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Prime Downtown / Chinatown Location
Prime Downtown / Chinatown Location
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

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.

The space

FOUR NIGHT MINIMUM PLEASE, THANKS. But I don't charge a cleaning deposit or fee.

PLEASE HAVE AT LEAST ONE POSITIVE AIRBNB REVIEW (or reference by an Airbnb user, for new users). Please have this in place before placing a reservation inquiry.

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.

Guest access

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.

Interaction with guests

I live 15 min away. After getting you keys, open to as much or little contact as you need.

Other things to note

"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.

Family/kid friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 crib
Common spaces
1 sofa bed, 1 couch
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

No pets or smoking (including E-cigarettes or vapes) please.


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Mahima User Profile
October 2016
My husband stayed at Russell's place for a business trip and he enjoyed it very much. Russell was a great host and he was very thoughtful about making sure everything that one could ever need while traveling, was available at the house. If we get a chance to visit Oakland again we will definitely stay here.

Jim User Profile
November 2016
The location is superb and conveniently located. It is very quick and easy to travel into San Francisco. I went to a Warriors Game and a 49ers Game and both were fairly easy to get to from the apartment. Russell is very responsive to any questions and also very accommodating with providing snacks and other toiletries. I had forgotten to bring a razor and was very happy to discover a pack of disposable razors. In short, it's a good location and Russel is a good host.

Joshua User Profile
November 2016
Host was very nice and did a lot to make the experience easy, location was great.

Layidua User Profile
October 2016
Always super accommodating and communicative. Thanks again, Russell!

Layidua User Profile
October 2016
So glad to have found Russell's place for my many trips to Oakland. Wonderful space and host!

John User Profile
October 2016
Third time staying at Russell's place. A flawless visit as always.

Sam User Profile
October 2016
Russell really cares about his clients. The place is beautiful, spacious and clean, and well stocked. Russell made himself available for addressing any concern. Great experience!

Oakland, California, United StatesJoined in March 2013
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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 gue…
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