About This Listing
Private bedroom downstairs in 6-bedroom house. Comfy, full-size bed, shared bath, kitchen. My Cantonese grandmother and little sister live here, so you must get along with them. West Portal neighborhood is quiet and safe. Easy public transportation.
Bright and spacious, two-story single-family home in a quiet, safe neighborhood close to shops and public transportation.
Six-bedrooms, two-bathrooms, a small kitchen for limited use. (I grew up here with five younger siblings.)
Important: There will be other guests & tenants living here and sharing a bathroom. My grandmother and little sister (15 years old) live here, too. Family members drop by occasionally.
You must be comfortable interacting with different people. Grandma only speaks Cantonese, a little bit Mandarin and English. The rest of us speak English and some Cantonese.
Your room is downstairs. It's private, has two windows, and one full-size bed that sleeps up to 2 average-size people. There's a dresser, mirror, and place to hang clothes.
It is adjacent to the downstairs living room, shared bath, backyard, and other bedrooms downstairs.
You would normally enter through the front door, upstairs, and walk down a flight of stairs to get to your room. Must be comfortable with stairs.
Guests have access to common spaces including the kitchen, backyard, bathrooms and downstairs living room.
Kitchen use is limited because it is small, but comes with a coffee maker, microwave, toaster, fridge space, hot water, plates, utensils, etc.
There is a stove that may be used for a little bit of cooking, but usually grandma is cooking in the kitchen and uses the stove and oven.
A few breakfast items are provided including coffee, fruit, cereal, milk and juice.
Laundry machines are in the garage and free to use. Please wash only large loads to save water and energy.
The bathroom downstairs is shared with other guests and tenants, though there is another bathroom upstairs that anyone can use if necessary. Shampoo, soap, and towels are provided.
Interaction with Guests
I expect guests to be independent, friendly with others, communicative, tidy, and easy-going.
I am 30 years old, Chinese-American, born and raised in San Francisco, mostly in this house. I love meeting new people! I usually greet guests on the day they arrive, show them around the house, and answer questions.
From there, you're on your own, but you can always call or text me with questions.
I travel between San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, usually with a tool in hand fixing things, cleaning. I'm at the house often during the day when you're probably out and about.
My girlfriend lives in Berkeley/Oakland and I spend a lot of time there.
My grandmother and sister, Jana, are very friendly people and happy to answer questions, though they will keep mostly to themselves.
Grandma speaks Cantonese, understands Mandarin, and makes her best effort to communicate in English. She's always home.
Jana speaks English very well and is learning Mandarin!
West Portal Neighborhood is residential, quiet and safe. Very close to public transportation.
West Portal Avenue, two blocks away, has everything you need: coffee, bagels, restaurants, drug stores, book store, movie theater, you name it!
We are close to Twin Peaks, The Sunset Neighborhood, St. Francis Wood, and Forest Hill.
Nearby grocery stores are Safeway at 17th Ave. and Taraval St. (10 blocks away), produce stores on West Portal Ave (4 blocks away), Trader Joe's at Stonestown (10 minute drive), and Whole Foods on Market St. (15 minute bus and walk).
Walgreen's is a major drug store where you can buy toiletries or snacks and it's on West Portal Avenue as well.
San Francisco weather is unpredictable, often foggy especially in the summer. Please wear layers and always bring a jacket.
If you're looking for a place to eat or hang out and the fog is getting you down, take MUNI towards Downtown and get off at Castro or Powell Station. It tends to be sunnier there.
My favorite neighborhoods are: Castro, Noe Valley, The Mission, Duboce Triangle, Lower Haight, Inner Sunset.
Other Cities to Visit: Berkeley, Sausalito, Oakland, Palo Alto.
Public transportation is preferred as parking is difficult in this city.
We are a couple blocks away from West Portal Station, a major hub. There you can find MUNI streetcars L, M, K, and buses 17 and 48. If you take MUNI downtown, you can connect to BART or Caltrain to get to the East Bay or South Bay.
I'm happy to show you how to get around and where to buy a Clipper Card to use on buses. Also, (website hidden) Maps is a great tool for figuring out which buses to take.
The walk to the West Portal Station is easy and it is safe to walk around here at night.
I do drive, but parking around here is very limited. If you have a car, please note that all parking in our neighborhood is 2-hour parking 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday.
A half-mile away, there are some streets that allow cars to remain parked for a week at a time. It's better not to have a car unless you plan on parking only at night or on weekends.
Other Things to Note
This neighborhood is a hidden gem and we hope you love it and treat it well. My family is dear to me and their comfort and safety is my priority, so only the most well-behaved houseguests will be allowed to stay. So far all of our experiences have been wonderful!
Be very nice, step lightly, say hello to others.
Keep quiet after 10 pm and before 7 am. You may enter and exit during quiet hours, but be quiet for others who may be sleeping. Please limit cooking and showering at night while others are sleeping.
No unauthorized guests allowed in the house. No drugs, no smoking indoors, no pets, no drama. Use indoor voices. Please limit drinking alcohol in the house and eating over the carpet.
Please help keep common areas clean and respect other people's privacy.
My little sister is still a minor and I want her to feel safe at home.
Nancy和她的家人對房客都非常親切, 在出發前有任何的疑問都可以跟她請教, 就算英文不太好也能夠溝通, 她會試著去了解你的意思, 不需要擔心溝通上會有太大的問題, 住的地方環境非常舒適, 房間非常整潔, 離MUNI metro走步只要不到5分鐘, 到市區非常方便, 附近也有商店街能滿足基本的需求, 是非常棒的體驗
I loved staying at Nancy's, it was definitely the accommodation highlight of our trip where we stayed in a mix of hotels, motels and airbnbs.
Firstly the location is excellent. Only a couple minutes walk to the train station that can take you to powell station (down town) in about 15mins, and is only $2.25 each way. West portal itself is a nice place to explore, with plenty of places to eat.
We arrived quite late at night and she offered to pick us up from the airport, which was very kind of her. The room itself was very clean, comfortable and quiet, and she allowed her guests to help themselves to fruit and cereal and use of the kitchen. We ate out a lot so we didn't use it but we appreciated it all the same. I loved that there are guidebooks in the living room with activity ideas for San Francisco - very helpful since we weren't too well prepared!
We would usually go out in the morning and return late at night so we didn't see Nancy apart from the first night, but we often bumped into her Grandma who was very sweet and friendly and always said hello.
Prior to the trip, she was helpful in suggesting places we could visit and a reputable car hire company.
Thanks for everything Nancy!! We loved it. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough! :)
Stayed at Nancy's house was a good choice for our trip at SFO. The location is very good and convenient, only two blocks away from the MUNI subway station. The neighborhood is nice, clean and safe. Nancy's grandma is very good, friendly and helpful. Free breakfast is a plus, which is simple but good enough for us. On other hand, interest works not good. And sometimes needed to wait for long time for the bathroom. Overall I loved to stay at Nancy' house.
The place is exactly as described. My friend and I really enjoyed staying at Nancy's. Nancy was very accomodating and provided a few additional thoughtful touches which were really appreciated. For instance breakfast goodies, Hersheys kisses and there were some practical things like maps and touristy brochures and guidebooks and earplugs.
Plus Nancy was very easy to communicate and get hold of when were in San Fran which was lovely.
The house is 5 minutes walk from West Portal station and only takes about 20 minutes to get to heart of San Francisco if I recall.
Thanks Nancy and will definately book again when in San Fran.
Nancy is really friendly and take care of everything we need.
Thanks so much for her to pick we up from airport when our airplain is delayed.
Her family member also really nice and easy going.
It’s really nice to chat with grandma.
Everything in Nancy’s house is clean.
The room is very warm.
Nice to stay here for several night.
Hope to visit this city next time and thanks for Nancy’s family so much.
I love my days stayed in Nancy's place. It's very clean, roomy and convenient to everywhere. It took me 2 min walk to MUNI bus station to go both downtown and switch Bart or Caltrain to go out. The neighborhood is quite and clean too. There are couple of grocery stores such as Eezy Freezy nearby and some small restaurants as well.
Nancy and her grandma are very hospitable, warm and considerate. They made my feel like a family member. You can help yourself make breakfast such as milk, bread, coffee, eggs etc. They also provide aid-kit, earplug and some other stuffs that you might need, which is very thoughtful. I also got my name tag on my room's door. High recommend this place if you travel to San Francisco!
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About the Host, Nancy
I'm 30 years old and originally from San Francisco, eldest of 6, Chinese-American. I moved back to the Bay Area in 2013 after living in LA for 4 years. I did my undergrad at Stanford, got my MBA at UCLA and have worked in interior design, product design, graphic and web design.
I love to hike, throw a football, and watch the sun set. I garden on sunny days and cook when I'm inspired.
You will usually see me with a tool in my hand. I like construction and DIY projects. I built a fence recently and fix things around the house. I really like to clean.
My wonderful girlfriend, Cathy, lives in Berkeley and my (large) family lives in San Francisco. I have a house in Oakland. I split my time between San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland and cross the bridge almost everyday.
I love meeting people and sharing my home, and that is why I host. As a host, I want to make sure that you have everything you need to start your day right and that you have a pleasant home to return to. You'll have plenty of freedom to explore the City on your own. I'm pretty hands-off after the first day, but I'm always near my cell phone if you need help, unless I'm camping or on vacation.
As a guest, I'm quiet, independent. I like to start my day early and sleep around 11 PM. I prefer nature to cities, I like to read books, I love coffee, I travel with my girlfriend who likes the same things.
My motto? I count my blessings.
- Nancy Quan