About this listing
Relax in a darling saltbox-style home in our urban neighborhood, while visiting the beautiful east bay, SF area or UC Berkeley campus. The accommodations work best for those here for work stints, research/internships or those locating to the area.
Nice and bright attic room with partial city view in 2-story, cozy and quiet home, occupied by owner and long-haired cat. Shared bath, full kitchen, laundry available. Lovely, shaded front porch for reading and watching the world go by, easy street parking, wireless high-speed internet and breakfast for stays up to five nights. Room is suitable for one person, no pets. Discounted long-term rates without breakfast are offered for weekly and monthly stays.
I've hosted guests in my home for over 10 years, and have welcomed over 100 U.S. and international guests, particularly visiting researchers and those on work internships or short-term contracts. I create a comfortable home for professionals, with the amenities to enable you to settle in quickly and get to your work and exploring.
The Home and Area
This charming, traditional 1910 redwood-siding home is situated in an urban setting in a neighborhood comprised of a combination of live-work warehouses, light industrial and traditional residential buildings. We are nearby to everything by foot, bike, vehicle or public transport. 15-minute drive to downtown S.F., 10-minute walk to BART, 1 mile to Bay Bridge, 2 miles to UC Berkeley campus and downtown Berkeley, 1 mile to shopping at Emeryville centers.
Full kitchen, food storage in pantry, laundry & soap, bath with shower/tub. Front and backyard / porch areas. Living and dining room are preferred for quiet activities only. TV use is not included, but high speed internet and a Netflix guest account are available.
Interaction with guests
I like to learn about people and cultures. I do better with some quiet time after I get home from work, but am always happy to help with directions and how to find transit info, suggest local food spots and to recommend entertainment and activities.
The area is up-and-coming with development merging from nearby Emeryville, with walkable dining, cafes, entertainment and shopping. Diverse, urban, with beautiful older homes and new live/work developments. Its a changing young hipster and older family area with great neighbors, art galleries, knitting shop, urban re-use store, coffeehouses, new cool restaurants.
Sustainability-minded, beekeeping and chicken-coop-hosting locals. Urbanly renewing, sometimes gritty, always interesting.
The former Key Line (passenger trains to SF) travelled along adjacent streets before freeways were expanded, and the gardens of older homes here were often used to grow produce for sale at farmer's markets in the early 1900's. Originally settled by large numbers of immigrants (many of Italian and Portuguese descent), the area was originally named "Klinkerville" after an early developer. It is now generally referred to as the Santa Fe or Golden Gate District (we're on the cusp of both), and newly-named 'NOBE' for North-Oakland-Berkeley-Emeryville. The area is up-and-coming with development merging from nearby Emeryville, with walkable dining, cafes, and gallery spaces.
BART Train to SF downtown and airports, local and transbay buses go across the bridge into SF - stop is just blocks away. Downtown SF or Berkeley in 30 mins by bus. Bike to central Berkeley/UC in 10 mins; walk there in 40.
Other things to note
If you're new to an urban area, city or to the U.S., here are some resources to check for how to take protective measures in these environments: check online at UC Berkeley Police for programs and services for campus safety
Resources for crime statistics in the area by date range, locations and filter by type of crime, at crimemapping online:
Local calls for service for the last 24 hours on oakland city online (oaklandnet map) /callsforservice/
Quiet and Noise
Quiet hours are between 10pm and 9am. Please be aware that the guest and host bedrooms share a wall, so activities upstairs should be limited to a reasonable volume when both people are upstairs. Phone calls or video chat should be done outside of these hours or in another location. Please ask if you have any questions regarding your needs to work at home or call abroad during quiet hours.
Fresh bed linens and towels, toilet paper, dishes, cups and cooking utensils are provided, as are dry spices for cooking. Please bring or purchase your own personal items/consumables, cooking oil and soap/shampoo. You'll have a cabinet and pantry shelf to stock your food.
Very little is needed to live here! The kitchen is fully stocked for cooking. You'll have your own medicine chest in the bathroom. Personal items should be stored in your room.
The house is professionally cleaned once a month, including your room. There are also ample linens for changing the bed and towels more frequently if you wish. We clean up after ourselves around the house for standard use, such as wiping surfaces and cleaning kitchen work space and plates after kitchen use (dishwasher available). I will tidy up shared spaces between housekeeper visits.
Be aware of the seasons and temperatures -- though we have mild temperatures, as with many older California homes the house isn't well insulated and doesn't have central air or heating. We wear warmer clothes around the house when needed (Nov - March), with the downstairs fireplace lit for heat in common areas in the evening. There is no heat source in bedrooms.
Stuff that shouldn't need to be said, but you'd be surprised... :)
Spaces like closets and items that aren't designated for guest use should not be entered or used without checking first (most people know this, but not everyone!) There is no covered or secure storage for a bike, but I try to accommodate needs if notified in advance of your arrival. Please check with me before bringing guests into the house.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I'm a mid-career professional who works at UC Berkeley. I'm quiet and friendly as a host and housemate, and enjoy cooking, gardening and entertaining -- you might get some good meals and meet fun folks along with your stay.
I ride a motorcycle and enjoy touring the country -- and sometimes other countries -- with friends. Lana the house cat is very friendly, and loves men in particular, so be ready for some white fur.