Gorgeous bay views from every room. Lots of space! Vaulted ceilings. Well designed for both privacy and gathering. Modern, well appointed kitchen. Enormous lounging deck. Garden with small waterfall, gazebo and mature citrus trees. Antique Steinway. Steps from wilderness. 200+ Mbps over Wifi! Super comfy beds. Organic cotton towels and flax bed linens. Fluffy robes & slippers. A truly luxurious spot, this is an unusually elegant home that is laid back enough to feel like your own 5-star resort.
Private use of the sprawling upper levels of this large updated mid century home in a safe, quiet, hillside neighborhood just north of Lake Chabot. 15 min from OAK with traffic. Open floor plan, lofted ceilings, multiple gathering spaces inside and out. Bright and airy with a clean lined, expansive modern kitchen and well appointed living room with antique Steinway grand piano. Perfect for corporate retreats/brainstorming sessions. Ask for conference tables/ white boards/markers if you need them! All 3 bedrooms have great bay views and are in their own quiet wing off the living room. Robes, slippers, artisanal soaps and elegant amenities, welcome beverage, organic breakfast goodies provided. Crib and highchair available for daily or weekly rental. Relax, retreat and take in the expansive city lights views from the quiet of the hills. Enjoy the convenience of being closer to San Francisco than San Francisco! BART reliably can get you to SF in 20 minutes.
Please remove your shoes at the door. Slippers are provided for those who need them. Guests have access to the entire, spacious and airy upper level of the house: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, huge modern kitchen dining room and comfortable living room with an eclectic blend of classical antiques and iconic mid century pieces, cozy flop department (in front of 60" TV with Apple TV provided) huge upper view deck, and the upper terrace of the west gardens. Laundry room is shared. PLEASE NOTE: Though no animals will be occupying the space and it is very thoroughly cleaned, this house is not appropriate for those with extreme allergies to dogs or birds.
Interaction with guests
I'm an Oakland native and am happy to help give you ideas if you are interested in exploring all the Bay Area has to offer. I live in an apartment onsite, so it would be great to share a meal or toast to the sunset from the deck, but it's your retreat/vacation! Set your own schedule!
Other things to note
Outside guests are NOT permitted without prior agreement with and notification of host. Only those guests who are accounted for in the Airbnb agreement can access the property without prior express written permission. You will be charged a per person / per day fee for any unauthorized guests, and you risk losing your security deposit if unaccounted guests visit the property or you have an unauthorized event on the premises.
Reservations are Non Transferable
The Airbnb member who made the reservation must be present at check-in, and their party must be as represented when the reservation was accepted. Reservations are non transferable. If you make the reservation, you have to be the one staying here. Otherwise, it is a breach of Airbnb's Terms of Service. A reservation will not be honored and the guest cancellation policy will be applied if the Airbnb member who made the reservation is not present for the stay or has misrepresented their guests or the purpose of their stay in any way.
Given the severity of the drought, guests are heartily encouraged to be mindful of conserving water. Please hang and reuse towels, turn off water while brushing teeth, limit showers, etc. Guests are also requested to turn off lights when not in use. Please sort your trash for the recycling bins provided. Trash that is not sorted will incur a $50 fee - as that is what I am charged by Waste Management for improperly sorted trash.
House cleaning services can be provided once a week on request and for a fee. Daily or more frequent cleaning is happily arranged for a fee if given adequate notice. There are environmentally friendly cleaning supplies available for guest use under the bathroom sinks and in the kitchen. With the exception of stripping the beds, please leave the space as you found it.
Events are welcome with a signed contract outlining additional fees, including but not limited to any required permits, alcohol liability insurance, venue and event coordination fee, number of guests and guest list, specifics on rentals, tenting, music and power requirements, valet, port-o-let load in/out schedule, etc. Full service catering and event production is available at competitive rates. Unauthorized events of any size automatically cause the forfeiture of the security deposit and can potentially incur additional fees. Fees for events start at $1000 and - again - require a separate contract.
Parties and Events
An event or party is understood to be a gather for ANY number of guests beyond those listed on the reservation without prior written agreement and authorization. Events are ONLY allowed under separate contract and prior agreement, and incur additional venue and per person fees. Venue fees start at $150/hour, minimum 6 hr rental for a 3-4 hour live event. Additional staffing, event insurance and alcohol liability insurance are also required for most events. EVENTS LACKING THE REQUIRED CONTRACT WILL RESULT IN EVICTION AND THE IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF YOUR RESERVATION. Airbnb is a community based in trust, but I do live on the property and will know if you have broken this most important house rule. Please spare yourself and your group the embarrassment of throwing a party, wedding, baby shower, bridal shower, anniversary party, dinner party, etc. here without permission. If you want to throw an event, we need to discuss it and you need a contract. Events are not allowed with less than 7 days notice.
This is a non-smoking property. Guests who smoke either inside or on the grounds may forfeit the security deposit. The Oakland Hills are at a high risk of fire, especially after several years of drought. Vape pens are permissible, outside only.
Please be respectful of neighbors if making noise after 10PM or before 7AM. Alameda County noise ordinance dictates volume to 45 db or lower 10PM-7AM, 60 db or lower 7AM-10PM. Please also keep laundry activities between the hours of 9AM and 9PM.
There is a super fast induction cooktop in the newly remodeled, spacious, modern kitchen, so ask how it works if you've never used one before. (A quart of water boils in less than a minute so it's easy to burn a pan!) Please ask for assistance or instruction for any appliance with which you are unfamiliar. And if you need a gadget you don't see, let me know. I might have something similar tucked away. Please use common sense when using the kitchen:
Do not put hot pans anywhere without using a trivet underneath
Do not leave wet objects on the wooden table.
Do not leave anything that stains on the round marble Saarinen tulip table.
Do not use abrasive cleansers or solvents on the high gloss cabinets or on the stainless steel refrigerator or other appliances.
Glassware, furniture, or other household items found broken or missing will be charged to the security deposit.
If you have any questions about how to use anything in the kitchen, just feel free to ask.
Additional charges may apply if damage is purposefully unreported or hidden.
Please do your part to conserve water! We are in an epic drought. Please do not use the grey organic cotton towels outside or on the deck or use them outside the bathrooms or bedrooms. Plan on bringing your own beach towels with you if you need a towel where you are going. After showering, please take a moment to breathe some rejuvenating steam deep into your lung while you squeegee the shower door.
Please do not flush paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, or other sundries down any residential toilet.
We love animals here, but please leave your pets at home. Though there will be no pets in any of the interior or exterior spaces available for your use, it is too stressful on the usual furry and feathered residents to invite other critters. Please note, if you have an extreme allergy to dogs or birds, this is not the best listing for you.
The laundry room is a shared space. As it is downstairs close to my suite door, noise from the machines becomes an issue late at night or early in the AM. Please refrain from doing laundry before 9am or after 9pm. Extra sewing kits, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, an iron, ironing board, clothes steamer, and sewing machine are also available in the laundry room.
Do not leave the front door unlocked, the front gate unlatched or otherwise create a situation that would leave the property vulnerable, exposed, unsecured or unsafe. Doing so will result in the cancellation of your reservation and/or forfeiture of the security deposit.
IMPORTANT: Misrepresentation of the number of guests in your party, the purpose of your stay, or making a booking where you yourself are not checking in and present during the reservation are all grounds for forfeiture of security deposit and/or termination of reservation. Include code word REDTAIL in your reservation request so I know you have read this and understand the Terms of the Agreement.
I'm a professional actor, singer and arts advocate. As a 5th generation Californian, I can attest to the pioneer spirit of the Golden State. We do "Think Different" out here, and we're pretty happy about that.
I'm also a designer, builder, writer, vegan, animal-loving, environmentally-minded, insatiably curious humanist with a passion for nature, flight, travel, rehabbing old buildings, and designing tiny new ones.
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