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Mark and Shara's beautiful backyard studio apartment was simply perfect for my husband's and my recent stay in Oakland! Their home/the studio is fabulously located, making for easy walking to the East Bay's Piedmont, Rockridge, and Temescal neighborhoods. The studio is exactly as it is described and pictured, perfectly equipped for two people. Mark and Shara made getting into and checking out of the studio incredibly easy based on our late arrival and early departure times, which only made our stay that much more comfortable and enjoyable. We feel so lucky to have stayed there!
Mark is an extremely kind and flexible host. The space itself is a converted garage -- very clean, well lit and well organized. The bed dips slightly in the middle and could be an issue for someone with a sensitive back, but I had no problems and slept well. Great location -- lots of nearby restaurants, cafes and bars. Highly recommended.
Mark and Shara were very easy to work with and have a darling studio in their back yard. It was very inspiring to think that we might build something similar in our own back yard. We enjoyed the nice neighborhood and the location fit our needs perfectly for the weekend. Thank you!!
Mark made us feel very welcome. He was forthcoming, personable, and stayed accessible throughout our stay.The space is clean, private, well designed, and very attractive. The neighborhood is well located for both Oakland and Berkeley. Although we did not have occasion to use it, providing a new iMAC was both generous and will be a plus for many. It was perfect for us.
Mark and Shara were incredibly kind, warm and inviting. The space was exactly what a needed. Quiet, cozy and functional and walking distance from lots of great places to eat. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!
The small studio was a perfect little space for my quick stay in Oakland. Great location on a very quiet street. Plenty of wonderful places easily within walking distance.
We really enjoyed our stay at Mark and Shara's. It was a great location and we wish we had had more time to explore Oakland as there seemed to be lots of interesting places to shop and eat. Thank you Mark for fitting us in at such short notice as well as some great recommendations for places to have breakfast! The studio is tasteful decorated and has everything we needed. Thanks again for a great experience.
Thank you, Mark and Shara, for hosting a wonderful little place to stay while in Oakland. Close and convenient to many gems in the area with a clean, comfortable, and easily accessible backyard studio. We would definitely stay here again!
Our stay with Mark and Shara was so pleasant. They were very gracious without being intrusive. Our place in their beautiful garden was the perfect retreat while in the temescal & Oakland area. We loved the skylight windows and modern bathroom, the computer and lush garden were a major plus! It is a small studio with a fold out full size bed, perfect for a couple or a single guest. Great walking distance to everything including coffee shops (Blue Bottle!), farmer's markets, and bars, restaurants and shopping. Thanks air bnb for this great listing!
I adored Mark & Shara's place! It's located on a cute and quiet part of Temescal and within walking distance to Doughnut Dolly (my fav)! The apartment is exactly as described and was very clean and cozy. Mark & Shara provided very detailed instructions as to how to access the property. They were also exceptional at checking in to make sure my stay was going well.
It is about a 15-minute walk from the BART station, but the walk is safe and has a lot of interesting spots along the way. College Avenue has some really good restaurants, shops, & bars.
Would highly recommend Mark & Shara's place and Temescal in general!
Mark and Shara and their 2 daughers were great guests, I loved them. they are very nice and kind. I enjoyed being with them, talking to them and also making them feel right in my apt. thanks Mark & Shara you are always welcome in my house.
Mark and Shara are great guests. they have 2 beautiful daughters and they are a very nice family. They are well educated and very happy. I liked them since the moment I initially saw them, they transmit such good vibe and I believe that they are also good travelers because they were very interested on how to take the most advantage possible of Mexico DF, which I like a lot because I also believe it is a great city.
On the apartment, they loved the place and stayed for a full week, they left the place very clean and everything in shape and also gave a gift, a corkscrew for the upcoming guests (and also for me) they were very nice, great communication and all the time well connected not only for apartment things but also for city surroundings and stuff.
I am thinking this family (Mark - Shara's) is my favorite as a guest! if they are half as good as hosts as they are as guests, I will stay in their place when I go back to San Francisco, because it will be terrific experience for sure...
Mark and Shara were fantastic guest. We truly enjoyed hosting them and hope they return.