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 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.
Our 4 night stay in Nancy's place was great. The room was really comfortable and like the whole house, it was clean and safe. Everything was made to feel like at home. Full breakfast offered :-) . The place is perfectly located to visit San Francisco. Nancy gave us some tips on where to go and see. And many thanks to Nancy's grandmother who was with us every day.
Nancy nous a très bien accueilli. Sa maison est très bien placée car tout près du métro tout en étant au calme. Une situation que nous avons trouvé idéale pour visiter San Francisco. La chambre est tout à fait conforme à l'annonce. On peut disposer de la cuisine, du lave-linge et sèche-linge (très pratique). Cela a été un plaisir de "dialoguer" avec sa grand-mère !
Had a great relaxing stay at Nancies place. All needs attended to immediately. Clean welcoming room in a quiet house. West Portal is an up market location with a great selection of eateries. Easy access to and from town or airport. on L,M,K lines. As there are 2 toilets there is never a queue. Shower is hot and strong. More than enough selection in the fridge for a good breakfast.
and you can get to the Golden Gate bridge directly on the 28 (website hidden) stress
Reaching the Apartment:
I arrived at San Francisco International Airport and followed Nancy's directions to her place. Public transportation in SF is pretty convenient; you won't have a difficult time finding the apartment. Also, her advice to store a good amount in the MUNI card is really useful!
The Apartment Itself:
The apartment is very clean and hygienic. That includes the toilets and bedrooms. Nancy received me on my first day and suggested some areas of SF to explore. She was very helpful and willing to answer my queries. For the duration of my stay, Grandma was usually around in the apartment. She's really friendly too. Nancy's younger sister stays in the house as well but I rarely saw her.
Location and Transportation:
The location is excellent! The house is a 2-minute walk to West Portal MUNI station, which connects you to the metro system. I relied solely on public transportation in SF, and I find a combination of bus and metro usually takes me to the places I want to go. I strongly recommend getting a prepaid plan on your mobile so you could have data. With data, you could then access Google Maps and getting around town becomes really easy.
Clean and convenient. Friendly host. Excellent location. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay. More than willing to return!
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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