The Sanctuary is a private, welcoming, clean and comfortable room in our family home, with plenty of free parking. We offer an affordable haven for travelers on a safe, tree-lined street near Mills College in a multi-cultural middle-class Oakland neighborhood, and within proximity of major transportation lines. Our family home is full of ...well...family life, with an athletic teen and working parents.
If you are comfortable with a diverse, multi-cultural community this is your place!
The quiet, very private room is downstairs, and features a plush double bed, a beautiful large, empty desk, a clothing rack and shelf unit for storage in a roomy, light-filled house. The room is set off from the rest of the house, and is adjacent to a full bathroom, painted a beautiful cherry red, with a shower/bathtub, shared with our 21 year-old son, who is clean, polite, and often out and about. The room has big windows to let in light, and is at back of house opening onto a patio, providing a back entrance to the house for complete privacy of entry and exit. A great space for a traveler, whether weekday business person, or weekend visitors, perfect for short stays especially. Our guests have loved this room!
AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT OUR LOCATION: We are located on a very safe street, in a nice family oriented surrounding neighborhood, with friendly neighbors, however it is not in an up-scale part of Oakland. To the east of our immediate neighborhood is a lower-income area. If you are looking for an up-scale neighborhood with cafes and shopping etc within walking distance, this might not be satisfactory for you. However, it's very easy and quick to go to a nearby area for good coffee, and public transportation is plentiful and close at hand. We tend to use services such as Lyft to get around, especially later at night. We feel completely safe to walk the dog at all hours, and we've never had any issues. But it's a question of your personal comfort level with being in the mix of cultures, communities and levels of wealth. We welcome people of all cultures, races, religions and ethnicity, country of origin and gender identity.
Guests have access to a fully appointed kitchen, a shelf in the fridge and in the cupboard, a spacious dining room, and breakfast nook; wifi, washer/dryer, and sweet backyard space for quiet mornings and evenings. The cherry-red downstairs bathroom is kept spotlessly clean and is shared with our 21 year-old son . The house includes two cats, a dog, a teenager, a young person, and two parents.
We respect our guests' privacy - and offer as little or much interaction as desired. If our guests have the desire, we welcome friendly conversation, at times sharing a meal, a glass of wine, and tips on interesting places to go in the area -- from theater, art, and interesting neighborhoods, to the North Coast wine country, and sports stadiums.
Shelf and/or drawer in the fridge and kitchen cabinet are made available for personal items. We prepare meals daily, and welcome guests who would like limited access to meal preparation and cooking. Heavy cooking (three daily meals, every day) is too challenging to our family life, but we welcome you to use the kitchen in a more limited way. We encourage and support folks to prep food, we also work best with folks who are out and about enjoying all the Bay Area has to offer.
We are out all day on weekdays, and out and about and home on weekends.
We are LGBTQ
We are multicultural
We love to cook and talk arts & culture
Lots of free street parking and nice neighbors that remind you when there is street cleaning. We are in East Oakland and so it is a patchwork quilt of walkability. WE ARE NOT an up-scale neighborhood. Come only if you can handle being in a working class neighborhood of good people who keep it tidy and well kept. We are approximately 45 minutes by car to San Francisco, so be prepared to spend time getting back and forth.
No smoking in or around the house. Please wash your pots, pans and dishes, and clean kitchen surfaces after cooking. No drugs since we have a teen. Friendly low level drinking is the scene. No parties