This week I talked with Gae, an apartment owner in San Francisco. She and her husband rent out an apartment that is filled to the brim with art (#42646). Take a look at what she had to say:
The Potrero Hill District of San Francisco, close to the Mission District. The area has a lot to offer for culture and convenience: easy access to all major highways, safe on-the-street parking, and proximity to the city’s center. The area has a sense of neighborhood, and it is close to the major highlights the city has to offer.
How long have you been collecting art?
My husband and I have been collecting art for the last 40 years. The house manages to double as a gallery from time to time.
So how does your rental property work?
Well, the house is three stories. My husband and I live in the top two floors and we rent out the bottom floor as an apartment. We share an entrance, which can be confusing when explaining our rental.
What are some of the other features of the apartment?
You have privacy and quiet as well as access to a garden. The whole apartment is pretty spacious for what it is. But best of all it has the sense of living in an art gallery, and that is sort of our goal.
What is the best compliment you receive as a renter?
It is great when they say, “we’ve never seen that before.” We pride ourselves on putting the most interesting art forward, as well as blending it all. We want it all to fit together.
Where do you suggest visitors go while staying in San Francisco?
If they’re visiting us I suggest, the de Young Museum, a fine art museum with astounding exhibits, located in the Golden Gate Park. Also I suggest the MOMA. But my best advice is to put on your best pair of walking shoes and start your own voyage of discovery based on your interests.
People ask us this all the time. They ask, “If you had to scale down your art what would you keep?”, It’s impossible for me to answer. I love them all. That’s what makes renting our property so interesting; we get to find out our visitors’ favorite pieces.
I think I could get used to living in an art gallery. How about you? I’m a big fan of the painting above the couch. Gae told me the painting appeared in the magazine “Art in America” . Sleeping under a masterpiece would be fun. What’s your favorite piece in the apartment?