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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.


Amenities

Prices
Cleaning Fee: $25
Security Deposit: $350
Weekly Discount: 23%

Description

The space

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.

Guest access

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 neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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:
or crimespotting
Local calls for service for the last 24 hours on oakland city online (oaklandnet map) /callsforservice/


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Shoes-off interior

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.

Provisions
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.

Space
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.

Cleaning
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.

Heating/cooling
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.

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) lives in the house

Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Safety card

Availability
5 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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Helen User Profile
October 2016
Kendall did a great job of communicating. She sent me a long email with detailed directions for how to access the house since she was away when I arrived. She is very kind and accommodating. She even bought a new mattress during my stay when the old one was getting too lumpy. She's also great to talk with and sometimes cooks delicious foods to share. I felt really comfortable and had a great stay.

Duncan User Profile
August 2016
I had a wonderful stay at Kendall's. She's a great host and the house has a beautiful garden. I was spending most of my time in downtown San Francisco and my time in Oakland was a welcome reprieve.

Thomas User Profile
June 2016
This was my second stay with Kendall, and her place was just as awesome as last time. Her cat remains as friendly as ever, I cannot recommend this place higher.

Thomas User Profile
May 2016
My stay with Kendall was one of the best experiences I have ever had with AirBnB. Her place in general is outstanding, the room was exactly as described, Kendall was a wonderful host and her cat could not be friendlier. I've stayed with a lot of AirBnB hosts and if you're looking for a quiet place to stay with easy access to SF, Berkeley or Oakland I can easily recommend Kendall's house.

Chiara User Profile
May 2016
Kendall is very nice, she is very concerned that you feel well and she is very practical. A great hoste! The house with its garden and patio is very pleasant with wonderful flowers and a lovely cat. It is a good solution, mostly for longterm stays, if you have a busy life outside and have to rest little spare time in a very quiet home. Concerning the cleanliness, it is the usual American standard. The place is in a good position for transport by day, by night it is maybe better to organize a bike or a lift from bart station at home, at least for women. If you have a car, it is not far from Emmeryville and Berkeley Marina, that's great!

Alessandro User Profile
October 2015
It was really great to spend the first two weeks of my stay in California at the farmhouse! Kendall is a friendly and kind person, and her cat Lana is super cute. The house is well located (10-15 min walking from Ashby BART station) and you can easily reach UC Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. The room was cozy, clean and quite spacious, you can also find some magazines, books and maps of the area. I felt at home since the first day. Kendall was really welcoming and it was nice to come home and have little talks with her in the evenings after work. The house was pretty big and charming and you can find everything you need. The kitchen was well equipped and I loved to have dinner at the wooden table! There are some nice cafes nearby, I would suggest the Grease Box, right outside the gate! I highly recommend staying here, it was a great experience!!

Amy User Profile
October 2015
Kendall, Lana the cat, and their lovely home made for such a warm and welcoming entrance to Oakland. I recently relocated to the east bay from NYC and stayed at Kendall's place for my first month here. I felt very grateful to have a cozy place to return to at the end of the day as I just started a new job and was in the thick of my housing search. Kendall was very friendly and super helpful and supportive as I searched for long term housing in this tough market. Kendall has a lot of great insight into the area to share. It was lovely to chat with her at the end of our days, with a nice balance of socializing and doing our own thing too. The room was comfy and equipped with everything you need, and the house is charming and spacious. My favorite morning activity was having coffee on the porch. Also, Lana the cat is sweet and the fluffiest! I highly recommend staying here, this place is wonderful!!

Oakland, California, United States · Joined in November 2009
Kendall User Profile

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.