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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Artsy, Light, Charming 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 with Amazon Fire Stick - Lots of great channels & log into your Amazon Prime & Netflix accounts

* One bedroom has a very comfortable queen bed; the other has an American Leather queen sized sofabed people love. Floor mats for kids available.

* 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. :)

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

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 Oakland

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:
  • 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
  • Sofabed is American Leather brand and 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
  • 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 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Popular Quiet 2 BR Upper Vacation Rental Flat - Walk to Rockridge BART & TJs
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews
Sewanee, TN

Comfortable and Spacious

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely house to stay for a week, as we did. The neighborhood is quiet and seems safe. With interesting decor and every amenity to make your stay pleasant and convenient, we would recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Charming home on quiet residential street close to all amenities and good transport links.

  • 5 of 5

Loved this property and Susie is a great host. The apartment is clean and well stocked for guests. Transport links are good and there are plenty of bars and restaurants in nearby Rockridge. The apartment is in an attractive tree lined street which is beautifully quiet.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Comfortable quiet stay in a lovely Oakland neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

I spent five days while visiting my adult child in Oakland. Can't recommend this highly enough. It's a spacious, well-equipped apartment, on the second floor of the owner's home. The kitchen is equipped for lots of cooking. The kitchen is updated and modern. There's a nice dining room, a living room with HDTV, a bedroom and bath. The second bedroom is above the porch, and it's a pull-out, so I didn't use that room. Washer and dryer if needed.

Susie provides a few groceries to get you started on your stay. Fresh coffee beans, a grinder, and some milk and half-and-half in the fridge. Plus spices.

Wifi was reliable.

Plenty of on-street parking. And it was all very quiet at night. I slept well.

I enjoyed walks in this neighborhood. A variety of interesting housing, beautiful gardens, a Safeway nearby. Close to Telegraph Avenue, which features an array of interesting restaurants and shops of all kinds.

We won't hesitate to stay here again, in fact, we'll look forward to it.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our house was just as described! Great access to the Rockridge area of Oakland too!

  • 5 of 5

Susie was a wonderful host: detailed directions ahead of time and in the house. She was not in town but you'd never know it by how helpful she was via texting. She's a great source of local information for anyone out of town. Hope to meet you during our next trip to town, Susie!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

Great location for Easy access to SF and near our family

  • 4 of 5

Susie was very welcoming and helpful with information prior to booking and had plenty of info in the rental. It is a unique property that I would describe as eclectic. If you are looking for a place with easy access to San Francisco via Bart, this is a great location and the price is very reasonable. Susie set up an extra bed for my sons who shared the 2nd bedroom which was much appreciated. We had no trouble parking our car on the street and the house is walking distance to Bart. It was a bit cold coming home after a day out as the apartment is heated with space heaters but it warmed up quickly. The new gas stove is very nice and we also loved having the washer and dryer. No dish washer but that was okay as we only cooked breakfast and 1 dinner in house. The apartment was comfortable for the 4 of us. The steps to the apartment are very steep but we were fine with them. I loved the easy coded access (no keys to lose!). Thanks Susie!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review and feedback! We've had rare cold weather this winter vs. our usual mediterranean climate, that's so nice about Oakland. It was a pleasure hosting you all.
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Perfect Stay in Beautiful Oakland

  • 5 of 5

Suzie is a brilliant host, with the perfect sized property. We had a brilliant stay and cannot wait to have the chance to stay with her again sometime soon.

It's in the perfect location to get to San Francisco (via BART - 8min walk from the house), Downtown Oakland or across to Berkeley. Would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Laura - delighted to host you all!
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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.


Rates & Availability

Shafter House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
June 2017 Special
Jun 23 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Aug 3 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning $50
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.
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