About this listing
Charming Victorian in the Castro & Mission! Our cool, comfortable 4 bedroom flat has a true eclectic vibe! We are located 1 block from Dolores Park, near cafés, restaurants, theaters & access to all major transit lines. In the heart of the City!
"The Urban Oasis SF" at Gee (website hidden). If an authentic San Francisco experience is what you're looking for and to connect with genuine, interesting people, we have a beautiful, cozy guest room awaiting you! Our latest listing in our 4 bedroom flat is a beautiful, cozy guest room perfect for a single or double occupancy in our cool, eclectic flat near the Dolores Park area of town between the Mission, Castro and hipster districts in beautiful San Francisco. We can accommodate long-term guests that would like an extended stay in SF for a maximum of up to 1month with plans for business, graduate study/internship, and/or extended travel as well as short-term stays. We are also located on the Silicon Valley Shuttle route if you work or plan to work at Apple, (website hidden), (website hidden), (website hidden), etc. or many other start-ups located in the city or South Bay.
Guests use the main entrance to the Edwardian style flat as well as share kitchen and split bath with other potential guests or tenants. The fully furnished guest room has a super comfy, full-size bed and free Wi-Fi Internet access.
Meals can be prepared in the ample kitchen (sink, gas stove, full refrigerator/freezer, microwave, espresso machine, kettle, blender, toaster oven). The flat has wireless DSL, cable, a large kitchen, split bath and nice back yard. We are an environmentally-friendly, multicultural household and love meeting people from all over the world! ¡Aquí hablamos Español! Please plan to book ahead because these rooms are always in high demand especially during high season (April-November). Thank you for your interest in our quaint & cozy guesthouse!!!
LOCATION: We are located in the HEART of the city of San Francisco. The location is KEY in the center of great food, cafés, shopping, transportation, farmer's markets, the very popular Dolores Park, hipsterville and a great neighborhood vibe! The San Francisco Bay Area attracts millions of tourists every year and is known for its varied cuisine, panoramic views, scenic drives, music, museums, and especially for its diverse, cosmopolitan population. For GuideBook, please see listing -The Urban Oasis SF.*
TRANSPORTATION: MUNI, BART, Golden Gate Transit: San Francisco public transportation is world class, just like the city itself. You can get just about anywhere in the SF Bay Area on the public transit system. Just ask and I'll let you know how to get there, but in any case maps will be provided! Cars can also easily be rented from nearby car rental agencies. The Old Fashioned Street Car runs right out in front. The J Church runs on the cross street Church. There's the K L M T underground subway lines within a few block radius and the 22 and 33 bus lines one block away in either direction.
A taxi from the airport is approximately $40 -$50 one way depending how much you tip.
2 Hour Street Parking is available M-F. Evenings & weekends there's no time limit, but check signs for street cleaning.
CLIMATE & WEATHER: As Mark Twain once said" The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Which doesn't mean that we don't have good weather or warm days, but the best policy is: if you're prepared for the worst, then you'll always be pleasantly surprised! It's just gets really windy as the day progresses and we are known for relentless fog, but more so if you're staying near the coast. Don't go toward the beach unless it's really really hot and you'll be OK I promise! Always pack an umbrella, a windbreaker and a few extra long-sleeved, layers just to be on the safe side! The neighboring, Dolores Park is actually our "urban beach" anyway because it's a big, huge park with a whole lot of activities for the whole family from soccer, tennis, basketball, and a playground for the little-ones to live performances, festivals, and concerts or just plain old partying, bbq's and having a great time with a group of friends on a beautiful day :)
SF & BAY AREA EVENTS INFO:
You can pick up a free SF Weekly or SF Guardian newspaper on just about any corner in the city to find out about night life or online to find a variety of events info as well. There are more than plenty of diverse cultural events, music, art, dance, open mikes, sports, nature/outdoor, nightlife, etc. and there is something here for everybody! SF is a very vibrant, cosmopolitan and internationally recognized city for it's array of cultural diversity, architecture, unique history and of course, liberal politics. (*Just a side note: our neighbor, Dennis Peron, an activist and former partner of Harvey Milk who lives a few doors down with the Buddha painted on his garage door, authored Proposition 215: medical marijuana fyi :-) Tours can be arranged of his very "San Francisco style" home. He was also featured in the film "Milk' with Sean Penn, who also lives in the North Bay among other actors such as Robin Williams and Creator of Star Wars- George Lucas).
Within a short walking distance, there is an array of international cuisines to choose from at affordable prices. Please see our Guidebook in 'The Urban Oasis' listing for more info! You name it we've got it from Italian, Vietnamese, Mexican, Spanish, Mediterranean, Burmese, Vegan/Vegetarian, Indian, Thai, French, Cuban, to food trucks, smoothies stands, raw health food and many small independently owned gourmet deli markets and cafés, farmer's markets as well as large commercial supermarkets.
Extended Stay Rates may be available upon request.
***Please have a photo and some info in your profile when contacting me. We will not host anyone without.
The large eat-in kitchen, backyard and split bath
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as they like. We love to get to know our guests, break bread, have drinks etc and share lovely conversation.
Hippest neighborhood in town!!!
Near all major transit lines
Other Things to Note
Warmth, hospitality, MINDFULNESS, positive vibes, happy, grateful people, making memorable, wonderful experiences to last a lifetime.
#1 House Rule is the GOLDEN RULE.* "Treat others the way you would want to be treated" especially with regard to respecting our home and clear communication . Please remove your shoes at the top of the stairs. QUIET HOURS are from 11PM to 10AM. ABSOLUTELY NO EXTRA, ADDITIONAL OVERNIGHT GUESTS ALLOWED unless previously negotiated prior to your booking your reservation. No parties. No drugs. No pets. No smoking! If you plan on partying while you're out, then do it responsibly and don't bring any loud or obnoxious behavior back to our home. DUE TO THE EXTREME DROUGHT SHOWERS ARE LIMITED TO 10 MINS MAX. LADIES, please remove your hair from the drain in the tub after showering. GENTLEMEN, I expect that you know to put the seat down after you use the toilet. Please note to call, text or email prior to your scheduled arrival time to confirm. Many await an opportunity to stay with us in our lovely home due to the popularity of this listing. We welcome any potential guests on the honor system giving the benefit of the doubt that each and everyone is the utmost polite, respectful, mature and responsible. We expect and will tolerate nothing less. Please have a profile photo and written bio before sending an inquiry.
Christina was very hospitable at first but immediately became inhospitable when a friend stopped by to see me and she forced her to leave in the cold SF night and constantly bombarded my phone with texts despite me informing her that I was expecting someone later that evening. I found this a bit disturbing and brought to her attention however no replies to my messages and concerns came through. Also, there was no sense of security or privacy since none of the rooms had a lock on the door or a working door knob which forced me to block my door with a suitcase or utensil at night. I am filing a complaint with airbnb in regards to this as I had to find another airbnb accommodation and paid much more last minute after my 2nd day at Chrisina's. I wouldn't recommend this at all. Best wishes!
Thanks for leaving early! That was the best move you made during your stay! No, you did not ask permission nor ask for "your friend" to come over. There is absolutely no security issue at my place and there never has been. I have been successfully hosting for over 5 years without any problems of any security nature. Good luck to you. Next time get a hotel!
Xtina is a wonderful host. She and her boyfriend made me feel like home. The room is sufficient for a single person and I really appreciated that it had a small walking closet. The desk is big so I had plenty of space for my stuff. The house is full of charm but older than I expected. The bathroom was very outdated and the toilet room was too dark for my taste, which sometimes made feel uncomfortable; however everything looked always clean. Again, thanks Xtina for your hospitality.
Sorry that the house was too old for you Ana. The pics are very accurate. Most flats in SF are old Victorians but they certainly do have their charm. We do not own the flat and therefore we cannot remodel it to everyone's liking. Because if that was the case, we would have done it a long time ago. This is certainly not Miami.
Staying at Urban Oasis was one of the best decisions I made on my trip to San Francisco! It was a lovely room, clean and comfortable. Located in a great, safe area of SF and close to quaint little restaurants, I was content to stay close by in the evenings. Would definitely stay again.
Xtina made me feel very welcomed on the first day! Texting me few times to make sure I had the right address to get to the apartment... She had prepared a fresh jug of water, just what I needed after such a long flight. A map is on the wall of the bedroom and she gave me a quick run down of the area: where to go to shop, eat, drink and so. Very helpful on anything you wanna see and do. Great host! Great personality!
Room was big, like on the photo! Very colorful, clean and comfortable. Perfect for me.
Tidy apartment. Good internet connection. Big kitchen with all the utensils if you ever want to cook. + there are little notes everywhere in the apartment so you know what to do and not, which is very helpful. Location is great, easy to get to Fishermans Wharf, Union Square, Golden Gate Park... In the heart of the Mission and Castro District, the hub of the city to go out, eat and drink.
The only thing was it's a bit nosy at night. 2 lines of those trolley buses passe nearby the apartment and they are nosy. It was hard to sleep on the first night and then I kind of got used to it.
Great first experience of AirBnb :)) Thank you!
Xtina was a great host, putting up with my changing arrival times. The room was exactly as advertised and I enjoyed my stay. She and Hector invited me to join their Labor Day BBQ but I had already made plans. Next time I visit I hope to get the chance to talk with them more.
I really enjoyed my experience at The Urban Oasis! I stayed for two nights and found that the room was cheerful, clean, and welcoming. The bed was comfortable, and the neighborhood was very close to things I wanted to see. When I arrived I was given clear directions on how to let myself in, and Christina was very helpful to give me a lunch recommendation. Hector gave me a lot of advice on places to see, restaurants, etc. I was traveling alone, with no plan, and I ended up having a very enjoyable time in San Fran! Thanks, Christina and Hector!
I had a wonderful time staying at the Urban Oasis. Xtina is a caring, considerate, and responsible host. It was my first time in San Fran and - as a Midwesterner who never uses public transportation - I was a little nervous about how to navigate the city. Xtina took the time to help explain how to get around and also made some wonderful restaurant recommendations. The room was clean and comfortable. The location is perfect. I felt very safe and there were many fun things to do and see within walking distance. It is also close to a MUNI station which is very convenient. I highly recommend it! I paid much less than I would have for a hotel and had a much better experience = can't beat it!
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About the Host, Xtina
Greetings from The Urban Oasis SF! I have been living in the beautiful, diverse, cosmopolitan city of San Francisco for over 18 years. I am a proud, California native and have been living in my funky SF flat for over a decade now. I am a lover of arts & culture, in particular, Caribbean music, dance and cuisine. Born and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, Hector is a gifted musician, teacher and chef. With his original, traditional and popular sound, he leads his own band called La Mixta Criolla, which you can find on itunes. We love meeting and hosting people from all over the world. Since 2010, we have hosted more than 200 guests from more than 20 different countries. We truly appreciate the wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded folks and create amazing connections from all over the globe! In addition to being a superhost, last year I was featured in Airbnb's 'Why Host' Campaign on Airbnb tv, and was recently interviewed on the local news for being one of the city's most active hosts. Ideally, we want to show our guests a great time, break bread, share wonderful conversations to learn about you and where you come from! I take great pride in my home and make every attempt to keep it updated, beautiful and aesthetically pleasing for everyone. From Europe to Asia, South America to Canada, come over and experience "The Urban Oasis SF" for yourselves! We have a warm, friendly, multicultural vibe and environmentally-conscious home awaiting you! So don't wait to book, it's especially popular during high season (March-November). My motto is: "If I can't see the whole world, then at least I can bring the world to me." :) We strive to minimize our impact on this earth as much as humanly possible. PLEASE RECYCLE & REUSE! DON'T BUY THINGS YOU DON'T REALLY NEED. BE CONSCIOUS ABOUT YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT and EDUCATE YOURSELF on how you, too can minimize, lessen your carbon footprint and live simpler, happier, healthier and more consciously!!! Madre Tierra THANKS YOU :)