Your own room with queen bed, desk, bath en suite, balcony with table overlooking garden. Lovely quiet neighborhood. You can walk to Lake Merritt, the jewel of Oakland! Friendly cat will be interested in you. Includes use of kitchen. Free laundry, parking, & internet connection. Sunny room has black out curtains if you don't want the sun to wake you up.
Private room for 1 or 2. Queen memory foam bed. Private bath. Friendly cat! Free parking. Free internet. Laundry. Kitchen. Bedding & towels, and bathrobes. Coffee & tea available. A fan to keep your room cool on the rare days when it's too hot, heater in the winter. Lovely Lake Merritt neighborhood, for 1 or 2 people.
No smokers, so please see house rules if you smoke.
I'm a dance teacher with an in-home studio, so I may be working with students during your stay. I've lived in Oakland all of my adult life and can tell you the best places to go in the East Bay and San Francisco, as well as the tourist traps to avoid. If you're dancers, I can also tell you where to go dancing. For a unique San Francisco experience, I can take you swing dancing in Golden Gate Park on Sunday mornings where you can take a free half hour beginner lesson at noon and join the regular dancers for lunch in a nearby restaurant a couple of hours later. It's a free, and one of a kind, event! Lake Merritt is considered by many to be the jewel of Oakland. I also offer a half off special for Airbnb guests who want to take a lesson from me!
The neighborhood offers:
* a charming farmers market every Saturday
* Easy walk to SF Fitness Gym and library
* A wide range of cafes, restaurants
* Cinema & shopping
* TraderJoes and Wholefoods SuperMarkets
* Gondolas & boating
* 3 & 1/2 mile jogging track around the Lake
*Children's Fairyland, the original inspiration for Disneyland
* Easy access to San Francisco by Bart and Bus
* Close to historic Fox Theater & the new Cathedral
* Close to the Paramount Theater, Oakland convention center, Oakland Arena & Coliseum
Your room with bath is private. You share kitchen and laundry with me.
Interaction with guests
I am happy to chat with you when you are feeling sociable and leave you to your privacy when you need to be alone. I also enjoy sharing insider tips about little known places to visit. My meal schedule is erratic and I eat when I have a chance in between students, so usually I'm not able to share meals with you.
Other things to note
The front door opens with a code, so you don't have to carry a key.
Please let me know when to expect you so that I can arrange to be here to greet you when you arrive.
Cats are indoor cats, so please be careful not to let them out.
I'm highly sensitive to the smell of tobacco on clothing and breath, so please do not apply if you smoke, even if you don't do so inside the house. The house is not childproof, so I'm afraid I can't accommodate young children. My cats are territorial , so please no pets either.
I'm a dance teacher specializing in working with dance phobic people who can't learn from anyone else. I'm passionate about teaching and spreading the joy of dance, especially partner dance. I also collect rare plants and have a beautiful and interesting (if a tad unruly) garden, which I tend to all by myself, hence the unruly part. I love to cook, but my diet is pretty basic, mostly plants, simply prepared with very little processed foods. I'm a good conversationalist, but my schedule is erratic, so no guarantee I'll be around when you want to talk. Happy to supply you with all the info you want about the area! I can't live without good friends, integrity, laughter, dancing, new things to try, and nature. When I travel, it's usually dance related, although I did achieve my dream of an English country garden tour a few years ago. I spent the month of July in Sweden and Norway for 8 years studying a European jazz dance (boogie woogie) that I fell in love with. My home is a quiet space, good for people who want to rest when they get back to their room, not good for people who want to party in their room, rather than on the town. (Also not good for smokers. Please see house rules if you smoke.)