About This Listing
SAN FRANCISCO SHORT-TERM RESIDENTIAL RENTAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: STR-OOOOO38
Possession of a San Francisco Short-Term Rental Registration Certificate certifies that the registration certificate holder has agreed to comply with the terms of the San Francisco Short-Term Residential Rental Ordinance (San Francisco Administrative Code Section 41A). This ordinance does not require an inspection of the unit by the City for potential Building, Housing, Fire, or other Code violations.
Your fully furnished master bedroom suite is located in an elegant Castro home built around 1930. The light and airy 13' x 15' suite features a queen-sized bed with a heated mattress pad, two armoires, a chest of drawers, two nightstands for storage, a wing chair for reading, a desk and comfortable chair for writing or web-surfing, a stereo, TV with Roku/Netflix/HuluPlus, wireless internet, full private bath with hairdryer, and walk-in closet with iron and ironing board. I provide luxurious bed and bath linens and terry cloth robes for your use. Because your room is in the back corner of the house, with windows on two sides looking out onto a lovely tree-lined residential street, it is very quiet and private.
You may enjoy strolling along the many small neighborhood streets nearby, featuring quaint houses and beautiful views of the surrounding hills and the skyscrapers of the Financial District visible in the distance. Your bedroom is stocked with many Bay Area guidebooks to inform you about the plentiful local attractions and restaurants. A cell phone with unlimited voice calls and texts is available for your free use during your stay, if needed.
You are welcome to use the public areas of the home, including the living room with fireplace and baby grand piano, TV/media room, formal dining room, and well-appointed kitchen (fully stocked with all sorts of appliances, espresso maker, pots and pans, cooking utensils and dozens of interesting cookbooks). Washer and dryer are available for use by advance arrangement.
Should you be traveling with an infant or small child, I have a Graco "Pack 'n Play" portable playpen/bassinet with a 3" foam mattress that you are welcome to use during your stay.
Street parking is generally available, but you are welcome to park in a space in front of the garage by advance arrangement (except during the once-a-week 2-hour street cleaning window).
The heart of the Castro district (with the Castro MUNI Metro Station to downtown and the rest of the city) is a pleasant 10-minute downhill walk away, and the 33-Stanyan bus (stop less than 100 yards down the street) will whisk you to the restaurants and bars of the Castro, lovely Dolores Park, the hip hangouts, restaurants and galleries of the Mission, the 16th Street/Mission BART station, and Golden Gate Park. The historic F-Market streetcar will take you on a leisurely journey from the Castro to downtown, the recently renovated shops, markets, and eateries of the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, and on around the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square.
My home is an easy one-transfer BART($8)/MUNI($2) ride from San Francisco and Oakland International Airports.
Your host is a friendly 50-year-old gay classical musician and attorney.
I look forward to welcoming you to San Francisco!
P.S. San Francisco has determined that Airbnb hosts should collect the city tax charged on hotel stays. I believe in the value of the hotel tax -- its revenues provide much-needed support to arts organizations throughout our city. As of October 1, 2014, Airbnb is collecting the hotel tax directly at the time of booking -- you should see a separate line item for the 14% tax when you confirm a reservation. I have reduced my rates for new reservations as of October 1, to account for the fact that Airbnb, not I, will be collecting and paying the hotel tax.
I ask that guests refrain from smoking tobacco in the house, but you are welcome to smoke on the front porch.
I love animals, and will consider hosting your friendly, well-trained pets as well, on the condition that you keep track of them, make sure they do no property damage, clean up any accidents right away, and allow them to roam the house. Please contact me to make special arrangements if you plan to travel with pets. I generally will charge a $200 security deposit to guests who bring their pets, and will refund the deposit at the conclusion of your stay. I hate to add this wrinkle, but must do so as a result of recent guests who promised to clean up after their 4-month-old puppy, yet departed suddenly on their last night, leaving both odorous and tactile "gifts" from their puppy.
Please treat my kitchen as your own, and make sure to put any used dishes, flatware, glassware, pots and pans, etc., in the dishwasher.
I ask that conversations, media-watching, etc. be relatively quiet and subdued between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
My husband and I had a short but wonderful stay at John's place. He provided excellent instructions on how to get to and into the home. The room and the rest of the house is spectacular and we wished we would have been able to stay longer. John went out of his way to make sure we coffee and morning snacks available to us before our very early departure. We look forward to returning there again someday.
John was incredibly welcoming, but respected our privacy. The room is very comfortable and the neighborhood is quiet. Great central location in the city. All in all, as advertised and highly recommended.
The suite we stayed in is in the tip-top shape. It is simply immaculate and decorated with great taste. The bed is very comfortable and is better than beds in most hotels we visited in the past. On top of that, the bed sheets are so soft and of high quality. John is super detail-oriented and he helped us with our questions promptly. Even though we never met John during our short stay, we felt very welcome with his messages and texts. We will definitely recommend John’s place to our friends and family.
I had a wonderful time in San Francisco, thanks in no small part to John making me feel so much at home.
The room and private ensuite bathroom were spotlessly clean, the bedroom beautifully furnished, quiet, sunny and very comfortable. The super modern kitchen was a delight as were the dining and living rooms.
John greeted us upon arrival, and instantly made us feel at home. He showed us around his beautiful home and made sure we knew where everything was located. Amazingly he gave us two Clipper Cards to use with MUNI, and when he heard we were going to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, he loaned us his FastTrak device for our car. John's home is an amazing 1930s bungalow with great architectural details from the period, and is located just a few blocks from the center of the Castro. For our short three day stay we felt as if we were staying with family (and for us, that's a good thing)! We visit San Francisco at least once a year, and from now on, we will make sure that we stay with John. We could not have asked for a better experience.
John was a great host. He made us feel at home from the very first minute. We only had 24h in SF and John really cared that we will manage to make the most of it. As mentioned in other reviews, John keeps transportation cards for his guests, but when we stayed for a few more hours after check-out time John gave us his own transportation card to use (the guest cards were left for the use of the new guests) which was very kind of him and saved us some money.
The post and the listing are accurate. The room and the house are beautiful, comfortable, warm and welcoming. There's everything you need for a convenient stay and more!
We didn't know much about the neighborhood before we arrived but it turned out to be a good choice - it's a cute, colorful place and we felt very safe (unlike other neighborhoods in SF).
We will definitely love to come again!
John ist ein zuvorkommender Gastgeber. Absprachen und Wünsche hat er in die Tat umgesetzt. Die Beschreibung der Unterkunft stimmte.
Das Zimmer ist groß genug. Dafür ist das Badezimmer etwas klein. Das Bett ist sehr gemütlich. Es ist gepflegt und sauber. Parken war auch kostenlos möglich. Die Wünsche zum Frühstück hat John erfüllt.
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About the Host, John
I grew up in Tennessee, went to college in Connecticut, and have lived in San Francisco since 1987. I am a lawyer by day and a musician by night. I love to sing, cook, read, travel, and play host.