The doorway to your private suite...This armoire holds a TV, DVD, and stereo for your enjoyment...

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

The space


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, 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.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


Cleaning Fee: $54
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
Check in is anytime after 4PM

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 DO 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 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.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

1 night minimum stay

307 Reviews

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Mabel User Profile
June 2017
Instructions were sent several days in advance and everything about getting in to the house and where to park was spot on. John's place is in a great location and it was easy to walk to get dinner. It's a beautiful house with a comfortable bed and great sheets. There were brochures on activities to do in the SF area but we only stayed one night and were unable to take advantage of the sites. We felt very welcomed here and would highly recommend this place to anyone.

Graeme User Profile
June 2017
This place is fantastic, in a convenient but quiet location. John is a great host: welcoming, helpful and relaxed. The daily breakfast (and fresh baked goods) was a treat! We were extremely comfortable, and hope to be back.

Narelle User ProfileNarelle is a superhost.
June 2017
Fantastic large bedroom, private bathroom and large walks in closet in a beautiful home. Great location, lots of thoughtful extras from John (true Superhost) to make for a wonderful stay! Hope to be back again. Narelle

Teresa User Profile
June 2017
Excellent stay at John's place. Residential scenic location in the Castro that is only a 10min walk to the main castro shops and restaurants. Easy to check in and great communication. Room is beautiful, clean, and multiple welcome gifts/pamphlets. Would recommend staying here!

Markus User Profile
June 2017
John's place is really amazing. Located in a quiet neighbourhood but still quite close to all the places you love to go in SF. The breakfast was awesome. Freshly baked cake. What could you ask more for? Would definitely book again.

David User Profile
June 2017
John's home is incredible and his hospitality was off the charts awesome. The home is beautifully appointed, the room is gorgeous and comfortable. The sheets on the bed are softer than I knew was possible. If you're fortunate enough to catch John on a day when he's baking you may be treated to a delicious banana nut chocolate chip bread. The view of the city from his home is gorgeous. There simply aren't enough superlatives in the English language to describe this experience.

Xiaoxuan User Profile
June 2017
SF was my first stop in the US and my stay at John's place has made it enjoyable. I had everything that I needed-a cozy room, comfy bed, clean bathroom, good personal space, pleasant conversation etc. The location is great, close to public transport and in walkable and safe neighbourhood. I wouldn't hesitate to book again if I visit SF next time.

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San Francisco, California, United States · Joined in March 2013
John User ProfileJohn is a superhost.

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.

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