About this listing
The lower level of our house was an illegal 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, and pinball machine.
From the early 1970s until 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, wifi (bring your own devices), 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. 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 30s with two boys, ages 6 and 8.
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 a great spot for savvy, adventurous travelers in search of a unique and fun 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 we have lived here for 7 years and we love it. The space we offer is an excellent, 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.
Other things to note
We own our home, and our Airbnb space is legally registered with the San Francisco Office of Short-Term Rentals.
License or registration numberSTR-0001250
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+ 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.
+ Absolutely no parking on the sidewalk. You must park your car legally, on the street. You are responsible for reading and obeying street signs. Do not block neighbors' driveways with your car.
+ Don't be loud at night, please.
+ 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.
+ check-in time is after 4:00 PM, but we aim to be flexible. Earlier check-ins and late-night check-ins (after 10:00 PM) are sometimes possible. If you have questions about check-in before you arrive, just ask. We will do everything we can to accommodate.
+ check-out time is 11:00 AM, but we aim to be flexible. If you have a special need, please ask.
+ No 411 or smoking indoors. Smokers may smoke in the back yard or front yard, if 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 back yard 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. You may leave the keys on the desk downstairs at check-out.
+ Note that the upstairs is inhabited by two adults and two 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.
+ In our years of Airbnb hosting, our hundreds of guests have experienced zero safety incidents inside or outside the house. That said: the hosts cannot be responsible for injuries incurred on or off the premises. By entering our home, you agree to take full responsibility for your own safety (and the safety of all people associated with you). By entering our home, you agree to exempt the hosts from any personal injury claims. If this point is unclear or not agreeable to you, you may not book this listing. Thank you.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
Q: Who are you?
A: I'm Brian, one half of the married couple that uses this Airbnb profile. Katie is my wife. We've been Airbnb hosts in San Francisco for years, and we really like doing it. We also like to use Airbnb whenever we travel.
Q: Are you a hyper-talkative, super-social person? Is that why this portion of your profile is so long?
A: Not really. I'm not much of a partier or talker. Especially when I'm a guest in someone else's house. I don't expect anyone to read everything I've written in this box. But if they'd like to read it, here it is.
Q: Gotcha. When did you become a dad?
A: Late 2008.
Q: Is your son amazing? You have two now, right?
A: Yes, we now have two sons. Both are amazing. The second boy was born in January 2011, two weeks after his due date. If he'd been born just a few days earlier, we would have received an additional $1,000 break on our 2010 taxes! Oh well....
Q: Are you a tax expert?
Q: When did you move to San Francisco?
A: 2008. We moved from Brooklyn NY, where we'd lived since '02.
Q: Where in San Francisco do you live?
A: We live in a neighborhood called Bayview that doesn't get talked about very much. Our house is southeast of the Mission, south of the Dogpatch, and east of Bernal Heights. Tourists don't often get out to Bayview, so its charms—playgrounds, restaurants, coffee spots—are more or less undiscovered. Bayview is a great place to live and raise a family. I often ride my bike into the Mission, and the ride is less than 15 minutes. It's a flat ride, too. (In SF, a city notorious for its hills, that flatness is a big deal.) Bayview is the most neighborly neighborhood I've lived in. Many people who live on our street know us all by name. It's just nice.
Q: Where are you from originally?
A: I was born in Toledo, Ohio and lived there for most of my childhood, with detours in Cleveland and South Carolina. I went to college at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I met my wife Katie at IU.
Q: Did you like Brooklyn? Why did you leave?
A: We loved Brooklyn. We had good jobs and many friends there. At the end of 2007 I was offered a great job, out of the blue, in SF. We couldn't turn it down, even though the prospect of a cross-country move was a bit scary.
A: The idea of going from two salaries to one salary was a little scary. The funniest thing about our move to SF was this: Two days after I quit my job in Brooklyn, we found out my wife was pregnant with our first son! Yikes. In light of this happy pregnancy news, we considered calling off the big cross-country move, but in the end we decided to bite the bullet and jump. I'm glad we did. The move was rough. But we made it through a tough first year and SF now feels like home.