About This Listing
Private 19th century apartment overlooks garden with fruit trees and koi pond on Alameda Island in San Francisco bay. Porch fronts three room apartment; bedroom, study, kitchen/LR. One block from park and beach or transit to SF. Three guests max.
This peaceful three room apartment is located on the Island of Alameda and overlooks a garden with fruit trees and fish pond.
For those not from the area, Alameda is a small island in San Francisco Bay, east of San Francisco. Travel to San Francisco is 20 minutes in ideal conditions.
If you would like to stay with us, please complete a profile or introduce yourselves so that we can know about who will be staying and your trip.
The building was originally a station in the Key Train system which has been relocated and turned into a carriage house. The cottage is in a gated yard with seating, it is a two block walk to Webster Street which features eclectic dining including Japanese, Chinese, Philippine, Korean and Mexican restaurants. The Dim Sum at East Ocean was rated best in the East Bay, which is no small claim.
There is parking for one car in the driveway, WiFi, a full kitchen, and private entrance. The apartment offers paintings and drawings by artist hosts. There is no microwave or television. The three rooms include a kitchen/living area, study with day bed and a traditional bedroom with a full bed and walk in closet. The bedroom is accessed through the study so the study as a bedroom offers semi-privacy. The bathroom has shower only and is small.
Please let us know if want us to prepare one or two bedrooms.
The apartment is above an artist's studio and across the garden from the main house.
To get to San Francisco, it's a two block walk to bus or 'casual commute' (free ride to the city by commuting drivers) into San Francisco,(20 min ride) or you could take the scenic route with a Ferry trip across the Bay. Off-street parking is available for one car. If you want to drive to San Francisco, keep in mind traffic and parking.
Oakland is just a tunnel away with a wonderful contemporary restaurant scene; Plum, Flora, Commis and more. We happily offer suggestions, directions and company if available. The first Friday art-walk "Oakland Art Murmur" is an art focused community event. If you want to see more of what Oakland has to offer, you will be minutes from Jack London Square, Oakland Chinatown and the California Museum of Art.
If you are on holiday, the apartment is close to the beach, a unique Pinball Museum, a windsurfing and kite boarding school or, you can just spend time hanging out in our light-filled space reading a book. Either way, Alameda Island is a unique, charming location from which to experience the delights of the East Bay and San Francisco.
Guests enter and exit through a gate into the garden behind the house. The porch is for guest use though we water the plants and hang laundry sometimes. Guests are free to enjoy the garden.
We prefer to be emailed through the airbnb site.
Interaction with Guests
We arrange to welcome guests in person, show them around and give them the key. We live in the house just across the garden so if we meet in the garden or drive we say 'hello' or a more extended conversation if that is welcome. If something comes up we text or call or knock on the door. We are also on hand for guests departures to help with check out or any concerns or needs and to receive the key.
The house is a block from the park with wandering paths to the waterfront. We walk the cove every day with duck pond, egrets, herons, terns. Who doesn't like a bufflehead? The island is great for bikes. A block away guests can get a free ride to San Francisco from regular commuters via Casual Commute. Alameda is safe, charming and a very easy place to be with access to everything Northern California has to offer.
Public transit is a block away.
Bus or casual commute are the easiest ways to get to San Francisco.
Off street parking for one vehicle is available .
We are a 15 minute drive from Oakland Airport.
Arriving from SFO, airporter shuttle is probably the best route ($16 per person). You can also take BART from SFO to Oakland 12th Street Station and grab a cab at 14th street.
Airport shuttle or cab from Oakland airport works well.
Other Things to Note
We ask guests to make an appointment for check in. Check in is generally between 3pm and 10pm. Please let us know what time you will be arriving so that we can arrange to be here to show you around and let you in.
We ask guests to let us know a day in advance of departure, again, so we can be here to see them off.
Let common sense be your guide.
Check-in is by appointment, generally between 3:00 pm-10pm, check-out is 11:00am or earlier.
Let us know at least a day in advance what time you will arrive and at what time you will depart. If plans change, call us.
Always lock the apartment when you go out.
Conservation is a way of life here; Use water and power conservatively, turn heat on only at night and after a sweater proves inadequate. Be sure the heat is off (and water) when you leave for the day.
Use the line off the porch to dry wet things. There is a laundromat a block away. Please do not dry laundry on furniture.
Leave the apartment as you found it; place used sheets and towels in the basket provided. Take out your garbage (cans are in front of the main house by the garage; blue is for recycle, green for compost, grey for trash)
Smoking is allowed on the porch or in the garden. No smoking inside.
Sorry, no pets
If you need something or something is amiss tell us.
No additional guests without explicit permission.
The apartment was lovely - simple and artful. I arrived to fresh flowers and lemons picked from the garden, and Katina's warm welcome. The place is thoughtfully prepared and supplied for guests. The neighborhood is also well situated for getting around easily by bus.
...it felt like coming "back home" to Alameda - especially at this beautiful, cosy, private, clean and quiete place. It's a perfect apartment to stay in the beautiful area near the park and the beach of Alameda. Thanks to Katina&Dickson for all.
Katina went above and beyond supporting us with our stay (the roasted chicken and more!). The space is sunny and nice, very clean. The garden is beautiful. It's great to have a clothes line for drying. So many things are a short distance away. The kitchen window overlooking the Montessori school is a treat if you're there during the day. Truly a sweet place to stay.
It might have been helpful to know that the day bed isn't a regular mattress. Otherwise all is as described and the amount of detail with the photos helped us decide to stay here and was, happily, fulfilled.
Katina made up the room especially for my daughter and I, complete with children's books and other nice touches. I had been to the bay area many times, but never visited Alameda. The apartment and the neighborhood were so comfortable I only wish we had more time to spend lounging and exploring on the island. The nearby beach was beautiful and we enjoyed taking the ferry over to San Francisco.
We stayed in Katina and Dixon's garden cottage for 5 days and had a lovely time. The cottage is charming, very clean, bright, and cozy. And Katina and Dixon are very warm and hospitable hosts! We enjoyed the fresh lemons from the tree just outside, sitting on the deck in the morning, and taking in the incredible art. We'd stay there again in a heartbeat!
About the Host, Katina
Dickson and I are artists and professors in art at local universities. We have our studios at the house with a big garden between. We have lunch in the garden almost every day and take a walk to the beach which is a couple of blocks away. Our work surrounds us with students and receptions, takes us to galleries and exhibitions throughout the US and abroad so the garden is a real sanctuary. Dickson likes Germany. I like anywhere I am invited.
We have the requisite bay area hobbies, farmer's markets and produce shopping, trying out new restaurants, enjoying the landscape and lifestyle of northern California.
If you would like to stay with us, please provide a rich profile or introduction; who you are, where you are coming from, what brings you to our area. We do airbnb because we enjoy people and creating a wonderful experience for our guests-not just providing a service.