Secret garden w/hot tub, cozy house

House - Entire home/apt · Lawton Ave, Oakland, CA 94609, United States
Your host, Tamara
43 Reviews
Response rate: 80%
Response time: within a day

The Space

From the moment you walk through the front gate you are in another world...a surprisingly lush and tranquil garden awaits you with a deck for lounging. Venture further along the flagstone path and you come upon a private outdoor hot tub nestled in a deck right outside the french doors leading into the bedroom.

The 1915 Craftsman era cottage is a cozy and functional nest, with one bedroom containing an extra long full-size bed (email hidden) latex mattress (great for people with back issues), an adjoining bathroom with a claw foot tub, and french doors leading out to the hot tub. The kitchen - designed with the cook in mind - has all new appliances and openly flows to the dining room, where you can have dinner in front of the fireplace -- for those chilly winter evenings.

Our lovely bungalow is located in trendy Temescal, a neighborhood within a short walk of several restaurants opened by proteges of Alice Waters (Bakesale Bettys, Pizzaiolo to name a few), and only a few blocks from Temescal Alley, which has a coffee kiosk, art galleries, and a retro barbershop among its offerings. Walk a bit further and you will be in the lively shopping and restaurant streets of Rockridge or Piedmont Avenue, and a short cab ride takes you to Lake Merritt, Uptown or Old Oakland.

We are within a 10-15 minute walk of two train stations (Rockridge and MacArthur) where you can easily hop a train into central San Francisco. If you have a car, there is easy street parking right in front of our house.

Oakland has great weather year-round (it is one of the most temperate climates in the world) and it is a central, convenient base for exploring San Francisco, the Bay Area and Northern California. Spend the day exploring, yet come back to a peaceful setting that makes you truly feel like you are on vacation.

For a local blog with information about the Temescal neighborhood, go here: (website hidden)

Note: We prefer a minimum stay of 3 nights; however, a two-night stay might be possible, depending on the day of the week, so please ask me if you are interested in booking a two-night stay.

Guest Access

Guests have full and exclusive use of the house and includes access to the hot tub, garden and kitchen.

Interaction with Guests

Our interaction is almost exclusively by email and/or telephone. Unfortunately we are rarely able to meet guests in person.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $850 /week
Monthly Price: $2900 /month
Security Deposit: $300
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Had a great time staying here. Everything was as described and was very comfortable. I think most of all, the highest praise I can offer is that I cannot wait to stay here again.

    July 2014
  • Great place, great neighborhood (with excellent food, ice cream, coffee, access to BART, etc.), and I loved the hot tub. Everything was as I expected.

    July 2014
  • Tamara's house was stunning! An incredibly comfortable bed, gorgeous outdoor space, great kitchen and of course the hot tub! This will for sure we our place to stay next time we're in Oakland.

    June 2014
  • Tamara (email hidden)e house was charming and wonderful and everything was very well communicated

    June 2014
  • This was so much better than staying in a hotel! Tamara was an obliging and gracious host; I didn't meet her, but she stayed in contact throughout my stay and was very willing to answer questions. The place itself is just beautiful - the pictures don't even do it justice. The surrounding area is great, too, with lots of little coffee shops and grocery shopping easily accessible. I had access to a rental car, which I would recommend for this part of the city in general.

    I had a really wonderful stay and would highly recommend this place, and rent it again in the future. Thanks, Tamara!

    June 2014
  • From the moment I reached out to Tamara she was a sweetheart! Before I arrived in Oakland, she went out of her way to provide me with information on great things to do and places to eat. Check in was smooth and I instantly feel in love with the secret garden. The ambiance was beautiful and calming. The pictures do not do this place justice! I loved every inch of the house and felt right at home. I had everything we needed. The location was perfect and close to all there was to do. I would highly recommend staying here. I had a car and parking was never an issue. On my next trip to the bay area, I would definitely love to stay at the secret garden again! Thanks Tamara for (email hidden)!

    May 2014
  • We enjoyed our stay in Tamara's house.
    The house was very well equiped and was exactly as advertised.
    In particular we liked the general ambience, the spacious living area and the pretty and secluded gardens.
    The house was ideally situated for us since we were visiting family members in Rockridge.
    Although we did not meet Tamara she communicated with us both before and during our stay and provided all the information we needed.
    We would more than happy to stay again and can recommend this house.

    May 2014
  • We loved the secret garden! A true little paradise in the midst of the city. A great neighborhood with walking to everything, fabulous area to explore and then a sweet retreat to return to for R&R. Tamara was so helpful and the house had everything we could have wished for. We visit Oakland often and have always stayed at the waterfront, however, the secret garden is our new home-away-from -home. Thanks, Tamara!!!!

    April 2014
  • Great little place, quiet area, well-appointed. Especially loved the outside seating and garden. Tamara (email hidden). We enjoyed our stay and hope to be back soon.

    March 2014
  • I just had my second stay there, and it was fantastic again!
    I highly recommend this place and will try to stay there again.

    March 2014
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