From the early 1970s until mid-2010, the spacious lower level of our Bayview home (email hidden)ly 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 (email hidden), 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 1/2. 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.
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|Room type:||Private room|
|Extra people:||$10 / night after the first guest|
|Monthly Price:||$1950 /month|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Had some issues checking in since we arrived an hour earlier than planned and the house sitter wasn't there until exactly 9:30pm so had to wait outside for a long time without being able to reach the host -- cell was turned off even though I tried to call repeatedly and left vm. Did manage to get in later, however the ventilation inside the basement apartment was hugely problematic (sleeping area, bathroom, even the air that comes out of the heater fan) And the sheets didn't smell fresh either. We wanted to do use the washer upstairs but it was a complete mess with clothing on the cover on the floor and washer itself was dirty in the gutters. I understand the description of the apartment did give me an idea to manage my expectations but we expected at least the basics from cleanliness to communication. To be completely honest, the stay was sub-par among all my airbnb experiences.
Great hosts, and considerably spacious area! Definitely one place that you can consider staying in San Francisco!
We stayed at the Old Gambling Shack a couple of weeks back on our arrival to San Francisco.
The space itself is great with quirky furniture, a pinball machine and feels typically American being in a cosy basement.
Hosts Kate and Brian were really friendly and helpful for tips around San Francisco.
We spent a night At this place and it was perfect. Great price! We were 3 people sharing The room and we didnt have any complaints. Good location. Minutes away from important atractions in SF. I highly recomend it!
The house was lovely, nestled in the hills. Clean, neat and ready for a guest. There was a little printout left for me with neighborhood information, which was helpful for the next morning.
Katie was very nice and understanding when we arrived much later than expected. She was very helpful by offering to keep our bags until a bit later than check-out so we could finish our tour of "The Rock". The "Lair" was perfect for us to get some rest prior to an early start at Alcatraz. We were able to park on the street out front. My son left the window down in our car all night and we still had a car to drive in the morning! The neighborhood is a bit industrial, but it appeared to be family occupied. Overall, this accommodation was safe, interesting and fun. The pinball machine was a blast!
I had a great stay at Brian's house. Everything came with what was described in his listing and more. The private entrance to the room allows for company to come in and out without having to interrupt the daily lives of Brian and his family, which I found convenient as I was coming and going often during my stay. Everything was very clean and comfortable. Would stay there again! Thanks Brian!
We met with Kate when we arrived in San Francisco. She showed us everything we would need to know for our stay - including meeting her two lovely children and dog.
We didn't run into any problems during our stay - very nice people!
My recommendation would be that if you are traveling to downtown most of your stay, whether for pleasure or business, the expense for transportation can get spendy, so look to stay somewhere closer.
Brian was very responsive to the booking. The house was great and as advertised. Getting settled was super easy. I highly recommend Brian and these digs.
Only stayed for one night, checked in very late and left very early, so not much time to spend in the room. Seems like a fun place to stay for a bit longer. Had a couple of interesting books, too. Didn't meet Brian but Kate was super friendly.
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