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Oakland California 94602 United States of America

Listing # 53771

Rates From USD 2900 Monthly
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 13, 2021

Sunny Artist's Refuge in Quiet, COVID-Safe Neighborhood (furnished)

This charming updated 1920s home is the perfect refuge for anyone looking to get away from winter and retreat in someplace beautiful and restful, with original artwork, comfortable beds, a fully equipped kitchen, a large selection of books, musical instruments, a surround sound entertainment system and 42-inch flatscreen TV, and an enclosed back yard patio with outdoor dining space, heat lamps, a hammock, citrus trees, and a gorgeous writing studio.

Kids will enjoy our trampoline, bikes, and separate playroom in the basement.

Our home is located in a very friendly, COVID-safe, highly walkable neighborhood just minutes from hundreds of miles of trails in the Oakland hills. UC-Berkeley, Mills College, Holy Names, and St. Mary's are all a short drive away. The weather is generally pleasant year-round in Oakland (we eat outdoors most evenings), and February-July are some of the very best months! You'll find flowers blooming, oranges and lemons on our trees, plenty of sunny days, and lots of space to play outdoors.

Writing Studio: This gorgeous writing studio has hickory-paneled floor and walls a sit-stand desk, book shelves, and an Aeron chair.

Master bedroom has a TempurPedic mattress. Second bedroom has three very comfortable Twin mattresses. Silky, light-weight bamboo and/or high quality cotton sheets and blankets provided for all beds.

Fully equipped with everything you need to cook, including a Vitamix blender, slow cooker, KitchenAid mixer, and top of the line Hendrix knives. Also includes Bosch dishwasher and desk work space that could be for distance learning or working from home.

Living Room: Built-in surround sound entertainment system with 42-inch TV, BluRay player, piano and guitar, and artwork by Bay Area artists. You'll also find many wonderful books throughout the house (we are both writers).

Bathroom: Full bath with shower with tub. Plush Turkish bath towels provided.

Heating/cooling: Both bedrooms and the living room have built-in thermostat-controlled heaters. Both bedrooms have window fans provided that cool the rooms well. There are also ceiling fans in the master bedroom and living room. We have one window a/c unit, though most months you won't need it.

Outside space: Enclosed back yard includes sunny deck, patio with dining area, trampoline, grass lawn, citrus trees, and hammock. Multiple heat lamps make it possible to dine outdoors most nights of the year.

Kids: Under our back yard porch there is a small door to a space our kids call "the fort," a cozy play room that is fully insulated and has books and lots of toys, a child's armchair, and is a great place for kids to safely play.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
920 Sq. Feet
Suited for
5 people
Property Type


Available from Tuesday, June 1, 2021 until Saturday, August 7, 2021
Available from Sunday, February 14, 2021 until Sunday, February 28, 2021
Minimum Stay
3 month(s)
Flexible With Dates

*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 94602 CA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Laurel, Dimond
Closest University Mills College
University nearby UC-Berkeley, CA College of the Arts, Holy Names, Laney College, Merritt College, Mills College, St. Mary's,

Rental Price:

USD 2900 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
tenant pays for utilities and internet (option to have bundled in)
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Walk To Campus
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Off Campus
  • Architectural Gem
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Summer Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Security System or Doorman
  • Fireplace
  • Piano
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • ArtStudio
  • Baby Furniture
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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About Member

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About Me
I am a fiction writer, Fulbright scholar, and the host of Shelter in Place, a podcast about coming together in a world that pulls us apart (shelterinplacepodcast.info). Our family of five has temporarily moved across the country to get help with the kids from our extended family. I was previously a teacher and coach at Mills College, where I received my MFA in fiction. My husband is also a writer, and we have enjoyed opening our home to other academics and professionals during our previous sabbaticals in the Philippines and Mexico.



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