Meditation Room in Tranquil Home

House - Private room · off Woolsey Street, Oakland, CA 94609, United States

Welcome to a beautiful, large, tranquil Victorian home & retreat in the South Berkeley area! I have several listings, so if this room is full or isn't quite what you want, please click on my name to see my profile and look at my other listings.

Your host, Deborah
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Welcome to a beautiful, large, tranquil Victorian home & retreat in the South Berkeley area! I have several listings, so if this room is full or isn't quite what you want, please click on my name to see my profile and look at my other listings.

The Space

This charming Old Lady, a 1905 Victorian Home, is an artistically colorful and inspiring refuge or retreat and place to find rejuvenation for your soul. I have several guest rooms. If this room is full, click on my photo or name to go to my profile to see my other listings.
All rooms are single occupancy only to help preserve the quiet, retreat-like environment.

This house is very conveniently located directly on the Berkeley-Oakland border 2 blocks from the South Berkeley (Ashby) BART station, the local subway. This allows you to travel to most any San Francisco Bay Area destination without a car. You can quickly arrive to downtown San Francisco within 30-45 minutes by BART.
Within walking distance of 5 blocks, you can find: several ethnic restaurants (BBQ and Mexican come to mind), 4 cafes, 2 bakeries, La Pena Latin American cultural center, Starry Plough Irish Pub, a low-fee acupuncture clinic, and Berkeley Bowl grocery store, with its celebrated enormous offering of fresh produce. Walk a little farther north, and within 30 minutes or 1 mile you will come to downtown Berkeley, and the University of California at Berkeley, movie theatres and many shops, restaurants, and other attractions such as bookstores, comics/games stores. (Downtown Berkeley is also just one BART stop away.) By walking East, you come to the attractive Elmwood avenue shopping area within 3/4 mile, and its shops, restaurants (Indian and Mediterranean among them) and Metaphysical bookstore.

Walkscore gives my home location a score of 88 out of 100 in terms of walkability...any better a score and you would have trouble finding parking.

This particular room listing is for the Meditation Room in the house. This room functions as a library/meditation room available as a common space when there is no guest staying in the room. This room does have a door on it so you will have privacy, and the door not only closes but locks with a deadbolt, so you will also have security. Others cannot use the space if you are staying in this room.

This Meditation room, available for stays up to 28 days, features ten foot ceilings, a bright halogen light fixture, three bay windows facing east to morning light, looking out onto the front garden where there is a pond with running water and tall trees and a library with books for you to browse. The walls are yellow, the trim is orange, and the ceiling is a light violet color, to create an enchanting and soft luminous environment. The room has a twin bed with slat frame, and a memory foam mattress. There is a table and chair, small dresser and shelves and clothes hooks on the wall for you to store clothing. Clean sheets and towels provided.

You will share the kitchen and bathroom with 2-3 others. I am not vegetarian, and there are no restrictions on what you may cook here. There is wifi and laundry available on site.

Architecturally, this is a colorful and playful house, where you won’t find white or “off white” rooms. The rooms on main floor have ten foot high ceilings and attractive moulding. The rooms and general design of the ground floor below is quite colorful and soulful. All the original redwood moulding and redwood panel doors of the house remain. The spacious kitchen is orange with a blue countertop and green tile floor, featuring an antique Wedgewood stove and basic staples for you to use for your cooking. When they are in season, feel free to enjoy the fresh chicken/quail eggs I have placed in the kitchen, from my backyard flocks. In the kitchen I have maps which will help direct you to local attractions.

Also feel free to enjoy the backyard garden, perhaps visiting the hens, quail or Henry the rabbit, or sitting by the pond with running water. I try to create a magical environment here: those with eyes innocent enough might even be privileged to glimpse rare sights such as a fairy riding bareback on a chicken, or standing up inside a rabbit's ear.

This house has been a community house of one kind or another for over 40 years, and I have over 7 years experience in renting rooms in my house and learning how to create a tranquil environment for others to enjoy. It's a large house, and you won't feel crowded here: it's a great place to stay if you like your privacy and enjoy your independence.

I have a bicycle available for guest use with the payment of an additional security deposit to cover its potential loss.

I welcome you to come enjoy a tranquil retreat from the workaday world and rekindle your sense of delight and enchantment!

Please read house rules before booking a reservation, and let me know if you have any questions. Prospective guests should have a complete profile filled out, including photo, and verified email and phone number.

Area safety: prospective guests often ask about area safety. Guests have said that the neighborhood felt safe to them. Neither I nor any guests at my house has ever been robbed or accosted. Apart from these general statements, I cannot precisely rate the safety of the area, or answer "will I be safe doing X", any more than I could answer a question about how likely you are to get hit by a car when walking around my neighborhood. Asking, "is the area safe?" is a bit like asking, "are tamales delicious?" Obviously, it depends. Safety is both subjective and relative, and is also dependent upon use of common sense, such as being observant of one's surroundings, and not walking down the street while talking on the phone and advertising one's expensive electronics. Robberies do occur around the Ashby BART area and throughout Oakland and Berkeley. No area is completely safe.

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Guest Access

2 bathrooms, full use of the kitchen, full use of laundry facilities for those staying 3 days or more, use of backyard. Use of Meditation Room if it is not occupied by a guest staying in that room.

Interaction with Guests

I like to talk with guests when they arrive, but I am a pretty private person as well as someone needing large blocks of private time for creative projects, so after I get home from work I tend to spend time alone. I also am out a lot on weekends. I tend to chat with guests when I them around...if you like interacting with others, there is always more than one guest at the house and you are likely to be able to get to know other people from around the world.

The Neighborhood

The immediate area is a one-block long very quiet residential neighborhood of mostly single family homes, but we are also one block away from a main street which has several cafes and restaurants, and we are walking distance from downtown Berkeley and the UC Campus.

Getting around

BART is 2 blocks away and there are bus lines also within 1-2 blocks.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $320 /week
Security Deposit: $350
Cleaning Fee: $10
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Other pet(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • I stayed in the meditation room for about a week, and loved my stay. Deborah is the perfect host, and was very helpful with any questions I had. Would definitely stay again.

    July 2014
  • I had a very positive experience at this home on the Oakland/Berkeley border. It is in a great location, and was surprisingly quiet for a place in a large-ish city! I loved this room, especially how the sun came in in the morning! I am sorry that I did not stay long enough to try making breakfast with the quail eggs that the host made available to her guests for free from her own quail! I loved all the vegetation and flowers in the area, and being able to walk to the University-area. It is also easy to get to from the Oakland airport. It is not a place for a couple, but I highly recommend it for a single traveler, especially someone of a spiritual/meditative bent. If I return to the area solo, I plan to come back here!

    June 2014
  • I absolutely loved my stay at Deborah's magical home. I have stayed at AirBnb's before, but there was something truly special about the warm, retreat-like environment here. The home is quite large and tranquil, so you do not feel cramped or too close for comfort with the other guests in anyway. Every detail of the house and garden has an artistic, decorative touch. It's almost straight out of a fairytale picture book - very unique and charming indeed.

    Deborah was a wonderful host, and I enjoyed chatting with her about our many overlapping interests. Her energy was very warm, light, friendly and she made me feel right at home. I was so impressed with my entire stay, from how promptly and thoroughly Deborah answered any questions I had, to the little special touches like plums and quail eggs from her backyard available in the refrigerator. You can tell that she has a lot of experience in hosting, as she was very organized as well. It made for a very smooth stay. There is a bulletin board in the kitchen with helpful information for guests (parking map, wifi information, etc). As for the neighborhood, I felt very safe on her tree-lined street, it is close to BART and a bus stop, street parking was always easily available, and there are many walkable cafes and shops. I hope to stay again soon!

    June 2014
    Response from Deborah:

    It was a treat to have you as a guest! I'm always grateful when I meet people who are able to see and enjoy the magical and fairy-tale elements there in the midst of our lives.

    June 2014
  • Deborah's home is just exactly as she describes, very charming old Victorian house. If you love old houses like me, you will appreciate, spacious rooms, tall ceilings, large windows everywhere, big kitchen and the back yard.

    Deborah was very kind, communicative, prompt, accurate and patient with my schedule changes. She accepted my request at last minute, and when I needed to stay longer, allow me extend my stay at the Kaleidoscopic room, then offered me extra 2 nights at Meditation room.

    I would love to come back to Meditation room for longer stay next time. The collection of books she has is quite amazing , many many interesting books.
    I had a very nice stay and relaxing time, other guests were very nice and respectful.
    Car parking was fine and easy, just remember the time restriction, find right place and right time to park. always found a spot on her street or around the corner.
    If you are looking for walkable convenience to almost everything, peaceful and independent place, Highly recommend!

    Thank you, Deborah.
    My transition from Japan to US, then CA to WY was challenging but you made it very possible for me.

    June 2014
  • Deborah was very accessible and helpful with practical matters;laundry,etc. The room was comfortable,and indeed,very tranquil.

    May 2014
  • Deborah is a kind host and the place you are going to stay is a big house which feels like a real house. Not the newest building, but you have whatever you want and everything is planned for your comfort. Also close to the BART station.

    May 2014
  • I had a very pleasant stay in the Meditation Room at Deborah's house and would very much like to return one day. Deborah was a wonderful host, and was friendly and welcoming. Deborah fosters a tranquil, clean, comfortable, quiet and respectful environment at the house. It feels very rejuvinating and there are many good books to read!

    March 2014
  • Very nice and calm place !! Confortable bed, very luminous room... Very good !

    March 2014
  • I had a very short and enjoyable stay in Deborah's meditation room. The room was very quiet and relaxing, the other tenants were courteous and respectful, and the location was very convenient to BART. Would absolutely recommend at the price I paid.

    March 2014
  • I had a very enjoyable month staying in the Meditation Room. Both the room, and the house were quiet and clean. Deborah was a kind and accommodating host, and the house somehow manages to be both peaceful AND conveniently located. Best of all, the whole place is expertly organized, and includes several layers more planning than I would have expected. I found this to be extremely helpful as I pursued an enjoyable, efficient, and productive stay. If I ever come back to the area I will definitely look to stay here again!

    March 2014
    Response from Deborah:

    Thanks for your kind words, Matthew -- I'd love to have you back!

    March 2014
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BA: University of California at Berkeley MA: John F. Kennedy University
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I have a passionate interest in cultivating the life of the soul of the human psyche. In the past I worked as a counselor and led a dream group. For many years, I have studied mythology and Jungian psychology, and practiced Active Imagination and dreamwork. I use Tarot as a tool for spiritual/soul growth as well as the Divinatory Arts, and I study and practice Horary Astrology. I enjoy Baroque, chamber music, and sacred vocal music, and spend as much free time as I can taking long walks in the many Bay Area parks we are so fortunate to have available here. I also love creating beautiful spaces, and having an opportunity to do so creatively is one of my favorite types of projects to undertake in my professional life in home repair and design. I've spent a lot of time making a more beautiful and inspiring space out of my own home, and I feel grateful to be able to make this space available to others! I am an introvert, a visual artist, writer, astrologer and book lover and also spend a great deal of my free time either browsing bookstores, or at home engaged in the enchanting world of a good story or compelling mystery book, doing pen sketches and small watercolor or acrylic paintings, or working on the mystery novel I"m writing.
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