Super Bowl 50: Residents list rentals at super-sized prices


Super Bowl 50: Residents list rentals at super-sized prices

SAN FRANCISCO — In the San Francisco Bay Area, where high housing costs are notorious, residents looking to make a quick buck are offering to rent their homes at super-sized prices to the 1 million visitors expected for Super Bowl 50 festivities.

There's a luxury 8,500-square-foot home in San Jose, California, listed for $10,000 a night. A 400-square-foot cottage in the same city is going for $3,900 for the three-night weekend. A four-bedroom apartment near San Francisco's "Super Bowl City" is listed at $1,495 a night, with a minimum six night stay.

And let's not forget a cozy treehouse for two in a 150-year-old oak tree a half hour drive from downtown San Francisco. You can call out for pizza and never mind that the bathroom is down the tree. Best of all, it's just $495 a night.

Whether customers will pay such prices is uncertain, even in an area where hotel rooms are limited for the week-long extravaganza. Of an estimated 50,000 hotel rooms in the nine-county Bay Area, the NFL has booked nearly half for players and their families, officials and employees, according to the local bowl organizing committee.

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That means regular out-of-towners are on the hook to book a place for pre-game festivities in San Francisco and the game Feb. 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, about 40 miles to the south, when the Denver Broncos square off against the Carolina Panthers.

In response, the number of listings on traditional home-sharing sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway has soared. According to Airbnb, demand is about three times greater than for last year's Super Bowl in Arizona, with homes closer to the stadium listed at higher prices than units in notoriously apartment-squeezed San Francisco.

"There is definitely demand and it's definitely a great way to generate extra income, but you can't go overboard. You can't gouge, because there's such an increase in supply," said David Ordal, chief executive officer of Everbooked, a company that provides pricing and market analytics for Airbnb.

For example, he said that Santa Clara has 86 percent more listings for the bowl weekend than for other weekends in February. Prices are up 19 percent. San Francisco has 14 percent more listings, with prices up 25 percent.

"Unless you're extremely close to the stadium, you shouldn't shoot for the moon — you might walk away without a booking," Ordal said.

Paul Arys is a homeowner who can shoot for the moon. He and his wife Laura Hernandez, who live about a 5-minute walk away from the stadium, have listed their two-bedroom house for $2,000 a night. The usual rate is $100 a night for a bedroom, or $500 for the entire house.

No one has booked yet, but that is likely to change once the playoff teams are locked Sunday, allowing the couple to go away for the weekend.

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"Probably we're going to snowboard in Tahoe," he said.

Judie Ciesla, an experienced host on Airbnb, recently helped Cyndi Chong and her sister list for the first time a two-bedroom home five blocks from the stadium. The house can sleep six and is priced at $700 a night, with a four night minimum.

"It's a no-brainer we should," Chong said of their decision to rent out her sister's house.

Ciesla herself is offering a room in her San Jose home for $425 a night, which she acknowledges may be too high for the space and location. But nobody really knows at this point.

"I am kind of vacillating whether I should lower it a little bit," she said.

The people offering the treehouse, which has been booked for the day before the game, declined to be interviewed. A man offering the cottage in San Jose also declined to talk to the Associated Press. The person offering the $10,000 a night luxury home with eight beds and eight parking spots did not respond to a message requesting an interview.

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A man offering the four-bedroom apartment in San Francisco would only speak anonymously because he says he and his roommates are violating the city's short-term rental rules by renting out the apartment they lease for $4,500 a month.

He doesn't think $1,495 a night is too much for an event like the Super Bowl.

"We're not really doing it because we need the money," he said, "but it's the opportunity for supplemental income if it works out."

One person who's already locked in guests is first-time host Therese Lehane. She's renting two rooms in her San Jose home for $ 1,000 a night, to four cameramen with FOX Mexico. Lehane will work as a greeter for the game.

"I just thought it would be an awesome experience," she said. "Who gets to work the Super Bowl and then have the cameramen stay in their house?"

49ers Mailbag: New defensive line coach could pave way for top free agent


49ers Mailbag: New defensive line coach could pave way for top free agent

The revamped 49ers coaching staff is taking shape with the comings of defensive line coach Kris Kocurek and secondary coach Joe Woods to replace fired Jeff Zgonina and Jeff Hafley, who took a co-defensive coordinator position at Ohio State.

Quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello, the new offensive coordinator for Vic Fangio’s Denver Broncos, will likely be replaced with a shift of either Mike LaFleur or Mike McDaniel to a new title. The 49ers also have a couple other positions to fill, as coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch look to limit the number of preventable injuries.

Today, we solicit questions from our readers as the 49ers staff readies to get back to work next week as coaches of the South squad at the annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

How many FAs pass rushers will be signed in the off-season? (@chriscream)
The 49ers will sign one free-agent pass rusher who will be assured a spot on the 53-man roster. They might add another veteran along the lines of Jeremiah Attaochu of last year -- a player who would have to compete for a spot and win his way onto the team.

The 49ers will have some options in free agency, depending on which players are locked up via the franchise tag or contract extensions.

With the addition of defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, formerly of the Detroit Lions, the 49ers would have to be viewed as a favorite to land edge rusher Ziggy Ansah. In the past, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has also spoken highly of Dante Fowler Jr. Those two presumptive free agents could be attractive as upgrades.

The 49ers will set out to add a starter-caliber edge rusher in free agency, and come back with another impactful pass rusher in the draft.

If the 49ers plan to take an edge rusher at #2, do they look to move someone out of the current edge group in a trade and accumulate another pick? Another DE makes that room quite crowded. Does Thomas make a full time move inside next to DeFo? (@HausVonSchlegel)
I don’t know that any spare parts they have at defensive end would have much trade value. More than likely, the 49ers would hold onto everyone to cover their . . . uh . . . bases in case they have to account for injuries down the road. With the addition of a true pass-rush end, Solomon Thomas would be likely moved inside next to DeForest Buckner. But Thomas is not a nose tackle, so that anticipated move would probably not occur on most base downs.

Do you think that 49ers will try to give Armstead a new contract? Like 3-4 year with $6-$7 million yearly? (@Andersen49ers)
Right now, Armstead is on the books for $9 million for next season. There is no reason for him to take less money than that. If the 49ers do not want to devote that money to him for one year, they would have to cut him prior to the start of the new league year. Then Armstead would be a free agent and able to negotiate the best contract possible with any team in the NFL. More than likely, Armstead will play out this season on the fifth-year option, just like Jimmie Ward did in 2018.

And speaking of Jimmie Ward. . .

Fans don’t seem to care much for Jimmie Ward, however the coaches always talk him up. What, as fans are we missing that merits SF trying to retain his services considering he’s always hurt. (@LoMed1978)
Every coaching staff that’s had Ward – and there have been a few -- has really liked him because of his versatility and his toughness. Fans might scoff when they hear “toughness,” because of the injuries. Maybe “fearless” is the better description. The guy plays hard. Maybe he plays too hard. But that’s something coaches love.

And speaking of injuries . . .

Will cleaning out the training staff actually have an effect on the amount of injuries, or is it just about making moves because someone needs to take the fall? (@bathebay)
Injuries became such a huge talking point of the past two seasons, the 49ers obviously felt as if something had to be done. Will the changes help? The 49ers feel as if they needed to do something – so it can’t hurt. Ray Wright is out as strength and conditioning coach, and Jeff Ferguson was let go as the team’s athletic trainer. In my opinion, many of the football injuries that occur are unavoidable. The risk of injuries can be reduced, but they certainly cannot be eliminated. Bad luck plays into it, too. My prediction is the 49ers will sustain fewer injuries in 2019, and people will point to these changes – whether the staff moves actually played a factor or not.

What is one thing you miss about going to a game at Candlestick vs a game at Levi's? (@Random49ers)
I liked typing “Candlestick Park” more than I like typing “Levi’s Stadium.”

2019 NFL mock draft: Mel Kiper Jr. has 49ers picking Josh Allen at No. 2


2019 NFL mock draft: Mel Kiper Jr. has 49ers picking Josh Allen at No. 2

Kyle Shanahan and the rest of his 49ers coaching staff won't have the opportunity of working with edge rusher Josh Allen in the Senior Bowl anymore, but that doesn't matter to ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. 

In his first mock draft of 2019, Kiper has the 49ers selecting Allen with the No. 2 overall pick. Here's why he believes the former Kentucky Wildcat is the perfect fit for San Francisco: 

If you're talking about pure pass-rushing ability, the 6-foot-7, 230-pound Allen is right up there with [Nick] Bosa.

The 49ers selected defensive linemen in three straight years from 2015 to 2017 -- Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas -- but none of those players get after the quarterback like Allen, who can play outside linebacker as well.

As a senior, Allen had 17 sacks, including three in a dominant bowl game performance against Penn State.

In the 2018 regular season, the 49ers ranked 15th in the NFL with 37 sacks, but 12 of those came from Buckner.

Allen was a consensus All-America selection, as well as the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year, Chuck Bednarik Award winner, and Bronko Nagurski Award winner. He was also chosen as the winner of the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy, which takes into account on-field and off-field excellence.