Welcome to our private guest suite with direct garden access! It's in a nice neighborhood with amazing views, plus you can walk to restaurants, shops and transportation. We have hosted more than 200 guests, so we know what you need for a great stay!
Sorry for all this legal stuff, but the city makes us do it because we are legally registered hosts (there's more info about the guest suite below)...
SAN FRANCISCO SHORT-TERM RESIDENTIAL RENTAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: STR-zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, nineteen
Possessions of a San Francisco Short-Term Registration Certificate certifies that the registration certificate holder has agreed to comply with the terms of the San Francisco Short-Term Residential Rental Ordinance (San Francisco Administrative Code Section 41 A). This ordinance does not require an inspection of the unit by the City for potential Buildng, Housing, Fire, or other Code violations.
OK, now that all the city's legal mumbo-jumbo is out of the way... Welcome to our guest suite with private bathroom on sunny Potrero Hill! The guest suite is on the lower level of our house and looks out on a quiet garden.
Please note that there is NO SMOKING (this includes electronic cigarettes) in the suite, the garden or in front of the house.
FUN FACT: Science-fiction writer Frank Herbert lived in this house in the 1960s, and wrote most of his acclaimed book "Dune" while living here!
--King-size bed, with sheets, pillows (down, feather, fiberfill and memory foam are all available) and goose-down duvet
--Private bathroom with shower, toilet and sink - plus hairdryer and a selection of soaps, shampoos, conditioners and other toiletries
--Big, fluffy bath towels, washcloths and hand towels
--The suite is equipped with a microwave oven, coffee-maker, coffee grinder, toaster, teapot, dishes and silverware--plus you also have kitchen access.
--A selection of premium coffee beans, teas, sugar and other condiments
--Outside door to the garden and deck (shared with us)
--Free wireless high-speed internet
--Flat-screen HD TV with cable & DVD player (we're happy to loan you movies)
--iPod/iPhone dock and player on alarm clock-radio
--Free land-line phone calls within the U.S. and Canada (let us know if you need a phone)
--Clothes closet with hangers
--Optional roll-away single bed sleeps a third person
--South of Market location, near 2 bus lines (3 blocks to the #10 which will take you to the downtown Financial District and Chinatown; 1 block to the #22, which will take you to the Mission District and the Marina District). We are a 10-minute walk from the "T" tram line, which goes to downtown, the Union Square area and the ballpark. We are also 4 blocks from a Caltrain stop, where you can catch a train to Silicon Valley destinations and Stanford University (Stanford shuttle connects to the train station).
--Restaurants (French, Sushi, Vietnamese, Mexican, Pizza, Mediterranean, Peruvian, Crepes, Californian, sandwiches), a wine shop, 2 great coffee houses, a bookstore, grocery stores, other shops and a library - all within very close walking distance.
--Several local grocery stores within walking distance, including one that sells a good variety of organic produce and cooks delicious rotisserie chickens. There is also a Whole Foods supermarket about half a mile (1 kilometer) from the house.
--You'll find a large collection of local information in the apartment, including guide books, maps, transportation information and restaurant guides. We also provide a folder with menus from all the neighborhood restaurants.
--Restaurant and travel advice - I'm a travel and food writer! I'm happy to make recommendations and reservations for you. I'll even share my list of the latest insider food spots - the ones that haven't yet made it into the guidebooks! I also know the Wine Country quite well.
Free overnight street parking is usually very easy to find in the area.
++Daytime Parking - Saturday & Sunday
Parking is free and unrestricted on weekends (from 6 pm Friday until 8 am Monday).
++Free Weekday Parking Nearby
There are a few nearby streets that have unrestricted daytime parking. We can direct you to those if you need to park your car for more than 2 hours during the daytime.
++Daytime Parking on Our Street - Monday-Friday
During the daytime, as in most San Francisco neighborhoods, there is free 2-hour parking on our street from 8 am to 6 pm. That means you would have to move your car by 10 am (there are also street cleaning restrictions on Monday and Wednesday mornings - see below).
On Mondays, there is street cleaning on the OPPOSITE side of our street, so there is no parking on that side of the street between 9 am and 11 am.
On Wednesdays, there is street cleaning on OUR side of the street, so there is no parking on that side of the street between 9 am and 11 am.
NOTE: this suite is at the back of the lower level of our private house. You enter through a door in the garage, walk through the garage and then enter the suite through a private door. You may hear a few footsteps from upstairs, but in general, it is very quiet. The guest suite is on the ground floor, with two small steps up at the entrance.
PLEASE READ THE HOUSE RULES (CLICK ON "HOUSE RULES" ABOVE) BEFORE MAKING A RESERVATION REQUEST. PLEASE ALSO TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHO WILL BE STAYING IN THE SUITE, SO WE CAN BE SURE THE ACCOMMODATIONS ARE THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU. THANK YOU - AND WELCOME TO SAN FRANCISCO!
The guest suite is located on the lower level of our private house, at street level. To reach it, you enter through a pedestrian door, then pass through the garage to the rear of the house. The guest suite has a private entrance. There are two steps up to enter the suite. Because the house is built into a hill, the back of the guest suite cuts partially into the hill. Our backyard is terraced. When you exit the private back door onto the garden, there are 11 steps up to reach the main deck. The suite is very quiet because it is located away from the street.
Guests have access to the back deck and garden, which has a table and chairs, and gas BBQ (please check with us for instructions before using the BBQ).
We have a washer and dryer - but guests are not allowed to operate the washer. We are happy to operate it for you. The charge for laundry is $5 per load. Guests staying for a week or longer receive one free load of wash per week.
We have extensive information and guide books about San Francisco in the guest suite, which is yours to use.
We provide a basket of toiletries for guests to use, and also provide coffee, tea, kleenex, paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning products.
Общение с гостями
After hosting more than 200 times, we understand that guests have very different needs. Some like a lot of advice and interaction, while others like to be independent. We try to be sensitive to the individual needs of each guest.
We live upstairs from the suite, and I work from home, so I am usually around during the daytime if you need anything or want some advice.
Want to go on a walking tour of our neighborhood? Need restaurant recommendations or transportation advice? Want insider tips? We're here for you! Want to learn more about life in San Francisco? We're happy to chat!
Другие важные подробности
SAN FRANCISCO TIPS:
--Bring a jacket, no matter what time of year you are visiting. It always cools down at night here, and can also be breezy. A leather jacket is perfect!
--We recommend using the car services Uber and Lyft. They are much less expensive than taxis and more efficient than public transportation. We can give you codes for discounts.
--You might consider renting a car for at least part of your stay in San Francisco. Our neighborhood is well-served by mass transit, but some of the worthwhile attractions (such as the deYoung Museum) are far from the downtown, Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf areas. You might also want to take a day-trip up to the Wine Country or Muir Woods, which are north of the city.
--If you are parking a car in San Francisco, always turn the wheels so the car can't roll on a hill. If the car is pointed UPHILL, turn the wheels AWAY from the curb. If the car is pointed DOWNHILL, turn the wheels TOWARD the curb.
--If you are interested in visiting Alcatraz, we highly recommend that you make reservations before you come to San Francisco. It is very popular, especially in the summertime. We can send you the link for the official booking website. You can make a booking up to 90 days in advance.
--There are often "blockbuster" shows at city museums which require advance, timed tickets. We're happy to help you with info about this if you want to book before you arrive.
--You might want to consider signing up for some of the free discount websites that serve SF: Groupon, HomeRun, LivingSocial, BlackBoardEats, GoldStar. You'll find offers for discounts on entertainment, events, restaurants and other services.
--If you are arriving from the north and coming over the Golden Gate Bridge, you will need to pay the toll online (unless you have a FasTrak transponder). We can give you the website information to do this after you arrive. A rental car company may offer to rent you a transponder - but don't do this. It's a rip-off!
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+++Welcome to San Francisco!+++
If you need anything, don't hesitate to call us! Phone numbers posted in the suite. Please try the house land-line first. Let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable!
Please read the House Rules below, and ask us if you have any questions.
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT
•We try to be flexible about arrival and departure times. The only exception is if we have guests arriving on the day you are leaving. In that case, we ask that you depart by 11:00 am - but we are happy to store your luggage in the garage.
•If you arrive on a day when we also have departing guests, check-in will be after 3:30 pm, though we will be happy to store your luggage, and will do our best to get you into the suite sooner, if possible.
DOORS & LOCKS
•Please always re-lock the exterior deadbolt lock when you enter and exit. We will provide you with additional information regarding locks and entry upon your arrival.
•If your shoes are dirty or muddy, please leave them outside the door.
•No smoking in the suite, in the garden or in front of the house. This includes e-cigarettes.
LAUNDRY - WASHER & DRYER
•Guests are not allowed to operate the washer and dryer. If you would like to do some laundry, please give us a call and we'll be happy to operate the machines for you. The charge for laundry is $5 per load.
•We have high-speed wifi, with excellent reception in the apartment. We will provide you with the network and password information upon check-in.
•Do not put any tampons or other sanitary items other than toilet paper in the toilet.
•Please do not use any hair-coloring products or dyes in the shower or sink.
•Please let us know if you are using any skin-care or acne products that contain Benzyl Peroxide. This can bleach our colored towels, so we'll give you a white towel instead.
•Please use limited amounts of toilet paper. We are required to have "low flow" toilets in San Francisco, and lots of paper causes them to clog. In the event of a clog, you will find a plunger next to the toilet.
•Please turn the de-humidifier to #4 when you are taking a shower, and let it run for a while afterwards. Also, turn on the bathroom fan when you are taking a shower and let it run for a while afterwards. This will keep the suite from becoming too damp.
•Feel free to use any of the toiletries in the basket outside of the bathroom. There is shower gel in the shower and bar soap (if you prefer it) next to the toiletries basket.
•You can hang clothes in the closet in the bathroom. There is also extra toilet paper located there. Let us know if you need more!
•Please leave the bathroom door open when you aren't using the bathroom. This helps it dry out and reduces humidity.
•Let us know if you need any additional paper products.
•Please do not place luggage or bags on the ledge/shelf below the windows. We have provided luggage racks for your convenience.
•If you want to store any luggage in the garage, just let us know.
APPLIANCES & HEAT
•If the de-humidifier (large white appliance) noise bothers you, you can turn it down. Just remember to turn it on when you take a shower, to number 4. Also turn on the bathroom fan when showering. This prevents the suite from getting too humid.
•Please turn off the de-humidifier when a window is open. Otherwise, it will try to dry out the San Francisco fog - which is impossible!
•If you use the heater, please unplug it when you are not in the apartment. This is for safety.
•The other appliance is an air purifier. Feel free to use it.
•Enjoy the coffee beans in the refrigerator. There are coffee filters in the drawer nearest the coffee-maker. There is also tea and sugar on top of the microwave.
•It is safe to drink the water.
•Please store any cereals or snacks in the plastic container provided. Let us know if you need more containers. Don't leave out food that might attract pests.
•Operating the TV: Use the larger TV remote to turn on the TV and adjust the sound. Use the smaller cable remote to change channels.
CLOCK RADIO/ALARM/iPod DOCK
•Instructions for the clock radio and alarm are in the drawer below it.
•You can dock your iPod in the clock radio. Different docks are provided in the little teacup on the table next it.
•The light next to the TV is turned on and off using the light switch next to the door. The light needs to be turned on to operate with the switch.
•If you open a window, please use the one on the far right, which has a screen. There are sometimes various creatures in the garden (raccoons, mice, neighbors' cats), which may get in otherwise. Also, don't leave the outside door open for this same reason.
•We can put a land-line phone in the suite for you if you would like to use it. Calls anywhere in the US or Canada are free.
•Please don't tilt back on the chairs - it's dangerous for both you and the chair!
•If you need extra chairs, just let us know.
LINENS, BEDDING & ROLLAWAY BED
•Let us know if you need more or different types of covers for the bed. They aren't stored in the apartment.
•Do not use or move the spare bed sheets or pillow cases which are stored in the linen cabinet or with the roll-away bed.
•Please do not use the roll-away bed or remove the cover unless you have booked and paid for the roll-away bed.
•We are happy to launder bed linens and towels for guests staying longer than 1 week. Just ask!
TRASH & GARBAGE
•Trash/garbage collection is on Tuesdays. If you have trash, you should put it in the containers near the garage entrance on Monday night:
+The big blue container in the garage is for recyclable items (dry paper, cans, bottles, hard plastics - no plastic film or styrofoam).
+The big green container is for food and paper with food on it (nothing else - no metal, no styrofoam)(URL HIDDEN)+The big black container is for anything else (plastic film, used kleenex tissues, etc.).
+Plastic bags are NOT recyclable, so do not put them in the blue container.
GARDEN & DECK
•Feel free to use the backyard. There are two tan cushions next to the wardrobe which are for the chairs outside. Please bring them back inside after using them. If you go into the backyard, first check to be sure the knob lock on the door is unlocked so you can get back inside!
•During the summer, you may hear our garden irrigation system turn on automatically. It runs for about 10 minutes.
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
•There is a notebook with menus from all the nearby restaurants located next to the basket of tourist information.
•Please wash any dishes or utensils you have used before leaving.
•You don't need to remove the sheets or empty the trash (but thanks for the thought!)
•Please let us know when you are planning to check out. We like to say "goodbye" in person, and also make sure that you haven't left anything behind (guests have left cameras, cell phones, passports, medications and other important items!) Check-out time is 11:00 am or sooner, unless we have made prior arrangements.
•The charge for lost or missing keys is $35.
•We clean the suite between guests, but in the event of excessive dirt, unwashed dishes/pans/utensils or other unexpected cleaning, there will be a $100 charge.
Have a wonderful stay!
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I am a freelance travel and food writer, whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Gourmet, The Washington Post and many other publications. So, if you stay with us, you get bonus professional travel advice about San Francisco and the Wine Country! My husband is an investment manager and author who specializes in impact investing--helping investors who want to make a positive impact on the world, while also seeking profits. We often rent apartments in various parts of the world and enjoy "living like a local" when we travel. We are in our 40s and own our house - so as guests, we are quite responsible and self-reliant. English is our first language. I also speak French and my husband speaks Spanish. We know a bit of Japanese and Italian, too. If you have any questions, just ask!