SF Victorian - Alamo Square / NOPA

House - Private room · McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94115, United States
Your host, Andrew
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Welcome to the Bock House.

***We now have Comcast Xfinity internet service for extremely fast wireless internet speeds. 50 mbps download and 10 mbps upload.

Because we only cater to guest that stay 30 days or longer our house feels more like a home shared by a few friends rather than a BnB filled with weekend tourist.

Most of our guest usually are here for an internship, their sabbatical or to look for a more permanent living situation in the city. I work form home in the software industry and my girlfriend works in real estate. We know the city well and are usually around to help figure out a place to go or how to best get there. Our two dogs are very friendly and can always lead you to the park or Sam's corner store for their treat.

We live in the Alamo Square historic district and are located just a block away from the famous Alamo Square and Painted Ladies Houses. This is almost exactly in the geographic center of the city with lots to do locally and two bus lines close by that can get you almost anywhere you need to go.

We are a fun and active house with a variety of people usually ready to explore the city or chill with a cookout in the back yard. Our home is in a traditional 3-flat Victorian style house. There are 6 bedrooms. My girlfriend and I live in one, a female friend of ours from India lives in another and the other four are rented through AIr BnB.

The house was built in 1907 and is located within the Alamo Square Historic District. The #5 bus stop is just outside the front door (go to the beach or downtown) and the #22 is just 2 blocks down the street (will go to the Mission or Upper Pac Height/Marina District). The famous SF bike wiggle is just a few blocks from the house. This helps get you around town with the least amount of hills.

If you have a car you can park for free on the street but after 5 p.m. it may take a little driving around to find a space. Our neighborhood is one of the last ones not to require a local parking permit. The street cleaning is only once a week so you can find parking where you can leave your car for up to a week at a time. Make sure you curb your tires when parked on a hill. They will ticket you for not doing it in SF.

If you are just planning to travel around the city we recommend using public transportation, bikes or taxis and leaving your car parked. Bikes can be bought for $100 -$300 of (website hidden) and then resold when you leave for about the same price. I can help acquire or sell a bike for you if needed.

We will be glad to help advise on how to best get around and suggest good local hangouts. Divisadero St. is just 2 blocks away with plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars and the Independent for live concerts. The famous Haight St. area and Golden Gate Park are just a short walk or bike ride away. If you like Jazz music the Filmore area is right around the corner with lots of options including Yoshi's and the Boom Boom Room. If you are looking for a larger venue for live music try the The Filmore (6 blocks away) where many famous bands often play.

Everyone will have their own room with a locking door. The kitchen/living room and connected back porch are our common social area. A game of darts on the back porch or a BBQ in our backyard are common. Our two dogs are 10 yrs old and very mellow except when it is time to go to the park.

The kitchen is available for you to use any time including cookware, plates, spice rack, etc. You are welcome to keep things in the food pantry and refrigerator. Just make it your home.

There are two toilets and one shower in 3 separate rooms. So two toilets are still available when someone is in the shower. There is usually not an issue in the morning trying to take a shower since we work from home and most of our guest are not here for a typical 9-5 work schedule.

Our neighborhood has mostly Victorian style residential dwellings in a safe area with the only businesses being there to support locals. We are far enough away from downtown, the Mission and the financial district to feel safe while it's still quick and easy to reach them by bus when needed.

This room is very small. It has a full-size futon that easily converts to a bed/couch with one person. The room as a flat screen tv with DirectTV including the NFL package. We also have a very fast wi-fi connection and an inkjet printer for the room if needed.

Make sure you look at the weather for the time you are coming. Our weather is not typical compared to the rest of the country. You will want a warm jacket most of July but sometimes just a t-shirt in December.

NO smoking cigarettes in the house but OK on the covered back porch or in the back yard.

A house cleaner comes once a week and can clean your room if you want for no extra charge. She does not do sheets or laundry but there is a washer and dryer in the basement. $2 for washer and no charge for dryer. We will have clean towels and bedding for you when you check in. If they need to be cleaned during your stay we will leave that up to you. If you need extra towels or bedding just let us know. There is a corner store two blocks away that will have any personal items you may need. A Lucky's and a Safeway grocery store are both with in walking distance or short bus trip. A Walgreen's drug store is also just a few blocks away.

We have fishing gear, fresh or saltwater, available for you to use. Those that fly RC planes can borrow a plane. We have electric planes for the park or sailplanes for slope flying on the coast. Camping gear is also available for your use.

Thank you,

The Bock House.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 30 nights
Monthly Price: $1600 /month
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
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  • I stayed in the Bock House - chez Drew and Julie - for a month in March. What can I say? I could not have had a better time!

    Drew and Julie are just amazing hosts. They helped me with everything I needed and welcome you to be part of their everyday life. I never felt like it was only random guest who is leaving anyway soon - instead life in the Bock House is communicative, exciting and definitely never boring. The place has a true "family" atmosphere.

    The room is cozy, fully equiped (incl. WIFI and DirectTV, washer and dryer), and the appartment is in a good shape and clean. The Bock House is ideally located to explore the wonderful city with its diverse districts or to commute to work (several bus connections next to the house).

    To sum up: I could not have chosen a better place for my stay in San Francisco. And I excpect to be back soon :)

    April 2014
  • I stayed in the Bock House for a month in October and I had the best time!

    Drew and Julie were so nice to me. They helped me with everything I needed. I never felt like it was only just renting rooms for money but more about getting to know new people and helping them to have the best stay in the city.

    The House was in good shape, very well located and it was also fully equiped, the wifi worked perfect and had a washer and dryer available.

    My stay was perfect. I couldn't have chosen a better place. I'm definitively coming back!

    November 2013
  • I stayed in Drew's house for just under 4 months while interning over the summer. It's in a perfect location for exploring San Francisco, whether it's the sights of Alamo Square, the restaurants of Divisadero Street or the quirkiness of Haight Street. It's also very close to a bus stop (literally right outside) if you want to get downtown.

    My room was perfect for what I needed - a place to sleep every night. I spent most of my time in the communal area anyway, meeting all the great people who stay in the house. The place has a real family atmosphere. We'd eat out, go to baseball games or have dinner together in the back garden and this all made my time at the house fly by. In the end it was the people (and wonderful dogs) that made my stay in San Francisco so wonderful.

    September 2013
  • I had a positive experience overall at Andrew's house. Andrew and everyone in the house during the time of my stay were friendly and respectable of my privacy.

    The place is nothing to write home about, but it is definitely shown through the care and love that goes into the house. Although the room I stayed in has been reviewed as 'small', it was moderately spacious to my Tokyo standard. (America has too much open space, I must say). I had no problem getting the shower time, although it was shared by all the housemates (7-8 ppl at the time).

    A lovely house and people.

    June 2013
  • I am in the process of moving to SF, so I needed a place to stay while finding housing, and figuring out the city. First of all, the location is probably one of the best in the city. It's very safe, quiet, yet also accessible to any part of the city by the bus lines that run from around the house (The 5, basically one of the most versatile and 24-hour running bus lines in the city, stops at the doorsteps of this place). I had a car as well, and parking was not an issue as long as I secured a spot before 5 PM. No permits are required, but just make sure you pay attention to the street cleaning signs, and move the car as necessary. There are also many cafes, diners, markets, and banks located a couple blocks away in every direction. Alamo Square, which is a beautiful park, is basically a minute walk away--feel free to ask Drew to take the dogs out for a stroll! Everybody in the house was very accommodating, and had various hours, so using the bathroom or shower was never a problem. The kitchen area/common space is a little tight, but there are dedicated shelves for all your supplies. You also get access to the washer and dryer in the basement for a couple quarters. I stayed in the smallest room that realistically only allows for one person. The futon itself is a little firm, but still comfortable. There was also a TV, desk, and large enough closet for a month's worth of clothes. Overall, I really liked the room. One thing I loved about this place is the freedom--I had the chance to have overnight guests (nothing too crazy, though!), and come and go as I pleased. As long as you're respectful, and don't make a huge ruckus, everyone in the house is fine with it. There are a multitude of other places on Airbnb, with some of them being considerably more expensive, but if you're looking for a temporary spot to explore the city, feel like a San Franciscan, and have trustworthy, dependable, and awesome housemates, then don't even think about it, and book this place.

    May 2013
  • For the month that I lived in this flat, I can say that I had a positive experience overall. The room itself is rather small (probably only good for one person.) with very little leg room, but I only used it for sleeping anyway. I did not have a problem sleeping on futon despite it being firm.

    I had no problem getting shower time despite the shower being shared by all the flatmates. Longest I had to wait was probably 5 min. The toilets were clean throughout my stay. The internet is really only good for casually surfing the web.

    Drew and the more permanent people who live in the flat are very respectful, accommodating friendly, and courteous. Every so often I had the pleasure of their company in the common area where we would watch TV and have good conversation. Meeting the other flatmates who are renting through airbnb is also something I enjoyed. Everyone was respectful and interesting to talk to. Squirt the dog is also a nice addition to the flat. He is a passive-friendly type of dog which was awesome because he hardly made any noise when in the house.

    The location is quite nice. I felt relatively safe walking around at night. There are also some great places around like Little Star Pizza, Alamo Square, and the Independent just to name a few.

    The room itself is nothing special, but a place to sleep. The people and location are great though.

    February 2013
    Response from Andrew:

    While Lex was staying with us we did have intermittently slow speeds with our AT&T DSL service. After some back and forth it turned out to be a failing modem. Not only has everything been fixed now but we have upgraded to the AT&T U-verse system. This new system gives us download speeds up to 6 Mbps with 4 Mbps guaranteed, which is the fastest we can buy. The upload speeds are now 1 Mbps.

    The bedroom Lex stayed in is very very small compared to our other bedrooms (to our surprise it was an original bedroom when the house was built in 1907) and with the full-size futon in the flat (sleeping) position there is not much leg room. The futon can be changed into a couch position easily by one person creating plenty of leg room to walk around or sit and watch TV. We specifically bought a futon for this room that could be transformed between sleeping and couch positions easily by one person and even had a friends 75 pound daughter change futon positions to make sure it would be easy enough for any guest we had staying with us. The frame is solid and sturdy even though it is easy to operate for a small girl.

    February 2013
  • Drew's place was awesome! It's close to bus stops which means it's pretty easy to get to anywhere in SF. Every room has a TV and cable, and wifi is pretty fast. The room is on the small side, but it was perfect for me; it was a great place to crash.

    December 2012
  • Beautiful location, just off the picturesque Alamo square, the house is on a relatively quiet street just two blocks form cafes, bars and shops.

    House was a vibrant place with constantly changing guests occupying the five other bedrooms, but all were friendly, and good times were had by all. Squirt, the house dog, always around for a cuddle and any spare food! Landlord Drew chilled out and easy going, and organised when not around to make sure everyone has what they need.

    Room was, as promised, small, with a window into a light well, nothing to write home about but a perfectly ok place to crash. Futon bed comfortable, and room equipped with TV and DirectTV box. Small closet offers some storage space.

    Kitchen/Living room small but cozy, and well equipped. Garden downstairs a bit of a trek to get to, but excellent for parties. Coin operated washing machine and dryer downstairs in garage.

    A lovely house for someone new to the city, a great mix of people, and a welcoming home after a long day. Highly recommended.

    September 2012
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