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 neighborhood is very safe. It is a historically gay neighborhood, though that is beginning to change. Everyone will feel welcome there, I can assure you. About 80% of my guests are straight and they have all loved it.
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.
Other Things to Note
The tea is on the wire shelves in the kitchen. Cereal is on top of the fridge. Bread and coffee are in the freezer; milk and jams/almond butter and peanut butter in the fridge. Help yourself!
The main house rule is about respect and quiet for the neighbors. To that end, I ask that guests to not wear shoes inside at all times. Also the noise travels from your guest room to the tenant's bedroom downstairs. I ask people to talk quietly if they come home late at night or are up early in the morning.
The final house rule is to keep the door to your room closed so that the cats don't get in there! If they happen to get in (this happens because it can be difficult for people to remember to close the door if they aren't used to it), then don't try to get the cats out. It is usually Roger who gets in and will go directly under the bed. It is best just to let him come out on his own as he can get quite ornery if someone tries to force him :)
Chris is a really good host and has a very large and quiet room with a big bathroom for her guests. We stayed at her place after having spent 4 days in another Airbnb flat with the whole place for ourselves. It was actually very very nice to stay with someone who lives there and who is happy to talk with you. Chris is very open-minded and it feels we can talk about anything and everything!
This was the first time that I have rented a room instead of the entire place. This was a great experience! The room is tucked away in the back of the house so privacy is definitely not an issue. There is a semi private outdoor space as well. I didn't use it but it looked nice. The room was very clean and it was probably the most accurately described rental that I've stayed in to date. She wasn't kidding when she said she has you covered on toiletries and snacks!
Overall the house was very tastefully decorated with some awesome artwork/pics on the wall. For those of you that aren't car lovers, Chris' two kitties did their own thing and would go smell my shoes on rare occasion. Not once did I smell the litter box either and I have a very sensitive nose.
Chris is a great host! She was in and out a lot as was I during my visit. However, since I was traveling alone, I had some extra time to chat with her. She is a great person!
Overall, I would definitely recommend this space. It is a great value for the location and I will definitely stay here again if I don't end up moving to San Francisco anyway. Cheers!
Chris is a great hostess! She was very flexible and helpful, allowing us to drop our bags at her place before check-in and leaving them after check-out, and welcoming us with the best intel on San Francisco one could hope to get in a 10 min conversation!
The room is great, as described, and I loved the abundance of products available in the bathroom, while the little snacks were a life saver when we got home hungry!
First time using Airbnb, so glad I did! I had a great stay. The room and apartment is beautiful and clean, and the host was wonderful! I came into town pretty early in the morning, and Chris was very accommodating and let me stop by, change and leave my bags there for the day, even though the previous night's guests hadn't checked out yet. The neighborhood was beautiful; so close to so many fun places. I highly recommend!
Chris was very pleasant and easy to deal with. The apartment is well situated close to the Castro with a mild incline up to the building from the Castro! It is a comfortable 2 bedroom apartment on the second floor. There are 2 cats, with quite different temperaments, Hank is friendly, and Roger is aloof! So if you are cat sensitive this is not the place for you. The guest bedroom is private, a little dark but comfortable with a light airy bathroom adjoining it. Fresh towels and toiletries are also left! I enjoyed my stay and found it easy to go wherever I wanted, either by public transport or Uber. Chris was away till the very end but pleasant as helpful as I had imagined.
Clean and great location. While I didn't get to meet Chris, she was always super pleasant in all of our exchanges.
And, her cats rock.
Central, clean, very nice bed and madras.
Chris was an excellent host and we enjoyed the private bedroom, bathroom and exit (for smoking).
We also watched the superbowl in he livingroom and had good usage of the kitchen for brewing coffee and early breakfast at home.
We would come back anytime and would welcome Chris to visit Copenhagen as well
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.