About this listing
Welcome! Enjoy your stay in this colorful, quirky studio cottage. Come say hi to the chickens, borrow a bike, enjoy coffee and tea in the garden. You'll be close to pretty much everything and BART is 7 blocks away.
MAKING A RESERVATION: Please check out our FAQ & house rules first. If the dates you want aren't available, check out our other listing (click on our profile to see listings.)
PARTIES OF 5+: The cottage can fit up to 5 people (two beds and a cot), but when combined with our other listing, we can host up to 7 people. Please contact us first before booking so we can check if the other listing is available for your dates.
- Centrally located to BART, UCB, and restaurants
- Borrow one of our loaner bikes!
- BART to SF in less than half an hour
- 2nd bed available for parties of 3 or more
- Wifi, linens, towels, coffee, and tea provided
- Shady wood patio and a big ol' yard
- Quirky and creative space
- One of two Airbnb spots here, so you might meet some other travelers! We're like a hostel, but clean. ;)
Hi there and thanks for checking out our cottage! It's a cute spot that we've put a lot of love into. Folks have told us our place is like a sanctuary or a little slice of country.
We've done a fair bit of traveling ourselves and are always adding little things to the cottage that we would have appreciated on previous trips: maps, guidebooks, postcards, a corkscrew, hairdryer, etc. -- don't worry if you forgot something! If it's not already in the cottage, just ask.
Some people ask about safety. We've lived in the East Bay for 15 years, sampling the whole socioeconomic spectrum of neighborhoods. The only times we've ever had issues were in the "nicest" and the "worst" of them. We've felt more at home here in this slice of town that we've felt anywhere else in the Bay Area. Put on your city smarts and you should be A-OK.
That being said, there are lots of great places to eat and drink nearby whether you want to walk, bike or drive. Check out some of our suggestions in the map above. Three great new restaurants opened nearby: Moxy (excellent beer garden with amazing fries), Restaurant 44 (comfortable bar/lounge with tasty fried dishes), and Easy Creole (casual and delicious). Our favorite local spot is Sweet Adeline with delicious pastries and tasty coffee.
On Tuesdays, there's a farmer's market from 3-7pm just a couple blocks away!
And we've got chickens! We're happy to share some fresh eggs when they lay enough. In the meantime, watching "chicken TV" is a relaxing way to enjoy the garden.
Your hosts are two UCB alums and former co-opers. Lewis is a programmer by day, musician by night. Ginger takes care of their new baby, Jules. We enjoy playing innkeep so after we get you all settled in, we'll leave you to your own devices, but don't hesitate to ask if you need anything.
Thanks for looking and happy travels!
Everything inside the cottage, attached patio, shared garden, loaner bikes (ask us first to get set up!).
Interaction with Guests
Once we get you all settled in, we'll leave you to your own devices. This is our home and we live onsite, so we're very accessible. You'll probably see us puttering around the garden or enjoying chicken theater at some point.
For some reason Airbnb doesn't know how to place us on the map. We're on the same block as Lois the Pie Queen -- a neighborhood fixture and solid greasy spoon diner. Although our neighborhood is not the prettiest, we have a great community and are happy to be raising a family here.
7 block walk to the closest BART station, 20-25min train to SF.
Q. Where do I park?
A. Parking is onstreet and fairly easy. If you don't get a spot just outside, you can usually find one on the block. Watch for street sweeping signs (a few hours out of the month).
Q. Do you have luggage storage?
A. Sure, we can fit a few pieces of luggage in our locked toolroom.
Q. Can I get a discount?
A. We only offer discounts for long term stays, and the long term rates are automatically figured into the price.
Q. Can I bring an animal?
A. Sorry, no. We need to keep the space allergen-free.
Our little compound is appropriate for adults and children over 14 years only. (Babies up to crawling age are fine.) We ask guests to be respectful of the cottage and its contents, and of the grounds.
Quiet hours (keep noises low) are between 10pm and 8am.
You must be comfortable with cats, chickens and cannabis. Smoking is OK outdoors; please use the ashtrays.
Please leave the little bathroom sundries for the next guest.
If you cook, please wash up after yourself.
Very friendly hosts! Clean little cottage, very colorful and good beds (to know, the fifth is on a camp bed).
Very happy being in the oasis!
My 72 year old parents stayed at Ginger's and Lewis' for 2 weeks and had an amazing time. Their little home was very comfortable and had all the amenities they needed. My Dad loved their towels so much that he bought 10 pcs of the exact same towels to bring back home! Although my parents had the privacy they needed, they found much comfort in knowing Ginger and Lewis were around in case they needed anything. They loved the peace and quiet & my mom enjoyed hanging out in the deck every morning while having her coffee & watching the chickens grazing around the garden. The neighbors were very friendly too, especially the gentleman next door. Every time I would pick up my parents, he would always open the car door for my Dad who always struggles with his cane.
Thank you, Ginger and Lewis, for taking wonderful care of my parents!
Nous avons passé un très bon séjour. La maison était propre, bien équipée et à 10 minutes à pied du BART qui emmène à San Francisco. Nous avons apprécié l'accueil chaleureux de Ginger. Elle a été très disponible pour toutes nos questions. Nous avons garé sans soucis notre voiture de location dans la rue qui est assez populaire.
Ginger and Lewis were very welcoming to their home. They have built a little paradise in their lot with chickens and vegetation. Before our arrival they left directions on how to get in and where the keys would be, and there was some eggs and oatmeal waiting for us. They helped out a lot whenever we needed, and let us keep our bags on their property after checkout for an hour while we ate at the local diner. Nothing but good things to say about the host.
We stayed at Ginger and Lewis's cute cottage for two nights, as a base for our San Francisco tour. The place is really nice, clean and home-like, with some books and games on the shelves, colorful walls and a warm atmosphere. It is about ten minutes walk from the train station to SF, and a shorter walk to a nice Cafe with good coffee and pastries. Communication with Ginger was excellent from the very first email. She was kind, helpful and flexible with our very late check in, left us a note on the table explaining everything we needed to know, and also left some fresh eggs for breakfast, which was great. We were five people with a lot of luggage, so it was a bit crowded, but not too bad, and the garden was nice and pleasant. The kitchen was comfortable and had everything we needed. All in all we had a good stay and would gladly recommend this special little home to anyone who wants a peaceful stay out of town. Thank you Ginger!
Lovely and cosy little house!! My family really enjoyed staying two nights. Communication with Ginger was excellent by email and also they were very kind to us we arrived late at night though. I've never owned an animal but cats were friendly too.
We had a lovely time at Ginger & Lewis' place. The cottage is cozy, and the courtyard really is an urban farm (and what luscious succulents!). It offers a respite in an otherwise fairly developed area. We were also in walking distance to many of our plans for those days, which was a treat. I only wish we had time to use the bikes.
Our flight was delayed and we were grateful for Ginger's flexibility with our arrival time. The cottage is well set up for guests like us to come and go.
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About the Host, Ginger&Lewis
Can I just say we love Oakland? Many of our guests come here as a base camp for exploring San Francisco, but Oakland is HOT. It's in the middle of a rapid transformation and the air is just crackling with energy. In all our travels, we've discovered that it's easy to visit a place, but it's hard to visit a time. If you want to experience a city that's alive, where Something Is Happening, where the glory days are here and now -- then Oakland is where you want to be.
We (Lewis and Ginger) are two UC Berkeley alums and former co-opers. As of this January, we are also new parents! Lewis plays with computers and music, Ginger plays with glass and design. Our son, Jules, is learning to blow spit bubbles. We love coffee, brew beer, throw BBQs and religiously attend the East Bay Bike Party. A few years back, we bought a fixer-upper and have been terraforming it here and there as the budget allows. As more and more friends and family started staying the night, we realized we love playing host. So we've decided to open up the place, give Airbnb a try, and play innkeep to folks passing through.
Together we've traveled to Norway, Peru, Nicaragua, Jalisco Mexico, New York, New Orleans, Boise ID, Madison WI, Denver CO, Salt Lake City, Tucson AZ, Chicago IL, all up and down the US Pacific Coast, Argentina, Philippines, and Bali.
P.S. My parents have a Philippines beach resort on Airbnb. Check it out: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/539038