A Bed and Breakfast on Fairmount

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

    As of Octber 25, 2018, after 22 plus wonderful years, A Bed and Breakfast on Fairmount and its owner Nancy, are retiring. Thank you for all of your visits and wonderful company!

  • 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!

    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.

    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.

  • Things to Know Before Booking

    A Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount Day Bed
    The Sunporch delights everyone with it's views and warmth

    • Free 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

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

    Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau; Berkeley and Oakland Bed and Breakfast Network

    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

    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 and Breakfast on FairmountA Bed & Breakfast on Fairmount The Riotous Backyard









    Kitchen breakfasts are served inside the French windows looking onto the patio and backyard.

  • 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.


  • Guest Comments

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

    Guest Comments

    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. 9/11/15

    Thank you Nancy and Jason for letting us stay in your wonderful home and feeding us with your yummy breakfasts! We are sad to leave but we miss our four children. The three days away from them was almost too much. Go Bronco's. Rachel and Robert. 10/12/15

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home and gracious hospitality with us on short notice! The B&B on Fairmount is the perfect location for visiting grandparents and family members. We will be passing you name forward to the Kirkhams who will follow. We loved Jason and your fabulous garden, the chicken guardians and visiting around your table. All the best and hope to see you again soon! Musically yours, Joe and Marilu. 10/20/15

    Thank you for your warm hospitality and for making our stay very comfortable. This is by far the best B&B we have stayed in. You will always be our first choice when we visit Oakland again. Thank you. A home away from home. Fong and Thiam. 10/21/15

    Thank you for this wonderful hospitality. Can't wait to visit again. Nicole and Erica.

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    Thanks so much for fitting me in on a moment's notice. I loved checking out your favas, potatoes, kumquats, citrus, asparagus, tomatilloes, artichokes, yes, the chickens too and seeing your persimmon processing facility! Good wishes to a fellow Iowan and hope to see you again when my husband and I visit our son. Laura. 11/23/15

    Thanks so much for your hospitality and great conversation. Love the persimmons and chickens! Ellen and Guy. 11/26/15

    We are glad we found you and that you were able to provide a wonderful place to stay and meet others as part of our Thanksgiving visit. Thank you for your gracious hospitality! Hans and Linda. 11/29/15

    Thanks so much. You join that list of B&B's to be returned to when the time comes. Good luck figuring out that...Robin and Ronda.

    What a lovely home—great garden! Had a great visit with my kids, had way too much good food and really enjoyed Oakland. This area is very charming. You have been warm and inviting hosts. I am grateful. Pat. 1/11/16

    I've always wanted to stay in one of these beautiful, old bay area homes—and yours was just as I imagined. Thank you for the yummy food and great conversation. Jenny. 2/29/16

    Thank you so much for such a lovely stay! It was delightful. Breakfast talks over coffee was a wonderful start to our days. Abey and John. 5/9/16

    Thank you for a lovely stay. We so enjoyed your good company and look forward to a return trip soon. Cecilia and Ian. 5/30/16

    We have been staying in this area for several years when we visit our son and family, but this visit was the nicest. We enjoyed the comfortable accommodations, yummy breakfasts, garden tour and good conversation. We'll be back! Sandy and Doug. 6/27/16

    Thanks for a great first stay. We enjoyed sharing time and experiences with you. Beverly and Bob. 7/7/16

    Thank you for a lovely stay. I haven't slept that well in ages, and your breakfasts are marvelous! Hope to be back soon. Ruth. 7/10/16

    You have a wonderful home and garden and we enjoyed our stay very much! Thank you for having us and we'll recommend your B&B to others who will visit this region. Very special! Koen, Mirjam, Abe and Tessa. 7/26/16

    A lot of Dutch will come then as we'll do the same. We enjoyed our breakfasts with Jason and him driving us around Oakland. Thank you both, Nancy and Jason! Karsten and Mirjam. 8/10/16

    Thank you so much for your generous hospitality. It has been a real treat coming home each evening, feeling completely relaxed. Your breakfasts are a memory to treasure. We will certainly recommend and who knows, our paths may cross again. Joan, Iain and Leah. 8/25/16

    Really enjoyed our stay. Great food, lovely room and great to meet both of you. Frieda and Larry. 9/3/16

  • 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