A Bed and Breakfast on Fairmount

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

    A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount fireplace

    Welcome to A Bed and Breakfast on Fairmount

    A Homestay-style B&B in Oakland serving the community for 20+ years!

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    Conveniently serving many of Oakland’s and Berkeley’s residential communities for 20+ years, A Bed and Breakfast 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 can accommodate larger parties.

    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 and Breakfast on Fairmount, located on the 600 block of Fairmount Avenue.

    See the Restaurants and Nearby Attractions sections below. 

  • 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 B&B?

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

    What are you best known for?

    We have a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Our guests feel right at home here and in the neighborhood. They also like our breakfasts and convenient location.

    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! the most onderful people come to stay.

    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. Oakland is exciting with creative festivals and activities. www.visitoakland.org is a fantasic website.

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

    "I 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 B&B for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
    • East Bay Regional Parks(Redwood, Tilden), The Oakland Zoo, Chabot Space Center & Science Center
    • Farmers Markets (Oakland's Grand Lake Splash Pad, Jack London Square, and San Francisco's Ferry Building)
    • San Francisco (Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge)
    • UC Berkeley Campus Campanile and UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
    • Eat, Eat, Eat at our Scrumptious Restaurants
    Is there anything within walking distance of your B&B?

    All of Piedmont Avenue (our local village), Mountain View Cemetery (designed by Frederick Law Olmsted), Lake Merritt's fairyland for the kiddies, Uptown Oakland, Rockridge area, two 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, Homestead,Ninna's, LoCoco, Dopo, and don't forget Fenton's Ice Creamery!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?


    How many rooms does your B&B have?

    We have 3 rooms all with private baths in the rooms. 

    Do you accept pets?

    No. Pets interfere with our chickens.


  • Things to Know Before Booking

    • A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount Day BedFree Wireless Internet Access for Guests' devices - 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 check
    • We accept direct deposit transactions through Well Fargo Banks
    • International wire transfers are $17
    • Prices may change without notice (see our Rooms and Rates page)
    • Oakland's 14% transient occupancy tax will be added to our prices
    • Reservations are made in advance and are 3 nights minimum and 2-weeks maximum
    • Every consecutive 7th night is free
    • 21 - 60 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 children under 12
    • All Guest Rooms have hair dryers
    • Guests come and go independently
    • Hardwood floors and area rugs throughout
    • Parking is 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/DVD
    • We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone

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

    Nearby Attractions

    Piedmont Avenue shops, restaurants, library, movie theater, buses, Kaiser Hospital, Historic Mountain View Cemetery, Chapel of the Chimes; downtown and "uptown" Oakland (more restaurants and clubs!); Communities of Piedmont, Rockridge, Grand-Lake, and Temescal; MacArthur BART (1+ mile), Rockridge BART (2 miles), UC Berkeley (3 miles), Morcom Rose Garden and California 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 Commis, Homestead, Dopo, Adesso, Bar Cesar, Camino, The Boot and Shoe Service, Penrose, Pizzaiolo, Bake Sale Betty; try Top 100 Restaurants 2015-San Francisco Chronicle (search East Bay)

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

    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

    A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount dinner table

    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 and Breakfast on Fairmount is a member of the following:

    Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Berkeley and Oakland Bed and Breakfast Network

  • Guest Comments

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

    Nancy and Jason, thank you for a lovely stay in Charlie's Queen, gourmet breakfasts, and enjoyable conversation. Staying here has been a highlight of our trip. O that we would have a reason to return to the Bay Area! Taylor and Adrienne, Memphis, Tennessee, 10/14

    Nancy and Jason, We thank you for mornings of culinary and conversational delight. You created a bit of fairyland here and we loved it. All our best, Peter and Dorothy, 12/14

    This was our 3rdbest stay with you at 640 Fairmount because we could share it with our 14 yr. old darling granddaughter, Sienna, from Perth, Australia who made her first solo trip to the U.S. To be with her American family. She loved the Plum Room and we all enjoyed the delicious breakfasts along with your delightful company. It was terrific that Sienna could eat vegemite on toast every morning!

    Thank you for allowing us a pizza night at your dining table on her arrival day and for help facilitating a cab ride, herbal meds and helpful suggestions re: the neighborhood shopping and area wide attractions. We had such a great time.

    As always we love the amenities you provide and we are comfortable and at ease. It feels now like our home away from home.

    All the best for a happy and healthy New Year 2015. Joan and Bill, Essex, CT 1/15

    Thank you so much for the hospitable home, fine foods, and delightful dialogue that made our stay so cozy. The warmth of this house and its hosts is radiant. Syed ___

    We had such a lovely experience. Thank you for the warm hospitality! Hope to one day come back and see your summer and winter gardens! Lyla, 12//15

    We have found one of those special places here at your lovely little slice of paradise, that we just don't want to leave! Thanks for the extraordinary, creative, thoughtful breakfasts, the abundant flowers, the warmth of your welcome and the stories . . . all of them. (Jason, we'll be back for the few we may have missed!) . . . A perfect home away from home and we hope to have the opportunity to see you again soon here in Piedmont or Boulder. With hearts full of joy and love, we depart savoring every minute of this time with you both here. Andrea and John, Boulder, CO, 4/15

    We had such a lovely stay in your peaceful, beautiful home. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness, and for leisurely chats in the morning! We were never rushed and we greatly enjoyed your company.

    All the best from Brooklyn, NY, Amanda and David 6/ 15

    A Bed and Breakfast on Fairmount, breakfast

    Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Hope you will remember the picky eating, former Jew, current Catholic Deacon and his “radical” wife as fondly as we will remember you.

    If you find yourself in the Philadelphia area, please contact us. We would love to see you again.

    Rich and Kathy, 6/15

    Thank you for making our stay in the San Francisco/Oakland area a wonderful one and for your great recommendations. We enjoyed being your guests.

    Pascal and Dominique 7/15

    Thank you Nancy and Jason for letting us stay in your wonderful home and feeding us with your yummy breakfast!s We are sad to leave but we miss our four children. The three days away from them was almost too much. Go Bronco’s

    Robert & Rachel 10/15

    Thanks so much for the wonderful stay at your B and B and for the sublime breakfasts. I very much enjoyed talking to you and Jason and meeting your other interesting and congenial guests. Your house was the perfect refuge during the sometimes stressful wait for my new granddaughter to be born. Your generous and welcoming hospitality will always be part of my memories of this special time. With the new baby just blocks away, I hope there will be opportunities in the future for me to stay with you again.

    Best, Anne 9/15 (from a card in the mail)

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. We will miss the healthy, delicious breakfasts! We so enjoyed our breakfast conversations and the garden. Hope to return and repeat this fun experience.

    The Two From Missouri, Stan and Becky 9/15

    Thank you very much for everything! You were so warm and welcoming/nice/friendly/helpful/charming. We really felt like being “at home.” It was a pleasure to meet you. Your house, the room and especially the garden are so wonderful—it is very hard for us to leave. We hope we will see each other one more time. Thanks for making our stay a special one.

    Hugs from the two Austrian “KIDS”

    Marlene and Simon 9//15


  • How to Find Us

    Please call Nancy Lovejoy at (510) 653-7726 or email for exact directions to A Bed and 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 and Breakfast on Fairmount lies between MacArthur Boulevard & Monte Vista Avenue


    • Kaiser Hospital/Piedmont Avenue