About this listing
My charming, cozy apartment has a true East Bay/Alameda feeling! The living room/guest room features a comfy queen size bed. Quiet, safe area, just two blocks from a direct bus connection to San Francisco. Friendly, knowledgeable, respectful host.
Your comfy queen sized bed gets compliments for comfort from my guests. Perfect for a single or a couple...
I have a clean, comfortable, queen-sized futon in my living room available for one or two guests. My place is an easy, direct, 20 minute bus ride to downtown San Francisco and ideal for those seeking a quiet, safe, and inexpensive spot from which to launch their San Francisco Bay Area adventures! Please note that if you are traveling with a friend and require two separate beds, my place will not be suitable.
This is a nice but small, cozy, old-fashioned apartment on the bottom floor of a Queen Anne style house built about 1895. This one-bedroom, one bath apartment was added into the lower level of the house in the 1930s and has dark stained softwood floors. The living room (your room) has nice windows and receives natural light during the day. There's a TV with Netflix, a small closet for you to hang your things, a peaceful aquarium, wireless internet service and lots of books.
My apartment is small and we'll be living basically as roommates so adjust your expectations accordingly. I provide clean sheets and towels for your use. The bathroom is older but clean and has the usual sink, toilet and tub/shower and you will have a shelf for storing your toiletries. The shower has excellent water pressure and lots of hot water. There is a coin operated washing machine and clothes dryer on the premises.
There is a fully-stocked kitchen with storage space in the refrigerator for your use: typical sink, stove and oven, coffee maker, pots, pans, etc. Kitchen ventilation is not up to modern standards so I ask that frying be kept to a minimum. There is a large supermarket about one mile away and a Trader Joe's on the island about three miles away.
You will be sharing the apartment with me, Rob: single, male, over 40, quiet, friendly, easy-going, non-smoker. I've lived in the bay area for more than fifteen years and can give you helpful tips on where to go and what to do.
You will have access to the entire apartment -- but note that it is laid out such that one must pass through the central bedroom (my room) to get to the kitchen or bath. This has never been an issue with any of my guests and has always been easily worked out with courtesy, communication and a bit of planning (see all my positive reviews!). The front living room has it's own exterior door. A solid interior door separates the living room from my bedroom and there is a back door from the kitchen that I typically use so as not to disturb guests. You will have privacy and I'm normally away during the day.
Mine is a small apartment and there is not room for an extra bed nor do I care to have people sleeping on the floor. If you require two separate beds, you'll be happier with different accommodations.
Interaction with Guests
I always look forward to spending time with my guests, and learning and sharing a bit about each others lives.
Alameda is an island city with a charming small-town feel (the traditional Fourth of July parade is one of the island's annual highlights). Alameda has two main business districts, Park Street and Webster Street, one at each end of the island. Your room is an easy two block walk to the Webster Street District featuring locally-owned shops, restaurants, pubs and personality.
Alameda is within minutes of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley, about 45 minutes away from Silicon Valley/San Jose, and about a 1.5 hour drive to the Napa wine country. Transport is easily accessible in Alameda (walking, bus, bicycle, casual carpool or auto). Alameda is bicycle friendly and flat as a pancake. Within easy walking distance is a car rental place as well as a City CarShare ((website hidden)).
It is a two block walk from your room to the corner of Webster and Santa Clara where you can catch the AC Transit 'O' line bus directly to or from downtown San Francisco (20 minute ride). To connect with the nearest BART station, you will need to take a seven minute bus ride (the '51A') to the Oakland 12th Street station. Check out (website hidden) for public transit trip planning and options in the Bay Area.
If you are flying in, you can take public transit from any of the nearby airports or I can pick you up in my comfortable minivan at San Francisco Airport for $40 or Oakland Airport for $20. I'd highly recommend either of these for time and convenience and especially if you have luggage. Contact me at least two days prior to your arrival so I can plan.
Free street parking is available throughout the neighborhood and I typically find a parking space for my own car within less than one block.
Other Things to Note
Since I am offering to share my home with you, it is appreciated if you could tell me a little bit about yourself, the reason for your visit and to make sure you've updated your airbnb profile so that I have some sense of who you are.
I've tried to describe the room and the area as fully and accurately as possible but I would be pleased to answer any further questions!
I'm allergic to perfumes and colognes - thank you for refraining.
No inflatable beds.
No bouzouki playing after 10 PM.
Communicate any questions or concerns.
If you're a TV junkie this might not be the best fit for either of us.
Everything was confortable. Rob is always available for any needs. Great !!
Rob was a kind, thoughtful, and courteous host. His home was a nice quiet retreat after a long day in the city.
Rob was an excellent host. He provided endless supplies of information about San Francisco and the surrounding area. He was never far away when we had questions. The bed was comfortable and the room pleasant. San Francisco was easily accessible from his house by bus only taking 20 minutes. Rob even took us out for a real American breakfast. Overall a great experience.
Thanks a lot Rob for the wonderful moments shared around a beer or a good meal in Alameda. Our stay was great, the house is small but really cosy and convenient to go everyday in San Fransisco and discover this beautiful city. I truly recommend
Fue muy agradable quedarse es casa de Rob. . El es muy simpático y conoce mucho Alameda Oakland y San Francisco ..son de gran ayuda sus consejos. compartimos cenas y charlas muy agradables..Definitivamente volvería a su casa..Gracias Rob por hacernos sentir tan cómodos
Rob is an outstanding host, his home is very charming and comfortable, and is in a lovely, safe and convenient area.
What more can you ask for?!
If I could, I'd give this a Bonus star on top of the full set of five stars! There, I just did.
Rob is a very knowledgeable, helpful, interesting and amiable....a gentleman and a scholar, as the saying goes.
Whether you're walking along the relaxing waterfront a couple of blocks from the front door, enjoying the cafes and resturants in Alameda a few blocks away, or just walking the neighbourhood admiring the delightful architecture of the area, Rob's surroundings are just great.
Access to anything you want in San Francisco is simple and quick. (including being very convenient to public transport.)
I very much enjoyed Rob's company. We interacted freely, but he would never be intrusive.
A good selection of healthy and delicious cereals, and fruit, was generously available at any time.
Rob is a practical and well-organised guy and everything goes very smoothly.
Thanks Rob, would love to stay again sometime.
Rod is a very nice guy! His home is just like the description, everything is clear and easy to use. He prepared breakfast in fridge that was not even in my expectations. He was also considerable, told me where to discover around. I stayed for 2 nights, peaceful & feel comfortable.
About the Host, Rob
I've lived in the east bay area for the past 15 years and am a great local travel guide and restaurant adviser. I've both hosted and guested on Airbnb and always had positive experiences. My favorite part of being an Airbnb guest is being allowed into the local life, seeing how people live, feeling the rhythms of the area, learning about their favorite pub or cafe. I try to offer my own airbnb guests that slice of life and sense of community.
Food and drink are my main social outlets so I'll probably invite you to join me for a meal at some point during your stay. I like sailing on the bay and hiking the beautiful parks and trails of the area. I currently repair sailboats for a living after many years in tech, I have a vintage BMW sport sedan that I'm restoring and I love to read, listen to NPR and watch and discuss movies.