About the property
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
This 1927 Arts & Crafts Mediterranean-style house is wonderful for relaxing and for entertaining, with its.large livingroom and separate dining room (expandable table to seat c. 10). The kitchen is good-sized and recently redone. A sunroom at the back is adjacent to a separate breakfast room with sliding glass door to cozy deck overlooking Asian-style landscaped, enclosed pocket garden. The second bedroom also works as a good-sized office with French doors opening onto a small balcony in front (this no doubt functioned as a sleeping porch 'back in the day').
The house is.nicely located: very close to Piedmont Avenue's restaurants and shops as well as the emerging "gourmet ghetto" in Oakland (either side of upper Broadway); just up from an expansive Whole Foods; just above Lake Merritt. The MacArthur BART station is not far away, and easy access to the 580 fwy puts San Francisco within easy reach and provides a really expeditious route to Berkeley as well as points South.
Keywords: well-located, fully equipped, beautifully detailed Arts and Crafts
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
Academic (historian), long-time resident of the Bay Area who is only here part-time now. Third-generation Californian. Graduate of Mills College and UC Berkeley.
Owner purchased this House in 2009
Why Owner chose Oakland Ave - Harrison St
This is an exquisite example of Arts and Crafts architecture, which is my very favorite style. Growing up in California, I had always wanted to live in such a house.
What makes this House unique
The house is ideally located to take advantage of restaurants, theatre, opera and shopping in San Francisco, as well as similar offerings in Oakland and Berkeley. (Berkeley is only about a 10-minute drive away; San Francisco about twice that long, in non-commute times.) Having Lake Merritt so close makes it easy to picnic, walk around the lake, etc.
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Lovely Home, Nice Owner
We needed a place to stay near the hospital, and this was perfect. The house is comfortable and well supplied with basic needs. The inside of the house is very nicely decorated, and welcoming. The main bedroom is lovely, but the 2nd bedroom is merely functional. Good restaurants are nearby.
Beautiful home exactly as pictured
This house is even more lovely than the pictures show, although the pictures that are posted are very accurate. The house and appliances were extremely clean and worked well. The kitchen was well-equipped. This Oakland neighborhood was very safe and fun to walk around in. We frequently walked to Lake Merritt, the nearby grocery stores, and the 19th St. BART station. We would hope to be able to stay in this house again the next time we travel to Oakland!
Wonderful place for a family visit, very walkable
We loved staying here. Very cozy and spacious, we were able to have our Bay area family members over for holiday feasts. Three grocery stores within walking distance.
The owner is amazing, and the house iy s just beautiful
Oakland family reunion
This is a lovely restored house is in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance to the lake and stores. We loved the kitchen for cooking and the sunroom where we did most of our reading.. We found this home to be perfect for our needs. Two adults and a few guest for meals. We will be back. The owner was so easy to work with and accommodating.
Charming, near-perfect house for 4
My family and I had a lovely time staying in this charming house over the Thanksgiving holidays. The architecture, door frames and other 20s era elements are unique and give off good vibes. The interior furnishings are warm and personable; it is clear they have been chosen with care, from the opposing couches and large family table to the comfy master bed. We're sorry it was too rainy and cold to enjoy the small outdoor space in the back. Great kitchen and large oven made cooking enjoyable. Wonderful book collection - some quite dated but that added to the charm. Great neighborhood and perfect perch from which to explore Oakland.
Only a few, minor criticisms (NONE of these were deal breakers in anyway - we had a lovely stay. I only point them out in hopes of being helpful):
1. Very dark inside, even during the day (with exception of bedrooms - see point 2): The interior lights are dim at best, which made us struggle with navigating the hodgepodge of small steps, random corners and blind spots quite a struggle, especially since one member of our party has limited vision.
2. Early sunshine wakeup: Main bedroom and second bedroom/office windows lack curtains, so the sun shines (way too) bright in the morning. An inexpensive and helpful touch would be to add curtains to the windows (instead of the white translucent cloth currently in place). We jury-rigged some dark sheets in the office using existing hooks and were able to get by.
3. Second/bedroom office is cluttered with papers and packages - this is only an asthetic criticism and not a big deal, but could be nice to tidy up and remove/hide some of the papers, manilla envelopes, etc.
4. Murphy bed offers passable comfort for two medium-to-small sized individuals, but would start to get uncomfortable for a longer stay.
5. Landscaping has seen better days - some plants are overgrown, especially in the backyard, and the driveway was swamped with leaves (we imagine this was probably due to wintertime and it did not affect us in the least since we didn't use those spaces).
6. A bit musty in certain parts of the home (i.e. office, kitchen near cellar door, etc) - but this is too be expected in an older home.
Overall we had a great time.. can't underestimate the charm of this place. Owner was extremely kind and flexible - she was very responsive, answered all our questions and made are check in and out extremely easy. Would highly recommend to friends. Would not recommend for the visually impaired.
Very unclear what "random corners and blind spots" would be. There is ONE set of 4 steps up to bedroom level with a permanent nightlight plugged in. This apparently died and has been replaced. We have curtained to take advantage of the wonderful quality of light coming through very large Arts & Crafts windows (see earlier review). All windows have privacy but we deliberately did not do black-out curtains so as not to cover up gorgeous woodwork and wonderful light. Those who really require black-out in the morning probably do not want to stay in this house.
Lake Merritt & Children's Park; Jack London Square; easy drive to Berkeley and its Marina; great restaurants on Piedmont, downtown Oakland, College Ave. and 4th St i Berkeley
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separate contract with rules of the house will be sent to be signed and returned along with payment of deposit on-line. Due dates will be specified in the contract to be signed and returned within one week to confirm a reservation.