I love being a host. I have been happily inviting guests into my home since the dawn of airbnb, way back in 2008. It was so early that airbnb had no employees yet, and one of the three co-founders had to come to my house to take the 'professional pictures' that come with membership. Since I am a photographer, he didn't take the pictures because he thought mine were better than he could take. Instead, we spent 20 minutes talking about airbnb. I knew it was going to be huge even back then.
I hosted the first airbnb employee, Nick. The founders required potential employees to use the service, and Nick chose my house! He later got hired, stayed until he vested all his stock, and last I heard is now an investor, using the windfall he accumulated by being the first employee at what became a multi-billion dollar company. You can find the review Nick left for me in the reviews section.
I stopped having guests for a few years because my housemates I had at the time didn't share my enthusiasm for airbnb. Then, in July 2013, my (different) housemates Shaun and Suzie suggested I use airbnb again! Finally, I had explicit permission to use this site. I took them up on it and had a lot of fabulous visitors from all over the world in the late summer of 2013. I have gotten approval to have guests from my neighbors as well, because I strive to be a good neighbor. Mine is a detached five bedroom house, so the neighbors aren't usually even aware if I have guests, but I disclosed my plans to be especially kind.
I only had one family visit in October 2013. Shaun and Suzie after almost two years living here found another home and moved there October 2, 2013, so for the first time in five years or so, I had the house to myself.
At first, I enjoyed the solitude, but frankly now I am eager to host some more visitors. It's simply fun being a host! I love learning about other places, and I love helping visitors discover all the San Francisco has to offer.
I have been to France, Germany, Austria, Jamaica, China, Japan, Thailand, Switzerland, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary and Italy.
It's easy to get here. You can fly into either the San Francisco or Oakland International airports. From there you can take BART, the regional train that serves the San Francisco Bay Area. BART will get you into San Francisco itself, since the airports are not actually in the City. Once you exit the BART station, you hop on a MUNI bus #36, which you catch right at the exit of the BART station... no walking. Then, you get off the #36 and you are right at my front door, again, no walking.
There is plenty of free unlimited time parking a block away on Clarendon, accessible via Ashwood Lane. Ashwood Lane is a pedestrian walk way and stair case, not a regular street. Please be in good physical shape as there are a lot of stairs to climb... about half the journey is stairs. There is no parking allowed on my street, Oak Park or Christopher Streets, since there are houses there and having constantly rotating cars parked in front of houses is unwelcome. There are no houses on Clarendon. Instead, there is an elementary school and a fire station, both good places to park a car overnight. Note that Ashwood Lane does not pass by homes. This may make some guests uneasy. The 36 bus stops also on Clarendon and you may catch that bus for a quick three block ride to my house. Or you may walk the three blocks on regular streets. Ashwood Lane is simply a short cut to save walking.
I am a software entrepreneur and computer programmer. I have been in the tech field through two boom/bust cycles, so I have stories to tell. I am plugged into what's happening, and I love to talk shop.
I am also an accomplished photographer and a less than accomplished painter.
I write a blog, and I'm good at making people feel welcome and comfortable. I hope to meet you soon.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Friday November 14th I have a dinner to attend from 5pm to 10pm, so if you check in that day, it will have to be by 4:45pm or after 10pm.
If you arrive on Friday or Saturday, I prefer you don't arrive after 8pm, so that I don't have to stay home waiting for you.
Final thoughts: You can learn a lot from my profile here and from my hundreds of reviews. I strive to provide my guests with an incredible San Francisco experience. Almost every guest is thrilled, which shines through in my reviews I think. But a rare few are unhappy. If you think you'll be unhappy as well, perhaps because this is a traditional old house built in 1958 with oak wood floors, small original bathrooms, original plumbing that sometimes occasionally squeaks, non soundproofed walls, and multiple groups of guests at one time... then please book somewhere else. There are plenty of newer homes on airbnb. I have ~99% occupancy, so I won't be offended if you book somewhere else. Rather, I will be happy, because it pains me to read the rare review where someone complains about something that is entirely normal for most San Francisco houses. What you get when staying here is a richly fascinating window into real San Francisco life, high on a magnificent hill with a stunning view onto dozens of acres of untouched forested land, a rarity in bustling and congested San Francisco. You also get to meet me, one of the most experienced hosts on this platform. I signed up just four months after airbnb was founded, and I have hosted guests from 41 countries. I will help you out more than most hosts, and the 'special features' of my six bedroom home should be viewed as perks not quirks... perks that will help you soak up the uncommon feeling of living in what many say is the best city in the United States.
Special note: No check ins on November 21, 2014. You may stay here that day, but you will have to check in one or more days before that date. The reason for no check ins on the 21st is that airbnb is having a three day event for hosts, and I will attend this all day event, from first thing in the morning until after dinner. Thus, there is no time for me to prepare rooms and greet guests. I encourage other airbnb hosts attending the airbnb Open event to book and stay here starting Thursday, November 20th. We can travel to the event together if you like.