About this listing
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. 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.
Beautiful house (own bathroom, shared kitchen) with cosy cottage (with wlan and tv) in garden. We felt very welcomed. Parking in the street possible. The house/cottage is walkable to train station bart that brings you to san francisco within 20 minutes. Chris was supernice and the communication was great. We would definately stay again!
We didn't meet the home owners, but we were welcomed by their lovely daughter ,... She gave us a quick and clear tour of the cottage, the kitchen and our bathroom. She was so kind to let us use the terrace the entire evening...
The cottage is as described: small, cosy, with TV, good bed!
It is really close to the house, so in only a few steps you get to a clean bathroom.
And even though you are in a neighbourhood where you are surrounded completely by houses and yards,.... it is really quiet!
Actually, we had a really great stay there!
Absolutely nothing to complain!
If you intens to goninto SF city, leave early enough before traffic picks up,... Traffic is horrible..
Me and my girlfriend had an amazing stay at Chris and Barbara's place. The backyard cottage is very beautiful and has a very comfy bed. The private bathroom and the possibility to use the kitchen was great. Chris and Barbara are super hosts, easy to communicate with, very flexible and very nice, too :) They helped us with every little problem we had (late arrival,...). Also important to mention is that the location is very close to three BART stations, what makes it perfect if you are planning to check out SFC! We would definitely choose this place again, if we come back to Oakland.
Really great hosts - provided lots of information and great directions before our arrival and were very welcoming at check-in. The little cottage is really great and was a real treat after 2 weeks camping in our tent! The bed is also super comfy and they provided really soft towels too. Strongly recommend the Mexican nearby on Telegraph Avenue called Cholita Linda - it's amazing! Would definitely stay here again.
Chris and Barbara's cottage was a lovely escape from the business of San Francisco. Surrounded by flowers, lime trees and wind chimes it was a perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring.
Chris kindly collected us from the station when we arrived late at night and made us feel right at home straight away. Chris, Barbara and their family were so kind and helpful during our stay and were always happy to help us or answer any questions. They also have two lovely dogs and a cat which where so cute and good company when we where sat outside/ in the kitchen.
There house is a five minute walk from the shops and cafes of Temescal and a good 20 minute walk (16 blocks) to the BART station where it is a 20 minute ride into SF (around $8 return). The trains are frequent and we were never kept waiting long.
The cottage itself is cosy and light with the most comfiest bed which I had the best nights sleep in! It also has a TV and storage. We had our own bathroom and use of the kitchen and laundry room.
We had a great stay with Chris, Barbara and their family while visiting San Francisco, lovely and peaceful and such good value - thank you!
My stay at the cottage was great! I rented it out as a place to stay while I was taking the CA Bar in Oakland, and it turned out perfect. Not only was the area private and quiet, but Chris and Barbara were excellent hosts. They were both super friendly and made sure that I had everything I needed the entire time.
P.S. The bed was also SUPER comfortable :)
Chris and Barbara are really nice people! Chris picked us up at the bart station. They were really helpful and the room was clean and we enjoyed the stay! Thank you for everything!