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The Duck’s Nest gets its name from Rob’s longtime nickname “the Duck” (although we are not even certain whether ducks’ actually build nests!) and the sense of friendly, inviting, “coziness” that a 100+ year old restored home just seem to provide.

Somehow, people just seem to have fun and feel good here.

Diana and I are proud to welcome you to our home, The San Francisco Duck’s Nest! Just as you are carefully choosing a place which will make your visit special, we too are looking for thoughtful, caring, special folks who will care for our home as if it were their own.


Diana and I enjoy an active lifestyle, with cycling (over the last years, Rob thought it would be a good idea to ride his bicycle across the U.S. a couple of times, and he actually did it!), as well as hiking, dogs, and visiting Chicago/Nashville/Key West for the live music venues being high on our list of fun things to do. Throughout the years, Diana and I have always found that time spent with friends and family is what really makes living in San Francisco so wonderful, and oh, what tales The Nest could tell!  From 25 years of Memorial Day Weekend All-Day Picnics playing volleyball in the Park, to seasons of 49’er and Giant’s games, to countless rock ‘n roll, country, reggae, opera, bluegrass music concerts and comedy festivals in the park, to 100,00+ people Bay to Breaker runs each spring, to an evening on the town, to sightseeing with out-of-town visitors. Afterwards, so many evenings always ended with laughter late into the night at The Nest.


Arriving in San Francisco during that magical “Summer of Love” in 1967, raising our children (Lisa and Ben), and working for the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy for many years, we have called 9th Avenue home until just recently. Like many of our generation, we now care for an elderly parent outside of San Francisco and that leaves The Nest empty at times.

But like the chorus of Tony Bennett’s song, our heart (and the laughter!) will always be there.