As the sun once again showed itself over San Francisco this week, and as its golden light bathed the city for an hour longer each evening, images of picnics and daydrinking began dancing in our heads. And then we renters thought in unison: If only we had a glorious rooftop deck, where we could throw some steaks on the grill and crack open the rosé. If you're like us and don't have outdoor space of your own, consider an Airbnb staycation. Some of these pads have seriously killer views.
If you're going to spring for a staycation in the city, you might as well pop for the one with the most jaw-dropping view—and chic interior design, a large soaking tub, and a steam room (oh yeah). At this two-story penthouse atop Twin Peaks, you can see all of SF and beyond, all while grilling dinner on the terrace. // $425/night (entire house), airbnb.com/rooms/8169181
Super-cozy couples will love this adorable Nob Hill studio. The tiny space is clean and big on style, and has a funky modern patio with a view of the Transamerica building. "There's even a blender to prepare margaritas that can be enjoyed on the sunny roof deck." // $250/night (entire house), airbnb.com/rooms/3030931
Starry nights and strings of lights await at this contemporary two-bedroom loft, complete with a fully stocked bar, an Xbox, and a small roof deck (views of the Bay Bridge!) in the Dogpatch. This place is pet-friendly, so if you're allergic, this may not be the place for you. // $320/night (entire house), airbnb.com/rooms/2414140
With three bedrooms, you can bring your friends and family to share in the peace of mind that comes with Twin Peaks views and five star reviews on Airbnb. This lovely family-owned apartment promises plenty of sky and sleeping room for eight. // $425/night (entire house), airbnb.com/rooms/7692645?s=XZrVFoqK
If you're game to spend the night in a local couple's home—and share their kitchen and living spaces—this is a deal. Shack up in your own room with your own bathroom in Heather and Ali's stylish condo in the heart of the trendy Mission, and enjoy time in a hammock on their private rooftop deck. Soak up the sun in SF's warmest hood—then walk to dinner on Valencia. // $119/night (private room), airbnb.com/rooms/7932675
Because all perfect sunny days in the Castro should end with a night spent in your own hot tub, this private room in Mark and Abby's house might be worth sharing the space with dogs and the bathrooms with other Airbnb guests. Maybe? // $110/night (private room), airbnb.com/rooms/283081