Little Home on the (Urban) Prairie

House - Entire home/apt · 60th St, Oakland, CA 94609, United States

Welcome! Our home is like a little slice of country. Come say hi to the chickens, borrow a bike, enjoy coffee and tea on the patio. You'll be close to pretty much everything and BART is a short walk away. We look forward to hosting you!

Your host, Ginger&Lewis
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Welcome! Our home is like a little slice of country. Come say hi to the chickens, borrow a bike, enjoy coffee and tea on the patio. You'll be close to pretty much everything and BART is a short walk away. We look forward to hosting you!

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Welcome! Our home is like a little slice of country. Come say hi to the chickens, borrow a bike, enjoy coffee and tea on the patio. You'll be close to pretty much everything and BART is a short walk away. We look forward to hosting you!

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 4 people max, but when combined with our other listing, we can host up to 6 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
- Active glass studio onsite
- 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), Next Door (solid brunch and dinner fare), 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! Hopefully they'll start laying enough eggs to share soon. 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 does all manner of things and works from home. 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!

Guest Access

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.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

7 block walk to the closest BART station, 20-25min train to SF.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $550 /week
Monthly Price: $1895 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Some pets
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Our small family of four (including our two young boys) stayed here for a few days. What a fantabulous place! I wish we could have stayed longer! Had everything to make you feel right at home. Very comfortable, cozy and full of life! Everything is very nearby as well - in either a short walk or drive away! BART is literally right there but it isn't a disturbing noise. The chickens and cats were a lovely addition - we had some wonderful fresh eggs (from the chickens! hehe) for our breakfast! Ginger and Lewis were perfect hosts!

    June 2014
  • What a lovely & refreshing stay we had at Ginger&Lewis'! The freshly laid eggs were so wonderful & we felt so comfy coming 'home' to our cottage after long days of exploring the city. Ginger & Lewis definitely know something about hospitality. We hope to be back soon!

    June 2014
  • We had a FANTASTIC time at Ginger & Lewis' little home! It's very cozy, brightly colored, decorated with tons of fun stuff, and with plenty of space for two people. We were here a month and could easily have stayed longer. The outdoor space is really wonderful, with so many plants, colorful furniture and of course the chickens who provide fresh eggs. So nice to have our own patio!

    The BART is an easy 12 minute walk away and there are buses around the corner. And definitely check out Lois the Pie Queen down the street!

    We felt very at home here, and enjoyed the visits from the kitties when we left our door open. Hope we can stay again sometime!

    June 2014
  • My stay was wonderful and refreshing. The apartment and the surrounding gardens are very unique. The apartment is well equipped and has everything you need. Fresh eggs for breakfast were a special treat! This was a quiet reprieve from it's urban surroundings.

    May 2014
  • Me and my family really enjoyed staying at Ginger and Lewis' place. The atmosphere and personal charme was a good experience. We can surely recommend this place.

    May 2014
  • This house was excellent, thank you again! Highly recommended!

    January 2014
  • A perfect stay! Located in a great town with lots to see and do and amazing food to eat, and extremely close and easy to get into San Francisco. We took their bikes for a day in San Francisco, which is a great way to get around and see the city. Comfortable bed, warm water, lots of games that kept us entertained, a cool organ.. Really sets the place apart from any hotel or other air bnb place, gives a unique and charismatic visit of Berkeley that you can't experience with a room number and key.

    Will definitely return if we ever go back!

    January 2014
  • Ginger and Lewis were extraordinary hosts and made us feel welcome and at home right from the get-go! We couldn't have asked for a better home away from home. Ginger and Lewis' cottage has everything you need for a very comfortable stay in Oakland/Berkeley. The whole experience was fantastic (including the chickens!), and we would not hesitate to book with Ginger and Lewis the next time we are passing through. An all-around A+ experience for us as guests. Highly recommended.

    January 2014
  • Ginger & Lewis were very friendly. The house was perfect for my family and the beds are really confortable. The best choice for visit San Francisco.

    January 2014
  • Ginger and Lewis were friendly and accommodating hosts. We didn't see them too much during our stay, aside from them welcoming us at the beginning. We were doing our own thing, so this was perfect. We stayed in the cottage. Adjusting the temperature on the bathroom sink and shower was a little tricky, but we figured it out. The bed was a little too soft for us--it would have been nice to have now support. The printed house manual with house times, area restaurants and attractions was a nice touch, along with the handwritten thank you notes from other guests. The place was pretty conveniently located to the Ashby Bart and the lovely gluten-free Mariposa Bakeshop. We just wish we would have had more time to chill out in the yard and watch the chickens! Overall, we recommend!

    January 2014
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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. We're also the creators of the Puking Kitty Saucy Boat -- it's hideously delightful. Lewis plays with computers and music, Ginger plays with glass and design. 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:
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