San Francisco Vacation Rentals: Darling Dollhouses and Pristine Palaces

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The City of Lights plans to ban short-term vacation rentals to increase the number of affordable properties, according to The New York Times.

To the legions of tourists who rely on Paris vacation rentals to reduce the costs of their pricey getaway, the move turns ooh-la-las to oh-no-nos.

If mass enforcement brings on full-on prosecution, Parisian landlords will have to go through the lengthy process of obtaining a special permit to be reclassified from residential to commercial use, The Times reported.

The question: If that diminishes the number of vacation rentals, what’s a Francophile to do?

Be a tourist on American soil.

Friends have often said that San Francisco feels like a European city, charming and manageable with its narrow streets, cute bakeries and gourmet purveyors. And while the Gold Gate Bridge is no replacement for the quays over the Seine, the picture looks pretty darn impressive to us. Can you agree?

Spending time in San Francisco vacation rentals means access to one of the country’s chicest cities. Gorgeous Victorian dollhouses, like the one linked to the photo above, shouldn’t fool you–many of the interiors have been updated but maintain that 19th century appeal. In the two bedroom, one bathroom flat, guests will find new appliances, new cabinets and new vintage style subway tile surrounding the tub.

The biggest brownie point: the neighborhood, Noe Valley.

Previous renters from Michigan who traveled with their four boys found the location to be ideal, close to a Whole Foods, and by the owner’s description, at least 18 restaurants, shops and even a pub or three.

So while your Parisian trip may be years off, there’s a chocolatier in San Francisco waiting for your business.

Posted in All-season rentals, California vacation homes, Romantic getaways

About Valerie

Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.

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