This 106 year old house was lovingly designed in the Craftsman Style and much of the beauty of the original home is still here today. Our neighborhood is one of the best in Oakland with easy walking distance to the Temescal and Piedmont Avenue.
The entire house is your space, with the exception of the 3rd floor where there is an apartment that is rented to Kyle, a great guy!
You will be given detailed instructions as to access to the house upon booking. Since the whole house is being rented to you in this booking, we will likely not be at home to greet you. Details instructions will be left in the house for your referral and, of course, our phone numbers should you need to reach us!
Other things to note
Wireless passcode: Airport is ATT2utD9Kr
Website Key is: 64h3+9q9t5=n
Our Alarm system is managed by AT&T. The keypad for activating and deactivating the the system is in the hallway under the light switches. When you enter or leave the house there is a repeating bell alert that doors have been opening and you have 45 second to deactivate the alarm before it alerts AT&T. NOTE: even when the system is not activated thre is a short bell that alerts you as doors are opened and closed. This allows you to know if someone has entered the house while you are there. The code for deactivating the alarm is 0690. You do not have to set the "away" feature when you leave. Just the "stay" feature is sufficient and you have 45 seconds to depart before the alarm sets. If you do not exit in that time frame, you will need to deactivate the alarm and then re-activate it or the alarm will go into the AT&T system as an unauthorized entry. If we are not reached in a short period by phone by the AT&T personnel, the police will be called to investigate. The resulting charge by the police for a false alarm is $85 and it will be charged to the airbnb guest if this occurs. Don't worry about memorizing these details. We will leave a description of the alarm system in the guest room for your referral!
We have a tenant who lives on the 3rd floor. His name is Kyle. He uses the side entrance to gain access to his own apartment. Please do not go up to the 3rd floor as this is private to him. If you should meet on the stairs, introduce yourselves! He is very nice and generally quiet.
Operation of the flat-screen TV is a bit tricky and we will leave you instructions. Use of the rowing machine and bow-flex machine in the exercise room is allowed, but only at your own risk as we are not responsible for your back if you do not know the proper way to use them!
This is an old house. The front door sometimes does not latch properly depending on time of year. Please check to see that when you come in or go, the door latches successfully behind you. It sometimes is tricky to unlock for the same reason and a gentle pull toward you as you unlock the door usually does the trick!
Washer and Dryer are in the basement. The light to the basement stairwell is on the wall to the left of the basement door. The basement door is under the stairs next to the small 1/2 bathroom.
The plumbing is old in this house. Do not over stuff toilets with paper! If you have a sudden overflow problem, there is a plumbers helper in the closet straight across from the bathroom.
We have great neighbors, but loud music and excessive noise at night is never appreciated. There is a tenant on the 3rd floor of the house. His name is Kyle and he is great, so if there is a major problem, Kyle might be able to help. We will leave his contact information on the kitchen counter for you along with other pieces of information too lengthy for this section and you will find it on check-in. We will also leave some additional neighbor's numbers for emergencies as we will be out of the area and may be difficult to reach quickly.
This is a shoes-off house, and we have cubbies for shoes in the entry way for your use.
I am a beekeeper, so there are 2 hives in the back garden on the west side of the house. They will not bother you if you do not bother them. Enjoy the garden in the back and the table makes a great place for breakfast or an evening read. If you are nervous about passing past the hives on the left side of the house, you can access the backyard either through the basement door (bottom of the stairs) or through the side door by the neighbor's driveway. Generally, the bees do not hang out in that section of the garden and if they do, they are busy gathering nectar or pollen and not at all interested in you. Leave them alone and they will do the same with you! I will leave a bottle of my bees' honey on the kitchen counter for you to enjoy.
The driveway in front of our pitched-roof "carriage-house-like" garage is available for use and then beyond that there is street parking, Please do not use the long driveway to the right of our garage as that belongs exclusively to the neighbors to our right as you face the house.
Please enjoy not only the backyard, but the front yard swinging bench. Note that we have automatically scheduled watering and most of it is set for our drought conditions we are experiencing. There is nothing for you to worry about regarding the outside plants, however, we have left instructions for the inside plants which will need a drink while you are there! Please check the tomato plants and strawberries in the backyard. If they are ripe, PLEASE enjoy them!
I am a retired teacher who still works as a substitute, married to Richard who is a project manager at AT&T. We have two grown children who live near. I helped found a boys' choir school, have been a restaurateur and managed my husband, Richard's, general contracting business. Now I row crew with the Lake Merritt Women's Masters Team and raise bees! I love to cook, bake bread, brew beer, garden, read, knit. We both love to listen to music and watch British television programs! We are well travelled around the world and enjoy meeting people from all over! When we traveled (before airbnb existed) our favorite thing was wondering into a town we had never been to before and finding a random B&B for the night. We have some great memories of experiencing the world's towns by getting up close and person with the people. Now we use airbnb for our travel plans! We love to eat, but we can't live without coffee, and chocolate is nearly as important!