Secure access high-rise condo apt. in the heart of Oakland's Chinatown / Downtown. Fully furnished 1 br apt with full bed, plus sleeper loveseat. Full kitchen, DSL internet, available laundry, cable TV, rooftop garden, two blocks to BART train.
FOUR NIGHT MINIMUM PLEASE, THANKS. But I don't charge a cleaning deposit or fee.
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NO PARKING PROVIDED. There is only metered street and paid off-street parking. This is a downtown setting with superb nearby public transpo but no free parking.
One full bed in bedroom, plus one twin pull-out loveseat in living room, plus one full-length couch. All ADA accessible including bathroom. Full kitchen with snacks and drinks provided, along with ironing board and iron, blow drier, toiletries.
DSL internet (wired and WiFi), basic cable TV with DVD player. Available coin laundry a few doors down the hallway.
This is a downtown setting which means it does get a fair amount of street noise. The apt. is on the fourth floor overlooking a large downtown street. The bedroom does have heavy, double blackout drapes. All that being said, I've never had a guest complain about the noise.
Apartment itself 100% non-smoking (including E-cigarettes, vapes, etc.) and there is no balcony. One floor down there is a rooftop garden with a smoking area.
No pets please, sorry, we have people with allergies who also use the apt.
Linens provided. (Instant) coffee and teabags provided; Peet's and Starbucks also nearby. Complimentary snacks and cold drinks.
Oakland weather is famously mild and so there is no air conditioning or central heat (though there are electric space heaters in the apartment). There are screened windows that open and table fans you can use.
Card key access to building then key to apt. Will need to arrange face to face meeting on arrival, but can just leave keys in apt. on checkout. In some cases I'm able to mail you the access card/key before you arrive (this is the 24h access option) but this has to be planned ahead in time.
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I live 15 min away. After getting you keys, open to as much or little contact as you need.
"But it is safe in Oakland?" you may wonder. The Downtown / Chinatown / Lake Merritt area is more or less like any big-city setting where you just stay aware of your surroundings and don't walk around alone with your eyes glued to your shiny smartphone. I myself frequently go jogging around Lake Merritt well after dark and have never felt unsafe. Living here almost my whole life I have never been mugged. But there are places and times to avoid and common-sense precautions to take as in any urban setting.
No pets or smoking (including E-cigarettes or vapes) please.
I'm a third-generation Oakland native and I want to help make your stay here pleasant and positive. Please let me know if I can assist you with your plans and needs, from restaurant recommendations to transportation to sightseeing and shopping suggestions. I've been an Airbnb guest so I know the importance of excellent communication. In the apt. you'll find our overflow library and can browse books on Oakland, J.S. Bach, Asian America, etc. I'm also a long-distance runner and can recommend excellent routes. Am also a docent at the (nearby!) Oakland Museum of California, where you can experience the whole range of California Art, History and Natural Science. O.K., I myself only speak a tiny bit of Chinese but my wife can help out with Cantonese, Toi San, or Mandarin.