Our House

Quest House is more than just a place to stay – it’s a communal family home for healing and connection.  Our spacious property offers peace and privacy inside and out, along with ample opportunities for socializing and support. Surgical guests and caregivers alike will find community with other folks who understand their experiences. Most home spaces are shared; guests can use the signs on their bedroom doors to indicate their desired level of interaction.

Location

Nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood, Quest House is an oasis in the heart of Oakland. We have quick and easy freeway access to SF and Marin and are a short bus ride to the BART station. Our home is less than a mile from everything you could want/need: local restaurants, big grocery stores, pharmacies, two hospitals, local parks and sightseeing spots, and more! Exact location provided only to confirmed guests after signing the privacy agreement.

The Property

Quest House is a large 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with an expansive yard with a garden full of beautiful flowers and fruit trees, an outdoor grill and pizza oven, a firepit, and so much more! We have laundry, a dishwasher, two fridges, and all the kitchen and home appliances you need to be comfortable. We have a library, craft supplies, exercise equipment, board games, TVs, video games, and more so you’ll never be bored. There is a driveway as well as on-street parking. 

Our home is set up for surgery recovery. We have grab bars, bidets, handheld showerheads, walkers and other accessibility tools, recliners, and an expansive assortment of donated medical supplies. Each room has two beds and we will assign rooms according to individual needs.

Guest Feedback

FAQ

No, this is a community home and there will likely be several folks recovering here at the same time.

 We welcome and highly encourage folks to bring caregivers, and all rooms have 2 beds for this purpose. All guests having either a stage one surgery or a penis creation stage required to have a caregiver. We reserve the right to extend this requirement to other high-need circumstances at our discretion.


While you can arrange additional support services, including some 1:1 help here and there, the house host is not available to be a primary personal caregiver.  If you need help finding a caretaker, let us know ASAP and we will try to help you arrange one. We have some local contacts as well as a partnership with T4T Caregiving.

Unfortunately, no. Quest House isn’t appropriate for kids or pets; all guests must be human adults. We do have an emotional support dog, Sandy Cheeks, on premises who would be thrilled to chill with anyone who needs some animal time.

We have a large collection of donated medical supplies to share to cut down on costs, but you may still need to bring some of your own.

Yes. Quest House is not a medical facility and cannot provide you with prescription medication. We can absolutely help you pick up (and safely dispose of) your medications at the nearby pharmacies.

Yes. We are equidistant from 4 grocery stores and have a fully equipped kitchen…in addition to an outdoor pizza oven. We will host some communal meals and hope to be able to offer some snacks and donated meals, but food is otherwise not included.

We provide compassionate companionate care, and can set up caregiving support, but we are not a medical facility.

Our program is unique in that it is an intentional affinity space founded and run by post-op transmasculine folks for post-op transmasculine folks.Transmasculine bottom surgery is a uniquely intense experience, and we believe strongly in the value and necessity of a space where we can heal with others who understand.

We aim for Quest House to be an inclusive community space where all transmasculine folks are welcomed, witnessed, and supported. We center healing justice and view our work through an intersectional lens, striving to create opportunities to uplift marginalized community members through scholarships and partnerships with BIPOC-focused organizations. We are actively working to build a leadership team that reflects the diversity of our experiences.

Yes. Many of our guests and some of our team members are stealth. We welcome and respect all identities and experiences. You are welcome to be as involved in our community as you’d like, nobody outside of the home will know anything about why you’re here, and everybody will be asked to sign a privacy agreement.