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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 Thatcher Richins! Thatcher is a Motorsport enthusiast, loves anything mechanical, and really knows his way around SF ( read on for some incredible insider recommendations for cool spots in SF!)



Thatcher Richins

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Where are you from originally?

Sacramento, California


What brought you to SF?

I was here very very often growing up. So, from a young age, I fell in love with the hustle and bustle of city life. I think that kind of vibrant, busy environment is something  I thrive in, personally. I also wanted to move away from Santa Cruz – Amazingly living here was cheaper than the insane population bloat and impossible rental market that came from UCSC!


Tell us an interesting fact about you.

Motorsport is my favorite sport to watch. I watched over half of Le Mans a few years back.

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

Anything mechanical. Without a garage, recently i’ve been building and painting models of mechanical things real or ficticious.

How are you involved at Urbanests?

I do general operations work for the company, but I also manage the property at 1010 Bush Street. Since I manage the property, I also live there, and I love it. The Balmoral, or 1010 Bush Street.  Lower Nob Hill is a great neighborhood that’s pretty much at the center of everything.


                                   1010 Bush Residences


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

There’s about a hundred public private spaces in the city, that most people don’t know about. The best maintained one I’ve seen is on top of the Fairmont Hotel.


What is your favorite thing to do in the city? 

Riding around between errands or on the way to meet up with people. You’ll never see the whole city just by walking or taking the bus. Always try to take a slightly different route and you’ll be able to get around without your phone in no time.


Got a restaurant recommendation for us?

Yes! Check out Toyose. It’s an amazing late night Korean restaurant in outer sunset. Bring friends, wait times can be brutal before 10pm.


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Are you tired of sitting in your San Francisco apartment on a Friday night with nowhere to go that won’t break the bank? Or cooking every meal in your San Francisco furnished housing, knowing you can’t afford to eat out with SF’s crazy food prices? Or maybe you want a way to get out of your San Francisco dorm room and be active, but can’t afford a gym membership.

Lucky for you, San Francisco has a ton of fun events everyday waiting for you to explore, and the best part is… Most of them are completely FREE! Who doesn’t love free movies, food, parties, or even concerts? If you 

Here are some of the fun things you can do to get out of your San Francisco room rental while your on your San Francisco summer vacation that won’t require a single penny from your pocket!


Free Bagel Mondays

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You heard that right, every Monday, there will be hundreds of free Bagels available at the La Victoria Bakery located at Mission District of San Francisco. These bagels are delicious and freshly baked, ready for anyone that comes in the doors starting at 8 AM. Start your week off on a positive note and come by the bakery for your free Bagel!


Movie Nights

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Are you a movie lover? Lucky for you, because San Francisco offers many free movie nights that are held outdoors this summer! Movies and dates range from The Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert at the Dolores Park on August 4th, Lady Bird at Washington Square Park on August 25th, to Black Panther at the Dolores Park on September 22nd. Spend some time in the beautiful outdoors and tune in for a great show!

For a full list of movies, dates, and locations in the Bay Area, click here!

Free Waffles Wednesday

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Did someone say free waffles? That’s right! You can claim your free waffle at the Capital One 360 Café in the Financial District every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., or while they last. These delicious Belgian-style waffles come in many different flavors such as TCHO chocolate, maple-bacon, salted caramel and more. Drooling yet?

Dance Party

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“Y2K Friday” is a dance party that is hosted every single Friday at the Milk Bar in San Francisco. If you are looking for a fun throwback party, then this is the place to go! The DJ plays pop and r&b songs from the early 2000s from artists like The Beatles, Usher, Destiny’s Child, and more!

Bring your friends out of their San Francisco short stay apartments and join the fun! Admission is completely free before 11 PM!


Comedy Shows

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Did you know that San Francisco has one of the best underground comedy shows in America? At SF SoMa, there are some of the best comedy groups in the city that will perform for free every Friday! There will be a different group every week that will be sure to make you laugh out loud.

Join the showcase on Fridays at 7:30 pm every week at 1123 Folsom St and get ready for some hilarious entertainment. Don’t forget to RSVP in advance to get in for free!

Outdoor Yoga Day

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Had a long week at school or work, sitting in front of a computer all day? Take yourself outside into the beautiful city and Practice yoga outdoors under the beautiful trees. This class, given generously by instructors free of charge, will invigorate you once again after a tiring or stressful week and help you relax while spending some time outdoors. Classes are held every Saturday starting at 11:30 AM at the Golden Gate Park, and bring along a blanket or mat for practicing!


Thanks for reading, and let us know of any other fun free things happening in SF we forgot!


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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



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!)




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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Hey San Francisco Housing fam! I have a question for you. What is your favorite pastry? Is it a donut? Croissant? Muffin? Something creme filled or chocolate glazed? Or something flakey and savory?

If you are drooling already, you are in for a treat, because today we are spotlighting Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in San Francisco! Specifically, their mystical, magical, and oh so mouth watering cruffins!

But first, a follow up question: Would you leave your SF furnished apartment at 7 AM or earlier for a pastry? Think about it, and lets dive in.


Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is located on 1042 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109, (just a few blocks away from our San Francisco short stay apartments, the Yale and the Adrian in the Tenderloin!). Mr. Holmes offers a wide selection of mouth-wateringly delicious baked goods – everything from the lowly butter croissant to widely innovative variations including the ‘Rest in Peach Croissant’ (filled with Vanilla Pastry Creme, peach jam, oat crumble, and mascarpone whipped ganache), or the Creme Brûlée Danish (smothered in salted caramel, cheesecake filling, and topped with caramel shards).

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However, Mr. Holmes is particularly known for their incredible rotating pastry flavors, that change daily. Each day two rotating flavors are available, one in the form of a donut and the other in the form of Mr. Holmes’ world-renowned, buttery and sweet, oh-so flakey and oh-so-famous  cruffin.  For the uninformed, a cruffin is a croissant, shaped and baked like a muffin, filled with a daily-rotating flavor of sweet cream, and finished with a variety of toppings and glazes.


‘Portrait of a Cruffin’, Hannah Reinhard, Oil on Canvas.



Now, I must warn you, this next paragraph may result in an over-production of saliva, intense hunger pains, or the inability to continue reading due to having gone cross-eyed with desire. You have been warned.




Here is a sample of their monthly menu. Right now, for June and July of 2018,  cruffin flavors include Horchata Cream, Caramel Chocolate Cream, Guava Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Orange Cream, Maple Malt Cream, and Tropical Curd.

The donut flavors include Strawberry Lemon Verbena, Lavender Mousse, Raspberry Sherbet, Spiced Apricot Jam, Blueberry Lemonade, Blackberry Jam, and Pistachio Whipped Ganache.

Chills. So many chills.



(Sample Menu on Instagram @MrHolmesBakehouse)


Did you black out? Are you drooling? Have you gone into a sugar-induced coma just at the thought of so much deliciousness? Good. Now that I really have your attention, lets talk logistics.

Mr. Holmes opens at 7 AM, but people start lining up well before that. There is a line for the bakery, and a separate line just for cruffin-seekers. The cruffins are unveiled and available for consumption promptly at 9 AM, no earlier, no later. Be warned, Mr. Holmes has been known to run out of the daily cruffin and donuts in just a few hours, often by 10 AM. The flavors are posted on Instagram, so before you go check to make sure the daily delicacy is up your alley – and if not, there is always tomorrow!




Now, if the pastries are not enough for you (I’m just kidding, we all know the pastries are more than enough for you, but bear with me), Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is also a quintessentially Instagrammable San Francisco spot. From their punny and neon pink “I got baked in San Francisco” sign, to their peace-out logo-shaped mirror, to their light pink and gold pastry boxes, to the “Holmes Sweet Holmes” tiled floor mosaic, this place has too many cute photo-ops! Just look at some of these cute snapshots, taken by some of Mr. Holmes’ avid and sugar-spurred cruffin fans!



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So cute! So aesthetic! Would look so amazing on your Insta feed!

But anyways, lets get back to what is really important here… the pastries!


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Mmmmm mmmm good!

Now, I ask you again: Would you wake up at 7 AM for a pastry?

If its Mr. Holmes… I know I would.


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Post made by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.



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Spring has sprung! The sky is clear, the weather is warming up, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and life is good. You are anxious to get out of your short stay apartment in San Francisco, get outside, and get to work on that summer bod! But when you live in shared housing in San Francisco, where do you go to get a breath of fresh air? Well, don’t you fret, we have got you covered. Even though you live in SF city housing, you also happen to live in one of the most active cities of the world, a buzzing metropolis filled with people biking, hiking, swimming, surfing, kayaking, rock climbing, and more! Plus, there are a number of beautiful spots in or around the city that are a must-see for nature lovers. So jump out of bed in your San Francisco furnished housing, grab your running shoes, dig out your SPF,  and let’s get going!


Bike it out.


A great way to get yourself outside and active is getting on some wheels! Bike rentals are available all over the city, like Blazing Saddles or San Francisco Bike Rentals in North Beach – right by a number of our SF furnished apartments including 371 Columbus and 524 Columbus. You can cruise the city and take in the sights freely, or go on a bike tour with someone to lead you to the best spots. You can also try one of San Francisco’s many beautiful bike trails for a scenic ride, like the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito route, starting from Fort Mason. If bikes are not your thing, take a spin on those new electric scooters you’ve seen lying all around the city. A simple app download, and you can whizz around with ease. Either way, wandering on wheels is a cheap, fun, and surprisingly active way to get out of your SF housing and see the city in the sunshine!


Kayak Your Cares Away.

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Change your perspective of the city you live in by seeing it from a different perspective – the water! Grab a buddy and make a day out of it. There are a number of places where you can rent kayaks for the day, including CityKayak or San Francisco Kayak and Adventures. These companies offer kayak rentals, kayaking classes for all levels, and guided tours, so you can pick your poison. If kayaking isn’t your thing, you can always rent a sailboat or jet ski, but exploring the Bay from the water is a great way to cool off and get outside!


Nothing Rocks More Than Rock Climbing.


Even though it is springtime, SF weather knows no bounds. On a rainy spring day, rather than stay inside your single room in San Francisco, if you want to stay alive while doing something fun with friends, check out rock climbing! It is a killer workout that barely feels like work: challenging, rewarding, and unbelievably fun! Take some friends, and check out Planet Granite, Mission Cliffs, or Dogwatch Boulders. Get to work on that summer body before the sun really comes out to play.


Hike around the Bay.


This one is easy – grab your running shoes, tie your laces, and get out of the door! There are so many beautiful hiking trails all over San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area! You can hike around Golden Gate Bridge to see the sites and take in towering and humbling red woods at Muir Woods. If you want to make a day out of it, head to Marin and hike up Mount Tamalpais until sunset! If that sounds appealing, check out our blog post on Mount Tam  here.


Go For a Swim & Sun In the Sand.


Even though you may live in the middle of a bunch of skyscrapers, you’re on the Golden Coast baby! On a sunny day, there are a number of beautiful beaches nearby where you can go get your fill of sun, sand, and surf. Baker’s beach is the postcard image of your dreams, where you can get your tan on while gazing out at the iconic Golden Gate bridge. Stinson beach in Marin is everything you would imagine of a North California beach – a little cold, a little windy, a little gravely, but oh so beautiful. If you want to drive a little further, Santa Cruz is only an hour away, a SoCal beach town in NorCal, where you can get your fix of acai and sunshine. The beach boardwalk is unlike anything else. But remember, for all Northern California beaches – the water is cold, so bring your wetsuit!

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