Would you like to relax in a hot tub and watch the lights of the city on Twin Peaks after a gorgeous day of sightseeing and then return to your spacious private room with a comfortable queen-sized bed? Street parking is usually within 100 meters.
Nestled between the Noe Valley and the Castro neighborhoods in San Francisco, this spacious, sunny home floats four floors above the street and commands a panorama of Twin Peaks, Upper Market and Eureka Valley. In the afternoon, curl up on the couch in the sun-flooded living room and enjoy the company of the two sweet, loving dogs. Or cook dinner in the state-of-the-art galley kitchen with granite countertops, Viking range, and stainless steel appliances.
PARKING IS EXTREMELY EASY!
San Francisco is well-known for being a terrible place to park, but not near my house. No permits are required and there is no time limit and I have never failed to find a space within a block, usually within 50 meters. Street cleaning is only every second week for two hours.
You will have one bedroom to yourself and three bathrooms to share with other guests - if there are any. I have my own bathroom for myself. The dogs will not be in your space unless you invite them. The way the house is situated, your room is way down the hall from the rest of the house, so it is quite private. The kitchen, decks, and living room are all available to you. I have a cozy, quiet back deck with tons of plants, morning sun, and a bistro table for meals; while the front deck has the panoramic view and jacuzzi.
- The bed is queen sized and made with soft clean linens (I have professional housekeepers) and a down comforter and two pillows.
- The closet and dresser are available for your clothes while you stay.
- There are windows (with blinds and/or curtains) facing east and west.
- I offer self-service breakfast (muesli/granola) and fruit and a non-dairy milk, coffee and tea, and there is space in the refrigerator for you.
- Free Wifi
- I can provide you with shampoo, conditioner, soap, and razors.
- I have a huge (maybe 52 inches?) flat screen TV in the living room with 800 channels (rough guess), which you are welcome to view. I have some SF-oriented films which may interest you.
- There is a washer/dryer, iron and ironing board.
- I'll provide maps, tourist guides, suggested sights and travel tips.
I replaced the firm futon with a much softer bed in January 2014.
Interaction with Guests
I speak German fluently as well as some French, Spanish and Italian. When you arrive, I will greet you, give you a tour, introduce you to the dogs, Portia and Cassius, and answer any questions you may have. I am a native Californian and have lived in San Francisco almost 20 years. I'm happy to share anything I know about this fantastic city! My mother is a travel agent so helping people find hidden gems is in our genes.
Some guests prefer some interaction and guidance and others prefer their privacy so I respond according to your desires. Sometimes I have a similar schedule as my guests and see them often, other guests I may not see much at all.
Given how quiet and peaceful my home is, it's hard to imagine my house is in the exact center of San Francisco, just a five minute walk in either director to the commercial centers of Noe Valley and the Castro with scores of great restaurants, cafés and boutiques. I doubt there is cuisine you can imagine which you cannot find within walking distance from my house. There is Italian, tapas, sushi, Thai, burritos, Indian, burgers, Chinese, Peruvian and scores more nearby.
The Castro is also famous for it's truly independent theater with rare festivals and it's grand Wurlitzer organ played before screenings.
Getting downtown or to tourist sights is easy with convenient public transportation (the 35 bus stops 50 meters away), or it’s a 7 minute walk to the MUNI Castro station which shoots you downtown in minutes) or the K, L, M, T, S lines and historic street cars can take you all over the city.
If you drive here you can find parking within a block – a rarity in SF!
Dolores Park is about a 10 minute walk away.
The Mission, Cole Valley, Duboce Triangle and Upper and Lower Haight are close by for people who like to walk, or cheaply accessible by cab or rideshare due to my central location.
Powell Street and Union Square are about 25 minutes with Muni (including the walk). Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Ghiradelli Square, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park (including the DeYoung Museum and the Japanese Tea Garden), Ocean Beach, San Francisco Airport and the Golden Gate Bridge are all about 20 minutes away by car.
Other Things to Note
One of my dogs, Portia, loves everyone right away and Cassius is a bit more reserved. He is very sweet when he decides he likes you after a couple of minutes. He does better with people with experience living with dogs or that are dog-lovers. If you are scared of dogs or don't like canines, my place is probably not for you.
I have another room for rent in my house next to this room - but they don't share a wall.
In the fall I had the carpet professionally steam cleaned and it was painted in February.
There are hooks for towels on the inside of the bedroom door.
Airbnb is my livelihood and I survive by my reputation. If any element of your stay is below 5 stars, let me know while you are here so I can fix it.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN STAYING WITH ME:
Preference will be give to guest inquiries that:
- confirm that all guests like dogs (mandatory)
- understand that my check-in time is 4PM and check out is 10AM. Although I can be flexible, I prefer guests who understand that I am often not home and can only arrange a welcome at a mutually convenient time for both you and your possible companion at the same time.
- confirm they don't smoke
- confirm they understand I am only welcoming the one or two people and no other guests of these guests
- list the names and relationship of any additional guest beyond the one corresponding with me
- show a recognizable picture of their face
GETTING HERE FROM THE AIRPORT
In summary: quicker costs more.
Taxi cabs cost about $55 plus tip and generally take 20-30 minutes.
Shuttles (shared vans with 2-10 passengers) cost about $20 but can take 30-120 minutes depending on with whom you share. Tell them the neighborhood is Noe (pronounced "no E") or Castro, or give them the intersection of Eureka and 21st Street (not avenue!!). Eureka doesn't go into the avenues but careless drivers can err.
BART is the cheapest way to my house and you can take it to 24th or 16th Street. From there you can either take a taxi cab, bus or walk. Use the internet to coordinate public transportation. If you walk, it could take 20-45 minutes and there are steep hills. A cab might cost you about $10 from the BART station.
Since my home is on the fourth and fifth floors of a two unit condominium, there is an elevator for guests with heavy bags when they arrive and depart, but not for daily use. Exceptions will be made for people with disabilities.
My check-in time is 4PM and check out is 10AM. Although I can be flexible, I am often not home and can only arrange a welcome at a mutually convenient time for both you and your possible companion at the same time. If you cannot arrive near 4PM, you may have to wait until I come home at the end of the evening to be checked in. All guests must arrive together and meet me and the dogs prior to getting the key.
No animals or guests without my prior consent.
Please observe the check out time. I often have cleaning people come immediately after you leave and I like to have your bedding and towels washed and dried before they arrive so they can make the bed for the next guest.
Due to the layout and constraints of my house, I can't accommodate smokers or children.
There is a water shortage in California so please use water sparingly. For example, take brief showers and don't leave water running.
We had a great time at Marks place, the hot tub was a welcome retreat after an 11 hour flight and the house was really beautiful - two roof terraces and a lovely vibe. We felt we could make ourselves at home and it was in a great location too - thank you!!
Mark has a beautiful home, close to the bubbly Castro but in a quiet neighbourhood where you can rest and escape from the busy San Francisco life.
He was so accommodating and helpful with organising my stay at short notice, and although he wasn't present his excellent housekeeper was friendly and gave me some awesome advice.
I would recommend Mark's place to anyone wanting to stay in San Francisco who likes beautiful views, somewhere peaceful/restful and easily accessible to the wider city.
We really enjoyed the stay, especially the ease of finding parking in SFO and hanging out in the spacious and comfortable living room. The bedroom was quiet and comfortable, though it is at the end of the hall near other guest bedrooms (not totally isolated) and the (2) baths, 1 with shower, are shared. The other guests were quiet and we barely saw them. We didn't hang out in the jacuzzi, but it looked great. You do need to be comfortable with walking up and down hills at this location, though public transportation is easy and within a few blocks, and there is an elevator from the garage to help you get luggage upstairs. We were missing our dogs at home, so had also looked specifically for a house that had dogs. Would have liked to interact more with them. The host (Shandra, Mark's house sitter), made us feel welcome.
A nice experience,although Mark is out of town during this period,but the house keeper Shandra was so passionate for answering everything and made us just feel like stay at home!
Nous avons passé 4 nuits chez Mark. Nous avons été très bien accueilli, l'hébergement est agréable. Petit plus car Mark maîtrise plusieurs langue! L'emplacement à proximité du quartier Castro est très pratique . Point positif pour le stationnement qui est facile dans cette rue ! Nous avons pu laisse la voiture et utiliser uniquement les transport en commun.
Marks room was ideal fir me, great location, parking space on the street, cozy, clean, colorful and very quiet. The dogs are super sweet and the house is welcoming. Mark is awesome!
Mark's place is like a home from home. Really enjoyed our stay. Clean, confortable and Mark was a great Airbnb host with tons of local info and suggestions. Loved meeting the dogs on the dog meeting bench. Shame we didn't actually use the hottub but the views of the city from his 2 terraces were great. Only problem was walking up that huge hill after a few too many beers.
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I am a filmmaker who is passionate about civil rights and social justice. I have two cute dogs. I consult with small businesses and write little things here and there. I have lived in Europe for many years and speak some Western European languages to some extent.