About this listing
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 like to talk about our travels and learn about yours. We especially enjoy talking at breakfast so we hope you will join us downstairs in the am!
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 20 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? Spirit Alley is a one of a kind place! St. George Spirits, Hanger One Vodka, Rock Wall Winery, Faction Brewing Company and more are located on the edge of the flight line in hangers vacated by the Naval Airbase in Alameda, just south of the Port of Oakland Tasting rooms, tours and food can be enjoyed while looking at incredible views of SF across the water. Have a beer, sip some wine, eat 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.
Last Friday: Check out the Paramount Theatres classic movie night where you can feast your eyes on this most spectacularly restored Art Deco theatre and for $5 watch a great odd classic movie on the big screen...just like they were filmed to be seen!
Like things a bit strange? The Chapel of the Chimes mausoleum is more like a labyrinth of a library than a place were people are laid to rest. Most of the departed were cremated and their ashes were stored in vessels that look like books! Designed by local architectural wonder, Julia Morgan, this unique building is a great place to explore. Just outside the gates of Mountain View Cemetery, you can hike through this wonderful cemetery with great views of Oakland, San Francisco and beyond and then step inside the cool interior of the Chapel of the Chimes and discover this most unique place.
There is a house alarm that we set each night and guests will be given a key and instructions on use.
We have many lovely antiques and some not so old souvenirs from our travels and we hope you will enjoy them as much as we do. Please use caution with some of them as they are irreplaceable for the most part!
Pam and Richard went way out of their way to make me feel comfortable and welcomed in their beautiful home. I really can't say enough good things about their hospitality, their attentiveness and their warm personalities. I wished I could have spent more time just hanging out with them!
The home was immaculate, the room perfect, with comfy bed, truly wonderful rocking chair, good little library and plenty of storage. They served me a full breakfast each morning and catered to me every coffee whim!
The location was all I could have hoped for--A quiet neighborhood with fantastic coffee bar at the bottom of the street, close to my meeting sites in Berkely and Oakland, and an easy jump into San Francisco. Lots of fine restaurants nearby, a Safeway within walking distance--really could not have been better for my needs.
My friend and I had a great time staying with Pam and Richard in their beautiful home. Upon arrival, Pam took the time to give us a tour, provide brief instructions and answer any questions. The rooms are as shown and well kept as Pam's attention to detail is topnotch. Our bedroom was a good size and all the necessities were provided. Logistically, we were a short drive away from all the places we wished to explore including San Francisco, Berkeley and Napa. The drive from their place to Muir Woods through San Quentin was unexpectedly beautiful and an impeccably timed suggestion by Pam. They were both wonderful hosts! We felt very comfortable and enjoyed having breakfast in their dining room. The experience was made even more amazing by their invaluable collections and getting a glimpse of their interesting lifestyle. We would definitely recommend staying here!
This is a really beautiful home in a great location. It was perfect for us, as we didn't want to stay in the city. It's a lovely, quiet neighborhood with easy street parking. Pam and Richard are wonderful hosts. Very accommodating and super friendly. The room itself is bright and clean. It was a pleasure to stay here and have every intention of staying here again on our next visit.
We enjoyed our stay with Pamela and Richard. Nice assortment for breakfast along with coffee and tea. Location was perfect for our Berkeley and Oakland bay activities. Street parking available within one - two blocks from their home.
What a great place to stay! Both Pam and Richard were so accommodating and made great suggestions on what to see and how to get around. They truly go above and beyond! Also, make sure to try Pam's honey while you are there. So delicious!
Pamela and Richard made me feel very welcome and at home. They were attentive but also gave me privacy. They went beyond the call of duty in noticing that I liked a larger mug for my coffee and also giving me tips for my safety when I was negotiating renting a new home in Napa when I was staying with them. Much appreciated and not at all intrusive....just right and more than I could have hoped for. A lovely family and home.
About the Host, Pamela And Richard
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!