About This Listing
Our comfortable Urban Oasis is located a short walk from the Grand Lake and Lakeshore business district. Nearby you'll find upscale restaurants, an independent bookstore, and hip coffee shops. 1 mile from Bart and easy access to the freeway.
This newly built, well lit, spacious in-law unit is self standing and in the middle of our backyard urban farm. The unit has one Queen bed (firm) with a memory gel foam topper.
From the unit's window one can see (and sometimes hear) chickens and a vegetable garden. Kitchenette includes electric kettle and mini refrigerator. Complementary coffee and tea.
This Urban Oasis is located in the heart of Oakland's vibrant Lakeshore District, with a walk score of 97! No car needed. A few gems very nearby include the hip coffee shops such as Boot & Shoe, a fabulous cooperative bakery, Arizmendi, great restaurants, an independent bookstore, Walden, the beautiful art deco Grand Lake Theater, and the natural lake, Lake Merritt, where we have occasional stingrays and jelly fish come in from the Bay! This is also a child friendly neighborhood with two playgrounds within walking distance, a local library with story hours, and Fairyland at Lake Merritt.
Easy access to downtown San Francisco one block away. One can catch the NX or NL bus or ride casual carpool. Another option-- catch BART which is a 35 minute pleasant walk past Lake Merritt. Commute time is 10 minutes from 19th street downtown Oakland to S.F downtown.
We look forward to hosting you at our unique urban farm!
Guest access to wifi and a shared Patio.
Interaction with Guests
I am respectful of your privacy. I'll keep my interaction to a minimum, unless your interested in a conversation. I'm easily accessible by text or phone. I encourage you to reach out if you need any information about the space, neighborhood, city, etc.
One of the more desirable neighborhoods in Oakland, the Grand Lake area has much to offer. Great restaurants include the open fire cooking by a Chez Panisse alumni at "Camino," tapas at "Penrose" and "Boot and Shoe" (the owner also got his start at Chez Panisse), classic style bistro with a great mixologist--"Sidebar", and a great cornmeal crust pizza at "Star," to name a few.
For a great walk or run, you'll find our beautiful Lake Merritt about half a mile south.
To our place: From the airports (OAK and SF) one can catch Bart to 19th Street Oakland Station. We are a 30 minute walk up Grand Ave or 10 minutes via the #12 AC Transit bus to Mandana Blvd. (board on Broadway across the Paramount Theater).
To SF: AC Transit's NL and NX to SF is 2 blocks away. Alternatively, one can catch the #12 bus downtown 19th Street Bart, where the train ride is 15 minutes to the San Francisco financial district.
Other Things to Note
Please keep in mind if you park on the west side of the street (house side)--no parking between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mon- Sat.
Park anytime on the opposite side of the street.
The cottage is self contained, come and go as you please. We do ask that you are respectful of our nearby neighbors. Quiet hours after 8 p.m.
If not too much of an inconvenience, we ask you remove your shoes inside the guest house.
No smoking in the unit, but smoking is allowed on the adjacent Patio.
No animals allowed.
If you have a car, street parking only.
No cooking allowed, so leave those hot plates at home. :-)
We had a great experience at Dipak. The description and the pictures are pretty accurate. The in-law house is very cozy and clean. We had a rental and didnt have an issue parking on the streets either. Tons of places to eat/walk around. We also found a gem a few miles away called Burma Superstar (amazing food but long wait lines). I even got a shave at a place nearby called 'Slick and Dapper' - very neat.
Dipak was a great host. Very responsive and helpful. We will definitely stay here again
Dipak!! You're home is amazing!! Such a pleasurable experience. Everything was perfect. The area and all surrounding stores are great!! A good friend lives in Alameda and loves the bar Boot and Shoe Service. Great drinks!! They all taste so fresh and "unenginered". Great, great, great. Thank you again!!
We loved our stay at Urban Oasis! Dipak was a very welcoming host and made sure we had all the information we needed before our stay. The cottage is cozy and sweet and amazingly quiet for being so close to the action on Grand Ave. We hope to stay again when visiting family in Oakland!
About the Host, Dipak
I live in the beautiful city of Oakland, CA. I enjoy the diversity, creativity and the temperate climate this city. We have a vibrant foodie scene and I love to explore the new food spots popping up. In addition, I love listening to live music, especially jazz.
I enjoy running around our beautiful Lake Merritt and biking the hills of Oakland and Berkeley-- some of the best bike rides in the country, I'm told!
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