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Rockridge House - Garden, Hot Tub

Upper Telegraph, Oakland, CA, USA
  • House740 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights

1+ Br, 1 Bath, Newly Renovated On Quiet Street

This lovely light-filled craftsman bungalow has just been completely renovated and remodeled with brand new kitchen and bathroom. Skylights and french doors have been added throughout to bring in plenty of light. The spacious master bedroom has 3 skylights and french doors that open to the back garden which is filled with fruit trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs. Tucked into a private corner under a gazebo you will find the luxurious dimension 1 spa with plentiful massage jets.

The kitchen has copper countertops and brand new stainless steel appliances, including a 2 drawer dishwasher, a gas convection oven, a microwave that doubles as an electric convection oven, and a 5 burner gas range with powerful burners.

Although the house is on the small side, it is well set up with an open floor plan for entertaining - the dining room has a large table with seating for 8, in addition to bar seating at the adjacent peninsula that connects kitchen to dining room. French doors in the dining room open into the side courtyard with delightful "hanging garden". The dining room is connected to the living room by a wide open doorway, which can be curtained off for privacy if you wish to use the living room as an extra bedroom. The living room has a double size futon that can be folded down to accommodate 2 additional guests. The living room opens onto a south facing porch and garden in the front of the house.

This house is eclectic, whimsical, full of rich colors, and decorated with arts and crafts from around the world, especially from latin america where i work most of the year.

All large and small appliances are new - a central heating system that kicks out plenty of hot air in every room, extra large capacity washer and dryer with steam action, and all the kitchen appliances you will need.

There is a programmable safe that is large enough for laptops and valuables.

The queen size bed with memory foam mattress is adjustable and has massage function and heated mattress pad. There is an over-the-bed table and monitor available if you like to work in bed (or just play around on the computer).

Although the house is a great place to have small groups of friends over, it is not a place for large parties or late night antics. This is a haven for those who appreciate peace and quiet. Despite its proximity to many conveniences, the neighborhood is extremely quiet at night and we like to keep it that way. During the day there are the typical noises of a residential neighborhood and kids playing, but traffic on the street is limited.

The house is not suitable for small children.

No smoking (of any kind) on the premises.

The owner has an office/studio in a separate building in back of the house and uses it when in town. Please inquire about the possibility of renting the office for a small additional fee. It is set up with a large adjustable sit/stand desk, office supplies, printer/copier/scanner, a kitchenette, and a bathroom. Availability will depend on timing, as i prefer to rent it only when i am out of the country for extended periods.

Well behaved pets are welcome for a small additional cleaning fee - no barkers or chewers please.


Lisa Hunt

Member Since 2008
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within a few hours
english, spanish, portuguese
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Lisa Hunt

I am an environmental scientist and for the last 5 years I have been spending the majority of my time doing research in South America. I recently sold my house in Berkeley (which I had rented through VRBO for many years), and bought this little house close by in Rockridge. It was a real fixer upper when I bought it, so it just underwent a complete remodel and I am very happy with the outcome! Now I am focusing on the garden, my favorite part.

Lisa Hunt purchased this House in 2014

Why Lisa Hunt chose Upper Telegraph

I chose this house because I loved the neighborhood, the charm of the little blue Craftsman bungalow, and because the garden space had so much potential!

What makes this House unique

Relax in the hot tub and enjoy the massage jets!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Master bedroom has adjustable queen size bed with memory foam mattress and massage function, 2 large closets and french doors that open to back garden and hot tub. There are 3 large skylights and plenty of windows - shades are light filtering, not light blocking, so if you like to sleep in a completely dark room this is not the place for you.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Both bathrooms have all new premium fixtures, including dual flush toilets. Mexican Talavera tile surrounds the tub/shower in main bath. (2nd bathroom is available only with additional rental of office/studio)


        • Guests provide their own meals


            • Iron & Board
            • Clothes Dryer
              Extra large capacity, also plenty of drying racks.
            • Fitness Room / Equipment
              Ask about availability of bar workout station (for pullups, etc) and small weights.
            • Hair Dryer
            • Heating
              Brand new central heating system gets the entire house toasty within minutes.
            • Internet
              wifi throughout
            • Fireplace
              Decorative hearth only - not functional
            • Linens Provided
              100% cotton sheets, plenty of bedding and towels provided.
            • Living Room
              With double futon, can be curtained off for use as bedroom
            • Parking
              Driveway fits one car, however it is a very tight spot and best for a compact car - it is also quite steep. There is unrestricted street parking and usually plenty of spots available.
            • Towels Provided
            • Washing Machine
              Extra large capacity


                • Coffee Maker
                  Small (4 cup) coffee maker
                • Dishes & Utensils
                  Plenty for large groups.
                • Dishwasher
                  Double drawer dishwasher
                • Kitchen
                  Completely new kitchen with soft close cabinets/drawers, double drawer dishwasher, stainless steel appliances, large double sink, copper countertops, gas and electric convection ovens.
                • Microwave
                  Large gourmet microwave that doubles as electric convection oven.
                • Oven
                  2 ovens so you can cook multiple things at once! One is a full size gas convection oven, the other is an electric convection oven that can also function as a microwave.
                • Pantry Items
                  Spices, oils, and some staples provided for your use.
                • Refrigerator
                • Stove
                  5 burner stove with 2 powerful burners.
                • Toaster
                  A regular toaster, plus and electric convection oven that can be used as toaster oven.


                    • Dining
                      Large dining table with seating for 8, plus adjacent bar seating.
                    • Dining Room
                    • comfy seating for 10 people


                        • Books
                          Tourism books and materials for Bay Area/California
                        • DVD Player
                        • Satellite / Cable
                          basic comcast cable, can be upgraded on request
                        • Television
                          One TV with cable in living room. Additional monitor that can be used for streaming media.


                            • Bicycles
                              Inquire - depends on timing.
                            • Deck / Patio
                              Back patio with table, front porch with table, front patio with table
                            • Lanai / Gazebo
                              Gazebo over hot tub, with adjacent enclosed outdoor shower.
                            • Lawn / Garden
                              Very private small back garden as well as front garden - with fruit trees, shrubs, flowers, veggies and herbs.


                                • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                • wheelchair inaccessible
                                  Unfortunately there are several steps at each of the entrances. If you can handle the steps but have limited mobility, inquire about availability of a mobility scooter for getting around the neighborhood.

                                  Pool / Spa

                                    • Hot Tub
                                      Luxury Dimension I spa for 3. In consideration of neighbors it is only available for use until 9:30pm.


                                        • live theater
                                        • arboretum
                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • health/beauty spa
                                        • library
                                        • botanical garden
                                        • marina
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • recreation center
                                        • restaurants
                                        • synagogues

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • photography
                                            • antiquing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • boating
                                            • eco tourism
                                            • paddle boating
                                            • beachcombing
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking
                                            • whale watching
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • Babysitter
                                                • fitness center
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • laundromat
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  House Rules

                                                  Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                  28 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  One of my favorite rentals!

                                                  Corey L.

                                                  This home is amazing, super comfortable and well laid out and feel like a friends home. The location could not be any better.

                                                  Perfect place for us!

                                                  Bobbi M.

                                                  Lisa's place was perfect for us. We were able to walk everywhere we needed to. It is close to the BART so we just walked there and took it into San Fran and back to the airport. The place was very clean and had everything we needed to make our son and his friends Thanksgiving dinner, PLENTY of space for entertaining as the place is laid out very smart. The hot tub in the back with outdoor shower was a total bonus and relaxing and fun to use. The front and back gardens are gorgeous, complete with fig and lemon trees! The house is gated and very secure, the neighborhood is quiet and family friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

                                                  Clean, safe, nicely appointed

                                                  Laura F.Southern Californa

                                                  What a great little find. If you are new to the area and a single female traveler this is a great place. Wonderfully appointed inside and great auto sensor lights exactly where and when you need them. The host is most attentive. The place is kept immaculate. I highly recommend

                                                  Very unique house with beautiful gardens!

                                                  Alex B.

                                                  My husband and I have stayed here before. We really enjoy this house. It's very comfortable for the two of us. We enjoy the gardened patio areas...one in the front of the house, the other in the back. We also enjoy the hot tub and outdoor shower. It's close to the shops and restaurants for us to walk to.

                                                  Very comfortable

                                                  Karen A.

                                                  Beautiful house and great location


                                                  Debbie and David Y.Massachusetts

                                                  Lisa was very easy to deal with and very responsive. The house is close to markets (Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl), coffee shops and the BART, providing easy access to downtown San Francisco. It has an open layout and is very thoughtfully decorated. The bedroom is very light and has plenty of closet space, with French doors leading to the private, lush backyard garden and hot tub. The front porch has comfortable seating, also surrounded by greenery. The kitchen is well-equipped. House was clean and comfortable and the overall layout was very relaxing. Enthusiastically recommend this well-cared for home!


                                                  Upper Telegraph, Oakland, CA, USA

                                                  Conveniently located on very quiet street in the trendy Rockridge neighborhood near the border of Oakland and Berkeley. A few blocks from BART, 1.5 blocks from Telegraph Ave (with direct buses to UC Berkeley campus and downtown Oakland), several blocks from many restaurants, Trader Joe's and lots of little shops. UC Berkeley campus is a 10 minute bike ride, a 20 minute walk, or a 5 minute drive. This is a great neighborhood to go walking or running - quiet tree lined streets with beautiful and creative gardens. Hike up nearby Claremont Canyon for amazing views across the bay, with views of SF, Golden Gate Bridge, and Marin.

                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                  Inquire about availability of separate office with bath and kitchenette for additional fee. Refund policy - VRBO requires choosing specific terms for cancellations/refunds, and my refund policy doesn't fit any of their categories, so I had to specify "no refund". However, it is more flexible than that - if you need to cancel and I can manage to get the place rented during some or all of the contracted dates, I will provide a refund for all dates it is rented (regardless of the time you cancel). I have had this happen several times and in all cases I was able to provide a full or partial refund.

                                                  28 Reviews
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