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.
This was a great place to stay in Oakland/Emeryville. The little house was perfect for our family of 4. It's a very pleasant and relaxing place to be. The beds were really comfortable, the kitchen and fridge were nice to have, and we really enjoyed the outdoor patio space as well. It is convenient to the Ashby and Rockridge BART stations. Local places we liked were: Tamaleria Azteca for tamales to go, Rasa Cafe for a rose latte to go, and Sweet Adeline Bakeshop. We also liked the Hoi Polloi brewpub and Beat Lounge. The area is funky/gritty and urban. It felt safe but not upscale. Ginger was very nice and helpful. It was a great Air BnB experience!
What a great first Airbnb experience. Ginger and Lewis were great hosts. We felt like friends coming to visit them and staying at their urban cottage. The eggs are a must have. Can't wait to stay again.
Just as described and a perfect size for me and my daughter. Location is good if visiting Berkeley. No problem with parking.
You wouldnt know it by seeing their property on the street but Ginger and Lewis have a beautiful oasis in the middle of an old Oakland suburb with alot of charming details on their property. Their place was clean, they were courteous and the house was very orderly and affordable.
We loved our first trip to Oakland and we loved this great garden cottage! It had everything we needed and we loved the chill vibe--waking up to the sound of the chickens bopping around. It was close to downtown and a bunch of great restaurants and shopping (we had a car and street parking was no prob.) We didn't meet Ginger and Lewis but there was a nice letter waiting for us on arrival. Recommend staying here!
Ginger and Lewis, and their daughter Jules welcomed us into their cozy cottage. They were very accommodating and were always on hand or a text message away to help, but also gave us the space we needed to feel at home. Their walls are covered in notes from other guests and after staying there it is clear why they are adored.
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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
Solid neighborhood establishment, family run. One wall is covered in pictures of celebrities posing with grandma Lois. Try: lemon ice box pie, cheese grits, chicken and waffles. Closes ~3pm60th Street Emeryville CA 94608
Might be closer than Washingtown, and you cant beat free coffee. They also do wash and fold for $0.70/lbs! Thats the cheapest Ive ever seen.Adeline Street Oakland CA 94608
Hole-in-wall locale with the best tamales in Oakland, hands down. They are huge. Menu now includes burritos, tacos, tortas, etc. Cash only, take out only. Closes around 5ish.Market St Oakland California 94608
Our closest Yoga studio. Although we havent gone there, it has great reviews on Yelp.Adeline Berkeley CA 94703
Every Tuesday 3-7pm. Fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, and Blue Bottle coffee is there too. The 63rd St section is all food booths.Adeline Street Berkeley CA 94703
Delicious pastries. Strong coffee. Nice outdoor seating. Try: tomato gallette, breakfast wreath, focaccia, any cupcake, cinnamon swirls. They have one kind of sandwich/day. Closes ~5pmAdeline Street Berkeley CA 94703
Huge portions, fresh ingredients, and cheap! Breakfast and lunch spot. Very cool, colorful mural covers the building -- you cant miss it. Note: orders can take awhile.Stanford Ave Oakland CA 94608
Great pizza by the pie or slice. Closest pizza to our place.Shattuck Avenue Oakland CA 94609
Recently opened. Great brunch and dinner fare. Service is hit or miss but they have the best chicken and waffles weve had in the Bay. Dont go for eggs.Adeline Street Berkeley CA 94703-2439
Began in SF, set up shop here. 11am-9pm and the food is very well reviewed! Delicious stew-based meals so its ready FAST. Half the menu is vegetarian, and they offer gluten free options.Alcatraz Avenue Berkeley CA 94703
OMG such tasty Ethiopian food. Get a meat or veggie combo or both. You eat the meal with this spongy flatbread instead of utensils.Shattuck Avenue Oakland CA 94609
Friendly local dive with karaoke nights on Mon/Wed/Th. Pretty quiet until about 8-9, then its packed nearly every night. Hidden patio out back thats open even when the sign says closed.Adeline Street Berkeley CA 94703
Our closest laundromat. Start a load, walk across the street to Nicks for a drink while you wait.Adeline Street Berkeley CA 94703-2467
Tiny, cooperatively run, great vibe, and great espresso. Sandwiches and other cafe fare. Short hours. They moved closer, a few doors down from Easy Creole.Martin Luther King Junior Way Berkeley CA 94703
Huge, super thin crust pizza. Lots of tasty beers. Several good specials at very reasonable prices.Telegraph Avenue Oakland CA 94609
Our local Thai restaurant. Ring the bell outside to enter. An excellent standby, and better than most of the Thai places in Downtown Berkeley.Telegraph Avenue Oakland CA 94609
Velvety soft ice cream in novel favors like saffron or earl grey. Flavors change frequently, its always a surprise when we visit.Telegraph Avenue Oakland CA 94609
Love the 9+ dishes of assorted pickles that come with every meal. Tofu is made in house, soft and delicate. Try their tofu soup or the short rib soup.Telegraph Avenue Oakland CA 94609
Beer garden. Rotating selection on tap and some of the best fries Ive had in this town. Burgers are ok, but not where they shine. Great outdoor seating -- come here on a hot day and relax.Sacramento Street Berkeley CA 94702
Vegan Mexican food. They usually have a booth at the Tuesday farmers market. Super cute location.Adeline St Berkeley CA 94703
One of Berkeleys live performance theaters.Ashby Avenue Berkeley CA 94703
All sorts of random items. Occupies the BART parking lot every weekend. Half garage sale, half cheap trinkets and clothing.Ashby Avenue Berkeley CA 94703
The neighborhood was hurting for a place like this and it is such a successful little cafe! Other greats spots have sprung up around them. They show movies, have live music -- a great spot to chill.San Pablo Avenue Oakland CA 94608
Havent gone here yet, but it smells amazing and friends say good things about it!Alcatraz Avenue Oakland CA 94608
BEST PIZZA I HAVE EVER HAD. Open Wed-Sat, 5-9. They start taking orders by phone at 4. Call in, wait is between 30min to 4hrs. Whole pies only.Shattuck Avenue Berkeley CA 94705
Great Mediterranean food set in a hole in the wall diner. Try the chicken schwarma. Ask for extra garlic sauce. Wally himself is super nice.San Pablo Avenue Emeryville CA 94608
One of the best groceries in the East Bay. Incredible beer selection. Drawback: the Berkeley brawl. This is where hippies fight over organic sundries. West location is less crowded.Oregon St Berkeley California 94703
This place falls under the category of gastro pub. Excellent bites, more bar than restaurant. Crowded at night. Very cool cocktails. TVs above the bar show old school movies. Open to 1:30am!Powell Street Emeryville CA 94608
Best Japanese food in the area. Expect a minimum 45 minute wait. Definitely get a reservation or (email hidden) for a shorter wait.Ward Street Berkeley CA 94705
Super nice new facility, never gets crazy crowded like the East location. Way more parking. Separate dining area.Heinz Ave Berkeley CA 94710
A hole in the wall thats worth waiting an hour to get seated. Super fresh, delicious sushi in a humble little establishment with all sorts of interesting Japanese specials. They do take out, too.41st Street Oakland CA 94611
Former dive, now a way popular spot with an awesomely huge back patio. Good food too. Try the special: $5 for a shot of whiskey and a PBR.San Pablo Avenue Berkeley CA 94702
We havent found better Chinese food (not including dim sum in Chinatown). They have a secret upstairs dining area for large groups. Try the Double Skin, or their other specialties. REOPENS WINTER.Bancroft Way Berkeley CA 94704