About This Listing
Charming stucco cottage on a tree lined street in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood is fully furnished and features a spacious bedroom, bathroom with tub and shower, fully outfitted kitchen, comfortable dining area and adjacent living room with French doors to a private garden. The cottage is sunny, bright and cozy and includes a TV with built-in DVD player, and wireless Internet.
The loveseat opens to a twin bed to accommodate a third guest. Amenities include espresso machine, hardwood flooring and plush bedding.
Glenview is a vibrant neighborhood known for its “Gourmet Ghetto” of world-class restaurants such as Blackberry Bistro, Rumbo al Sur, Sushi Park, Banana Blossom, Bellanico and Marzano.
Commuter and round-the-clock bus lines to San Francisco are only blocks away, BART is taxi distance (~$13). UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts, and Mills College are accessible via short commutes. There is ample and easy street parking.
I had such a lovely stay at the cottage. It was easy to get to off the freeway and there was no problem finding on street parking. Noel was flexible on my check-in time which allowed me time to explore before checking in. There was a handy sheet with information for the cottage and surrounding area. The only thing I had problems with was figuring out the shower, but Noel was happy to come over and show me how to use it. She even gave me recommendations on where to get coffee and pastry locally. I walked to the "gourmet ghetto" restaurants a few times during my stay. I felt very safe at the cottage and walking the area nearby. The television with antenna, garden and comfortable bed made adjusting time zones very comfortable. I would highly recommend staying here if you get the chance.
Leaving this review on behalf of my mother-in-law, who stayed there with a friend: "We liked the place. It was clean, well taken care of, comfortable, and convenient. The only suggestion I would make is to check the listing is clear that the bed is a double, a bit too small for 2 adults. But it worked great."
I had the most glorious time at Noel's cottage! Actually everything about the experience was just perfection. I booked my stay very last minute but had no issue whatsoever communicating with Noel about arrival time, parking, etc. Unfortunately, I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Noel as she was away, but her partner was also available for any concerns that popped up. When my checkout was delayed due to problems with my rental car, they were both very accommodating and understanding!
The cottage itself was a dream...cozy and private. It was super clean and stocked with everything I could need. Its located in a great area, quiet with tons of street parking. I can't speak to the public transportation in the area but I can say it was very close to everything by car. My only upset with the experience was having to leave! I wanted to stay indefinitely!
I and my wife love Noel's Cottage so much. The place is clean, private, and well equipped. We will definitely stay again in near future. Highly recommend!
The listing was accurate and our host was most welcoming. She provided whatever we asked for and otherwise left us to ourselves. She was also easy-going, glad to have us make the place our own for our month-long stay. We very much enjoyed Noel's beautiful gardens & private backyard. The neighborhood is excellent: a quiet & pretty residential street with nearby stores and restaurants. Very convenient to freeways and alternate routes to all the places we wanted to be, including our families' residencies. The only drawback is that we were a bit to big for the double bed.
About the Host, Noel
I was born and raised on this property. My dad built the cottage adjacent to the "big house" in around 1952 for his mom to live in. She had acquired the property with her husband in the 1930s. I have a photo of my dad freshly returned from WWII on the porch I now call my own.
We restored and updated both houses in 1994. It is a labor of love to create a comfortable space for people when they are away from home. Weddings, reunions, new grandchildren, and simply the beauty of the Bay Area have brought visitors to us, and we have enjoyed hosting them all!