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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

If you are looking for a Summer sublet, check out all of our available San Francisco apartments and room rentals!

Interested in more fun things to do in San Francisco? Check out our other blog posts!

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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.

 

 

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!