Home sweet home. There's a welcome tote full of local goodies waiting for you - and you can even keep the SF themed tote. Including an Exploratorium card for up to 8 people. Please share why you are coming to SF and I will accommodate your needs.
Experience San Francisco! I help make your trip a success. From breakfast in the sunny dining area - to the end of a day of amazing excursions around the Bay Area - this house becomes your home.
I have lived in San Francisco for 20+ years and know what's going on and can hook you up with tickets, passes, vouchers, or invite you along to what I am doing with other Airbnb guests from other cool properties. I am friends with other Airbnb hosts and we often head out to fun places for lunch or dinner with guests.
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
I assume you have done your research on what to do in San Francisco. Let me help you with "the last mile" so it's done like a local. I know the places to avoid and the places - or paths - to go. Did you know it's better to take a taxi than other rideshare sites in parts of SF at certain times because taxis have special lanes now? Did you want to ride a bike across Golden Gate Bridge? Did you think of having lunch in Sausalito and then taking the ferry back?
Mi casa es su casa. You have total privacy here and want you to feel like this is your home and you can kick back and get energized for the next adventure. You have access to the TV's, ROKU, Netflix, Amazon, news, music, etc. I have the sports package HD cable so you can speak what you want in the remote and it should take you there.
If you want to meet others and be social, I can pick you up or invite you to where we are. I am always exploring the city and follow this mantra of "being a tourist in my own town" so I always find wonderment in the city I love so much.
GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY
This is a corner house at a parkside neighborhood so everyone is friendly and protective of the park and neighbors. This is why Mission Terrace is so amazing and Balboa Park is a treasure. I can walk around the park at 6am or 11pm and feel safe. If you see a neighbor, please wave and say hi. I want to make sure they know my Airbnb guests are friendly and also considerate of the wonderful neighborhood.
WORK OR PLEASURE
If you are coming for work, I can setup desks and workchairs upstairs. I can also make sure you have more coffee than normal and any power strips that are needed.
WINE & BEER
There is wine and beer in the refrigerator that is for guests. I try to keep that stocked for you. Let me know is that runs low.
CEREAL & SNACKS
I have tons of snacks and cereal (and milks) for you to enjoy. They are all yours to try. No need to replace anything. If cereal makes you feel like this is luxury then I am the king.
THE CHECK-IN EXPERIENCE
When you walk upstairs at "Casa de Balboa Park" you will have a door code that I generate for you a few days before arrival. When you enter, please take off your shoes. The white carpet and wood floors will thank you and so will your feet when the vibe of "being home" instantly begins. If I am not there to greet you, then please let me know you got here safely with the tablet app Guestbook+. Please open any windows if you need fresh air and pick the room you want.
THE SAN FRANCISCO EXPERIENCE - WORK
If you need to work while you are here, then BART is very close and can get you downtown in under 30 minutes in a low-stress way. If you drive then there is a little congestion on the freeway but it clears up on the 280 and then normal morning traffic after that. If you go south, then the commute is reverse and it's pretty easy and the freeway onramp is three blocks away.
THE SAN FRANCISCO EXPERIENCE - PLAY
This neighborhood is the best bang for the buck. It's a working class area and Mission Street is close by. But is the "deep mission" and you get the more exotic Central and South American faire. Coffee and oatmeal at Mama's Art Cafe is amazing. Tasty Coffee around the corner has great Mexican Mochas and tamales.
If you are a foodie, then head to the center of town to get the best wakey wakey eggs and backey. I take BART to Civic Center and go to Brenda's French Soul Food or Dotties True Blue Cafe. Both legends in the city. Plow and Mama's are not too shabby either. When you fuel up at these places, the city experiences open up and you can go to museums, shows, tours, bike rides, walks, and also do some shopping.
BEST NEIGHBORHOODS FOR THE TIME CRUNCH
Hayes Valley is awesome and so is Castro Street and Valencia Street. If you just did those, you got more of a taste of San Francisco than anyone else who did the tourist traps.
It's hard to resists I know but none of the locals ever go to Fishermans Wharf or Pier 39. If we do it's a reason to load up on salt water taffy and be good citizens and take photos of people trying to take selfies. Heck, I had to try to remember the names of these places because I still can't believe they exist. If you go there, do not get ripped off by the crab sandwich stands or the aquarium. Check it out if you have the burning desire but you are better off spending your time in the neighborhoods I mentioned or even around Potrero Hill and go to the Anchor Steam Brewery museum. Trust me on that one!
SAN FRANCISCO ISLAND
As locals, we feel we are disconnected with the rest of the world. We live on the beach but never go. We pay a lot in rent but never stay. Our places are small and have big dogs. We bitch and moan but are peaceful yoga souls. No wonder we can't relate to the rest of the world. My invitation to you is to experience the city like it was your last day on earth. Crash a picnic at Golden Gate Park. Party with the hippies in the Haight. Skip down Embarcadero like you just don't care. Day drink at the top bars in SOMA. Scream at the top of Twin Peaks. Buy a round of Irish Coffees at Buena Vista.
If you rent a car then parking here is awesome. Often right in front of the house. There are three spaces there and hardly used. If they are used then on the other side of the house is always open. In 13 years I have never had to park further than 4 houses away.
I value sleep and want to make sure you have a good nights rest. This is a very quiet block and no traffic or parties. I have a lot of pillows and hypo-allergenic pillows and covers to choose from. The beds are new and the sheets and towels are replaced often by a local company. if you need earplugs or any other sleep aids please let me know.
This is my home when nobody is here and my daughter and I stay here. You may have seen her photos around the house. Please sign the Guestbook+ App when you leave so I have a momento of your stay.
STUFF ABOUT THE HOUSE & AREA
"Casa de Balboa" was built in 1943 and has charm, wood floors, a modern kitchen, gas stove, and lots of natural light. This lovely corner home is on a quiet street along Balboa Park. The location is a parkside, commuter's dream. The map shows the house off the park, that is not right, it is facing the park away from the main street. Everyone loves this as their San Francisco experience.
All three bedrooms are upstairs and there is one bathroom and shower with good water pressure. If you read the reviews about this then you know this is no kid toy in there. Two bedrooms have queen beds, the other bedroom has two twin beds. Sleeping on the big red sectional sofa is okay - and also comfy.
Balboa Park has 4 newly resurfaced tennis courts, a massive playpark for kids, a new skatepark, baseball fields, soccer fields, and new basketball courts. The olympic size swimming pool is 40 steps from the front door.
Both queen beds have Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress covers. The kitchen faucet has filtered drinking water. There are tennis balls, tennis racquets, foam roller, steps, weights, and coolers in case you want to kick it at one of San Francisco's gorgeous parks.
Whole Foods is a 12 minute walk through the park and a right on Ocean Ave. Or park in their free parking garage. The Red Sea Market has basics and decent wine/beers and that is a 5 minute walk.
Use Munchery to order amazing meals to heat at the house. Amazon and UberEats also has a lot on their menu but I prefer Osha Thai delivery. There are also top pizza places that deliver if you want pizza and a movie one night.
Osha Thai is 10 minutes away. Hop on the J Church. Check NextBus for schedules. Head north for 2 stops, the Glen Park Station. If you prefer something else, there are 12 other restaurants and bars to choose from in Glen Park. It's a charming area of town with cafes and breakfast places in the morning. If you want to head out for dinner, Uber, Lyft, or BART to the Mission or SOMA in minutes. Please don't drink and drive. TIP: take BART or J Church there, and then Uber back to the house.
GETTING HERE FROM THE AIRPORT
Let me know when you arrive. I will try to pick you up at the airport if I can. It's a 20 minute cab ride to the house if I can't get you.
Towels and sheets are replaced every 2 months. Linens are washed in very hot water and cleaning service does a great job.
I have a lot of cooking supplies at the house. Feel free to use them and enjoy home cooked meals. If you want, I can also cook meals and share some good wine with you. Just ask. I am here if you need me to make your stay memorable and nothing like you would get anywhere else.
A day or more before, you will get your own code to enter the house. Guests will have access to the entire house except the garage.
Interaction with guests
I try to greet the guest for a quick tour and that's about it. You have the whole house to yourself. It's a plug and play home.
Other things to note
The house has a lot of original artwork if you like to surround yourself with creativity. Enjoy the four Blair Bradshaw paintings including the large masterpiece "Periodic Table" he painted in 1998. Another work by Rosemary Feit Covey is in the entry.
Filtered water is in the kitchen so no need to get bottled water. I drink the SF tap water 50% of the time.
There is a Nest Thermostat in the house. It's easy to use.
The house was built in 1943 and has the original doorbell, shower door, tiles, and even ceiling decorations made by unemployed cake decorators during war time. Enjoy the art-deco details.
Water is precious, please manage usage of water in the bathroom and kitchen.
Communication is key. Let me know if you need anything. I am 4 miles away.
This is a no-shoes household. Please take off your shoes in the entrance, there is a shoe rack inside the entry closet.
If you stay on a Thursday, please take trash out to the bins I leave on the curb that night.
Do not touch or move the paintings or furniture.
Do not park in the driveway or in front of neighbors driveway. They need clear access to their driveway.
The fireplace has not been used in years so please do not use it.
Turn off the heater before you leave the house. It's a Nest thermostat so just turn the dial counter-clockwise.
Double check the front door to make sure it is locked. ALWAYS double check and keep the new door lock in locked position.
Hello. I am very happy that you want to stay at my home. I´m a passionate Airbnb host, and only happy when my guests are happy. I love to share my knowledge, appreciation, and love for the Bay Area. I will do everything I can to make your stay as perfect and as comfortable as possible.
I have lived in San Francisco for over 20 years and love this town. I like to call it a town because there are only 850,000 people here and I like to say hi to everyone and promote the "be neighborly" mantra. If you visit here, I hope you experience the locals are friendly, helpful, and share embrace curious travelers.
I will always meet you in person when you arrive, welcome you and share local knowledge with you. Let me know if you have any special requests in terms of diet, travel, sleeping, pillows, etc.
I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco soon!