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Very cool Historical Home, great location, free internet & wifi

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,901 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8) w/ modern upgrades

Beautiful, architecturally significant Arts and Crafts house. Located in North Oakland, not far from the Berkeley border.

The Walter Upward house has been designated a 'Heritage Property' by the City of Oakland. It is named 'The Walter Upward House' after its first owner, who commissioned his "spec" house with the Strang Brother Builders & admirers of their contemporaries, Green & Greene. Mr. Upward's headstone may be found at the beautiful Mountain View Cemetery, 5 blocks away. Mountain View cemetery is like our local park, and it is not a surprise that it was designed by Fredrick Olmstead, (the landscape architect of Central Park.)

The house, 1888 sf, on a 6029 sf lot, is two blocks off Piedmont Avenue. (The location is North Oakland, NOT Piedmont). It is on a four-block street in a wonderful neighborhood, deemed extremely desirable by local realtors, who refer to living here as "'The Piedmont Avenue Lifestyle'."

'Walter' has two full bathrooms and a half bath. The largest of the bathrooms has a center-fill, oversize tub, found in upscale homes and mansions of the early 20th century. It also possesses two pedestal 'lavatories' (sinks), a round-tank toilet, and a foot bath. The new, sage-colored 'American Leather' sleeper sofa in the living room, is king sized and extremely comfortable.

Two of Walter's three bedrooms are large. The third bedroom is smaller, but has its own private half-bath and beautiful French doors.

Piedmont Avenue 2.5 blocks away, has a movie theater w/ 3 screens, wonderful restaurants (the best of them opened by students of Alice Waters: Dopo, Adesso, Gregoire's & Cesar's), La Farine Bakery, Cafe Trieste, Peets, a Russian Deli, flower shops, beauty shops, coffee shops, gift stores and historic Piedmont Grocery with its terrific meat market. Citibank, Wells Fargo, St. Leos Catholic church are on Piedmont Avenue, and the post office is a block and a half off away. Kaiser hospital is a 10 minute walk.

But most importantly: FENTONS Creamery is 3 blocks away!!!!

In the other direction, north, is a shopping center with Safeway, a pet store, a hamburger joint, coffee shops, cleaners, AAA, a Chase bank, and other eateries.

The house has a walk score of 98! It is a walker and bicycling paradise.

UC Berkeley is 2.2 miles away. School of the Arts, and Kaiser hospital, Oakland is a 10-minute walk away. Trans Bay and downtown Oakland bus stops are a 2 block walk.

North Oakland has plenty of parking (unlike San Francisco.) Plus at Walter Upward, you get 3 off-street parking spaces.

North Oakland has the benefit of temperate weather most all year round.

There is a filtered view of the Golden Gate bridge from the upper floor, unlike Berkeley, which can be foggy in the summer.

Internet/wifi is included in the price, however bookings over 30 nights need to pay pg&e separately.

Keywords: Beautiful 3bd/2.5ba Arts & Crafts house in excellent neighborhood

More Details

Heidi Price
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018


Piedmont Avenue House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1901 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , sink also
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , comfortable, queen-sized
  • King size beds (2), queen-sized sleeper Sofa (1), High quality, king-sized, American Sleeper leather sofa bed located in living room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Very cool Historical Home, great location, free internet & wifi
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
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Home Away from Home....but better!

  • 5 of 5

I work overseas and came to the U.S. to be close to friends and family to have my baby and a 3-month maternity leave. We were overjoyed to find the Walter Upward House, it felt like home away from home and we did not want to leave! This craftsman style home is absolutely gorgeous with beautiful mahogany wood and charming character and decor; especially the bathrooms with their antique sinks and bathtub. It was wonderfully spacious, particularly the living room area, which was essential for us in accomodating visitors to see our new baby and for our family visiting from out of town. We used all three bedrooms at different times, the upstairs room was particularly cozy and we set up the adjacent room as an office. The living room and dining room were lovely and perfect for hosting visits/dinners; we had both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner there! The kitchen was perfectly stocked (with ample dishes, pots, pans, serving dishes, placemats, cutlery, dishwasher, coffeemaker, microwave, plus soaps, dish detergent and staple food items) and was absolutely great for cooking. The kitchen also received lots of sunlight and was very comfortable and enjoyable for daily breakfasts with the baby in the bouncer. (The house also has a pack-n-play and high chair for use). The backyard was absolutely delightful and we had many lunches outside overlooking the herb and fruit garden; it was such a treasure! Above all, Heidi and Jim were just wonderful and were just a phone call away and very close by, if we had any questions or needs. We received lots of packages for the baby and the porch made it easy for UPS and FedEx to drop items when we weren't home. The Piedmont neighborhood is safe, peaceful and lovely and I often took walks with my baby in the carrier, down Piedmont Avenue, just 3 blocks away. Piedmont Avenue has lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, spas, salons, grocery stores, a CVS, a movie theater and post office and it was just great for people-watching overall. A large Safeway grocery store is 2 blocks away and the 580 freeway is probably 5 minutes away so this made the location perfect. This home was absolutely perfect in every way and met all of our needs. All of our visitors were so charmed by the house and everyone admired the beauty of the interior and exterior. We stayed until our baby was 3 months old so it really felt like home (and was her first home)! I would absolutely recommend the Walter Upward House and we hope to stay there again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at The Walter Upward house. The location was perfect and the home so comfortable! Our older kids loved walking to Piedmont. Thanks Heidi, for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Walter Upward house. It was perfect for our family, so comfortable and close to everything!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Debbie C.

  • 5 of 5

The house was even better than the description, the pictures didn't do it justice. It was clean and well-maintained, all the furnishings perfect for the home! The owner was readily available and helpful. Piedmont Avenue is within walking distance and you can find great restaurants, shopping and other activities there. I would highly recommend the Walter to my friends and relatives. My family would love to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in Oakland

  • 5 of 5

The house was meticulous.

Beautiful historic house and the owners were gracious

  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house with character

  • 5 of 5

Heidi has created a great vacation rental at Walter Upward - it's a house that's full of character with a unique ambiance. Our family enjoyed both the antique nature of the house interior and the quite sanctuary of the garden. Heidi provided us with a detailed guide to the house before our arrival and everything was well planned. We found ourselves spending more time on Piedmont Ave as originally expected; it's a street with many interesting shops, restaurants, and cafes. A great vacation rental!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2013
  • Stayed: November 2013
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Oakland International Airport
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
80, 580 and 24 are all close
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $200

cleaning fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.