20 minutes walk to BART train, 17 minute BART ride to San Francisco, 15 minute BART ride to Downtown Berkeley/ UC Berkeley (Cal). Sometimes noisy residential neighborhood. Side yard with basketball hoop and outdoor seating, wifi, parking. Free breakfast goodies (coffee, orange juice, yogurt, cereal(oatmeal or dried), milk, assortment of jams and homemade jellies).
Having biked around Europe and sailed around the Caribbean and Latin America, I am happy to accommodate adventuresome travelers and enjoy conversing about politics and culture.
My neighborhood is very diverse and although I wouldn't suggest walking around after dark; during the day, I've never had any trouble. I haven't had any trouble at night either but it's probably better to play it safe. There are always taxis waiting at the BART station. I would recommend taking a taxi after dark. (It's $10 or less including tip.)
There is a great Mexican restaurant on Foothill and Rosedale, less than 3 blocks from my house. There's also an inexpensive taco truck 3 blocks from my house on Foothill (just turn left- you can't miss it) where you can have a taco for $1.25 and a burrito for not much more.
My house has a side yard and basketball hoop that can be adjusted in height depending on yours or your kids!
My son's room is small with a single bed that you can use (he just started college) and is filled with posters of soccer stars and memorabilia.
My daughter's room has a full size loft and is available on days she's not with me. It also sleeps one but is a bit wobbly. I can put an air mattress on the floor if you feel more comfortable with that.
The living room has a full size futon, a wood burning fireplace and DVD player that you can use with the TV. I just turned off the cable and am still in the process of hooking up the roof antenna so that we can watch Network TV. If you are handy and can do that for me, let me know, and I'll let you stay here one night for free!
We just recently had a plumbing emergency in the large kitchen so unfortunately, the floor isn't very attractive right now. We had to remove part of the vinyl flooring and the particle board and sub-flooring is exposed. It's mostly covered by a rug and was professionally dried. We're hoping to get it repaired soon! That being said, the kitchen is great for cooking with a large granite countertop. You have access to all cooking utensils pots and pans. Feel free to open up cupboards and investigate!
My house isn't fancy but it's comfortable, clean and welcoming! I hope you enjoy your stay with me.
I provide towels and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion). You're welcome to use products in the shower/bath area. Please ask if you need anything.
If you're social, I enjoy cooking and sharing breakfast on the weekends with my guests when I'm not working. I also share an occasional dinner with guests but you should plan on contributing something. A cash donation to cover costs is fine if you haven't bought food.
This is a warm, comfortable house with an amazing host. Everything is provided for, it's clean, and the neighbourhood is calm and quiet. The Bart is 15 mins away, and though walking at night isn't very advisable, taxis are available at the station and the cab ride is 5 mins long and costs 8 dollars. There is also a bus stop 2 blocks away; the bus goes to downtown Oakland. If you have a car, the freeway is 2 mins away and there is plenty of street parking.
If you stay here, you will certainly have wonderful conversation and good laughs with a super interesting woman who has much wise advice to give and is also a great listener. I highly, highly recommend this stay!
The room was comfortable, clean and quiet (as advertised) and the area had many delicious ethnic cuisines to choose from which was nice since I'm a bit of a foodee. The location is also not too far from the Bart which was also important (15-20 min walk).
As far as hosts go, I can honestly say that Barbara is one of nicest, friendliest people you will ever meet. I wasn't sure what to expect since this was my first AirBNB experience, but her warm demeanor instantly put me at ease. She was always interested in a friendly chat and more than accommodating to whatever I needed to feel at home. While I didn't have the chance to eat breakfast (which she provided daily), she was kind enough to offer me a glass wine after a particularly hard day and even drive me to next airbnb destination!!
I honestly can't remember the last time I wrote a review for anyone, but I had such a great experience that I had to make this exception. Please do yourself a favor and stay with Barbara. You will definitely thank me later!
Barbara is certainly the nicest and warmest person in Oakland, would come back in a heartbeat.
The house is neat, Barbara makes sure everything is clean and guests have towels and everything and know where to go. She is also a welcoming and open minded hostess with whom you will enjoy a good chat or two during your stay.
If you are coming from SF the house is close to the BART from which you'll get to Downtown in about 15 min.
Barbara was a great host and super friendly!! Her house was clean, quiet, and comfortable. She provided cereal, bread, eggs, and fresh fruit as breakfast--- really enjoyed it!!! We also had a nice talk. All in all, thank you Barbara.
Barbara was more than accommodating, and I couldn't have asked for a better host. Her home was very comfortable and clean. I would recommend staying with her with no hesitation. The house is close enough to the Fruitvale BART station so that walking to and from it is not an issue. Just great experience all together.
Barbara was a great host. She was very friendly and welcoming. I was given the choice between the two rooms available. The rooms and the shared bathroom were clean, and she provided towels and toiletries. I stayed in the front room and the bed was very comfortable.
Barbara provides two options for breakfast: a free breakfast and a $5 breakfast. I opted for the $5 breakfast which consisted of coffee, fresh fruit, an Spanish omelette, and fried potatoes, it was delicious. However, even if you pay for the breakfast you'll have to help with the dishes. Otherwise, there are lots of great taquerias nearby!
Overall Barbara was very friendly and accommodating. Would definitely stay again.
Barbara is such a nice and friendly person. She was very welcoming and helpful as well. She couldn't show us around because she was busy on that weekend but she showed us some nice places to visit in San Francisco on the Internet and gave us the directions. Additionally to that, we had a great breakfast with her and a nice talk. She is a great host and if I'd come back to California, I would definitely stay at her place again!
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