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    The Rockridge Bungalow was a very convenient location for us during our holiday visit to Oakland. Access to shops, grocery stores, restaurants and the Bart were excellent. The bungalow was clean and had all the necessary items to cook meals when we chose not to eat at the many wonderful restaurant locations on College Avenue. The listing description was accurate, photos reflected the property appearance, and Michelle was very helpful/efficient in setting up the rental, plus provided good information on the College Avenue businesses surrounding the bungalow. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone who will walk to restaurants or shops and does not need a car for their transportation needs since both the bus and Bart are readily accessible.

    Owner response: Hi Christine - So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and thanks so much for the glowing review! The bungalow is very convenient to all the shops/restaurants/cafes on College Ave - I'm glad you took advantage of it. Hope to hear from you again for a future visit. Warm regards, Michelle

    January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

    The place is well cared for and in a good neighborhood. It's about a 10min walk from the Rockridge BART. A great alternative to a hotel in terms of privacy and character. The booking/check-in process was very simple and Michelle was quite accommodating given our last minute request and late arrival.

    The apartment was tastefully decorated and there was a loaf of delicious ginger bread awaiting us..a lovely touch. Especially since we got there too late to get any food nearby! The bed was comfy, the shower hot, and the internet worked fine. It is, however a garden/partial basement apartment and there are some unfinished rooms connected to the finished parts, which is kind of creepy and made the place hard to warm up. It was about 50F outside and we had all heaters going full blast! After the first night we were able to warm the place up comfortably, though.

    My only complaint is that I feel the price was a bit high for two nights, including taxes and a cleaning fee. I stay at vacation rentals all over the world and this is pricey for what you get. We needed something on short notice and were picky about the neighborhood, but if I had it to do over again I would probably stay at a hotel for half the price or search for something more appropriately priced in Oakland. Also, the cleaning fee seemed steep considering the check-out procedure which entailed stripping the beds, putting the towels in the washer, taking out the trash, etc. That is most certainly above and beyond what most vacation rentals require at check-out if they are charging a substantial cleaning fee. It may have been more worth it if we were staying longer, but that seemed excessive for a two night stay.

    I really enjoyed Oakland, though, and appreciated all the nice touches Michelle put into her rental. She made it a cozy experience and we would recommend it as long as you can afford the price!

    Owner response: Hi Kelly - So happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and thanks for pointing out some of the bungalow's highlights - cozy, well-appointed and conveniently located in one of Oakland's hottest neighborhoods. Now, to address your other concerns. I agree the cleaning fee is steep for a short stay but that is my exact cost to have it professionally cleaned each and every time. The rates are very competitive with other local vacation rentals and certainly with the only comparable hotel - The Claremont Resort. Lastly, while it's nice to have an actual laundry room, I don't think it's that unusual to place a washer/dryer in an unfinished basement or garage. Thanks for recommending us! Warm regards, Michelle

    January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

    Everything promised and more! Great neighborhood for walking, dining and access to getting around the East Bay. Comfortable home away from home with everything you need including a kithchen equipped to turn out a lovely dinner for 4! We loved staying at the Rockridge Bungalow and hope to go back again soon.

    Owner response: Hi Leslie - So happy to hear you enjoyed your stay! It's true, the bungalow IS very conveniently located in a great area of Oakland. We look forward to hearing from you again. Warm regards, Michelle

    November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

    Rockridge Bungalow was charming, cozy, immaculate and comfortable. Owner was responsive and helpful and we hope to rent the property again!

    Owner response: Thanks for the glowing review Margo! We look forward to hearing from you again for a future visit. Warm regards, Michelle

    November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargo

    Returned for our second visit to the Rockridge Bungalow and as with the last visit was not disappointed. Fantastic location with all you could possibly need right on your doorstep - the bungalow makes for a wonderful retreat after a day pounding the streets of the Bay Area. As always check out Michelle's blog for helpful hints as to where to eat and drink - highly recommend Hudsons, Homeroom (for Mac & cheese), Rick and Annes & Bettes Diner for breakfast and if you don't manage to get a fried chicken sandwich from Bakesale Bettys because they have sold out then settle for a box of their cookies and you won't be disappointed. Always try and at least once have coffee sitting outside the Market Hall with a wonderful morning bun - watch the world go by. Once again a great stay at the bungalow and will certainly be back again.

    October 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIan Brinham

    My stay at Rockridge bungalow was a great experience, and Michelle, the owner made it so easy to enjoy. The place is very clean and well appointed with everything you could possibly need. Not to mention the proximity to shops, restaurants, public transit, etc is pretty much ideal. The 51B bus line picks up right around the corner and Bart is a 5 min walk. If I did have a car it would have been pretty easy to find a spot on the street (it's a busier street FYI - Broadway). The cottage entrance is from the back and is the lower part of a duplex, so if you don't mind a little noise sometimes, it's very quiet otherwise. All in all, I hope to be returning and also hope all these positive reviews won't mean it will be perpetually booked up!! :-) jessica

    August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

    The four members of our small family spent a great weekend in the bay area with Rockridge as our home base. Great location near College Ave, we order pizza to go from a local pizza shop and enjoyed it on our patio, watching the sunset. Nice sized bedroom, cozy front room for TV & relaxing, and a kitchen for breakfast and when you don't want to go out. Thanks for the great stay!

    May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

    I am a repeat customer and this place is great! I didn't want to write a review in the past since I'd like to keep the secret to myself. I agree with all the good things said and would like to clarify that there is now a dish drain, a toaster and a microwave. Michelle must carefully pay attention to feedback. I find the bed to be very comfortable and the little bit of noise from upstairs is charming, like having real neighbors. Wish I could live there!

    May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNan

    There's little I can add to the rave reviews the Rockridge Bungalow With Style has received. Its description is completely accurate. It's a great small apartment in a vibrant, walkable neighborhood with lots of good restaurants, boutiques and a couple of bookstores. Travelers without a car can easily walk to the BART station and be in San Francisco within minutes. The neighborhood is safe, so walking down the street late at night is not a problem. I felt very comfortable in this cozy, serene place and will definitely come back.

    May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex P

    This bungalow was amazingly close to College Ave. Twice parking on the street was about 100 feet from the home, but the area is quiet and felt very safe. Everything was clean and nicely appointed. Comfy bed and living room sofa, and flat screen in living room was well-placed for viewing.

    January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    Very nicely kept and appointed! The steep walk down the driveway should be noted for older couples and for getting the luggage up and down. It was a little slippery in the rain and rather unsafe for us in our 70's and 80's. The bed really sags in the middle. It was very quiet and very well equipped.

    Owner response: Hi Bobbie - Thanks for the feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed a quite stay at the bungalow. Also, thanks for noting the driveway. While I try, it's difficult to cover all the details with each guest. Warm regards, Michelle

    January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBobbie

    My wife and I stayed at this very nice rental for a one month to visit with our son who lives in nearby Piedmont. We stayed for Thanksgiving and our son's birthday. We got into a great daily routine of having coffee/tea and danishes or muffins every morning while visiting with our son then we usually went out for the PM.

    We did not have a car, our son drove, there is easy street parking. We had a really great Thanksgiving meal at "the Montclair Bistro." The food was exceptionally good. Do visit this restaurant. For Breakfast or lunch we also recommend "Rick and Anne's" accross the street from the "Claimont Resort/Hotel." You may have a slight wait for a table, but it is worth it. Also try "Mark 49" - a bar with a small menu. The humus appetizer is awesome, as are most of the pannini sandwiches. Unpretentious "Christopher's" burgers on College Ave has super good burgers. College Ave has tons of nice restaurants - try "Crepevine" for deleicious crepes, or the "Hudson Cafe" for a great laid-back coffee shop experience (bring your laptop to most of the cafes - there is free WiFi in most of them, so you can stay for hours sipping good strong coffee). These restaurants are patronized by locals mostly because there are no hotels or motels in the area, therefore no tourists. That is one of the best parts of staying in Rockridge - almost no tourists, so you feel like you are one of the locals.

    We visited the Bodega Bay area in Marin County to visit friends and for the spectacular ocean/cliff views. This area is north of San Francisco. You will want to move there ! We also went south (of SF) to Santa Cruz to visit friends and to see similarly spectacular views along the shoreline on Route 1. Santa Cruz is a great shore town for strolling on the pier to see seals, or sometimes, dolphins. The pier has great seafood in any of its restaurants. You will also want to move to Santa Cruz ! You will want to move to Rockridge and to Montclair and to Piedmont and to Walnut Creek, etc, etc. You will see for yourself. Michelle was very helpful when we requested a microwave, so we could re-heat leftovers or for take-out food.

    There are: a Safeway food store, a CVS pharmacy, a Wendy's, a Boston Market, and tons of other restaurants. This rental is in a good location. It is on a busy street, but you cannot hear the traffic once inside. The only noise you may hear are the people walking around or watching TV upstairs.

    We would use this place again it is so conveniently located.

    December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

    My parents stayed here for a long weekend and absolutely loved it. For the money, you're getting way more than you would with a standard hotel. The furnishings are wonderful and the space itself is very roomy. We will definitely be putting our out-of-town visitors in this place. Very private yet close to everything you could need.

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

    We stayed at Rockridge Bungalow from Oct 9th until 18th. The location of the apartment is central, with a short walk to the BART (perhaps 10 minutes max), local market, grocery and drug stores, and plenty of restaurants. The house was comfortable and inviting, well kept and very clean (in fact, the owner herself was there cleaning when we arrived a bit early!). The kitchen was well stocked with everything you could need, the only thing lacking I would suggest is a microwave but we made do without one. The living room is comfortable and we appreciated the TV with cable/satellite and wireless internet as well. The bathroom features a tiled shower which was nice and big. There were plenty of linens for the week as well. The bedroom is spacious and the bed was COMFORTABLE (not many hotels can boast that!). It was a nice feature to have the washer and dryer in the apartment as well if needed. The patio was great for the evenings and we enjoyed it fully!

    Overall, I would highly recommend Rockridge Bungalow. It's location is in a nice suburban neighborhood and you feel completely safe in that area. A nice gesture as well was the welcome note from Michelle and the sweet bread (so yummy after a long day flying to our vacation destination).

    You will not be disappointed in Rockridge Bungalow, it's a great little spot!

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

    It was great, way better than staying in a hotel. We were able to share meals with friends, eat breakfast and sit on the back porch in the sun, walk to the Bart to visit San Francisco and Berkeley, stroll to great places to eat and shop. Will definitely do it again.

    October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNan

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Rockridge Bungalow. The location is superb, easy walking distance to shops, fabulous restaurants, transportation. We loved Olivetos and had terrific Indian take-out food (sorry, I can't remember the name of the restaurant.) The property was clean, nicely appointed without being overly precious. The whole process--from renting on-line to return of damage deposit--was easy and accessible. We're over 55 and did not find the steep walk down the driveway to the entrance a problem, but that might be the only drawback for some. We have family in the area and would definitely stay at the Bungalow again.

    October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPam

    Thanks for a fabulous stay. The photos don't do the home justice. It is immaculate and adorable. Perfect accomodations for a small family, and Michelle was extremely accomodating. The outdoor areas (a deck and small yard) are a wonderful bonus. The fridge stopped working toward the end of our stay, so our food went bad. But I know Michelle fixed it as soon as we left. That's only reason for 4 out of 5 stars!

    October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCara

    We stayed at this beautiful Rockridge Bungalow for five nights while visiting a friend who has just moved to Oakland. It was a wonderful stay. The neighborhood is very walkable, close to restaurants and public transportation, and great for us as it was an easy walk to our friend's place. The property is beautifully set up and and kitchen was nicely equipped- certainly adequate for us to fix breakfast. The bed is extremely comfortable and the whole place is extremely clean. From the time we made our reservation until we checked out, all communication with Michelle was very clear and easy. We had no trouble finding the place and did try out some of her restaurant recommendations. We especially liked Oliveto and Aunt Mary's. We will definitely want to stay there again for our next visit.

    October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIan and Sarah

    We really enjoyed our time in March at Michelle's very nice Rockridge Bungalow. (We appreciated the good heat!) It's in an area we know well and lots of our favorite Bay Area restaurants and shops are nearby. We hope to be able to stop there again every year for a week or two on our annual migration to Mexico from India.

    April 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Lowe

    I really enjoyed my stay at the Bungalow. From the living room window, you can see Mt. Tamalpais in the distance above the Rockridge rooftops. The space is quiet and peaceful. And everything you could want is within walking distance. Michelle is extremely helpful and quick to respond to all questions. Many thanks, I'll stay here again.

    April 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

    Took my sister for a vacation and she wanted to stay in a neighborhood which reminded her of our favorite place in Paris! Well, she was totally blown away! Not only was the location awesome (walking distance to so many wonderful restaurants in Rockridge, shopping, etc.), but we found a bakery, a flower shop, and a restaurant which are now on our "favorites" list! The bungalow itself leaves nothing to be desired and we really enjoyed packing up our many flea market treasures in the "cave"! Wonderful space, so nice and clean, and we hope to come back in the summer to enjoy the lovely deck... Thanks so much for a truly wonderful stay!

    February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlana Ulrich

    Fantastic location. Choice of two Transbay buses into SF (I was here on business), walk to BART and handy to very good restaurants and great markets. WiFi was also very much appreciated.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBruce

    Lovely home, well situated, ample on-the-street parking. Clean and well lighted with a view. Welcoming host, attended to all billing in professional manner. Good price, for good product.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

    Loved our stay at the bungalow. It was homey and close to all our favourite Rockridge amenities. Yeah for Market Hall! Our stay would have been assisted by a microwave and a toaster/oven. Also, a soap dispenser in the bathroom. We'll be looking forward to our next visit to Otown and will defintely stay at the bungalow.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth and Laurie

    Michelle, Thank you so much for the use of Rockridge Bungalow for our stay in Oakland. It was a perfect get-away from the busyness/chaos of my cousin's wedding. What a wonderful alternative to a hotel! Our relatives were at the nearby Claremont Resort and were very envious of the amount of room, amenities, and location we had. My mother and I felt completely safe, even when arriving home LATE at night from making last minute alterations to the flower girls' dresses. We were able to walk to a variety of restaurants on College and enjoyed Market Hall. You were right-there is really no need for a rental car! The heaters worked great and warmed up the place quickly. The only suggestion I can make is to have an umbrella in the closet. I am sure any of my family who returns to Oakland will want to stay at your place. Thank you so much for the delicious bread!

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarci

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