welcome to the attic!
SPECiAL NOTE (must read): the attic space is for our more long term stays. we screen more than the average airbnb hosts. we really want people staying, who want to be here. as you'll see in the reviews. we want everyone (including us) to feel good about the stay.
for this reason, please do not request stay on first contact. we put much LOVE / work into this unique space. there has to be a back / forth (interview) process. it's not just about you liking the space. it goes both ways.
musts in our screening list:
1. must be easy going, considerate, flexible and friendly.
2. must LOVE dogs. the building is full of them.
TiP: helps if you give a brief sentence (or two) as to why you would want to specifically stay here.
okay here we go with the description…
billy and i live in an old cardboard box factory, in north oakland. with three dogs and a handful of fish.
although the studio space (along with our main loft space) is exactly like the pic tours, the building is raw (authentic) artists live / work community. aka. people live / work here. you can read guest reviews to get more of the experience.
we live downstairs in the main loft, with the animals. (for more details check out our "super loft adventure" listing).
we also rent this attic space, which functions as a secret getaway / home office / workshop / art studio / guest space.
the attic is an AWESOME space, with lots of light and air. there are three large skylights, and 5 half-height windows that face the oakland hills.
it's a private space with it's own private entrance. we do have books, clothes, tools, etc up there, and occasionally pop up to grab things, but we won't be living up there with you. you'll have the space to yourself.
LOUNGE: check out the spacious lounge area. included: fun lighting, cozy comfy seating, lots of LiVE (oxygen giving) plants, a custom made mid century lazy susan coffee table, a large framed chalkboard and more! see tour pics for complete visuals.
MiNi STUDY (library): a little study / offbeat library nook, with table and super supportive aeron chair -- WOW! see pics in tour for complete visual.
THE GREEN ROOM: the large bedroom space with a giant old school skylight above a super cozy bed. includes: lots of dresser / storage space and fun lighting for all modes: nightlight world globe, reading light, paper lantern dimmer-able ambient. see pics in tour for complete visuals.
KiTCHEN: cool retro sink (which we plumbed and put in ourselves), a mini fridge, a kettle, a hot two burner hot plate, and a super stylish clean efficient toaster oven.
(for more details check out our "super loft adventure" listing)
BACK STORAGE /OFFiCE/WORKSPACE: big desk, WiFi, and wireless speakers. big work table -- functions as a workbench or standing desk. small work table, functions as a mini desk.
LAUNDRY: we have our own front-loading washing machine in our downstairs space that you are welcome to use. we usually air-dry our clothes on a clothesline or drying rack, but there are also shared coin-op dryers in the building that you can use.
BATHROOM: (highly important!) if you are naturally a bathroom / shower lounger, (since there is not one in the actual space) this is probably not the space for you.
You have two bathroom options:
1) our building has a big, clean, shared half bath (no shower) down the hall from the attic. (~60 feet). this bath is used by you and a couple folks who rent art studios in the building. see pics of half bath in the tour.
2) downstairs, we have a big, clean, private full bath, (with a tub). that bath room is a bit more of a trek. probably 300 feet, including a treacherous 40 feet OUTDOORS, thru an enclosed parking area / garden / courtyard / communal hangout space. see pics at our “super loft adventure” listing pic tour.
option (2) is great in the morning or at the end of the day, when you want to take a hot shower or a relaxing bath. option (1) is great in the middle of the night, when you really need to pee, and don't feel like walking that far.
COMMUTE… here's a few transit notes. we're about a 15 minute walk to BART, then a 20 minute ride that pops you up in downtown SF. billy does it everyday for work. not too long for a day's adventure (work or play) in SF.
if not up for the walk to BART, there is a trans bay bus across the street.
CAL BERKELEY: about a 20 minute bike ride. 10 minute lyft.
LiKE DOGS? the building is a dog building. many tenants have them and they come in all shapes, sizes, breeds and ages. plus... we have three of our own that you will encounter anytime you come down to the main loft to visit. see "super loft adventure" for pics and past guest reviews of the girls (aka. pups). if you like or LOVE dogs, you'd get your fix here!
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hi. here are some personal details of us...
BiLLY: a coder. easy going.
BReN: a freelance designer/cook. worker bee.
PARKER POSEY: a sweet 8 year old weimaraner. slightly neurotic.
MADiSON: a bright 5 year old (non yappy) chihauhau. scary smart.
NOAH: yellow bellied slider turtle. not affectionate. keeps to himself.
OLiVE: an awesome gourami fish. likes to swim.
we have fast (reliable) wifi to stream / download music, movies, television, etc.
we like all kinds of music and movie genres. love, love documentaries.
billy likes to stream all kinds of lectures (physics, mathematics, economics, etc).
my favorite shows i stream are: house of cards (netflix version), tons of BBC, indie films and just about any/all documentaries i can get my hands on.
my favorite music / news stream is KCRW (a killer public radio station out of santa monica).
we love food. i love to cook. my dream someday is to have my own BnB and / or mini food truck.
the past few years we've been into urban gardening and growing our own herbs (and some vegetables / greens) to harvest. dream some day is to build a chicken coop and hopefully acquiring some happy little laying hens. nothing like hen to kitchen eggs.
guests have access to garden harvesting and kitchen which includes big fridge, industrial steel counter, gas stove, cook book library and mini breakfast bar.
first two nights of stay, we offer 7:00AM - 8:30AM fresh french press coffee and super-tasty lemon thyme scramble with toast upon request.
special note: although we eat meat from time to time, we can also be vegetarian / vegan friendly.
check out our local guidebook for our favorite food / wine places we like to hang out at.
we have a laundry / waste management area.
laundry includes energy saving front loader washing machine. we line / rack dry (access to coin dryers in building).
waste management includes: recycling paper, metal, plastics and composting. we have an awesome two tier compost bin. our worms are high producing and are important household members. the abundant parking lot garden is evidence of their work.
we love our animals. you don't have to love them, but you need to be dog friendly to stay here. part of the adventure is having access to our awesome loving dogs.
canine friends are welcome in our loft space, as long as they are potty trained and socialized.
we have easy potty access and poop bags. there are a number of great local off leash dog parks that we take our girls to daily.
(two notes on dogs: 1) we can only have dogs in our loft space, not in our attic space 2) we aren’t set up to do doggie day care. if you are here with your dog, you won’t be able to leave them here unattended. but there are several good dog-day care spots nearby.
we are kid friendly as long as they don't bite and are socialized -- he he he.
airbnb suggests sharing a life motto? we don't really have one. we do love a good sense of humor though.