Private Garden Studio in Laurel

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Maple Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602, United States

The Space

Our backyard studio with a garden view is the perfect location for a quiet place to stay alone or with your significant other in the heart of the city. We live in a quaint neighborhood near Mills College in Oakland with big backyard and lots of character.

Despite the fact that we are close to the freeway and can be in the heart of downtown San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley within 15 minutes, it is easy to forget that you are in the city when you escape in our backyard and the hiking trails within redwood forests found a couple miles from our front door. The weather here is also much warmer then San Francisco.

Our home is within walking distance of great grocery stores, coffee shops, a bakery and other basic amenities.

Please note that although we are on a public bus line and close to casual carpool to San Francisco, our house is a 10 minute drive or $13 taxi ride to the nearest BART station.

Here are some details about the backyard studio:
- Studio includes a comfy queen sized bed, writing desk and small couch
- Private backyard entrance
- Window that looks into backyard garden
- Mini-fridge, microwave, electric water kettle, dishes provided
- Floorboard heater
- Shared bathroom inside the house (you need to walk through the backyard to enter the house)
- Access to our kitchen
- A large backyard with patio, grill, lawn and organic vegetable garden
- High speed Wi-Fi
- Washer/Dryer
- Security Lights

Can be rented in conjunction with our private bedroom. Use of Bikes negotiable. Absolutely no smoking.

About us:
We are a young, professional couple with a toddler son. We both do non-profit work and in our free time love traveling, music, the arts, outdoor activities, cooking, gardening and eating in the wonderful restaurants the Bay Area has to offer. We have done extensive traveling in Central and South America, Asia and Europe. We take a lot of pride in our city Oakland as well as our home and are excited to share it with you.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $400 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Lauren' studio fit the bill perfectly. I was comfortable and safe. The location suited me perfectly for visiting our son who's sharing a house not far away.

    April 2014
  • Lauren was very hospitable and easy going. She made sure we were taken care of and had a nice, comfortable place to stay. The studio is a intimate size, just right for a single or a couple. The garden was peaceful and fragrant with jasmine. The house is set apart from the studio so bathroom is in main house with easy entry, so this was not a problem for us we were there for a short night stay. Garden studio is special and I appreciated the good hospitality.

    April 2014
  • Staying in Lauren and Nick's studio was a really nice experience for us. The location was very close to downtown Oakland and an easy 15 min ride into SF. The room was cozy, clean and private. Visitors should be aware of having to share the restroom inside of their house, but Lauren, Nick and their son are very welcoming and flexible, and have set the studio at a great price, so I think it can be overlooked. :) We are grateful to them for their great recommendations as well. If you are looking for an affordable, clean and cozy Bay Area lodging option, I think this would be a great fit for you!

    March 2014
  • Lauren was a great host. I appreciate her willingness to make me feel comfortable. The studio is cozy and clean. I love the garden. I arrived late for a last minute trip form L.A., Lauren made sure I knew exactly how to get settled in and had access to the restroom inside the main house at all times. If you don’t mind sharing a bathroom for a great price and location in Oakland this is the place stay.

    March 2014
  • Perfect cozy nook. Lauren and Nick made me feel right at home. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming. I'm glad we took the time to stop and talk to each other in passing because getting to know them was a joy. They are good people! I hope to stay here again sometime in the near future :)

    March 2014
  • I tried to find somewhere to stay at 9pm the night of, and Lauren immediately responded! The house is beautiful, and Lauren and her family were extremely welcoming. Would recommend!

    March 2014
  • Lauren and Nick were excellent hosts - super welcoming, easy to communicate with, very fun, and had great suggestions tailored to what we were looking for on the trip. We really enjoyed our stay.

    The private garden studio was such a cool space, perfect for what we were looking for. The location was also super convenient.

    I HIGHLY recommend staying with them.

    March 2014
  • The Garden studio was amazing, Lauren was very nice and extremely helpful. The studio was super cute and clean, the bed was very comfortable. We had a great time at the garden studio.

    March 2014
  • Lauren was wonderful and accommodating. Everything was clean, cozy, and comfortable. We would definitely stay there again!

    March 2014
  • The room was very clean and VERY comfortable. I don't know what sheets are on that bed but my god they were fantastic. Great home with really nice people. Only down side is there is that the bathroom is inside the house so we just made sure to not drink any water after about 10pm and we were good to go! I'd recommend this place oh and if you stay make sure to visit the Chabot Space Center! Amazing! The view on the drive up to the Space Center is equally amazing too.

    February 2014
    Response from Lauren:

    Thanks for your review, Sherry - you were wonderful guests! For others reading, Sherry is correct that our bathroom is inside, however we wanted to specify that our guests have access to and are welcome to use the bathroom at any point in the evening, no matter how late it is.

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I am from Oakland, California and have lived in the greater San Francisco Bay Area most of my life. My husband and I both work in the non-profit and education fields but we also run a side business as a stylist and DJ for events. Our son Mateo is super social and spirited. As a family, we travel a lot - both in the diverse beauty of the SF Bay, to other states and internationally.
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