SOMA Artist's House - live & work!

Loft - Entire home/apt · San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
Your host, Cheryl
57 Reviews
Response rate: 82%
Response time: within a day

The Space

You've found it!
This bright, beautiful 1600 sq. foot house & garden is in the very center of San Francisco. Walk to everything or catch public transport half a block away to easily reach every corner of town. MOSCONE conference and DESIGN CENTER conference visitors love it here!

Sleeps 6. There are 6 beds. Lots of privacy. Medium room has 2 premium queen size mattress on Ikea frames, small room has 1 premium queen size mattress, Extra large room has 2 full size click-clack sofas. Loaded refrigerator, cupboards of snacks, wine & beer included in a stone-soup style relaxed home

A wide range of global tech companies are all within a block or two of the front door plus Bars, Clubs, Restaurants and a dozen food trucks. Want to eat at home? The city's best all natural grocery, Rainbow, is 2 blocks away. This place is ideal for visitors who want a place to work comfortably and play nearby. Dedicated wi-fi: Grateful. Password: IamGrateful

If you thrive in an unusual space in the heart of the city, with quirky design and large scale art, you'll love it here.

Victorian Carriage House built in 1908.
Spacious Garden Level Loft. 1600 Square feet of serenity.

This listing describes use of this very private space for lodging. If you are looking for a space for a company strategy meeting, retreat, off-sites, sales meetings or meet-ups, please check out our other listing:
"SOMA Artist's Loft for Retreats"

+Space has two parts, a front & a back. Front/street side is 800 square foot space oftentimes used as a gallery, or for company meetings - or as an over-sized living room.

Back/garden side is another 800 square feet set up as an apartment with sofas, sofabeds, tables and kitchen offering a variety of areas to relax after enjoying the fast pace of San Francisco's tech world.

+Walk to just about everything!
+Public transport, buses, cable cars, Muni right out the front door!

The heart of San Francisco, called Western SOMA.
The closest cross streets easily imagined: Market/Van Ness

+Moscone Center - 8 blocks
+Design Center-6 blocks
+Civic Center - 2 blocks
Closer than those business-centric points of interest are:
+A wide range of restaurants from Mexican to Thai to Sushi and everything in between-1 block
+Want something with more action? Try the Food Truck Court-with 12 trucks mid-day and 12 trucks in the evening. Lots happening there day & night-3 blocks
+Both Costco and Rainbow Grocery are around the corner.
+Civic Center is blocks away with diverse performances including SF Ballet & Symphony.
+A few more blocks and you are in the theater district including the Orpheum & Golden Gate.
+Scads of museums including the Yerba Buena Center.
Oodles of clubs and music venues including Slims & Bar Agricole.
Everything San Francisco has to offer is at your doorstep.

+ super-sized murals & art boards by John Baden
+ life sized seated nude sculptures by Jonathan Weisblatt
+ photographic prints by Juan Romero Corral
Please see photos.

DETAILS that can be good to know:
+Kitchen is complete with gas stove, commercial sink, full refrigerator, plates, glasses, the works
+Bathroom is 3/4 with shower and is stocked with beauty supplies, blow dryer, towels, etc.
+Full alarm system

All major freeways in and out of San Francisco are two blocks away.
Plenty of nearby parking!!!
Best & cheapest ($5 day/ $20 night) 12th & Kissling Garage.
Meters and 2 hour freebie parking weekdays.
Free street parking evenings.

Yes! Quick access to all public transportation: Bus and BART are all within 1 block.

Well-mannered pets very welcome!

+You know you are in a unique San Francisco space as soon as you walk in. All art is portable, as we often invite new creations. Basics are fresh white walls, red floors, bright, open space with skylights.

+IDEAL for business travelers as is close to all major businesses and convention centers.

+SUPER for a couple traveling that wants to have a home away from home. Romance happens here. There something about the art that inspires luscious days & nights.

+Sleeping is serene & quiet. The loft space is protected on all sides by neighboring buildings and the garden. Walk out the front door directly into the hustle-bustle center of all that San Francisco is known and loved for.

WHO'S not happy HERE?
If you are looking for a traditional bed in a bedroom bathroom ensuite apartment, this place is not it...

INCLUDED with professional cleaning:
Bathroom basics
Kitchen supplies

Stone soup approach to food
More than a few munchies & & beer...breakfast yummies...fully stocked kitchen! Take what you want, enjoy - leave treats behind, if you like... or not. It's up to you.

Just ask :) We'll do all we can to make your visit a great one!

Guest Access

Building is a duplex. This is the garden apartment/loft. You have your own front door, equivalent to 3 bedrooms for privacy. There are 3 premium queen mattress sofabeds plus 2 full size click-clacks sofas and a corduroy queen.

Gallery is 800 square feet with a foozball table, white board, bean bags chairs & sofas. I always fully stock the kitchen with food, beer, wine, snacks. Plenty for breakfast - always something to cook up for dinner. We have a stone soup or "take what you wish, leave what you wish" approach.
Open plan kitchen with eat-in dining area, plus the garden has a tall table and 4 bar stools, idea for a serene breakfast. Small cubby room can be used for private bedroom with its premium queen sofabed or sitting room. Livingroom has 2 more premium queen sofabeds and a corduroy with a door that closes in case you'd like to use it for a private bedroom as well.
This place is best for people coming to San Francisco for business. We are near many, many major Silicon Valley companies and watering holes. Walking distance!

Interaction with Guests

I am always on site to welcome you and show you around. I tend to check in every day or so by sms, to learn if there is anything you might need. Questions about the place or to offer dining, sight seeing, city use information? Just pop me a note. I love making your visit a great one!

The Neighborhood

This place is best for people coming to San Francisco for business. We are near many, many major Silicon Valley companies and watering holes. Walking distance!

Restaurants, bars, dance clubs, live music venues, cafes, people watching and meeting up at every turn. A food truck court - where 12 food trucks come at 12 noon and another 12 swap in for the evening to share in the joy of the outdoor beer garden atmosphere.

Plus, all public transportation scant minutes from the front door. And.... the borrow a bike is at the corner!

Everything becomes easier from our place, because everything is pretty much within a few minutes reach.

Getting around

Plus, all public transportation, BART, bus, muni, cable car, are all scant minues from the front door. Rent a car from the local garage for an hour or a day, or more... And.... the borrow a bike station is at the corner!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 5
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $1295 /week
Security Deposit: $125
Cleaning Fee: $65
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Cheryl was a great communicator and very accommodating and hospitable. The space is a trip and a half, much better to stay in than a boring hotel. The location is great, safe and easy to get to Bart, Muni and if you don't mind some exercise, a nice walk to and from the Mission and the pier. One thing to note, Cheryl is a stickler with allowing any guests into the space. Our friends who live in SF couldn't come over for a drink before going out at night or for a quick visit before heading out for the day's adventures. Also, be sure and nail down a check in and check out time. We were hoping to check in around noon since we flew in at 8am, but instead had to check in around 5pm b/c previous guests were still there. Our check out was then at 3pm on a Sunday since international guests were arriving to check in. So if you don't plan on having anyone over and can communicate your check in/out needs with Cheryl ahead of time, you're golden!

    June 2014
  • If Cheryl was charming and welcoming at the beginning (she had bought cheese and 3 bottles of wine for us), we unfortunately ran into problems with her. The first evening we were there, we decided to invite four of our friends to have dinner together. It turns out Cheryl doesn't accept any guest even for a cup of tea or dinner, she just asked us to leave the flat (she lives upstairs and can have a look at the flat). The next day, she asked us to leave or pay 375 extra fee because of our one-hour dinner which she considered as a one hour party rental (she also rents out the apartment by the hour for meetings..........). We lost the whole morning calling airbnb to know who was right (us, at the end of the day). After that, we were not able to use the flat at our convenience and Cheryl followed our in and outs through the front door from her 2nd floor window. Quite a pity because the flat is amazing and it had started so well...

    June 2014
    Response from Cheryl:

    Caroline and her unexpected 24 pack beer-toting party buds were the very first troublesome guests I have ever had. We agreed in writing by email "no additional guests." But the very first night, the HORROR began. Doorbell ringing, more and more and more people arriving until the place had over 20 people partying within hours of her arrival.

    When I spoke to her, she INSISTED she had a right to have as many people as she liked over to visit any time day or night to party at our home during a 4 person reservation. When I tried to reason with her, the response was, "we are students. We have done this at Airbnb places before and no one stopped us."

    I lost my entire weekend trying to be kind yet firm about no parties. Doorbell ringing, guys with 24 packs of beer in hand. They didn't even know Caroline's name. Just, "is this where the party is?"

    Thank goodness for the sanity of Airbnb customer service who came to the rescue!

    June 2014
  • Cheryl is a great host and I'd be happy to stay here again. Her AirBnb has so much character and history. It's an old carriage house, where she's converted the first floor to a living/work space. Cheryl is extremely hospitable and was very easy to communicate with before and during my stay. She helped me get acquainted with the space and was nice enough to leave breakfast food, snacks, and some drinks for me. Definitely much nicer than staying at a more sterile hotel.

    June 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 3 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    June 2014
  • Cheryl is without heditation the best host I had on Airbnb. Incredibly helpful and kind.
    Flat is very well located in soma full of surprises and a nice terrace where you can eat. Thx for everything Cheryl

    June 2014
  • Cheryl is extremely kind and helpful person - at the beginning she have introduced us town specific places like restaurants, shops and car rental places which was really helpful. We knew that if we'd have any problems, she is the person we can rely on.

    Our home was fully equipped with fdo and drinks which was great during morning breakfasts :)

    I'm really recommending Cheryl and her house in SF!

    June 2014
  • The reservation was canceled the day before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    May 2014
  • Cheryl was very nice and extremely helpful during our trip. The appartement is surprisingly large for downtown SF, and very quiet. We definetely recommend it!

    May 2014
  • Cheryl is one super cool chica! We were really happy with her communication, she lives in the same building so there was no shortage of attention or worry about being stuck without help. This is definitely a funky place, so if you're open to 'outside the box' places this will be right up your alley.

    April 2014
  • Cheryl is the absolute best! This review will not do her justice, but I will try. From the first initial contact Cheryl was friendly, responsive and very helpful. I booked the place for 3 of our out of town employees and they loved it. She met w/ them at check in and answered all of their questions. My employees LOVED this place, it was so cultured and open and light - they had the best time. I think this will be my go to whenever our out of town employees come to SF. It's also very very close to everything. Cheryl is one of the best Airbnb experiences I've ever had! She is amazing!

    April 2014
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