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 made me feel at home from the moment I walked in the door. The space was clean, tidy and had lots of light and fresh air. Neighborhood was safe and walkable even at night. Close to so many great parks and neighborhoods. Would recommend this place to anyone!
Loved it. Very gracious, informed, and open experience with the urban oasis. I would stay again and have recommended it to friends. Perfect location.
I had a wonderful time at the Urban Oasis. Christina made the place very welcoming and gave clear expectations and instructions. She was there to answer any questions. The urban oasis feels like a true San Francisco experience and is recommended.
L'appartement de Christina est très bien situé, proche des transports . Christina et hector ont été très discrets. Nous avions la cuisine à disposition. La chambre était comme sur la photo mais la salle de bains et la cuisine étaient très sales . La vaisselle traînait toujours dans l evier et les poubelles n'étaient pas vidées , de ce fait des moucherons volaient dans toute la cuisine. Pourtant Christina à un règlement très stricte sur l'annonce , ce qui laissait penser qu'elle serait très soignée et propre. ...
Sorry you thought the apartment was dirty. We had a heat wave that week that brings the bugs. I know the French are never satisfied so we invite you for a free stay anytime and hopefully the place will be up to your standards. Unfortunately, we were not able to communicate with you since you don't speak any English at all. Also, your friends in the south bay, although very nice, harassed us and our emergency contact person about your arrival after I'd already provided all the necessary information for you and we had to wait for you for several hours past the time you said you'd be here. So maybe airbnb is not for you. Indeed what a pity it is.
A very nice bedroom near everything in Mission area. Lots of restaurants... Nice apt and quiet. Nice host. That was a good experience
Xtina (and Hector) offer a nice and warm environment. You feel home at once. Easygoing, room to move and open for a conversation and practical advice. The advertisement creates proper expectations. The neighbourhood is interesting, a lot of coffeebars, little restaurants, etc. Nice houses and the fameus tram is around the corner. Half an hour by public transport from SF International Airport and 1/4 hour walking from the station. Room is well equiped, good bed, couch etc. Use of the kitchen (beautifull !) is free. Nice discussions on social and political affairsfairs :-)!
Christina and Hector were wonderful hosts! The apartment is beautifully decorated and in a great location. My boyfriend and I really appreciated Christina and Hector's recommendations about what sights to check out and how to get there. The trolley stops right in front of their apartment and they are just a few blocks from the train station, so it's super convenient to get just about anywhere in the Bay Area. Plus, they are a short walk to Dolores Park and Tartine Bakery, so you can watch adorable dogs play and then go eat a ton of quiche.
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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 :)