Urban Retreat-Oakland 1 block away

House - Entire home/apt · Lake Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611, United States
Jane And Ed
Your host, Jane And Ed
49 Reviews
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Response time: within a few hours

The Space

This is a spacious 600 sq. foot studio apartment. While it shares a common entrance to the house, the suite’s entry door locks securely for complete privacy. Our publishing company occupies the space adjacent to the suite and there is very little activity on the evenings and weekend.

Overhead skylights provide excellent light. Soft carpeting adds to the comfort. The private bathroom includes a large shower and double sinks. Sleeping arrangements included a comfortable Queen size mattress on a low (3") platform and a queen-size sofa bed. Behind the sleeping area there is a semi-private room with a queen-size futon.

Fast Wi-Fi connection. In-house entertainment includes Cable TV with HBO and On Demand service, and DVD player. There are weights and exercise props. For easy and light cooking there is a small refrigerator/freezer, microwave, dishes and utensils.

Parking is easy either in the large driveway or on the street. The large garden is peaceful with unusual plants and a large fish pond.

Piedmont CA is a beautiful residential city surrounded by Oakland, convenient to all freeways. You will be within walking distance to Lakeshore Ave. & Piedmont Avenue’s restaurants, shops, and movie theaters. It's a 10 minute drive to Whole Foods, the Paramount Theater, and Oaksterdam. Downtown San Francisco is just 20 minutes away.

For commuters going to SF, there is a casual carpool pick-up spot and The Transbay Express bus around the corner. Also nearby (1.5 miles) is the rapid transit system (BART – MacArthur Station). This is a convenient BART stop for travelers using SF and Oakland Airports.

We live in the far side of the building and are available for information about local activities, eateries and places of interest. Two shy cats also call the place home. Shared laundry facilities available.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $825 /week
Monthly Price: $3200 /month
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The apartment was absolutely lovely, as was the garden and fish pond outside. Everything was so clean, the bathroom the nicest with the largest shower with two shower-heads. The neighborhood was safe and quiet. It was a lovely, calm place of retreat for two weeks.

    June 2014
  • Thank you Jane and Ed!! everything was just awesome!! My son enjoyed the yard and his nice @own room@ Hope i will come again next year)))

    June 2014
  • When we arrived Jane was there to greet us and even offered cuttings from the garden. The space is light filled and very comfortable. The bathroom is gorgeous.We had everything we needed. The garden and pond is beautiful and viewed from our space.. We had a wonderful time in the city and surrounding bay area, but it was very nice to come back to such a peaceful environment, plus ample parking for our van. Thank you Jane and Ed!

    May 2014
  • Our time at Jane and Ed's couldn't have been better and we were there for nearly a week. The location worked out really well for us, with easy access to where we needed to go (either by local roads or freeways) and restaurants and ice cream in walking distance. The "suite" was great for us, sleeping three adults and with a half wall creating an element of privacy, some kitchen items and a fabulous bathroom. Jane and Ed were very kind, as well as the staff we met from their publication company, also on site. Thanks Jane and Ed!

    May 2014
  • Ed and Jane were great hosts! They thought of everything that you could need such as an ironing board, cable tv and even books to read. The unit truly is a beautiful relaxing urban retreat, the location in Piedmont is wonderful. We would love to stay there again!

    May 2014
  • Had a great long weekend stay in Piedmont with Jane and Ed. Lovely place, like being in a small compound, totally private from their side of the house, spacious, bright. Lovely garden to sit in, very quiet, yet easy to get anywhere and a 10 minute walk to "downtown" Piedmont and all the shops and restaurants. Neighborhood houses are full of gardens and flowers. Jane was very helpful when we had questions, and the vibe was California chill.

    April 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay at Jane and Ed's place! We had our own private apartment with two queen size beds that were separate sleeping spaces (and very comfy cozy to sleep on) and in another room a fold out couch with a dinning table, microwave and small fridge. Perfect for all our needs. The bathroom is gorgeous.
    Jane and Ed are very kind hosts. We were offered the use of their kitchen but didn't need it- we did however gladly except their offer to use the washer and dryer. So grateful for the generous offer.
    We were left alone unless we wanted or needed something - their office staff is so nice and we enjoyed great conversations with them.
    If you want peace and quiet, a beautiful retreat from all the fun busy-ness of the city this is for you.
    Ample off street parking.
    Jane was very gracious to our son as well when he stopped in with us.
    Thanks Jane and Ed!

    March 2014
  • Jane and Ed are wonderful welcoming and friendly hosts. Their house is beautiful, spacious, impeccably kept and beaufitully decorated. Thanks again for the hospitality!

    March 2014
  • Jane and Ed were amazing hosts. They were available whenever we had a question and yet gave us our privacy. The garden just outside is so beautiful with a heron that flys in and out of the pond. There are redwood just to the side of the garden. We really enjoyed sitting in the garden. The space itself is very nicely decorated and we felt very much at home. It was so quiet and we slept very well.
    It is just a 10 minutes drive to Telegraph Ave in Berkley and we enjoyed shopping and eating there. There are alot of restaurants that are closer by.
    I highly recommend the Urban Retreat!!!

    March 2014
  • The room is perfect for a family : very big and very calm. My son enjoyed the games available inside, the fishes and the playground in the school near by.
    Lots of details let us feel at home : flowers in a pot, chocolates to eat, products left by the previous guests...
    The area is really safe and Jane was very helpful. We could also use their kitchen and the other bathroom to bath our 6 months old baby.
    Thanks a lot for your hospitality !
    Looking forward to come back ;-)
    Audrey and Nicolas

    February 2014
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My husband Ed Rosenthal and I enjoy botanical gardens, museums, healthy dining, and SF Bay Area music and culture events. Stay with us and get the "friends and family" discount on any of Ed's books.
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