HOME away from HOME: BIKES+Laundry!

Apartment - Private room · Judah Street, San Francisco, CA 94122, United States

This place is great for tourist; local or foreign for short or long stays.

FREE use of 2 bikes to take out. RIDE like the wind.

FREE laundry.


The Space

The building has only two tenants, the upstairs neighbor and me. My place is the full first floor, which is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath with kitchen/dining room, and living room. Your room is in the back with the view of the park. It’s a private room with 2 daybeds, good for a single person or double with a friend, and the beds can always be pushed together for a queen size bed if you’re a couple or just want more room sleeping. There is a closet you can use as well to unpack and settle in for your stay. We’ll have a shared bathroom, and you’ll have access to the kitchen and living room. There is always coffee, tea and fruit for free. If you need a washer and dryer they are in the lower level basement and free with everything you’ll need there. Linens and towels are provided. Free wireless Internet access.

Guest Access

Golden Gate Park!!!
It’s a great place to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. With 1,017 acres this park is a real gem for visitors and locals alike. You can enjoy nature and go for a bike ride, jog or walk, sit and relax with a picnic and/or barbeque. The park has so much to offer; the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, Windmill and tulip garden, Buffalo in captivity, many playgrounds, a Carousel, beautiful gardens, disc golf, par 3 golf course, tennis courts, soccer and polo fields, basketball and handball courts, horseshoe pits… just about anything you’d imagine outdoors you can find here. The park is also home to The DeYoung Museum and Academy of Science. Both are spectacular not only in their special collections and exhibits but also in their Architecture. You’ll need to check their websites to see what’s currently showing but it’s a worthwhile stop as both have amazing views from the roof top garden and observation deck tower. And a bonus… the tower at the DeYoung is free!!!

Ocean Beach!!!
This is mostly a local hang out as it’s not very touristy…. a definite get-a-way spot from the hustle and bustle of the city. The beach stretches 3.5 miles down the Pacific Ocean. I love going here to jog and walk, watch the surfers and have fires on the beach at night. It’s a great spot for serious surfers!! Not a swimmers beach!!
Just north of the beach is the Cliff House Restaurant, here you can eat, take in the views and see the sea lions across the way on the rocks. In the 1900’s the original Cliff House stood here, a beautiful Victorian Chateau. Also, adjacent you can still see the ruins of the Sutro Baths. The gift shop has some great old photos and other nice buys. You’ll also find some hiking trials and one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge at the Eastern Coastal Overlook on the Lands End Trail and end of the El Camino Del Mar Road. If you have time, walk out to Eagle Point Labyrinth, it’s by far the best view of the bridge from there. Also near here is the Legion of Honor Museum and Lincoln Park golf Club (my personal favorite because of the low price and views).
At the far south end of the beach you’ll find the SF Zoo.

You’ll hear this quote all over the city from locals: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in SF.” My suggestion is always check the weather and layer your clothes because the weather changes and you don’t want to be stuck buying that fleece pullover in Fisherman’s Wharf because it got too cold!! On average the city is pretty moderate with average temperatures of 62 degrees. I call it outside Air Conditioning!! The temperature is rarely too hot, and seldom too cold. Expect some of the famous fog during the summer and some rain November through March. The months of September and October are renowned for their balmy, fog free, sunny days!!

The city has so much to offer and it’s very easy to get around. The Muni stop is right out front the door and it will take you straight to Union Square in one easy ride. It’s also easy to transfer and get you virtually anywhere in the city. It’s only $2/ ride and you’ll get a ticket that allows transfers in a 2 hour window. It’s a window of time; so if you make a mistake, no worries, hop on another bus or train. If you’re an urban explorer this will be a piece of cake. There are smart phone apps that can help you plan, even (website hidden) maps will tell you how to get places and with GPS… you can basically go where you need. The Sunset is a nice quiet place to stay and relax that’s just a Muni ride away from anything. Please note Muni runs express service for commuters during business am and pm times and stops running certain lines at night and service ends altogether at Midnight, with limited Owl service, so plan ahead if staying out late!!

I have 2 bikes you can use to explore the park and beach or the whole city as some guest have done!! One is cream and the other purple, don’t use the black one that’s my new bike I use all the time… they are meant for tall people (5’-8” and over) and I have locks you’ll need too. I welcome you to use them, just please lock them up if you’re not riding them and also take the lights off if you stop soMewhere... People love to steal bike lights for some reason. Also, if these don’t work for you, Nomad Cyclery Shop is on Irving Street and 27th Ave., just around the corner and you can rent bikes there.

If you have your own car or rental car than no problem, street parking is free and you don’t need a special permit. Other places in the city are hard for car parking and special neighborhood permits are required. Here it’s easy, just be careful to read ALL signage here and anywhere you park in the city!! A SF DPT ticket might ruin you’re day or vacation and the meter maids are everywhere!! Tickets are $60-$120 and if your car gets towed it will cost around $700.... So READ signs and if a curb is painted red, green, white or yellow means Don't park there!!! No paint and you're good. And be very careful that both bumpers are not (email hidden) at someone's driveway. The homeowner will call and get your car towed!!! As long as you're careful than you should be fine. This area isn't very crowded and parking is relatively easy to follow the rules!! Also, most meters take a credit cards, which is helpful, but parking in the city can be very expensive. 4 hrs at a meter can run you $16 depending on where you park the meter cost changes. If you park in a garage expect to pay up to about $40 or more for the day. Pretty pricy!!

Interaction with Guests

I’m a 30 something female that’s a practicing Architect and Interior Designer in the city. I work M-F and leave the house at 7:30AM and return around 6PM. M-W-F I swim from 6:30PM-8:30PM, I'm trying to get on the morning schedule, so this will change. That’s pretty much my set schedule. Otherwise you’ll find me at home or in the back yard working on the lawn or out being an urban dweller. My place is defiantly a stay and go out and play place. No big thrills here, just a clean quite place to call home during your time in SF. I love SF and I am always happy to help in anyway to make your stay enjoyable.

This is for the IPad and bikes. Please don't lose one or all of them :) This is a perk and one I want to continue for future guest. THANKS for understanding! I'm here to help make your stay great and others' great too!!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Monthly Price: $1850 /month
Security Deposit: $150
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • I very much enjoyed my stay at Katherine's place while I was in San Fran. The location is great and easy to get anywhere around the city. The room is cozy and has the basics. Katherine keeps a clean home and her personality is fun to be around. I enjoyed talking with her and getting to know her more.

    One quick word of caution about parking. Watch all street signs if you park in front of her house. I inadvertently got a parking ticket as I got there late and wasn't paying full attention to the street signs. Park on the side street if at all possible.

    You will no doubt enjoy your stay here!

    April 2014
  • So convenient to Golden Gate Park where I took evening walks. Clean and affordable, even had a bike available for my use. Thanks!

    April 2014
  • I had a wonderful stay with Katherine. The place was clean and spacious and traveling to and from was super easy. Katherine was really helpful, gave great advice and had a lot of information in the bedroom about attractions. I was in town on personal business, but it is definitely a place I would take advantage of for a nice vacation getaway.

    March 2014
  • Katherine was an excellent host! She was kind and full of information about San Francisco. She keeps a neat home and really does offer it to you as a home-away-from-home. The location is close to Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach. If you want to get downtown it's quite easy as the Muni is directly out her front door. She lets you use her bikes for free and so biking the Golden Gate Bridge was the cheapest and easiest thing I did all weekend! She also happened to be an architect and so was intellectually wonderful for my interests. I really enjoyed my stay with her and hope you do, too!

    March 2014
  • Great cute, cozy place. And OMG...CLEAN! (Wish my place was that clean.) I loved to location too. We rented a car because I was with my mom who wasn't in the mood for public trans. Which, I gotta admit, I suggest it. Saves ya some time in the long run.

    But so close to the Cliff House, the beach, and Golden Gate Park (you can walk there). This was my first airBnB experience and it was lovely. Thanks Katherine!

    March 2014
  • my motto: keep things uncomplicated. And thats what she is. Besides funny, friendly, helpfull and good vibe- giving.
    Highly recommended!

    February 2014
  • Katherine was a terrific host! The apartment was spotless and it felt great to come home to a quiet room and comfortable bed after a long day of work. Katherine has two bikes in great shape (with lights!) to help you explore the city. I highly recommend Katherine as a host during any stay in San Francisco. She's a great resource for learning about the city architecture too!

    February 2014
  • It was awesome time! I enjoyed riding a bike in this quite neighborhood near ocean. Apartment was clean, light and bad is so nice! I was falling asleep really fast and slept well all nights!
    Katherine was very hospitable and friendly. She gave me usefull information every time I asked.
    I enjoyed staying in Katherine's!

    February 2014
  • Awesome location! Lots of information. Great place for staying in San Francisco!

    January 2014
  • Really good flat, great location, just a few blocks from the golden gate park; muni is right in front of the door, so easy to go out at night and katherine is a smily & friendly host.
    We were there for a long time and it was really good !

    November 2013
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I'm a no frills traveler and like to stay cheap so I can play and travel longer!!
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