The SpaceClean, small, private room with your own full, private bathroom (large, stand-in shower) in newer (built in 2005) two bed/bath home with plenty of street parking. Freshly-ground organic/fair-trade coffee (for drip), many types of tea, fresh organic fruit, options for yogurt or cheese, organic milk, and organic hot or cold cereals for breakfast are self-serve in your room (options vary by season and by dietary preferences; so, let me know if you have requests, such as vegan, vegetarian, or dietary sensitivities).
-Layout and amenities:
The home entrance, plus front and back yards are on your room's level. It's up one step into the house. French doors, in your room, open to a serene, private seating area in the fenced, private back yard. A picture window to the private front yard (also with seating) is visible from your room. Another row of windows light this great bedroom. The room has a TV with DVD player, wireless "Wifi" internet access, a few good DVD films, a gym-quality Precor elliptical machine with heart-rate monitor, and yoga mats. You will have partial space in a closet and on two bookshelves. Directly adjacent to the room, you have your own, private full bathroom (with sink, toilet, and a nice stand-in shower). Plenty of extra toiletries, supplies, and a hair dryer are available for your use.
-ALWAYS fresh and clean sheets, comforter cover, and towels. The room and bathroom are clean and fresh for you!
(My bedroom/bathroom is two levels above your studio; so, we each have a lot of privacy for rest times. My kitchen and living room are on the second floor, in my private space.)
-The house has radiant heating (in the floors); it's wonderful. If you need to turn on the heat, please ask because it functions differently than forced air systems.
-Your room has an electric kettle (for heating water, only), small refrigerator, and supplies for making coffee or tea with hot water from the kettle. I always have organic and free-trade regular coffee (decaf on request) coffee/tea/herbal teasans, many sweetener options, and milk. Also, I provide a variety of fresh, seasonal, organic fruits, hot or cold cereals, and healthy seasonal snacks, all in your room. If you're on a special diet, let me know in advance and I will accommodate you!
-Location, Parking, and Transportation:
We're at the border of Emeryville and West Oakland, in a flat, bike-friendly area that's 1 block from Hollis Street, which takes you all the way to Berkeley on bike lanes. There is plenty of street parking. It may be possible for you to borrow my basic 3-speed bike and helmet for a tiny fee and careful use of the lock/return of the bike/lock. Just ask.
The Bay Area has great public transportation and many online ride-sharing options: Zip Car, Lyft, Uber, Wingz, many more, plus public bicycle sharing systems in many areas.
(See my Guidebook for location information, relative to public transportation). We're walking distance to Zip Car and other car-sharing locations, 1.5 miles to"West Oakland" BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station, which is a 7-minute ride directly to SF (all BART trains stop at West Oakland; so, you can always catch a train, even without planning). Additionally, the house is a 7 minute walk to AC transit bus lines C, J, and Z with a route: Hollis at 40th or San Pablo at 40th to/from SF (TransBay Line C/P). And, we're two miles to the MacArthur BART station, if you're heading northeast (Berkeley, etc.). A free shuttle ("Emery-go-round") is available within Emeryville, which is a 10 minute walk from the house. Another free shuttle, in West Berkeley, links up to the "Emery-go-round."
-Dining/grocery (also see my guidebook!): Five blocks (10 minute walk) to a huge grocery store (Safeway Pac 'n' Save, in Emeryville). Five blocks to renown breakfast and lunch restaurant: Brown Sugar Kitchen. One mile to fabulous Arizmendhi Bakery Collective. Two miles to a full outdoor mall with shopping, movie theaters, Trader Joe's, and Ikea.
-Arts: 15 minute walk to Bullseye Glass Studio. 35 minute walk to The Crucible industrial arts studio. The house is located in the center of a vibrant arts and open studios area!
-Yoga: MANY yoga studios in the area (a feature of my guidebook!); you'll have a great time building your getaway within your desires for practice. If you don't see your desired yoga "style" in my guidebook, please ask. There are literally dozens of studios within 5 miles of my home.
-Other (see my guidebook!): Four miles to UC Berkeley. Two miles to Oakland Kaiser. Guest AccessPrivate bedroom and adjacent private full bathroom. (Coffee, tea, and light breakfast items are provided in-room!) Small refrigerator and electric kettle (for boiling water for tea, coffee, or hot cereal) are in the room, as well. Interaction with GuestsMy interaction with guests depends on the needs of each guest and my availability during each guest's stay.
I work and often am at work. I also teach and attend classes. That said, please ask me; I'm SURE I can help you navigate and feel comfortable and more at ease and confident in your navigation!
I am home when each guest arrives. After that, guests have a key to come/go as they wish and the best way to reach me is through the AirBnB messaging system or text to my personal phone.
At the end of the stay, guests just leave the keys in the room and lock the door to the house when departing (by 11am, please). The NeighborhoodI love this creative, diverse neighborhood. There are artists and entrepreneurs in every home! Oakland (particularly West Oakland) is closer to many spots in SF than if you stay in SF! And West Oakland also is a very cool place on its own! (Many artists, healers, and other creative types who used to be in SF now live and work in Oakland.)
Ask me for a recommendation to the type of food, drink, or entertainment you enjoy. If I don't know where to send you, I know toward what source to point you! Getting AroundThe Bay Area has excellent public transportation and many online ride-sharing and car-sharing options. Enterprise car rental has two nearby offices.
Parking is plentiful on the streets in front of and near my home. ***Beware of Street Cleaning times when parking (one side on Thursday, other on Friday! 12:30 - 3:30pm only)!***
The best way to get here from the SF airport is by BART to the West Oakland station. From there, it's a 10 minute bus (AC Transit bust #31, $2.10) or taxi ride (c. $10, plus tip) to my home (or, I may be able to pick you up, just ask!)
Try an online ride/car sharing option or casual carpool.
The SF Bay Area is the birthplace of most of the ride-sharing and car-sharing companies! Check Uber and Lyft, Zimride, Wingz, etc. Search on ride share or car share. Other Things to Note***Beware of Street Cleaning times when parking (one side on Thursday, other on Friday! 12:30 - 3:30pm only)!***
-Please lock the house doors and windows and bring your keys when you leave for the day or if you go into the outdoor garden areas.
-I'm always available by text message or phone and you'll get that number when your reservation is finalized.