Large living room with lots of light, writing table, record player, big screen TV and comfy couch.
Our place is a large, stylish sunlit apartment in a charming 20's building furnished in a contemporary minimal style. It is on the 1st floor of the building, with nice light in the living room and throughout and has a lovely view of Grand Lake Theater. A stroll down the beautiful Cleveland Cascade stairs (an old waterfall) and around Lake Merritt with a cup of coffee in the morning is a great way to start your day (we have a coffee maker). We also have a record player with a decent selection of old records to set the tone for your stay.
Hardwood floors run throughout the apartment which give it an old cottage like feel. We have a large living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, sunny breakfast nook, and design studio all with big windows that allow the light to fill the house during the day.
It is in a superb location with a large queen size bed, big dining table, comfortable couch and large TV with cable and HBO. We will provide you with the WiFi password to use internet. We also provide a blow up bed (sheets and blankets) for additional guests.
The building is a 12 unit building of studios and one bedrooms. Most neighbors keep to themselves. It is a quiet building.
The neighborhood is quiet and safe with some families and kids. The Lake Merritt area has a newly renovated playground for children and picnic areas all along the gorgeous 3-mile lake. You can get take out in one of the many restaurants nearby, bring it to the park, and have a fantastic picnic overlooking the beautiful lake and Oakland downtown skyline. 1/2 block in the other direction is the bustling LakeShore Blvd. and Grand Ave. corridors with everything you need in a neighborhood like bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, and much much more.
Our favorite night out is eating at the amazing Boot and Shoe Service restaurant and then catching a movie at the classic Grand Lake Theater. Or you salsa dance the night away at Cana, one of the coolest Cuban spots in town (only 3 minutes from our front door).
Also very close to many restaurants, coffee shops, nightlife and even Music Clubs like The New Parish, Yoshi's Jazz Club, Fox and Paramount Theaters.
The apartment is in the middle of Oakland making almost any neighborhood easily accessible by bus or foot. We are near the NL bus line to go to San Francisco and only about a 15 minute walk to BART. We are 1 block from the 580 freeway that will get you to San Francisco in 15 minutes.
There is an awesome farmer's market on Saturday morning 2 blocks away. Lots of little stores, cafes, restaurants, bars, lounges, and clubs are within easy walking distance. Lakeshore Blvd. has been dubbed the "place to be" in Oakland.
My wife and I live here, but are away most weekends so it is available Friday and Saturday nights and can almost always be available Sunday night if you are staying a long weekend.
It is a great mix of old world charm, modern amenities, and an amazing neighborhood. You never have to leave the neighborhood to have a great time but are close to all the desirable East Bay attractions.
There is a lot of street parking in our neighborhood if you need to bring your car.
There is a fully functioning kitchen with blender, slow cooker, rice cooker, regular stove and oven, and large fridge so if you want to cook at home, you can, although we highly recommend you at least sample some of the incredible restaurants Oakland (and our neighborhood) have to offer.
Perfect for temporary study, business or vacation in the area, or to test the neighborhood before a move here.
We love hosting visitors and will always leave a welcome basket with goodies, cucumber water in the fridge and a list of places to eat and things to do for you!
Respect the neighbors, our home and our belongings; this is where we live ;)
Enjoy Oakland/Lake Merritt, it is a gorgeous city, especially when visited in the comfort of someone's home!
Please note the old architecture in Oakland is beautiful, however, it means we share our noise with our neighbors. We appreciate your quiet stay with no parties or gatherings.
Please see our house manual after your booking confirmation to find info on key location, emergency contact info and wifi passwords.
Checkout time is 11AM
Please leave the place as tidy as you found it.
What a great time! My wife, 3 month old, and I loved this place. Bright, lots of light, TONS of space, comfy bed, easy street parking, safe neighborhood. This place had a lot of charm, and we had a fabulous time for our 1 week stay. Highly recommended. The hosts were also incredible, very responsive, caring, and took great lengths to ensure our comfort. 10min drive to closest bart station. Easy way (minus the hills!) to lake Merritt and tons of restaurants. Trader joe's nearby as well. Would definitely stay again if in the area!
Ben and Becky were such great hosts, with timely communication from start to finish. They were incredibly thoughtful to leave welcome treats for my husband and I to enjoy our celebratory stay. The apartment was filled with natural light from every corner. Love this! They have incredible style in aesthetics and music - displayed by the framed and stored albums throughout the space.
The bed was incredibly comfortable as were a number of seating options throughout the apartment. We were able to walk just a few blocks to the Grand Lake Farmers Market and the Cleveland Cascade to beautiful and vibrant Lake Merritt, surrounded by restaurants catering to every palate. It was easy to find parking on the street during our stay. We highly recommend staying at this East Bay gem.
Place was great in a really nice part of town. Exceptionally clean and well equipped. Easy check in. Bit of a walk to the BART, but a cheap Uber right to the station and into SFO. Walking from station around the lake was nice coming home.
ben's place was wonderful--everything just as advertised. my wife, sister in law, nine year old, and myself were totally comfortable. and ben was a great host! very much recommended.
Ben and Becky's apartment is a delight. Much more spacious than it appears in the pics with several places to choose between to dine, plus the florist/open space. A lovely light, airy space. The neighborhood is also great. Very quiet and safe and literally steps away from all that Lake Merritt has to offer including boating, cycling and plentiful playgrounds. Plus some great foodie restaurants and happening bars.
Ben was very responsive and helpful - they even left us treats in the fridge and accommodated us when I realized I left something behind. The highest recommendation for the apartment, the neighborhood and our hosts. We fell in love with the East Bay and the apartment and environs. We also managed to park outside the apartment or in a nearby street at all times.
Go stay here and get to know the best part of Oakland.
This place was awesome. Comfortable and convenient. Great hosts. We had a wonderful time, especially with the restaurant recommendations and the fun in Oakland! Thank you!
Ben and Becki's place in the lake merritt area was a treat to stay at. The photos do not do it justice. Large,airy, and comfortable, and we were lucky to have the most accommodating guests ever. We had two children and they helped set up a makeshift curtain to keep the lights out as well as well as help coordinate with delivery of kids crib prior to us coming (despite it being a pain). The area itself has lots to offer in terms of nightlife and a trader joes walking distance. The hosts had some good suggestions regarding food and restaurants. And were available for questions during our stay. We highly recommend staying here.
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I live in Oakland, CA. I'm the director of a non-profit that works to empower low-income high school students to address social justice issues in their school and neighborhood communities through after-school workshops and travel abroad. I'm married to a beautiful wife and love live music, surfing, climbing and good meals with friends and fam.