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Virtually Your Own Apt in Nth Beach

SuperhostSan Francisco, California, United States
Entire guest suite hosted by Peter
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the guest suite to yourself.
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Classic San Francisco home (Edwardian) in the heart of San Francisco. Located 10 minutes walk from: Fisherman's Wharf, Little Italy, Chinatown, Coit Tower, Lombard (Crookedest) Street etc. and the cable car stops just around the corner. Tons of great restaurants and cafes within a short walk from front door.

The space
ABOUT THE HOUSE

Ground floor of two story Edwardian house in a little one-block long alley in North Beach built in the early 1900's.

We share a common front door. I live upstairs and guests have exclusive use of the ground floor living area that includes your own bathroom, living room etc (please see below regarding privacy). The house is an easy 10 minutes walk to many famous San Francisco landmarks - Coit Tower, Little Italy, Washington Square Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Ghiradelli Square etc. With a Walk Score of 98 and a Transit Score of 92 out of 100, this puts my place in the "Walker's Paradise" (average Walk Score in SF is 86) and "Rider's Paradise" category on the WalkScore website. That website also ranks my place as a "Lower Crime Area." Also, there are 8 Legacy Historic Small Businesses within a 15 to 20 minute walk from my place. Cable car stop merely yards away from front door, and the historic F line street cars stop is only 10 minutes walk away at Fisherman's Wharf. The street cars will take you along the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building, along Market Street all the way out to the Castro area. There are plenty of bike rental shops just around the corner and lots of great restaurants, bars and cafes (including a stand-up comedy venue) a short walk from the house.

Permit Number: STR-318

YOUR OWN SPACE

We share a front door, but unlike most other listings, other than your own bedroom, you also have your own bathroom, living room and use of a fully equipped kitchen. Like many bathrooms in older homes, the one provided is on the smaller side, but you have exclusive use of it. I live independently upstairs.

PLEASE NOTE: the Guest's ground floor area is reached through a corridor next to the stairs leading upstairs to the area where I reside. While this provides a high degree of privacy, it does not guarantee total privacy provided by a door separating the two floors. Your queen bed is extra comfy with a luxurious mattress and cotton sheets. I also provide pure cotton towels for the bathroom and a hair dryer.

TRANSPORTATION FROM SFO

If you don't have too much luggage, I recommend taking the BART train (which leaves directly from SFO Airport) to the Embarcadero Station in the City. The Hyatt Hotel is right beside the Embarcadero Station and from there, you can catch a taxi to 31 Jansen (about a 10 minute ride). Alternatively, you can take the 30 Stockton bus on Kearny St. about a half block from the Montgomery Station ($3.00 bus fare, you'll need exact change) or you can order an Uber or Lyft (see below).

I don't recommend taking a shuttle van. In my experience, the van goes first to all the City hotels, then the Fisherman's Wharf hotels before taking passengers to residential addresses. The experience can be frustratingly long and tedious. Not fun, especially after a long flight. The cost savings of a shuttle as compared to an Uber Pool or Lyft Line is also not substantial.

The taxi fare from SFO is around $55 to $75 each way depending on traffic. A town car limousine service is around $100 each way.

I can also recommend reaching my place from SFO by using the car-share service Uber (Uber and Lyft have cheaper car pooling options in SF - Uber Pool and Lyft Line). If you sign up through the Uber app or the Uber website, enter this discount code: jhoqp. This way, you will get $15 credit on your first ride. For Lyft, the referral code is: Peter’s-Guests

PARKING

San Francisco, especially North Beach is a pedestrian-friendly place (Walk Score is 94: see first paragraph above). You'll see a lot more going around by public transportation and on foot. Parking generally in San Francisco is expensive and difficult. Unless you plan to drive to San Francisco, or take side trips out of town (for example, to Napa or Santa Cruz), I suggest not having a car. There is 2 hour street parking (between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm) on my street and in the neighborhood as well as metered parking near shops. Availability of street parking is not too bad for San Francisco especially during the week and during business hours, but can be a little challenging on the weekend and during evenings. There are secure garages close by. The nearest is at the corner of Filbert and Columbus (721 Filbert), about a block and a half away. 24 hour rate is $30, but they have an early bird deal (in by 11 am out by 7 pm) for $13.

Ride share services like Uber and Lyft are a great way to get around. As mentioned above, if you have not downloaded the Uber app to your smartphone, you can sign on using this discount code: jhoqp

Doing so, you will get a $15 credit towards your first ride.

You can also easily pick up a Car Share hourly rental close by. There are two Getaround cars stationed right next door and Zipcar and Citycarshare cars are available a block away.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Although I generally do not allow animals in my home because of my Westie, I do not object to legally required and verified service dogs. Please read carefully the section “Service or Assistance Animals” under my House Rules before finalizing your reservation.

ABOUT ME

I am a retired single guy who has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years. I grew up in Hong Kong and Australia and I have a little dog, a Westie, who loves having guests. I know a lot about the local businesses, so feel free to ask me for recommendations.

Guest access
We share a common front door, but otherwise Guests will have exclusive use of the bedroom, bathroom and living room on the ground floor. I live upstairs where I have my own facilities. Please see note regarding privacy above under "Your Own Space."

Like many homes over a century old, my home does not have locks on the internal doors. I've never had any security problems and I'm very respectful of the privacy of my guests. But, consistent with the common practice among all accommodation providers (like hotels), the accommodation provider needs to have access to all rooms even those with individual locks, in cases of emergency.

CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT TIMES

Check out is at noon and Check in is at or after 2:00 pm.

Check In: I make a point of greeting all my guests when they check in, and I'm a late sleeper, so a late check in is not a problem. Please let me know in advance what time you expect to arrive and if your travel plans are delayed or change.

Check out: If you need a late check out, here's my policy: if I don't have a guest checking in the day you check out, then you're welcome to a late check out. Otherwise, you are welcome to leave your bags in the hall by noon, and return any time later in the day to retrieve your bags. If you need a late check out, please let me know.

Other things to note
Alcatraz tours are very popular. The ferries and tours leave from Pier 33, an easy 15 minute walk away. However, it is advisable to purchase tickets online well in advance.

Permit Number: STR-0000318

License number
STR-0000318
Classic San Francisco home (Edwardian) in the heart of San Francisco. Located 10 minutes walk from: Fisherman's Wharf, Little Italy, Chinatown, Coit Tower, Lombard (Crookedest) Street etc. and the cable car st…

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Hair dryer
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North Beach has been described as "the heart of San Francisco" and my place can be described as being in the heart of North Beach. From the front door, it's an easy 10-15 minute walk to Little Italy, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Lombard Street, Russian Hill etc. Or, you can catch a bus or cable car from stops just around the corner to get to Downtown. There are numerous great restaurants and coffee shops just a short walk away.
North Beach has been described as "the heart of San Francisco" and my place can be described as being in the heart of North Beach. From the front door, it's an easy 10-15 minute walk to Little Italy, Fisherman…

Hosted by Peter

Joined in August 2011
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I'm a semi-retired educator living with a sweet and frisky Westie. I grew up in Australia but have been living in the U.S. over twenty years. I love to cook and travel. Local Farmers Markets are among my favorite places to visit. Having lived in North Beach in San Francisco for over a decade, I know the City and neighborhoods (especially Little Italy and Chinatown) quite well. So, if you have any special travel desires or if you need any advice about visiting San Francisco, I'd be more than happy to help you plan a special experience or event. Just drop me a line before you arrive. Ask me about my favorite Happy Hour spots!
I'm a semi-retired educator living with a sweet and frisky Westie. I grew up in Australia but have been living in the U.S. over twenty years. I love to cook and travel. Local Farme…
During your stay
Guests have a lot of privacy. Upon checking in, I can provide as much advice and information as they require, and will be on hand most of the time to provide whatever extra guidance and help as needed. However, if you wish more interaction - perhaps an evening chat over a glass of wine, coffee at a local coffee shop or would like to sit down with me to help you plan your activities, would like me to be a personal guide to certain areas, advice on where to shop, what to see, restaurant recommendations etc, I am totally open to that too.
Guests have a lot of privacy. Upon checking in, I can provide as much advice and information as they require, and will be on hand most of the time to provide whatever extra guidan…
Peter is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Policy number: STR-0000318
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 2:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events