Modern Redwood Oasis in Rockridge

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Miles Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, United States

Unique, redwood-clad atrium townhouse set back from a street in historic Rockridge, one of the best East Bay neighborhoods. 10 min walk from BART SF in 25. 10 min from College & Telegraph Aves w/ shops, cafés, markets, and laid-back Oakland vibe.

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Unique, redwood-clad atrium townhouse set back from a street in historic Rockridge, one of the best East Bay neighborhoods. 10 min walk from BART SF in 25. 10 min from College & Telegraph Aves w/ shops, cafés, markets, and laid-back Oakland vibe.

The Space

Hidden in the middle of a quiet block, away from the street, the beautiful redwood-clad townhouse is one of six units surrounding a beautiful and secure atrium filled with plants, trees, and a trickling fountain. Enjoy the courtyard from the spacious front porch, then step inside:

- Full kitchen with all the standard cooking (email hidden) for 2, and dining table for 4–6.
- Living room furnished in tasteful mid-century modern style, like the rest of the house. (Photos will be updated to reflect this.) Oak floors. No TV, but will leave you with my Netflix account, giving any PC or Mac access to thousands of films and TV series.
- 1.5 bathrooms. The full bathroom includes two sinks and a large shower with double head. Pocket walls separate toilet, sink, and shower so multiple people can do their stuff in privacy.
- 2 bedrooms, one with a full bed, the other can accommodate 2–3 sleepers on a queen air mattress, twin foam mattress, and/or sofa.
- Sun room. Sit back and read in the lounge chair or get some work done at the desk. Wifi is included.
- Laundry room. Private washer and dryer. No coinage required!
- Backyard deck for grilling.
- Parking: You can always find a free space nearby on the street where there are no permit requirements or time limits (except for street cleaning days).

A Unique Experience.
Built in 1979, the architecturally significant structure is one of the first of its kind in the country, heated via a passive solar technique called “thermal-envelope”. The sun-filled atrium keeps our home a pleasant temperature year-round and the greenery outside every window makes you forget you’re in the middle of the bustling Bay Area.

After 2 years as an Airbnb host at our previous apartment, we recently moved here and it’s a major upgrade. I can guarantee this is an experience you’ll never get in a hotel. It’s the kind of place that makes Airbnb great.

Guest Access

The entire townhome is yours alone during your stay. You also have access to the atrium and backyard which is shared with 5 other units.

Interaction with Guests

We will not be living in the unit during your stay. We’ll keep in close contact by email.

The Neighborhood

Enjoy the Bay Area from a tranquil but central homebase. You’ll be in the heart of Rockridge, a safe and pleasant East Bay neighborhood nestled between downtown Oakland and Berkeley. Just a short walk from your door is a BART station, from which you can reach San Francisco in less than 30 minutes. But you’ll want to stick around Rockridge too. Next to the property is a wooded park with a walking trail and playground. Within a few blocks are the best stretches of Telegraph and College Avenues with excellent bakeries, cafés, restaurants, shops, and the great Temescal Farmer’s Market, one of the best in the Bay.

Getting around

BART is the Bay Area’s main mass transit system. The Rockridge station is a 10 minute walk from the condo. Street parking on our safe street is readily available.

Public transit: Getting here is easy on the BART. You can take it directly from SFO airport with no transfers to Rockridge station and walk just 3.5 blocks.

Driving: The property is just around the corner from the Claremont exit on Highway 24.

Other Things to Note

A note for those with cat allergies: we live here part time with a shorthair cat. She won't be in the condo during your stay, and floors and upholstery will be deep cleaned, but want to let you know in case you have a severe cat allergy.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 4
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Weekly Price: $999 /week
Monthly Price: $2999 /month
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $100
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The experience with the host was excellent. Stephen was attentive to every step of the way in our being able to reserve, access and leave the apartment after the month-long stay in this beautiful location. The apartment was ample and comfortable, with a very peaceful reception atrium and lovely surrounding gardens. The location is unparalleled. It served the purpose for all our activities within walking distance to BART and to the business center where our studies and tasks were delivered. We had all the comforts of home, with the amenities that the property had published. We recommend this location for business travelers, foreign academics, or a family, since the location is close to Berkeley, all the academic and museum or science education centers of the greater Bay Area, and within 25-30 minute BART ride to great shopping in Walnut Creek, in San Francisco and in Pleasanton. The quiet location and more private entry off the street was very appropriate for the reading and writing work we had, with plenty of light. There were 4 of us, academic-type guests, so having two sinks upstairs and an extra bathroom downstairs was very convenient. The kitchen was practical and easy to use. We appreciated the proximity to the local market and restaurants, as well as the access to the Wi-Fi, a most for international family communications, and to work on research.

    June 2014
  • Everything about our seven-day stay in Stephen's home was wonderful! This was our first Airbnb stay and it worked like a charm. Stephen was a pleasure to deal with.

    The close distance to the BART made it extremely convenient for us to travel between Oakland and San Francisco. It's also within short walking distance to shops, supermarkets, and all kinds of restaurants.

    The home itself was very clean which was quite an important thing for us. Also, we had from two to five people staying in the house depending on the day. The configuration and size of the bedrooms, and the spare mattresses that Steven has, made it easy to arrange sleeping.

    Stephen's home is surrounded by tropical plants. All of us were impressed by the greenness. The interior is actually much nicer than in the photos. Furnishings are (I think) 1950s style and there are art books everywhere.

    Although there are neighbors in the adjacent condos, they are very quiet. The residential neighborhood is quiet as well.

    This was the first time we used Airbnb to find accommodation for a holiday. Clearly we found the right place. Our overall experience was excellent. We definitely highly recommended Stephen's home to other Airbnb users.

    Ning & Jeff

    August 2013
  • Lovely tucked back building, fantastic location. Nice and helpful neighbors. Stepehen easy to work with, very accessible, enjoyable eperience overall.

    June 2013
  • Stephen was extremely helpful and an excellent host. My family loved the house and it work out perfectly for them. This place is ideal for anyone traveling to the east bay and wanting a comfortable in a convenient location. I can't recommend Stephen high enough!

    May 2013
  • My wife, our two kids, and their grandma had a memorable stay at Stephen's Modern Redwood Oasis. His place was sufficient space for all five of us, with the two bedrooms upstairs and kitchen and living rooms downstairs. The kitchen is well equipped and we had several meals there in addition to our daily breakfasts. The bathroom upstairs is very convenient with two separate rooms--one containing the shower and a sink, and the other another sink with a separate toilet. It's on a quiet, pleasant block and conveniently located within 10 mins walk from Rockridge Bart and College Avenue with all it has to offer along its long stretch. We also enjoyed the Sunday Temescal Farmers Market around the corner and strolling along the Temescal Creek walkway and its playgrounds at either end. We hope to stay again.

    January 2013
  • So easy and delightful to work with Stephen. And his place is perfect and in a great location. Loved th stay.hope to stay there again.

    December 2012
  • Don't even look at another place. Seriously. Stay here!

    We needed a place to stay for the short gap between our old and new homes, both on the other side of town. We'd wanted to stay in Rockridge for a long time, having often visited the great shops and restaurants along College and Telegraph avenues.

    You really couldn't ask for a better location than this Modern Redwood Oasis! In one direction, it's just a few minutes walk to College, including the fabulous Market Hall marketplace (deli, bakery, grocery, butcher, etc.), the Italian restaurant and cafe Oliveto, and of course the Rockridge BART station (20 minutes to downtown SF). In the other direction, it's also just a few minutes to Telegraph, with our favorite East Bay pizza place (Pizzaiolo, which also does a fantastic breakfast) and the Temescal farmers' market every Sunday.

    But I haven't even mentioned the best part: the oasis! The pictures on Airbnb are good, but they still don't do it justice. It's green, spacious, modern (like mid-century modern; you'll love it), and totally unlike anywhere you've ever stayed. It has every convenience you'd expect, plus a generous and accommodating host who'll go the extra mile to make sure you have a good visit. Not only was Stephen an absolute joy to work with, but he's also a really interesting guy. Just check out his book collection!

    The tl;dr version: just click Book It already!

    November 2012
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I'm a writer and designer with a specialization in typography. Laura is an illustrator and lettering artist. The beauty of the freelance life is that we can work from wherever we are, so we try to take full advantage and travel as much as possible. In the last 3 years we have have visited Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Barcelona, Sardinia, New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, and Sun Valley in a little nation called Idaho. We often rent our Oakland and Berlin homes while we’re away, and we’re open to apartment swapping as well. As Airbnb hosts ourselves we make good guests. We are quiet, courteous, and friendly. We prefer exploring city architecture and visiting museums more than late night barhopping.
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