New Keurig coffee to start your day. We provide water and nosh to welcome you to Albany! We do not provide breakfast, but you are welcome to use the kitchen to prepare any meals. You will be staying in a room in our home with our family. There is a dedicated hall bath for the exclusive use of the airbnb guests(we have two rooms so sometimes it's shared and sometimes it's private) We have 2 cats. The cats come in and out and are not allowed in the guest rooms, but if you are not a cat lover, you may feel more comfortable staying somewhere else. Our family lives in the house and for the most part it's a pretty quiet stay, we try to honor a quiet-zone from 10pm-8am, but there may be some noises from a guest returning from a dinner at 11pm or another adult fixing themselves some breakfast at 7:30am. We have some ear plugs in the bathroom with other free amenities if you need them. There is no microwave or coffee pot, although we do have a french press.
This home was completed in February, 2008. It is all new construction with lots of green improvements. You'll be greeted with a tour of the home and a tutorial on how to use our keyless entry system. In your room, you’ll find maps and guidebooks of the area.
Sleep comfortably with a high quality mattress, comforters and pillows, extra blankets and throws/quilts. This is a quiet family neighborhood with plenty of street parking.
There is no daily maid service, the room and bathroom are cleaned for your arrival and after you leave, we do not charge a cleaning fee or require a deposit.
Enjoy house privileges and use of all of our equipment and supplies, including:
-the house is not heated during the summer and when the heat is on during the day it's never set above 68, so if you need it warmer, please wear a sweater.
- A living room with parlor grand piano, comfortable seating.
- A spacious dining room with seating for 10. The French doors open up to a large back deck.
- A well-organized, fully equipped kitchen with a Viking 6 burner oven/stove, fridge, stainless steel pots and pans, utensils, serving dishes, wine glasses & corkscrews, a blender & food processor, spices and cooking oils/vinegars, with an extra large island for food prep. We don’t drink coffee, but Starbucks and Peet’s are less than a mile away. Please leave the kitchen as clean as you found it. There is NO microwave. We have a french press coffee maker.
- A laundry room with front loading washing machine and dryer.
THE COMFY SINGLE ROOM is located on the 1st floor of the house. There is an antique twin bed frame(new mattress), an armoire and closet space, pillows. comforters and a dedicated airbnb hall bath (shower, no tub)
The tankless water heater saves energy by not storing 30-50 gallons of hot water, but instantly heating it and sending it to you (takes about 30sec to flush out the cold water, but on the upside is that you never run out of hot water while showering). We support recycling and composting and will happily explain how it works.
This quiet neighborhood with tree-lined streets makes it a pleasure to walk to nearby shops and walking paths (ask about them). The house is located just 3 blocks from Solano Ave where there is plenty of retail shopping, groceries, restaurants etc. It’s also short walk to El Cerrito Shopping Center and a mere 3 miles to CAL (University of California, Berkeley). You may also want to explore Tilden Park, the Gourmet Ghetto, or the Berkeley Marina.
El Cerrito Plaza BART is .8 miles away. We are a 20-30 minute BART trip to downtown San Francisco. For those renting a car, there is plenty of street parking.
Check-in is anytime after 4 pm; late-night check-ins are fine. With prior arrangement, we may be able to accommodate early drop off of luggage. At check-in, we will meet you, explain how the keyless entry system works, tour the bathroom and learn about our tankless water system and show you to your room.
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If allergies are a concern, I should warn that we have two indoor/outdoor cats.
There is no smoking in the house or on the property.
We have 2 cats that are indoor/outdoor; so if you open the door and they race out, no problem... it's their choice;-)
We offer keyless entry, when you arrive we'll show you how to have access to the house when we are not home.
We have access to the kitchen for preparing your own food, we just ask that you clean up after yourselves.
Bobbi is an excellent host and everything was exactly as stated in the Airbnb description. The room was clean with plenty of blankets, and even had snacks (chocolate bar, nuts, raisins water, and a Cliff bar)! I also appreciated the wi-fi access, as I worked several evenings from my room during my stay.
My stay with Bobbi was extremely enjoyable. The room was very comfortable and I had everything I needed with ample space for my belongings. Bobbi also left out some treats for me in the room and a Keurig and coffee was available in the kitchen which was a lovely touch. Bobbi was kind and welcoming and I felt right at home.
Bobbi and her family are friendly, generous hosts who built a beautiful new house in a nice residential area. Comfy bed, plenty of extra blankets, linens and towels available in the room, and lots of shampoo, lotion, etc. in the guest-dedicated shower. Bobbi was very easy to reach via text and email, and she said I was welcome to call, too. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen for food they bring, so I thought the organic snacks, treats and bottled water offered in the room was a fun and thoughtful gesture, above and beyond. The kitties are adorable, too. Thank you! :-)
This was my third stay at Bobbi's. Check in was easy.Just as nice as the previous stays.Thank you again Bobbi.:)
I feel most welcome here and have extended my stay for another week.
I have reviewed the hosts in my previous week's review and my stay here has been
as comfortable as before.
In addition to being very courteous and welcoming hosts Bobbi and Cory are very warm and genuinely caring people who have made me feel at home.
Even more than what pictures tell, they have a very beautiful house and all the facilities are available to their guests without any feeling of imposition. Cory, with his software knowledge was very helpful in getting my computer up and running after it had suffered serious water damage. - very invaluable indeed.
I will be staying here for another week and I am looking forward to it.
This was my second stay at Bobbi's house..It was as nice as the first stay.
I will plan to stay again.:)
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My husband and I have been married for almost 3 decades. He is a software developer(who works from home) and I work at a church. We've been in the bay area for almost 2 decades; he's originally from LA while I was born here, but grew up in the Monterey Bay Area.