I live in Oakland, love qigong, hiking and performing.
I stayed a month and had the most wonderful stay with Vicki. She was super accommodating. The neighborhood was very nice, shopping was close by and public transit easy to get to. One thing to note is that the shower is a little small and if you're tall like me (6'2") you will have to learn to watch your head. But after 1 shower it was never a problem again. One last recommendation is that if you have any aches and pains ask Vicki to demo her Bemer. It's a really cool piece of tech. Anyways, I'm glad I came and will look here again in the future if I need to rent a place in the future.
Vicki is a wonderful host! She was very flexible about my changing late check in and early check out. She is very sweet and definitely attentive to one's needs.
An FYI about the apartment, not a bad thing, but something to know, because the room is in the basement the ceilings are very low. I think anyone over 5'10" may have a hard time fitting in the shower! I personally was okay, but kept thinking if my boyfriend had been with me he would be ducking a lot.
Vicki was very accommodating. Her basement apartment has a separate entrance from the house upstairs and is quite large. She is just outside the parking district so no parking permit is needed. The weekend Farmers Market is just around the corner and in her backyard she has the biggest avocado tree, producing wonderful fruit, I've ever seen! This was a perfect location for us (close to family, BART, College Avenue activities), however basement/garage living might not be for everyone.
Response from Vicki:
Thanks, Jim, I Agree that being downstairs might not be for everyone. At the same time, please note that the room is on ground level (not below).
The room is clean and big, the bed is really comfortable, the shower is really good and the neighborhood is awesome. It is a 10 minutes walk to Rockridge BART or 3 minutes to a bus that takes you directly to UC- Berkeley. There is a farmer's market one block away on Sundays ,but the best part is Vicki! She is a wonderful person! I would definitely recommend the place for friends!
Vicki Dello Joio was an absolutely wonderful hostess! The accommodations were exactly as pictured; the additional tea setup was just great. The bed is large and comfortable and there is plenty of space for all your stuff. What's even better? You get the entire downstairs to yourself with your own private entrance so you can feel truly at home. However, Vicki is an incredibly personable, interesting woman so I'd recommend going upstairs and talking to her as well! There is also a beautiful garden, filled with peaceful little Buddha statues, right outside your door for you to meditate in.
The area is in a quiet residential part of Oakland. Lots of shops and fairs going during the weekend. You do have to take the BART to get from Vicki's house to San Francisco. Make sure you get off at the Rockridge station as the late night walk from MacArthur is slightly sketchier. Overall, great experience and great hostess.