About this listing
Two warm and cozy private rooms in our charming home located 2 blocks from Golden Gate Park. The space includes a bedroom, living and eating area, and bath and is easily accessible through a private entrance. You will love the easy access to SF!
Your private entrance leads to your own large living room, bedroom, and private bath. An eating area includes a small refrigerator, microwave, kitchen table and coffee pot. Your living quarters is on the ground floor of our home, so you have exclusive use of your space without having to go through our living area. Please note that our family living space is directly above the suite and there can be a modest amount of noise briefly in the morning and again in the evening. If you need or want a space that is perfectly quiet at all times, you should consider other options. While there is only one queen size bed, it is possible to sleep one extra person/child in the living room area on a fold out sofa.
The private unit is on the ground floor of our single family home. You can enter your suite from the ground floor through the purple-colored door. You have exclusive access to your living quarters, and we will only enter once we have asked. You will enter your unit through a private entrance. If your stay is one week or longer, you will have access to a washer and dryer in the garage area next to the unit.
Interaction with guests
We can have as much or as little access as you want. I am a consultant, so I have a flexible schedule and my home office is located on the second floor of our home. You can call or text me when needed, and I will do my best to respond within 15 minutes.
A four block stroll takes you to Golden Gate Park and its world-class museums (DeYoung Art Museum and California Academy of Sciences), along with its meadows and flower gardens. A stroll in the other direction takes you to vibrant Clement Street, with a host of Asian restaurants, bookstores, and curiosity shops. A short drive takes you to Ocean Beach (expert-level surfing or tension-relieving walks), to the Golden Gate Bridge and Chrissy Field,to Fisherman's Wharf, or to the restaurants, bars, and shops of Union Square, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, and Fillmore Street. The Napa and Sonoma valleys are approximately one hour north of us, the beaches of Santa Cruz are one hour south, and the wonders of Monterey Bay are twenty minutes south of Santa Cruz. Scenic hikes abound, including walks along Ocean Beach, Chrissy Field, and along the Land's End trail high above the surf just outside Golden Gate Bridge. Challenging and well-kept public golf courses include The Presidio Golf Course (five minute drive) or Harding Park. An hour to the south, of course, places you at Pebble Beach. Giant redwood trees are a few minutes north at Muir Woods. The beauty of the Sierra Mountains, including Lake Tahoe is approximately four hours away. Pier fishing is available at a host of nearby spots, and charter boats depart from Fisherman's Wharf daily. The city and surrounding areas are a haven for cyclists.
In our neighborhood: We are located within 2 blocks of three major bus lines (38 Geary, 31 Balboa and 5 Fulton). Also, we are a short bus ride to the underground train system, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).
Parking: If you have a car, please be aware that we have two sets of parking restrictions: 2-hour limits on weekdays only between 9am-6pm (there are blocks in the surrounding area that do not have restrictions OR we have for sale @ $8 per day, permits to park on our block. If you plan to drive and park, please be aware of street cleaning 2x each month (read signs for details.)
Other things to note
Registration number: STR-0000374
We love having guests and hope that you will treat our home the way you would want guests to treat yours. To facilitate a positive experience for all, we ask that you keep the following rules in mind:
SMOKING & OPEN FLAMES: Our home is a non-smoking environment, including the front and back deck/garden of our home. No candle burning.
LAUNDRY: Guests who stay for a week or longer are welcome to use the in-house washer & dryer located in the garage. For shorter-term visitors, there are several laundromats conveniently located 2 blocks away.
LINENS: Please be mindful that in California, we are experiencing drought conditions. Please re-use towels. If necessary, we provide extra linens including towels, sheets and a wool blanket. They are located in the closet in and on top of the dresser.
GUESTS: We are happy to allow guests during the daytime hours, but we do not allow overnight guests without prior approval.
PARKING: Parking restrictions in our neighborhood are between 9am-6pm weekdays ONLY, there is a 2-hour limit on parking in our neighborhood. You have 3 options:
** Daily parking permits: Purchase from me ($8 per day) neighborhood parking permits that you leave on your dashboard;
**Unrestricted parking spots: You can search for blocks where there are no parking restrictions. Those spots do exist, but can take time to find;
**Parking App: There are several apps that search for affordable nearby parking garages; or
**Our garage: We can give you exclusive use of our garage where you can park your car for the duration of your stay. We prefer the car not be moved (no in-and-out privileges) as we use our driveway regularly throughout the day. We will assess a nominal daily surcharge for parking.
PRIVACY -- We will enter your living quarters only with your permission or in the case of emergency.
HOUSEKEEPING: You are responsible for your own housekeeping, unless you are staying one week or longer.
PETS – We have a black lab named Lucy and do not allow any pets, other than our own, in the house. She is 15 years-old, and will occassionally bark. Please alert us if she gets too noisey.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
We are a family of four with two boys, 17 and 11. We enjoy traveling, but also the activities our neighborhood, city, and region provide. These include beach walks, Bay swimming, surfing,snowboarding, attending sports events (GO GIANTS!), and visiting museums. Before the advent of Airbnb, we hosted exchange students from France, Spain, and Paraguay, and hosted guests from North Africa, along with family from other parts of the U.S. and Mexico. We love cooking (and eating). We can help you find the best food from fine-dining, to hip dining, to casual comfy to food trucks. We love a broad range of music, and we can steer you in the direction of live music offerings. (If you are present during a San Francisco "Sunday Streets" event, you might catch our son's band in the act.) We see it as our obligation to be present when you need us, and (nearly) invisible when you do not. One of us is fluent in Spanish, the other is functional in Spanish and French.