Post-Apocalyptic Gypsy Room & Tank

House - Private room · Delta St, San Francisco, CA 94134, United States

The Space

This listing is for the garden room located in the back of the house, with its own entrance. It has a king size bed, gypsy pink walls, and access to the garden. It is next to the room that was built in 1895, easy access to the fireplace and kitchen. Amenities include WiFi, sauna, flotation Tank, sensory isolation chamber, brand new washer and dryer, full access to kitchen and cooking utensils, off street parking.

We affectionately call the house a post-apocalyptic retreat because it embodies the qualities of rebirth and healing. The house was built in 1895, and the oldest part of is made from a combination of mission-style adobe bricks, and wooden beams taken from abandoned trans-oceanic ships from the Gold Rush. Full of history and eclectic art, the house provides a great place to relax, work on a project, create music, or just be inspired in general.

We're located high on a hill above Visitation Valley on the eastern side of John McLaren Park. We have a beautiful view the San Bruno Mountains and the San Francisco Bay. We're just minutes away from Hwy 101 and 280, and about 15 minutes from the airport. Off street parking is available, and local transportation is within walking distance. We are half a block away from the Vis Valley Greenway which you can check out at Vis Valley (website hidden).

Guest Access

Off street parking, wifi, plasma TV, Netflix account, infra red sauna, floatation tank, outdoor patio, great views, lots of open space in neighborhood. Vis Valley Greenway, John Mclaren Park. Minutes from 101 and 280. Fifteen minutes from SF airport.

Interaction with Guests

I interact with guests as much or as little as they want.

The Neighborhood

The views and open space.

Getting around

The house is fifteen minutes from the airport, forty to fifty minutes from downtown on public transport.

Other Things to Note

With all of the many magical combinations of my house, it has a mind-expanding quality similar to San Francisco in the 60's.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Monthly Price: $2000 /month
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • The house and location are AMAZING! This is an eclectic art-filled house full of interesting history and located on a hill with a beautiful view overlooking the city. The house is covered in murals and the garden is full of little trinkets. Opal is a wonderful hostess and is incredibly informative. She is full of fun facts about local artists and is very knowledgable about the history of the neighborhood and city. We really enjoyed our conversations with Opal and her housemates. She is very accommodating, she made us fresh coffee in the morning and gave us rides two times during our stay there. She even dropped us off at the airport. I would highly recommend staying at her house especially if you appreciate the arts. We would love to stay here again on our next trip to San Francisco. Thanks Opal! You're great!

    March 2014
    Response from Opal:

    Michelle, thanks for the positive review. It was so easy to share information and history!

  • We only stayed for one night in San Francisco at Opal's house and it was a pity we couldn't be there for a longer stay, because we enjoyed the place very much and the bed was comfortable, but what is more important we felt at home very much because we had the feeling we knew Opal for a long time. We wil be back , that's for sure.
    Thanks a lot Opal.
    Hans en Mirjam from the Netherlands

    October 2013
  • Amazing Hostess!

    October 2013
  • Opal was a wonderful host. We arrived a little later than expected and were sick of rush hour traffic, Opal actually invited us to join her for dinner at a favorite Japanese restaurant. We had a wonderful time and she shared her interesting life with us. Her home is bright and has an uplifting vibe about it. It is not a fancy b & b and (email hidden)d-in feel.

    October 2013
  • I definitely recommend Opal's beautiful house to anyone visiting San Francisco. Location is perfect - astonishing views, quiet neighborhood, 10 minutes ride to the city center. The room is very nice, extra clean, spacious, with natural light and a super-comfy bed. The rest of the house is also very comfortable. It felt like home from the very first day.

    Opal is a great host - welcoming, helpful, fun... She gave me very good advices and told me great stories from the Bay Area. She also introduced me to the marvels of floating tanks -I can't thank her enough for the discovery.

    Next time I am in San Francisco I'll definitely stay at Opal's.

    October 2013
  • We had terrific stay at Opal's retreat. Perched on top of a hill that is partly owned by the park and the other Opal, the area has two large trees that creates an area of privacy, shade and quietness plenty of tables and a rocking chair to enjoy a morning coffee, a couple of humming birds bounced around the flowers. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the mornings completely quiet. If your not an adventurous you will miss out on trying the float tank! This was my first time and a totally amazing experience. Opal is a consummate host enjoyable to talk with and a beautiful soul. Opal gave the history of the area, the floating tank and stories of San Fran we talked for close to an hour it was fun. Having a car and getting into San Francisco which we did every day was 15 minutes away and never a traffic issues to cause any frustration. This is a San Francisco adventure and I highly encourage the stay although I'm certain this is not for everyone. If your looking for a pristine environment with everything in place as a fine hotel this is not your place. Although clean this is an older home with older plumbing etc. water is hot and shower works great although not a modern bathroom. If you want to "Vibe" on old San Fran be in a funky part of town and be greeted by a an Art and music lover this is your retreat. Tonight we are staying near Japan town in a quaint little hotel clean and meticulous waking up to a noisy truck outside and no humming birds. If the room were available we would have gladly stayed more days in the Post apocalyptic hippie haven, gypsy retreat most definitely. We will be coming back! For me this is what visiting San Fran is all about. People, Place and funky, Groovey things. Thanks again Opal!

    September 2013
    Response from Opal:

    Thanks for the review and mailing the keys back. I really enjoyed the visit and hope to connect again. It was a joy to meet Rachel, I loved when she was talking about her animals. Much pleasures, Opal

  • Opal was super friendly and accommodating. The bed was very comfortable too! Also, we traveled here for a bike ride, so we had two large bike cases with us, and were stuck in a bind when we had no storage option. Opal was kind enough to let us leave our bike cases at her place over the weekend with last minute notice!

    September 2013
  • Opal's house is truly unique and wondrous! A real artist's delight, with art pieces and artifacts all around.
    The sauna is very nice, but the float chamber is a truly unique experience, if you can spare an hour or two from your busy sightseeing day!
    She was a wonderful,host who gave us useful tips on where to go, where to park and where to eat!
    Thank you, Opal, I am sorry that we were able to stay for only such a short time!

    May 2013
  • Opal's house is nothing less than an art galley. As we were dazzled by her eclectic colleciton from rare gadgets to the gigantic lasergun sculpture, we were also comforted by the sizzling fireplace and her treacherous dog Apollo. I can't afford not to mention the huge and soft bed in the guest room. It offers one-of-a-kind experience of sleeping upon a cloud up in the air (what an"airbnb" experience)! Needless to say, Opal is a very gracious and wonderful host!

    October 2012
  • The first time I stayed at a place via airbnb and it couldn't have been any better. We were looking for a place very last minute and even though we had two little kids traveling with us, Opal made everything possible to make us feel welcome.

    A beautifully designed room in a unique house and it felt like it was as much ours as hers. Maybe the house is not in the center of town, but Opal made it up by giving us priceless recommendations of where to go, where to eat and what to do with the kids.

    A great soul in a great house made sure we had a great stay.

    October 2012
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I am honored to be the caretaker of the house that Dr. Blanche M. Baker lived in and I am keeping her spirit alive. I am a progressive thinker and love good conversations. I am surrounded by amazing people that live and play life to the fullest. I volunteer at my local elementary school and mentor nine year old students to make the choice of non-violence. I garden in the Vis Valley Greenway. I designed a native plant garden for Recology, the dump in San Francisco. I create photograms, a photographic process that does not use a camera. I am one of the founding members of DUSTFISH, a Burningman Camp that promote LIVE music on the playa and in San Francisco. I believe in the health benefits of floating in floatation tanks. I love to listen, learn and laugh. I've lived in San Francisco for over 30 years and enjoy sharing my knowledge of the city with others.
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