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.
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!
Chris and Barbara were really sweet.
Both very welcoming and always helpful whatever the informations we needed.
Their house is lovely and the guest room is perfect for travellers who appreciate great privacy. Bed, internet, cable TV, lot of space for luggages, book shelf, All there and very handy !
And on top of that, an awesome kitchen, great terrace for late night dinner and a very handy bathroom.
The peaceful Aileen Street is crossing on the "F" bus line so it's very easy and fast to go back and forth to San Francisco at anytime.
Very pleasant stay for sure !
Our stay was awesome! This was way better than a hotel. We had a private cottage with a bed, TV, and a patio right out front. Everything was very clean and accommodating. Inside the main house we had a full kitchen and a bathroom. The BART station was less than a mile away and plenty of nice places to eat all within walking distance. We met with Barb who was very sweet and charming. She was an excellent host. It was a perfect experience
A terrific stay at Chris and Barbara's cottage! Communication was excellent and luggage transportation was helpful upon our arrival. All information and guidebooks, such as maps and local pamphlets were in the cottage to read and plan the next day's urban assault. We were gone all day and would only pass the hosts briefly upon our return. They were always available to help. The cottage was very comfortable!
Chris and Barbara were very welcoming! They let us use their BBQ and we thought their dogs/cat were so sweet! We would definitely stay here again - incredible value for money!!
The little garden house is a perfect place to relax after a long day! Bed is big and nice and Chris (we didn't See Barbara) was very welcoming! We loved Oakland as well! Bart is a 20 min walk, but we thought that was fine! Enjiyed our stay! :)
Fantastic! Chris and Barbara were lovely hosts. Guest house provided just enough privacy (distance from big house) but close enough that a private bathroom was just a few steps away. Cottage was cute as a button, VERY comfortable bed, wonderful fluffy pillows, nice clean dresser to put away clothes, flat screen tv that made me feel right at home. Everything about the cottage was just as it was represented in the photos. (which is not always the case) Chris and Barbara made me feel so welcome. Even though I didn't need to use it except to store a few items in the refrigerator, the kitchen was accessible. The hosts are so kind, if you do use their kitchen, I would urge anyone to please leave it as you found it... clean.
My mornings started by making the most delicious and refreshing lemonade made from lemons straight off their lemon tree and relaxing on the deck while soaking up some sun.
The neighborhood is safe and quiet, parking was never a problem right on the street, and they are located just a convenient few blocks to Temescal Alley where you can find plenty of restaurants, shops, post office, banks, pete's coffee, etc.
I would recommend this lovely little Airbnb to anyone!