We will be on vacation the week before Valentine's Day --we rented our spare room for a long time through Airbnb and always had a great experience! This is a limited time offer and a beautiful space in a great neighborhood ! :)
**Please message me through Airbnb to inquire before sending a reservation request, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for your interest!!**
A large, two bedroom apartment with bay windows overlooking a courtyard, in an amazing 100 year old Victorian building right in the heart of Oakland's "hip" Temescal district. Only 2 blocks from MacArthur BART --the main transit hub of the local subway-- means you're 15 minutes from San Francisco by train.
The main bedroom is huge, with a comfortable bed, outfitted with clean sheets, and a nice down comforter and pillows. The room also boasts a desk, built in dresser, and large closet you can hang clothes in. Bookshelves are well stocked, if you're in need of a read.
The second bedroom is smaller (it is our son's room) and has a regular twin bed with new mattress. The bed houses a spare mattress underneath if you'd rather sleep on the floor than in a kid's bed ;)
The apartment itself is beautiful, located on the top floor so there's no one above us, and shares no walls with any other apartments. It has hardwood floors and gets wonderful light. Be warned --it is on the 4th floor and there is no elevator, so be prepared if you're bringing a heavy suitcase! There is a washroom with tub and shower, and separate water closet, a large living room and well stocked kitchen which you are completely welcome to use to its fullest.
The apartment has wireless internet. We also normally have a full time cat resident who will not be at home during your stay. Our home is very clean but if you have severe cat allergies we cannot guarantee there is no dander hiding here.
The neighborhood itself is wonderful --full of turn of the century bungalows, great streets for walking, many awesome cafes, excellent coffee (Blue Bottle, Sightglass, Bicycle Coffee and Four Barrel are all served within a few block radius), incredible restaurants (Dona Tomas, Pizzaiolo, Commis, Bakesale Betty, Genova Delicatessen) are within walking distance. Piedmont Avenue is a 10 minute walk to the east, and at the end of Piedmont Avenue the incredible Mountainview Cemetery, designed by Olmstead (who designed Central Park) is not to be missed.
There is a terrific bike shop, Manifesto, up the street that rents bikes by the day and a secure bike room for bike storage on the building's ground floor. Street parking is usually easy, and bus lines run up and down Telegraph, only a block away. California College of the Arts is about a mile away, and UC Berkeley is 2.5 miles away. On Sundays we have a really great organic farmers market just a ten minute walk to the North.
We love our apartment and our neighborhood, and I hope you will too. I think its the perfect place to rest and regroup while visiting the fantastic Bay Area. Even if you're planning to visit San Francisco primarily, staying in Oakland is an economical and culturally worthwhile choice. The East Bay has a lot of cool spots to see (The antique pin ball machine museum in Alameda with all the machines set to "free play," First Friday's huge gathering of open art galleries and music, the Antique Flea Market the first weekend of the month) and gives you a chance to move beyond the standard tourist's path through San Francisco.
Please feel free to email me with any questions or requests. Thanks for reading and I hope we'll be meeting soon.
Common courtesy and common sense. Keep noise to a minimum, especially after 10pm. No illicit drug use, or abuse of alcohol or drugs on premises. No outside people allowed in apartment, other than registered guests. No pets. No smoking in apartment. Use of common areas is limited to between hours of 6am and 10pm. Use of anything not expressly provided to guests is only permitted with advance permission.
We provide an info/guidelines handout with pertinent details upon check in. If you'd like to see it in advance of arrival, just ask! Thanks.
We loved this place! Liesl made everything very easy and the apartment is quiet, clean, and cosy -- a very homelike place to stay. We had a car and found parking on the street, but the BART is a very short walk away. There are also many restaurants and shops within easy walking distance.
Highly recommended!! Liesl was a great host! She was very attentive and kind in preparing the reservation details and stay. The apartment was such a gem and was very clean. It was in a perfect location and close to many great restaurants.
Staying in their home gave us a glimpse of the wonderful people that they are. Their great taste in design and appreciation of art made the stay even more inviting and comfortable.
Stay here! You will not be disappointed.
Liesl was great. She was easy-going, welcoming and hospitable. I stayed for a full month and had no issues. I was able to use the fridge and kitchen without concerns. Thanks for a great stay. Highly recommended to anyone hoping to get a feel for Oakland.
Liesl was a wonderful hostess! She provided a great, beautiful, clean place to stay. I would definitely recommend staying with her!
Liesl is a fantastic host and I thoroughly recommend staying here! Everything is as appears in the pictures and description and the location is wonderful, both in the charming neighbourhood itself as well as for access to transit.
Oh, and the most wonderful cat dwells there as well!
I stay in Liesl house for 4 nights and it was very good. The room is exactly like the pictures, It is clean and confortable. Liesl is very helpfull. The neiborhood is safe and the aparmet is close to the BART (like 5 min walking). her Cat is cute and it is a good company, just be carefull with the things you left around, maybe he wants to play with them.
Also Liesl was very helpful and flrexible with the check in and out. If you are looking for a good place to stay close to San Francisco, Liesl's place is a good option.
I stayed at Liesl’s place for a week – a great visit, and I’d definitely stay again. It was easy to become friends with Liesl. The bedroom room is comfortable and has a big walk in closet. The sounds of a fountain waft up from the courtyard below the bedroom. The 5 minute (less?) trip to the BART made it a snap to get to work and back. As far as restaurants go, don’t miss Burmese Superstar (plan on a line) or Pizzaiolo, both of which are well worth the walk.
We are a couple in our early thirties who used to rent to others through Airbnb all the time! We have a kid now and so our spare room is usually tied up but we loved having guests, and sharing our home. We adore our city and can point you in the right direction if you're looking for someplace to see or something to do. I'm an Oakland native, so thrilled to share our love of this area with others. I love the Bay Area's incredible culinary scene and have great affection for the East Bay's amazing restaurants and will definitely make recommendations if you're in need. We keep a very clean house!