About this listing
NOTE: I usually respond to daytime inquires immediately, certainly within the hour.
Large, funky, eclectic art space.
This 2,900 sq ft converted warehouse with full commercial kitchen can accommodate ALL kinds of events: pop-up restaurants, weddings, fundraisers, corporate meetings, workshops, theater, you name it. Yes, there's even a stage. Or you could just spend a night here while traveling with your friends. It's kinda wacky, it's kinda fun.
As stated, this space can be rented for either TRAVELERS or EVENTS. Rental rates differ for these types of rentals. TRAVELERS may rent the space at $400 per night for 2 guests, with an additional $25 per person per night for any guests after that on weeknights, weekends are always $900 total. EVENTS are between $400 and $2,000, depending on the type of event and the night of the week.
There are 2 floors. We call the 2nd floor the Mezzanine and that's where we accommodate groups of travelers. We have a stack of futons, 5 air mattresses, and a few flip beds that are good for backpackers or a huge group of travelers trying to save money. The space is funky and weird, but clean and well-managed. I have comfortably slept 13 couples and a few single people here. I have bedding for at least 20. There's a record player in the mezzanine and an extensive collection of records that you should check out while you're here.
In addition to the mezzanine, there are also 2 private rooms and a vintage teardrop trailer; the Andy Partridge Suite features a king bed and plenty of great books, the Nigel Tufnel Suite has a queen bed, and the Teardrop Trailer sleeps two (it's cozy). The trailer is super cute and fun and accessed via a catwalk that goes over the main space.
The large main event space and full commercial kitchen really can host most anything. We can seat 80 to 120 people for dinner and have everything you need: tables, chairs, table cloths, cloth napkins, plates, flatware, glassware. Our kitchen is fully stocked and replete with 2 wolf ranges, a commercial reach-in fridge, and a commercial dishwasher.
The space has a full public address system, microphones, stage lights, LED lights and control board. There are stage flats, curtains and tons of space! We would prefer art happenings or theatre events. We dislike parties without art or any event that's more about booze than art.
I like to rent to gentle events like art receptions or comedy shows. Bands, DJ's, drinking contests and other alcohol-based things are not really our speed. We are not Puritans, but this is not a frat party space. We are interested in events that have a connection to the arts. Weddings also work really well here.
I offer the space for between $400 to $2,000 (plus cleaning) depending on what the event is and the impact it has on the space. You are welcome to ask for a discount if you are a charitable organization or if your event is a benefit for a charitable cause.
Who we are looking to facilitate:
a budget wedding (any/all combination of genders!)
an art group in town for a gathering
a traveling theatre troupe
a young amateur sports team
a pop-up restaurant
a variety show
a puppet show
flamenco dance/music recital
reluctantly, we will allow production companies to film in our space but we charge more for it. Lots more, if you are from a reality TV show expect to pay 5 times the normal rate.
Things that we are not interested in:
Weddings with Bridezilla
DJs from Los Angeles
people from the suburbs' goodbye party for their friend with kegs
after-parties for other events that don't allow alcohol
Birthday parties with no art, tons of booze, and no food (just go to a bar!)
Party/sleep over. We hate these. It basically means all night party.
Please contact us with your ideas.
Note: we also offer a completely separate apartment that is part of the building, but has a separate entrance. You could rent the two properties in tandem, if you wish. You can find the little apartment listing by clicking on John's profile and on the left there will be other listings.
A word about pricing: since the space is a flexible space, the pricing has to be flexible. It can't be fair that a wedding pays the same rent as a poetry reading. So I have divided the space into 4 categories of rental:
LIGHT EVENT: $400 plus $100 cleaning fee.
A gentle event, with less than 25 people. A meeting for a small start up. A dinner for less than 15 people on a weeknight.
MODERATE EVENT: $600 plus $100 to $200 cleaning fee.
A moderate event, on a weeknight, with 40 people that lasts 4-5 hours. A meeting for a medium sized company all day.
INTENSIVE EVENT: $900 plus $200 cleaning fee.
Any event on a weekend night. ANY combination of event and people staying over. Usually, an intensive event rental means you have to rent the little apartment as well.
WEDDINGS: $1600 to $2,000 plus a $50 to $200 cleaning fee.
The cleaning fee varies with weddings, since they often require renters to hire staff and oftentimes the staff takes care of much of the cleaning. We have bartenders, dishwashers, and house managers available at $20-$25 an hour.
HOUSE MANAGER: for some moderate events and most intensive events, any event on a weekend or any event with booze you need to have a house manager to help out. They cost $25 an hour and they are helpful and fun, but will not wash dishes or work the door.
Backyard is off limits after 9PM so as not to disturb the neighbors.
Any event that goes past 10 PM in the downstairs space will usually require you to rent the apartment as well.
The place is odd and unlikely and the last of it's kind. It's the last small converted art warehouse in SF. In the past, EVERY artist had one of these. They rented, I bought mine. Now it's the last one. I offer it here as my job but also as a place where cool stuff can happen here in the city of Art and Innovation.
If it's in the building, you can use it.
The neighborhood I live in is called the Mission. It's reasonably safe, clean and friendly. It's where the artists and cool stuff is.
The 24th street BART stop is 3 blocks away. Muni is even closer.
Please do not smoke in the building.
Please do not park in the parking lot next to the building. It is not ours, it belongs to the building next door. They will tow your car in a quick second.
Please do not be confused: the cleaning fee is for sweeping, mopping, laundry and making the beds. Dishes are to be washed by you immediately! We don't have mice or bugs, and we don't want them.
Please put liners in garbage cans.
Please be considerate of our neighbors. Please don't dump recycling bottles or have super loud conversations in the back yard, the houses back there all have kids sleeping in them.
Please be considerate of the the little apartment in the front of the building after 10. Like on your way out after a dinner, for example.
About the Host, John
I'm a 47 year old Showman from San Francisco. I live in the Castro, a diverse and tolerant neighborhood in the City of Art and Innovation. I'm married to Eileen, the owner of Ritual Coffee Roasters. We have a daughter, Alice. She is very small. The three of us travel together and we always leave bags of coffee wherever we go. We are neat, clean and reasonable people. We are both originally from the NY area. I am an author and the managing director of the San Francisco Institute of Possibility, a theatre incubator.