Garden Suite - Heart of Temescal

House - Private room · Webster St, Oakland, CA 94609, United States

This is a nice sweet room at the back of the house, next to the large garden. It is one room in a home with 3 other rooms and a variety of longer and shorter term guests. The bath is shared with one other room. House is comfortable, casual, charming.

Your host, Rebecca
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This is a nice sweet room at the back of the house, next to the large garden. It is one room in a home with 3 other rooms and a variety of longer and shorter term guests. The bath is shared with one other room. House is comfortable, casual, charming.

The Space

This is a great place to discover the bay area. Close to freeways (phone number hidden) minute walk to either Rockridge or Macarthur BART, and it's 15min to downtown San Francisco. Or if you are visiting family that doesn't have enough room, or you are wanting privacy. Nice, cute, art adorned room on the beautiful garden, with bath just by the room, off the kitchen. The garden is huge and lovely and in the right months there is plenty of harvest for all and flowers all around. Plenty of nooks to relax in.

The room is in the back of the house, so somewhat 'apart' from the rest of the house. Quite private, with a door to the garden just outside the room. The room has a new door! In response to a couple of comments here, a nice solid wood door was just put in. It also has a new fun floor!

Right down the street is the new hip strip -- the neighborhood of Temescal. It has numerous great restaurants (Pizzaiolo, Barlata, Bakesale Betty's, Mixing Bowl, Lanesplitter's, etc) and fun shopping. Bike rental also available.

Scent/Perfume free, please!!

The house is becoming the quintessential Airbnb house. Many interesting and fun travelers and scholars and people working local short term gigs have been coming to stay. Many people that come for a couple of weeks end up staying months. This room is the most 'short term'. There are 4 bedrooms in the house and 2 bathrooms, and usually 3 other people in the house. You will share the bathroom probably with one other person/room.

Be willing to separate garbage into: Landfill, Compost, Recycling.

This room can be rented out for a month or longer, so if you are interested in a longer term stay, inquire.

Guest Access

Light kitchen use a possibility, but you MUST be conscientious about cleaning up after yourself, all the way, and use of Living Room, Dining Room, Large garden. Washer and Dryer can be used with non-scent bio degradable detergent that you purchase. Strongly encouraged to use line to dry. Excessive dryer use will be charged.

Interaction with Guests

I am currently living nearby in Berkeley. I am available for tips and suggestions, and am around a bit working in the garden.

The Neighborhood

This neighborhood has become very very popular recently. New restaurants and fun shops opening all the time. Free outdoor cinema in summer. Lots of street festivals. Farmer's market at DMV on Sundays. It is a very lively neighborhood.

Getting around

Very well located. Bus runs local and express to UC Berkeley, Downtown Berkeley and Downtown Oakland. 15 min walk to BART. 10 min walk to casual commute to SF during morning rush hour.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $395 /week
Monthly Price: $1325 /month
Security Deposit: $150
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The room was fantastic, very fresh and peaceful. I enjoyed waking up and drinking my coffee in the sunny garden watching the hummingbirds. My experience with Rebecca and her place was perfect, she is a lovely host, helpful and easy to talk to. The house is in a great area for food and local amenities, the atmosphere there is very friendly, and the access to the train station is a short walk.
    I will absolutely take the opportunity to stay here again in the future.

    March 2014
    Response from Rebecca:

    Pleasure to have you John. You were enjoyed by all. Come back to California!

    March 2014
  • The advertised space (Garden Suite Temescal) I reserved had a problem with bedbugs that Rebecca was honest about. She said she had another "nice" room and my mistake was not asking for pictures. The room was cluttered with 3 tall bookcases full of her books, a 4-drawer metal filing cabinet, a drafting table with various cans of paint and bottles holding paint brushes, a small chest of drawers (with no empty drawers) and a large desk (again with no empty drawers). The single captain's bed was over the only heat vent in the room, had no headboard and the head of the bed was not up against a wall so reading comfortably in bed was not possible. The closet had some clothes on the shelves and smelled very musty. The bathroom which I shared with another long term tenant had no room in the medicine cabinet at all- it was full of Rebecca's belongings and she had moved in with her partner 6 months previously. I helped Rebecca move the drafting tale out of the room and we moved the bed so the head was up against a wall. Still a very cluttered space for $1295/month. The rest of the house had a lots of large dust bunnies and was really not very clean. Rebecca seemed to think that the renters should be doing the cleaning. I don't mind cleaning up after myself but I think the place needs to be clean to start with. She also got very upset when I cleaned out the fridge/freezer of all the things that didn't belong to the other tenant or myself-apparently I threw out some of her things. Why she had things in the fridge/freezer when she moved out 6 months before I don't know. I have a small dog and finding a place for the three months I would be in the area that would allow a pet was difficult. I did speak with Rebecca about the lack of cleanliness and the clutter in the room and her response was basically to tell me I should find another place to stay if I didn't like it. It was very stressful having to come to the house after work and look for another place. While I was looking, I saw the "Garden Suite" advertised on (website hidden) for $1150/mo ($145 cheaper than on Airbnb). I feel like I got gouged and that Rebecca has a lot to learn about hospitality. I paid her $395/wk for 3 wks. I said I thought I should get the cleaning fee of $35 returned and she did return $22 saying that she only got that much from Airbnb despite my forwarding an e-mail from Airbnb showing the breakdown of the $482/wk I paid for the first week.
    Perhaps thing were better/cleaner when she lived on the property but my experience was the worst I've had staying in an Airbnb property.

    February 2014
    Response from Rebecca:

    Janet was a problematic guest for me. I regret accepting her reservation, but fortunately I have had very few bad experiences (this being the worst) over the past many years hosting for Airbnb. The majority of my reviews (about me and by me about other people) speak to the overall positive experiences of myself and my guests.

    February 2014
  • Rebecca and her place are completely lovely. I had a great stay and would highly recommend her place to others. The house is in a great location with lots of delicious food right nearby.

    November 2013
  • This is a fabulous place to stay - everything in the description is spot-on, as we say in the UK. It's beautiful and the garden is lovely. Temescal is probably the most exciting place in the Bay Area right now and access to the city could not be easier.

    Rebecca is great: a Berkeley native who knows San Francisco backwards and can help you in whatever artistic, culinary or adventure yen you may have.

    If it's available, Grab It!

    P.S. Oh, and Noodle is obliged by union statutory rules to growl at you for five minutes but is then the sweetest dog in the whole world and will be your friend for life.

    October 2013
  • Rebecca is an all right person, she should just reconsider some particulars where hosting is concerned

    October 2013
  • House was clean, well maintained, room in perfect condition. Bathroom and shower were spotless and working properly. Internet worked with no issues. Rebecca was very responsive and cordial. Roommates were quiet and respectful. Overall a very positive experience, quick easy and pleasant in every respect. Kitchen well stocked, clean, and functional. Laundry convenient and working. Neighborhood felt very safe and close to restaurants and BART.

    Would definitely stay again and recommend.

    September 2013
  • Wow! Rebecca is a great host. I stayed when plums were ripening in her garden and I ate a bunch of tasty plums. All the rooms of the house are decorated with lots of eclectic artwork. The house is located in Temescal in a great neighborhood equidistant to two BART stations. Lot's of great restaurants close-by as well as coffee houses. I'd definitely recommend staying here if you're visiting the Bay Area.

    July 2013
  • I had a very nice stay with Rebecca in Temescal. The house is cozy and eclectically decorated, the room itself was clean, and the bed was comfortable. The garden is a really nice perk and a relaxing place to lounge in the Oakland sun. Rebecca is very friendly and informal, a knowledgeable and engaging hostess with an easy demeanor. Her dog, Noodle, is a bit jumpy but once she gets used to you she's very sweet and approachable.

    Rebecca allowed me to show up quite late on a weekday night, which helped me a lot.

    The neighborhood is stellar and convenient. I did not have a car and got around Oakland (and back and forth to SF) pretty easily. Make sure to eat at Pizzaiola - fantastic.

    April 2013
  • Rebecca's house is full of great art and charm. Short walk to shops, excellent coffee, doughnuts and BART. Her backyard garden is an oasis.

    April 2013
  • Rebecca's home is wonderfully (email hidden)ar great coffee shops and restaurants and she has an amazing garden that is right off the Air BnB bedroom. A private bath makes for a very cozy and comfortable situation. And, Rebecca is smart, funny and very helpful.

    March 2013
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