My wife and I have lived in the upper diamond district of Oakland for over 12 years. We have three children and 6 grandchildren that also live within 10 minutes of us.
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Gene has a fantastic place in Oakland! We arrived very late, after a long drive, and we were relieved to find that the place looks exactly like it does in the pictures--even better, in fact! It is very clear that Gene and his wife have put a lot of work into making their place feel like home (make sure you compliment their children's artwork hanging on the wall--their daughter is a professional photographer!). We had everything we needed to make us feel comfortable for our two-week stay.
We enjoyed getting to know them, and appreciated their advice on getting to know Oakland. Overall, a wonderful stay. We would definitely recommend it!
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time staying at the Yellow Door Studio. Gene was very quick and responsive. Although we didn't get the opportunity to meet him, I felt the warmth of the cozy atmosphere and appreciated the little touches; like pastries awaiting our arrival. A very quiet neighborhood that was safe and had "old world" charm. We had the advantage of going to Napa one day...only a 45 minute drive and a quick Bart ride into San Fran the next. A truly perfect place to stay. I look forward to visiting again!
Gene's place was great. We stayed here for a wedding in Oakland over Memorial Day weekend and it was a close drive to everywhere we needed to be. Comfortable studio, quiet street.
We had a great stay at the Yellow Door. My first response when we walked in was that the studio looked exactly like the photo. I guess that was to be expected. . .but that's not always what happens.
We have already made reservations again for Thanksgiving, so we must have been comfortable there.
I stayed at the yellow door studio for a month, and I can not wait to get back. The neighborhood is so charming with great yards and easy walking access to the grocery store and coffee. The studio was very clean and charming, and Gene was sweet enough to provide coffee and milk and pastries the first night, so I didn't have to spend my first morning without. I can't say enough nice things about Gene and the yellow door.
I had an amazing time staying at this place!!! Super comfortable and private. Highly recommend!
My mother stayed at Gene's studio. We live in the neighborhood and she needed a private place to stay while she was in town visiting us. The studio was immaculate, cozy, and very private. It's on a quiet block within walking distance to the shops in our neighborhood. She loved staying there and we will definitely have her stay there again!
We really enjoyed our stay at Gene's place. It was VERY cozy, literately a home away from home. The fireplace was a huge plus and it's obvious Gene put a lot of thought into the studio. He arranged coffee for us in the morning as well as pastries for breakfast. The apartment had everything we needed and the shower heater worked out great. He provided the wifi code and simple instructions so there was no confusion at all.
We didn't have noise issues like some people mentioned because we really were not there during the day. And Gene even warned us when it could get noisy because of babysitting their grandkids but we were out enjoying the city so we had absolutely no issues.
Highly recommend Gene and we would definitely stay again if we're in the area.
Gene is incredibly receptive-quick to reply to emails and texts- and at the same time discreet- allowing our vacation to be private. The space is very sweet and so much more comfortable and convenient than a hotel in this area would have been. I love being in a neighborhood close to trails in the hills and coffee shops down below. We will recommend this studio to other family members who frequently visit this area.
Clean, beautiful, great location. What a great experience! Thank you Gene!