About This Listing
This light-filled space is a perfect setting for a long term stay. Settle in as a student, a teacher or a sight-seer and relax in this peaceful home. Become part of the shared experience or stay private and quiet in this comfortable, peaceful room
The house is 100 years old with lots of character. Hardwood floors, sunny and comfortable. Great kitchen and dining room, cable and wifi.
A sweet vintage type, upstairs bedroom in a private home. Three windows allow plenty of light and fresh air, with a view of both the street and the back garden. You will enjoy hardwood floors and a comfortable full size bed with plenty of dresser drawers and mirrors. A fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom are shared by guests. Both tub and shower are available. Cable and fast wifi. Use of dining room and laundry facilities available . BBQ in the back garden is surrounded by a church and meditation garden for peace and privacy. Convenient location to city hall, highway access, local shopping within walking distance, near to city hall, library and art center. Perfect for long- term stay such as a semester or the school year. A respite from the work world.
A summer vacation spot for a single or a couple
Guests have access to the house and the garden areas.
Interaction with Guests
I provide breakfast foods and beverages and enjoy meeting my guests. We frequently meet for tea, coffee or meals.
Everyone is welcome to cook their own meals in the well-furnished kitchen. Occasional dinner parties include whoever is available and interested. I am available for community and touring information and occasional rides to BART. We share the living room, dining room and kitchen. I provide a housekeeper every two weeks . Between those days, Everyone does his/ own room and laundry and leaves the kitchen and shared bathroom clean and dry.
I have lived in my home for 40 years, as have many of my neighbors. We are close to the community civic center, with friendly, peaceful neighbors. We have an annual block party for which we won the city prize last year! We are a "green" community and have a great new bicycle path and lots of community activities, including tree planting and gardening for anyone who wants to join in. The art center and local public art and the nearby indoor public swimming pool are outstanding.
BART is .9 mile from the house in one direction and 1.3 miles to the south. BART also goes to both the Oakland airport and the SF airport. New bike lanes are on the main street next to the house and bicycles and helmets are available for guest use and I occasionally offer rides to BART. The city bus stop is 2 blocks from the house. Walking is easy and comfortable, with flat streets and good sidewalks and curb cuts.
Other Things to Note
The North and East Community of Richmond is peaceful and quiet (our Chief of Police lives just up the street) and it is a sought-after neighborhood with long-time residents.
The home is greatly situated for college students and visitor professors. Grad students from many countries stay here to attend schools in Berkeley and in San Francisco.
No smoking. Guitars and a piano are available and music and games are encouraged. Guest needs for quiet hours (both morning and evening) are respected. Overnight guests pay an additional fee.
Lana's place continues to be a wonderful, home-away-from-home for me here in San Francisco. This room is large and comfortable with a good desk to work at. The rest of the house of is comfortable with a beautiful garden and friendly people; sitting in the kitchen talking to Lana and everyone is a great way to settle in after a long day. For anyone looking to have a place to call home while in the SF area, I would say you don't need to look at any other places - Lana's is one of the best places I've ever stayed. I'm looking forward to going back during my next stay.
Lana is an amazing host with a great place. I immediately felt welcomed, and she made sure I had everything I needed. Over the month, it has continued to feel more and more like home. In fact, it was so good that I extended my stay by 3 more months. I can't recommend Lana's place highly enough to anyone who needs a comfortably place to call home for a while. Be careful, though, you may end up not wanting to leave!
Lana is a great host, and her other tenants are an inviting combination of respectful and kind. It is never too loud around the house which was important to me. If you enjoy conversation then there's plenty opportunity for that - likewise it's just as easy to spend time to yourself. Finally, being new to the area, I found San Francisco accessible via both car and public transportation which made touring the city and surrounding area a fun way to spend my free time.
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I stayed with Lana while attending a summer internship in the bay area. This was the first time using airbnb and I did not know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised and felt at home right away.
First, Lana's home was cozy and felt like staying with close family. My room had comfortable bed, with lots of ample space. The house temperature never felt too hot or cold. There were plenty of drawers and spaces to store personal items, as well as a closet. There was also a pleasant backyard to read books and relax.
Everything I need to cook was in the kitchen. Lana offers all kinds of pans, cooking utensils, and spices for use. Space was limited in the fridge. Personally, I cooked a few times and bought food out often. The dinner table was my favorite part. Lots of great conversation and food were shared there.
Lana was excellent and helpful. She was a great guide to the San Francisco Bay area. Her personal stories were interesting and entertaining. It was always a pleasure to be in her company. She also offered food and even hosted barbecues for the residents. I stayed at my office to get my work done both personal and company related. I found it better to be at leasure at her home.
When I stayed, two other young people were living here as well. We were a nice community, sharing travel adventures and daily life. It was joy to be there. Roommates and host were very respectful. They allowed me to be who I am and I felt at home all the time.
Living in Richmond was surprisingly great. There are some areas to watch out for and I wouldn't be walking out late at night just like in any metropolitan city. The street of the house was always safe and I did not have any problems living there. I had a fancy car that would have attracted attention but nothing ever happened. There were delicious restaurants nearby and Berkeley, San Francisco, San Rafael and Nappa Valley are only minutes way by the highway. Traffic can get horrendous, but Bart, the metro system is close by and Lana was kind enough to pick me up from the station.
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The guest was not expected to clean the room. In fact, two professional housekeepers cleaned the room the day before Renee arrived but she did not appreciate their standards of cleanliness or those of the other guests. Unfortunately she chose to discuss that with the other guests who were not comfortable with her conversations and suggestions that they clean up after themselves and her "lessons" about how to do clean. The other guests were very satisfied with their personal spaces as well as the shared spaces and the cleaning routine. Renee will be happier with her own space, not sharing a home with others.
“Enter as a guest, and leave as a friend.”
One our first day here, that was one of the first things we saw on our bedroom door. We also had the wonderful honor of being her very first Airbnb guests seeking a home away from home. To try writing this review is a challenging task, because how do you even compress all of our personal experiences into a neat little package? Well, let's try with details first, and technicalities later.
When you first go in, you'll be greeted by a cozy living room with comfy armchairs and a well polished wooden dining table in the dining room — ever so often Lana likes to hold dinner celebrations (is it your birthday? perhaps you got a job offer? something good happen?), needless to say, there's always an occasion to celebrate.
As you walk further in, there's a kitchen and it feels like being in a little cottage from a fairytale — dozens of teapots overhead, collections of little antiques, lots of kitchen gadgets, and if you'd like, chat with a cup of tea with others. The refrigerator is well supplied with food that is often shared among AirBnB stayers, and there is also another mini refrigerator downstairs and an extra refrigerator in the garage.
The room we stayed in is very spacious with a queen-sized bed, a walk-in closet, vanity dresser, reading chair, and a small desk. The room itself has a lot of history— so you'll notice many vintage-esque things.
As long term stayers we met and befriended people from many places — Canada, France, New York, Middle East, Germany, Australia, etc. But at most, there will be two to three other people staying at a time. The house is lively when it is, and quiet when it is. Nights are no trouble, it’s peaceful.
Lana herself is the most wonderful of people to get to know, there’s always stories, warmth and a cup of tea in your hand. She’s always involved in the community of Richmond, so she knows all the nooks and crannies of what’s going around the city. She’ll be very happy to introduce you to places in Richmond, home to Rosie the Riveter.
We’ve stayed in four Airbnb places before we found this jewel of a place, and it is by far the most welcoming place we’ve stayed at. In our one year together, we got to share and create many memories and it was one of the few temporal places that we really called “home”.
We believe the secret sauce to this home being so magical is Lana and the people she invites to her home. This is a place where you check in as a guest, and you leave as a friend. In fact, we will still be coming over for dinners every once in a while to see her, catch up with old housemates and meet new guests!
So thank you Lana & happy staying for any prospective guests!
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About the Host, Lana
I am a retired teacher and the producer of a local television show for teens. I serve on the boards of local non-profits and am involved in grass root community activities. I enjoy being a tourist right here in the SF Bay Area where there's always something new to do. In fact, I even conduct tours for teens around the city's "green places", focusing on environmental actions and career awareness adventures, in partnership with the community college, city hall and our local national and regional parks. I am passionate about the community and love to invite my guests to explore with me.
I have lived in my home for 40 years so I know the area well. The local indoor swimming pool, the nearby fitness center, the shopping and the neighborhood art center are my favorite places to be. Come join me and meet the neighbors or ask for directions and I'll be glad to tell you about the local goings-on.
I do enjoy cooking and baking and frequently prepare dishes to share with my guests. Of course I can also introduce you to the local shops and wonderful local restaurants of every ethnicity. Being so close to Berkeley and San Francisco means that you can find everything you can think of to buy and wonderful entertainment and adventures. At my Airbnb, we have our own International House and sometimes host dinner parties for close-by airbnbs to join us. We enjoy lively discussions in the kitchen around the breakfast table and respect the privacy of guests who prefer to eat in their rooms. We have blocked off the streets for community barbecues and at the same time, have quiet rooms, surrounded by a church and a meditation garden with lots of hummingbirds and flowers. You are welcome to join me in the garden - relaxing or gardening. We get plenty of bird nests in the Spring.
There's a piano and a guitar and sheet music for fellow musicians if you care to entertain. You may even host your own dinner party in the dining room. Just let me know. I especially enjoy long-term guests. Some have stayed up to 11 months and we frequently invite former guests to join us for holiday meals and celebrations. Come make new friends here in Richmond, California.
Great coffee! Small local business that is loved by the community and is now featured in local supermarkets and even Costco.
Bulk grains, vitamins and health items, plus other fun food products. Walk or bike and stop for lunch at nearby restaurants.
Love this! Huge bowls of noodle soups and lots of Vietnamese treats. A local favorite. Great food for great prices.
Lots of public art! Great access to civic leaders and local non-profits.
An award winning art center with exhibits, frequent artist receptions, classes and events, a real community center.
A grass roots community Rails to Trails project to replace old railroad tracks into a community park, bicycle and pedestrian path.
Richmond has 32 miles of Shoreline and you can walk or bike most of it, with beautiful views of the whole SF Bay Area. Stop to fish at the piers (free, no license required), sightsee, bring a camera.
Richmond has it's own National Park - as a historical site, it can't be beat. We have a vibrant history, memorials, public art, a beautiful marina and great ranger guides and a visitor center.
Assemble is next door to the Craneway AND the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center. Fresh greens and veggies from the Assemble Garden are perfect for the menu, especially after a visit to the Bay Trail
Visit the craneway for a different event or activity every week. Visitors from around the SF Bay come here for music, conferences, sightseeing, beautiful views and the Bay Trail.
Historical Victory Ship maintained by local volunteers as part of the Rosie the Riveter National Park. A fascinating tour of the last standing victory ship build in Richmond for WWII. Don't miss it!
Also known as "The Municipal Natatorium", the plunge is our local indoor swimming pool in the quaint community of Pt Richmond. A beautiful pool, large, clean, beautiful art and easy access.