A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount

600 Block Of Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, California 94611
Innkeeper(s): Nancy Lovejoy
  • Introduction

    Welcome to A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount

    A Homestay-style B&B

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    Conveniently serving many of Oakland’s and Berkeley’s residential communities for 15+ years, A B&B On Fairmount has hosted hundreds of happy new grandparents, graduates’ families, business travelers, sight-seers from all over the globe, and "locals". Hosts Nancy and Jason, with origins in the Midwest and Australia, share their "green" lifestyle enthusiastically, incorporating seasonal produce and fresh eggs from the backyard organic garden into various healthy breakfasts. (Yes, we have laying hens much of the year). The large garden, always a work in progress, has been called a "Bird Lover’s Paradise."

    A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount Dining Room/Sitting Area

    Atop our hill, we have city and western views (including Mt. Tamalpais). This historic home also accommodates larger parties for family/guest events. Ask us about renting the whole house!

    Kitchen breakfasts are served inside the French windows looking onto the patio and backyard. Within every B&B bedroom there is a private, full bathroom.

    Guests report feeling welcomed, satisfied and very pleased with their experience at our home - A Bed and Breakfast on Fairmount.

    Free Wireless Internet Access Available

    Please call (510) 653-7726 for exact address and directions to A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount, located on the 600 block of Fairmount Avenue.

    See the Restaurants and Services & Transportation sections below the following Oakland-area Places of Interest.


  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Nancy Lovejoy for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    One of the biggest advantages is location, location, location! Within one hour to an hour and a half of the inn you can visit Point Reyes, Santa Cruz, Marin County, Wine Countries, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Our neighborhood is burgeoning with new home families and young adults who choose to live in the East Bay.

    What are you best known for?

    We’re best known for a great breakfast! We have a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Our guests feel right at home here.

    What makes your inn unique?

    Our inn is known for its historical craftsman style and expansive gardens.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    We love our guests! Wonderful people come to visit.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Oakland is newly infused with young, vibrant talent. Our city is known for innovative restaurants dishing up a variety of cuisines in exciting, creative, interior decors.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "We’ve slept like a baby," "The bed is so comfortable!” and “Your human approach to people will never be forgotten!”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Chapel of the Chimes, which is a Julia Morgan designed interior cemetery. A jewel not to be missed! And the adjacent Mountain View Cemetery designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
    • East Bay Regional Parks
    • Farmers Markets
    • San Francisco (Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge)
    • UC Berkeley Campus Campanile
    • Eat, Eat, Eat at our Scrumptious Restaurants
    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    All of Piedmont Avenue (our local village), Mountain View Cemetery (designed by Frederick Law Olmsted), Lake Merritt, Uptown Oakland, Mills College, Rockridge area, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods. We are conveniently located near fun shops, movie theatres, and a library. Just ask Nancy!

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Too many favorites to list! A few unusually fine restaurants right down the block are Commis, Bay Wolf, and Homestead. In addition, check out San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area 2013 (www.sfgate.com/food/top100/2013/).

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?


    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 3 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    No. Pets interfere with our chickens.

  • Guest Comments

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    B&B Guest Comments (Just a few, from years and years, of personal hand-written notes)

    "Wonderful stay—great hosts. Love the garden and “chicken run” plus the spacious, comfortable Charlie's Queen rooom. We enjoyed our event at the Slovenian Hall, Chinese New Year celebration, and your hospitality. See you here, in Australia, in the So. Cal. Desert, or Dalmatian coast of Croatia!" Kriste and Pam, 02/12/12

    Say “It was nice being in the same city as we live on vacation. We'll be back.” Jihaari and Clare, 02/20/12

    "As a person who travels 30 weeks a year, I can tell you that this is one of the most comfortable, relaxing and pleasant stays I can remember! Many thanks. " Brenda, 03/16/12

    "Thank you for your hospitality! I'll keep your card and hopefully will see you again." Elaine, 03/12

    "WOW—thanks for great hospitality. You're just one of our “friends” now. Thanks." Shirley, 03/27/12

    "Many thanks for a wonderful 3-day stay at your B&B. We had a great time!" Craig and Judy, 04/03/12

    "Thanks so much for a great experience, delicious breakfasts and interesting conversations. We will return." Linya and Eric, 04/08/12

    "Thank you so very much for your amazing hospitality. You are truly wonderful people. This place is a gem. We really appreciated the food, the conversation, the company!! It's always nice to sit around and chat with a fellow Aussie too! Thanks heaps". Jenny and Krista, 04/11/12

    "Thanks for saving the day and us from a flooded basement for sleeping quarters. The breakfasts were terrific and we so enjoyed visiting with both of you. Hope to see you again". Carol and Alan, 04/11/12

    "Dear Lovelies! Danka and arigato for a lovely stay. Come and visit in Seattle anytime. Hope to come back next time!" Jensen, 04/12

    "Thank you for a wonderful stay., We so enjoyed meeting you both, the wonderful meals and the visits with you and the other guests. Our room was very comfortable and you were the best of hosts,. Looking forward to returning again someday. Thanks once again." Earl and Loretta, 05/15/12

    "We were your “pop up guests” who were so grateful to be able to share your wonderful home. Joe and I are on our adventure just before he heads off to college. We are hitting all the skateparks from Portland, Oregon to San Diego. We are visiting from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Joe will be heading off to college at Elizabethtowne, Pa. We loved your hospitality, your beautiful home, garden and chickens! Thank you so much. Hope to see you again." Suzi and Joseph, 08/09/12

    "Loved it and the breakfasts were beyond delicious. Make sure you meet the hens. We will surely be back." Barbara and Dave, 08/12/12

    "Just a quick stop before we head down to Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur. We'll be back on the 17th for the week-end and promise to regale you with our vacation adventures!" Katy and John, 08/14/12

    "Ronna, you were a great “guest” inkeeper! Thank you for a perfect stay in a lovely locaton. We will be back!" Aline and Maggie, 08/24/12

    "Thank you for a “homey” and gracious welcome at your lovely place,. It's been wonderful to hang out, enjoy Piedmont Avenue eateries, and awaken to the sounds of clucking chickens Special thanks to Ronna for stepping in so ably—one of these days I'll have to return to meet Nancy in person. Thank you again!" Jill, 08/25/12

    "Jason and Nancy—very nice house, so comfy . . . thank you for the wonderful hospitality and for the warm conversation. Thank you for having us. I felt at home not at all like a guest. Take care of yourself. Can't wait to visit the Plum Room again. . . I'm never leaving. Ha ha. P.S. The breakfasts were amazing. Love your fresh organic baking!!!" Michelle and Janah, 09/21/12

    "This was the first B&B we ever stayed with. If they're all like yours we'll do it again. Thanks for the wonderful and friendly stay. We loved your pancakes. Hallo! Das war das eiste Mal fur uns in einem B&B zu ubernachlen. Wenn die B&B alle so sind wie evers war es auch nicht das eekle Mal. Danke fur den super Aufenthalt und fur die freundliche Atmosphare. Die pancakes sind fantastisch." Steffi and Einst, 09/24/12

    "We have had such an enjoyable stay in your lovely home. You are both so gracious and have taken care of so well. We can't wait to visit again." Sandy and Ron, 09/28/12

    "Thanks for an excellent stay and for your hospitality." Sharon, 10/01/12

    "Thank you so much. Our stay at your lovely B&B was absolutely wonderful—charming, delicious (and healthy) breakfasts, stimulating conversations and gracious hospitality. We hope to stay here again in future visits to our daughter." Marge and George, 12/06/12

    "Thanks so much for our wonderful stay. What a great way to end our cross country travels!! Your home is lovely! The food delicious! The conversation the best! We'll see you all soon." Dirk and Gayle, 01/27/13

    "Thanks so much for your warm and wonderful hospitality. We had a great time. We look forward to our next visit." Margaret and Mary, 03/17/13

    "Thank you so much for making our visit to our brand-new grandson such a great one! You have a lovely home and we truly enjoyed being guests here!" Pat and Mike, 04/10/13

    "Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! We really enjoyed your hospitality and your beautiful gardens! We look forward to visiting in the future. Our best to you both." Rick and Missy, 05/10/13

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    "We enjoyed your wonderful home and beautiful garden. Love the chickens and lemons!" Adelaide, 05/12

    "Thanks so much for a wonderful wedding weekend—great memories of Alexandra and Adrian and all the families and friends." Kay, 01/24/13

    "I am so glad I chose to stay here while in town for my workshop. It is a lovely home and your graciousness was felt even though you were not here." Lee, 06/02/13

    "i gracias a Nancy and Jason! What a lovely place you have, but more importantly your human approach to people will never be forgotten." Sam, 06/13

    "When we come back to this Bay area, we'll know where to stay! What a lovely place and what wonderful hosts! Thank you for such a nice stay here!" Ute and Roy, 07/07/13

    "Thank you for your warm hospitality, healthy breakfasts and lovely home. We will definitely be back!" Bruce and Bobbie, 07/08/13

    "Thank you for the warm hospitality. I'm so glad I chose to stay here while cooking with Karuna. The room, the food, the garden—it was all a delight." Rebecca, 07/13

    "Thank you so much for giving us a new perspective on B&B's. Your comfortable home and great food are truly a reflection of the hosts. We look forward to coming back." Wendy and Joe, 07/18/13

    "Once again you have made my stay here a real treat with your warm hospitality and kindness. If there's a better B&B anywhere in CA I'd be amazed. Hope to see you again soon. P.S. The food is outstanding." Nick, 08/05/13

    "Thank you very much for your hospitality. I enjoyed it very much to be in your huse." Cliushka, 08/10/13

    "It was a delight to share for a few days this wonderful home and garden, the fine breakfasts, and to know you and Jason—with whom we had delightful conversations. The best part of our visit was enjoying quiet moments in the house and gardens—we enjoyed it immensely." Paul and Venus, 08/10/13

    "Thank you so much for a lovely stay. Jason, thanks again for your care and support." Susan, 08/16/13

    "Thank you so much for looking after us so beautifully. Absolutely loved being here with you. Great brekkie Jase. Lots and lots of love"—sister Sandy from Aus., 08/22/13

    "Thank you for such a lovely time and all the good stories. Have to catch up in Aus. Shirley Ann, 08/22/13 Many thanks for the warm hospitality extended to my dear friend, Christina, and by extension to Ernie and me. Her visit was made possible by having your welcoming B&B in the neighborhood. Thank you as well for the new . . . er . . . “repurposed” bike! Ernie got new grips for her and scrubbed her chain, etc. She's beautiful and runs like a goddess. In fact, I've named her Hela after the Norse goddess of death and rebirth, since she saved herself from the morning sanitation pick up—besides, I need Hela-luck for my book." Karen and Ernie (and Bella Hela), 08/28/13

  • How to Find Us

    Please call Nancy Lovejoy at (510) 653-7726 or email for exact directions to A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount, located on the 600 block of Fairmount Avenue.

    Freeway Exits

    • From 580 traveling east (really south): take the Oakland Avenue/Harrison Street exit to Oakland Avenue (left fork)
    • From 580 traveling west (really north): take the MacArthur Boulevard/Harrison Street exit

    Cross Streets

    • A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount lies between MacArthur Boulevard & Monte Vista Avenue


    • Kaiser Hospital/Piedmont Avenue


    Piedmont Avenue shops, restaurants, buses, Kaiser Hospital, downtown Oakland, Piedmont, Rockridge and Grand-Lake areas, MacArthur BART (1+ mile), Rockridge BART (2 miles), UC Berkeley (3 miles), also Historic Mountain View Cemetery, Chapel of the Chimes, Rose Garden, California College of Art.

  • Things to Know Before Booking

    • Free Wireless Internet Access for Guests' Laptops
      No computer provided
    • This B&B is 100% non-smoking
    • There are 29 total stair steps with handrails to the front door
    • The B&B rooms are on the second floor (more stairs and handrails)
    • We take cash or personal checks (made to Nancy Lovejoy)
    • we do not take credit cards or traveler's checks
    • Prices may change without notice (see our Rooms and Rates page)
    • Reservations are made in advance and are usually 2-nights minimum and 2-weeks maximum
    • Every consecutive 7th night is free
    • 7 - 30 day cancellation policy
    • Your reservation will be confirmed by phone once your deposit is received
    • Special dietary needs may be accommodated with advance notice
    • Third person in Charlie's Queen Suite, add $30/night
    • The B&B is not child-proofed and cannot accommodate small children
    • All Guest Rooms have hair dryers
    • Guests come and go independently
    • Hardwood floors and area rugs throughout
    • Parking is mostly on the street
    • Check-in is arranged in advance
    • (and is always after 3:00 p.m.)
    • Check-out is by 11:00 a.m.
    • No pets
    • TV's/VCR/DVD
    • Oakland's 14% transient occupancy tax will be added to our prices
    A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount Sun Porch A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount Day Bed

    The Sunporch delights everyone with it's views and warmth.


    Piedmont Ave. Shops · Restaurants · Buses · Kaiser Hospital · Downtown Oakland · Piedmont · Rockridge & Grand-Lake areas · MacArthur BART · Rockridge BART · UC Berkeley · Historic Mountain View Cemetery · Chapel of the Chimes · Rose Garden · CA College of Art

    Oakland is Hot with Zagat!

    We are proud of Oakland's burgeoning restaurant scene. Try a delectable sampling of close by and closer restaurants such as Bay Wolf, Commis, Dopo, Adesso, Cesar, The Drunken Fish, Camino, The Boot and Shoe Service, Pizzaiolo, Bake Sale Betty ...

    Enjoy A Delicious Breakfast Each Morning while viewing our riotous and organic backyard complete with hen house

    A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount dinner table A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount The Riotous Backyard

    A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount The Riotous Backyard

    Many of our guests are avid "birders", while some are casual fans. They have shared with us their front and back yard sightings. Here are several species that have been identified over the last few years. You are invited to spend time observing the birds around our home. Please let us know if you spot a new one to add to the list below!

    • Chestnut-backed Chickadee
    • Brown Towhee
    • House Finch
    • Cedar Waxwing
    • Bewick's Wren
    • American Robin
    • Red-shouldered Hawk
    • Mockingbird
    • Black-chinned Hummingbird
    • American Crow
    • House Sparrow (English Sparrow
    • Mourning Dove
    • Rock Dove (Pigeon
    • Bushtit
    • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    • Golden Crowned Kinglet (male)
    • American Goldfinch
    • Dark-eyed Junco
    • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    • Lesser Goldfinch

    The Golden Gate Audobon Society has been a leader in Bay Area conservation efforts since 1917 - its members "play a critical role in protecting local birds and their habitats." Nearby  Mountain View Cemetery, with ponds and lush vegetation, also satisfies ardent birders.

    A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount is a member of the following:

    Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Berkeley and Oakland Bed and Breakfast Network