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. 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.
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.
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