Cozy 8 X 15 North Oakland cottage. Just several steps away in the main house are your private full bathroom with sink, toilet, shower, fresh towels, and a lovely, large shared eat-in kitchen. There is complimentary tea and coffee for you in the kitchen (you can make that anytime!). The cottage has a mounted flat screen tv, a very comfortable queen sized bed, internet and cable (December 2013 - installed a new router in the cottage, guests report the wireless connectivity is more than adequate), plenty of books and New Yorker magazines if you feel like reading, a comfy leather chair, and a full sized dresser for your clothes. Enjoy the sunny, plant filled backyard deck just outside your front door. There is a private entrance alongside the main house that leads back to the cottage.
If you like community gardens, the lovely one acre Dover Street Park is just around the corner. You can also walk the few blocks to Temescal shopping, excellent restaurants and cafes, art spaces, public library, post office, etc.
We do offer instant booking, but please contact us prior to arriving.
Guests have access to their cottage, their own private full bathroom in the main house, a shared kitchen and laundry room.
Interaction with Guests
Whatever seems natural. Sometimes quite a lot, other times not nearly as much. This is often dictated by how much our guests are even here at the house. They generally spend a great deal of time enjoying the Bay Area.
We are working most days, very easy to get along with, enjoy meeting new people, but also happy to respect our guest's privacy.
Easy access to everything in the Bay Area, great neighbors, excellent restaurants, coffee houses nearby. Easy to walk, bicycle and enjoy our usually great weather.
Parking is easy on our tree-lined residential street, and we're within walking distance of 3 BART stations (MacArthur, Ashby, and Rockridge), multiple bus lines (18, 12, 1R, and 1) into Berkeley, downtown Oakland, San Francisco, etc. The transbay bus line (F) takes 20 minutes to arrive in San Francisco from the stop 3 blocks from our house. This line runs every 30 minutes from about 5 am to 12 pm. It's easy to get anywhere, whether you have a car or not.
Outdoor smoking is fine - please not in the cottage, kitchen or private bathroom.
Please be sure to lock the cottage every time you leave the premises and to activate the alarm system.
If you use the kitchen (it is shared) please clean up after yourself ( we promise to do the same!).
Please leave the cottage and private bathroom as you found them.
Chris and Barbara are really great hosts! We loved cottage a lot: it is really comfortable and cozy. Thank you! Hope to visit you again someday:)
My stay with Chris and Barbara was great, just as advertised! The communication before my trip was complete and very helpful, directions, house tips, and more. I was traveling by myself, but the space would work just as well for a couple. They were both very friendly and helpful, had great answers to my questions, at the same allowing me as much privacy as I wanted. The cottage is lovely and they thought of so many details to make the space feel like home. I hope I get to visit The Oakland / Berkeley area again soon, to see my son, and to stay with Chris and Barbara again.
Chris and Barbara were generous and welcoming. At one point in my stay, strawberry cupcakes mysteriously appeared in the kitchen. I hope these were meant for me to eat -- because I did. The cabin and bathroom were clean. The property was a quick walk from BART and an even quicker walk from the bus, which stops at the corner. Even in February, lemons and scented flowers were growing from the bushes surrounding the patio. It really is a lovely space.
The backyard cottage is indeed lovely...exactly as in the images. The space is super clean and the bed very comfortable! Chris and Barbara are excellent hosts. They welcomed us with a lot of warmth and were accessible as needed.
The only thing to note is that the bathroom is located inside the main house as opposed to inside the cottage as we would have hoped... still, it's super easy to access through the shared kitchen area, but something to note if you enjoy total privacy and/or late night showers.
Chris and Barbara's cottage was adorable, quiet, and perfect for a little stay in Oakland.
This is a meticulously clean, well-kept space, with plenty of privacy. The hosts were very easy to communicate with. This is a great value.
My fiance and I stayed in chris and barbs guest house. It is very quaint and lovely. We met Chris who was very hospitable, everything you might need is there, the neighborhood and street parking are safe. We are very appreciative of the hospitality and comfortable accomodations. Thanks Chris and Barb!