Our comfortable studio is wonderfully centrally located. You can get anywhere in the city in just a few minutes-walk to Golden Gate Park or the Haight. We make parking easy and morning coffe in the east-facing garden is a great way to start your day!
This 600sq foot studio apartment comes with a full kitchen and bathroom. access to a washer and dryer, use of the delightful garden and is decorated with Japanese art and antiques. WIFI and full cable with DVR is included as well as a cosy electric fire place for those cold San Francisco days. There is a queen-sized bed and the large sectional sofa opens into an additional queen-sized bed for additional sleeping. We also have futons available for children when parents want to leave the sofa as a sofa. We love children and do not charge for children 12 and under. Located right in the middle of San Francisco, we are no more than 10 minutes from downtown or both bridges for trips outside the city. There are great restaurants nearby, and public transportation is easy with a bus stop on the corner. There are two grocery stores within walking distance. We let guests park in our driveway when parking is tight, so parking is never an issue. Having spent 30 years in the USNavy we know what it is like to travel and we endeavor to make our guests stays a refuge. We are available to help in any way---suggestions for restaurants, sites, directions, whatever our guests need. We want their stay in our city and apartment to be a delight.
All guests have access to our east facing garden which is a wonderful place to have morning coffee!
The washer and dryer are shared and we just ask that our guests respect that we all work and usually do our own wash on weekends.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the flat above this guest apartment and are here to help if you want. We love giving recommendations on restaurants and sites. We respect your privacy, but are here evenings and weekends....except when we are skiing or traveling ourselves!
We love that we are so centrally located that we are within walking distance of great restaurants, two super grocery stores including Trader Joes, the new San Francisco City Target, and just a short walk from Golden Gate Park. We are able to live here with one car because we can walk almost anywhere we want.
The bus stop is at the end of our block and you can literally get anywhere in San Francisco by bus. There are also taxis and the new ride share programs like Pink Mustache.
If you are bringing a car, parking in our neighborhood is quite easy and when it is not we allow our guests to park in our driveway.
Without traffic our house is less than 20 minutes from SFO. With traffic it is anyone's guess, but we never allow over 30 minutes to get there and have always made it on time. Just ask us for our route!
Other Things to Note
This is not an apartment that anyone lives in regularly. It is strictly for guests and has all the amenities you would expect. We do not stock it with food, but there are the essentials like salt and pepper, etc.
We do not allow smoking in the building or garden. Our smoking guests may smoke outside on the sidewalk in front of the house. No buts on the ground, please. We will provide a glass jar to which you add water for all butts. We expect our guest to be respectful of the other people living in the building and in the neighborhood. No parties, no loud talking in the garden. We do not accept anyone under 21 with a traveling companion who is over 21.
Mitt omdöme om boendet hos Kate är mycket gott. Kate gav mig och min reskamrat ett mycket trevligt bemötande när vi kom fram och gav oss många användbara tips både på restauranger, mataffärer och kommunikationerna i grannskapet. Information och tips som underlättade både vid ankomsten och under vår veckolånga vistelse i San Francisco. I god tid innan vår avresa fick vi också tydlig information av Kate kring allt det praktiska inför ankomsten till boendet. Likadant fick vi tydlig info hur vi skulle göra med lägenhetsnycklarna etc i samband med avresan.
Själva boendet var vi mycket nöjda med. Både sängen och futon-madrassen var mycket bekväma och lägenheten var välstädad och inbjudande inredd. Grannskapet var mycket lugnt och det var en mycket vilsam atmosfär både inne i lägenheten och i kvarteret. Även om vi inte lagade så mycket mat själva så var köksutrustningen fräsch och i köket fanns allt som kunde behövas för att förbereda frukost, laga middag etc.
Kate var också mycket hjälpsam med att ge tips kring praktiska saker som var vi kunde hitta närmsta biluthyrning, vilken dag det var gott om lediga biljetter till Alcatraz etc. Vi fick till och med låna hennes laptop när vi skulle boka en bil för vår dagsutflykt till Muir Woods National Park. Enda nackdelen var att vi hade lite svårt att använda WiFi-anslutningen i lägenheten, men det kan lika gärna ha berott på vår egna telefonoperatörer. Och som sagt var Kate mycket hjälpsam och lånade ut sin egen dator när vi så behövde.
Sammantaget är jag mycket nöjd både med boendet hos Kate och stämningen i grannskapet. Med glädje skulle jag boka en vistelse i hennes boende igen!
I would summarize our experience as below. Hope this would be of your help!
- Comfortable room: we thought the room was comfortable enough and it was just as it looked like on the photos
- Helpful information about house and neighborhood: A black binder that host had prepared for every guest to look at had much useful information including neighborhood and usage instructions about electric devices.
- Many rules imposed on guests: the black binder mentioned above was useful in some way, but it also had many many house rules and obligations that we should have followed during our stay. Just to take one example, we had to put together all the linen including sheets, bed cover, towels in the bathroom and kitchen before the check out time. We have never been asked to do such a thing though we have used Airbnb listings more than 10 times for the last 3 years including SanFrancisco. We felt that the number of rules were too many that unfortunately we could not feel very cosy and welcomed by our host.
- Bad internet connection: it is not only that the hosts' wireless wifi connection was slow but also that the room had bad reception as our two TMobile's mobile wifi rooters did not work well only inside this house.
- Hospitality mind of the host: On the day of check out, we were waked up suddenly by the sound of the knocking on the door at 8:30am in the morning. There was a host standing by the door who did not make any apology for having waked us up early only asked us what time we would be leaving and she nervously told us to leave no later than 11 am which we had known already and planned to do so. I had a busy and tiring weekdays so I wanted to have a longer sleep on Saturday morning!
- Sounds of upper floor: The host family lived in the upper floor of the room. So you have to get ready for hearing the sounds of footsteps, bathroom and water service on the upper floor anytime.
In overall, if you want to have a cozy and relaxing stay, unfortunately, I would not be able to recommend this listing to you.
Kate foi muito simpatica e nos experou na chegada, mostrando todo o studio e a melhor forma de nos organizarmos para dormir. Eramos 3 pessoas, eu, minha mãe e meu filho. Ficamos por 16 noites e nos sentimos num ambiente acolhedor e suficientemente espaçoso. Usamos muito a cozinha que está bem equipada. A área é bem segura e perfeita para quem vai p USF. Próxima do Golden Gate Park , supermercados e algumas lojas.
Kate is very nice person and very helpful. The house it' good place and in area very close to downtown San Francisco.
We had a wonderful time in San Francisco, the apartment was in a great location, with a full kitchen and laundry facilities. It was comfortable for us four. Thanks for making us feel welcome.
My husband and I just spent a few nights here and loved it. It was clean, comfortable and everything worked. Kate was very informative about the area and answered all of our questions prior to the trip. She even stopped in to say hello and check to see if we needed anything.
We were very happy with the location, next to the University. It was very quiet and an easy walk to several restaurants, coffee and markets. I would highly recommend this listing!
First of all - Kate was a wonderful host. Even there were some problems in the beginning (which weren't her fault but the guests before us), we were totally satisfied. Kate was very generous and did everything she could to make us feel comfortable. She gave us some great tipps for the evening activities. The apartment is very clean and nice and it was totally fine for the four of us.
I would definitely come here again!!
Hi! I am an active grandmother, mother, and middle school teacher who loves living in San Francisco! I am an avid foodie and cook, I love to travel with my family, and stay active working out at the gym, playing golf and snow skiing. As a host I am all about the guest- helping out in any way that I can or leaving them alone to enjoy a great get-away in our fabulous city. My dad and husband were both navy officers and I got the bug to travel early. I lived in Spain as a child and then again as an adult. We were also fortunate to live in Japan many times. These experiences have given me a keen awareness of the pleasures and challenges of visiting abroad and I am always eager to be a fabulous host to my guests from abroad. Five things I can't live without---first and foremost is my family, fresh flowers in the house, fresh vegetables to eat, a good book to read, and connectivity at all times! My life motto is "Happiness is a choice, not an outcome!"