 5 block radius. A 20 minute scenic walk along the Embarcadero's famous waterfront also gets you to the historic ferry building where local, organic produce and delicious fare are sold and weekly farmers' markets are held.

Nightlife & restaurants

Dozen's of renowned restaurants, bars and clubs are all just minutes away as is world-class shopping in union square. Top restaurants such as Chez Spencer, Oola and Lulu's are all within a one block radius.

Public transportation

Including the Muni Light Rail, bus system and zipcar are within a 3 block radius. Cabs can be hailed on the street or booked in advance. You can call the cab dispatcher directly or try and application like taxi magic.

Uber (car service) is also an option.


There is also 2 hour free street parking and/or metered parking on 5th street. Please note that there is no parking available on-site. There is a parking garage on 5th and Mission for overnight parking.


Yes, there are homeless in SOMA (South of Market Street) as well as other parts of SF. The homeless are pretty harmless. They usually will not engage in conversation with you while you walk by. It is hard to see the homeless sometimes. It has gotten much better in the last 15 years I have lived in my home that you will be renting. Seeing homeless people in reality is a part of living or staying in SOMA and experiencing San Francisco. I do not give them money personally but I do say hello and acknowledge them with goodwill in my heart. This seems to be well received. I have had my nieces and nephews stay with me and walk to Union Square. There have been hundreds of guests with babies and children over the years without any problems. Welcome to SOMA San Francisco. It could be helpful to know that apartments on this block can sell for a million dollars, so you are in good company with well educated professionals. I welcome you into my home and have done my best to paint the scene so you can make an educated decision about your stay.


This means any smoking inside the home or common areas in the building as well as leaning out the window and smoking. In the event that smoke is detected the full deposit will be withheld. Thank you!


Walkability rating in SOMA is 97% = Walkers Paradise.

Due to the schedule for deep cleaning between each guest early check-in and late check-out is not an option for guests or bags.

Check out the CUSTOM GUIDEBOOK we created with the best local spots near the studio. If you find any new gems please let me know and I will add them.

P.S. If the price seems a bit steep for such a small space, welcome to SF! But honestly, its hard to find a place in the city that is so easily accessible and convenient, car or no car. It's all about location, location, location!

Arguably the most exciting neighborhood in SF, with new restaurants and bars popping up weekly. This is the apartment you want to stay in when you come to San Francisco!

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 0 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I enjoy speaking foreign languages, helping others to be their best, exercise, decorating, spending time with my family and travel.

I grew up visiting my family in Norway during the summers and have duel citizenship with Norway. Thankfully my relatives enjoy visiting often. I hope to be able to visit them more in 2014. The more guests I have the easier it will be to make that a reality :) SO stay at my place!!

I love to share my home with vacation rental guests. I have met so many kind and thoughtful people from all over the world. I grew up traveling frequently so now hosting brings the world to my door. YAY! It brings me great joy to have the opportunity to open my cherished home, and to share it with others. They can enjoy the space I have created and get to know San Francisco from the South of Market (SOMA) perspective. Right now SOMA really is the pulse of the city of San Francisco with all of the new restaurants, start ups, and wine bars. Not to mention SOMA is central to San Francisco highlights such as: Union Square, the Ball Park, the Cable Car ride, Westfield Mall and Market Street. It's even better to be one block from the Moscone Center, considering many of my guests are attending conferences during their stay! It is a pleasure to be able to offer everything at your fingers tips just steps away from my home and your home away from home.

I have had a photography business for over 14 years where I support women to be their best. It is an honor and privilege to have photographed over 2,500 exceptional and inspirational women. As well as incredibly fun and heartwarming.

This coming semester I am studying Anatomy!

I hope to have the chance to host you here in the loft or studio. Although I am not there during guests stay's I am easily reached to answer any questions. :)

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Speaks:: english, french, spanish, norwegian, A little French! I try :)
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Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at Karina's place for about 3 months. Karina was very responsive and quickly addressed any problem we had during the stay. Would definitely recommend. She even bought us a new more powerful vacuum cleaner upon request!
Aug 2014
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5 Reviews

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Soma studio, minutes from Union Square, Moscone, ballpark, & best restaurants!
South of Market San Francisco
Franklin, TN

San Francisco Medical Conference

  • 5 of 5
Karina's SOMA Loft Studio was great. I was in town for a medical conference at Moscone Center. The studio was a couple blocks walk to convention center. Very clean, lots of room. Karina was a great host....made my stay very comfortable. If visiting San Francisco again I'd stay here without question.
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Lane could not have been a more wonderful guest! He was a delight and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet him. He is the kind of guest that hosts dream about. It was like having a family friend over. He is extremely conscientious and so thoughtful. He could not have been more pleasant or wonderful to communicate with. A true delight. Thank you! Come back!! :)
Soma studio, minutes from Union Square, Moscone, ballpark, & best restaurants!
South of Market San Francisco

Cozy accommodation

  • 5 of 5
Karina was very hospitable during our stay. She allowed our dog to come with us which very convenient and everything is within walking distance. Definitely recommend this place to others.

Note: if you drive and have a car make sure to park your car in a paid spot. My girlfriend's brother had his truck broken into and had all his things inside stolen. This had nothing todo with the accommodation so I didn't take anything away from the unit.
  • Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Gerald was a wonderful guest and very easy to communicate with. In San Francisco always remember to remove everything from you car before parking it anywhere. Whether it is in a paid parking garage or not. Below is the information I email to guests now in case it is helpful for anyone traveling to San Francisco. (I email guests the link to the list below. Vrbo does not allow links so I just removed them from this post). I am going to add the tip about not leaving anything in your car. I won't even leave a pen out in my car in San Francisco when parking in a parking lot or not. Better safe than sorry.
I have guests from all over the world so it's helpful for them to have all of this information at their fingertips. It can be tricky to locate even when you speak the language :) I had one guest waiting for a cab that didn't showed up and they tried another one from the list after texting me for any ideas and made their flight just in time! They had the information but didn't think to reference it at the time. I recommend super shuttle for flights but it does require some planning and an earlier departure time than with a taxi. The benefit is that it is usually less expensive than a cab depending on how many people you have. It's good to know your options.
Thanks for being a great guest and best to you both!
MUNI - Bus, Metro light rail, cable car
BART - Subway system The nearest BART station is at Market and Powell Street - (essentially Market at 5th Street.) The BART system does not travel west of Market and 11th Street.
YELLOW CAB - 415-333-3333
UBER CAB - 866-576-1039
SUPER SHUTTLE - 800-258-3826 (group shuttle to AIRPORTS)
Soma studio, minutes from Union Square, Moscone, ballpark, & best restaurants!
South of Market San Francisco

Soma Studio

  • 4 of 5
We enjoyed our stay at this property. Walking distance to most places which we enjoyed!
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car
Soma studio, minutes from Union Square, Moscone, ballpark, & best restaurants!
South of Market San Francisco

Disappointing experience

  • 1 of 5
If you want to feel overlooked and ripped off, then stay here. I booked this apartment 2 months in advance, to stay with my parents during our visit to San Francisco. The owner was originally very responsive to my emails. However, when I sent her an email one week prior to check everything was in order before we arrived, I never had a response. When I called her on the day we arrived, she was not on site and seemed to have no idea we were coming. She couldn't even remember which apartment I had booked.

She didn't email me any instructions on how to enter the apartment prior to arrival, and wanted me to find an internet cafe so she could email them to me. Meanwhile we're standing out the front of the apartment, with no idea where to find a cafe, so I asked for instructions over the phone. This took 10 minutes as she couldn't remember the code to her own apartment.

When we finally got in, the apartment had not been cleaned. We agreed to leave for 2 hours so a cleaner could come and clean it. When we arrived back, the apartment had been cleaned, but only 2 towels were provided, despite 3 of us staying there. We were given no instruction on where things were kept in the apartment, like spare towels, with most cupboards locked. And I'm 99% sure my pillow case was not clean. An outside patio light was kept on for the entire duration of our stay, which managed to keep my mother awake most nights. We couldn't find the switch to turn it off. I'm not sure who was staying in the upstairs apartment, but they were very noisy and clearly had no regard for the people staying below them. Oh, and the TV didn't work.

There was no information provided on how to access the wifi (luckily I had asked the owner over the phone earlier), no local restaurant recommendations, no directions on how to get to the main parts of town. Nothing. It just felt like a money grab, not somebody who cared about our experience visiting San Francisco. What was most disappointing is that the owner didn't check in at all during our stay to make sure everything was OK, despite her own admission that she had screwed up our booking. Overall, we got the impression she was using VRBO to cover her mortgage, rather than provide a great B&B experience for visitors.

To top it off, my security deposit took over 1 month to be refunded as she had some issues with her VRBO account. This would have been fine if she'd simply sent me an email to inform me of the issues. Instead, I had to chase her up.
  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Soma studio, minutes from Union Square, Moscone, ballpark, & best restaurants!
South of Market San Francisco

Spacious SOMA Studio

  • 4 of 5
Karina was a good host, and studio was large enough for a couple. Location convenient to BART and Muni Bus, as well as nearby restaurants.
  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Hansen! I am glad you enjoyed the studio. It was great to have you and you are welcome back anytime.


Activity and Interests

Car: not necessary


From $2,950 Per month

Rental rates

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180 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $400.00
  • Cleaning Fee $150.00

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Late check outs charged $75 flat fee plus $50 per hour the guest/or their baggage is in the apartment.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Updated: Mar 23, 2015


Property Type

  • apartment


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 550 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, tub, shower
  • The bathroom is very clean and mostly white. There is a full bath tub, sink and mirrors.


  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • The bedroom is separated by a wall that almost reaches the ceiling so it is not an enclosed room with a door. Instead of a door there is a sheer curtain. A private area is created within the space. There is a mirrored two door closet where you can hang your clothes, place folded clothing and store some carry on baggage. The iron is located in this closet.


  • Guests provide their own meals

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