About This Listing
Welcome! Enjoy all the comforts of home in this fabulously restored vintage caravan. Come say hi to the chickens, borrow a bike, enjoy coffee and tea in the garden. You'll be close to pretty much everything and BART is 7 blocks away.
Welcome! Enjoy all the comforts of home in this fabulously restored vintage caravan. Come say hi to the chickens, borrow a bike, enjoy coffee and tea in the garden. You'll be close to pretty much everything and BART is 7 blocks away. We look forward to hosting you!
MAKING A RESERVATION: Please check out our FAQ & house rules first. If the dates you want aren't available, check out our other listing (click on our profile to see listings.)
- Centrally located to BART, UCB, and restaurants
- Borrow one of our loaner bikes
- BART to SF in less than half an hour
- Wifi, linens, towels, coffee, and tea provided
- Big ol' yard with chickens
- One of two Airbnb spots here, so you might meet some other travelers! It's like a hostel, but clean. ;)
Glamour + camping = glamping!
Come glamp in our little slice of country life. This 1964 Kenskill camper has been fabulously restored and customized so you can play "pretend camp" while enjoying the comforts of home. This is a great spot especially if you've ever been tiny-home-curious.
In a previous life, this caravan was the food truck for Katie Cupcake, serving up the delicious treats in Flagstaff, AZ. You're sure to enjoy sweet dreams. ;)
We rearranged the interior so it feels much more spacious than the traditional layout. It's really quite nice inside. And yes, there's even a full bathroom with a proper flush toilet, sink, and small separate shower. Towels and linens provided.
All greywater (sinks and shower) is recycled into the garden. We'll provide you with biodegradable soaps safe for plants and animals.
Full kitchen is stocked with the tools you need to cook for your stay. Working gas range, double sink, microwave and fridge. Coffee and tea provided, plus fresh eggs when the hens start laying enough! In the meantime, watching "chicken TV" is a relaxing way to enjoy the garden.
Our place is one of those homes that's all front yard, and we positioned this trailer so you can sit at the dinette and enjoy a view of the garden and our silly flock of chickens.
Some people ask about safety. We've lived in the East Bay for 15 years, sampling the whole socioeconomic spectrum of neighborhoods. The only times we've ever had issues were in the "nicest" and the "worst" of them. We've felt more at home here in this slice of town that we've felt anywhere else in the Bay Area. Put on your city smarts and you should be A-OK.
That being said, there are lots of great places to eat and drink nearby whether you want to walk, bike or drive. Three great new restaurants opened nearby: Moxy (excellent beer garden with amazing fries), Restaurant 44 (comfortable bar/lounge with tasty fried dishes), and Easy Creole (casual and delicious). Our favorite local spot is Sweet Adeline with delicious pastries and tasty coffee. Another coffee and sandwich shop, Alchemy Cafe just opened up next to Easy Creole. It's straight out of Portlandia.
On Tuesdays, there's a farmer's market from 3-7pm just a couple blocks away! A little further and we have a Saturday market nearby too on Stanford Ave.
Your hosts are two UCB alums and former co-opers. Lewis is a programmer by day, musician by night. Ginger takes care of their new baby, Jules. We enjoy playing innkeep so after we get you all settled in, we'll leave you to your own devices, but don't hesitate to ask if you need anything.
Thanks for looking and happy travels!
Everything inside the trailer, shared garden, loaner bikes (ask us first to get set up!). Patio is for cottage guests.
Interaction with Guests
Once we get you all settled in, we'll leave you to your own devices. This is our home and we live onsite, so we're very accessible. You'll probably see us puttering around the garden or enjoying chicken theater at some point.
For some reason Airbnb doesn't know how to place us on the map. We're on the same block as Lois the Pie Queen -- a neighborhood fixture and solid greasy spoon diner. Although our neighborhood is not the prettiest, we have a great community and are happy to be raising a family here.
7 block walk to the closest BART station, 20-25min train to SF.
Q. Is there heat?
A. Yes, we provide a space heater that keeps it warm and cozy.
Q. Is there hot water?
A. Yes, there is a dedicated on-demand water heater for the caravan.
Q. If we don't want to share the bed, is there room to put a mat on the ground?
A. Kind of, but I wouldn't recommend it. You could fit a mat on the walkway to the bathroom, but then you'd have to step on each other to get around!
Q. Do you have luggage storage?
A. Sure, we can fit a few pieces of luggage in our locked toolroom.
Q. Where do I park?
A. Parking is onstreet and fairly easy. If you don't get a spot just outside, you can usually find one on the block. Watch for street sweeping signs (a few hours out of the month).
Q. Can I get a discount?
A. We only offer discounts for long term stays, and the long term rates are automatically figured into the price.
Q. Can I bring an animal?
A. Sorry, no. We need to keep the space allergen-free.
Our little compound is appropriate for adults and mature, well-behaved only. Children must be supervised at all times. We ask guests to be respectful of the cottage and its contents, of the people who work and live here, and of the grounds.
-Since we occasionally host guests with allergies, no animals are allowed inside, including our cats.
-Please use only the septic-safe toilet paper we provide. Only this and human waste down the toilet, otherwise our pump can burn out!
-Please use only the biodegradable soaps and conditioner we provide, as this water is recycled into our landscaping.
-Quiet hours (keep noises low) are between 10pm and 8am.
-You must be comfortable with cats, chickens, and cannabis. Smoking is OK outdoors; please use the ashtrays.
-If you cook, please wash up after yourself.
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My boyfriend and I loved staying at the muffin mansion! The bed was super comfy, and it included all the amenities that we needed (shampoo, conditioner, coffee, etc). We also fell in love with the chickens and cat! All the animals were so friendly and fun to watch and play with. Their location is ideal for exploring Oakland. It's pretty much close to everything. We felt like we got a good taste of the city. Not to mention, Ginger and Lewis are very nice people. We hope we get to stay here next time were in Oakland.
Muffin Mansion was our first Air b&b stay and will not be our last. The caravan was just as cute as pictured and clean. although we did not get to meet Ginger and Lewis they sure did make us feel at home. They were very accommodating with a later than expected check in (delayed flight) and They have thought of everything to make muffin mansion just like your 2nd home complete with very soft and fluffy towel! The oatmeal and fresh eggs from the chickens were such a sweet touch! The chickens were very fun to watch and check in on and were not noisy at all. There was some slight noise from the nearby BART (public transportation) and neighbors but not enough to disrupt your stay. Anything extra you may have forgotten at home (toothpaste, ink pen etc) they probably have provided it for you. It was a terrific stay and we loved every minute of it. The temperature inside was very comfortable and can be controlled by a mini heater and the bed was relaxing. I am a short girl and my boyfriend is very tall and he had no problem sleeping. For him being tall the shower wasn't roomy but it got the job done and always had hot water. The neighborhood is a neighborhood full of diversity. There are lots of different cultures represented and if you aren't use to it could be a little eye opening. Everyone we have encountered in Oakland, the east bay, and San Fran were very helpful and so nice!! We recommend taking Ginger and Lewis's advice and use the BART system. It's so helpful and relaxing after spending hours stuck in San Fran traffic to get to the bay bridge and traveling on straight up and down roads. If you need help see Ed at the Ashby Bart center.
What a beautifully kitsch caravan and amazing urban farm Ginger and Lewis have! We feel honored to have been able to stay within it and use it as a base from which to explore Oakland. Our arrival was earlier than initially planned, but Ginger was so incredibly accommodating that it made our stay so relaxing. We wondered whether staying literally within a farm next to a chicken run would be noisy but it was so peaceful. Waking up to hens quietly clucking around (hey Hodor!) was really cute, and getting to sample their freshly-laid eggs has inspired me to want to adopt my own chickens, as they were so relaxing! In fact, it was the comings and goings of the neighborhood that was noisier! The caravan itself is really well-designed and laid out, and it felt spacious and roomy enough even with two big men in it. Even in the shower! We loved how mindful of conserving resources Ginger and Lewis are, and it felt like a truly progressive place to stay and hang out. Ginger's neighborhood recommendations were spot-on and we loved Lois The Pie Queen, Grease Box, and Honor in particular as they had real character... and flavor! Being so close to the BART and various bus routes made it easy to get around on public transport, and had we felt more adventurous we would have used Ginger's bikes to get around. Instead, we walked a lot and found that the caravan was ideally situated to many other neighborhoods, like Berkeley, Golden Gate, and Emeryville proper. This is a super-cool place to stay, and Ginger and Lewis are great hosts.
Coming from the other coast as a transplant, I couldn't have been luckier to meet Ginger, Lewis, and their amazing family! Personality, hospitality and genuine friendship describes what I experienced staying in their Muffin Mansion. They are a true example of the friendly spirit that I've observed and fallen head over heels for in the Oakland/Berkeley area, AND they shared their fresh chicken eggs! YUM! Whenever I had any questions or issues, they promptly helped me out, whether regarding cool places to check out in the area, or anything relative to my stay. Ginger and Lewis are cool people offering a uniquely special airbnb, and I'm grateful for meeting them and spending time in their beautiful urban farm and garden. Thanks guys!
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About the Host, Ginger&Lewis
Can I just say we love Oakland? Many of our guests come here as a base camp for exploring San Francisco, but Oakland is HOT. It's in the middle of a rapid transformation and the air is just crackling with energy. In all our travels, we've discovered that it's easy to visit a place, but it's hard to visit a time. If you want to experience a city that's alive, where Something Is Happening, where the glory days are here and now -- then Oakland is where you want to be.
We (Lewis and Ginger) are two UC Berkeley alums and former co-opers. As of this January, we are also new parents! Lewis plays with computers and music, Ginger plays with glass and design. Our son, Jules, is learning to blow spit bubbles. We love coffee, brew beer, throw BBQs and religiously attend the East Bay Bike Party. A few years back, we bought a fixer-upper and have been terraforming it here and there as the budget allows. As more and more friends and family started staying the night, we realized we love playing host. So we've decided to open up the place, give Airbnb a try, and play innkeep to folks passing through.
Together we've traveled to Norway, Peru, Nicaragua, Jalisco Mexico, New York, New Orleans, Boise ID, Madison WI, Denver CO, Salt Lake City, Tucson AZ, Chicago IL, all up and down the US Pacific Coast, Argentina, Philippines, and Bali.
P.S. My parents have a Philippines beach resort on Airbnb. Check it out: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/539038