About this listing
Your artsy, private 2 BR / 1 BA apartment as a separate entrance & all the comforts of home. So spacious @ 1200 sq ft!
Amazing, central location is remarkably quiet. Easy walk to Rockridge BART to SF, Temescal, Trader Joe's, coffee, shops, bars & restaurants. Fwy 5 min. away.
Enjoy WIFI, a full kitchen with new stove, cable TV, washer / dryer & colorful vintage art. Very comfortable beds. Sky views lots of light all day.
UC Berkeley is a lovely walk as are CCA, Piedmont & Downtown.
"This feels like home," a guest recently said. Tons of light all day, quiet while just a minute from the freeway, and filled with fun colorful arts / crafts and antiques.
You'll enjoy a spacious 1200 square feet of your own private space (above my living area) with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a dining room, a living room, and a laundry room with new eco-friendly washer and a dryer.
The full kitchen has appliances and supplies including a new gas stove, coffee machine, electric espresso machine, refrigerator, blender, toaster, cork screw, plates, glasses, silverware, professional knives, basic spices, cutting boards ... and if you need anything else let me know.
The bathroom has a tub with shower. Enjoy natural EO brand soap, shampoo and conditioner, towels and a hair dryer.
It's a great place to stay for business travelers, visiting family for graduation or holidays, traveling nurses & people traveling for the Fancy Food Show / Good Food Awards, Dreamforce etc.
The 2nd bedroom is cozy and funky, with a wonderful brand new carpet, very bright, with a southwest facing, unobstructed view of the sky from one window (despite that it's the flat lands!) The queen sized American Leather sofabed is topped with a comfortable 5-star hotel-quality mattress pad.
I live in the unit below & strive to provide a great value for a lovely home-like experience with nice space, GREAT location and amenities to simplify and enhance vacation or business travel.
Super cozy - many people who stay here say they don't want to leave.
The entire upstairs is yours to use with a private entrance separating us. There's a keypad to enter, so no hassles with keys.
Interaction with guests
The guests who have most enjoyed staying here are like me - food obsessed, curious, and into culture and travel. I'm happy to provide tips & you'll find a printed souvenir guide for your stay. Or I can leave you alone to explore on your own.
As an avid world traveler, I know how memorable and wonderful great hospitality can be. I also understand that you may just want a nice place to stay without socializing. Whatever makes you happy!
I love saying hello, pointing out all the area highlights that may fit with your time and interests, and making sure you are comfortable. I call myself a food concierge, and it's my delight to share our bounty (and can arrange to give you classes and / or a private insider tour to local food artisans and coffee roasters as well!)
I can help carry luggage if need be and take care of anything that will make your stay better.
Amazing location! 10 minute walk to both Rockridge and Temescal shops- really! One of Oakland's most popular & beautiful areas, this area is filled with California Bungalows, beautiful trees, and amazing cafes. Walk to Blue Bottle Coffee, morning pastries at Pizzaiolo (named best pizza in California by Thrillest), Philz coffee, supermarkets, or other bakeries as well as a great farmers market.
Stroll down tree-lined College Ave past cute shops, Belotti (recognized as one of the world's top Italian restaurants), Trader Joe's, Zachary's Pizza, Ramen Shop, bookstores, yoga studios and restaurants all the way to the UC Campus, CCA, Children's Hospital, Kaiser or to Rockridge BART.
You're very close to UC Berkeley (30 min walk to campus), and my place has become a great landing spot for parents bringing kids to CCA and UC Berkeley, those visiting family in the area, and folks wanting to discover our beautiful and friendly Oakland neighborhood.
You can drive and easily park, unlimited with no restrictions. You can walk, bus or BART. Your choice!
Get a nearly free trip from SFO or Oakland airports with my Lyft and Uber promo codes:
LYFT - susie1
UBER - lillianw16
Other things to note
RE CANCELLATION POLICY: If you're cancelling due to an emergency, I am more flexible. The "strict" policy applies more reservations during peak seasons when it is a bigger deal if a cancellation happens due to non-emergency plan changes. I know stuff happens so am open to chatting when your plans change.
ENTERTAINING: I love when families re-unite but if you plan to have family over frequently, please tell me before booking to make sure we're on the same page. :)
SAFETY IS #1. This is a home so you'll have code-compliant fire and carbon monoxide detectors, a fire extinguisher, flashlights, emergency information, and all the other little things that are important to have "just in case."
USE OF WASHER / DRYER: Due to the drought, guests may use the in-unit washer / dryer 2x per 7 days. An extra charge of $5 per load applies after that...hopefully 2x per week is plenty. :)
MAIL: Please do not forward mail to this address or sign up for things using this address.
Welcome to the extension of my home! :) The #1 rule is to take care of the house as if it were your own and to feel good about your visit. Please tell me if you need anything while you're there so I can try to make your stay absolutely perfect.
When booking be sure to choose the accurate number of guests staying - and talk to me first if you need more than 2 beds or have challenges with stairways or and if you have young kids.
WHEN YOU STAY...
Breakfast snacks are provided for the first day, or so.
Access: I will send you an email with a door code and essen
Parking: Generally there's plenty of unlimited street parking. Often I will leave the driveway open for you to unload or if the weather is challenging (or if you just ask).
Visitors: please ask before having people over, other than quick visits and never share the door code. This rental is only for the people included on the reservation.
Cleaning: The low cleaning fee reflects the agreement that you'll tidy up and do the dishes before embarking.
Pets: Not allowed although under special circumstances dogs may be allowed, with an extra deposit and cleaning fee. Can't have cats due to allergies. :$
If possible please bring slippers or soft shoes to wear inside (as I'm below) :)
PEACE: After a few experiences, I realized it would help to have the following rules:
* No loud music, gatherings, parties...with quiet time after 10pm.
* Client meetings / coworking / visits are not allowed, as this is not zoned as a business area and the noise travels.
* No music or loud activity outside or in street.
* No tumbling or other gymnastic feats...unless I'm not at home (in the lower unit) and no one's getting hurt. :)
Thanks!! Let me know any questions. I hope you have a wonderful stay.
Coffee aficionado, artisan food promoter, expert and author (about food business and trends), dot connector, and traveler with a love, appreciation, and knowledge of the Bay Area, California, the U.S., and beyond! Meeting new people exploring life's adventures, sharing stories, and breaking bread with good cheese and wine jazzes me.
My secret to happiness is connection and simple delicious living.