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Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

The space

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, wireless internet and cable, 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.

Please note that we have a moderate cancellation policy, full refund when cancelling 5 days in advance:

Guest access

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.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $5 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $20
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House Rules

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.

Enjoy yourself!



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

2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

286 Reviews

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Abi User Profile
May 2017
the communication was great, the cottage is as pictured - compact but its somewhere to rest your head and the location for us was good as we had rented a car. there is restricted parking on the street but the next road over is fine and within walking distance. our only issues were the windchime outside woke us up constantly and there is no daylight restriction so 6am and boom it's like your sleeping outside, if you're a heavy sleeper then you'll probably be fine. also the fact that you have to walk outside and through the shared kitchen to use the loo wasn't comfortable for us.. these are all more personal hang ups.. they didn't suit us at all but others may like these things. overall we probably wouldn't stay again as it wasn't to our taste but thats not to say that our taste is the same as everyone elses.

David User Profile
April 2017
A wonderful and private experience! Instructions were straight forward and we enjoyed our stay immensely. Great location to explore the Oakland/San Francisco area. We felt safe and comfortable, and would definitely recommend staying to other travelers!

Randy User Profile
April 2017
Chris & Barbara's cottage was lovely. It was located out back of their house. It was decorated well, quiet, and had a private entrance. Chris messaged me a day before my check-in to see when I might be arriving. Then when I arrived he met me at the front door and gave me a key, a quick tour and then let me get settled. The only issue I had, which was minor, was the inconsistent wifi signal. In order for me to do a few last bits of work I had to switch off the wifi and use my phone's personal hotspot. I definitely could recommend this place.

Chris and Barbara's place is a one room in their backyard and the bathroom is in the main house, so if you stay there you need to understand at night when you need to use the bathroom, you need to walk out of your room and through the backyard to the main house. Bring a bathrobe with you which will come in very handy when it is the time to go.

Grace User Profile
April 2017
Stayed here for work so wasn't around much during the day. Chris was flexible about my late check in. Everything ran smoothly. Cute, tiny studio has comfortable bed and room for your clothing. Fresh towels were left in the private bathroom in the shared kitchen area. You have to cross the small deck to the kitchen/bathroom, but this wasn't an issue. Close enough to walk to restaurants/bars/grocery stores in nearby Temescal and Rockridge, very central location!

Pradipta User Profile
April 2017
Awesome place. Awesome host. Everything turned out accurate as described. Perfect place to stay in Oakland. Will definitely stay here the next time.

Katie User Profile
March 2017
It was exactly what we signed up for! No surprises, and it looked exactly like the pictures. Only complaint is that it's about a mile from the closest BART station, which wasn't exactly ideal when walking home late at night. Other than that, it was great having a private bathroom and no shared walls with anyone. The place was kept really clean, and had everything we needed. Thanks Chris and Barbara!

Oakland, California, United States · Joined in September 2012
Chris And Barbara User ProfileChris And Barbara is a superhost.

Chris and Barbara Vernon, we've lived in North Oakland for 20+ years and love meeting new people.


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