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.
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 and 6. 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.
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, supermarkets, 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.
+ 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 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.
Hey, our host katie and Brian and their two lovely boys and dog Mo where a pleasure to stay with, their generosity in helping us out and excepting us into their space was perfect. The location is ideal for the airport and out of town quietness, right on the t line into town (aabout40 miss) Lacks restaurants for later on in the evening but there is a shop nearby. Thanks guys x
Our family of five had a great stay! Having a microwave, mini sink, and refrigerator space was a plus for our family to save a bit from eating out costs. We really appreciated the bowls and silverware as well. The beds were very comfortable as well. Katie was very welcoming and accommodating
Katie gave us a warm welcome into her home the evening that we arrived and introduced us to her boys and fury friend. It was a great quick stay for my family and I. My son and little bro definitely enjoyed having the pinball machine there and on free play (not gonna lie, I did too). Parking was a bit tight later on at night for our rental but the place was overall private and quiet. Thank you!
We were staying for two nights at Katie's & Bian's.
Katie was super helpful and answered all of our questions.
It was quite loud in the morning and I would recommend to use uber & Airbnb to get into the city.
I was two hours early and nevertheless got a very warm welcome (even a steam beer) from Katie & Brian. The room has an unique atmosphere being a former illegal gambling shack. A lot of room for someone alone. The house is pretty near SFO airport and there is a good express service to/from downtown SF at 5 minutes walking distance. The neighbourhood doesn't seem very cosy, but at second glance there are several shops, bars and restaurants nearby. I only stayed one night, just arriving with jetlag and all.
Katie was very accommodating and welcomed us by explaining everything needed about the lair.
The pictures are very accurate. The area is calm and the kids go to bed around 8pm so it is quiet at night. Our 1 yr old son broke a mirror and Katie was very nice to make us feel better about it.
We found the room and bathroom clean. The only thing is that for the showers, you need to go upstairs where the family lives.
The price is good for San Francisco. Given the size of the room, I think it is pretty fair.
It is also nice not to be in a touristy area. There are nice and trendy areas and restaurants in nearby quarters. Katie and Brian are made a good booklet with good addresses. Well done.
However, the street and neighborhood is quite sketchy. The first day I walked to the corner shop and saw a kid sniffing drugs. I don't think it is a very safe area and I would not recommend for a woman alone to walk at night (even for myself as a man). We had a car and felt secure, which was much better.
Also, it's a basement so the air is not so fresh.
To sum up, its a nice and good place given prices in SF. But I have two young children, so if I come back to SF I would try to find a better area.
Thanks to Katie and Brian for everything.
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 more than three 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 early 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? Is that what you do?
A: No. I work as an art director and editor at a small publishing company in SF's Mission District.
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 ride my bike into the Mission for work every day, 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 my wife and sons 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.