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10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals You Don't Want To Miss Out In Oakland, CA - Updated 2020

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The largest city in California, Oakland’s territory was once a mosaic of coastal terrace prairie, oak woodland and north coastal scrub. Widely known for its sustainability practices, Oakland has proved to be a conservative and eco-friendly ethnically diverse area with many different races coming together as one. A carefree and easy-going city with much to discover, step inside these top 10 Airbnb vacation rentals for a pleasant stay.

Convenience meets tranquility: architect-designed modern apartment (from USD 133)

Located within a couple of blocks of everything you might need during an enjoyable stay, this smartly designed peaceful and modern urban retreat is fully equipped with a kitchen, separate bedroom with a queen size bed and a tub/shower combo perfect for two. The brightly lit living room is filled with large windows and natural sunlight, a comforting and homely sight. If that still isn’t enough and you are craving for some sun, head down to the secluded garden patio outside. Enjoy nature at its best; for a fresh cup of coffee can never go wrong amidst such lush and tropical greenery!

Modern Urban Retreat
Oakland, California, United States
258 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very stylish apartment with excellent amenities
many unexpected touches: generous assortment of food (both fridge and pantry) picnic supplies complete bathroom amenities (shaving cream )
great fully functional apartment that has been interior designed to a high level
the bed and linens were comfy and of nice quality
modern yet homey airy with tons of light yet private and comfortable
sparkling clean and comfortable
it was spacious clean and cozy
absolutely stunning immaculately clean and very spacious
the unit is spectacular clean comfortable - luxurious
it was as fresh clean and comfortable as it was several years ago
lovely place great hosts
they are perfects hosts
the host was very helpful and quick to respond to any questions
hosts are very very good
the hosts are nearby and very responsive if there are questions
the location is fantastic
and the location is great
we really liked the location
plus it’s an easy walk to dining and shopping
mass transit is close and easy both bus or bart
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Sunny & cheerful: bright 2 bedroom apartment (from USD 120)

Just a 20 minute walk from West Oakland or 12th Street BART and you will see a sunny and vibrant Victorian home that sleeps four. The apartment is bright with big windows ushering in the soft, natural sunlight. As seen in the photos, the kitchen and living room flow together into one large space, which is a great way for everyone to communicate and hang out freely. The master bedroom consists of a California king bed featuring a Keetsa mattress and Feathered Friends down comforter. The second bedroom is also an office, and includes a desk that is electronically adjustable for comfort and flexibility. To add on to the vacation vibes, be sure to enjoy the company of the 15 indoor plants located in every room.

Bright Two Bedroom Apartment!
Oakland, California, United States
Entire apartment 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
jon is great host and make sure that everything is in order before we arrive
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A unique combination: single bedroom wooded in-law (from USD 107)

Nature lovers will love this wooded in-law, for it is located in a rustic and carefree countryside neighbourhood. Even the path to the front entrance of the house is bucolic and all-natural; expect a lot of loose gravel that can be dangerous for ladies in heels. A car is strongly recommended for exploring this part of Oakland - free parking is included during your stay and the unit is completely private and quiet. There is a fireplace in the living room and electric heaters are installed in bedrooms. The bedroom consists of a queen bed and a sofa that doubles up as an additional bed if needed. Enjoy this tranquil stay that provides you with a unique combination of urban and rustic - stargazing here is strongly recommended!

Wooded In-Law
Oakland, California, United States
365 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
bed and pullout sofa were comfortable
the bathroom is great has a heater and air conditioner also the shower is great
they have great amenities; my favorite being the television and bathroom
we like the addition of a new flat screen tv
great atmosphere plenty of supplies comfy and cozy
very clean and organized
super clean and comfortable
it was clean and comfortable
very clean and lovely scenery
comfy sheets and bed clean space
they are very kind hosts and respond very quickly to questions
hosts were extremely accommodating and friendly
george and colleen were amazing hosts
hosts were friendly professional and very responsive
every need anticipated and provided for by creative thoughtful hosts
beautiful location
the location is nice too
this is the best location in oakland - close to trails and the highway
here is a great location to be near the city but far enough away for piece of mind
fantastic location checked all the boxes for us
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A relaxing oasis: private cottage surrounded by gardens (from USD 105)

Relish in a world of your own with this lovely and cosy cottage, a private and intimate hideaway located in a quiet part of Oakland hills. Take a three block walk to Laurel shopping district to enjoy new restaurants, coffeeshops, and a yoga studio that has just popped up recently. Enjoy the queen bed, clawfoot tub and shower, fridge, and stove. The clean, simple indoors open onto full gardens. Take a dip in the hot tub and lounge on a deck with hill views. Feel free to use the shared outdoor table for eating and working off the main house; it’s shaded by a wisteria-covered pergola and has a power outlet for computers, specially made for business travellers that prefer an intimate setting amidst the all-loving nature.

Private cottage in enclosed gardens
Oakland, California, United States
217 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful natural light shined through the garden in the mornings making chilly mornings nice and cozy
the space is cozy and airy at the same time with lots of natural light
a nice quiet spot to unwind on an extremely comfortable mattress
the cottage has everything you need to feel comfortable when you're away from home
the cottage is adorable and the bed and bathtub were an absolute dream
very clean and fun spot
very clean and comfortable space
this sparkling clean space was exactly as advertised spacious and private
everything is very clean
always clean peaceful and relaxing place to stay
they are great hosts
the hosts were great as well
wonderful hosts we would definitely go back
ben and jacqueline are great hosts
they are great hosts and easy to communicate with
the location was great
plus easy access to redwood regional park and the chabot science center
great location — close to everything but felt quiet & secluded
super cozy and quiet place located in a nice garden providing everything you need
it had everything we needed and the location is great
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Comfortable & private: charming studio with deck (from USD 75)

A sunny and charming studio in a well-established, friendly neighbourhood close to the best East Bay for hiking and all major freeways, enjoy a fully-stocked kitchen, full bathroom with tub, wi-fi, and flat-screen TV (Netflix and HBO included). Get some fresh air and splendid hill views from the deck out front, and a hot mug of chocolate and some slightly toasted bread in tow are what we strongly recommend! As the studio is located below the living room of the lovely hosts, do expect to hear some foot traffic from above. The house was built in 1924 so creaking and vibrations are unavoidable. However, the rest of the neighbourhood is really quiet and peaceful, which is great if you are looking for an intimate stay.

Charming Studio In-Law with Kitchenette and Deck
Oakland, California, United States
373 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the heater worked extremely well and kicks on very fast
we had a nice room with all amenities you can have for this price
the bed was super comfy and the kitchen space had everything we needed for our short stay
the bed was very comfortable and she had plenty of sheets/ blankets
this is room was perfect for our needs
clean nice and affordable
very clean very organized
clean and nice big room
the space is clean cozy and quiet
amy's place was very clean and comfortable
amy is a wonderful host :)
amy was a wonderful host and was very prompt with her responses
the hosts were responsive and nice
very responsive and hospitable host
amy is by far the best host i’ve ever had
perfect location perfect instruction
the location is good being next to a main freeway
great place and great location
great safe location with easy access to freeways
great location if you want to be close to everything in oakland but not downtown
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Modern & stylish: private room with bathroom (from USD 72)

A serene space located in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the hectic city, surround yourself with calm views of the garden of the Pardee Mansion, accompanied with the setting of 20-foot cathedral ceilings in the main living room area, which brings abundant natural light into the living area. The private bedroom that you will be residing in has a double/full sized bed next to a private bathroom just for you. Feel free to use the common kitchen and living room - this tranquil space offers a lot of privacy for its guests. A five-minute walk and you will end up at 12th St Downtown Oakland BART station, where you will see many new cafes, restaurants, clubs and shopping areas.

2Stops2SF - Modern space next 12thStBart
Oakland, California, United States
359 reviews
Private room in loft 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi worked perfectly
comfortable and cosy room with all necessary amenities
we appreciated the shampoo soap and lotion in the bathroom
the room was smaller than we had expected from the photos but was clean and well presented
the apartment is nice and the energy in the space is gentle
extremely clean and chic loft
very clean and tidy
it was a nice clean private room
the apartment was clean and very stylish
quiet clean and comfortable
regina was a wonderful host
regina was an amazing host
she was quick to respond and an amazing host
host is friendly and approachable recommended
she was also kind enough to allow me to drop off my luggage when i arrived early
regina’s place is conveniently located in a very cute building
it’s close to bart and downtown which is an ideal location
good location within walking distance of bart and several good restaurants in downtown oakland
the location is just 4 blocks from bart so it is super easy to get
the location is great if you are working in oakland or need to access bart
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A calming haven: private room with backyard cottage (from USD 55)

This cosy 8 X 15 North Oakland cottage is the perfect spot for couples/solo travellers yearning to escape the hustle and bustle of the hectic city. Just several steps from your main home is a private full bathroom that consists of a sink, toilet, shower and fresh towels. Feeling hungry? The lovely and large sit-in kitchen is just perched beside it! Treat yourself to some complimentary tea and coffee in the kitchen - the lovely hosts have been so kind to prepare it all. The pretty cottage consists of a mounted flat screen TV, a very comfortable queen sized bed, wireless internet and cable, plenty of books and New Yorker magazines (if you feel like reading), a comfy leather chair, and a full sized dresser for your clothes. Enjoy the sunny, plant filled backyard deck just outside your front door if you are craving for some sun and fresh air. Do note that there is a private entrance alongside the main house that leads back to the cottage.

Private backyard cottage
Oakland, California, United States
415 reviews
Private room in guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
sky light heater and security system
my stay at chris and babara’s backyard cottage was comfortable and relaxing
this is a lovely room opening out to deck with flowering bushes
cottage was stylish with a very comfortable bed
small but has a heater a tv and is clean
amazing space clean and thoughtful
nice clean place to stay
room was quaint and clean
the place is super clean and the bed is very comfortable
their place is very clean and cozy
the hosts are lovely people i specially enjoyed barb’s hospitality
friendly & nice host & the place was amazing
barbara and chris were wonderful hosts
very hospitable and gracious hosts
good security helpful hosts
very close to the macarthur bart station which was great for me
location was good with loads of places to eat not far away
very confortable and great location
cute little place in oakland
bart was a great way to get around though the station seemed more than a mile away
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Charm & comfort: private room in a 91-year-old historic house (from 48 USD)

This historic 91-year-old charming home has been recently renovated to give travellers the ultimate comfort they need. Just 2.2 miles to light rail (BART) and 10 minutes from the Oakland Airport, enjoy this cosy private room with two separate beds (great for two people who don’t wish to sleep with each other). Also included is a luggage rack, closet with hangers and a chest of drawers. A reading light is located next to your bed in case you need it, and the full bathroom is all yours as the host only uses the shower. Guests have entire access to the house, including the kitchen and laundry (1.38 USD/load).

Charm and Comfort

Address: Elmhurst, Oakland, CA (see map)

Price: from 48 USD

Number of Guests: 2

Shout out to the couch enthusiast: plush comfy couch for 1 night only (from 37 USD)

Exclusive only for couch surfers and adventurous travellers who need a space to sleep but don’t really care where - here’s a potential spot for you. Make new friends and mingle with other travellers, as there will also be other travellers staying in this apartment. Ear plugs are upon request, as this couch surfing spot is right next to Amtrak train Station. Allow your heavy head to lie on this plush convertible couch till you figure out where to go next… for who says being impromptu is a bad idea?

For the couch surfer

Address: Produce and Waterfront, Oakland, CA (see map)

Price: from 37 USD

Number of Guests: 1

Near Oak Airport: single bedroom private in-law

Located in an easy street parking and out-going neighbourhood filled with mature trees, enjoy this newly-renovated cosy apartment near Oak Airport. This one-bedroom apartment consists of a double size bed, couch, kitchen with tons of natural light, newly furnished and spacious bathroom, sufficient closet space, and an outdoor space with tables and chairs. Guests are given access to the parking space in front of the private gate, as well as a furnishing-in-progress backyard. They are welcome to relax and watch the birds and squirrels as they laze around the backyard. Also, a comfy roll-away bed is also available if you have a third guest coming over; just let your lovely hosts know in advance!

Private & bright inlaw/ easy access to Oakland, SF
Oakland, California, United States
370 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cozy and well appointed with thoughtful amenities
loved the large windows to look out to her beautiful yard and for natural lighting in the room
the bathroom necessities like the soap shampoo and conditioner were a very nice touch
the apartment is so quaint and cute having all of the amenities provided is also great
bed is a full sized mattress fyi for couples with large/tall partners
it was clean and nice
very clean stylish and tidy
great kitchen appliances and dishes all very clean
everything was super clean and comfy
super clean and the shower was amazing
she was an excellent host and very helpful
angelique is an amazing host
very welcoming angelique as host
angelique is a fantastic host
great accommodation and excellent hosts
great location - very close to oak
location is pretty convenient to get to oakland downtown or san francisco
beautiful spot in a great location
great apartment with easy check in & good location
we loved staying here it is close to everything in the bay
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You are always welcomed!

And we hope you have spotted something you like with these top 10 Airbnb vacation rentals in Oakland; for in this down-to-earth city with activities lurking at every corner, it is never too early to start planning a second trip when you are still at your first!

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