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?
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.
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.
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.
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. WHEN YOU WRITE ME, PLEASE CONFIRM THAT YOU ARE DOG-FRIENDLY.
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.
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.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$15 / night after the first guest|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||10:00 AM|
Mark's place was fantastic and he was a great host. I enjoyed the location and the hot tub was a great feature with the rolling hills in the background. I'd recommend anyone stay at his place.
Mark was a fantastic perfect host, and made my trip to San Francisco very easy and enjoyable. He was kindly flexible regarding several last minute twists and turns in my trip itinerary. His place is very clean and cozy, as advertized, and is very conveniently located to both the Castro and Noe Valley. Parking was very easy by San Francisco standards. I highly recommend both Mark and his accommodations.
I had an absolutely WONDERFUL stay at Mark's place! The setting was superb, the views were fabulous (I shot numerous panoramas) and the location was extremely convenient, as it was only a few blocks walking to get to either the heart of Castro or Noe Valley.
There were no other guests staying there, so I had the place to myself, except for the couple times that Mark and I chatted for a bit. He's a very gracious host, and interesting to talk to. We had several shared interests, and I enjoyed chatting with him.
The house is really stunning, and a pleasure to hang out in. I enjoyed spending mornings having my breakfast and tea out on the sunny front and back roof decks, and there's some lovely late afternoon light that comes in and lights up the whole living room space.
Unfortunately, the hot tub wasn't working the weekend that I was there, and the repairman was due to arrive on the Monday that I left, so I didn't get to try that out on the front rooftop deck, but I hope to do so on a future visit. The view from that deck is phenomenal, and could only be made better by having a nice soak. :-)
I was delighted to find out that it was only about a four block walk to get to my favorite pizza parlor in Noe Valley, (Paxti's, on 24th) so I made a pilgrimage and got myself a sinful deep dish Chicago style pizza. ;-) I highly recommend it if you like pizza! (And Mark reserves a shelf in the fridge for guests, so there is a place to stash the inevitable leftovers. Order the big pizza. You'll be glad you did, the next morning! ;-) )
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! All in all, I had a fantastic time, and would gladly stay there again in the future. In fact, I hope and plan to. :-)
Mark, was a great host. Very friendly and attentive. The room was exactly as pictured and the location was great. Close to Noe Valley and Castro area.
Place is awesome. Great location. Get people.
The place was absolutely perfect for me. I didn't get to meet Mark, but his housesitters were very friendly and professional. I loved the neighborhood and even the walk to the Castro Street Muni. I felt like I lived in SF again.
I was never able to meet Mark, as we booked his place for our friends, but everything went smoothly and it was easy to correspond with him. Our friends had a great stay at his place and said it was clean and cozy and in a great location. They would definitely recommend Mark's place to other travelers and if they ever came back they would love book his place again. Thanks Mark for facilitating such a great stay for our friends!
Very nice place to stay.
Enjoyed our stay thoroughly at Mark's place, Tora was quite helpful with suggestions. Nice areas outside to hang out in the morning or evening. Good location for a nice walk to cafe/bistros or whatever you like.
We did not meet Mark in person but he had two very nice friends there to stand in for him. When we asked for a hair dryer we did get one the same night. Although, especially for female guests it might be a good idea to have one there either way.
The person I was staying there with did not sleep too well on the bed/sofa.
The other room was occupied as well, so there were 4 persons using one bathroom with a shower and one bathroom without a shower. Also space was quite limited in the shower bathroom. A suggestion would be to put up somehting you could leave your shampoo etc. on so that you would not need to carry all your "equipment" into the bathroom each time you would want to take a shower and back to the room as soon as you'd be done. Also some sort of beaker would have been great. But these are just some suggestions.
The person travelling with me though thought that the overall cleanliness could have been better. I thought it was ok.
As you probably read before: the house is in a quite neighborhood, easy to get to (by car and public transport), though uphill, not too far from shops, cafes, etc. in the Noe Valley. Two sun decks available, though the one in the front is also used by the dogs to go potty. There is WiFi and some maps about the area you can look at.
All in all this stay was a cheaper stay than a hotel in a great neighborhood with things to see and do a tourist usually doesn't get to see and do.