Modern, green architecture gem

House - Entire home/apt · McGee Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703, United States
Your host, Cate
3 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
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The Space

Newly built home by and for award winning green architects. The house is just 4 years old.

The interior is spacious, open, and sunny with beautiful wood and plaster finishes all around. The living room has a thick, felted wool rug and comfortable, mid century furniture. The kitchen is well appointed as we cook a lot ourselves. The dining table, a slab of California walnut, seats 6 comfortably and 8 in a pinch.

The bedrooms are upstairs. The beds are 100% natural latex, a king and a single. A bed can be made on the living room floor. Our daughter's room has a big wool rug and can also easily fit an extra bed on the floor.

The house has a very large sunny yard filled with natives, herbs, vegetables and fruit (for your eating!), outdoor dining, and hammock for relaxing. The exterior features car parts and tree bark siding--truly a head turner for passerbys new to the area. It is located in quiet, friendly, residential neighborhood, easy walking distance to downtown Berkeley with loads of amazing restaurants, theatre, live music, BART, a Tuesday and Saturday farmer's market, and more.

We have two bicycles you can borrow as well, that will take you all over town. As we are centrally located and we have a great network of bicycle boulevards, from here you can easily get anywhere in town on the bikes: North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, the 4th Street shopping district, the university, and, for a work out, you can bike up in the hills for a walk in our regional parks.

You can see more about the house and us talking about it on a recent You Tube video by Fair Companies titled: "Upscale Bay Area home made from salvaged car roofs & windows".

Guest Access

Guests will have access to the whole house and yard.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Cleaning Fee: $100
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • What a find: an extraordinary house, neat and comfortable and welcoming, visually interesting, decorated with a light and soulful touch and planted in a beautiful peaceful garden. Cate is kind and was easy to work with. We felt privileged to stay in her home. It is a haven.

    August 2013
  • This place does in fact apply to the description architectural gem. We loved the place. It seemed carefully thought out and so well suited for living in sunny Berkeley. Cate and Karl are very easy to communicate with and they even helped us find a bike trailer for our son. We give this house our very best recommendations.

    July 2013
  • Cate's house is AMAZING! What would you expect when staying in an architect's home? It's just fabulous. Cate's communication and willingness to work with us on booking this for some colleagues was great. Thank you for sharing your house with us!

    July 2012
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Tufts and UC Berkeley
Green Architecture
Our house is the perfect bay area destination--open, modern, relaxed and convenient to everything that is great about the Bay Area. My husband and I designed the house ourselves. We have lived here for three years now and love it. I think you will too!
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