This place is great for tourist; local or foreign for short or long stays.
We're in the Entry Hallway; with your room ahead, living room to the right and before your room the door to the bathroom on the left, the kitchen is to the right and my room is right behind me.
ACCOMODATIONS for 1-2 Guest
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 or relative. There is a closet you can use as well as a dresser 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, fruit and toast to make your mornings easy. 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.
ATTRACTIONS NEAR BY
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!!!
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 or the Ballpark 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!!
There are two places close by where you can rent bikes to explore the park and beach or the whole city as some guest have done!!
If you have your own car or rental car than no problem, street parking is free and you don’t need a special permit like other neighborhoods. 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 it basically means... Don't park there!!! No paint and you're good. And be very careful that both bumpers are not in a red zone 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. I work M-F and leave the house at 7:30AM and return around 7PM. I swim from 2-3x after work and don't get home until late. 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.
None, this is a perk and one I want to continue for future guest so please be respectful as I do live here :) THANKS for understanding!
I'm here to help make your stay great!!
Quiet after 10PM on week nights, no smoking indoors, and please eat in the kitchen only. I go to bed before 10PM but you can come and go as you like, just be quite when you get in. THANKS!!! WOO HOO SF!!!
After exploring San Francisco, a friend and I needed a place to crash before heading back down to LA. Despite our reservation being last-minute, Katherine was ready for us. Her home was conveniently located and nicely decorated. We met briefly and she cheerfully pointed us in the right direction for some late evening bar fare. In the morning we were up and out early with a cup of coffee. Katherine's apartment would be well-suited for anyone wishing to see SF with a car, as parking on her street was a non-issue. Public transit was also nearby. Would recommend for travelers seeking lodging with separate beds. Another good Airbnb experience!
The room and house were great. Katherine was an excellent host. We felt right at home. Very close to the Golden Gate Park with lots of great walks. The beds we comfortable. We were provided everything we needed. Better than a hotel stay.
Katherine has made it very easy for me to reach her place by providing clear instructions to her home. The entire duration of my stay in San Francisco was amazing mainly due to her hospitality.
She bought breakfast (cinnamon buns!) on the first day and subsequently told me to help myself to the food in the kitchen for breakfast. She even logged in to NetFlix on my iPad so I could watch it anytime I wanted! I watched The Walking Dead on her gigantic TV too.
On to the room now. Basically, I was really surprised that it was really how it looked like in the pictures. The room was cosy and the bed was comfortable. There was a little noise maker that helps me sleep better at night as the place is next to the MUNI. I also wake up to amazing views of Golden Gate Park every morning when I draw the curtains. Aww, writing this review just makes me miss SF already.
Katherine has a really fun personality, we would chat about work, the tech scene in SF, food, almost everything. It was great because I am also into tech. But the best part was she never failed to provide me with an answer to every question I had, regardless if it was getting to somewhere, eating, the weather, doing the laundry, the tech scene in SF, etc.
I am so happy that I chose to stay with Katherine for my SF trip. The location was perfect after a long day at the city, and it provided the best, peaceful place to recuperate before going out again next day (She provides bicycles too!)
If you are looking for a peaceful place to stay in SF, this is the best place to stay. Easy access to the city, the beach, the park, the laundry (only 30 seconds walk away at the opposite street), loads of eateries and groceries stores at the next street (Irving). Don't look anymore.
Katherine is a great host; she thought of everything we needed and her place is truly home away from home. The neighborhood is interesting with lots of little shops and restaurants, and right next to Golden Gate Park. We rented a tandem at a bike store on east end of park and toured a long Saturday. Leaving on Sunday, having enough time on hand we used the NJudah Muni line and Bart to get to airport. It worked without problem and quite fast.
We had a nice chat with Katherine on Saturday morning, all of us being relaxed at start of weekend, and we admired her pumpkin sculpture. Now I only wish we had time to stay another week!
Katherine was a great host. I arrived after a really long day at a conference and was totally exhausted. Fortunately, the process of checking in was really convenient and parking was both free and fairly easy to do. I also only had to walk two blocks to find an excellent restaurant.
The room was nice and you could tell that Katherine had put a lot of thought into making it a comfortable place to stay. Overall, I would definitely recommend this as a place to stay in San Francisco.
Nous avons commencé notre voyage itinérant de 7 semaines aux USA par un séjour de 4 nuits chez Katherine qui, même si nous nous sommes peu vus, nous a réservé un accueil chaleureux et nous a mis à l'aise pour disposer selon nos besoins des parties communes de l'appartement et nous donner les conseils pratiques ( déplacements, restaurants et commerces du quartier, etc.) sollicités. La chambre est propre et le lit confortable, peut-être un peu petite pour des voyageurs munis de bagages en vue d'un long voyage. La salle de bain partagée et la cuisine sont bien équipées.
L'appartement, certes éloigné du centre de SF, est situé à 50m de l'arrêt du tramway-métro qui passe dans la rue et vous conduit le long de market avenue. Se déplacer est donc très facile. Le quartier est calme et résidentiel et il est facile d'y trouver une place pour garer sa voiture et l'y laisser pendant le séjour (pas de stationnement payant) si l'on souhaite profiter des transports en commun.
Donc, une adresse à retenir pour ceux qui cherchent à s'éloigner du centre ville tout en pouvant y accéder aisément et rapidement.
Katerine est une hôtesse discrète et agréable et son appartement adapté.