Share a 3-bedroom, 1-bath flat with owner (and possibly one other). High ceilings and abundant natural light. In a safe, clean, quiet residential area yet walking distance to some of the Bay Area's top dining, coffee, and cultural attractions.
THE ROOM is southward facing and gets plenty of direct sun throughout the day and has limited views of San Francisco's hills. It is a small room with a new full-size bed and a large closet furnished with a chest-of-drawers dresser for your own personal use. Expect four-star hotel comforts like down pillows and comforter, and premium quality sheets. Please click on Contact Host to inquire and introduce yourself before initiating your reservation request.
Included is WiFi and your choice of coffee (or tea) made from four different devices.
I enjoy entertaining, so it's likely that while you're with me, I will feed you an evening meal or two or perhaps homemade waffles on a Saturday morning. While you are always welcome to keep your food in the refrigerator, I ask that any cooking be kept to a minimum. (Let's talk first if you're a huge fan of cooking.)
MISSION MINI includes full access privileges to the common areas of my large, fully-furnished 3-bedroom apartment, which includes a living room, kitchen and dining nook, and a redwood sun deck with city skyline view. There is also a clothes washer and dryer set available for your use.
WALK TO Dolores Park, Valencia Street shops and restaurants, or nearby gyms. BART is 15 min by foot and two bus lines to downtown are within a half block. Easy access to 101 and 280. General Hospital and the UCSF campus system shuttle stops are a five minute walk to the east. One block from SamTrans buses to San Mateo Peninsula and Silicon Valley.
When you reserve with me, you'll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with my four-year record of hosting at the highest guest satisfaction level. Also click on my Profile to view my exclusive Guests' Bill of Rights and Expectations policy meant to ensure that your stay is a positive experience.
See my Guidebook feature or click on the map to view my mapped summary of my top picks in the neighborhood.
I'M HAPPY TO HELP to orient you and give you tips for making the most of your stay. If you enjoy running or climbing hidden urban staircases, the apartment is 15 min by foot to the north of the best scenic hilltop park in the city. It's entirely possible and a fairly flat route to ride a bike from the apartment to the Golden Gate Bridge.
*** How To BOOK
PLEASE first introduce yourself and receive a greenlight from me prior to booking. This will ensure that your credit card is not tied up in the event that I am not available to immediately accept your booking.
KINDLY fill out your profile, photo, etc. before contacting me. The more detailed your inquiry (days of stay, number in party, where you call home, what brings you to San Francisco and so on), the more likely I am to consider your stay.
If you don't see the dates you want, please send me a message to inquire about availability.
*** Contractual Disclosure Stuff:
A CONVENIENCE CHARGE of $100 will assessed on any accepted reservation request that is submitted without first receiving my pre-approval; a separate $100 convenience charge will be assessed on any reservation request that does not allow 24 hours notice between the time the request is made and the time of guest check in. Payments shall be made in US dollars at the time of check in and key hand off.
Please do not ask me to arrange a preview of the home for you. I may, in some limited instances (long-term bookings that exceed 30 days of stay), be able to meet you prior to booking for an interview.
CHECK OUT is at 9 am if your date of departure is on a workday (M-F), or 11 am on a weekend day; CHECK IN is at 5:30 pm if your date of arrival is on a workday (M-F), or 3 pm on a weekend day. (I try to be flexible whenever I can be.) Late night check ins are allowed only by advanced written agreement. See more under House Rules.
Q. How many people are staying at the flat and how many bathrooms are there?
A. The flat has one bathroom. I am single and live alone. All total, there will be no more two people at any one time in addition to you. Perhaps, just one -- me -- depending on whether I have a guest at the time you arrive.
Q. Do you accept reservations from couples?
Q. Can my girlfriend/boyfriend come stay for a few nights during my stay? He/she is stoked to come to Cali and see Frisco.
A. Probably not. Mission Mini is a small space that does not lend itself to couples. But maybe. Say, you're coming for an extended period (more than 30 days) and it would only be a night or two of also hosting your significant other. The chances of this request being granted improve if there is some upside that can be demonstrated. For instance, that you and your boy-/girl-friend would be away in Yosemite or Napa or Big Sur for three nights. Please let me know prior to booking if this issue is one you intend to raise with me.
Q. I sometimes like to hook up when out at bars. Would it be OK to bring home my new friend to your apartment?
A. No.The posing of this question tells me that this guest is not a good fit for the home and would likely be better suited to a hotel.
*** About the Neighborhood
LOCATED on trendy 22nd Street on a quiet, safe, owner-occupied block of the happening Mission District neighborhood. Situated among the hottest restaurants in the Bay -- Flour & Water, Local's Corner, Central Kitchen, Universal Cafe, Heirloom, and many, many more).
THE NEIGHBORHOOD is the cultural and culinary epicenter of the city and the Bay Area. The Mission District, long known as the Bohemian and Latin Quarter, has seen an unprecedented influx of investment and activity that has resulted in the greatest concentration of arts, eateries, bars, shops, street life, and urban culture of any of San Francisco's residential neighborhoods. The Mission neighborhood of today is the Bay Area’s countercultural crossroads and youth ground zero, akin to Haight Ashbury of the 1960s, if you were to add a tattoo rub with a well-provisioned offering of fairly-priced locally-sourced restaurants.
For those unfamiliar with San Francisco, the Mission neighborhood is the city's oldest recorded settlement, founded in 1776 with the arrival of the Spanish and the erection of the still existing Mission Dolores. The Mission's Latin flair remains and it is also known for its fair climate and as a culinary hotbed. As one of the few neighborhoods to be spared destruction in the Great Fire of 1906, the Mission boasts one of the city's highest concentrations of Victorian buildings.
Cheers and namaste.
When in Doubt, please Ask First;
Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with your host owning the unit (Translation: No risk to you of unpleasant landlord drama or last minute cancellation surprises due to the threat of eviction);
Please be a responsible adult and do your due diligence as to whether the Mission neighborhood is an appropriate fit for you. (Hint: If Applebee's and Cheesecake Factory are your ideas of reputable urban destinations, try something closer to the airport--in San Jose.) Requests for cancellation/refund based on geographic and/or socio-economic preferences will not be honored.
I encourage an open-door household. This means that you will know I am at home sleeping if my bedroom door is closed. I strongly encourage guests to adopt the same practice. When doors are left the house is lighted by sunlight and this openness adds to the family atmosphere and eliminates doubt about the need to keep voices low. Please speak with me if you have any concerns about this approach;
Please be considerate and smart about any alarms or ringtones during sleeping hours;
Outside Visitor/Guest privileges are not included. This means that all in your party must be disclosed, accounted for, and paid for. Any showing of your visitors into the house shall be done only with prior permission;
Please discuss with me first if you have any expectations about working from home or regular cooking or meal preparation;
The airbnb listing described and offered here is for residential use and does not cover commercial or office use. Therefore, I ask that any "work-from-home" activities be kept to a reasonable level;
Please do not store or eat food in the sleeping areas;
If you use the stove, please turn on the stove hood fan above;
If you use knives, pans, and cookware, please wash by hand soon after use;
No wood, pans or pots, or good chef's knives in the dishwasher;
Please use the recycling bin for aluminum, plastic, and glass. Please rinse out your food and beverage containers when done. Food waste goes into the compost bin;
Do not hang out or congregate on the front steps to wait for me or for any other reason;
The rear yard space at the bottom of the rear deck stairs is common area shared with the neighbors living in the unit below, and is therefore, not accessible to airbnb guests;
Non-smoking house; please do not burn anything that produces ash or melted wax;
Shoes off in house;
In the bathroom, please remove any accumulated hair from the bathtub drain screen after showering; please wipe up the sink basin and counter if you shave or splash water; if you regularly shed quantities of hair, please pitch in by sweeping up;
Please check with me first before using my computer or having your mail sent to my address;
Late night check ins are allowed only by advance written agreement. A face-to-face key hand off is the final step in the screening process and is therefore an expectation. A pre-agreed scheduled check-in time is required. Unless other arrangements have been agreed to, Check-in time window is from 5 pm to 9 pm, with a one-hour grace period;
A convenience charge for late-night check ins (to be made using the airbnb resolution tool) will be applied as follows: from 10:01 pm to 10:45 pm, $100; from 10:46 pm to 11:15 pm, $200, from 11:16 pm to midnight, $300. GUESTS not checked in by midnight will FORFEIT their first night of stay;
Policy regarding NO SHOWS: If by 1 pm of the second day of your scheduled stay as provided by your reservation, you have not checked in nor provided me written notice of your plans or whereabouts, you agree to FORFEIT your remaining nights of stay and allow me to direct airbnb to release the dates of stay on my reservation calendar. This means that acting as a NO SHOW as defined above triggers your initiating a cancellation;
Enjoy yourself but know that this is not a party house and any noise complaints received from neighbors will be cause for me having to ask you to leave;
The property is my home. Please treat it as such and pick up after yourself as you would in your own home;
Sorry, absolutely no pets are allowed on the property.
As a first time airbnb user and San Francisco newbie, I could not have asked for a better experience during my first month in the city. The house is in a great location in the Mission, walking distance to some amazing eateries, bars and shops. The room was comfortable, cozy, and sunny. JB was extremely accommodating and very knowledgeable of the area and provided great insight during my exploration of the city. I would definitely recommend this space to anyone coming to visit or move to San Francisco!
JB runs a tight ship! He has a lot of rules & regulations (based on his vast experience as a host) set in place to make your visit the most efficient. He was very receptive to any concerns I had and was always quick to communicate with me on how the matter in question could be resolved.
The pictures are completely accurate—except the delightfulness of the back porch can't even be expressed in photos.
The closet in the Mini room had a dresser with several large drawers, a small hanging bar, and a large shelf. I had two suitcases I stashed under the bed and I felt like I had plenty of space during my stay.
JB was an excellent host. He is very knowledgeable of the city, especially of the mission district and the surrounding areas. He was always willing and able to provide great suggestions of things to do or places to see.
JB's apartment was perfect for my stay. It is on the eastern edge of the mission district, so it is a bit of a walk to BART or to the night life on Mission St or Valencia. However, the distance from the noise is appreciated when trying to sleep at night, and the amazing SF weather makes for an easy walk.
I would definitely recommend JB's place.
My stay at JB's house was really comfortable, he's was very welcoming since the beginning, and he's been always available for any need I've had. He recommended places to visit, places to go and not to go, I really felt as I was at home!.
I stayed with JayBee for the second time now, and everything worked out great, just like last time! I was in San Francisco for work for a 2 months, and i needed a place to stay where things are organized and clean. If you've been dealing with sketchy hosts before, i can tell you: JayBee is your man! His place is clean and cozy, he's very friendly and clear as a host, everything works around this place, no awkward surprises.
I also really like the area around the 24th street, between Mission and Portrero. In my opinion its the best part of the mission: many good bars, grocery stores, cafés and places to eat. At the same time, it's relatively mellow, you don't squeeze yourself through a bunch of tourists, it's still down to earth and not too upscale and fancy yet. Also, its well connected, not only by BART, but busses and so as well.
When you're staying here, you also wanna make sure to ask JayBee a little about the area, about getting out in nature (if you're into that) or about things happening around! The tips he'll give you is more up to date than any guide books you'll find.
Thanks for a great stay!
I stayed with JayBee for a month in his beautiful, sunny Mission district condo. The apartment is immaculate - extremely clean. The room I stayed in was very small but the bed very comfortable, and lots of light. JB knows the city very well and will give great advice about places to go, things to do, etc. Very active, busy guy.. I enjoyed staying with him very much. The BART is about a 15 minute walk from the apartment, the MUNI buses are closer.. about a 20 minute ride downtown.
I moved to San Francisco and was looking for a temporary accommodation till i found my own place. JayBee's place was a perfect fit. He responded immediately to my emails with lots of information about the place and rates. Check in was a breeze, he was kind enough to help me with my luggage too! He gave me great suggestions of what to see and where to go and it was a pleasure staying at his place. The room is perfect for one person, comfortable bed and a lot of closet space. The location is great with buses to downtown and BART a few blocks away. JayBee is indeed a superhost with a ton of information about the city and surroundings!
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Urbanist, outdoorsman, and cultural dilettante.
Volunteer architectural tour guide for a local historic preservation society since 2004. I have a fine-grain knowledge of the city on the level of a travel guidebook writer. Happy to share recommendations on the arts, cultural, music, dining, and bar scenes.
My approach to hosting is guided by own travel experiences at various lodgings. What I found missing so often in my stays was a sense of warmth and place. So when I went to work on designing my own lodging experience, I was mindful of incorporating artwork, quality lighting, soothing colors and textures, tropical plants, and high-end comforts. After all, you don't put up with shabby sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels at home, so why should you downgrade when traveling?
Consider me your local contact and friend for help with all things San Francisco. Better than at any hotel, really, because unlike the help downtown, I live in the heart of city rather than the ex-urbs, and I don't receive compensation from restaurants, bars, or galleries in return for my recommendations.
San Francisco and Mission District neighborhood resident since 2003 -- originally from Seattle.
Guests' Bill of Rights and Expectations
1. Your reservation is secure. I only accept a reservation if I'm sure I can honor it and the dates absolutely work for me.
2. Your privacy. I won't need to enter your room and will not do so without your knowledge and consent.
3. You're not subject to my personal life. You can expect that I will not have my friends and family hanging around.
4. A friendly, welcoming atmosphere. You can expect that I will leave the porch light on for you.
5. New and premium sheets and towels.
6. Clear communication to set expectations, offer feedback, and apprise you of my plans and schedule.
7. A clean living space in a curated environment.
8. An atmosphere that is respectful, flexible, and collaborative.
9. Customer support to get you oriented and offer recommendations.
10. A "thermostat" host experience that allows you the option of company over morning coffee and evening dinners or the freedom to go your own way.
My News and airbnb insider tips, updated July 2014. Travelling to Portland, Oregon with airbnb to take in summer and the Riverfront Blues Fest.
May 2014. Summer Season of free Sunday outdoor concerts in Stern Grove announced with a heavy soul - R&B line up;
February 2014, attended masked Mexican "lucha libre" wrestling in the Mission District with the guest I'm hosting;
January 2014, when booking for more than two weeks, you can often secure the best price by reserving at the monthly rate and save money even if you can't use all 30 nights;
December 2013, always ask any potential host how many units are in the building and what any neighbors within the building are like. It's also entirely within your right to ask if the neighbors are on board with the airbnb experience;
November 2013, one of the leading causes of hosts cancelling reservations at the last minute is a landlord finding out about an unapproved airbnb situation. Ask your prospective host if they are a renter and what they can do for you should they need to cancel;
October 2013, a last minute cancellation by a prospective host is the easiest thing that can go wrong on airbnb, since the penalties are relatively minor. Ask your host if he has cancelled on guests before and what certainty s/he can provide that your reservation will not be cancelled;
September 2013, this is the final month to catch SF as the host city for America's Cup Race of multi-million dollar sail boats on the north waterfront overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
April 2013, Now is the best time to view the storied California poppy, in full bloom on the sun-facing slopes of the Bay Area hills surrounding San Francisco.
Feb. 2013, Noise Pop rocks the Mission with free shows daily at Benders -- a dive bar Smithsonian of local grit capturing the days before the Mission gentrified.
Oct. 2012, the line up for the Hardly Strictly free music festival in Golden Gate Park Oct. 5 - 7 has been announced and includes free perfomances by Dwight Yoakam and the reunited Son Volt.
September 2012, Backpacking Montana wilderness.
March 2012, Tapped by airbnb to participate in a demonstration project and provide advice on labs features for enhancing the site's user experience.
Feb. 2012, Beginning outline of chapters for online direct-to-market independent book with working title "Complete Host's Guide to Success on Airbnb."
Jan. 2012, Back from three weeks traveling Mexico on airbnb with a renewed sense of what makes for a good stay and what a guest wants.
Oct. 2011, People get ready as LitQuake (Oct. 7 thru Oct. 15) is poised to overtake the Mission and SF with smart readings and many a glass held high, culminating in LitCrawl on Oct. 15.
Sept. 2011, the line up for the Hardly Strictly free music festival in Golden Gate Park Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 has been announced and includes Merle Haggard, Robert Plant, Bob Mould, and Thurston Moore!
Aug. 2011, just returned from 5 nights of backpacking the North Cascades about 5 miles south of the Canadian Border.