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 small, but private, has a window, and one full-size bed that sleeps up to 2 average-size people. There's a mirror, desk and chair.
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.
Wir wurden von Nancy herzlich begrüßt und der Familie vorgestellt. Die Zimmer und die Nachbarschaft entsprachen voll und ganz den Erwartungen und der Beschreibung. Es war sehr familiär und wir haben uns wohl gefühlt.
This room was actually for my fiancée and her mother and Nancy was very helpful and accommodating. Would recommend for anyone visiting San Francisco. Great location!
The room is very good with nice bed &table and mirror and the house is well equipped and clean. The neighbor is very convenient and peaceful. Nancy is friendly that she showed me around on the first day and introduced me to the map of San Francisco. Grandma is really cute! I love it!
Simply, extremely recommended.
Nancy's house is one of the best AirBnb places I've ever stayed at.
It's clean, neat, well-organized, and convenient, just no flaw at all.
Good breakfast is provided every morning.
Her family members are all welcoming people for me and my wife.
If I get a chance to visit SF, I'd visit Nancy's house again and again.
I tell you, it's really comfy.
The stay was perfect! I had a wonderful time staying at Nancy's house. The whole house is immaculately clean, and it's extremely well located as it's only 3 mins walk to the West Portal Muni station. In fact, the L train (Muni streetcar) stops almost right outside the house.
Nancy is super nice and extremely helpful! I wanted to find a gym that would allow me (a non member) to drop in and she went all out to help me find out all the relevant information and tips. I feel bad making her wait up for me till pretty late on the night of my arrival as it took longer than I had expected at the airport.
The room itself is very clean, cozy and the bed is very comfortable. The bathroom is super clean and spacious too! There are breakfast stuffs and fresh fruits in the house and I enjoyed grabbing a banana when going out in morning.
I totally enjoyed my stay there and will most definitely wanna stay there again the next time I'm in San Francisco.
I stayed with my boyfriend at the place hosted by Nancy. It was the first time we tried Airbnb and we don't regret it!
Nancy was a wonderful host. When we arrived in SF, we had troubles with the public transport and got off too early and were a bit lost, so she picked us up.
The room was really nice - comfy, clean and with a wonderful bed. Also the rest of the house.
We really enjoyed our stay in San Francisco! Thank you so much!!
I really enjoyed my stay hosted by Nancy. The room was very cosy and clean and Nancy showed me around the house and she was very quick to respond to messages. Nancy's place was very close to the Muni in a pleasant neighbourhood. Grandma was very nice and helpful also and the other guests were pleasant and quiet. I hope to stay with Nancy again as I visit San Fran a few times a year!
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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