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The lower level of our house was a raucous, unlicensed gambling parlor for 40 years. Now it's a large, clean, no-frills guestroom with its own private entrance, private half-bath, microwave, full-size refrigerator, pinball machine, and more.

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queen bed + natural light + lots of electrical outlets

queen bed + natural light + lots of electrical outlets

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The Space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $12
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

From the early 1970s until mid-2010, the spacious lower level of our Bayview home was a high-spirited speakeasy called THE CRIB.

What is now a huge, clean, no-frills guestroom with its own private entrance, private half-bath, microwave, full-size refrigerator, pinball machine, and access to a large backyard was for nearly 40 years a raucous, unlicensed neighborhood hangout full of gambling and vending machines, and a small champagne room with mirrors on the ceiling and every wall. (Alas, that room is now a storage closet.)

The space has a queen-size bed and a full-size futon, wireless internet (bring your own laptop), and a TV & DVD & VHS player. (No cable or local TV.)

The private entrance, half-bath, and other amenities mean that your contact with our bustling family life will be minimal, and more or less at your discretion. You may see us if you come upstairs to shower in our handsome claw-footed tub or cook yourself a meal in the newly renovated kitchen. Otherwise, your privacy is complete. We have a washer & dryer upstairs and you're welcome to use them.

Your hosts are a married couple in their early 30s with two young boys, ages 4-1/2 and 7. We also have a friendly, medium-sized border collie mix named Mo, who won't come downstairs during your stay, and can be crated as necessary.

Our house is two blocks from SF's newest Muni light-rail train line: the T-Third Street train. This train goes directly to and from downtown San Francisco. Several buses stop near the house, too.

We're an ideal spot for savvy, hardy, adventurous travelers in search of a truly unique and fun/funny experience. Tourists never come to Bayview, so all its charms are hidden charms — the good non-fancy restaurants & coffee spots, the parks, and the atmosphere. We're also good for travelers with a car or bikes. Parking is easy by San Francisco standards, and the heart of the Mission District is a non-hilly, 15-minute bike ride (or a 7-minute drive) away.

Public transit: We are very close to the Muni T-Third Street light rail train (Kirkwood-LaSalle stop), and also very close to bus stops along the Muni 23 bus and Muni 24 bus. Check the "Getting Around" section of our listing for more details.

Ours is a bad place for travelers who'd prefer to stay on the beaten path, or who are put off by ethnic and industrial neighborhoods. Bayview is not a luxury or traditional-tourist area, but it's a great part of San Francisco to experience, and our home's former-speakeasy lower level makes a fine, un-fancy place to crash.

Check our guidebook here on Airbnb for a handful of neighborhood attractions, including restaurants, the supermarket, and coffee shops. The space also comes with a printed neighborhood guide we've put together just for guests.

Note: If you'd like to stay in our space, your Airbnb profile must be complete, and it must contain accurate information. Safety requires two-way clarity. Thanks for understanding.

Getting Around

Our house is very close to the Muni T-Third Street train, and also very close to bus stops on the 23-Monterey line and the 24-Divisadero line.


The Muni T-Third Street train (San Francisco's newest train line) stops on the 3rd Street between Kirkwood & LaSalle, less than three blocks from our house. This train will take you past the SF Giants ballpark, along the Embarcadero (past the Ferry Building), and on into the heart of Powell Street / Union Square shopping destinations downtown. Trains usually come about every 15 minutes. Check online for complete route & schedule information.


The Muni 23-Monterey bus stops at the corner of McKinnon & Phelps, half a block from our house. This bus runs east-to-west. Check online for complete route & schedule information.

The Muni 24-Divisadero bus stops at Newhall & Oakdale, three short blocks from our house. This bus runs north-to-south. Check online for complete route & schedule information.

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House Rules

+ The space very comfortably accommodates 4 people (queen-size bed + full-size futon), but parties of up to 6 or 7 can be accommodated with advance notice.

+ We have an additional mattress (twin size) that can be added to the floor of the space with advance notice, bringing the total number of beds to 3.

+ The primary renter must be at least 18 years old. Parents traveling with children are welcome.

+ Basic, common-sense safety requires that the primary renter must have a complete, accurate, and up-to-date Airbnb profile. The full name and contact information of each guest must be provided via email before we lend you the key.

+ We can't allow anyone in the house whose name and contact information (email or phone) hasn't been provided ahead of time. Surprise extra guests and last-second visitors won't be allowed, sorry.

+ Ideal check-in time is after 4:00 PM, but we aim to be flexible. If you have a special need, just ask. Earlier check-ins and late-night check-ins (after 10:00 PM) are often possible. If you have any questions about check-in before you arrive, just ask. We will do everything we can to accommodate.

+ Ideal check-out time is 11:00 AM, but we aim to be flexible. If you have a special need, just ask.

+ No 411 or smoking indoors. Smokers may smoke in the back yard or front yard, provided they clean up afterwards and don't leave visible waste such as cigarette butts for others to clean up.

+ The rental includes the downstairs space (with private entrance, half-bath, microwave, full-size fridge, and backyard access) plus reasonable access to upstairs washer & dryer, full bathroom, and kitchen.

+ We provide up to two keys to the private entrance, and will need both keys back before you leave.

+ Note that the upstairs is inhabited by two adults and two small children. We provide a white-noise maker and earplugs to drown out ambient sounds that will probably travel through our floorboards and into your space. Although we don't expect noise to be a problem, we don't want to disappoint you. If the possibility of occasional upstairs noise bothers you, you will be better off choosing a different rental. See our many positive reviews for notes from renters on the sound issue.

+ We are the owners of a friendly dog, but she will not enter your private downstairs space during your stay.

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