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Oakland California 94609 United States of America

Listing # 118828

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Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Peaceful detached backyard cottage on Berkeley/Oakland border, 3 blocks to Ashby BART

SELF CHECK IN THROUGH LOCKED FRONT GATE AND LOCK BOX AT FRONT DOOR. (Instructions will be sent 2 days before your arrival.)

I am open to rentals of as little as one week, but will give preference to longer term tenants.

Ideal for one person but can easily fit two. Perfect for visiting scholars and professors.

Move in requires a five to six month lease commitment. Plenty of couples have stayed here and been quite comfortable. I am looking for a quiet person(s) who will also keep my beautiful cottage neat and clean. Below is one of dozens of Airbnb reviews.

Maartje's Review
Oct 12 - Nov 17, 2019
Peaceful Backyard Cottage near Ashby BART
Overall rating 5 stars
Public review
What can I say, there is a reason I keep coming back to this wonderful cottage in Zoe's beautiful backyard. I've already referred to it as a hidden gem, a little slice of heaven, a perfect writer's retreat and would now like to add that it's a place with such beautiful grounding and healing energy that I actually wish I could live there forever. Days seem to last twice as long, food tastes better, despite being close to shops and streets it seems always still and quiet with only the songs of birds breaking that silence. It's a remarkable spot, that has all the comforts one needs and seeks and Zoe is one of the most sweet and most caring people I know. For those who are familiar with "Tales of the City", this place is my Barbary Lane.

Private note
It was so good to talk this morning, you are such a warm and wonderful person Zoe. You feel like my chosen family.

Detached cottage in my back yard is completely furnished, includes bedding, towels, fully equipped kitchen. The kitchen has a two burner gas stovetop, a combination microwave/convection oven and a full size refrigerator. This is a studio cottage of almost 300 sq. ft. The queen bed sits on a platform with 6 drawers on each side and two long storage drawers that open at the bottom of the platform. Bed linens, pillows, towels, kitchen towels, and fully equipped kitchen are all waiting for you to enjoy. Windows and double sliding doors all around create a light filled, peaceful, spacious abode. The gas wall heater will warm up the cottage in a few minutes on cold days and on warm days, just open the windows and the door.

There are two neighborhood laundromats within a couple of blocks.

I have lived here since 1987, raised my daughter here and now often take care of my three grandchildren after school. I love my neighborhood and want to share my experience with as many people as possible. A good walk (25 minutes) is up to College Avenue in the Elmwood district where you will find a movie theatre, terrific cafes and restaurants, Wells Fargo Bank, bakeries, ice cream shop, and so much more. Or walk more to the south on College Avenue to enter the Rockridge district for tons of shops and eating establishments. Just a couple of blocks away on Adeline Street and Alcatraz Avenue are good eating places, a Yoga studio, and a few shops.

Walk, bike, bus, BART (5 minute walk). All super easy. If you have a car, alert me early so there is time to purchase visitor's parking permits if needed. Street parking is limited to 2 hours, 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday except for residents with parking permits. Guest parking permits are $5 per day or $27 for two weeks and the two weeks must be consecutive.

Other things to note:
BART is a few minutes walk away, as is Berkeley Bowl grocery store, Walgreen's drugstore, post office, yoga studios, cafes, restaurants, laundromats, bus lines. Berkeley's arts district is a 25 minute walk or a short BART or bus ride away.

Please have employment, landlord, and personal references available if you would like to complete an application. Move in requires 1st month's rent plus a security deposit of $2000 for stays of more than one month. Stays of up to one month require a $750 security deposit. The security deposit is refundable within 21 days upon completion of lease agreement and move out, with any damage and cleaning fees deducted. Cleaning fee is $100.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
300 Sq. Feet
Suited for
2 people
Property Type
Cottage or Country Home


Available from Sunday, August 1, 2021 onward
Minimum Stay
1 week(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
If less than 1 week btwn reservations, it's available for that time period @ $630/wk, $90/night.
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Oakland
Postal Code - State or Province 94609 CA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords North Oakland, right next door to the Lorin District, a few blocks from ASHBY BART
Closest University U. C. Berkeley
University nearby San Francisco State University, Cal State Hayward, Laney College, College of Alameda, California College of the Arts, Vista College

Rental Price:

USD 2000 Monthly

Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Shops
  • Walk To Campus
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Holiday Term
  • Available for Short Term
  • Summer Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

Perform Housesitting Duties?:


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Member Since Nov 24 2017
This member has 4 reviews
About Me
I am a retired (as of February 2017) business woman who owned a wholesale bakery for 35 years. Now, I rent out extra bedrooms in my house in addition to a lovely backyard, detached cottage. Favorite pastimes are walking, hiking, and biking. I love attending plays, musical and dance concerts, and going to movies. If an interesting author is giving a book reading, I'll go, time permitting. I was an art major in college and studied Mexican Folkloric dance there and Flamenco after. I dabbled in Afro-Cuban drumming but didn't get very far...the bakery constantly pulled me away. Now that I am retired, maybe I'll try music again. I am very friendly, while at the same time, giving my guests whatever degree of privacy they need. My ideal guests are people who are quiet, considerate, thoughtful, and who keep my rentals clean.

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I stayed in the Morning Room since October 1, 2018 till January 31, 2019 during my sabbatical. The room was small but cozy and I could write inside or read outside in the garden. I didn't work in the office and the size of the room was not a problem for me. The bed was amazing, soft and large. I could relax very well and didn't mind the size of the room. The light is crucial to me and this room has a lot of light all day long.

Zoe is a very nice host and a very friendly person. Everyone can feel that she likes people. Cooking was easy because of very well equipped kitchen. It was possible to use spices which was so helpful.

House is located near the Ashby BART station. I felt safe walking to the station to catch early flight from the Oakland airport or returning from the concert in SF. I could keep my bike in the garden. It was safe to bike everywhere. Shopping was easy. Great shops within walking distance: Berkeley Bowl or Whole Foods.

I felt nostalgic looking at the photos of the morning room where I spent 4 months.

Thank you Zoe.


Excellent Jolanta 3/10/2019 12:57:00 PM
I stayed in Zoe's Blue Room for four months (mid-August to mid-December) and was extremely satisfied with the whole experience. I put below some points that I didn't think got enough attention in the other reviews.

Kitchen/food: Zoe's house is walking distance to three(!) grocery stores: Berkeley Bowl (10mins), Whole Foods (10mins), and Safeway (20mins). Zoe's kitchen is very amply-equipped, so meal prep is easy. Zoe has a lot of spices that guests are free to use, but other groceries you have to buy. You get about half of a large refrigerator and a large shelf to store your personal food, which was plenty for me.

Blue room: The Blue room itself is a fantastic room to come back to after a day of work or sight-seeing. There is plenty of space to store clothes (there's an 8-drawer dresser in the closet!), the desk is large enough to work at, and the bed is warm and comfortable. The room is large enough to give you space to think if you need it. One of my favorite aspects of my stay was how little cleaning I needed to do: just dust and vacuum this one room!

(I should clarify that where one reviewer says "first floor", I believe they are using the convention that distinguishes the "ground" and "first" floors, while others would say the room is on the "second floor". It's up one flight of stairs from the front entrance to the house.)

Surroundings: The UC Berkeley campus is roughly a 30-45-minute walk away depending on which part of campus you're going to. Biking is also an option- Zoe's house is fenced in, so the odds of having your bike stolen from home are very low. There is also BART- the Ashby BART station is also only ~5 minutes walk, providing simple access to San Francisco, the Oakland Airport, and downtown Berkeley. The station nearest UC Berkeley is one stop away. I walked to/from campus every day- the Bay Area's weather is consistently great, so this worked well. I often walked home at night (8pm-10pm), and, sticking to the side streets, I never felt concerned for my safety.

Excellent Drew 12/20/2018 7:28:00 AM
I stayed at this accommodation (blue room) for the past three months. The room is on the first floor and the living room, kitchen and bathroom are shared with the other tenant and/or Zoe. Everything about this place was to my convenience. Zoe is a very warm and welcoming landlord. She also has a clear guide for her tenants to follow which make it very easy to share. The room was fully furnished with more than I expected, I really liked the clothes walk in closet and there was absolutely no shortage of necessary supplies. I would definitely consider staying here should I visit the area again or even recommend a friend to stay there. Excellent Ella Liinganiso 8/20/2018 2:04:00 AM
I stayed for five months in 2018 in Zoe's cottage and loved my quiet, cozy space. Zoe has thoughtfully crafted this cottage for comfort, convenience, privacy and utility. The kitchen is well planned and stocked with all the essentials for simple to fairly sophisticated meal preparation. I did a lot of cooking here. There are two gas burners and a fabulous, innovative convection oven that can also be used as a microwave. The fridge is a good size and there's plenty of cabinet space. Super comfy bed with nice quality linens. So smart to have the 14 drawers of ample storage space built in underneath! That, plus the three clothes/coat racks and shoe rack were all I needed for my (large amount) of clothes and personal item storage. The full bath (tub and shower) is sweet, and the cottage has its own deck that overlooks Zoe's landscaped backyard. I loved sitting out there in the sun and taking in the constant display of things in bloom - Calla Lillies, Citrus Trees, Nasturtiums, Clematis .... Zoe is friendly, warm and immediately responsive to any questions or issues. Excellent Colette Boudreau Stall 6/11/2018 8:02:00 AM