About This Listing
Charming Victorian in the Castro & Mission! Our cool & comfortable 4 bedroom apt has a true city vibe! The room fits 1, is located 1 block from Dolores Park, near cafés, restaurants, theaters & access to all major transit lines. Heart of the City!!!
If an authentic San Francisco experience is what you're looking for and to connect with genuine, interesting people, we have a lovely, spacious guest room awaiting you! It's perfect for a double occupancy near the Dolores Park area of town between the Mission, Castro and hipster districts of cool & eclectic San Francisco. We can accommodate long-term guests that would like an extended stay in SF for a maximum of up to 1 month with plans for business, graduate study/internship, and/or extended travel as well as short-term stays. We are also located on the Silicon Valley Shuttle route if you work or plan to work at Apple, (website hidden), (website hidden), (website hidden), etc. or many other start-ups located in the city or South Bay.
Guests use the main entrance to the Edwardian style flat as well as share kitchen and split bath with other potential house guests or tenants. The fully furnished guest room has a comfy, queen-size bed and small twin Ikea futon couch with free Wi-Fi internet access.
Meals can be prepared in the ample kitchen (sink, gas stove, full refrigerator/freezer, microwave, espresso machine, kettle, blender, toaster oven). The flat has wireless DSL, cable, a large kitchen, split bath and nice back yard. We are an environmentally-friendly, multicultural household and love meeting people from all over the world! ¡Aquí hablamos Español! Please plan to book ahead because these rooms are always in high demand especially during high season (April-November). Thank you for your interest in our quaint & cozy guesthouse!!!
LOCATION: We are located in the HEART of the city of San Francisco. The location is KEY in the center of great food, cafés, shopping, transportation, farmer's markets, the very popular Dolores Park, Hipsterville and a great neighborhood vibe! The San Francisco Bay Area attracts millions of tourists every year and is known for its varied cuisine, panoramic views, scenic drives, music, museums, and especially for its diverse, cosmopolitan population. For GuideBook, please see listing -The Urban Oasis SF.*
TRANSPORTATION: MUNI, BART, Golden Gate Transit: San Francisco public transportation is world class, just like the city itself. You can get just about anywhere in the SF Bay Area on the public transit system. Just ask and I'll let you know how to get there, but in any case maps will be provided! Cars can also easily be rented from nearby car rental agencies. The Old Fashioned Street Car runs right out in front. The J Church runs on the cross street Church. There's the K L M T underground subway lines within a few block radius and the 22 and 33 bus lines one block away in either direction.
A taxi from the airport is approximately $40 -$50 one way depending how much you tip.
2 Hour Street Parking is available M-F. Evenings & weekends there's no time limit, but check signs for street cleaning.
CLIMATE & WEATHER: As Mark Twain once said" The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Which doesn't mean that we don't have good weather or warm days, but the best policy is: if you're prepared for the worst, then you'll always be pleasantly surprised! It's just gets really windy as the day progresses and we are known for relentless fog, but more so if you're staying near the coast. Don't go toward the beach unless it's really really hot and you'll be OK I promise! Always pack an umbrella, a windbreaker and a few extra long-sleeved, layers just to be on the safe side! The neighboring, Dolores Park is actually our "urban beach" anyway because it's a big, huge park with a whole lot of activities for the whole family from soccer, tennis, basketball, and a playground for the little-ones to live performances, festivals, and concerts or just plain old partying, bbq's and having a great time with a group of friends on a beautiful day :)
SF & BAY AREA EVENTS INFO:
You can pick up a free SF Weekly or SF Guardian newspaper on just about any corner in the city to find out about night life or online to find a variety of events info as well. There are more than plenty of diverse cultural events, music, art, dance, open mikes, sports, nature/outdoor, nightlife, etc. and there is something here for everybody! SF is a very vibrant, cosmopolitan and internationally recognized city for it's array of cultural diversity, architecture, unique history and of course, liberal politics. (*Just a side note: our neighbor, Dennis Peron, an activist and former partner of Harvey Milk who lives a few doors down with the Buddha painted on his garage door, authored Proposition 215: medical marijuana fyi :-) Tours can be arranged of his very "San Francisco style" home. He was also featured in the film "Milk' with Sean Penn, who also lives in the North Bay among other actors such as Robin Williams and Creator of Star Wars- George Lucas).
Within a short walking distance, there is an array of international cuisines to choose from at affordable prices. Please see our Guidebook in 'The Urban Oasis' listing for more info! You name it we've got it from Italian, Vietnamese, Mexican, Spanish, Mediterranean, Burmese, Vegan/Vegetarian, Indian, Thai, French, Cuban, to food trucks, smoothies stands, raw health food and many small independently owned gourmet deli markets and cafés, farmer's markets as well as large commercial supermarkets.
Extended Stay Rates may be available upon request.
***Please have a photo and some info in your profile when contacting me. We will not host anyone without
Large eat-in kitchen, backyard, and split bath
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as they like. We love to get to know our guests over a meal, drinks etc and enjoy lovely conversation.
Best, hippest neighborhood in town
Easy! There's public transit in every direction.
Other Things to Note
Love, warmth, hospitality, positive vibrations, happy, grateful people, making memorable, wonderful experiences to last a lifetime.
#1 House Rule is the GOLDEN RULE.* "Treat others as you would want to be treated" especially with regard to respecting our home and clear communication.
We are now a shoe free home because have new runner carpets, so please remove your shoes at the top of the stairs. QUIET HOURS are from 11PM to 9AM. ABSOLUTELY NO EXTRA, ADDITIONAL OVERNIGHT GUESTS ALLOWED unless previously negotiated prior to your booking your reservation. No parties. No drugs. No pets. No smoking! If you plan on partying while you're out, then please do it responsibly and don't bring any loud or obnoxious behavior back to our home. GENTLEMEN, I expect that you know to put the seat down after you use the toilet.
Please note to call, text or email prior to your scheduled arrival time to confirm. Many await an opportunity to stay with us in our lovely home due to the popularity of this listing. We welcome any potential guests on the honor system giving the benefit of the doubt that each and everyone is the utmost polite, respectful, mature and responsible of individuals. We expect and will tolerate nothing less. Please have a profile photo and written bio before sending an inquiry. For any reason, if you wish to cancel prior to your scheduled arrival time. we have a 5-day cancellation policy.
Xtina was really great as a host. Everything about our stay was really great. Communication was clear and quick, and the room is just too cute! I would definitely stay here again.
The (front) room at the 'Urban Oasis' charmed me from the very moment I walked in! Not only was it colorful and spacious, it was also very traveller-friendly (comfy bed, various lights and places to sit, plenty of space for personal belongings). The rest of the apartment was equally lovely and despite shared faciities – I was a bit concerned about the single toilet and one (separate) bathroom for the entire apt – I never had to wait, everything was nice and clean and not at all noisy.
Xtina (and Hector) are super hosts; I was immediately made to feel welcome and they were always friendly, helpful, flexible throughout my 6-day stay.
The location/neighborhood is absolutely a major plus factor as well: safe, central, good public transportation and shops/restaurants/cafés close by... I'd definitely recommend to others!
We were really happy about our trip in SF and our stay in Christina and Hector's place. I liked a lot the room which was colorful. It was in a nice and quiet district. It was convenient with cable cars and buses. The hosts are very nice with us and we were really happy to be with them and to be able to feel at home during our holidays in SF.
X'tina and Hector are interesting people and we got nice conversations. I recommend them and their apartment.
Christina and Hector were wonderful hosts. Christina was very friendly and made me feel right at home. I highly recommend asking Christina about San Francisco as she really knows the area and can give your an insider info. She gave me great ideas about what to do in San Francisco. The place is just as described and is in a wonderful location Mission/Castro. It is close by shops, restaurants, and public transport. I'm really glad I stayed and would stay again.
My stay with Christina was my first experience with Airbnb and it has definitely raised the bar on what I will expect from Airbnb hosts, because she was absolutely amazing. Initially I was supposed to stay at her place for only two nights, but was so happy with the experience that I ended up staying for two extra nights. One way to express how content I am with my experience is to let you know that I've been looking forward to the opportunity to leave a review of my stay with her.
Christina has been hosting guests for several years already and it shows -- she has foreseen every detail of the stay and goes out of her way to make her guests' visit most convenient and comfortable. To give you one tiny example, when I got to her place, not only was the room in excellent condition and clean, but there was also a hand-written letter waiting for me welcoming me into the apartment and providing the details for internet connection. Because of the years of experience, Christina has thought about all your needs before you have expressed them and addresses them before you've had to make any requests.
Christina is both very professional and a wonderfully empathetic person. On the one hand, she's extremely prompt in responding to booking requests -- I had an urgent situation and reached out to her only an hour before I needed to move in and she responded to me immediately, accepted my request, and prepared the room for me within the hour. On the other hand, she opened up her place to me for extra days and let me book her room for 4 rather than 2 days when she found out that I was having a difficult time finding another place to stay.
Christina, thank you so much, I will never forget your kindness and hospitality!
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About the Host, Xtina
Greetings from The Urban Oasis SF! I have been living in the beautiful, diverse, cosmopolitan city of San Francisco for over 18 years. I am a proud, California native and have been living in my funky SF flat for over a decade now. I am a lover of arts & culture, in particular, Caribbean music, dance and cuisine. Born and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, Hector is a gifted musician, teacher and chef. With his original, traditional and popular sound, he leads his own band called La Mixta Criolla, which you can find on itunes. We love meeting and hosting people from all over the world. Since 2010, we have hosted more than 200 guests from more than 20 different countries. We truly appreciate the wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded folks and create amazing connections from all over the globe! In addition to being a superhost, last year I was featured in Airbnb's 'Why Host' Campaign on Airbnb tv, and was recently interviewed on the local news for being one of the city's most active hosts. Ideally, we want to show our guests a great time, break bread, share wonderful conversations to learn about you and where you come from! I take great pride in my home and make every attempt to keep it updated, beautiful and aesthetically pleasing for everyone. From Europe to Asia, South America to Canada, come over and experience "The Urban Oasis SF" for yourselves! We have a warm, friendly, multicultural vibe and environmentally-conscious home awaiting you! So don't wait to book, it's especially popular during high season (March-November). My motto is: "If I can't see the whole world, then at least I can bring the world to me." :) We strive to minimize our impact on this earth as much as humanly possible. PLEASE RECYCLE & REUSE! DON'T BUY THINGS YOU DON'T REALLY NEED. BE CONSCIOUS ABOUT YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT and EDUCATE YOURSELF on how you, too can minimize, lessen your carbon footprint and live simpler, happier, healthier and more consciously!!! Madre Tierra THANKS YOU :)