Our elegant 100 y/o bungalow-style home in the Laurel district of Oakland offers everything you need for a relaxing visit to the Bay Area. Located on a quiet street, steps away from Laurel shopping, local bus lines, and express bus to SF (~30 min).
Offered for rent is our guest bedroom and bathroom suite. The rooms are connected by a hallway which can be closed off from the rest of the house. The bedroom is 11-6" square, with hardwood floors and four windows. The room is painted a relaxing sage green color, and offers a queen-size bed with soft memory foam mattress. There is also a new dresser for your use. A new flat screen TV allows for watching Netflix and Hulu Plus in the comfort of your own room. The bathroom has been recently upgraded with a new ceramic tile floor and dual-flush toilet, and also features a historic cast-iron corner-style tub with built-in seats, great for a refreshing shower or relaxing bath. The bathroom contains a pedestal sink and floor standing shelf with plenty of open space. Both rooms feature wireless internet and dimmable lighting.
You'll also have access to the shared common areas of our home, including the great bungalow style front porch, the living room with La-Z-Boy recliner, flat screen TV and video streaming service, the dining room with big solid wood table, and our large eat-in kitchen with skylight, stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher, and Keurig instant coffee machine. Off the kitchen is a laundry room with new washer and dryer for your use. The rooms have lots of windows and natural light. Steps away around the corner are several different restaurant choices, grocers, and bus lines to other parts of the East Bay and San Francisco.
Interaction with Guests
Your hosts are two friendly, respectful, and married gay men, Andy and Noah, plus our sweet and gentle dog Kala and cat Wesley. We are both working professionals, typically out of the house by 8 am during the week and back between 5 and 7 pm. On the weekends, we're often around, in between outings such as hitting up the farmers market, going on a hike with our dog, etc. Even when we are home, you may experience complete privacy if that is your wish, or friendly talk if that is better for you. Our bedroom and bathroom are in the back of the house, behind the kitchen, relatively separate from the guest suite.
We are located very conveniently in the diverse and walkable Laurel neighborhood, just steps away from shops and restaurants such as:
- Farmer Joe's (grocer and bulk foods)
- World Ground Coffee Shop
- Phnom Penh Cambodian Restaurant
- Fist of Flour (wood fired pizza)
- Communite Table Restaurant
- Louisiana Fried Chicken
- Full House Café (breakfast and brunch)
- House of Produce (grocer)
- Café of the Bay (breakfast and brunch)
- Bank of America (branch and ATM)
- Citibank ATM
- Wells Fargo ATM
- Ace Hardware
- Shell (gas station)
- 76 (gas station)
- LaFranchi's (liquor and corner store)
Lake Merritt, the "Jewel of Oakland," is about 3 miles away, or 5-10 minutes by car. Downtown Oakland is also about a 10 minute drive.
Downtown San Francisco is about 16 miles, or 25 minutes away with light traffic. There is plenty of street parking outside our house. We are located near the I-580 and CA-13 freeways for easy access to the East Bay and greater Bay Area. You can also drive to Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in about 7 minutes, park there ($2 or $5/day), and hop on a BART train. BART trains typically run about every 10-20 minutes from Fruitvale station and will connect you to BART stations in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. From Fruitvale BART, the train ride is 17 minutes to the first San Francisco stop.
We are located 1/2 block away from bus stops serving AC transit lines around Oakland and to BART stations (14, 57) as well as an express line to and from San Francisco (NX/NX2). Additional local and express bus lines (54, 58L, NL, and NX3) stop within 5 blocks.
For travel to San Francisco, you have several options depending on the time of day and where you're headed in the city. During morning rush hour, the quickest route to downtown SF is to take the NX3 express bus non-stop (about 30 minutes). During the middle of the day, two good options are to take the NL bus direct to downtown SF, or take either bus 14 or 54 to Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station. BART trains typically run about every 10-20 minutes. From Fruitvale BART, the train ride is 17 minutes to the first San Francisco stop.
If you plan to stay out late in San Francisco, the last BART trains leave the city around midnight.
Other Things to Note
Please enjoy complimentary coffee and tea.
We look forward to hosting you! Please note the following guidelines for guests:
- No smoking inside the house.
- No loud noises after about 11pm.
- No laundry after 11pm. Start washing the last load by about 9pm at the latest to allow time for washing and drying to complete by 11pm.
- No additional external guests on the property without prior approval by hosts.
- California is in a serious drought. Please help us conserve water.
my time with Noah and Andy was wonderful! From the second they met me at the door they were warm,inviting, welcoming, and all around amazing... they went out of their way to make sure everything was pristine before I got there and that the level remained at the highest standards all week long... they really think of everything! I've never felt such genuine care and concern from two people who I've never met in my entire life.. they handled themselves with the utmost professionalism while making me feel like a lifelong friend from day one... i have to believe they are the epitome of what air bnb is all about!!! thnks so much, guys!!
Noah and Andy were fabulous hosts, from the time we arrived until our departure. They were welcoming, friendly and very helpful making our 3 weeks stay all the more enjoyable. The bed was extremely soft and quite comfortable. The bedroom and bath were separate from the rest of the living area adding to privacy. The living room, kitchen and laundry area were also available for our use which added to our comfort. The house is kept very clean. Their pets, Kala and Wesley, were an added delight. The neighborhood is quiet. Parking can be a bit challenging. We had a car so getting into San Francisco was surprisingly easy and quick most of the time. We will certainly plan to stay with them again in the future.
The hosts, Andy and Noah were very friendly and I felt welcome in their home. They made my stay in Oakland a much more pleasant one. The room and private bath were as advertised, clean and private. the neighborhood is up and coming, very diverse. The home is close to a busy metropolitan street with some nice choices for eating out. Close and convenient to public transit and walking distance from many amenities.
Noah and Andy were very kind and gracious hosts. They made me feel welcome the minute I walked in the door until the minute I left. The room had a super comfy queen bed and a new tv with Netflix and Hulu. The private room and bath offered complete privacy if that is what you pleased. I spent a couple nights hanging out with them around the fire shooting the breeze. They made me feel like a part of the house, rather than just a guest. It was a fantastic stay. I would definitely stay at their house again and would recommend the same to anyone looking for a safe, comfortable, and fun place to stay.
Their dog and cat are adorable as well!!
Noah and Andy are welcoming and professional hosts. They offer an hospitable and clean home space. The bedroom & bathroom felt private and cozy. I was able to come and go as I pleased, hang out with Andy, Noah & their sweet pet companions next to the fire place, launder, use the kitchen, bathe, and use the internet. I quite look forward to staying with them again and genuinely, highly recommend a stay here to others.
It was so awesome that I extended my stay and that's why there's this second review right after the first one, haha.
My first AirBnB experience was a blast, thanks to Noah and Andy. Their space was fantastic - lots of privacy, and you could interact with the hosts as little or as much as you wanted. The kitchen is amazing and I wish I had done more cooking in it! Noah and Andy have a fantastic sense of humor and their pets are adorable.
Also, the bed in the room is divine! The cure for insomniacs, I tell ya! The neighborhood is full of friendly people who say hello. I was even given fruits from a neighbor's trees. It was a new experience for a city girl like me. Shops are within walking distance and there are buses to downtown Oakland and SF.
Overall, I had a comfortable stay and wouldn't dream of staying some place else when I'm back in this area.