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Beach Getaway with Bay View from Bed

SuperhostWest End, Alameda, California
Private room in apartment hosted by Markus
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 shared bath
Self check-in
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15 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
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96%+ 5-Star & 98%+ 4-5-Stars! **WORTH IT. READ REVIEWS.** SF Bay views from your well-appointed room. The Guest House (apt) is steps from the beach. As quiet as it comes this close to the city, yet still accessible to SF: Driving or Lyft/BART(train) 30 -45 min; Bus/BART 45-60 min. SFO: 60-90 min. Guests often take the ferry. Free street parking. Check-in & checkout often flexible--check w/host in advance! Car strongly recommended, not required. Also: https://airbnb.com/h/bayviews

The space
Welcome to The Green Dragon Guest House!

Frequent AirBnBers who stay at The Green Dragon Guest House often tell me “This is the best AirBnB I’ve ever stayed at.” I also have a number of repeat guests here on business who come back again and again. Now, there are definitely more “posh” AirBnBs out there. The Green Dragon Guest House is not for everyone (check out the photos to get a sense of the decor). But for those who it IS for, it is a gem. Super-comfortable bed, relaxing and peaceful environment, freshly laundered linens, clean spaces, special touches such as an large overhead shower and Qi chargers on the nightstand, organic soaps, shampoo and conditioner, and breakfast essentials included (that you make yourself) with sourdough toast, pasture-raised eggs, organic oatmeal and organic fair trade coffee and teas.

[From our wonderful guests] December 2019

"Beautiful, enchanting guest house with great views of the beach. Excellent service. Everything you need within walking distance. Excellent value with all of the amenities anyone could possibly need. All of my needs were met beyond expectation. Could not have asked for more."

"Being at the Guest House felt like being home, to me."

"It was one of the most restful stays I have ever had while traveling, and I travel a LOT."

"Definitely recommend this place. Has all utilities you need for a comfortable stay. Chill and relaxing vibe near the shore. Love all the organic soaps and shampoos. Vibe is great and you have your own space."

[Welcome]
The Green Dragon Guest House is not for everyone, but for those whom it is for, it may be exactly what you are looking for: A moderate price for a relaxing, gentle place to stay (including organic soaps, bathrobes and a truly comfortable bed) in a neighborhood that has all the amenities you need, plus immediate access to one of the only beaches in the SF Bay Area. Or, as a recent guest put it: "beyond my expectations."

This being said, we are not a hotel; we are a guest house. We are also not the cheapest AirBnb on the market. But we also are not even close to being the most expensive--and if you book late and are lucky enough for us to still have availability, then you're in for a low-priced treat. If you are really looking for the right place to stay for a few days to a few weeks, consider studying the photo tour of the guest house, and perhaps take a look at our website: Green Dragon Guest House Dot Info. They can help you decide if the Green Dragon Guest House is the right place for you.

Guests sometimes report two “downsides” to staying here. They are 1) that you may have to walk around the corner, or cross a few very short blocks to get to and from your car, as parking immediately near the guest house can fill up in late afternoon or early evening. The walk is typically no more than 3 minutes, and is about the same distance I walk to get to my own car. As long as you don’t leave bags visible in your car, parking here is quite aafe. And 2) the drive to San Francisco can take 30 - 60 minutes, sometimes longer if at the peak of rush hour or if there is an accident on the freeway. During rush hour, the local ferry is often faster and offers a beautiful ride to and from.. For tourists this distance often means choosing between the guest house’s comfort, relaxation, relative quiet and beauty (and a beach!) over “being in the heart of it all” and paying for that privilege (as city prices are often double ours, or more).

[And, here are all the basics:]

The view and immediate proximity to Crown State Beach make this space truly special. Your bedroom has a view of the Bay, and the large windows off the living room look out at a view that spans the Central Bay Area, from Silicon Valley on up to downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge. You are immediately across the street from a nearly mile long state beach, where sunsets are stunning! Your bed is also super comfortable, according to other guests who have stayed here. You have your own room, and the rest of the apartment is shared space, with either your host and/or other guests staying here (there can be up to 5 people in total in the apartment). A stay at the Green Dragon Guest House includes breakfast "essentials" such as french press coffee, tea, cream, sourdough bread, jam, butter and eggs, provided for your use (and your own cooking).

Guest access
Your room is tastefully furnished with a king sized bed, window with a view from the bed of the bay and beach, BOSE mp3 stereo system, a small desk (with a nice view of the bay!), a closet space and two dresser drawers to store clothes. Guests have their own sink, and share the rest of the bathroom with your host or other guests (see "Bay Views Across From The Beach"). You have full access to the fully stocked kitchen (excepting breakfast essentials, you provide your own groceries, of course. By stocked I mean pots, pans, dishes, utensils, spices, condiments, oils, etc.), plus you are welcome to use the dining room space.

Other things to note
Soap and shampoo provided. I do not make your bed each day, as this is not a hotel. I keep the apartment clean and neat, and the apartment is thoroughly cleaned professionally once every two weeks. There is an MP3 hookup for playing music on the living room stereo, and our wireless internet is, as one guest put it, "insanely fast". Send me a message if you have any other questions. A guidebook of local attractions, restaurants and amenities (wash n fold, etc) is available upon your arrival.
96%+ 5-Star & 98%+ 4-5-Stars! **WORTH IT. READ REVIEWS.** SF Bay views from your well-appointed room. The Guest House (apt) is steps from the beach. As quiet as it comes this close to the city, yet still accessible to SF: Driving or Lyft/BART(train) 30 -45 min; Bus/BART 45-60 min. SFO: 60-90 min. Guests often take the ferry. Free street parking. Check-in & checkout often flexible--check w/host in advance! Car strong…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed

Amenities

Elevator
Kitchen
Wifi
Breakfast
Laptop-friendly workspace
Hangers
Iron
Hair dryer
Essentials
Heating

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West End, Alameda, California

Relatively quiet and suburban, right next to the beach. During the day the street is fairly busy, but it is no freeway by any means. We are an easy 15 minute/one-half mile walk and/or short drive to the nearest mall which includes a 24-hour Safeway, a Trader Joe's open from 8am to 9pm, and a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant for healthy fast food. Though the street outside does have modest traffic on it during the day, at night it quiets down, making it sometimes difficult to remember that Oakland is only about 7 minutes away. There are also a number of restaurants in walking distance including a Chipotle Mexican Grill and a great sushi restaurant. The Trabacco Restaurant serves elegant rustic Italian, perfect for a special night out followed by a walk home.
Relatively quiet and suburban, right next to the beach. During the day the street is fairly busy, but it is no freeway by any means. We are an easy 15 minute/one-half mile walk and/or short drive to the nearest…

Hosted by Markus

Joined in March 2014
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Welcome to The Green Dragon Guest House! Your host Markus is a political activist, writer, "jack-of-all-trades" and flag dancer extraordinaire. Quite friendly and adaptable, Markus works out of the home and as an amenable host is often around, helping to ensure you have everything you need, from directions on where to go and what to see. He has been a resident of the Bay Area for most of his life. Markus is also a Master Hand Analyst: Provided Markus is home at the time of your visit and we can schedule time to do it, guests desiring it can receive a complimentary 15 minute hand reading from him as a part of your stay, **upon request**.
Welcome to The Green Dragon Guest House! Your host Markus is a political activist, writer, "jack-of-all-trades" and flag dancer extraordinaire. Quite friendly and adaptable, Markus…
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I am often present at the guest house during your stay, oftentimes working quietly in my office space ~ which adjoins and is open to the living room space. However, I also travel fairly frequently and also spend time elsewhere with family and friends, so I am not always around. I am an amenable and caring host, and want you to have this be a wonderful experience while you are here. If there is anything that I can do to make your stay more comfortable, please do not hesitate to ask. I'm also a Bay Area resident since 1976 and know the area pretty well. If you are sightseeing, I can tell you everywhere you want to go and see. I am also a Master Hand Analyst (modern day palm reader), which is one of the things I I used to do for work. Though I am now retired as a professional from the work of hand analysis (for the most part) guests who stay here can also receive a FREE 30-minute reading from me upon request of me, provided I am in residence and we can find a mutually agreed upon time to do the reading (a $75 value).
I am often present at the guest house during your stay, oftentimes working quietly in my office space ~ which adjoins and is open to the living room space. However, I also travel…
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House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to R1688