About this listing
1500 square feet of natural light, skylights, and park views. Open space conducive for working, relaxing, or family time. Bath + shower. Very quiet street that is close to 101, 280, MUNI, BART. Friendly neighbors, safe area, and parking. +ROKU
"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. Casa de Balboa 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 mainstreet. Everyone loves this as their San Francisco experience.
The rooms are upstairs. Both bedrooms have queen beds. The yoga room can have a twin bed upon request. Sleeping on the sofa is okay is also comfy - too comfy at times.
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.
The sunroom is a wide open space facing the park - another wide open space. Use the room to read, work, stretch, do yoga, or have a tea party. Guests have moved the table there to work and be creative.
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. Eat24 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. Again, it's easy to get to all parts of SF from here.
Osha Thai is 10 minutes away. Hop on the J Church. Check NextBus for schedules. Head north for 2 stops, the Glen Park Station. Head up the stairs and cross the street. It is right there to the left as you cross the street. If you prefer something else, there are 10 other restaurants and bars to choose from. It's a charming area of town with cafes and breakfast places in the morning. If you want to head out for dinner, Uber Cab 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.
This is a friendly neighborhood with plenty of parking on the street and often right in front of the house. Seriously, plenty of parking.
Getting around is easy and fast. Freeways are close so San Mateo is 20 minutes away. SOMA is 12 minutes away.
Public transportation is handy with J Church one block away and BART 2 blocks away. Within minutes you can be dropped in SOMA, The Mission, or Noe Valley.
Walk to Mission Street bars and restaurants. Whole Foods is 4 blocks away. The police station is within the park which makes a lot of people feel safe day and night.
There is a massive smart TV with AppleTV, Netflix, and a DVD player. Plug in the laptop or use (website hidden) Chromecast, it's a modern media center without the hassle. The Internet speed is very fast and stable.
For a guy, I am a bit of a neat freak. Torture for friends but great for AirBnB guests. Towels and sheets are replaced every 6 months. Linens are washed in very hot water and cleaning service does a great job.
I am rarely home. If I stay at the house, I stay in the in-law downstairs. I only come up to stock something with your approval - or get invited for a glass of wine.
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 in-law apartment.
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.
My neighborhood rocks! The park is my front yard. I can get anywhere in minutes, including SFO by BART or car. It's the perfect city home without being overwhelmed by the city, parking hassle, noise, or hills.
J Church is a block away. BART is 2 blocks away. It's ridiculous to not use it.
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. Please watch this video to see how it works:
Communication is key. Let me know if you need anything. I come and go in the in-law and live 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 there are shoes marks or shoes stains on the white carpet I have to charge another cleaning fee.
The house was built in 1943 and has the original doorbell, shower door, and tiles. Enjoy the details.
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.
Water is precious, please manage usage of water in showers.
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.
Myself and 2 colleagues stayed there for 6 days whilst on a recent business trip. James was a perfect host. He had already helped us before we arrived, as we had to hastily rebook for a week earlier than planned. James managed to accommodate the changes without issue. The house is great !. Clean, loads of room and perfectly placed for the BART, which we used everyday to travel to our client. Should we need to travel again to see our client, I won't hesitate to "try" and rebook with him.
We can't thank James enough - and I hope the beer gift we left for him was a good choice :) .
James was extremely helpful and accommodating when my two roommates and I needed last minute housing. The house is as pictured - very sunny and spacious with some really cool works of art. We live in a different area of San Francisco and were big fans of the neighborhood. There were always adorable dogs playing in the park right across the street, and the nearby bars/restaurants have a relaxed local vibe. Overall a great experience.
It was easy to communicate and coordinate with James, who was very accommodating to my family. The neighborhood is quiet with ample parking and plenty of public transportation options. There's a park across the street if you feel like getting fresh air or having a small picnic. James' house is fully equipped with kitchen appliances, entertainment, and bathroom toiletries. It is spacious, central and convenient, and very comfortable. I would recommend this house to a single family household, it is just perfect.
We are a family of 6, first time Airbnb users ... we really enjoyed the experience and will definitely use Airbnb again. James was a very attentive host always fast to respond our emails/comments. He welcomed us when we arrived at the property and briefly explained how everything worked and was organized. He gave us excellent suggestions on what to do and where to eat.
The description/pictures of the apartment are a direct reflection of the condition and state of the property. Dishwasher wasn´t working, but James offered to send somebody at midweek if needed.
James was very inviting and communicative. The home is modern and clean. Nice TV with streaming and a good kitchen. Convenient to the highway and BART staion.
Had a great experience at this house June 26th - July 3rd. All the positive reviews are spot on. The house is as advertised. James is an excellent host.
Location is convenient (near highway or public transportation) and a short drive/walk away from local restaurants, shops. It's slightly removed from the city and a great home-base to come back and relax at after a busy day.
Living room was comfortable and fun place to hang out with family/friends. James has fun games and books around the place. Kitchen is well stocked with several essentials. The beds are super SOFT. Everything was clean and tidy.
I would stay here again or recommend to anyone looking in this area.
This is my first time using Airbnb. I was traveling with my wife and 11-month old baby. It was our house hunting tour and our expectation was simple-"clean, can cook for my baby" and should have a separate room for my baby, by which I spent 3436 dollars for 8 days. The first impression with James was very positive as he reminded me the house was not babyproofed. Also our flight was late and he had been waiting for 2 hours until we showed up. After entering the house we realized the house was kind of old, with some kind of "old house" smell. The rug under the table was dirty, and the sofa was dirty, by flipping the cushion of the sofa we could see food dirt. Bed on the "yoga room" is full of dog hairs. Both bedrooms were clean at least. That was acceptable to us. After coming back from house hunting tour. I started receiving email from James saying our baby left pee stain on his bed. We brought travel crib and baby only co-slept with us during the day time for a while. We DID notice that sometimes baby woke up with water stain under his HEAD, but his clothes were dry. We thought that was baby's sweat and it could dry and disappear. But James declared it was still there, Then I asked James just dropping a bit clean water onto the sheet and see whether there could be a stain, if so, I am questioning whether the sheet was dirty or was over cleaned with too much detergent. Then today I received another email complaining the dishwasher lid was broken. That made me mad completely. We did use the dishwasher couple of times but we noticed the square lid was loose and we always use the round one. All of a sudden I realized that AirBnb is NOT REAL hotel business. You should do the entire whole house inspection before check in and out otherwise you will be blamed by the last person using the broken device. All my entire imagination with Airbnb was broken just like a bubble. As a 31-year old man, I should not have such a high expectation to something I was not sure about, but meanwhile, I should also have enough knowledge on how to use dishwasher. Breaking dishwasher for 8-day stay? I was also told I left marks on the newly-painted wall, I could neither accept nor deny it as I did not even check whether we leave such thing when we walk inside the house. But IMHO, i did not intentionally punch the wall, scratch it for no reason, or fight against my wife and throw things towards each other. I was also not a gun owner and not interested in shooting wall for fun. Next time, next time I will do full inspection for sure. After big hesitation, I leave whatever you see here. How could you be so bored to read such a long...
About the Host, James
I am a tennis player, snowboarder, and dad. I enjoy wine, sake, and chocolate! As a profession, I am the Director of User Experience and focus on behavioral research, body language, workflows, and discovering methods to make awesome products.