Returning home in early March 2015 after a year's absence and looking forward to hosting again!
This is a bright guest room...on the first floor of my two story Victorian home. The room is off the kitchen, adjacent to a full bath. There is also a small bedroom with twin bed close by - shows up as the $10 per night for third person in the pricing, but would apply anytime this room is added on to the booking, regardless of whether there are two or three people staying. Guests are welcome to use the bright, eat-in kitchen, as well as the living room with desktop computer, and plasma TV with DVD. There is wireless internet throughout the house, and off street parking for one car.
No real breakfast served, but you will have coffee and a lots of tea choices. Often I have fruit and some toast or bagels, but this is not a guarantee. What is for sure is that you will have a shelf in the fridge and one in the pantry for your own food, and access to all the kitchen items you'll need to prepare whatever you like!
Alameda is an island on the East side of the San Francisco Bay. It has the unique combination of a small town atmosphere in the midst of the vast number of city opportunities and pleasures.
There are lovely trees, multiple parks (one two blocks from the house), bike paths, and views of the San Francisco skyline from the long stretch of beach on the bay side. The two plus mile beach is well known for windsurfing.
Alameda offers lots of shopping - many one of a kind shops. There are also some thrift and consignment stores, plus weekend garage sales for the bargain hunters. And the Alameda Point Antiques Faire (first Sunday of every month) hosts over 800 antique dealer booths. Restaurants, coffee shops, cafes of all sizes, prices, and menu options. Several within a few blocks of the house.
Shop and dine along historic Park Street, or swing by the recently revamped South Shore Center for a beach side open air mall with more shops, restaurants, and Trader Joe's.
The Historic Alameda Theater, just off of Park Street, shows new and classic films in an amazingly refurbished building. And there's a popular golf course close by on the Bay Farm Island area of Alameda.
Getting Out of Town.
The house is thirteen miles from Union Square in San Francisco (25 minute drive in non-rush hour!) Eight miles to UC Berkeley Campus (15 to 20 minute drive, a little longer by bus and/or BART.)
It's two blocks to the bus stop to catch BART or an Express Bus to the City.
A five minute drive to the Ferry Landing...a great outing to Pier 39, the San Francisco Ferry Building, or a Giant's game during baseball season.
Twenty minutes (8 miles, no freeway!) to the Oakland Airport. Forty minutes (26 miles) to SFO.
A short jaunt through "The Tube" takes you to Hwy 80, your route to slightly farther places...an hour North to Napa and the wine country, an hour South to Half Moon Bay.
An hour and a half South to Santa Cruz...another half hour to Monterrey. (Don't miss the aquarium!) And three and half hours to South Lake Tahoe.
Responsible recycling appreciated.
There are two separate living spaces on the ground floor. Guests are expected to be respectful and quiet between 10:00 pm to 8:00 am.
Julie is a wonderful, easy-going host, sharing her very nice, clean and comfortable house! Although we were out most of the days and evenings, we really enjoyed staying there. Communication before, during and after our stay was just perfect & we would definitely book again when back in the SF Bay Area.
I loved staying at Julie's place. It was beautiful and super-relaxed. Totally clean, comfy bed, private bathroom (I hadn't noticed that in the description so I was happily surprised) and Julie is wonderful. I felt at home right away.
If I'll be in the bay area again, I'll stay here for sure.
Alameda was a lovely place to land at the end of the day. I loved walking around the neighborhood. Within a couple blocks was an amazing little Mexican restaurant, a small food market and a cute cafe (Vines) as well as a few little places I didn't get to. It was a long walk to get to more restaurants, the beach, Trader Joes and such, a car or bike would have been handy, but I like long walks and I was happy to keep myself local.
The bus ride into the city was easy, though it didn't run very often, so I planned my trips to town. Still, I was much happier in Alameda than I would have been downtown. It was quiet, friendly and small-towny. I felt really safe and relaxed there.
I was in the area for a workshop at "27 Powers", and this was an *amazing* location for that — only about a 6-minute walk.
Julie's home was the perfect home-base for my weekend adventures, and in such a great location. I had no problem getting everywhere I wanted to go on foot (including markets, the location where my workshop was held, restaurants, and even the hardware store!).
Julie is warm, interesting, generous, and very in-tune with the varying needs of her guests. I particularly appreciated the comprehensive information she'd gathered about anything related to her home that I might wonder about. At no point during the stay did I have that uncomfortable, "I'm not sure what to do about..." feeling.
I'll be delighted to stay with Julie if I ever have an excuse to visit Alameda again!
Located conveniently to Trader Joe, the shore, parks, it was a great experience staying in Alameda. Nearby Grand St is a beautiful walk to see all the big houses. The host, Julie was very thoughtful and made us feel really at home. You have your own private space and when we did interact in the shared kitchen, she was always very aware to give us privacy. Thank you Julie and we hope we stay in touch.
Julie was a wonderful hostess. Great kitchen facilities, HDTV and wireless computer facilities. Great jumping off place to all the wonders of the bay area! We'll be back.
My son and I stayed at Julies for five days. We rented the main bedroom and the smaller one. It was quite comfortable. Julie was a very accommodating host. She made our stay easy and helped us out with last minute needs. I really enjoyed cooking in her kitchen and the occasional chat we had. The living rom was a nice space to hang out in. My son and I enjoyed movies and a few shows. I highly recommend her place!
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I am retired and have been a widow for several years. My kids are grown and spread out from coast to coast! I often travel to visit them or other family members. Also love my timeshare in Kauai and Princess Cruises!
When I'm away I'm happy to rent out my house so that others can enjoy the wonders of the Bay Area. (The exrtra money helps, too!)
When I'm home, I'm happy to have my downstairs guest room/bath become a bed and breakfast for folks who don't mind sharing the kitchen and living room with me!