About This Listing
A modern and comfortable getaway in the wonderful Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland. Big backyard surrounded by lush greenery, with a BBQ, pizza oven and vegetable garden. Very central location for San Francisco visitors.
A unique Berkeley Craftsman style home from 1912, located very centrally in Rockridge, Oakland. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living and diningroom as well as a new kitchen opening up to the one-of-a-kind backyard with a thriving vegetable garden, outdoor pizza-oven, gas BBQ, and a big lawn.
The house can accommodate 6 people, and for groups of 6-8 people, there is a backyard cottage at the far end of the yard that can be added to the rental for $150 per night. The cottage sleeps two people, and has a small kitchen, bath and livingroom. It does not show in the pictures, as it was not yet built when they were taken, but pictures are available at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/859389. If you wish to also book the cottage, please mention that in your booking request.
The main house is 1300 sq.ft, the cottage is about 140 sq ft, and the property is about half an acre of lush rainforest-like greenery; very rare in this central location.
We are 2 blocks away from BART (San Francisco metro) and downtown Rockridge which can offer great grocery stores, coffeeshops, amazing restaurants, shops, farmer's market on Sundays and much much more.
We have plenty of parking in our driveway and street parking is free as well. Internet is included. Please note there is no TV at the house, but there is a projector you can hook up to your own computer.
The kitchen is fully equipped with all kitchenware you'd find in a regular household, and appliances like dishwasher, gas stove, microwave, fridge with freezer, washer and dryer.
Fresh sheets and towels, including handtowels and washcloths, are of course provided, along with bathroom amenities like shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, blowdryer etc.
The house has two private bedrooms with Queen size beds in them, and a pull-out couch in the livingroom, also Queen size. All together, the house sleeps 6ppl. The property can fit up to 8ppl if you rent the backyard cottage as well.
The location is great for anything you'd want to do whether you are looking for a city-vacation, an active getaway or just a place to stay and hang out. We have local maps both for walking and biking, and there are great parks all over for hiking, running and biking.
5 stops on BART puts you down town San Francisco, and driving there takes about 15 minutes without traffic. Downtown Oakland is two BART stops away, and downtown Berkeley is a nice walk or a quick bikeride (or BART of course).
One thing to note is that there is a smaller freeway right across from our yard that you do hear when you're outside. You can't see it for all the trees, but you can hear it. It is more of a constant hum rather than annoying loud noises, and you do get used to it pretty quick. It does take away the feeling of being out in the quiet countryside, but does not obstruct any conversation or activity.
My husband and I might stay in the backyard cottage while you're here, depending on the time of your stay, and whether or not you request to rent this as well. The cottage is completely self-sufficient so we'd be entirely out of your way, but we'd share the driveway.
Guests will have full, private access to the whole house except the basement. Entrance to the basement is outside of the main house.
Guests will also have full access to use the yard, patio and kitchen deck as they please throughout their stay.
Interaction with Guests
If we are around, I'm happy to provide some great tips and pointers on what to do in the neighborhood, along with restaurant recommendations etc, or help with anything you might need during your stay.
As mentioned above, my husband and I might stay in the cottage on the property. We are gone most of the day for work and tend to take off on weekends, but are happy to help with any info or questions while here.
Rockridge is one of the best neighborhoods in Oakland. It has a slew of local shops and markets including vegetable markets, a butcher, wine shops, bakeries, cheese shops, coffee shops and ice cream places, and several grocery stores including Trader Joe's and a brand new Safeway. There are lots of amazing restaurants and a wonderful Sunday farmer's market just a couple blocks from the house.
There is a lot to do right here, but also very easy to get out and on the road to fun places like Lake Tahoe (3.5hrs drive), Santa Cruz (1.5hrs), Monterey and Big Sur (2-3hrs), or up the northern coast of the Bay Area like Bolinas (1hr) or Napa Valley and Sonoma wine country (1hr).
BART, the San Francisco Bay metro-system, is two blocks from the house and there are Transbay buses going in to San Francisco right outside our driveway.
Parking is included in a private driveway.
Getting to and from the airports (OAK and SFO) is really easy, either by BART or by car. The on-ramp to the freeway is half a block down the street so it's generally easy to get around.
Other Things to Note
If you are looking for a place to hold an event or a gathering of 10 or more people, we are open to that, but separate event fees apply. Please note what kind of event and the number of guests in your message, and we'll respond with applicable rates.
Plan to bring the majority of your own food and drinks, but feel free to take advantage of anything that is in the fridge and pantry that you might need. Seasonal vegetables are available in the garden and you are welcome to help yourself!
No parties, events or large groups are permitted without a specific booking of such. We'd like to stay courteous to our neighbors.
No smoking inside.
We generally don't allow pets, but can make an exception for well-behaved dogs if absolute necessary. Bring it up with us in your message.
No cats allowed.
Vegetable garden with all sorts of goodies coming up depending on the season. In the back left corner, there is now a cottage that was not yet built when this photo was taken
Marianne and Sam have created a little oasis in Oakland and it was everything we hoped it would be. Truly lovely and magical. After long days out it was great to come home to. Our experience was made all the better by getting to meet Sam who was wonderful and kind.
So thank you, you made us feel at home. Thanks for sharing.
We had a great stay at Marianne and Sam's house in Rockridge. Good location, clean space, very comfortable. We didn't get a chance to use the pizza oven, but we'll have to do that next time! Can't wait to stay again.
Marianne was wonderful, as this was our first time using this site. She explained everything we needed to know about the home and had excellent communication skills. We very much enjoyed the clean green home. As well as walking to great restaurants and farmers market. It was wonderful to meet our family at this home. We spent a lovely long weekend and shall return!
My sister and I and our kids loved staying in Marianne's home and enjoyed all aspects of it. The most important things to me when renting a home are cleanliness and location. The house was beautifully clean and organized, and the location being walking distance to the Rockridge BART station, Trader Joes, and many restaurants was so convenient.
Marianne and Sam are the perfect hosts, welcoming and helpful. The first half of the time we were there, they stayed unobtrusively in the cottage, and it was really nice to be able to ask them a few questions.
We all enjoyed the pizza oven, and our kids enjoyed playing in the backyard. We all appreciated the strong wifi as well, after being in a few other rentals with weak wifi. I really appreciated how environmentally caring the home is, and even learned a few things about recycling.
I would definitely recommend Marianne's Airbnb with no hesitation. I'm very glad she's back in the country and hosting!
My family had a great stay at this place. Marianne and Sam are wonderful hosts, and we're excellent communicators leading up to and throughout the stay. They were quick to address any issues and were there to help with questions...plus they have a very well put together folder for guests with local area info and house info.
The house is located in a nice area with lots of shops and restaurants. Great spacious private yard to escape from the city when your fun is done. There was easy access to BART, making the location great for airport travel. Quick and easy access to San Francisco by BART as well. If driving, freeway access is also convenient.
All in all, I highly recommend booking your stay in the Bay Area with Marianne and Sam at this beautiful property.
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About the Host, Marianne
I grew up in Norway, but moved to California in 2007 for grad school and have stayed here since. I live a pretty standard Bay Area life working in the sustainability industry, and taking advantage of the great outdoors around here. Love going on trips to new places, no matter how near or far away. I just returned from a 15-month trip around the world and I missed hosting while I was gone, so I'm excited to get back into it. Getting to host people and help them experience the true Northern California and all we have to offer here is great fun to me.
Trader Joes is a quick walk from the house. Open till 9 every day (might be 8 on Saturdays)College Ave Oakland California 94618
Market Hall is a wonderful little group of great businesses; a bakery, a coffeeshop, a cheeseshop, a butcher and seafood place, a produce market, a wine shop and a deli all located in the same place.College Avenue Oakland CA 94618
Great produce; great selection and good prices. They also have other grocery items like milk, juice, bulk foods etc, but I go there mostly for the veggies. Family-run local market.College Avenue Oakland CA 94618
It is very close and open 24hrs a day. Safeway isnt my first choice for groceries, due to all the great, local shops, but good to know its open all the time for the last minute stuff you may need.College Avenue Oakland CA 94618