Private Room, Central Location

House - Private room · Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610, United States

Private & comfy, our craftsman home offers close proximity to many amenities. Steps from Lake Merritt, subway, restaurants, theatre, cafes, and a major freeway. 20 minutes on the bus to San Francisco. Feel like home when you're away. Welcome!

Your host, Cynthia
30 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

Private & comfy, our craftsman home offers close proximity to many amenities. Steps from Lake Merritt, subway, restaurants, theatre, cafes, and a major freeway. 20 minutes on the bus to San Francisco. Feel like home when you're away. Welcome!

The Space

No need for a pesky alarm, the sun peaking through the curtains will wake you in this beautiful Craftsman home built in 1910. The house is 1 block from Lake Merritt and central to restaurants, shopping, transportation and more! The room is spacious, about the size of a small apartment. One large closet is available to you. A large window allows fresh air, sun and a street view. A TV with cable is in the room for your convenience, and wireless Internet is available throughout the home. We have a queen bed plus a futon in the room. The futon accommodates one small child or petite teen/adult.

The home is 2 stories, and the private room is on the 2nd floor. There is one bathroom which is shared, and a water closet (bathroom with toilet) on the main floor. You are welcome to share the other parts of the home including a living room with fireplace, a full kitchen, a dining room, den with cable TV and back yard. The house is about 2600 square feet providing plenty of room for privacy, as well as casual conversation. The home is shared by myself and my brother who lives in a separate basement apartment on the ground floor.

This location doesn't require transportation. I walk to pretty much everything including work. Bus stops and casual carpool are a block or two away. BART is a about a 25 minute lovely walk along the Lake, and there are both Zip and City Car Share lots 1-2 blocks away. There are also Hertz and Enterprise car rentals about 8 blocks away.

In addition there is a coffee shop literally a block down the street with ATM. There are grocery stores, gym and exercise studios, a lovely theatre with the latest movie releases, the Lake itself, and many other restaurants, performance venues and a museum a walk or bike ride away. Every Saturday there is a wonderful Farmers Market that has been recognized nationally, providing not only food, but great music and hand-made gifts.

If driving, the 580 freeway, a major artery, is a couple blocks away, and there is parking on the street. Oakland also provides numerous parks with hiking and incredible views that would require a short drive or a good bike ride. There is much to explore in this city and as a native, I am happy to provide you some great ideas! Oh, and we have a couple bikes available to you - Oakland is a bike-friendly city including bike lanes or major streets.

I work at home alot, so there is usually someone around the home. We are happy to engage in conversation or leave you to your own devices. Coffee and tea, towels, sheets, soap, and such are provided.

Getting around

There is a city bus that stops about 2 blocks away and will have you in the heart of San Francisco in approximately 20 minutes.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $472 /week
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Cynthia was extremely welcoming and took the time to show us around her house. She was approachable and offered us help whenever we needed it. The room was spacious with cable tv and wireless Internet. The house is also within walking distance of many restaurants. Thank you Cynthia for the wonderful stay!

    June 2014
  • We enjoyed our stay in Cynthia's home. She was a very attentive hostess and gave us many suggestions of things to explore in and around Oakland. Good location near the lake and several good restaurants and cafes.

    June 2014
  • We had a fantastic time staying at Cynthia's. She was very kind and accommodating, outgoing and social and allowed us to come and go whenever and to do whatever we needed to. The room was comfortable, the house was very clean, the street was fairly quiet and just a few blocks away the neighborhood is alive with places to go, things to do and gorgeous scenery. It's not a far walk to downtown/uptown Oakland (and taking public transit from there, just about anywhere in the Bay Area). Highly recommended.

    June 2014
  • I had a great experience at Cynthia's. The location is primo and she was a genuine and helpful host.

    May 2014
  • Our stay with Cynthia was wonderful! The room was as advertised, and she was a very warm and welcoming host. We enjoyed having access to her well-kept home for some family time including brunch and some relaxation in the evenings, and found it was an easy place to "live" for a few days. The neighborhood is very nice and quiet with easy access to the farmers' market and downtown areas. This was my parents' first experience with AirBNB stays and it went off without a hitch - as baby boomers they felt comfortable, loved chatting with Cynthia, and are looking forward to doing something like this again. Many thanks to Cynthia for a great family trip!

    May 2014
  • Cynthia proved to be a great host and her place was a terrific location. I cam to surprise my daughter for her birthday. She lives just a few blocks from Cynthia and everything was so much more relaxed with my being able to stay in the neighborhood. I was concerned about having to share a space with a host, but things couldn't have worked better. Cynthia was easily available if needed, but I generally had all the privacy I wanted. I would definitely consider staying here again when I visit my kids.

    May 2014
  • Wir haben eine wunderschöne Woche in Cynthias Haus und in Oakland verbracht. Cynthia ist eine tolle Gastgeberin und eine aufmerksame Lady.
    Wir haben gute Tips von ihr bekommen (z.B. Radiosender BCSM, Yosees .....) Die Lage ihres Hauses ist sehr gut. Alles ist mit Bus und zu Fuß gut erreichbar. Wir können Cynthias Haus nur bestens weiterempfehlen.

    April 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Thank you Lothar and Hannah! I hope you are still having fun on your vacation in USA! You are both interesting and delightful guests! Safe travels!

    April 2014
  • Cynthia was a wonderful host, and very generous about sharing her beautiful historic house with us. The street is very quiet with lots of trees, but very close to busy Grand Ave. The room was large and sunny, and the bed was comfy. We had a bit of car trouble, and Cynthia really went above and beyond in helping us figure out repairs, and letting us stay several hours past check-out time. She was so fun and interesting to talk with; it felt like staying with a friend.

    April 2014
    Response from Cynthia:

    Jeanette and Bob I hope all went well with the car and the rest of your trip! I really enjoyed your stay and have to make it over to Alchemy Bottle shop soon! I too felt as though friends were visiting. You are wonderful people! Continued fun and safe travels!

    April 2014
  • I had a wonderful time while in Oakland, and staying with Cynthia was the perfect place to be. I felt relaxed and comfortable in her home, and look forward to staying with Cynthia on a future trip!

    March 2014
  • Cynthia is a great hostess. Warm and welcoming. She is a great storyteller and I enjoyed our conversations very much. The room is big and very comfortable. Parking is somewhat difficult in her area, but her "welcome home" makes the hunt worth it. I look forward to my next visit to Oakland.

    February 2014
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So a little about your host, ME! I am an entrepreneur, world traveller, casual gym visitor, writer, and lover of food and good times. I'm the rare California native so know alot about both parts of our lovely state. While I am new to AirBnB, I've stayed at many homes throughout my travels. I enjoy meeting people and hope to meet you when you arrive! My general philosophy and practice is to enjoy each day that we have. I'm pretty laid back, and comfortable with exploring on my own or with friends. So no worries if you want your privacy, or want to share a laugh or a meal.
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