About this listing
Our home in the Kensington Hills is on three levels, with a light filled living room with fire place, two decks, one overlooking the Bay, the other nestled under tall pines, a garden filled with blue jays, home grown vegetables and a hot tub.
Our home overlooks San Francisco Bay, and is nestled between Tilden Park and downtown Berkeley. It is a paradise for bikers, hikers, wine tasters, artists, writers, and all who enjoy the quiet of hills, and the allure of all that the Bay Area has to offer. This house is perfect for two couples, or a family of five.
In addition to two plus bedrooms, guests will have access to a fully equipped kitchen, living/dining rooms complete with sweeping views of the Bay and a fireplace and library of books for your reading pleasure. There is a television, WiFi, stereo with a wide assortment of CDs, two studies (which can double as additional bedrooms), four bathrooms, a cozy bird-filled garden, a hammock suspended between towering redwoods, and a hot tub.
Interaction with Guests
We will welcome you, orient you to the neighborhood, provide delicious breakfast goodies, and leave you to immerse yourselves in the tranquility of our home.
Walking through this neighborhood one is inspired by the fascinating homes and varied architectural styles, the stunning gardens, secluded and maintained pathways that lead to streets above and below, and a stretch of gourmet shops, restaurants, boutiques and a farmer's market all within walking distance.
A bus stop is just a block away and BART is a ten minute drive by bus or car. Serious bikers and walkers will enjoy the steep and rolling hills.
Other Things to Note
We have an organic vegetable garden in the back yard of which guests are welcome to partake.
We invite guests to enjoy this beautiful retreat in the hills. No smoking, and no pets please.
Helen is the most thoughtful host, and the place is truly paradise. There is so much to like about this house, we could not possibly express it all in 500 words. Lots of light, beautiful views and natural surroundings, plenty of room, so conveniently located, and much, much more. We feel so lucky to have been able to stay there. We do so want to visit again. Thank you Helen!
Helen was wonderfully communicative throughout our entire experience. Our busy schedules prevented us from actually meeting each other, but she was always reachable to answer any questions we had regarding the home, the neighborhood or the Bay Area in general. The home was amazing! I was traveling to the Bay Area to attend a conference for my clean technology start up company. As an environmental entrepreneur, I am always interested in traveling in ways that are more sustainable. My organization likes to say, "We can't fly around the world while trying to save it." Being able to stay in Helen's home not only helped us to save money, but also to skip all of the environmentally poor practices that are associated with hotel accommodations. Our group of 5 people was able to stay in a wonderful home with an inspiring setting for less than the cost of a single San Francisco hotel room. The neighborhood was quiet and friendly. The hills provided us with breathtaking views and the opportunity to get some exercise as we explored the nearby restaurants and shops. I am certain my travels will lead me to the Bay Area again, and I see no reason to stay anywhere else than Helen and Patricia's home so long as it is available.
After meeting Helen to pick up the keys I knew choosing her home was the best decision we could have made for our stay in Berkeley. Her home and neighborhood are beautiful, and it is obvious that her and her partner have put a great deal of effort into creating a space that feels like home. I highly recommend this space for the phenomenal balcony views of the entire SF Bay landscape, the comforts of a well-designed home, and an exceptionally warm host. Thank you, Helen!
About the Host, Helen
I am a writer living, writing, and teaching in the Bay Area. I moved here in 2005 from my hometown of Nassau, Bahamas... so, making home a long way from home. Since then, I have grown to love this place - the landscape, the cultural diversity, the many kinds of artistic expressions, the people.
I'm currently working on two writing projects - completing a short story collection and, making my way into a novel.
I've been reading Ben Okri, Star Book. It's magical.
And now that summer is here, I'm enjoying being outside, walking in the woods behind our home, growing vegetables, watching the night sky.