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.
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 with a "higher end" air mattress so is probably best for 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 which 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.
Please be respectful of neighbors, but most importantly...make yourself at home!
The cottage works best for small families or 1-2 adults. We've had plenty of groups of 4 stay who weren't family and loved their stay however, the space is small. If you are not a small family of 2-4 or 1-2 adults, please email us for more detail before instant booking. Just want to make sure larger groups are ok with the sleeping layout. We have never told a group no, just like to make sure they are ok with cozy!!
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.