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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 Maria Nesheva! Maria is a co-founder of Urbanests, and has served as the Director of our leasing team since the very beginning! She is a killer tennis player and a world traveler, a mom, and is actually married to our Director of finance for SF Housing, Matts! (You can read all about Matts here). We can’t wait for you to get to know her a little better! Lets get to it!

Name: Maria Nesheva

How are you involved at Urbanests?

I am the Director of Leasing, so I lead the Leasing Team that helps you find your SF housing! I am also one of the co-founders of Urabnests.
Where are you from originally?

I am from Bulgaria

 

What brought you to SF?

I came to SF to do my Masters degree in 2010

 

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How did you find Urbanests?

I met Tony Brettkelly (the Founder and CEO) a while back when Urbanests did not exist yet.  I was lucky enough to help lead our initial project for offering student housing in San Francisco, which grew during the years and became what we all know as Urbanests today.

 

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

I have played tennis since I was a kid, and I still try to play at least 3 times a week. I like yoga, and all outdoor sports and activities too, I like staying as active as possible! I also love summer and the beach, which is why I love San Francisco so much.

 

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

I have lived (studied or worked) in 6 countries – but San Francisco is my number one favorite city in the world!

 

Do you know any secret spots in the city we should know about? 

My favorite locals-only spot in SF is the pool by the Golden Gateway Club by the Embarcadero. It is always sunny and beautiful there! I also really like to find spots in San Francisco where you can have the best views of the city. Some of my favorites are Telegraph hill, the Lion steps, the trails in the Presidio, and Bar Bocce in Sausalito (especially if you bike there, they have beautiful views of SF from the Golden Gate bridge!)

 

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Describe your ideal day in San Francisco!

 I love walking or biking up and down the hills. My ideal Sunday would be playing tennis early, then walking to the Ferry Building Farmers Market for a Blue bottle coffee and some fresh fruit, walking to Castro, and having brunch around Dolores park. I would finish up in the Marina for some late afternoon drinks and views of the Goldon Gate bridge.

 

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

There are so many good places… Italian Home Made on Union Street, Hillstone on the Embarcadero, Osha for Thai food, Chez Maman for casual French in Hayes Valley, Blanc et Rouge wine bar at the Embarcadero (great Happy Hour;) ), Roma Cafe in North Beach, The foodtrucks at Presidio Picnic on Sundays or the ones at off the Grid in Fort Mason, the Ferry building cafe’s and restaurants, or Focaccia to grab a salad or sandwich for work. There are so many more, but that is all I can think of off the top of my head!

 

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Mats

Name:  Mats Nalsen


Where are you from originally?

Venezuela

What brought you to SF?

I was in SF to do my Master degree. SF is the place to be for tech, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. So when I had the opportunity to do my master degree in SF, I could not say no!

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

I really like to do a lot of stuff to keep my day full, which brings my sleep time to a minimum. However, I love to sleep long, long hours (and I do once or twice a year….)

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

I love to play tennis and baseball. My main talents are to sing, but for some reason most people do not appreciate my singing voice, so I rarely do it outside of the shower. I’m interested in traveling and trying all possible food.


How are you involved at Urbanests?

I am part of the back office, supporting mainly accounting and operations

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

Well, the Roly-Roty truck for Pork sandwiches is a must if I’m in SF. The second one is the Gateway tennis club pool, where it is always warm and the sun is always shining.

What is your favorite thing to do in the city?

My ideal SF day starts by going to the Farmers market on Saturday, and then walking or biking from there to connect with friends or family for a nice brunch … ideally a brunch with a Bloody Mary or beer.

What’s your favorite SF cafe?

My all-time favorite coffee shop is the small Blue Bottle Coffee that is in the Ferry building. It is fun because they have some of the best coffee in SF, but then you can spend your time walking around the building and looking at the little shops. I would say my favorite restaurant is Nob Hill cafe – I recommend the penne bettola.

 

 

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 our team member Devarsh! Devarsh is a tech enthusiast, a cryptocurrency aficionado, a student in San Francisco, and our brilliant Accountant. Let’s get to it!

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Name: Devarsh Modi

Where are you from originally?

Ahmedabad, India.

 

Why are you in SF?

I am in the process if pursuing my MBA.

 

What brought you here?

California Love!

 

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

I am obsessed with the dash cam. Google it.

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

First and foremost, I love to travel. If I could spend my life traveling I would. But since I can’t, one of my favorite pastimes is blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  I am an equity and cryptocurrency trader and miner with a few of my good friends – it is a interesting and rewarding hobby!

How are you involved at Urbanests?

I’m working here in Accounting.

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

My Favorite spot here is Golden Gate Park on Sunday morning.

 

What is your favorite thing to do in the city?

I love just walking randomly around Market Street. The people watching is great, and there are always interesting street performances and good live music.

 

What’s your favorite coffee shop in the city?

Cole Valley Cafe. Great coffee, great ambiance. Definitely check it out if you are a coffee drinker.

 

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Pink skies, lollipop trees, a disco-ball room, unicorns, and sugary snacks galore! Did I just describe your childhood day-dream? Yes, this is a real place, and yes, you can go visit. So here is your incentive to get out of your single room in San Francisco for the day and go explore the city; today’s Exploring San Francisco is on the Museum of Ice Cream!

Unless you have been living under a rock, (or haven’t felt the need to leave one of our fabulous San Francisco furnished apartments since you arrived), most likely you have heard that the Museum of Icecream has come to SF. You’ve probably noticed it blowing up your insta feed with images of pink walls, selfies in a sprinkle pool, and banana swings. The museum basically serves as a giant candy land-inspired playground, so grab your San Francisco roommates and get ready for the perfect photo-op.

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As your leading provider of affordable San Francisco housing, we wish we could offer you a room in this museum. But since it is a temporary museum, that seems to be impossible (trust us, we’ve tried.) Instead, in this blog, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about this sweet-filled sanctuary.

Below is your virtual tour, complete with lots of pics! At the bottom are our top tips and tricks to make the most of your experience. If this post doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, I don’t know what will.

Welcome, ladies and gents, to your inner child’s wildest fantasy: The Museum of Ice-cream! Let’s Get Started.

1) Entering the Ice Cream Vault: Before you are allowed to enter, crowds are whisked away and told that they must pass a very serious trivia quiz on how modern day cream came to be! The staff does a great job of making it fun and interactive. This is the rite of passage completed by all museum goers, so pay close attention, you may even learn something interesting!

2) Candy Carnival: After you successfully pass the trivia quiz, you are welcomed into the first room. Like stepping into a circus tent, you are immediately overwhelmed with colors, smalls, and sights!  The carnival themed room boasts a fun game where you toss rings onto whipped cream cans, and the walls are lined with pink toys, pinwheels, and carnival-style tickets.

3)  Soda Pop and Malt 50’s Diner: The next room will make you feel like you stepped into a time-machine, straight back to the 1950’s. The room looks like a bubblegum pink 50’s diner, complete with a long counter, stools, a jukebox, and records lining the wall. But when you sit at the counter, instead of serving milkshakes and malts, you’ll be handed a Bay-native creamy treat! The Museum of Icecream partners with local businesses including CREAM, Bi-Rite, Salt & Straw, and It’s It, and serves a rotation of delicious SF-made ice cream flavors! The room even has a working jukebox, so be sure to pick your favorite 50’s pop and shimmy as you snack!

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4) Sugary Script: Next up is a room where self-expression becomes literal. The word room is covered in pink magnetic letters, so you can have fun making your mark and writing your message. But don’t worry, there will be more sugary snacks right around the corner…

5) Cotton Candy Pit Stop: On your way into the next room, be sure to stop and grab some delicious cherry-flavored cotton candy in the hallway! This spun- sugary goodness melts in your mouth like no other.

6) Cherry Skies forever?: The next room is filled with pink skies and floating cherries, and is a great place to snap a few photos. With cherry cotton candy in hand, this room looks like a fruit-filled dreamland! Truly the cherry on top.

7) Real Life Candy Land: Pink hills, lollipop trees, and gummy bears roaming sugary dunes – no, I am not describing the board game.

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8) Chill Out: By now you are most likely on a sugar high. No worries, you can take a moment to chill out in the popsicle room! Be sure to use the last video booth and send yourself a video so you can remember this sugary afternoon forever.

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9)Rock (Candy) Climbing: Now that you have had a moment to relax, mine as well get a quick workout in to burn off all of those sugary snacks! The next room has a (pop) rock climbing wall, so try out your athleticism. But don’t worry, you won’t have to go snacks for long, because staff members will hand you some candy cane pop rocks!

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10) Unicorn Room:  Next up is a room in which rainbow magic and prismatic portals transform into the rainbow room, a magical fantasy space equipped with a unicorn and pink dipped ice cream cones!

11) Disco Ball Room: Don’t miss the small door out of the unicorn room! Because it leads into a giant disco ball – one of the best photo-ops so far.

12) Sprinkle Pool: Ah yes, the insta-famous sprinkle pool. Literally, an entire pool made of sprinkles. Dive in, take your pics, throw some sprinkles in the air. But be aware, the lifeguard is not there for your safety, your time in the room is limited.

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13) Banana Swings: Finally, the visit ends with one last chance to eat ice cream, play ping pong, or rest your feet as you swing. Be sure to stop for mementos in the gift shop!

That’s all for now folks!

Pro tips: There are no bathrooms before or after you enter, so make sure you come prepared. Keep in mind that you can only move forward, so once you leave a room you can’t go back! That means pace yourself, and make sure you are satisfied with your pictures before moving on. But keep an eye on the clock, because you want to make sure you have plenty of time for everything! !

Tickets are hard to come by, because the museum has been crazy popular since it arrived in San Francisco. Tickets must be purchased in advance, are $38 per person, and are currently sold out for the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream, but you can get updates when new tickets are available by signing up for their email list. I recommend trying to get tickets for the early morning or early afternoon Monday – Thursday to avoid big crowds of people, and to make sure you have lots of time to perfect your pics!

Almost as good as living in the Museum of Icecream is living in one of our San Francisco short stay apartments! You can view our open listings here.

Want to know more cool spots in the city? You can read similar blog posts here.

Finally, you can find more information about the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream here!

Hope we satisfied your sweet tooth!

Post made by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.

So you are traveling to San Francisco. You are looking for the perfect place to stay, a short stay apartment in San Francisco that feels like home. You are not the type of traveler that wants to visit Alcatraz Island or take a picture in front of the painted ladies. You are kind of traveler that only wants to go to a place if you can have a genuine experience. You want to encounter the food, the music, the people, the art, and the culture that is genuine to the city you are in, and you want to stay in a place that resides in the heart of the city. If you are staying in SF, you want a short term room rental that makes you feel like you are a local, even if it is only for the weekend.

Lucky for you, I have just the spot. The Adrian is a beautiful art deco hotel located right in the heart of San Francisco. I recently had a chance to visit the Adrian and explore its fascinating history and the up-and-coming neighborhood in which it resides, and I cannot recommend it enough! If you are traveling to the bay and looking for temporary housing or a short term rental in San Francisco, you should look into staying at this hotel.

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History:

Lucky for me, the man at the front desk walked me through some of the Adrian’s incredible history. From what I understand, the Adrian was one of the first of the hotels that were established in 1907 shortly after the earthquake of 1906. Throughout the years The Adrian and the Tenderloin neighborhood has been through a number of tremendous changes and an evolution similar to those of Chelsea and Brooklyn, NY. Therefore, the hotel has been through it all, from the nightlife of the roaring 20s and 30s, the economic downturn of the 70’s, to the fringe neighborhood it is often referred to as today. The Tenderloin neighborhood is a must-see if, like me, you enjoy exploring the genuine hart of a city. The Tenderloin neighborhood has recently seen a transition from a downtrodden and impoverished area to an up and coming and trendy community. Local businesses, unique cafes, and strange shops grace every corner alongside newly constructed big businesses. Surrounded by nightlife, the Theater District, shopping in Union Square, tourist attractions, and the world’s best dining, the Tenderloin neighborhood stands right alongside the more visible and popular spots in the city, but maintains its quirky and unique charms.

More information on the Tenderloin’s history can be found here.

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The Hotel:

Apparently, the Adrian is one of the first residences in the Tenderloin to be completely transformed from its former state into a modern, warm, and welcoming building that is affordable, beautiful, safe, and clean. Today, the Adrian is a beautiful art deco style hotel, with all of the modern trappings of twenty-first century extravagance alongside that air of history that makes a place so interesting. I loved the hotel because while the recent renovation has transformed it into a gorgeous all-black and gold trimmed, safe, clean, and almost luxurious building, you can still detect the almost nostalgic air of its former charms. Here are some pictures we took around the gorgeous building:

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The Neighborhood:

The Adrian is located in the Tenderloin neighborhood, what many would call the heart of San Francisco. If you do desire to see popular tourist attractions, the Adrian is only minutes away from many of San Francisco’s most desired and sought-after hot spots. The hotel is right next to the Civic Center and the Bill Graham Auditorium. The Tenderloin neighborhood is close to SOMA, Market Street, and about a 10 minute cab ride to Fisherman’s Wharf, three of the most popular areas in the city. It is great for traveling, because it has excellent access to public transportation: It is about a five minute walk to the nearest BART station and is close to a number of bus stops.

The Tenderloin is right by Little Saigon, so the area is surrounded by delicious and unique Vietnamese Cuisine! If you want to explore the local flavor, check out Turtle Tower for a fresh take on pho, or Chairman Bao for delicious Bao steamed buns. If you are looking for something easy, stop by Lee’s sandwiches for counter-service Vietnamese staples and classic deli sandwiches. The flavors in the area are not to be missed!

If you want to go out in the area, the Tenderloin offers a vibrant nightlife scene, with a number of unique bars in the area hat can not be missed. If you enjoy street art, taking a walk around the neighborhood will reveal hundreds of tagged street corners, stunning murals, and one-of-a-kind designs – the area is a verifiable museum of street art!

You can check out some other cool things to do in the Tenderloin here.

The Adrian:

The Tenderloin is a treasure-trove of interesting spots and activities that offer a peek into the true heart of San Francisco: a vibrant and bustling city in which people of all walks of life have come together to make their own. If you are traveling to San Francisco, the Tenderloin is not to be missed, and if you are looking for temporary housing or a short term room rental in San Francisco or in the Tenderloin, check out the Adrian for a truly special experience.

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Post made by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.