Modern, cozy, private and quiet bedroom with an en suite bathroom in the Castro. Perfect for a couple or single person. Large room w/queen-sized bed. Gay friendly; I strive to make your stay comfortable by providing snacks, amenities, and kindness.
Want to visit San Francisco but aren't into the hotels' tiny, overpriced, and sterile rooms? My Castro home features a larger-than-a-hotel guestroom with YOUR OWN PRIVATE BATHROOM attached, and includes some extras to make your experience a little more luxurious!
**This is a quiet home best suited for quiet guests.**
This is a great choice if you have a car!! While most SF neighborhoods require a parking permit in order to park for any longer than two hours, my neighborhood has NO PERMIT REQUIREMENTS so you can leave the car for as long as you want. The only thing to check is street parking (Weds 12-2 across the street and Thurs 9-11 on the apartment side of the street).
QUICK FACTS ABOUT YOUR STAY
-- Your own PRIVATE bathroom attached to your bedroom -- only you have access (I have my own)
-- Large, quiet room in the back of the house, away from street noise
-- Brand new, extremely comfortable queen sized mattress bed (For European guests, that is 152 cm x 203 cm)
-- Private access to backyard with table/chairs, barbecue
-- NEW in-room snacks provided
-- Free, unlimited street parking
-- Basic, self-serve breakfast of coffee, tea, toast, jam, selection of cold cereals, and breakfast bars to go.
-- Free local/long distance domestic phone calls
-- Full use of kitchen and living room
-- 5 min. walk to Castro/public transportation; central SF location; 10-15 minute walk to the Mission, Haight Ashbury, Noe Valley; and about 20 min. to Golden Gate Park.
-- Beautiful views of Kite Hill, Eureka Valley, & Twin Peaks
-- To lighten your travel load, I provide shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, facial soap, body wash, shaving cream, razor, body lotion and other amenities.
-- Use of washer/dryer, iron and ironing board
-- Very homey and comfortable feel
-- Smoking outside okay
-- 2 mellow cats included - but they are NEVER allowed in the guest bedroom (even when you're not here) in case you have allergies.
-- Book exchange. I have several books available for you to take. If you want to drop one off, that is great, but it's not necessary.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD - NOTE: the house is on a hill so if you aren't comfortable walking up and down it, you can take cabs/Uber/Lyft or find a place not on a hill!
You will be staying on 17th Street - the closest neighborhood is the Castro -- a 5 minute walk to Castro & Market, where most major MUNI lines (K,L,M,T,S and historic street cars) converge. The location is smack dab in the middle of SF which means you are also walking distance to a variety of other awesome neighborhoods including the Mission, Cole Valley, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, and Noe Valley. If you don't want to walk - the central location makes cabs affordable. It is a 15 minute trip to Union Square (including the walk to MUNI stop), a 20 minute drive to the Golden Gate Bridge, about a 20 minute drive to Fisherman's Wharf or 30 minutes by MUNI.
There is a great selection of restaurants, bars, and shops that are all walking distance from the house. The Castro Theater - complete with a Wurlitzer organ player - is just a 5 minute walk. Some of the great restaurants just minutes away from the house include Frances (winner of several awards, including a James Beard award), Anchor Oyster Bar, and Chow (a casual, neighborhood restaurant that has something for everyone). The next neighborhood over, only about a 10-15 minute walk, is the Mission which features some of the best restaurants in the city.
ABOUT YOUR ROOM & PRIVATE BATHROOM
The bedroom is spacious, quiet, and serene, and is decorated with local artists' work. It features a private, en-suite bathroom. The queen-sized Posturpedic bed is brand new and has comfy linens including a down comforter and both firm and soft pillows. Relative to the rest of the house, this room gets less light but still has two windows and plenty of lighting in the room.
Set in the back of the house, the room is very private and quiet-- you basically have the whole back of the house to yourself, including private access to a cute, intimate backyard where you can sit after your day (or during your day!) and use the barbecue to make dinner. (I love to barbecue and I can show you how to use it).
Your stay comes complete with two beautiful and extremely mellow cats, Roger and Hank! However, the cats are never allowed in the guest bedroom and most guests with allergies have reported that they had no reaction during their stay. They take some time to warm up to others and often tend to disappear when guests arrive.
The house is newly renovated, very clean and cozy with a modern feel and lots of light. It's on the top floor so I have a nice view of Twin Peaks and Eureka Valley which is especially pretty at night. The kitchen, living room, backyard, and washer/dryer are available for guests to use. While the bedroom does not have a TV, I have a 37" flat screen in the living room that you are more than welcome to use. I have a decent selection of independent films and documentaries if you feel like chilling out and watching a movie.
I've lived in San Francisco for 18 years I am not exaggerating when I say that I am in love with this city. I know the city very well and can help guide you to destinations that are worthwhile (and those that aren't). I hope you will grow to love San Francisco as much as I do.
TRANSPORTATION FROM AIRPORT
A cab is about $55 including tip. You can take BART (public transportation) to the 16th Street Station or Civic Center (approx. $8 per person, one way). I suggest you take a cab from there (approx. $7.00) because my place is on a hill which is quite steep at a couple points - you don't want to be lugging your bags up the hill although many guests have done it. SuperShuttle is a "shared ride" airport shuttle that transports several passengers and is cheaper but generally takes longer ($18 for one person; $28 for two).
In addition to your bedroom and bathroom, you will have access to the kitchen, living room, and dining area. Also you have access to all amenities in the kitchen (appliances, pots/pans, and condiments too so you don't have to buy those). You also have access to my TV in the front room where you can use my Netflix account and my Amazon Prime account as well.
Interaction with Guests
I enjoy chatting with the guests, but I typically don't have a lot of time to spend because I'm usually busy doing something! There are some days when I am not at home at all because I go to school about an hour and a half away. I don't eat meals with guests but I really enjoy hanging out when our schedules align.
The Castro is a vibrant neighborhood with lots of restaurants, coffee shops, and the amazing Castro Theatre. It's also a safe neighborhood. While historically a gay neighborhood, that is changing now. Everyone will feel welcome in the Castro, I can assure you.
This neighborhood is great for public transportation. The underground train is a 5 minute walk down the street (Castro Station) that can take you downtown in 10 minutes. Also there are the historic street cars which will take you to the Ferry Building and Fisherman's Wharf. My neighborhood is in the center of SF, making it extremely accessible to other parts of the city.
The main house rule is about respect and quiet for the neighbors. As with most San Francisco apartments, the noise travels between spaces. I ask that the guests be mindful of this if they come home late.
Rule #1 I ask that guests to not wear shoes inside at all times.
Rule #2 Please keep your bedroom door closed at all times (the cats are never allowed in that room).
Chris was an excellent host and was very welcoming. Chris also spent a while advising us about places to visit and restaurants in the area. The room itself is a lovely large en-suite at the rear end of the property. We would normally prefer a whole property but this arrangement actually works brilliantly. It's in an excellent location, easy to walk to the high street and at a reasonable price! The property is on a typically steep San Francisco hill so be prepared for that. We walked it a number of times so it is manageable.
Chris is a very nice person. I love the house. It's really convenient and clean. Just like the pictures. It located on a hill you might have to climb up a little bit. But SF is a hill anyway so it's fine. I really enjoy my trip here.
Very clean and quiet place, with a friendly, welcoming, but unobtrusive host, in a fully residential neighborhood having free parking on the street. The private bathroom is a strong plus, and there is fantastic privacy since you are on the top floor at the end of the building away from the street, with a small private garden in the back (and access to it). The host does a remarkable job at providing amenities (snacks, travel guides, etc.), and the bathroom in particular is stocked with every soap and shampoo known to man. Highly recommended.
Chris was a terrific host, and her place was great--convenient and super-comfortable. Highly recommended for an SF stay.
It was a great place to stay for a couple of days in SF.
Chris is adorable and offered is a nice welcome.
We recommand the place without any hesitation!
This is the second time my husband and I have stayed at Chris's lovely quiet home. Although it is centrally located in the Castro area , the bedroom is quiet and peaceful. There is a separate guest bathroom off the guest bedroom. Chris is an interesting, highly educated person with a great personality and a large book and photo collection. The house is clean and comfortable. The only caution is that if you cannot walk up 2 flights of stairs, this is not the place for you. Otherwise, this is our first choice of places to stay in San Francisco.
Hello! I've been hosting since 2011 and was recently named a SuperHost. Getting to meet new guests everyday -- and the trust inherent in that process -- brings me a lot of joy. While I'm originally from the east coast (Syracuse, NY), I moved to San Francisco 20 years ago and it's my home now. In my opinion San Francisco is heaven on earth -- a magical place with a collective spirit of diversity, creativity, and open-mindedness.
I'm currently getting a PhD in sociology where my research has focused on elites and education, while currently I'm working on a project looking at women in high tech careers. I'm also a freelance photographer for a textbook called Seeing Sociology and I write as freelancer as well (though I'm just starting that - I do jobs for free!).
I'm queer and my home is a safe space for all genders and sexualities. I will do everything I can to make your stay safe and comfortable.
I love movies, mostly independent films and documentaries. My favorite films are The Station Agent, American Beauty, and, most recently, Boyhood. My favorite documentary is Baraka.
Travel is pretty much in my blood. I sometimes just have to get away to spark creativity. I have driven across country twice. I've been to Cuba, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and, most recently, Japan. I love meeting new people and enjoy hearing about people's lives. So I hope we will have a chance to talk while you're here!
I love good food too. I do some cooking, but I'm better at knowing where to get good food in the city.
I'm a big music fan as well - in fact I have a guitar here you are welcome to play if you know how since I sure haven't been using it lately. I am also up on the best venues to see music in the city if you're interested in that.
In terms of my style as a host, I tend to leave people pretty much alone unless I get a sense they want to hang out. You probably won't even notice me that much. I'm pretty quiet and spend a lot of time in my room reading or working. But I do love to have chats with you to find out where you've been that day and how you liked it, so you can expect some conversations. But I am definitely not an overbearing host.