About this listing
Welcome to the Bock House.
***We now have Comcast Xfinity internet service for extremely fast wireless internet speeds. 100 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.
My friend Julie lives in the house and manages the place. She has lived in SF for about 20 years, works in real estate and knows the city well. She is usually around to help figure out a place to go or how to best get there. There are two very friendly dogs that can always lead you to the park or Sam's corner store for their treat.
I live a few blocks away and help with things around the house as well. I also try to never miss a backyard BBQ at the house.
The house is in the Alamo Square historic district and located just a block away from the famous Alamo Square and Painted Ladies Houses. (You can use Alamo Square Park as a starting point for map programs to determine travels times and options.) 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.
It is 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. Julie lives in one and the other five 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 off (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. The two dogs 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 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 very safe while it's still quick and easy to reach them by bus when needed.
This room is very small with a small closet. It has a full-size bed, a desk and 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.
The Bock House.
Guest have access to all common areas. You are treated as an equal housemates sharing the flat.
Interaction with Guests
Julie is typically around most of the time to help you figure out any needs. We also have house BBQs out back and do outings around town with our guest that you are welcome to join in if you want.
Respect the other housemates and come and go as you please. Please keep common areas clean and do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. The house cleaner will vacuum and dust your room once a week if requested. Please wash and change your own linens and towels as needed. There is a washer ($2 load) and dryer (free) available in the basement. Extra sheets and towels are available if needed.
I had a great stay here in the Bock house. Drew was very quick at responding to any queries I had and was really welcoming when I arrived. The location of the place means you're very close from everywhere in San Francisco and well placed in a safe and beautiful area. Approx 15mins walk to all the great neighborhoods for food and drinks like Lower Haight, Fillmore and Hayes Valley. Really close to a lot of transit options too like the bus and Muni metro. Alamo square is one of my fav parks in the city and it was just around the corner. My stay was wonderful but everything has to come to an end, even my best vacations in SF... If I come back to the city I know where I want to stay. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to visit SF!
It was really great time at Bock house! Julie and Drew are very hospitable and friendly hosts, and all neighbors were good people, so we chat and drink at the kitchen many times.
Also location is very good, only block from Alamo Square (beautiful park with free WiFi) and not far from downtown and Golden Gate Park.
My room is quite small and if you like space, you should choose bigger room in this house.
The location of this place is perfect. The #5 stops right in front of the house and will take you all the way down market street in no time. The Golden Gate park is a few blocks away and is perfect to get a few miles of running in the morning. Cyclists take Steiner and Greenwich to the Precidio and then cross the GG, the riding starts on the other side. Divisadero has all the coffee shops you could ask for, although the nearest grocery store is a bit of a walk. The room itself has a good bed. The kitchen has everything you need as well. On the other hand, there is only one shower for quite a few people. It hasn't been a problem for me, but just something to note. The view from this specific room is nonexistent. I will admit that three months without any view whatsoever is a bit depressing. So I would suggest you invest in the more expensive rooms of this house if you are planning on staying there for a while. Andrew was gone flying awesome acrobatics glider planes pretty often, but every interaction we've had has been great. He definitely cares about people having a good stay. Julie is also very caring and knows the city well. Really if you need something just ask them! This can obviously change with who stays in the house, but I also have great memories of walking down the hallway after a day at work, and finding an improvised meet up of roommates around one or two people cooking their diner, and just sitting down and joining a conversation about the most random stuff, from "how to take dating seriously" to "how not to get killed riding a bike in SF".
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 :)
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!
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.
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.
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About the Host, Andrew
I rent out a few rooms in an old house in the Alamo Square historic district. I also have a small software business I run from home and work part-time as a sailplane flight instructor.