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  • Room Type:Entire House
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Max Guests:5
  • Min Stay:4
  • Pets Allowed:No
Amenities
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  • dvd player
  • satellite / cable
  • cd player
  • clothes dryer
  • linens provided
  • wireless internet
  • internet
  • fireplace
  • washing machine
  • parking off street
  • oven
  • microwave
  • refrigerator
  • cooking utensils
  • dishwasher
  • wood deck
  • outdoor grill
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • dining area
  • television
  • towels provided
  • iron & board
  • parking
  • deck / patio
  • balcony
  • dining
  • child's highchair
  • vcr
  • telephone
  • air conditioning
  • heating
  • living room
  • wood fireplace
  • hair dryer
  • stove
  • coffee maker
  • toaster
  • pantry items
  • dishes & utensils
  • kitchen
  • minimum age limit for renters
  • scenic drives
  • boating
  • walking
  • shopping
    FROM: $165 $1155 $4950
    38% less than rentals in the area

    Rockridge Area Craftsman BungalowWalk to College Av

    Oakland

    Description

    Weekly rate furnished spacious brown shingle craftman bungalow, short term, with patio/. Sleeps 5
    Completely furnished with dishes,cooking utensils, all linens, WiFi, cable for short term rental.
    Walk to College and Piedmont Avenues with ma …

    Reviews

      The house was very old and creeked every time you walked through the house. I had my three kids look for beds/bedrooms. It was listed that there werre sleeping for 5 and that was not the case. The 5th bed was a crib and my 4 year old was too big to sleep in it. I called the owner and after repeated calls, she finally answered. I explained my situation and she offered to get a rollaway bed there in a day for an additional fee. I was upset that we paid so much to stay there and my child was not accommodated. The laundry room was out back and the stairs to get back there were so steep I almost fell. The driveway could not accomodate our mini van as it was too small so we had to park on the street and lug our luggage up a flight of stairs.Downstairs tenant was a smoker and even though it clearly states NO Smoking, the owner basically told me to "mind my own business" when I mentioned it. Needless to say, it wasn't very relaxing. Would not recommend to small children or anyone who has alot of luggage. Plus side: It was convenient to shopping and the BART.
      We stayed here during Thanksgiving week 2012. The house is very clean and well-appointed. Many VRBO owners or management companies skimp on the supplies, but we found this house to be fully stocked with spices for cooking, cookware, dishes, plenty of bathroom supplies, dishwashing soap, etc. The house is loaded with character, more than the photos here show. Plenty of light streams through the south-facing windows in the living areas to light up the gorgeous interior. Smoothly functioning pocket-doors separate living room from dining room, and another set of doors can close off the back third of the house. This made it perfect for creating a sound barrier for the kids sleeping in the back of the house. There is laundry in the back overlooking the tranquil garden. Stores are just 2 short blocks away making for an easy walk to get groceries. I could go on, but I don't want to spoil this secret. Too late? Oh well, it is well-deserved. The owner, Judy, was extremely kind and generous. She stopped by the day after we got in to make sure everything was OK. We arrived to fresh flowers on the dining room table, and the newspaper delivered on the weekends. Our flight left late in the day, and since there wasn't an incoming renter, she allowed us to check out late. It is an awesome house and a great value. I will definitely try to stay there again.
      I would have given this place 4 stars, because the house itself is very nice, except for the fact that the owner, Judy, was very rude both on the phone and in emails. There was a 4 night minimum, but we were only able to stay 2 nights; when we arrived the place was larger than we expected and very charming. However when I called Judy the next morning she was very rude. I called to let her know there was one roll of toilet paper in the whole house for 5 people, for 4 nights, just so she could let her cleaning staff know for next time. Not a big deal. She sighed heavily and said, "Well I GUESS someone could drop off some more." And I said, no, don't worry, Safeway is down the street. She gave a reluctant apology. Then I asked her where more bags for the kitchen garbage can were: She said, "Why would you need more than one? Are you having a 'gathering'" 5 people...4 nights (that's what we're paying for) cooking meals, having drinks, etc: One garbage bag is not enough. Also, all of her emails to me were one word, which I simply find rude. No greeting, or Thanks, or "hope you're having a nice stay." Finally, I was charged $17 for using my credit card for partial payment of the place, I guess there is a 2.5% charge; so use a debit card if you want avoid that. Once I was charged that, I told her she should send me a check for the pack of toilet paper I bought and left for the next tenant; she said she would send a check, and it never came, despite a 2nd request. Overall, great house, terrible, rude owner. Also, something that is not in the ad: there is a unit that she also rents directly below. This isn't great because I felt like we had to be on tip-toes the 2 nights we were there so as not to disturb them. The tenants below us were also there just for the weekend, and very nice, but if I'm renting a house I don't want to feel like I can't have a conversation or play a game with my friends in the living room. We did not have kids with us, but I could see that being a problem. This should have been in the ad. If you are renting out your place, a certain level of hospitality is required, and I think Judy should not rent this house until she is prepared to 1) stock it for basic use and 2) respond to tenants in a nicer way.
      Dear Judy, We have not met, but have stayed in your rental house on Mather Street in Oakland. We, being MaryBeth S-E and her sister Amy, my husband and myself, MaryBeth's daughter and son-in-law , did truly enjoy our stay in your home. The character of the house is outstanding as well as the furnishings. Having laundry on-site was more than convenient. Also convenience to shopping and transportation were fantastic. We could not have asked for more. If you need a recommendation for future rental of this home, please do not hesitate to contact us. MaryBeth is out of state, again, and requested that I respond our experience to you.
      Location is perfect for international travellers without a vehicle. We were very happy with 51A bus route and BART. Thanks Judy for giving us the details. It was a relaxing haven, good for recovery after several weeks on the road. Local shopping and restaurants a bonus. We enjoyed the "step back in time" architect ans would recommend a stay in this lovely home to friends.
      This is a spacious 3-bedroom (with a nice sized couch if you need a spillover sleeping spot) that worked well for my family. Two of the bedrooms are full-sized and one is a fun kids-size room. There's also a crib in one of the bedrooms in case that's needed and plenty of closet space. It's clean, quiet, comfortable. Reliable wi-fi and easy access to the BART (about 10 to 15-minute walk) and freeways. It was the perfect location for us to base ourselves and explore the Bay area. The owner was responsive before and during our stay (e.g., I left the notes with the house keycode at home but was able to reach her while at the airport and get the information we needed). The laundry room set-up is a little funky but still functional and sufficient for a stay. The kitchen is large, has sufficient dishes and cookware, and some spices (although we found ourselves needing to buy things like cooking spray). I'd definitely recommend this as a nice place to stay.
      I would recommend this home to any family traveling to the Bay Area together, as it was a good bonding experience. It is walking distance to groceries and there is a really cool Tiki Bar close by as well. The neighborhood was welcoming and we felt safe walking the streets. We attended a wedding in Berkeley so being 10 minutes away was a plus, but it also allowed us to visit San Francisco a lot since it was just across the bridge. We loved the beautiful wood decor, the comfortable beds and couches, and found ourselves lacking nothing during our stay. Judy was accommodating and friendly. What can I say, an A+ for all that we needed!
      questioRockridge Bungalow was well situated to walk to a very nice shopping area, 4 blocks away and a grocery store 1 block away. For the more adventurous a hike in the cemetery 5 blocks away provided a spectacular view of Oakland, the bay and San Francisco. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen well supplied with cooking and serving items. The weather was perfect for grilling in the large backyard. Enjoyed the stay. The owner was very responsive to all ns and with suggestions for dining. Hope to return on the next extended visit.
      Very comfortable stay over Thanksgiving. We know the area well as our daughter lives close by. Very convenient to all areas including Piedmont and College. We especially loved going up Piedmont street to walk in the beautiful cemetery, where from the top of the hill there is one of the best views of the Bay Area. The house was spacious and well kept. Hope to return
      This house is in a very pleasant area of Oakland within walking distance of Piedmont Street which has grocery stores as well as some interesting other shops and restaurants. The living and dining rooms are attractively decorated and very comfortable. The kitchen is equipped with sufficient dishes, glasses, including wine glasses and silverware to serve 8. While there, we had a small gathering with some of the family we were visiting and the space worked very well. We would use the house again if we were in the area.
      We stayed in the house a year ago and have just re-scheduled another week in February 2014. The house is well maintained and very roomy.The wood paneling is just beautiful. The bedroom was cozy and the bathroom and kitchen very well kept. Everything was in order as described. The weather didn't cooperate so we couldn't take advantage of the outdoors. The location is great...you can walk to the shopping center and have easy access to surrounding areas in Oakland. We love being so close to Piedmont Avenue also. We didn't get to meet Judy. We'd recommend the house.
      We stayed in the house a year ago and have just re-scheduled another week in February 2014. The house is well maintained and very roomy.The wood paneling is just beautiful. The bedroom was cozy and the bathroom and kitchen very well kept. Everything was in order as described. The weather didn't cooperate so we couldn't take advantage of the outdoors. The location is great...you can walk to the shopping center and have easy access to surrounding areas in Oakland. We love being so close to Piedmont Avenue also. We didn't get to meet Judy. We'd recommend the house.
      We rented the house for 2 weeks in August/September 2013. The house is conveniently located close to Pleasant Valley Road where there is a Safeway and Starbucks. Also, walking distance (8-10mins) to Piedmont Avenue and College Avenue where there are many small stores, restaurants and coffee places and of course the up and coming Temescal area. We liked receiving the NY Times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can sit on the porch, drink your coffee, read the paper and be part of life in this area. It is a safe area with plenty of parking available (our rental SUV did not fit the parking space in the backyard). The photos on the website are accurate and the house has lots of character, it is spacious and is older, which we liked. We enjoyed our stay. There were a couple of things that we did not like and that we will take with us next time we will rent a house. There was a unit below the house that was rented out twice to people during our stay. Eventhough we don't mind bumping into strange people in the backyard, we did not like the fact that we could hear the people downstairs. One night a baby cried, another early morning there was a small child talking and we could also hear when water was being used. Also, the street it is on, is a thru way for cars, during the day it is noisy, at night it is fairly quiet. The walls of the house are thin and garbage days in the early mornings on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were annoying were trucks backing up while beeping and dumpsters being emptied. Washer and dryer are old and dirty (we went to the Laundromat). We also didn't use the dishwasher because you would have to connect the tubes yourself (we handwashed). The backyard space is large, however badly maintained and messy (we only used the porch). Windows could only open a little bit which didn't allow for a lot of fresh air which we think is important in an old house. The 2.5% taken out of our deposit for VRBO charges the owner has, we didn't like (eventhough we knew about it and was stated in the contract). Lastly, the email communication of the owner, Judy, to us was very short and not very warm and not very welcoming. I rather have someone respond to my 2 week rental request with kindness and even a bit fluff. And eventhough there were these drawbacks we did have a very nice stay. Hope this review helps others.
      This was our second stay at Judy's and we were very pleased again. We have two daughters who both loved their bedrooms (one in the small room, the other in a double bed) & we were in the bedroom between them. The washing facilities are a good thing - we came from England & had an empty case to buy things, so the less we brought with us, the more we could buy! This is within walkijng distance of the shops on College & the shops on Piedmont - both of which remind me of the independant shops in Brighton, Engtland. The house was comfortable,with cable tv, wi fi & lovely original features. The shower is powerful & hot - which is a must for me. There is also a big bath. The kitchen is large with a big fridge (which does make a few noises) & a stove. Overall we enjoyed our stay & the house was like a home from home, someweher we could relax after a long day sight seeing. There is a studio apartment below the house, my daughters found themselves trying to have a conversation with a very friendly German couple. We would come back again.
      This property is spacious and very comfortable. Owner Judy was responsive and patient in replying to our needs. We were in Oakland to visit family and enjoy a new grandchild. This gave us a home away from home and the layout and furnishings made it easy for us to keep our grandbaby overnight. We had a car and appreciated the parking space but also walked everywhere. This location is equally convenient to College Ave and Piedmont. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
      Our family of four adults and one infant spent almost a week in this very comfortable house. It worked extremely well for us all. The house is spacious, the fittings and furniture comfortable and the location is convenient for shops and public transport. The back yard is a pleasant spot in which to sit and wile away a sunny afternoon. The property is well-managed and well-located. We didn't have a car but found plenty of cafes and stores within walking distance and reasonably good public transport close by. We would definitely recommend this to all our family and friends planning to visit the Bay Area.
      This lovely bungalow worked out perfectly for my family (myself, husband, adult son, and sister) for a week's stay while visiting my new grand baby. Conveniently located to everything stated in the listing. Only a 5 min drive to my son. I would definitely recommend to someone else and would definitely stay again. The owner was very sweet and accommodating.
      Perfect
      My daughter and her sons were very pleased with this spacious, comfortable home. The owner had put fresh flowers on the dining room table, treats in the fridge and had even left the heat on, on this very cold day. It was nice living in a quiet neighborhood, yet being within walking distance of the grocery store and Starbucks! We were very happy with the arrangement.

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    The house was very old and creeked every time you walked through the house. I had my three kids look for beds/bedrooms..

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