About this listing
My house is not fancy but it is clean and comfortable. I'm not a neat freak but I do try to keep the house tidy.
View from the street of the front entrance. The porch is a nice place to sit on warm days which there are many of, even in the winter. There is a nice comfy chair, coffee table and deck chair to sit on and enjoy a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or a meal
The bedroom is small with a single bed with a a handmade quilt. 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 $1.55 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!
and is filled with posters of soccer stars and memorabilia.
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.
Guests can access the entire house except my bedroom and my daughter's bedroom. If you hang out laundry in the tiny backyard, please be careful of construction debris. There are rusty nails!!!
Interaction with Guests
I like to interact with guests but when I get home from teaching at 9:30pm at night, I'm usually exhausted and like to just take a shower and go to bed.
I love the diversity of this sometimes noisy neighborhood and the neighbors are very friendly.
20 minutes walk to BART train, 17 minute BART ride to San Francisco, 15 minute BART ride to Downtown Berkeley/ UC Berkeley (Cal).
Other Things to Note
Side yard with basketball hoop and outdoor seating. I don't have time to clean the outdoor table but feel free to use it. I have one table that you can sit at in under the palm tree and another in the more private garden area.
Don't reprogram the central heating. You may turn it up but please ask me for instructions if you're not familiar with how to turn on the heat. Please wash dishes. Smoking allowed on outside front porch, but make sure front windows and doors are closed so that it doesn't come into house. You can also smoke in side yard but not in the house. Do not just chuck cigarette butts into the garden. Ask me for an ashtray and please empty your ashtray into the brown bin outside, making sure there are no burning embers.
Please do not use the washing machine after 9:00pm. or before 9am on the weekends.
If you light a fire in fireplace, please use fireplace screen if you aren't closely watching for sparks.
Be sure to lock all windows before leaving (I am responsible for my bedroom). You are responsible for your bedroom, kitchen, living room, and bathroom windows.
It's important to vent the bathroom (leave the window open after showering) and I often open the kitchen window to create cross ventilation.
In the winter and on cold mornings or evenings, the heater in the bathroom can be turned on for your comfort and to dry it out.
Feel free to turn on the heat- I generally tend to keep the house cool. Turning the heat up to 68 during the day is totally acceptable but please turn it off when you leave the house. At night, I prefer to turn off the heat so please let me know if you need an extra comforter (like a blanket). And also let me know if you feel cold. Of course, my primary concern is for you to be comfortable.
My stay with Barbara was great. Very accommodating host and was always available to help out if you needed any information (she helped me a good deal with my commute, freeway info, etc.). She knows the area very well so feel free to ask questions if you're not too familiar with the bay. Also very easy to get along with. You'd probably do best to have a car because the 580 ramp is right around the corner but Fruitvale station isn't very far either if you're trying to get to SF or Berkeley.
What a wonderful host! Extremely hospitable and kind..
We had a great time at her place and would definitely visit her again when in town..
Barbara - when you come to India, we will host you !!!
Thank you!!!! I so hope to visit you one day in India, a culture that has always fascinated me. I would love to meet your family and friends and learn more about your culture that I discovered a little while you were here, through your cooking and stories. It was a pleasure meeting you both and hosting you. Please come again and let's get together for some Indian food:)
This was my second time staying here and, like last time, it was wonderful. The host is great and provides for everything you'll need for a comfortable stay. The neighborhood is calm, although you might need a car to be able to move around more easily. However, I didn't have a car and was fine. The 40 bus, which takes you to Lake Merritt/downtown is 5 minutes away, and the Fruitvale bart is 15-17 minutes away walking. Cabs from the Bart to the house are about 7 bucks.
Barbara was a great host and made me feel at home. We cooked multiple dinners together and shared favorite teas and popcorn. When available, she was also very enjoyable to talk to, although her busy schedule meant that interaction with her was sometimes limited.
The house in general was quite clean, despite a plumbing issue during the first few days that I stayed, and I have no complaints on that end. The only critique I have is that there were a couple of old fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator that probably should have been thrown out a bit sooner, but that was a minor issue.
As for the neighborhood, it definitely felt a little sketchier than other places I have stayed at. The neighborhood itself was quiet while I was there, but there were nightly sirens off in the distance. I suppose that's true anywhere in Southern Oakland.
The roads themselves are also not particularly well maintained making for a rather bumpy commute into Alameda on the days that I cycled. Given what I know now, I probably would have driven everywhere, despite being an avid cyclist.
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.
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About the Host, Barbara
I'm from Weare, New Hampshire. I love cycling, windsurfing, and hiking in the hills in the Bay Area. I also love walks on the beach and swimming in the ocean. I support my children's soccer teams and of course love spending time with them!!!!