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 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!
Everything inside the cottage, attached patio, shared garden, loaner bikes (ask us first to get set up!).
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.
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 mature, well-behaved children only. Children must be supervised at all times. 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 is a great little cottage. Very clean and cozy, super comfy bed. The chickens were fun to watch, such an unusual thing to experience in the city! Ginger and Lewis were very kind and made it easy to book their place.
100% better than any hotel available for that price. The bed is amazing. Kitchen is full sized and well equipped. Ginger and Louis are fantastic creative folks who have created a wondrous urban oasis with gardens, animals, art, and outdoors paces that made being there the nicest part of my time in Oakland. Room was SPOTLESS clean and larger than I imagined. Very west coast. I plan to stay there as often as I can.
Very comfortable and homey.
Thanks again, Ginger and Lewis.
Cheers, until next time, Jan
Ginger & Lewis' place is amazing. It's cozy and comfy. They were really nice to lock their chicken away coz one of my friend is afraid of them but the chickens are very cute. I didn't get to meet Ginger but Lewis very suuuuuuper nice and always patient to answer our questions. Oh and they have the sweetest and cutest cat ever! I would definitely choose this place again if I ever go back to SF.
We absolutely Loved the cottage
Warm Friendly And Clean
The hosts were very accommodating
And Did I mention Very Colorful !!!
Ginger and Lewis's place was a wonderful place to stay. There was attentive and prompt communication in the days leading up to my reservation, a warm greeting upon arriving at their place, and everything a guest could need throughout my visit. The setup of their space is really beautiful (chickens and all), location is accessible and convenient.
We loved coming home to our cottage and deck, conversing with the chickens. If your lucky, you will meet the cats.
Warm, clean and comfortable, artistic, creative and thoughtful. Thank you Ginger and Lewis for providing a wonderful home.
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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. 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