About this listing
Sunny and open home. Three blocks to BART with a 15 minute ride to San Francisco. 3 miles to UC Berkeley. A few restaurants right around the corner and many shops and restaurants within 1 mile. Hardwood floors, complete kitchen, LCD television.
Light and airy two bedroom home near MacArthur BART, with frequent trains to San Francisco. Easy access to UC Berkeley, downtown Oakland, Berkeley hills, shopping, bars, yoga, restaurants, etc.
Access to all kitchen utensils and cooking supplies, ingredients and staples.
I love the great coffee shops and bakeries right around the corner. There is an awesome yoga studio four blocks away and many great restaurants including fish tacos, mac and cheese, beer/sausage garden, korean, japanese, to high end fancy within walking distance. The commute to downtown SF or Berkeley is a piece of cake. It's still Oakland, so the feel is urban and slightly gritty, but my street is quiet.
Napa and Sonoma wine country is a one hour drive north, and there are great walks in the Oakland and Berkeley hills nearby.
Buses and BART are both incredibly close and easy.
BART is the best access from airport. A taxi from Oakland Airport costs about $45.
Parking is on the street. Let me know if you will have a car because I need to leave a parking permit out for you.
Other Things to Note
There is an in-law unit with a separate entrance under the back half of the house. The tenant is in her mid-twenties and has a full time day job. She has a dog, which I can occasionally hear, but which is generally quiet. If you have kids and they get bored, the dog loves to chase balls all day. The living room/TV/stereo of my house (this listing) is over the garage and no sounds at all make it from there to the in-law.
There is one queen sized bed with a new mattress and one full sized futon. The queen mattress is a fancy split type, with the left side more firm than the right side (looking from the foot of the bed). The futon is foam and firm. I listed it for four people because that's how many fit the real beds. But more could sleep on the couch or on my camping pads on the floor.
As if it's your own house. Everything in the kitchen and fridge is fair game, just avoid the wine rack :)
Well behaved pets are OK. $5 extra per night for pets.
Un hôte très sympathique, toujours réactif et prompt à répondre à toutes les questions. L'appartement était conforme à sa description et tout y était parfait.
Some friends of mine and I stayed at Mark's place for a long weekend of fun in the Bay Area. Right from the start, we had easy and fast communication with Mark. The only surprise we had was that we liked the place even more when we got there. There's a few shops within easy walking distance but the real treat was the short walk to the BART station. Once on the train, it's about 15-20 minutes to the Downtown SF stations. We found the place to be very comfortable and it felt like home for the four nights we stayed.
Our host made us feel very welcome! It was nice to have a full kitchen to work in and we really appreciated the list he made of surrounding businesses, places to eat, and the parking passes he left for us to use. We went to Homeroom and my girlfriend and sister were so pumped to find a vegan Mac and Cheese, it was delicious! We took our Mac to Emeryville and ate by the water before heading into Trader Vic's for a couple of Tiki drinks. The neighborhood was awesome and very close to everything we wanted to be near. On July 4th there were some neighborhood fireworks which was definitely a plus for us! The home was very clean, comfortable, and suited the 4 of us perfectly. Thank you for providing such a wonderful home for us to crash in. You truly made our weekend extra special and our stay convenient and comfortable.
We felt very welcomed in Mark's lovely, sunny home. Despite its bustling urban location, it was a calm and quiet oasis with nice interior design, comfortable beds, and all the appliances and appointments needed for a restful stay. All the arrangements were impeccable and we especially appreciated Mark's well-written guide to the neighborhood. We followed his tips for dining out and had great meals each time! Easy access to San Francisco through the BART station just a few blocks away was particularly appreciated, as were the residential parking permits Mark provided for the otherwise limited street parking. We would happily stay here again when in the area.
We had a wonderful stay at Mark's house. The place was immaculate, and we were made to feel very welcome, everything was taken care of. Mark's a great host and I would definitely stay again :)
We have one daughter in SF and one in Oakland. We spent a long weekend at Mark's place and it was perfect. The home is spacious, nicely appointed, immaculate, and Mark left plenty of tips and directions for us to enjoy the place very comfortably, including leaving us parking passes! Interesting neighborhood that was near all the essentials, including routes to downtown Oakland or across the bay to SF. We'll definitely stay again if we can! It's so much better than a hotel and less expensive.
Host is an excellent communicator and left a bunch of thorough (and funny) local eatery recommendations on the counter for us. Thanks, Mark!
Lovely, clean and spacious home. Walking distance to Subrosa - thee best espresso/lattes in the East Bay, in my opinion. :)
Beds are comfy and the neighborhood is quiet. Will definitely be booking again!
About the Host, Mark
I'm an engineer for the EPA and travel frequently. I love the Bay Area for it's great weather and outdoor activities, while still having all the urban amenities. Rockclimbing and yoga are my main hobbies. I'll try to make your stay great. Though other than leaving my place clean and well-stocked, I guess the quality of your visit is really more up to you finding fun things to do, which is never a problem around here.