The Dover Residence

oakland, san francisco & bay area
3 bedroom - 2 bath
(12 reviews)
Travel dates:
$460 - $484 per night (USD)
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Perks for the Parents

This modern home in a family-friendly Oakland neighborhood known as Bushrod, close to Rockridge and Temescal, has a great kids room with toys, books and games, and plenty of family appeal. Convenient to public transportation and San Francisco attractions, it is surrounded by lush greenery and is filled with sunlight and fresh air. There are 2 office spaces to work from home or set the kids up with a project, a gourmet kitchen with a huge center island and a lovely outdoor patio dining area.

Why Kids Love it

We love the shared children’s room with its contemporary bunk bed, large collection of books and toys, and art table beneath a drape of colorful bunting. After a day of exploring the neighborhood and playing at the nearby park, cozy up together in the living room and watch a favorite family movie together. Plenty of extra informal seating and bean bag chairs provide flexibility and comfort to relax and reconnect. Dover Street Park and Tilden Park, which includes a carousel, train, and little farm, are nearby. The Ramen Shop at 5812 College Avenue offers kid-friendly fare.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 3 nights. Be aware that there is a gate at the top of the stairs but not at the bottom, and there is one big step leading to the outdoor dining area. A parking spot is available next to the house. The nearest grocery store is Berkeley Bowl (2020 Oregon St., Berkeley), a 20-minute walk/4 minute drive away. No pets are permitted.

About the Location

The residence is in Bushrod, Oakland, approximately 20 minutes from San Francisco by car, taxi, or shuttle. It is approximately 20 minutes to the Oakland International Airport and 30 minutes from the San Francisco International Airport by car, taxi, or shuttle. The nearest train station is Oakland - Jack London Square. Close to MacArthur, Rockridge, and Ashby BART stations.

Accommodation Details

This family home in Oakland has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is set over 2 floors. The main floor has a living room, kitchen and doors to a garden and terrace. Upstairs there is a primary bedroom with walk-in closet and kingsize bed, a children’s bedroom with platform bed and sofa underneath, and a 3rd bedroom with a twin bed. The bathrooms include shower and bath options. There is informal dining around the kitchen island and a summer kitchen outside.

Style Notes

Light and bright. Owned by a talented photographer, it’s no surprise that light is a priority in this contemporary family home. The main living space is ideal for family living, with a comfy sectional couch, a large wooden coffee table, a flat-screen TV for keeping kids entertained on rainy days, and direct access to the patio. Children will love the shared bedroom with Oeuf bed and plenty of art supplies. We love the huge sliding door to the outdoor patio for fresh air and al fresco dining.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
2 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 travel crib
Benedicte L.
Member since September 10, 2013
We are a French family of 4. We've been living in Oakland for 10 years and absolutely love California. My oldest daughter (14) loves to read and draw. My son (10) is very active so we had to secure the house as much as possible. We travel back to France 2 months a year during the summer so we are happy to rent our house while we are away. We also love to go skiing in Tahoe and are always up for a long week end anywhere in the US to discover this wonderful country.

Oakland, San Francisco & Bay Area

Culture, countryside and a cute 50's theme park

San Francisco’s biggest port and the third largest city in the Bay Area, Oakland is big and diverse. Spend a calming morning down at Lake Merritt, boating, feeding ducks or walking around the water, then get hands on at the Chabot Space and Science Center in the afternoon. Take a nature trek in the hills, then return to the city center for people watching, coffee and shopping in Jack London Square. Visit Children’s Fairyland with your tots, a theme park dating to the 1950s, or use the city as a base to explore the wider area, from the beautiful countryside of rural California to the sightseeing spots of San Francisco.

12 reviews

Elyse I.
Visited in December 2021
This was probably, so far, the best house we've stayed in. I had a teen, a 9y, and a 3y and all of them loved the house as did my husband and i. Great location, great neighborhood, great things for all the kids, great kitchen wares, little touches. I also worked from their house and loved the set up. I mean, I would live here in a heartbeat.
Joy A.
Visited in July 2019
This was the best place we could have stayed in the Bay! The hosts were magnificent and the home was perfect. I felt safe, clean and well taken care of. It was sad to leave.
Anna M.
Visited in July 2018
We arrived at the Dover Residence with our three children after almost two weeks on a road trip in California and immediately felt at home. This is a very nice house, relaxing and with a lovely interior decoration, strategically located between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. We particularly enjoyed to eat outdoors and the possibility to open up the large door-window between the living-room and patio. The house is close to Berkeley and the nice College Avenue. Our children loved the excursions to Muir Woods, Apple's and Google's HQ , the nearby beaches and of course to SF. I can warmly recommend this house.
Allison L.
Visited in November 2017
We had a perfect stay! The house is beautiful with lots of great kid- friendly touches that made it very enjoyable for us with our four - and one year olds. The toys were great. The curtains were dark enough to help the kids sleep in. Great location, lovely outdoor space. Really beautifully decorated home. We hope to stay here again soon!
David H.
Visited in July 2017
We had a great stay at the Dover residence. Benedicte was a very gracious host and provided very helpful and easy-to-follow information for our stay that made the trip a breeze. The house is very nicely appointed and modern (definitely has a European feel). The full sliding door downstairs that opens to the back patio makes the place lovely. The rooms are each very nice upstairs. We stayed with our 3 year old and 3 month old. Benedicte set up gates on the stairs for our 3 year old's safety. The neighborhood is up and coming but has a cool vibe and is very central. A few things we'd note - there is no microwave, and the parking is in the street (but there were always available spots right out front) - just minor things that didn't detract from our stay. All in all, a great place to stay for a visit!
Meena B.
Visited in June 2017
We had such a lovely stay with our 2.5 year old at the Dover residence. The house was clean and beautifully decorated, the bed comfortable and the location super convenient to everything in Oakland and Berkeley. We especially enjoyed the backyard and appreciated all the kid friendly amenities (bath toys, kid size stools, etc). We couldn't recommend this place more!
Erik C.
Visited in February 2017
We had an excellent long weekend at The Dover Residence. Benedicte is a very gracious host. He was extremely accommodating in making sure that the children's sleeping arrangements matched our preferences. He was also easy to reach over text message with any questions or issues. The house itself is a pleasant place to spend time. It has high ceilings and great natural light. The huge glass window on the main floor is a great feature, and the deck would have seen more use if would have stopped raining. The decor is very modern and stylish which made for a pleasant stay. There were plenty of toys for the kids and we really enjoyed staying at a home rather than cramming into a hotel.
Stephen L.
Visited in December 2016
We loved this house. Such a warm and inviting space. Would definitely book again for our next visit to the Bay.
Jenny A.
Visited in November 2016
We had such a wonderful stay at the Dover house. Benedicte was always available and quick to respond leading up to our stay. The house was in great condition and so welcoming. We have a 15 month old and 2 1/2 year old and the toys were great and all of the amenities allowed us to pack light. We hope to make our stay here an annual thing!
Marie P.
Visited in December 2015
We had a perfect stay at the Dover Residence. Benedicte the host was so kind to let us stay there quite spontaneously after we had a fire in our house just before christmas. We spent the holidays in this new, modern, clean and stylish house. Our kids loved the toys and books and we liked the european atmosphere and the brightness of the Dover Residence. Whenever we had questions Benedicite replied quickly. The house is located close to some nice restaurants and shops in Temescal. You can also walk to College Avenue. Also the neighbors were very nice and helpful! We loved spending the holidays in this house and we are so grateful to find someone helping us in this time.
Carly S.
Visited in October 2015
My family and I stayed at the Dover Residence in mid October, just for a short weekend. Although we wouldn't have minded staying longer, I know our kids for sure would have loved that. My 4 year old daughter keeps asking when we will go back. This home is very modern and contemporary, if it were not for the toys and baby gear, you wouldn't think children reside there. Nonetheless it still felt very homey and welcoming, and this house is spotless! The best part of this house is the 1st floor living room/ kitchen/ patio space. If our trip were longer we would have utilized the patio much more. We were lucky to have amazing weather, so we opened the patio doors for a few hours for some fresh Oakland air. They have a neighbor who plays Jazz music in the late afternoon which for us seemed like a treat. It just really added to the ambiance. The toys are mostly European, wooden, or vintage style which was lovely since the majority of my children's toys are plastic and made in china. My children loved them! I am very glad we stayed here.
Adrianne D.
Visited in January 2015
My family and I had a wonderful stay at the Dover Residence. We travelled with a 2 month-old and 2 year old and both slept comfortably. Since the toddler was not used to a bunk-bed, Benedicte kindly set up a sleeping space below the bunk bed for her. The home was spotless, beautifully appointed, and checking-in and out was simple and easy. We especially enjoyed eating quiet breakfasts and drinking wine in the outdoor garden area. When we return to Oakland, we will definitely be staying here again. Thanks for a lovely and comfortable stay.