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.
This is the largest room we have in the house. The walls have recently been painted white. It is on the front of the house and gets lots of sun through 3 large antique curved glass windows. There is also an original fireplace mantle in the room. It has a queen-size bed, a desk, dresser, and a 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.
Great place to stay! I stayed there for three months.
When I arrived Julie was there, welcoming me and showing me around. She also got me food, which was great after 20 hours of traveling. Both Julie and Drew are attentive and helpful. The dogs are really calm and sweet.
It's a very good place to stay. The other guests have all been very friendly. There's never a queue for the shower, and no disturbance at all. The bus for financial market / downtown is right outside the door. The neighborhood is safe. There's lots of great places to eat & drink close by.
All in all, I can 100% recommend this place, and being guest of Drew and Julie.
For a trainee job I spent a very good time at Drews place together with my boyfriend who was also working here. You will feel really home here, Drew and Julie are great hosts. Everybody in the house was cool, chatty, open, helpful, cheerful and just great.
And there was really no problem about the single-shower. Most of the guys work from home and don't need it early in the morning. Otherwise you can just talk to each other and figure it out. We stood here during wintertime, it can get quite cold because of the huge window front of some rooms. But there is also a radiator in each room, there won't be a problem about it.The dogs are cute, they appriciate it a lot to get treats and to go out for a walk. Unfortunately there is no common room besides the kitchen, but here is really the meeting place of the house.;-) Drews place is a basic but very homy and nice place. I am highly recommending everybody to come and stay very central in the heart of San Francisco. You can take the bus right in front of the house to be in the city center in about 15 minutes.
My daughter spent a month here between semesters and really loved it! Great House, Great host, Great location!! So happy with this arrangement! Thanks so much Andrew!
This is a very easy review to write - Drew is the nicest person you'll ever meet, and he'll do anything to make your experience here feel like home. Atmosphere is very sociable, and we made some real friends in the two months we were here. Fantastic location (with a bus stop right outside) in a nice part of town, great people, and cool old dogs. Fun, sheltered backyard with heaters and BBQ too, excellent for San Francisco summer (read: September-October). We had a really good time here, and can't recommend it more highly. Thanks guys! - Russ and Steffi
The stay at Drew's place was amazing. When I first got to SF I was getting some bad luck and Drew went out of his way to make sure I had a place to stay. I stayed there for four months and my experience in the city would not have been as awesome as it was without everyone in the house. I stayed there longer than most so I got to see quite a few people come and go but the overall environment stayed the same; warm and friendly.
The room was very nicely furnished when I got in. It can get cold but there's a space heater to keep things really warm so that was never a problem. Sometimes the internet wouldn't reach the room but Drew would move the router (or get a better one) and it wasn't a problem. During my stay there he even upgraded the wireless and it's crazy fast now. My entire experience there was along these lines; extremely accommodating. Drew (and everyone in the house) will go out of their way to help make you feel at home.
And of course there's squirt and mona, two awesome dogs. In short, the house is more comfortable and friendly then any renting experience I've heard of. All the rooms in the house are great so if you're looking to rent in SF I highly recommend staying here.
This is a great place to stay. I enjoyed it very much. It's a really nice house, in a great location and the people staying there are really nice. Overall, a great experience and I would definitely stay there again and recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay in the city.
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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.