"...the place was just perfect -- retrofitted with absolutely everything we needed..."  Andrea July '15"The bed is very comfortable and evenings are quiet so sleeping is great." David April '15
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About this listing

The Mod Studio is a cozy, clean and conveniently located apartment near transit, Whole Foods Market and beautiful Lake Merritt. We look forward to hosting you!

Business travel
   This listing has essential business travel amenities. 


Cleaning Fee: $50
Security Deposit: $100


The space

Great private pad with room to relax. 15 min from downtown SF or UC Berkeley. Easy walk to BART (bay area version of Subway/Metro), 1 block to Whole Foods, close to Lake Merritt park and Oakland's "Uptown". Yes, you can walk to the Paramount Theater or the glorious Oakland Fox Theater. This location is rated "Very Walkable" by (website hidden) but street parking is pretty tight.
Garden studio has piano, kitchenette (no extensive cooking though) and full bathroom (with shower).
Beds can be configured as one twin or as a low queensize bed. The bed is not really a futon (it's the Lubi Daybed by CB2) and we add a 3" Memory Foam topper.
iPod dock, TV (limited stations) and BluRay DVD available for downtime.
Hosts (with Sighmon the very friendly cat) live upstairs so you can be as sociable as you want to be.

Please contact me before you place a reservation. It is also very helpful if you create a personal profile on the Airbnb site.

Interaction with guests

As much or as little as schedules and your preference allow. Please feel free to chat!

The neighborhood

We love the proximity to great restaurants, Whole Foods market, entertainment and transit options, while still feeling residential.

Getting around

Public transit underground to SF (BART) is a pleasant 12-15 minute walk. Buses, including the new free B shuttle, are an easy walk as well.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

The studio may only be rented up to 6 weeks prior to your stay using Instant Book. If you are interested in a date more than six weeks out, please contact us prior to placing your request. We always welcome inquiries prior to booking!

No smoking, please!

The heater must be turned off when you leave the apartment.

No additional guests without prior approval.

In California we are currently experiencing a major draught; please be mindful of your water usage.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Safety card
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Smoke detector

3 nights minimum stay

131 Reviews

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Isara User Profile
April 2017
Great location, convenient to get to Whole Foods for any necessities, as well as a wide variety of excellent local restaurants and bars. At the intersection of downtown and Lake Merritt, you can quickly get to Grand Lake, Temescal, and Piedmont. Parking is tight, and I would recommend this place for people like me who did not plan on using a car, and taking the numerous public transport options in addition to walking. The walkability of this area is difficult to overstate! The space itself is roomy and comfortable, and the included desk was perfect to work from. Best of all, Leah and Gyorgy were excellent hosts - proactive communicators with great advice and interesting stories and insights of the area.

Nancy User Profile
April 2017
Great place to stay! Perfect location, just around the corner from Whole Foods, and a nice walk to Lake Merritt and BART. The studio has all of the comforts of home, and the hosts are welcoming and helpful in every way. Will be back!

Sharada User Profile
March 2017
Leah and Gyorgy were great hosts! The space was clean and eclectic. It's located close to the lake and the Bart. Fantastic place to stay!

Valerie User Profile
March 2017
This is my absolute favorite Oakland AirBnB!! I stay with Leah and Gorgy every time the space is available. The location near to the whole foods, simple kitchen space with microwave and clear well equipped basement apartment meets my business travel needs fantastically!

Rachel User Profile
March 2017
Leay and Gyorgy are the sweetest couple. Their private room is perfect- it's own apartment in the botton floor of their home, within walking distance of my office and Lake Merritt for an early morning walk or run. Also within walking distance of a ton of great restaurants on Grand, as well as the Whole Foods. The patio was a huge plus- a great place to sit outside, but still sheltered a bit from the street. Highly recommended!

Shakira User Profile
February 2017
Had a great stay .. Very Nice neighborhood . Loved the inside decor

Clay User Profile
February 2017
One of the best Airbnbs in Oakland, and for sure the best hosts. It's all around a great place to stay.

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Oakland, California, United States · Joined in March 2009
Leah And Gyorgy User ProfileLeah And Gyorgy is a superhost.

We are a conscientious couple and will take good care of your place, and trust you will do the same with ours! We are involved in the arts (music, dance, even food!) and love to share our love of the Bay Area with others. We look forward to meeting you...or your home!

Response rate: 100%
(last 10 contacts)
Response time: within an hour

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.