Two things stand out: The house is nicely renovated with a modern, yet cozy feel and perfect for a family of4. The other is the super host, Mercedes, who really made an effort to make us feel at home. I have not seen a better host anywhere, so thanks, Mercedes!
Thomas, February 2019

I appreciated the stay I’ll love to stay again Mercedes was a great host.
Tray, January 2019

We stayed at the Tropical Modern Bungalow during our 2018 Christmas vacation to San Francisco and the surrounding areas. We are a family of four (two adults and two kids) and stayed here for 6 nights. We had a great time and a big reason was the host and this house. Mercedes made us feel so welcomed right from the time I contacted her and all the way till checkout. She is the kind of host who will go above and beyond to make sure your stay is perfect. She noticed at check-in that the coffee powder stock was low and the next morning she had left a bag of great coffee power at the front porch. She answered all our queries promptly during the booking process and stay. The house is very clean, tastefully done, with all the amenities and in a great location. The house has a well appointed kitchen with all the appliances and kitchenware. Both bedrooms have organized closets and plenty of storage space. Getting to SFO and back was a breeze because of the location and the variety of transport options. We will definitely come back and stay here if we visit the bay area in future.
Anand, December 2018

I had the pleasure of staying at Mercedes’s wonderful house in Oakland and I can’t say enough great things about the experience. From beginning to end Mercedes was warm and attentive, always making sure to inquire about any special need we might have. The house itself is just gorgeous! Everywhere you look are beautiful architectural details and design choices, and so much natural light. The house is in a nice neighborhood, and the location is perfect for getting anywhere in the Bay Area. Redwood Park is really close – a hidden gem with wonderful hiking trails. Honestly, this experience is a really nice alternative to staying in a hotel. I highly recommend it!
Victoria, November 2018

“How great was staying at this airbnb? The house was absolutely beautiful and EVERYTHING was sparkling clean! Mercedes was so friendly and warm and was completely available to us. She responded within minutes to our questions and quickly. Everything felt luxurious from beginning to end. You definitely feel that you are in the house of a designer with so much care in each and every detail. The neighborhood is residential and feels safe and there are lots of shops and restaurants only minutes away. We loved the garden and the deck at the rear- so quiet and private. We were grateful to find coffee and tea, as well as sweeteners and milk, along with some cookies to snack on. There is a full collection of spices, as well as some condiments, though we didn’t do any cooking on this visit. Loved the bathtub!! Great for soaking. We will definitely check-in here on our next staycation. Great value, too!”
Sandra, November 2018

“Mercedes is an excellent host and has a fantastic home! Her responses are very quick, she cares very much about her home and your stay. Everything was perfect and her home is beautiful! The location is close to shops, restaurants, markets, yet very private and safe with an amazing/peaceful backyard and deck! I stayed for a little over 3months and would have stayed much longer if I hadn’t been moved to a different city for work. During my stay I had to leave on business trips for a week or two at a time and never worried about my personal belongings or car in the driveway. While I was away Mercedes would check on the house and my things and I always came back to fresh flowers or a seasonal/personal touch that made it feel like coming home. This is as close to feeling like my actual residence as I’ve gotten from an Airbnb to date and can’t say enough great things!!”
John, November 2018

“Mercedes is the seventh home in California that we rent during our long journey. It is the best and even better than it is in the description. Perfect cleanliness (for us it was a very important criterion, because we were with a child). In perfect condition, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom with all necessary accessories. Accommodation and host for 5+. Thanks for all. [translated from Russian]”
Victoria, January 2019

“I fell in love with Mercedes’ place the moment I stepped inside. It has a very homey feel. She makes you feel like a guest in her home – from the panettoni, to chocolate mint cookies that she bought especially for my visit. 🙂 Oh, and I like that fact that the amenities are well-kept and utensils are all matching. I will definitely book her place again.”
Mia, December 2018

“I absolutely loved staying at the Tropical Modern Bungalow in Oakland’s Dimond District. It felt like living in a sunny, small town with friendly neighbors, green trees, quiet and calm. I used to go running every morning over its gentle hills and went hiking in the gorgeous and wild San Joaquin Miller redwood park, just a 5-min. drive up Lincoln Ave. Shops, restaurants and healthy groceries are only a 5 minute walk, and super quick access by car to Hwy. 13 and 580. The house itself was designed by the architect-property owner and is beautifully detailed inside and out, including the exterior landscaping of the front yard, deck and spacious back yard seem. Sunlight pours in on all sides into the open  floor plan accented with color and lovely views at every turn. Just walking into the house made me happy every day. It’s perfect for a small family, a couple, or just anyone who really appreciates high quality design. The property owner was very attentive, maintained everything well, and addressed any issues promptly and efficiently. I was sorry I had to move. I would highly recommend checking out this house for a tranquil and high quality of life.”
Mary, 2010