From the early 1970s until mid-2010, the spacious lower level of our Bayview home was a lively 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 machines, vending machines, a full bar, 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 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 small boys, ages 3 and 5. 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, 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.
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.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$10 / night after the first guest|
|Monthly Price:||$1950 /month|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
My stay in the 'Old Gambling Shack' was enjoyable.. The hosts were very nice and accommodating. Cool books to read, and old relics to look at. Thanks again!
We stayed 2 nights here, and overall had a great experience. The family was very welcoming and the setup of the space we stayed in was awesome! The room had a very vintage feel to it, with old books, vending machines, and even a pinball machine in it. The family also had a dog named moe who was so cute and lovable. The only downside that someone might find is that their kids run around upstairs early in the morning. We didn't mind it at all but I know some might be wary of this. Other than that everything from the hosts to the room was great and very accommodating. Definitely recommend staying here.
I had a pleasant stay here and, while I was only there for one evening, I was happy with everything. Check-in was quick and easy and Brian's wife was very friendly and helpful. They were communicative regarding what time we were arriving and seemed more than happy to accommodate us when we were running a bit late.
The two beds were comfortable and the en-suite toilet was very convenient. You had to go upstairs, through a cold corridor, and into the house itself for the shower but that wasn't too much of an issue. The pitter-patter of running dogs and children early in the morning was the only real irritation as the wooden floors don't conceal the noise at all. We weren't looking for a lie-in so it didn't disrupt us too much but, if you're not an early bird, then it might be worth bearing in mind.
Other than that one minor complaint, I can't really think of anything else negative to say. The room was huge, with plenty of space, and we had everything we needed as a small kitchen area was also located downstairs.
Great place ! Brian and Katie were very welcoming and very nice. The crib is a really cool place to stay at. The only down side would be the distance to the main things to do in sf and the children running at 7am every morning...
We spent one night in Brian's place. The place is nice and clean. We totally dig the functional pinball...that was just super cool. I think we didnt do anything else during our stay:). Hosts are really nice, flexible and welcoming. Location is pretty good as you can hop on the train and get to downtown or just use buses.
Exactly as advertised-- slightly offbeat downstairs unit with complete privacy and enough conveniences to make our stay very pleasant. Brian and his wife made sure we were comfortable and welcome.
This was my first Airbnb. The lair was just as described and looked just like the pictures. It was a unique place to spend two nights. Despite an epic cold spell in SF, the apartment was warm and cozy. When I arrived, I was greeted by Katie and her precocious sons. The unit was also very convenient to the Muni (2-2.5 blocks) and a easy ride straight downtown with no transfers.
The Lair worked well for our family. We liked the private entrance (that looked a little like going into a castle dungeon), having our own bathroom, the ability to do some basic cooking and the close proximity to the MUNI. Our kids enjoyed a couple of fantastic play sessions with their children that were likely the S.F highlight for our five year old. We appreciated staying in a neighbourhood that is not normally visited by tourists. It isn't a place i would opt to hang in for the day, but if you plan to be out touring it's a great place to have a sleep. Brian and Katie are both excellent hosts who helped us rural folk navigate the big city. Thanks!
The Lair is very funk-i-fied, very spacious, very tidy. Great family and hosting by Katie, who was helpful with how to use public transportation to get to my destination, very accommodating and flexible.
As far as safety, I was traveling solo, and I felt fine during the day but preferred getting home by 8-ish pm or would have felt a bit better with someone walking with me after dark from the train station that was 3 blocks away (FYI - very convenient to take 1 muni train to the Financial District). I was just a bit uncomfortable alone at night. If this concerns you and you're with someone, you'll probably feel fine.
You can hear the pitter patter of feet above you but it was very quiet from about 10pm-7am which is a good window of time (depending on your sleep schedule). It worked out for me, and I thought it was novel and sweet, especially since some of those feet were the lovely Mo (their very friendly dog) and their 2 children (so cute). They also have a tiny fan (about 4-5" in diameter) by the bed which you can use as a white noise machine.
The speakeasy history of the joint was delightful and felt adventurous including the metal door with the small "eye" window which would allow a door person to decide whether you would be permitted to pass. Don't know if this was the original door or not, but let your imagination run wild and you have a whole other dimension to this Lair. Fun & whimsical.
Besides, you'll be able to say, "I stayed at my own Private Lair". How fun is that?!
(Don't remember if it says this in the ad) but the shower is upstairs just inside their home so that part isn't private, but you do have a bathroom with sink & toilet in the Lair itself. I was welcome to go up anytime to take a shower.
Enjoy this completely different taste of San Francisco. Easy access to AT&T Park, and it seemed you could take the T-Muni line to just about anywhere. The stop is 3 blocks away. Take it to the underground hub and you can transfer to Bart or the other Muni lines that branch around the city (plus of course, tap into the bus stops galore if you're game for bus rides).
Very hospitable folks and a nice pad. Katie and Brian are welcoming hosts with a wealth of knowledge about the area. Their home as all the amenities and for the hardy traveler the neighborhood offers a welcome change from the Fisherman's Wharf-esque areas of the city. Thanks for sharing your home with me!