B. Truman

Your Charming South Berkeley Flat 2

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2 Beds
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This host offers flexible cancellation: Full refund 1 day prior to arrival, except service fee.

About This Listing

Please note that the reason this room has significantly fewer reviews than my other room, is likely due to the fact that I created the listing one year after the first room. Additionally, I recently, (from the end of November, 2013 through February 1,2014), sublet the room and did not have any airbnb guests. Finally, check out time actually depends on whether or not the room is booked after you.

This is a charming three-bedroom flat that is a stone's throw from the Ashby BART (subway) station. On weekends, you can attend the flea market there and find all sorts of wonderful treasures. The neighborhood is almost entirely residential. There is a great breakfast spot one block away and a fantastic coffee/sandwich/pastry shop three blocks away. Over the course of 2013, several new restaurants and coffee shops have opened along Alcatraz Avenue, which is a mere two blocks from the flat. There is a karaoke bar right around the corner and the post office is at the top of the street. Other than that, you'll have to walk about 15 minutes to get to Telegraph Ave or head over to Downtown Berkeley or the Gourmet Ghetto for some amazing cuisine. The Cal campus is just one stop on BART and North Berkeley is two stops ($1.75 each way), and you can get to downtown SF in less than 25 minutes on BART as well ($3.50 each way). You can't park in front of my home on the first Tuesday of the month from 9a - noon or across the street on the first Monday of the month from 9a - noon. Other than that, parking is plentiful and free.

Your bedroom is mid-sized, but there is no t.v. There is a queen sized bed, a small side table, a desk and hangers for your use in the detached wardrobe. This room is directly off the living room and shares a wall with the flat screen. Typically, if you are at home sleeping, I will watch t.v. in my room. There will be clean sheets and towels for your use in this room.

The primary room is modest-sized and comfortably sleeps two in a queen-sized bed. There are two matching night stands, a matching three-drawer chest and a closet (with hangers). There's a 19" flat screen with DirecT.V. hook-up. The room is at the back of the house so you don't hear any of the (almost non-existent) street noise. There will be clean sheets and towels available for your use.

Check the calendar for my other listing to find out if both rooms are available at the same time.

Please note that I have some things stored in the closets of the rooms. I ask that you leave them alone.

In general, the apartment is nicely appointed. There's a comfy sofa and loveseat in the living room. A good-sized t.v. is mounted on the wall. If you want to have movie night, there's a surround sound system for our entertainment.

The kitchen is quite large and you're free to use anything that you need to cook and serve a meal. You'll be able to get fresh ingredients for any creation that you come up with at Berkeley Bowl, which is less than 1/2 a mile from the flat and is quite possibly the BEST market on earth, (think Whole Foods for less than half the price).

Also, if you are visiting from another country, I have a pre-paid T-Mobile phone that you can load up and use during your stay.

Important side note: This is a queer/queer-friendly household. We won't tolerate intolerance.

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The Space
Property type: Apartment
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check Out: 11:00 AM


Extra people: $65 / night after 2 guests
Cancellation: Moderate


House Rules

3 nights minimum stay
This is the living room from the front door

This is the living room from the front door

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February 2015
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Response from B. Truman:

Hi Kate,

As a responsible host, I feel the need to respond to the comments that you left in your review.

1). The shower doesn't drain well.
. . Every morning I had to remove long, blonde hair from the drain. Since the other guests had dark hair, I presume that it was yours. As a host, I felt that it was my duty to do so and there was no need to make a big deal about it. Also, I did not want the other guests to have to deal with it. Had you told me that the other guests were also leaving hair behind, I would have politely asked you all to kindly remove your own hair from the drain after showering.

2). The hot water frequently ran out.
.. This is typically not a problem. I get out of the shower half an hour before I leave home. Not once was anyone else awake when I left. It is possible that three people taking showers in quick succession might cause the issue. Had you told me during your stay, I could have talked to the other guests about the length of their showers. However, I suspect that you brushed your hair every morning, (see number 1), because you left your hairbrush in the shower. Is it possible that the length of YOUR shower caused the hot water to run out?

3). I was locked out one night.
. . I checked the key before I gave it to you and again today after reading your review. I'll chalk that up to user error.

4). The owners wanted me to be out of the house for most of the next day
. . Immediately after learning about the owners wanting to photograph the room, I notified you. I told you that the OWNERS would PREFER the flat to be empty but that I understood if that was not possible. Essentially, I left it up to you. Also, you make it sound as if I asked you to remove your things entirely. What I asked was for you to consolidate as best you could. NEVER did I ask you to "clear my things so they could take photos of the room."

The point I'd like to make is that, had I been made aware of the issues DURING your stay, I could have made an effort to remedy them. To remain silent and then vent publicly, seems a bit unfair. I think that the plethora of positive reviews in my profile indicate that I'm seen as a very good host. Your comments seem, to me, to indicate that you would not agree. For that I am sorry. I feel badly that your first few days in the States will be memorable, but not in a good way.

I would suggest that the next time you stay with a host, speak up about any issues you might have.

February 2015

February 2015

February 2015

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About the Host, B. Truman

B. Truman
Berkeley, California, United States
Member since March 2012
Response rate: 100% (past 30 days)
Response time: within a day

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