About This Listing
Huge house, quiet Oakland Hills. (You'll need a car.) Very large private room downstairs, 2 beds (queen & full). Spacious living room, dining room, kitchen, shared bath, backyard. Wi-fi, coffee, fridge, laundry, towel. Relax and enjoy the view!
The house is very large and spacious with a backyard, courtyard, big kitchen, expansive living room/entry, and dining room.
It's a five bedroom, three bathroom house on two levels. Both levels have an amazing view of the Bay and San Francisco.
The house is old and charming. The neighborhood is quiet and safe.
Note: There will be other guests and tenants sharing the house. The environment is communal and friendly, but there's also plenty of space for peace and privacy.
Also note that this room is on the lower level of the house, down one flight of stairs. You may hear movement from above--it usually settles down around 11pm.
The best houseguests are those who enjoy the company of others and are tidy and quiet at night.
Guest have access to high-speed Internet wi-fi, refrigerator and kitchen space, coffee-maker, microwave, stove/oven, and washer-dryer.
The bathroom is shared with some of the other tenants.
There's plenty of free street-parking right in front of the house.
There's also a TV monitor that you can hook up to your laptop via HDMI cable and a DVD player as well. (But no TV or cable.)
All utilities are included.
Interaction with Guests
I am a 30-year-old female, born and raised in San Francisco, eldest of 6, and of Cantonese descent. My family has owned this house for 20 years. I recently moved back to the Bay Area in 2013 after living in LA for 4 years.
This home is my main residence, but I'm usually bouncing around between my partner's house in Berkeley and my family's house in San Francisco.
When I'm home, I clean, garden, sleep, eat and hang out with guests and friends. Some weeks I'm here often, others I'm rarely around. But I check-in frequently and am easily reachable by phone.
I am very friendly and love sharing this city with guests. I will tell you about all my favorite local hikes, restaurants, landmarks, and neighborhoods. I love listening to all your stories and chatting over meals in the dining room. Ask me anything!
Oakland is an amazing city.
Our neighborhood is a gem. The view is stunning up here, it's quiet, the air is clear and the weather is fantastic everyday.
Just up the hill are some amazing parks and trails with some of the biggest trees you'll ever see. Check out Redwood Regional Park and Joaquin Miller Park.
Berkeley is 20 minutes north by car, Lake Merritt and Downtown Oakland are 15 minutes away, Oakland Airport is about 20 minutes away. San Francisco is about 30 minutes away across the Bay Bridge when traffic is light.
Just 5 minutes away at Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard you will find grocery stores, such as Farmer Joe's and Safeway, a gas station, pastry shop, restaurants, pharmacy, library and more!
You will need a car to get here. The nearest BART station is 3 miles away and we are high up on a hill!
If you drive to San Francisco, beware that there is a toll for the Bay Bridge which is between $4-$6 that you must pay going into the "City" with either cash or "Fastrak." Get a Fastrak device, if you plan on staying a while, to use the Fastrak express lanes.
Avoid going to SF during morning rush hour (7-9am on weekdays) and returning during evening rush hour (3-7pm).
If you park in downtown San Francisco, I suggest Moscone Center Garage on 3rd and Howard (cheapest).
For public transportation, go to Fruitvale BART station, which is 3 miles away. You can take BART to San Francisco, Berkeley, and a number of other places in the Bay Area. Parking at the station may be limited, especially on weekdays.
Other Things to Note
I love my home and neighborhood dearly. Our house has a friendly, communal vibe that is built on trust and respect for each other and our neighbors.
Everyone who has stayed here so far has exceeded my expectations, which is why I continue opening my home to new guests.
Please allow me to answer all of your questions and feel free to share any thoughts.
I hope you enjoy your stay here!
Be gentle, be kind. Be quiet after-hours.
No unauthorized guests allowed. If you want to invite someone over, say for dinner, please ask me beforehand. I will probably say yes.
Definitely no smoking inside the house, no pets, no drugs, no crazy parties.
Please park your car close to the house, preferably on our side of the street. Do not crowd the neighbors. Turn your wheels.
Nancy met us and helped carry bags down the stairs, and showed us around. She provided lots of groceries for breakfast and snacks, much appreciated, and was available by phone for any questions. The view is really wonderful, and the house was spotless. we would happily stay there again.
Highly recomended. Nancy is great. The house is great. Other guests are always friendly and respectful. I didn't want to leave!
Nancy was a good host and friendly. She gave us a tour of the house upon arrival and explained to us the house rules clearly. She also has provided us with some useful info for our trip to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. The room and house information was exactly as it was stated in Airbnb. It was clean and comfortable. Overall, me and my wife was satisfied that we choose to stay at Nancy's house.
She is just awesome. She is really really (website hidden) is so great and its up in the hill. There is a amazing view of all East Bay and Sf . I was there with my My grandmom, Mom and Sister for New Year. We have seen all fireworks from there so no need to go to crowed sf on New year Eve. Everything is so perfect and I will say its better than 5 star hotel. She keeps eye on restroom and change paper, shampoo, conditioner, gel, oil every time when it runs out. She keeps a lot of free snacks and fruits on freezer. there is also breakfast every morning. SERVICE IS OUTSTANDING.
I had great time with my family (website hidden) mom and grandmom loves cooking so we almost cooked everyday. All kitchen supplies was there. We felt like its our own house.
Thank you so much Nancy.
First impression is the last impression, they say. And everything started great and ended fantastic here. She is a perfect host and very friendly. I enjoyed every second i stayed in this house. The house is on a really nice hill and has a great city view. Also It's designed simple and comfortable. But you need a car to stay here. My "Bay Area" experience was perfect. A great city, a comfortable house and a helpful pretty host...
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About the Host, Nancy
I'm 30 years old and originally from San Francisco, eldest of 6, Chinese-American. I moved back to the Bay Area in 2013 after living in LA for 4 years. I did my undergrad at Stanford, got my MBA at UCLA and have worked in interior design, product design, graphic and web design.
I love to hike, throw a football, and watch the sun set. I garden on sunny days and cook when I'm inspired.
You will usually see me with a tool in my hand. I like construction and DIY projects. I built a fence recently and fix things around the house. I really like to clean.
My wonderful girlfriend, Cathy, lives in Berkeley and my (large) family lives in San Francisco. I have a house in Oakland. I split my time between San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland and cross the bridge almost everyday.
I love meeting people and sharing my home, and that is why I host. As a host, I want to make sure that you have everything you need to start your day right and that you have a pleasant home to return to. You'll have plenty of freedom to explore the City on your own. I'm pretty hands-off after the first day, but I'm always near my cell phone if you need help, unless I'm camping or on vacation.
As a guest, I'm quiet, independent. I like to start my day early and sleep around 11 PM. I prefer nature to cities, I like to read books, I love coffee, I travel with my girlfriend who likes the same things.
My motto? I count my blessings.
- Nancy Quan