About this listing
Fantastic modern view property midway between the Castro and Cole Valley, with spectacular views of downtown, the bay bridge and the bay.
Your room is a big and roomy, light-filled space with a queen-sized bed, book shelves, a comfy reading chair and a closet with hangars. Towels and sheets are provided.
Share access to our gourmet kitchen, living and dining space. You're welcome to use the refrigerator, dinnerware, utensils, whatever you need.
Interaction with Guests
I enjoy sharing experiences with guests. I am a people person and am glad to share meals, stories or bottle of wine. Or you can enjoy your privacy, it's up to you.
Situated between the Castro and Cole Valley, my neighborhood is close enough and to see and do everything, well-connected by public transportation get a comfortable distance from the hurly-burly to offer some quiet streets.
The Castro’s vibrant culture and colorful streetscapes have long been a source of San Francisco PRIDE. Buzzing with life and activity, the Castro’s flamboyant bars and restaurants, glittering shops, and historical theaters comprise its endearingly unapologetic attitude. Although this neighborhood is considered San Francisco’s gay-friendly epicenter, all are invited to experience the Castro’s unabashed zest for life.
Strolling Cole Valley’s tree-lined streets often leads to a postcard-worthy afternoon. It's easy to spend a day admiring this idyllic neighborhood’s Victorian architecture and snacking at its cozy cafes and charming restaurants. Cole Valley’s proximity to Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury promises countless options for wholesome fun and eclectic entertainment.
Location and access to public transport are very important; there are two bus lines right on the corner, going downhill the 33 takes you to the vibrant Castro, the Mission district, Bart, and Portrero hill. Going the other way it takes you to the Haight (old hippy hangout), Golden Gate park and the Richmond district. The 37 bus downhill takes you to the Muni underground at Castro and Mission, the Castro, the Safeway on Church then back to the Haight.
Other Things to Note
There is no parking provided. However, street parking is easy to find and free in our neighborhood, you can almost always find a spot within one or two blocks of the building. In most parts of the city, you must have a sticker to park more than a few hours. Here you don't need a sticker and you can park your car and leave it, the only restriction is it must be moved every three days and for street cleaning two hours per week. Signs are clearly posted telling you the times for street cleaning. Other things to remember about parking in San Francisco, never block a driveway or you will be ticketed or towed and remember if you are parking on a hill you must turn your wheels all the way to the left if you are pointing uphill or all the way to the right if you are pointing downhill.
There is one flight of stairs to get to the apartment.
1. Smoke-free house, no exceptions.
2. Check-in is from 2:00 p.m., you are welcome to drop off your bags anytime. If you would like the place earlier be sure to let me know so we can work something out.
3. Check out is at 12:00 p.m., again let me know if that doesn't work and we will at least keep your bags; it's there isn't another guest coming that night, check out can be later, but needs to be approved in advance.
4. There is no curfew, you can come and go anytime you please. Just remember, we are all adults here and are expected to act as such. If you come in late, come in quietly.
5. Quiet hours are 11:00 p.m. - 7 a.m. There are others sleeping in the house so please observe!
John m'a très bien accueilli, il m'a expliqué le jour de mon arrivée où prendre les transports en commun, ce que je pouvais faire autour de chez lui… Nous avons souvent parlé ensemble même si mon anglais est très pauvre ! J'ai dîné avec un ami à lui et j'ai pris des verres avec sa future femme et lui-même. C'était vraiment une belle rencontre !
John est un super hôte !
Il nous a envoyé des instructions parfaites par mail pour rentrer chez lui s'il n'était pas là, impossible de tromper. Instructions avec photos, des recommandations pour les transports en communs, les lignes à prendre, les magasins près de chez lui... Parfait !
Il nous a laissé utiliser ce que l'on voulait, on peut faire des lessives. Il peut tout aussi bien discuter avec nous, boire quelques bières, discuter, nous conseiller, ou bien nous laisser tranquille et "nous laisser vivre notre vie".
Apparemment on ne peut plus propre, une vraie chambre, grand lit pour deux, une salle de bain rien que pour nous, la vue de la salle à manger est magnifique, l'appartement complet est très bien entretenu.
Le quartier est tranquille, et il suffit de descendre sur la rue, sur Market st pour trouver tout ce que l'on veut. Seulement, il faut noter que les bars les plus proches sont des bars gays. On finit toujours par trouver une place de parking, même si ce n'est pas forcément du premier coup.
Pour résumer, je recommande grandement !
John is a great host. His apartment is just like in the pictures, clean and well located, very close to public transportation. As caveats, I would say that the bedroom can get noisy (but with closed windows it is ok), and that the internet signal is weak at the room (not good for streaming). The view from the living room is excellent. Good place.
We had a lovely time and the apartment was real nice. The view over San Francisco and the bay was stunning. Thanks John.
John was not there when I visited, so I did not get a chance to meet him. His roommate greeted me upon my arrival, but I wasn't around much after that point. The apartment is in a great location -- a short walk to great restaurants in Cole Valley and a slightly longer walk to the Mission. The view from the kitchen table is just absolutely wonderful (the pictures don't do it justice).
We had a nice stay at Johns. It really is a fantastic view and John was a good host.
John was a really good host to me. We did not have much time to interact but when we did, I found him to be friendly and helpful. The bedroom that I slept in was spacious and the bed was extremely comfortable! John uses some good softener on those sheets too it seems ;)
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About the Host, John
Progressive, liberal, open minded,curious, straight but gay friendly. I love meeting new people from different places with interesting stories.
In addition to myself, you will find Matt in residence, my easy going, always gone housemate.
My listings are my personal home, so most of the time I'll be around and I'll be happy to be your host. I look forward to meeting you, hearing your stories and sharing my place with you.