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Sometimes, you need to get out of the city. We all love the hustle and bustle of renting a room in San Francisco, but every now and then, you crave some fresh air, sunshine, and tall trees. Luckily, your housing is in San Francisco , a city surrounded by a number of unique little towns on the Bay. Today, we are going to introduce you to Mount Tamalpais in Marin, a beautiful spot to schedule a date night, a sunset picnic, a day hike, or your next photo adventure.

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Mount Tam is located in Marin County, just across the Bay Bridge. For your day-staycation, start your morning by exploring Mill Valley, the cute little town right at the base of the mountain. The Mill Valley cuisine scene is largely local, which makes every  quaint dining experience feel extra personal and unique. There are a number of delicious breakfast spots, diners, and cafes located right in Downtown. If you are a coffee connoisseur, then stop by Equator Coffee for a latte that is sure to suit your expert tastes. Alternatively, you can grab something from the locally owned and operated Mill Valley Market, and take it to go sit in the sunny town square, where you can watch some lovely old men play chess or go dog-spotting. After your meal, you should go explore! There are a number of cute little boutiques that make for great window shopping, or you can catch a film at the old theatre. If you are on a date, do not forget to stop and smell the flowers at the charming outdoor flower stand -and maybe even purchase a pretty present for your partner! Once you have had your small-town fill, grab a meal to-go from Sol Food – trust us, do not skip the Sol Food – hop in your car, and head on up to Mount Tam.

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This Mountain will take your breath away. As you drive up the curving hills towards the entry gate to the park, you are met with groves upon groves of towering redwood trees, a viridescent forest spanning your eyesight. The light beams through the leaves just so, and the whole forest looks like it is bathed in gold. Now is your time: crank the windows down, and breathe in the crisp air.

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If you are exploring Mount Tam early and on a clear day, the view is unbeatable. You can see all the way down to Stinson Beach, and watch the boats floating in from afar. In the other direction is a magnificent view of San Francisco, the skyscrapers rising up to sparkle in the sunshine. If you look just hard enough, maybe you could even spot your San Francisco housing!

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But, believe it or not, the best days to go to Mount Tam are the foggy ones. On foggy days, if you are lucky, you are perched directly above the clouds. Miles of cotton candy fluff stretch for as far as you can see, making you feel like a verifiable angel from above. It also makes for some absolutely heavenly photographs.

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But the best view comes at sunset, when the entire sky lights on fire. The setting sun brushes the vast sea of rolling clouds and transforms them into a prism of red, pink, orange, and yellow.

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This is when you should lay out your picnic blanket, break out your Sol Food or a bottle of wine, and enjoy. Mount Tam is the perfect place to escape from the city, a great spot to take a first date you want to impress, a must-see for photographers or creative-types, but also just a lovely haven to explore with friends.

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So next time you need a get away, you don’t need to book a flight to Hawaii! Just hop on your car, cross the Bay Bridge, and aim for Mill Valley. Fresh air, unbeatable views, and adventure awaits.

You can check out more blog posts on where to explore beyond your SF housing right here.

Otherwise, check out Urbanests.com for all of your San Francisco Housing needs.

 

Post made by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.

The Power of Pillows and Poufs

Your SF furnished apartment should be a place that expresses you.  Whether its a tiny dorm room at your school or a shared housing space in San Francisco, your San Francisco housing is somewhere you should feel comfortable in. You should be proud to show it off to visitors!  This may seem difficult to do when you’re ballin’ on a budget. But here at Urbanests, we want to help you find San Francisco room rentals that are both affordable, functional, and that feel like a real home. These decorating tips are easy, affordable, and help make your temporary housing feel as cozy as possible, on a dime.

I am here to tell you how to create a Pinterest-worthy apartment under $60.  And it all comes down to two things: pillows and plants. Today’s blog post is going to focus on all the ways you can use those pillows and poufs to transform your small space. Keep an eye out for part two, where we cover creative ways to transform your space using plants!

PILLOWS 

One way to turn drab into fab is by spicing up your budget furniture with fun pillows.  

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It may be likely that you picked up your couch on the side of the road with a “FREE” sign on it.  Or maybe you’re rocking the mattress-on-the-ground look in your San Francisco room rental. Whatever your situation, your short stay apartment can all be salvaged with the right pillows.  

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Screen Shot 2018-04-04 at 12.54.01 PMThese beds (even the ones without frames, sitting on the ground) are all aesthetic and utterly gorgeous, and made possible fully by their pillows.  Pillows can be as vibrant or as neutral as you like – but the key is to have them, and a lot of them!

 

PILLOWS & POUFS

Tired of people sitting on your bed every time they hangout at your apartment? Find a cheap chair or stool.  

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Throw a colorful bohemian pillow on any boring neutral colored chair and it’ll become the hottest seat in the house.

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Plenty of stores are stocked with fluffy white stools that have your name written all over them.

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If you don’t have much space and can’t find room for a permanent piece of furniture, find yourself a floor pouf! You can store one of these guys under your bed and take it out only when you have guests over.

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You can find all the best budget pillows at places like Home Goods, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Cost Plus World Market, Ross and Target.  Also check out your local thrift stores for some one-of-a-kind- finds!

Tune in the next few weeks for another post on how to freshen up your small space!

 

If you want to know everything there is to know about house plants, check out our post here.

If you want other decorating tips to save some cash and style your space using everyday objects, check out our post here.

Don’t have a San Francisco room to spruce up yet? Check out our open San Francisco room rentals here.

 

(All images courtesy of Pinterest.)
Post made by contributor Rachel Fay.

 

 

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 Christian! Chris is our superstar Marketing and Leasing Intern, a full-time student at San Francisco State, and lives in our San Francisco housing in a short stay apartment. Chris is a world traveler, talented photographer, active adventurer, and food fanatic, and we can’t wait for you to get to know him a little better! Lets get to it!
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Name: Christian Tanasescu


Where are you from originally?

Originally, I was born in Newport Beach, and live in Eastvale, a small city right in Riverside in Southern California.

 

Why are you in SF? What brought you here?

I am here for school, primarily, but I am also hoping to start a career here. I came here for the huge amount of opportunities available in this city! I have also always been in love with this city for as long as I can remember!

 

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

I have traveled to over 17 different countries and have a goal to visit at least 50 countries by the time I am 28!

 

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

I have plenty of hobbies! Some of my favorite including surfing, snowboarding, to even building computer and playing video games!


How are you involved at Urbanests?

I am currently doing Marketing for Urbanests!

What is your favorite spot in SF?

My favorite spot in the city so far is Baker Beach. To see the Golden Gate Bridge while sitting on the beach and listening to the ocean is an experience that is unforgettable.

What is your favorite thing to do in the city?

My favorite activity to do in the city is just to walk around and experience the city bustling around you. Going to Market St. is always a fun place to people watch as well!

What’s your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

My favorite restaurant in this city is Surisan in North Beach! It is a Korean Brunch place with incredible food! Just make sure to make a reservation since lines can be incredibly long some times.

Want to meet our other team members? Check out more blog posts here!
Looking for somewhere to live in San Francisco? Check out our open San Francisco room rentals here!

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.

 

Want to meet our other team members? Check out more blog posts here!
Looking for somewhere to live in San Francisco? Check out our open San Francisco room rentals here!

 

All the Places You Need to Know About to Maintain Your New Year’s Fitness Goals

It’s now mid February.  By now you may have given up on your New Year’s resolution to lose 5lbs, eat more greens, go to yoga once a week, or whatever it is you kicked off 2018 thinking you were going to achieve.  Maybe you’re losing steam because you realized just how much a membership at Equinox costs, or that sometimes pizza really just tastes better than kale.  Well this is here to re-motivate you!  Keep reading to discover health inspired places you might not have known existed!

 

PART 2: FOOD YOU AND YOUR BODY WILL LOVE

Mission Heirloom

This paleo cafe has countless tasty dishes that are also totally guilt free! Try the Wesly Waffle (a grain free waffle topped with bacon, avocado, coconut syrup, maguey sap and blueberry reduction).  

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2085 Vine St., Berkeley, CA 94709

Gracias Madre

If you haven’t made your way to Gracias Madre yet, you are truly missing out.  Experience all the best parts of Mexican cuisine at this vegan restaurant in the Mission District.

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2211 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

 

Greens Restaurant

This vegetarian restaurant has a menu overflowing with creative, delicious dishes.  If you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, check out their “Greens to Go”.

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2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center, Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123

Kitava

Kitava is a modern, cafe with dishes that cater to people looking for gluten-free, dairy-free and free range meals.

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2011 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Golden Veggie Market

This neighborhood grocery store is known for its top-notch produce selection.  

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1475 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Berkeley Bowl West

Do you like kombucha on tap? How about oodles of organic produce? And a wide selection of fresh fish? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, head to Berkeley Bowl West. ASAP.

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920 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710

 

Did we give you some good ideas to keep your tummy satisfied but keep you on your diet?

Check out Part 1 here.

More blog posts here. 

Hey, rest is an important aspect of fitness too. If you are looking for a short stay apartment in San Francisco click here!

POST MADE BY CONTRIBUTOR RACHEL FAY.