Welcoming and unobtrusive host with strong bay area roots.
While Ben is a decent person it's important to note that he is NOT the owner of this property, he's subletting it to multiple parties as the original leasee. This in itself is not a bad thing but it does impact his willingness to fix problems in a timely manner if it requires any expense on his part. As such there were multiple levels of failure with this home including leaks from the upstairs to the downstairs, ant invasions which coursed through the bathrooms, kitchen, living and master bedroom, non-functioning Internet and dryer, a washer which reeks of mold etc... On the things Ben could fix without outlaying cash - he did, in a reasonable but not timely manner. In the things he wasn't willing to pay for, like ant invasions requiring a professional exterminator, he didn't - although he did suggest we put all of our food in the fridge and wipe everything down with bleach. Or not using the bathroom shower which leaked. Since we didn't keep food in the bathrooms or bedrooms we were at a loss at how to deal with that kind of problem. The bottom line is this is a great place if you want to spend all your time exploring SF, Marin or Wine Country and only use this home to sleep. It's not the kind of place you want to live in and Ben is not the kind of person who's an exemplary landlord - because he's not a landlord - just someone looking to make a buck off his lease.
Great rental house for our family during month+ remodel!
Benjamin was a terrific host, and he was very responsive to our few inquiries/questions. The rental unit is spacious, well-equipped, and located less than 5 minutes from US-101 making our morning commutes a breeze.
Beds in the 3 bedrooms were comfortable and clean. Kitchen had knives, pots, pans, dishes etc for cooking and hosting meals.
Very quiet neighborhood and extremely respectful neighboring tenants made this a peaceful stay.