East facing bedroom in a gracious 1909 Craftsman style home. Designed and built by architect Wilson Wyeth (who designed churches for the Episcopal diocese in the same period) the house is in the shape of a cross giving the house an open feeling.
This lovely east facing bedroom with a shared bathroom is in a great 1910 Craftsman style home. Please note the bathroom is shared with us. There is also a 1/2 bath downstairs when the main bathroom is occupied. Back garden with dining table for evening relaxation. Front garden has a swinging bench seat. Breakfast included in the rental, use of the kitchen by arrangement. Owners, Pam and Richard are well travelled and interested in meeting people from all over the world. House is in a quiet neighborhood with street parking and lots of lovely streets for walking.
Use of Garden and Kitchen as desired. You are also welcome to use the living room and dining room as your schedule allows.
Interaction with Guests
We have a lot of travel in our own lives and have stayed in airbnb as well as more "traditional" B&Bs in many places. We love to help people find their way around our region and are happy to interact as much or as little as our guest desire! This is our home and we are welcoming our guests into our home not just a room.
Walk to the happening Temescal or Piedmont Avenue areas of Oakland which is home to some of the best restaurants and shops in the East Bay. Clubs and more restaurants are just a mile or so down Broadway into "Uptown" location of the famous Paramount Theatre! Or travel north into the Rockridge District of North Oakland.
House is walking distance to BART and one block off of main bus lines. Easy access to Downtown Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley and North Bay. A 15 min. bus ride to Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley and the CAL campus!
Other Things to Note
Like to hike: The Regional Parks in the Berkeley/Oakland Hills are spectacular destinations, or if you just want a light walk, the 3.5Mi/ 5K walk around the beautiful Lake Merritt in Oakland is easy to get to from our house and a great way to enjoy water birds who live or migrate through this area each year. You can rent boats at the Oakland Parks and Rec Sailboat House (sailing, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats) and get a different perspective on Oakland's downtown area. This lake is part of the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds and there are many different birds on the lake at different times of the year.
Like to tour unusual places? Hanger One Vodka, located near the Port of Oakland gives tours and tastings of their infused vodkas and gins. Located on the airstrip of an old Naval Air Station, the views to the skyline of San Francisco are incredible. Next door is Rock Wall Winery with a cafe and tasting room as well. Have a meal and watch the sun go down behind the cityscape...a real treat!
First Friday of every month the Uptown area of Oakland host the Art Murmur party! Telegraph Avenue is closed off for several blocks and there are street bands, food trucks, specials in restaurants and all the art galleries are open to few local artists' work.
Second Friday of every month there is a bike ride from Downtown Oakland to other parts of the East Bay...East Bay Bike Party is great fun and we have 2 bikes that we can share.
There is a house alarm that we set each night and guests will be given a key and instructions on use. We share the bathroom, but there is a 1/2 bath downstairs that can help in a pinch! We are relatively quiet and want to respect your peace and ask that you do the same for us. However, we are friendly and welcome you as visitors as well as renters if you want to chat!
Not sure where to begin - I had such a special stay with Pamela and Richard! The house is a gem and a stones throw from Piedmont Ave and its many shops, restaurants and Piedmont Springs, a hydrotherapy spa. But it is really Pamela and Richard that made my stay extraordinary - morning chats with Richard, harvesting honey with Pamela, Richard's kindness offering rides and even help with laundry!! and Pamela bringing me along for crew practice in the launch, which was a highlight of my trip to San Francisco! I hope to stay again someday.
Pamela and Richard have a beautiful, warm home! I used to live in Alameda and travel back to Oakland often for work. Rather than sleep on a friend's couch, I decided to try Air BnB and voilá, met Pam and Richard. They were incredibly hospitable and both were kind enough to wait for me when I arrived after 10p. The bed was super comfortable, I felt very taken care of. Lots of privacy. I was gone most of the day so I didn't get to enjoy their front yard which has a lovely reading bench. I enjoyed meeting Pam and Richard too, they are longtime Oakland residents and so we had a lot to talk about. I will definitely come back.
Detailed information was left for us. A neighbor let us in and gave us a tour of the house, and explained the alarm system. The neighborhood was close to restaurants and shopping. We felt quite welcome.
I enjoyed Pam and Richard's hospitality and kindness during my stay. I arrived late Saturday night after an all-day conference. Richard came to the BART station to pick me up, so I didn't have to drag my luggage to their place. They have a really nice and lovely house, two blocks from Fentons and many other restaurants in Piedmont. I enjoyed conversations with them. A truly generous, humble, and easygoing couple. I highly recommend their place!
Pam and Richard are excellent, local hosts with an awesomely convenient and tidy location in Temescal. A must if traveling to east bay. Ask Pam about her Bees.
Our host was very welcoming and helped us feel oriented and comfortable from the moment of our arrival. Their home is beautiful and within easy walking distance of a wonderful Oakland commercial neighborhood.
Pam und Richard sind tolle Gastgeber und die Unterkunft ist perfekt für einen Stadturlaub in San Francisco.
Das Zimmer war sauber und das Frühstück sehr lecker.
Pam und Richard haben uns freundlicherweise sehr viele Tipps zu Sehenswürdigkeiten etc. gegeben.
Obwohl die Unterkunft etwas abseits vom Stadtzentrum liegt, ist alles gut mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln zu erreichen.
Insgesamt absolut zu empfehlen!
I am a retired teacher who still works as a substitute, married to Richard who is a project manager at AT&T. We have two grown children who live near. I helped found a boys' choir school, have been a restaurateur and managed my husband, Richard's, general contracting business. Now I row crew with the Lake Merritt Women's Masters Team and raise bees! I love to cook, bake bread, brew beer, garden, read, knit. We both love to listen to music and watch British television programs! We are well travelled around the world and enjoy meeting people from all over! When we traveled (before airbnb existed) our favorite thing was wondering into a town we had never been to before and finding a random B&B for the night. We have some great memories of experiencing the world's towns by getting up close and person with the people. Now we use airbnb for our travel plans! We love to eat, but we can't live without coffee, and chocolate is nearly as important!