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Popular Central 2 BR Upper Vacation Rental Flat - Walk to Rockridge BART & TJs

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Artsy, Light, Entire 1200sq ft Upper Apt- Central to Oakland, SF, Berkeley

People say this private upper flat in a duplex feels like home and has all the amenities of home, too! (I live below and tried to create a space I'd love to rent.)

This light, quiet vacation rental has a beautiful vintage look and is a bargain if you need space, at 1200 sq ft. It is decorated with a mix of furnishings like an orange leather Design Within Reach sofa, midcentury furniture, and ethnic crafts.

More than 100 vacation renters have given this flat amazing reviews. If you like being in a central location to explore Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and beyond, this is the best neighborhood.

Our quiet residential neighborhood is surprisingly central, in the one that people envy -- located equally close to Temescal and Rockridge and near Piedmont and Elmwood. Walkable to Kaiser too.

You'll have multiple restaurants to choose from and can easily get to SF by nearby freeways or hop on BART.

Very popular for Fancy Food Show visitors as an affordable place to stay for SF conferences, travel nurses, UC Berkeley / CCA visiting professors, business travelers, and family visiting family in the neighborhood.


* Built in early 1900s, offering lots of charm

* Upper floor give you lots of privacy and light all day.

* 2 bedrooms, 1 bath with nice cotton sheets, duvets and towels provided.

* WIFI + Smart TV - Lots of great channels & log into your Amazon Prime & Netflix accounts

* One bedroom has a very comfortable queen bed; the other has a queen sized sofabed people love.

* Living room and dining room have an open floor plan - very comfortable for working, relaxing and internet surfing

* Fully equipped kitchen with new stainless steel gas stove

* Lots of coffee and espresso making equipment!

* Washer / dryer

* STEEP stairway (see pics)

* Free street parking (no permits needed). Possibility of using the driveway.

I live below and am on hand for any questions and tips unless I'm off traveling too. :)


NOT FOR KIDS <9: The apt is not child proofed and has many delicate items, as well as non-child friendly furniture. The sound of running and yelling carries straight down. For those reasons it is not a good fit for younger kids. Thank you for understanding.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Susie

I'm a long time Bay Area resident with deep ties into Berkeley, arts and craft scenes, artisan / craft food makers and restaurants, and a lot of knowledge of Internet startups and destinations all over the bay area. Open minded, I love to live the good simple life and enjoy the spirit of travelers who love connecting with new folks. I've traveled to lots of countries and have friends around the world. My work involves Internet marketing, self-help and business writing, optimal living coaching and creating awesome entrepreneurial projects to make the world a happy place.

Making sure guests enjoy their stay to the fullest through clear communication and expectations is super important, and I've had some wonderful experiences meeting people from all over the world.

I love the Bay Area, Oakland and Rockridge and hope my guests love it as well.

Hablo Espanol.

Parlo un puo Italiano.

Falo Portugues.

Parles en peu Francais.

Why Susie chose Shafter

Location location, on a street lined with Craftsman bungalow homes. This private flat is decorated with arts and crafts to stir creativity yet with the comforts of home. The upper floor offers lots of light, from dawn to dusk, and when you wake up you see only sky from the bedroom window - lots of privacy.

You can walk between Oakland's two hot neighborhoods, Rockridge and Temescal, with easy access to Berkeley and SF, and revel on Sunday mornings at a fantastic farmers market.

It's especially great for people considering moving to the East Bay wanting to get a feel for the area or as a visiting professor / remote worker (or nomad !) or if you're remodeling their home in Oakland and need a temporary home.

What makes this house unique

This flat has really great energy and most people who stay there want to come back. Built in 1907, it has good bones and a nice layout where you can be together with whoever else you're staying with or separate to do your own thing.

Your food and adventure concierge and local expert lives below, ready to make sure you have a great stay and will enjoy the Bay Area to the fullest (or leave you alone if that's what you prefer)


Shafter House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Tub with shower Towels, shampoo, soap, toilet paper are all provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sofabed
  • One bedroom has a comfy queen bed. In 2nd bedroom, the sofabed has a 5-star quality mattress cover on it. It's a fun and funky former porch that people love and often stay in for the experience rather than the master bedroom!
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
This area is perfect for techies, intellectuals, visiting parents and grandparents, and foodies -- central to everything the Berkeley / Oakland area has to offer. Many people relocating to the area wanting to check out the neighborhood or visiting family and friends or students going to CCA or UC Berkeley have stayed here. A very quiet place in a lovely residential (yet central) area to do your thing. :)


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Popular Central 2 BR Upper Vacation Rental Flat - Walk to Rockridge BART & TJs
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews
San Antonio, TX

Wonderful property & owner

  • 5 of 5

My wife and 2 kids (15 & 9) recently stayed here for 8 days. The owner couldn’t have been better to work with, and left us everything we needed for our stay. Plus, the place is very conveniently located, minutes from San Francisco and Berkeley. The neighborhood was great, and parking wasn’t an issue for us at all.

In short, we felt extremely comfortable at the property, and enjoyed our time there. Having a fridge, range and washer/dryer really came in handy for us. Should we decide to come back to the Bay Area, this is definitely a place we would stay at again.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worked out great for us.

  • 4 of 5

The property was very comfortable and welcoming. Great location, and the owner was friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and comfortable vacation rental with a friendly and helpful owner.

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable well-furnished vacation or longer term rental. The location is very convenient to the Rockridge area and only a 3-4 minute walk to the restaurants and shops on College Avenue and the Rockridge BART Station. Susie, the owner is friendly and helpful. She has furnished the apartment with all the comforts of home. Everything you need to make your own meals is provided except for the food of course, but Trader Joe's is only a short walk away on College. There is plenty of parking, but you will rarely need your car since so much is within easy walking distance. We come to Oakland often to visit our son and daughter-in-law and have stayed in several vacation rentals over the last couple of years. We have found a favorite and will always check the availability of Susie's first now.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And you are the perfect guests! Glad you enjoyed your stay so much. :)
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Very comfortable, eclectic and clean

  • 5 of 5

Susie was super nice to deal with even considering our issues from Hurricane Irma.

The location is so handy for walking and/or driving places. Everything needed was supplied and the beds were really comfortable. We will definitely be back when in the area and needing a place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Deer Park WA

Mother and Daughter end of summer vacation

  • 5 of 5

My 13 year old daughter and I just spent 8 days at Susie's home as an end of summer trip before 8th grade starts this week. We both loved the accommodation. My daughter loved the privacy of the back room and said the sofa bed was more comfortable than any hotel sofa bed she has used (and she has had to do that many times).

We loved the proximity to everything from downtown San Francisco and out to where we once lived in Concord and Pittsburg. Rockridge is a quick 20ish minute BART to San Fran and with our rental vehicle (off street parking provided at Susie's ), we were able to visit our old stomping grounds as well as drive to Muir Woods and other fun places.

Susie went above and beyond to make us feel at home. With a well equipped kitchen, we enjoyed a mix of home cooking and lots of dining out with a great variety of restaurants just a few blocks walk from the home.

Susie is truly the sort of host you pray to find when doing a vacation rental. It was so nice to have a whole home to enjoy for less than a single hotel room in San Fran. We are thinking of making this an annual destination as we love the area. Thanks to our fab host, Susie.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a delight to chat with you both and see how much you enjoyed your stay, and I hope our paths cross again! :) Thanks.
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this property. Susie had the place immaculately clean and there was every amenity available should one forget shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc. She even had milk and half and half in the fridge. The apartment has loads of interesting knick-knacks around to look at. The bed was very comfortable. We didn't use the fold out bed in the second room. The stairs were steep to get up to the property, but not too bad even for these older persons. The bathroom was small, but nicely appointed. The area is very walkable and close to shopping and nice restaurants. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Many in Rockridge and Temescal
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Ferry to San Francisco
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lake Chabot or Tilden
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Cactus Taqueria, Rockridge Cafe, Crepevine
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Berkeley Marina
Car: not necessary

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Located in foodie central, an easy walk to Temescal restaurants and farmers market, walk to Rockridge shopping and BART, lovely drive, walk or bike to Berkeley and campus and the Grand Lake / Lake Merritt area. The flat is a 5 minute walk to the CCA college and a great central location when exploring the bay area and beyond.

Lots of folks have loved staying here when visiting friends and family or wanting a quiet place to focus on writing or sabbatical projects.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 14.0%

This rental is perfect as a quiet getaway or a launching point for outings. Because there isn't good sound insulation between the rental and my place, dinner parties or gatherings are not allowed without previous discussion. The rates are low with this idea in mind...that it isn't a spot for ongoing gatherings of local friends and family. If you would like to visit and use the spot for entertaining, please let me know and we can arrange a special price.

Please, no pets at all.

Please tell me if something gets damaged so I can decide whether to replace it, ask for $, or do nothing.

This is a quiet residential area. Although it's very close to a few universities it isn't a party pad. Before renting let's chat about your plans to make sure we're the perfect fit. Thanks :)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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