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
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.
I really loved to stay in Lana's house. The place is exactly as she described. Perfectly in accordance with I was searching. She is amazing, helped me a lot. Now I have a friend in Richmond. If I go to California this will be my first choice.
Have been excited to write this review for a while now. Here goes.
When looking for a place in the Bay Area to spend during my 3 month summer internship, I thought it'd be convenient to live in a home that had everything I'd need: laundry, dishes, stove, fridge, etc... I got all that I was expecting: a clean and well kept home, a kitchen with every gadget you'd dream of, a bathroom that was fully stocked, a space in her garage to store my racing bike, and, as you'd probably guess, quite a bit more than I asked for...
Lana is the foremost EXPERT on the Bay Area and Richmond's community. She's lived there her entire life, and knows absolutely any and everything you should.... and shouldn't... do. Not a moment of my precious time in the area was wasted. The touristy things worth doing I did, and the things that no one ever does (sunset on Treasure Island) I made time for, all with Lana's superb guidance.
The sites and restaurants were plenty, but on top of this Lana's standing in the community and AirBnb brought me in touch with many people I wouldn't have met had I stayed elsewhere. I had dinner with the Mayor, lived with teachers on exchange from Spain, dined with Berkeley PhD's from the Czech Republic, Zimbabwe, Italy, and Germany, and regularly enjoyed tea with a Russian immigrant; all thanks to Lana's AirBnb.
If you aren't looking to socialize and keep to yourself, that is also entirely possible at this AirBnB. Lana only takes the best applicants, and is always in demand. So APPLY NOW, and have no fear. Whatever you're looking for you'll be able to get out of your stay. I can only hope that you make the most of it.
I have one more summer left before I graduate, and I plan on spending it in the Bay Area. Whether it's for what The City and it's neighbors has to offer, or Lana and the people she surrounds herself with, is certainly up for debate.
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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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.