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Recently moved to Oakland - a doctoral student at UC Davis in Sociocultural Anthropology - partnered for 6 years to Gabriel and very recently engaged :-)
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We stayed at Melissa's apartment for 2 days. The apartment is really cosy and has all the facilities we required.
From our point of view the only weakness of this apartment is the location. We looked for a place in Oakland, but we did not expect this to be in what we consider quite a rough neighborhood, very close to the highway and with no services at walking distance. Noise could be heard from neighbors chatting on the street late at night.
My boyfriend and I enjoyed staying in Melissa's home during our trip to San Francisco. She was not present during our stay but left us with everything we needed. She left a very detailed note for us with wonderful tips about the area and even let us use her green bags to save us money when we did our grocery shopping! The neighborhood is most certainly what you would expect in West Oakland, but we planned our trips accordingly and didn't really spend too much time there as we enjoyed San Francisco, (only 10 min away on BART). There were beautiful plants all over the home also. Showering was interesting as it is a handheld nozzle, but it was efficient. We did have issues with communication as Melissa was only available via email and there could be a day or two lag between emails sent, but it was always a good interaction and would just recommend to the next person to check their email frequently :) Overall, I would recommend staying at Melissa's and thank her for letting us stay!
Wow, what a beautiful house! Check-in was very easy as Melissa gave us very detailed instructions prior to our arrival and also left more instructions on the kitchen computer. The house was spotless and very homey.
As for location, we had rented bicycles for the week so getting around Oakland was easy for us but you may want to consider renting a car if BART is not enough.
The reservation was canceled 41 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Melissa stayed at our apartment with her friend. The communication was great, they kept informing us about their arrival time so everything went smooth. They are nice and talkative so it was a pleasure meeting them. And although they were in a hurry, they left the apartment clean and tidy :) would definitely recommend them to other hosts or host them again ourselves!
Melissa is a very nice girl and full of energy, clean and respectful of the house, I recommend to everyone to host it in your own apartment.
it was really nice to have Melissa as a guest, a fun and sweet girl.
we spent some time together, having Melissa as our yoga teacher..;) and going out or to the beach.
Melissa and Gabriel are a lovely young couple and totally wonderful guests. We were so happy to host them and hope they come again!