I'm an artist, mother, grandmother. I am a family affair. Widowed since 1993 , so made the kids room into a rental to suppliment my income. Thanks you airbnb you are there for people like me.
LaWanda's place in the hills is great.
I relocated to the Bay Area and was looking for a place to feel at home away from home. Her place made that happen in more ways than one. First the studio itself is a work of love. She is, among other things, a very accomplished artist and the room was full of her handywork, including the tilework in the bathroom and kitchen.
The views from her home are breathtaking and her place is one block away from Tilden Park... hardly a Park, more like a great wilderness adventure.
Needless to say, if you are looking for special and memorable, this is it.
LaWanda is a wonderful artist, musician, singer and hostess!
I had the pleasure to do a summer internship at LBNL and spent three months in LaWanda`s beautiful, fully equipped (WiFi, Washing machine/dryer, TV, Bed, Shower, Sink, Fridge, Oven, enough room for clothes) and quiet studio. The studio is very well located to the campus, which was very important for me as I had no car. You can reach the UC Berkeley North Gate in 25 minutes by either walking downhill or taking the bus number 65 which stops almost infront of the door. The same bus will also bring you to the Berkeley downtown (BART to SF, many restaurants, Trader Joe's shopping) and back. Finally, you will get a gorgeous view on the golden gate bridge during a sunny Berkeley day and enjoy a lot of nature. The Tilden regional park is just a few streets away. Even if you dont manage to visit the Tilden park, with some luck you might see some small dears crossing the street (impressive!).
Enough about the studio and its great location, now a few words about the owner. Short version: LaWanda is a wonderful person. Long version: I was impressed by the warm atmosphere which I have experienced in LaWandas house right from the very first day of my stay. LaWanda is not only a wonderful person but also a very talented artist (musician, painter, sculptor) whose results can be seen almost everywhere in the house which is nicely decorated with own paintings and sculptures. Yes, even the stylish tee cup which I was drinking from every day was built by LaWanda (not mentioning the self-made sink). LaWanda is a friend of many artists in the area and organises a music event once a month where you can meet many interesting people and enjoy all kinds of music (e.g. jazz, country) with a glass of wine. I was happy to be invited to this events and enjoyed them very much.
Thank you LaWanda for making my stay in Berkeley a pleasure. I will be very happy to stay at your place next time I am visiting the beautiful Berkeley area.
The house is very cozy and comfortable.
Host family is an artist.
They occasionally have musical gethering
You will be invited there and enjoy listening live music and meet people.
It was really enjoyable.
Very nice house and kind and frendly hose family. You will never find a house like this with this price. I highly recommend this house to those who have a car.