please take the time to read before emailing with questions...thanks!
the airbnb app allows us to know right when your request comes in. that is, usually it does. there have been some moments when it fails to do so, so don't be alarmed if you do not hear back immediately. also, we have to be awake!
if the calendar shows availability, send us a request. you will more than likely hear back the same day.
this is a private space for you in our home. and while you will share our front door, you will have the space listed here to yourself. a closed door = a locked door. there is a shared hallway that is common to the whole house. you will use the hall to enter your private living room, bedroom and cross over to your private bathroom. the upstairs flat is our home. the downstairs is divided into two spaces. one is owned by our housemate. the one listed here is part of our home - it has a bedroom, bathroom and large living room with a minimal kitchenette - it is the section of our house where our family stays when they visit. it has beautiful victorian detail and very high ceilings. the space does not have a full kitchen, so no kitchen sink....dishes washed in the bathtub! a kitchenette allows you to make simple breakfasts and re-heat leftovers. some folks seem to be able to make whatever they like and make due with the simple set up. i leave it to you to decide if it will work....
we are located on harrison street and balmy alley between 24th and 25th street. balmy alley is famous for its murals on each side of the brick tiled alley. there is a bus stop on 24th & harrison and a bart station at 24th & mission. take bart from the airport! our location is a central one, you can pretty much walk anywhere from here. the neighborhood is full of good restaurants, cafes, galleries, and is known especially for the murals.
many people have asked which cafes, restaurants, and such are close by...so here is a list: dynamo doughnuts, humphry slocombe ice cream, philz coffee, wise sons deli, st francis fountain/diner, pop's bar, galeria de la raza, triple base gallery, cafe la boheme, sugarlump cafe, atlas cafe, pal's takeout, flour and water restaurant, five markets grocery, sight glass coffee, rainbow grocery, la victoria bakery, la palma mexicatessen, brava theather, alley cat books, modern times books, the explorist international record/book shop and several boutiques. also, it goes without saying that this neighborhood is full of great taquerias and corner stores. within a block in each direction you have several to chose from. have fun exploring!
walk out the door down harrison street, cross over precita park and walk up a lovely stairwell to the trails on bernal hill. at the top of bernal you get amazing views of the city. you can make a loop up and back in 45 minutes for exercise or you can walk down the other side to cortland, the heart of bernal heights, where you will find more cafes, book stores and restaurants. if you don't want to walk, the 48 picks up at 24th and harrison and takes you up to valencia street or on to noe valley. the bart can deliver you downtown if you want to hit any of the sights down there. if you have kids there are 4 amazing playgrounds within one to four blocks of the house.
the kitchenette has a refrigerator, toaster oven, hot plate, hot water maker, tea pot and french press. since there is not a kitchen sink, this space is best suited for those who plan to mostly eat out - dishes are washed in the bathroom. that said, there have been several people who have made the space work for longer stretches of several weeks at a time.
the claw foot bathtub encourages one to take nice long soaks. the shower curtain can be draped to the side so that one can enjoy the open space and unique shape of the bathroom while taking a bath. there is a handheld shower for those that prefer to stand while bathing.
there is a queen sized bed - should you want to sleep a couple more, we have a fold out futon we can set up for your kids/friends. we also have a pak n play for babies.
there is a dresser and a closet with wooden hangers and shelves for your clothes.
we do not provide any food or toiletries.
we use all eco-friendly products/detergents for cleaning and our linens are dried outside in the sun!
should you have a car or rent a car: parking is street parking. you can usually find a spot out front or within a couple blocks. the most important consideration are the street sweeping signs - they are quite generous with tickets. best not to park overnight if they will be sweeping first thing the next morning.
the space listed and described here - the rest of the house is not part of the rental.
Interaction with Guests
more than likely we will meet upon your arrival. if this does not happen we often meet in passing soon after. about 10% of the time, (especially with short stays) we might not see each other - that said, if you really would like to say hello face to face, please ask. we are more than happy to say hello!
we live upstairs with our family. no late night antics please.
no smoking inside.
please be conscious about water consumption and the use of heat.
if using the heat, keep the thermostat at 65 degrees during the day and please turn it off at night.
thank you for your attention in keeping our house as you would keep your own.
if you stay over a week and would like the linens changed and the place spruced up, you can ask us to schedule this.
for this arrangement, there is an additional cleaning fee of $50 in cash due before the scheduled service.
and welcome, have a great time in san francisco. we hope you enjoy staying in the mission.
let us know if there is anything we can do to improve your stay with us!
Kim was an excellent host and made sure we had a perfect stay! We had a great check in/out and quick communication. The apartment was very spacious and I couldn't believe how comfy the bed was (and how many extra pillows we got). Highly recommend staying here.
My husband and I stayed here with our toddler and infant. It was perfect for us. Lovely space, very comfortable and clean, fun neighborhood with lots of places to eat, and Kim was great. Easy walk from BART, easy BART from SF airport.
Kim's place was absolutely lovely - high ceilings, comfy bed, impressive bath - and Kim was very helpful and attentive throughout the stay.
The neighborhood was really great. Very good latin foods & people, and fun dive-y bars to visit, and a short walk away, very hip bars to visit! We really liked Kim's home, and the over-all vibe. Very casual, and a cozy place to hang out, have coffee, and enjoy the sunshine. The bed is SO COMFY. It was like sleeping heaven. Wonderful!
Everything with check in was smooth and we appreciated that they set up a pack n play for our baby.
The space was cozy, though a little cold in the early spring evenings. It was beautifully and eclectically decorated. The claw foot tub was a treat
The neighborhood was wonderful! So fun to explore.
We had a very good stay at kim's apartment. The house is very well located and all San Francisco is easy to reach by public transportation.
Kim and Jason give us some information about Death Valley we wanted to visit and also lent us a book about it.
We have been staying there for one week and we enjoy our stay.
My Parents had a wonderful time in SF, and loved staying at Kim's place. Here is what they said:
"Very comfortable stay in Harrison and 24th street after traveling by train from New York. Kim made us most welcome, we loved the area, and enjoyed being so close to various modes of transport. Good places for breakfast and coffee less than 1 minutes walk. Bed was huge, bath a very good soak, and the living area light and airy. All facilities excellent. Thank you"
i am a stay at home mom of two little girls, viv and ida. i live in the mission district of san francisco. my husband jason works for the dept. of public health.