Welcome to the Bock House.
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Because we only cater to guest that stay 30 days or longer our house feels more like a home shared by a few friends rather than a BnB filled with weekend tourist. Most of our guest usually are here for an internship, their sabbatical or to look for a more permanent living situation in the city.
My friend Julie lives in the house and manages the place. She has lived in SF for about 20 years, works in real estate and knows the city well. She is usually around to help figure out a place to go or how to best get there. There are two very friendly dogs that can always lead you to the park or Sam's corner store for their treat.
I live a few blocks away and help with things around the house as well. I also try to never miss a backyard BBQ at the house.
The house is in the Alamo Square historic district and located just a block away from the famous Alamo Square and Painted Ladies Houses. (You can use Alamo Square Park as a starting point for map programs to determine travels times and options.) This is almost exactly in the geographic center of the city with lots to do locally and two bus lines close by that can get you almost anywhere you need to go.
It is a fun and active house with a variety of people usually ready to explore the city or chill with a cookout in the back yard. Our home is in a traditional 3-flat Victorian style house. There are 6 bedrooms. Julie lives in one and the other five are rented through AIr BnB.
The house was built in 1907 and is located within the Alamo Square Historic District. The #5 bus stop is just outside the front door (go to the beach or downtown) and the #22 is just 2 blocks down the street (will go to the Mission or Upper Pac Height/Marina District). The famous SF bike wiggle is just a few blocks from the house. This helps get you around town with the least amount of hills.
If you have a car you can park for free on the street but after 5 p.m. it may take a little driving around to find a space. Our neighborhood is one of the last ones not to require a local parking permit. The street cleaning is only once a week so you can find parking where you can leave your car for up to a week at a time. Make sure you curb your tires when parked on a hill. They will ticket you for not doing it in SF.
If you are just planning to travel around the city we recommend using public transportation, bikes or taxis and leaving your car parked. Bikes can be bought for $100 -$300 off (website hidden) and then resold when you leave for about the same price. I can help acquire or sell a bike for you if needed.
We will be glad to help advise on how to best get around and suggest good local hangouts. Divisadero St. is just 2 blocks away with plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars and the Independent for live concerts. The famous Haight St. area and Golden Gate Park are just a short walk or bike ride away. If you like Jazz music the Filmore area is right around the corner with lots of options including Yoshi's and the Boom Boom Room. If you are looking for a larger venue for live music try the The Filmore (6 blocks away) where many famous bands often play.
Everyone will have their own room with a locking door. The kitchen/living room and connected back porch are our common social area. A game of darts on the back porch or a BBQ in our backyard are common. The two dogs old and very mellow except when it is time to go to the park.
The kitchen is available for you to use any time including cookware, plates, spice rack, etc. You are welcome to keep things in the food pantry and refrigerator. Just make it your home.
There are two toilets and one shower in 3 separate rooms. So two toilets are still available when someone is in the shower. There is usually not an issue in the morning trying to take a shower since most of our guest are not here for a typical 9-5 work schedule.
Our neighborhood has mostly Victorian style residential dwellings in a safe area with the only businesses being there to support locals. We are far enough away from downtown, the Mission and the financial district to feel very safe while it's still quick and easy to reach them by bus when needed.
The bed is a futon mattress on a sturdy full-size wooden bed frame. Very comfortable. The room as a large flat screen tv with DirectTV including the NFL package. We also have a very fast wi-fi connection and an inkjet printer for the room if needed.
Make sure you look at the weather for the time you are coming. Our weather is not typical compared to the rest of the country. You will want a warm jacket most of July but sometimes just a t-shirt in December.
NO smoking cigarettes in the house but OK on the covered back porch or in the back yard.
A house cleaner comes once a week and can clean your room if you want for no extra charge. She does not do sheets or laundry but there is a washer and dryer in the basement. $2 for washer and no charge for dryer. We will have clean towels and bedding for you when you check in. If they need to be cleaned during your stay we will leave that up to you. If you need extra towels or bedding just let us know. There is a corner store two blocks away that will have any personal items you may need. A Lucky's and a Safeway grocery store are both with in walking distance or short bus trip. A Walgreen's drug store is also just a few blocks away.
We have fishing gear, fresh or saltwater, available for you to use. Those that fly RC planes can borrow a plane. We have electric planes for the park or sailplanes for slope flying on the coast. Camping gear is also available for your use.
The Bock House.
We treat our guest as housemates and they have access to all the common areas and can store bikes in the basement if desired. Friends are welcome to visit, we just ask that they respect everyone else in the house. Having a fun house and a feeling of community is our key goal.
Interaction with Guests
Julie is typically around most of the time to help you figure out any needs. We enjoy meeting and getting to know our guest. We try to have dinners often at the house as well as go out on the town to do fun things. We love our city and have fun exploring it with others.
Respect the other housemates and come and go as you please. Please keep common areas clean and do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. The house cleaner will vacuum and dust your room once a week if requested. Please wash and change your own linens and towels as needed. There is a washer ($2 load) and dryer (free) available in the basement. Extra sheets and towels are available if needed.
The Bock House was a perfect place to crash for a few weeks while I looked for a permanent apartment upon moving to San Francisco. Everyone in the house is super nice and respectful and Drew and Julie made sure that I had everything I needed between them. Do recommend!
Drew and Julie are both so great! They are very kind, friendly and helpful. The neighborhood is safe and near some cool stuff. The bus stop is just a few steps from the front door.
Julie often would offer me food she'd cooked and invite me out with the roommates. There is a great sense of community that is built here.
The 6 rooms to one shower was surprisingly not a problem, since everyone had different schedules.
The only thing I would note is that there were a lot of dogs that roamed the hallway, so if you don't like dogs, this might not be the place for you. Otherwise, it's a great, safe space with easy access for your short term stay in SF.
I love staying at the bock house. I felt welcomed, and at home from day one. I was having fun with my housemates feels like I'm in college again(in a good way). There is no drama, people look out for each other, and just a great general sense of community, with lively conversations. The room itself is quiet, and perfect temperature for sleeping. I highly recommend staying here, and will default to staying here in the future.
U need a place in SF? Stay with Drew & Julie and two awesome dogs in the Bock House. I spend two months here, one with my boyfriend, and I loved it.
About the hosts:
Drew is a great person, really social, relaxed, laid back and over all very generous. He takes care of everything, organizes barbecues, game evenings, picknicks and even a whole day of glider riding.
Julie the other host is fabulous, very caring and so much fun. She became a good friend to me, I hope we stay in touch. She knows the city inside out and gives good advices for every occasion. Movie night, Salsa dancing, tennis match, shopping? Ask Julie :)
Aaaand: She is an awesome cook!
About the Bock House:
The house is always clean, the room was comfortable, the kitchen is very well equipped and even a washing machine and a dryer are in the house. The location is super, a bus stop right in front of the house takes you downtown in 10 minutes.
Thank you for all guys!
Looking for a place to stay in San Francisco? Stay here! My boyfriend and I lived here while relocating from the east coast. Drew and Julie were great hosts. Everyone in the house was really welcoming. Overall, a very friendly and laid back atmosphere. The room is a good size with plenty of storage and plenty of light. Washer/dryer in house. The location of the house is perfect- bus stop is right outside on the corner and it's easy to walk to grocery stores, cafes, and bars. Highly recommend to the Air BnB community!
I could't imagine to find a better place to live. In the Bock House all is perfect beginning with Drew. He's a great person, really social and generous, I've found in him a good friend with who I want to keep in touch. I left my home and my friends in Italy and when I arrived in SF I was alone but after few days I felt like at home (or maybe better :-) ). Julie is simply awesome, a great person too, a old sister for me, and her clam linguine are delicious :-P. All my roommates were great and I really enjoyed every moment there, we had a lot of fun: dinners, barbecues, football games, baseball games, walks… All was perfect!
The house is always clean and I've never had problems living there. My room was big and comfortable and I had the occasion to improve my understanding of english also in the night because I could hear every conversation in the street right under the window of the room, and thanks to the bus stop in front of the window I have never lost a bus. :-).
I felt in love with SF and I felt in love with the Bock House I really don't know how I can live in another place… Thank you for all guys!
Stayed here for a couple months. Great area, Alamo square is beautiful and the area had tons of great food and coffee shops. Transit is perfect, the bus right outdoor and goes straight downtown. Drew was great, very helpful and easy to get along with!
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I rent out a few rooms in an old house in the Alamo Square historic district. I also have a small software business I run from home and work part-time as a sailplane flight instructor.