Quiet big nicely furnished private room. Morning bay window light. Wi-fi, flat screen, and library of an SF Architectural Photographer / artist / surf-guide.
Well lit shared kitchen and everything needed to cook up a storm with gas stove, patio bbq too.
Washer/Dryer, loaner bike included... and beaches nearby.
The room offered is in a spacious Marina style flat not in a hostel like it may appear at first. The visitor gets a spacious bedroom / den library with a rustic antique door, and hardwood floors. Of special note: The full sized bed has a bed pad which is washed along with the sheets before each guest arrives. I figure that is a more hygienic procedure than hotels I've stayed in. The bathroom, kitchen and floors, blinds and windows and sills are all clean. I'm a photographer, and I like dust free environments, but not sparse clinical ones. Even better, it is generally quite silent at night here. This is a 1,700 sq. ft. flat with 6 compartments including kitchen and one bathroom. There are two other people living here. They come and go considerately of your space not slamming any doors - leaving early and coming back late weekdays - they will of course know you're staying here. One of them does not use the kitchen, but it is a shared kitchen with the other flat-mate, John. I rent out this space when I go to my house in Tahoe, go shooting on location, surfing up and down the coast, camping, or when I can host a guest and stay myself too (comfy bunk beds in my kids room!). I don't rent out through Airbnb while I have my kids every other weekend 4 nights if they are staying at the flat. Those nights are not available, all subject to change though. The neighboring room to your room in the flat would be vacant (kids room), unless pre-arranged that I am going to be there for any reason including; I'm either your surf-guide, taking you to Napa/Sonoma wine country for a day, going for a short bike ride to show you things nearby (for you to get acquainted with the local GG Park area and Balboa St. neighborhood), taking you to your requested destination via Volvo luxury sedan (taxi fee applies here), or back to the airport perhaps ($27). With special arrangements - a family can stay here one or two nights and the French Doors from the bedroom can open into that playroom with bunk beds. That room is huge and the hallway is long, both of which are a buffer to the back of the flat where the other two rooms are (flatmate occupied). One of those friendly flat mates works 6am to 7pm commuting to Berkeley and keeps to her own space. The other visits his girlfriend South of SF most often, so you'll unlikely see John. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions regarding the accommodations for you.
683 is a flat in a 2 unit building. Lower buzzer at the gate. There is a lock-box with entry code for the front entry to the flat if I'm not here to welcome you at first, and for any reason I can't reply via text or phone asap. The front door is 683 at top of the stairs, door on the right. Light-switch is on the left when you come in. Then your guest room is first door on the right (black doorknob). Bathroom is on the left at the end of the hallway. The door with the NASA sticker is John's room. Kitchen/dining area is at the end of the hallway on the right. The door to the left at the rear of the flat, just after the Washer/Dryer area goes to Veena's space (private), text me first if you need anything.
Included are 3 bikes to choose from. One is a beach cruiser, there's a single gear track bike set up to ride dirt paths in your room, and a full suspension Marin attack trail Mtn. Bike (adjustable to fit persons 5'5" to 6'-0). There is a reliable easy to drive Nissan Quest van available through (website hidden).
See "getting around" regarding the bus lines and public transportation.
I can be virtually invisible and never meet you, sort of like Obi-Wan style, or you can strike up a conversation about the weather and what your needs are. Where can the blue guest towel be kept? I'd answer, "Wherever, other than over wood, but the towel rack on the backside of the bathroom door or hook on the backside of the rustic antique bedroom door work pretty good". I practice and recite these lines in front of the Vanity. I was a budding theater prospect in YPT here in SF, "A long time ago in a far away galaxy." When I didn't get the role as Luke, I gave up and handed the aspiration over to my son - hence call me Obi, but I'm no Ewan for sure. I go by JD or Jon.
It is generally quite silent at night here.
This is a locals neighborhood and not touristy until you go North or South to epic Landmarks within a bike ride away such as the Golden Gate Bridge or CA Academy of Sciences and De Young Museum. The neighborhood has the Balboa theater if you want to walk and see a movie, as well as award winning Michelin rated 5 star restaurant Aziza or Tommy's with the largest selection of Tequila on the West Coast. I've been in San Francisco for 23 years and lived in 6 different Districts, this one is a fine balance of solitude, nature viewing (Land's End) and nearby attractions, markets, as well as great "dive" restaurants, local's cafes / bars, or fine dining.
You can walk a block North and get some nice views of the golden Gate Bridge and Downtown SF. There is a free Presidio Go bus that will take you to the G.G. Bridge at Baker Beach, which is walking distance 8 blocks. Sea Cliff and China Beach or Land's End are 6 blocks away. Golden Gate Park is 2 blocks away. There are golf courses Lincoln Golf Course or Frisbee golf just couple blocks away. I'll set you up with golf discs or clubs gratis. There are petanque courts next to the Buffalo range within 4 blocks of here. Play petanque while you watch Birds of Prey like Red Tail hawks or a likely Coyote sighting. Don't feed the Raccoons! To explain everything I like about this neighborhood would take at least a week of you staying here with me talking too much. I'd rather you discover things on your own, but I can give a few suggestions, as well as let you have your peace. I do offer search and rescue service, just text or call me.
Balboa is the closest street corner with the electric 31 bus line. It runs to Embarcadero Ferry Bldg..
Geary St. is two blocks away to Downtown and has the 38 bus line.
Fulton St. along G.G. Park has the 5 Fulton electric muni bus which also goes to Market Street.
Closest BART is at Civic Center.
I offer driving service or a car you can rent.
The bikes are free, just return them the way that they were minus the normal wear on the tires!
I'm open to any suggestions for making my home a better place to stay!
Jon is a nice and helpful host. The room is clean and environment is safe. Good place for travellers with a tight budget. You will feel like home.
My stay at Jons room was awesome. Great location, I was able to walk to-from the Golden Gate Bridge (as well as across!) with ease. Close to many transit lines. Jon was great to talk to and super helpful!
Perfect bedroom, located 5mn from the golden gate park, and right by the 31 bus stop that brings you all the way to the ferry building.
Great location! Easy access to fantastic food as well as conveniences like Walgreens and the MUNI. If you're looking for a single bedroom over on the west side of town, this is quite a value.
Really nice place and the owner as well. ;)
An adequate room, though considerably more cramped than expected. Facilities definitely clean enough.
Staying with Jon worked out very well for me. The room is cozy, heated and comfortable. The bed is comfortable. Jon is a considerate host with lots of local knowledge. He also offered a reliable airport pickup for a reasonable price and a bike to ride during my stay. I would stay with Jon again for sure.
Jon is a great host, a genuinely nice guy and his place was perfectly located within easy walking distance of the beach, golden gate park and land's end. Additionally, I took advantage of his offer to drive me to the airport which took a good deal of stress out of relying on a cab and was very reasonably priced. I would definitely stay with him again.
Had a great stay with Jon! Super host, nice guy and had lots of good local advice on where to check out, he very kindly lent me his bike to go explore golden gate park and the city. Great location and room too. Recommended!
I had planned a last minute trip to San Francisco, and emailed a few folks on AirBnb. John was the quickest person to respond. I also needed to arrive rather late at night, and John was most helpful. The room is very clean and comfortable in a safe and quiet neighborhood. Overall, it worked out well for me.