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.
John was extraordinarily welcoming and considerate. He is an excellent host and communicator. His house was wonderful and it's in a nice neighborhood. The bed is on the soft side, but I felt very comfortable throughout my time in San Francisco.
John was extremely easy to communicate with from the moment I saw the listing, was wowed, and reached out to him. Our family (me, my wife, our 14-month-old and our dog) felt so warmly welcomed by him and loved the accommodations. The neighborhood was great - everything we loved about visiting friends in the Castro, plus we were able to park on the street without a headache and didn't even have to take John up on the offer of parking on the side street and blocking the garage.
John was a fantastic host, very welcoming, personable and thoughtful. From being flexible in our arrival time, to baking fresh scones in the morning, to having public transport cards available for us to use, it made our stay that much better and easier. John's house is charming and full of personality on a quiet street an easy walk from the Castro and transport. I would definitely recommend staying with John.
Neil and I greatly enjoyed staying at John's lovely home in San Francisco. His hospitality was exceptional- good communication prior to booking and very welcoming once we were there. He gave us clipper cards to use for the transport system and even a cell phone for local calls, as well as cooking us tasty banana bread and driving us to the station when we were running late.
The house is lovely, the bedroom and en suite bathroom clean and spacious with good storage space. All in all, a great experience and one we heartily recommend to others.
John was incredibly warm and welcoming. We loved calling the space home for the weekend. Perfectly tidy and clean- a cozy place to rest and in walking distance to many major SF attractions. Great host!
John was the perfect host for the 5 weeks that I stayed there. The room was great, even better than the pictures. John opened his home to me and it became my home whilst I stayed there. I would recommend that you stay here if you want a peaceful place that's only 5 minutes away from the action. Perfect!
Beautiful place in Castro, away from the hustle and bustle of the main drag, but close enough that it doesn't feel isolated. It's pretty quiet but for garbage trucks and wind chimes. Lots of space, plenty of light: beautiful guest room. Amazing bed with a mattress heater. I don't remember sleeping that well in a long time! Well-appointed kitchen, great coffee. It was wonderful to wake up to a freshly made pot. John is a wonderful host who wants his guests to feel at home.
Transportation is pretty decent, too: there's a bus nearby that goes to 16th St BART station, and also directly to Haight Ashbury district; nearby metro station will take you to downtown and more touristy places. Walking down 18th Street will take you to some great restaurants and grocery stores. I'd stay here again if I return to San Fran.
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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.