Category: Meet the team (9)

We pride ourselves in our diverse, worldly, and dynamic team here at Urbanests, and we want you to get to know us better!
Today, we are profiling Kris. Kris is a master-of-all-trades, is pursuing a Masters degree, and is the master resident manager and the friendly face you see when you visit one of our best short stay apartments in San Francisco, 9th Street! Let’s get to it!
Name: Kris
Where are you from originally?
Bangalore, India.

Why are you in SF?
Pursuing my Master’s in Communication.
What brought you here?

Tell us an interesting fact about you.
I was once trapped in a room with a rabbit and a cat.
Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?
I love basketball, philosophy, photography, and creative writing.
How are you involved at Urbanests?
I’m the resident manager at 9th Street.
What is your favorite activity to do in the city?
I love to cycle around on Sundays when it’s less crowded. The city is beautiful by bicycle.

Do you know any secret spots in the city we should know about? My favorite spots in SF are the rainforest fountain at Rincon Center and the Aids memorial in Golden Gate Park, Provinder. You should check them out!

Want to meet our other team members? Check out more blog posts here!
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We pride ourselves in our diverse, worldly, and dynamic team here at Urbanests, and we want you to get to know us better!

Today, we are profiling Nathan K. Nathan is an artist, a martial arts enthusiast, and a kick-ass Resident Manager who is living in our San Francisco student housing at the Yale Hotel while being a full-time student, and loving every minute of it. Let’s get to it!



Name: Nathan K.

How are you involved at Urbanests?

I’m the resident manager at the Yale Hotel.

Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from Wichita, Kansas.

Why are you in SF?

I’m in San Francisco because I’m going to Academy of Art University for 3D Modeling.

How did you find Urbanests?

I was looking for a cheap place to live while in San Francisco, and happened to stumble across a student room in San Francisco that was owned by the company! I was living in Geary Residences, and moved to the Yale Hotel once I accepted the position as Resident Manager. I really enjoy living in the building – it’s been interesting to say the least, and I’ve really seen the colorful side of San Francisco.

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Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

I have been called an extreme martial arts nerd a fair amount. I love to study history and mythology, and I love coming up with stories, going on adventures, and reading comics (particularly anything Green Lantern or Superman related!)

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

Like I mentioned before, I am a bit of a martial arts enthusiast. One time, I was training a nightclub security team that my brother was a part of. I was doing a demonstration with my brother and we got a little competitive while sparring. Well, I kicked him, he caught my leg and tried to throw me but ended up tripping. He fell on top of me as he went down, and that force made me hit the cement floor so hard that it made the ground shake – a guy over 50 feet away even said he could feel the force of my head hitting the concrete! Needless to say, I had to go to the minor emergency room.  Luckily no major damage happened, just a little bit of a headache.

Do you know any secret spots in the city we should know about? What is your favorite spot in SF? 

My favorite part of the city is the northern tip of Baker Beach at sunset. There are some high rocks that you can climb up on and get a great view of Golden Gate Bridge to the north east, the sun setting on the ocean to the west, and the cliffs and greenery of Land’s End to the south west.

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What is your favorite activity to do in the city? 

I love walking to the beach, around Land’s End, or to the Presidio.

Do you have any favorite restaurants or cafes you can recommend?

I would have to say that my favorite restaurant is called Hamburger Haven Restaurant out in the Inner Richmond. It has a great small dinner feeling,and is a great place to grab breakfast and a cup of coffee. You should check it out!

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Want to get to know other members of our team? Check out our other blog posts here!

Interested in living in San Francisco? Check out our open San Francisco room rentals, San Francisco temporary housing, and SF furnished apartments here.


Who’s Hungry?

Hi, I’m Ping, I’ve been with Latitude 38 Group for a little over 2 years and my blog post is well overdue. But for good reason! Since I didn’t move here as a student looking for housing, I had to think of a topic that would benefit our readers. I came up with FOOD. Who DOESN’T love food?

I moved to San Francisco from Pennsylvania in February 2003. I was a December graduate with no job. I came to SF broke, intending to crash on my sister’s couch, and hopefully to land my dream job. I moved here with my cousin and since we had to eat, we went on a hunt for the best and cheapest places to eat in the City. One of the first things we learned about SF was that if we ate at a different restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, it would take us over seven years to get through everything. This driving us even more to start our hunt.

Fast forward to 9+ years down the road; I still have yet to go to some of the most well-known restaurants, but I do have a pretty extensive list of favorites that I can share. I’ll list a few from the top of my head, in no particular order. And please excuse the veer toward Asian Food; we didn’t get much of the good stuff in PA, so I’m like a kid in Candyland here in SF.

  1. Roy’s – Hawaiian Fusion, SOMA: Must try: the Butterfish! It melts in your mouth
  2. Cha Cha Cha – Caribbean/Cuban Tapas, Mission or Haight: Must try: Plantanos, Cajun Shrimp, the sauce is amazing; ask for more bread so you can use it for dip, Potatoes, YUM!
  3. Barbacco – Italian, FiDi: Learned to love Brussel Sprouts here. Then again, what isn’t wonderful when fried in duck fat?
  4. San Tung – Chinese, Inner Sunset: Must try: the Chicken Wings. Who’da thought a Chinese restaurant would have the best chicken wings in town?
  5. Saiwaii Ramen – Japanese, Outer Sunset: Must try: Pork Belly with any Ramen dish
  6. Sweet Maple – Korean Fusion Breakfast/Brunch: Must try the Millionaire’s Bacon and the Bulgogi scramble. Expect a wait, unless you’re a party of two.
  7. R&G Lounge – Chinese, Chinatown/FiDi: MUST HAVE THE SALT AND PEPPER CRAB!! So delicious. And their Peking Duck is amazing too.
  8. Credo – Italian, Fidi: Love this little place. Their pastas are delicious.
  9. PPQ – Vietnamese, Outer Richmond: Their Crab and Garlic Noodles are to die for!
  10. Gott’s Roadside – American, Ferry Building: I always get the Cobb Salad, Sweet Potato Fries, and either a milkshake or a beer 🙂
  11. House of Dumplings – Chinese, Outer Sunset: Dumplings!
  12. Curry Up Now – Indian Food Truck, FiDi: Must try: the Tikka Masala Burrito (Paneer is Mild, Chicken is SPICY HOT)
  13. Focaccia Market & Bakery – Deli, FiDi: Make your own salad or sandwich, how can you go wrong?
  14. Spices – Chinese, Inner Richmond: Go to the one on 8th Ave and get the Spicy Beef Noodle Soup, it is truly amazing.
  15. Naan n Curry  – Indian, various locations: You can order anything, its all good. Esp the Naan.
  16. Tawan – Thai, Inner Richmond: Must try the Sweet Chili sauce Fish. I crave this on various occasions.
  17. Singapore Malaysian Restaurant – Singapore/Malaysian, Inner Richmond: Get the Roti Prata, the Kway Teow, some kind of Curry.
  18. Michelangelo’s – Italian, North Beach – Such a great little place, with gummy bears as dessert.
  19. 21st Amendment – Microbrewery, SOMA – Great place for drinks and food. I always get the butternut squash soup and the goat cheese appetizer and a couple of beers 🙂
  20. Anchor & Hope – Seafood, SOMA – Dollar Oysters!
  21. Moshi Moshi – Sushi, Dogpatch – Sea Urchin, yes!

21’s good. “Ping” me for more suggestions. 🙂

Click here to check out the map below with L38’s restaurant recommendations.

I remember exactly 1 year before this picture was taken I just arrived to San Francisco for my Masters Degree at Hult Business School. I was completely new to the city and my first impression was not what I expected. I was struggling to find a place to live, the weather was not that good (I couldn’t even see the Golden Gate bridge because of the fog) and the “famous” tourist places were overcrowded and not as unique as I imagined…

And a year and a half later I am still here and I love it! I have done so many things and there is so much more to do that I don’t plan to leave this city for good any time soon.

After graduating, doing an internship in real estate and figuring out what to do I decided that I want to help students and young people who are new to the city.

The first thing that makes life easier of course is finding a safe, convenient and affordable place to live.

What my team and I are dedicated to right now is providing student and interim housing in the most exciting neighborhoods of San Francisco. We want to make it easy and simple for you by allowing you to book your room in advance, without paying huge deposits and going through application processes, and having everything set up from the first day – furniture, Internet, TV, etc. And what matters most: we give you a warm welcome and someone who has been where you are now and is ready to help you get the best experience of the city.

Below is a map where you can not only find our current locations but also see what is around them and get a better idea of the neighborhoods and things to do in San Francisco. Don’t forget to check our blog regularly as you will find many interesting things tried and recommended by ex-students turning into real locals:

Click here to view the map.