About this listing
Private room for up to two guests in our home includes access to our shared bathroom, kitchen, dining room and living room. Access to laundry, free parking and wi-fi. Nearby buses to get to famous SF sights. Good restaurants within walking distance.
Our home is a typical 2-bedroom San Francisco row house built over 70 years ago. We live on a quiet street in the Southeast part of the city.
The bedroom is very comfortable for up to two people. We do not consider requests for bookings of more than two people.
The quiet, garden-view bedroom we offer our guests has a queen-sized bed and a large closet for you to use. Guests share with us our remodeled kitchen and bathroom. The living and dining rooms are also there for you to use at your leisure. If you need to freshen up your wardrobe and do a bit of laundry, we have a full-sized washer and dryer for you to use. Use of the kitchen to cook is permitted.
Park your car in our driveway, but please leave us the car keys in case we need to move it.
Use of TV/Cable and internet is permitted.
Interaction with Guests
We only have guests stay with us when we are home. We will give you a key so that you can come and go as you like. How much we interact with you is entirely up to you. We love to find out more about our guests and invite you to join us in the evening to chat if you like. If you just want to come home and go to bed, that's OK too.
Our neighborhood is one of the sunniest in the city, something you may come to appreciate as you see the fog enveloping other neighborhoods. We have two neighborhoods with restaurants we enjoy within walking distance - one to the east and one to the west.
While we aren't in the central part of the city, we are a ten minute drive from SFO, and are close to many MUNI bus and light rail lines: the #24 bus will get you to the Castro and emerging hip neighborhood NOPA in 30 minutes; the #44 takes 20 minutes to get to BART (subway) or 40 minutes to Golden Gate Park; the #8 bus takes just 15 minutes to get you downtown shopping, North Beach, Chinatown and Alcatraz boat ride; and the T-Third light rail takes about 20 minutes to get you to AT&T Park (see below for more information on public transportation).
Public transportation in San Francisco can be challenging to figure out. Here are some basics:
The buses, light rail, historic street cars and the iconic cable cars are all run by the SFMTA. Collectively, they are referred to as MUNI. The cable cars cost $6 per trip, but all other MUNI rides are $2ea (transfers are free up to 90-minutes from the time you pay). We provide guests with a Clipper Card that has $10 on it to get you started, and ask that you reload the card (either at a Walgreens drugstore or at the Tickets booth at street-level of the Powell St station, in front of Forever 21) before returning it to us at the end of your stay. It may be cheaper for you to purchase a 1-, 3-, or 7-day pass (either at Walgreens or the Tickets booth) for $14, $22, or $28, respectively. There's also the CityPass, which provides transit passes as well as discounted tickets to many of the city's major attractions. The only thing the visitor passes don't cover is the city's second major form of public transportation, known as BART.
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is the regional rail system, operating in SF like a subway system, that can take you to the suburbs, Berkeley, Oakland, and to SFO. BART and MUNI are separate systems, so if you get off of one and onto the other, you'll have to pay again (no transfers). The cost of BART within SF is $1.75. If you take BART to/from SFO or other places outside the city, the cost is based upon distance traveled. It costs $7 between SFO and SF, much cheaper than taking a taxi (which from our house is $35).
Finally Uber and Lyft service are available everywhere.
Other Things to Note
Some things to do in the Bay Area:
In the City:
SF Travel Guide: (website hidden)
SF Fun Cheap: (website hidden)
Discount events: (website hidden)
7 x 7: (website hidden)
Bike Rentals: (website hidden)
City Walking Tours: (website hidden)
Farmer's Markets: (website hidden)
SF Dining Scene: (email hidden)
Off the Grid (Food Trucks): (website hidden)
Golden Gate Bridge: (email hidden)
Golden Gate Park: www.golden-(email hidden)
- deYoung Museum: (website hidden)
- Cal Academy of Sciences: (website hidden)
Museum of Modern Art: (website hidden)
Asian Art Museum: (website hidden)
Outside the City:
Muir Woods: (website hidden)
Point Reyes: (website hidden)
Bodega Bay: (website hidden) (where "The Birds" was filmed)
Alcatraz Island: (website hidden)
Angel Island: (website hidden)
Napa Valley Wineries: (website hidden)
Sonama County Wineries: (website hidden)
Bay Area Hikes: (website hidden)
Due to California's ongoing drought, please keep showers as short as possible and load your dishes into the dishwasher instead of hand-washing them.
Hang wet towels to dry on the back of the bathroom door.
Compost and recycle as much as you can. The compost bin under the sink is for food and any food-soiled paper. The recycle bin (for paper, aluminum, plastic, and glass) is next to the stove.
If you come home later than 10PM, please be aware that we may be asleep.
Absolutely no smoking in or around the outside of the house.
No pets please.
Guests are asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact.
Guests may not bring non-registered guests, friends, sleepovers, etc. into the home.
Please report as soon as possible any damage or things that don't work as you expect.
The other reviews aren't wrong... Chris and Tim were great hosts. Their house was beautiful and immaculate and the room had everything we needed. Their local knowledge helped us plan a brilliant trip in San Fran. We can't fault our trip. Genuine, friendly guys. Just don't leave your ice cream unlabelled in the freezer
When other reviews say Chris and Tim are excellent hosts, they really mean it. From the minute we arrived in San Francisco we felt completely at home. The house and room are exactly as pictured, wonderfully light and airy and spotless! Both Chris and Tim were extremely welcoming and really helpful in helping us plan our stay in San Francisco. Their sense of humour is brilliant, and their enthusiasm for their guests to love the city really helps make it a memorable stay. Some tips for future guests- no matter what kind members of the public say, the 8bx bus does NOT run the same route as the 8x! Also, if you're craving certain food like we were, the local corner shop sold lucky charms, so it's worth a look! If we're ever back in the Bay Area , we know where we're staying- thank you again Chris and Tim!
The accommodation was exactly as described. It is nice sized room overlooking the garden. There was plenty of cupboard and drawer space plus space for our suitcases. It was perfectly situated for access to public transport - a ten minute walk to catch the bus.
Our hosts were helpful right from the time of our booking, offering advice and suggestions. They made us feel very welcome on arrival even allowing us early access to drop off our luggage. They made our stay in SF memorable. The first order of business was to explain the best use of public transport, the 'must do's' in SF and where to get a good meal. They were enthusiastic about their city. We would highly recommend this listing.
Some tips: If a visit to Muir Woods is on your agenda, catch the first City Sightseeing hop on hop off bus to the woods at 9am and work your way back to the city from there as it goes directly there; get directions from the hosts to Four Barrel coffee shop in the neighborhood - great coffee! and walk, walk walk - the best way to experience the city.
We both had a fantastic stay at Chris and Tim's gorgeous home. Both were excellent at recommending places to eat and visit during our stay and both so friendly They were happy to sit with us to plan our stay and chat to us in the mornings and evenings. Would definitely recommend Z&Y restaurant in China town, visiting the food market at the ferry building for a Mexican breakfast at Primavera, pizza at Delfinas in the Mission, and burgers at Mo's Place in North Beach. Also would recommend hiring bikes from SF bike rentals- they do a cheaper online rate. Everything about the accommodation was great and we were made to feel at home. Definitely the best air bnb experience we've both had by far! Keep up the good work :)
We stayed 3 nights at Chris and Tim's house and had a fantastic time. The house is beautiful and clean and Chris made the best coffee for us every morning. Both were very friendly and gave us some good advices for the city. We enjoyed it very much!
Simply stop looking for anywhere else to stay!! The location is great - just off the 101 and so v easy to get to. 20 mins to get to downtown on the bus and great transport links to other parts of town too. The accommodation was faultless and spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. V comfortable bed, great shower. The bedroom had lots of storage space too. Both the bathroom and kitchen were modern and fitted out to a very high standard. Best of all were Chris and Tim. Fabulously passionate hosts who's local knowledge contributed hugely to a fantastic visit to SF. We were made to feel at home and nothing was too much trouble for them. I thoroughly recommend others to stay and would certainly return myself.
We had a wunderful time with Tim and Chris. They are great hosts and made us feel welcome. They anserwed all our questions and gave good advice about what to do in San Francisco. The house was very clean, quiet and comfortable! Thank you for opening your home to us!
We used uber pool to get around in SF. It worked wunderful for us! Within about 20 minutes we got from Tim and Chris' home to downtown SF. Highly recommended!
About the Host, Chris & Tim
We're a happy couple who've been together over a decade and have lived in our joy-filled house almost as long. We love to eat out, cook, garden, and spend time with our friends and family. The best thing we like about traveling is being able to stay with friends - not just because it's cheaper, but because we get to spend some quality time with people we don't get to see very often, and it becomes a far more meaningful trip in the end. Whenever we stay with friends, we make sure to thank them by taking them out to some buzzy restaurant in their city, and love it when friends reciprocate and take us out somewhere fresh while they're with us.
We tend to be fairly quiet while we're in the house, with an occasional dinner party. Weekends, we'll either be in our own garden or out at a community garden, doing fun tourist activities in our own city, or not so fun activities like running errands.