About this listing
Our charming garden cottage is located in the heart of Berkeley's historic McGee-Spaulding district. It is the perfect place to unwind as it is safe, quiet, and tranquil, yet only a few minutes by foot to downtown Berkeley and the UC Berkeley campus.
The Goldfinch Cabin is nestled behind The Green Dragon. Home to the Dragon's Eye Commune in the 1960's and 70's, the houses remained communal for about 40 years. Michael Rossman, a leader of the Free Speech Movement, was one of the early members.
Known since the '70's as the "Dragon's Eye" and more recently as the "Green Dragon" this property has turn of the century charm with lots of interesting architectural details and Berkeley character.
The winsome, one-bedroom Goldfinch Cottage is situated in our backyard garden, sleeps 2-4 people, has a full kitchen, living room, full bath, 2 small decks, and lots of warmth. It is ideal for 1-2 adults or a couple with 1-2 kids. The bedroom has a queen size bed. There is a foldout couch in the living room that can fit 1 adult or 2 kids. The cottage has radiant heat under the floor, cable TV, wifi, and laundry facilities.
Depending on the time of year, there may be plums, figs, strawberries, raspberries, or other delights growing in the garden and waiting to be eaten. Oh and hummingbirds!
Guests have access to the entire cabin with is completely separate and across the yard from our house up front.
Interaction with Guests
We are happy to give you recommendations about our neighborhood, city, and the Bay Area in general. We are just a stone's throw away in the front house so your visit can be as interactive or private as you like.
Perfectly situated in central Berkeley, we are a 6-7 minute walk to BART, downtown Berkeley, Trader Joe's, movies, BAM/PFA, and many multiple star restaurants Comal, Gather, Ippiku, Corso, to name a few. Our favorite grocery, Monterey Market, is about 20 minutes walking and we have a Farmer's Market three blocks away on Saturdays.
We are in a very walkable neighborhood and we are minutes from public transportation. If you have a car, there is a space in our driveway for you to park or we have guest passes for the street, if that is preferred. We also have a few bikes for borrowing. Just let us know how you would like to get around and we will accommodate you!
Other Things to Note
We have listed check-in/out times however we are often able to accommodate early check-ins or late check-outs, or hold bags, etc. Please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.
We also have a "moderate" cancellation policy, but we do realize that things come up and can often be flexible, especially for shorter stays, should something come up last minute.
No smoking, be respectful of neighbors, and most importantly...make yourself at home!
Anne and Chris made me feel welcome right away and even though they were unable to be there, they introduced me to Chris' mother, who was housesitting. His mom was really helpful and accommodating, as well as interesting to talk with. The instructions left were detailed and informative. There were also directions and explanations about local stores and restaurants. There were plenty of clean towels and the cabin had wonderful fragrant coffee available.
This was the second time I have booked the Goldfinch Cabin. This time I booked it for my sisters. My sisters had a great time and are looking forward coming back next week! The Goldfinch Cabin comes with everything you need, is very clean and Anne & Chris are perfect hosts! Would definitely recommend it again and again!
A lovely place, convenient to the University. Charming cabin with the comforts of home. Anne is very helpful and communicative.
Anne & Chris are the perfect hosts and made my stay unforgettable! The cottage is great: cosy, very clean and well located. We were three girls staying in the cottage and had enough space. Would definitely stay again and am happy that I booked the cottage for my sisters that will arrive soon! :-)
Anne and Chris make this Cabin very clean, organized and cozy. Kitchen has everything you need; Bed and bathroom are very clean; Sofa in the living room can transform to a full sized bed which is pretty comfortable to sleep on. Location is great, walking distance to UC Berkeley, Bart, many restaurants. Neighborhood is nice and quit. There is one car parking space in their driving. I would recommend this place to my friends and people I know.
We had a fantastic time over Mother's Day weekend at the Goldfinch Cabin. Anne and Chris made sure we had what we needed before we arrived and were more than accommodating. Communication was great, and we had everything we needed. The cabin was very clean and the bed very comfortable. The yard and neighborhood was beautiful and very quiet. We were easily able to walk downtown to explore and eat dinner. We would definitely stay there again.
Thank you Anne and Chris!
About the Host, Anne & Chris
I have mid-western roots and California branches, and my background includes cooking, gardening, renovating, sewing, designing, calculating, photographing, painting, and mothering. We love sharing our cottage, which has a lot of warm character and Berkeley history, with travelers young and old.