2 Rm Suite+Prvt Bath+Terrace+BART

House - Private room · Sacramento St, Berkeley, CA 94702, United States
Cin And JF

Full top floor of our home, including master bedroom with private terrace, bathroom with shower and tub, and sitting room set up for VERY light food prep.

Your host, Cin And JF
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Full top floor of our home, including master bedroom with private terrace, bathroom with shower and tub, and sitting room set up for VERY light food prep.

The Space

We're new to airbnb, but have been renting this space for several years on CL, with great results. Please read the entire posting, including house rules, etc., before contacting us.

Please make sure that your Air BnB profile introduces BOTH people (if you are two), includes a photograph (of you, not your cat:), and describes who you are (where you work/go to school, etc), and why you need a short term rental/purpose of your visit. We will DECLINE all inquiries that do not comply.

We've owned and loved this house for 25+ years:). Our place is suitcase/laptop ready, and is a flat, 2.5 block walk from the North Berkeley BART station.

2 people maximum, no exceptions, no guests. When booking, please make sure to indicate whether you are a party of 1 or 2.

The rental area is the entire top floor of our 70+ year old home. Bright master bedroom (approximately 14'x12') has a south/west facing private terrace with table/chairs/umbrella (smoking is permitted on the terrace only). Queen bed (there is only one bed, and you will have to SHARE it), small sofa, dresser, desk/chair, closet, WIFI. Bedding and towels are provided.

The second room is set up as a sitting room, and has a sofa, small TV with basic cable, small refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, tea boiler, and basic dishes/utensils (paper and "real" dishes, whichever you prefer). This area is meant for light food prep only, as there is NO kitchen access. You will need to clean your dishes in the bathroom sink. Please note that we do not provide any food - this is not a bed and breakfast.

Your private bathroom with shower and separate tub is between the master bedroom and the sitting room.

There are 9 stairs from the entry of the house to the rental space.

This is a suitcase/laptop offering, so if you are relocating, and have more than that, this isn't a good match - we cannot accommodate more "stuff" than a suitcase or two and laptop, sorry.

A few notes....

We will ask that you remove your shoes before entering the house (so bring your comfy slippers:). You can bring your shoes inside, or leave them on the front porch), but we ask that you not wear them while you are in the house.

We have two sweet cats who spend most of their time outdoors. When they are in the house, we keep them in our rooms, so you're not likely to see them. We are NOT able to host your pet.

We tend to keep the house very cool, but your rooms have space heaters, so you can control the temperature yourself.

We'll give you a key to the house, so that you can come and go as you please. We like to give our guests maximum privacy - we live in the basement and on the main level of the three-level house, and you may not see us during your stay :) This situation is particularly well-suited to those who are looking for a very independent environment.

We seek a respectful, quiet guest who will appreciate the tranquil space we have created. If you're looking forward to late night partying, or if you are interested in having a high level of contact with your airbnb hosts, you'll probably find a better match with someone else.

Please note that we get up very early(5 AM). While we try to be quiet, if you seek monastic silence, this is probably NOT the right situation for you:)! Also, you'll likely hear the distant Amtrak train from our house (and from just about anyplace in Berkeley). Bottom line regarding noise...if you are a light sleeper, you may want to bring earplugs, or look elsewhere.

Access to washer/dryer for longer-term stays (7+ days).

VERY CONVENIENT LOCATION: 2.5 blocks north of the North Berkeley BART station. Monterey Market, Gioia Pizza, Espresso Roma, Magnani Poultry, etc. are 2.5 blocks from the house. We are approximately a 20 minute walk (through a residential neighborhood) to Chez Panisse/Gourmet Ghetto/Cheeseboard, two supermarkets, Trader Joe's, Thursday Farmer's Market, and Wednesday night "Off The Grid" food trucks. North Berkeley offers fine dining as well as fantastic, inexpensive take-out. We are also a short walk from a public swimming pool, tennis court, running track, public library, the Ohlone Greenway, and two parks.

Local bus (AC Transit) stops at the corner (this bus goes to the UCBerkeley campus, among other places).

If you'll bring a car: parking is typically available right in front of our house. We are (email hidden), which means that M-F, parking is restricted to 2 hours between the hours of 10AM-6PM. You CAN park overnight during the week + all day Saturday/Sunday. HOWEVER, approximately 1 block away, on Cedar Street, it is (email hidden), so you can park there any time.

If you are a morning commuter to San Francisco, you can take advantage of casual carpooling at the BART station - a free morning commute M-F.

Guest Access

Rental area only, including private terrace, NO ACCESS to back yard or kitchen.

Interaction with Guests

Very little, we provide you with maximum privacy (but are available if you need us).

The Neighborhood

Great walking neighborhood, very close to BART and Monterey Market.

Getting around

BART is very close, as is AC Transit bus.

Other Things to Note

Cats in residence - if you are allergic this might not be the right spot.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Security Deposit: $250
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Lovely place - the photos don't do it justice. The bedroom is comfortable, spacious enough for the couch and the desk, and the deck just outside is covered in plants and flowers. The private bathroom and sitting room are also nice. We felt really comfortable coming home to the house. Cindy was easy to communicate with and available when we needed her, but we didn't cross paths after we arrived, which was really nice for a sense of privacy. Overall, it was one of the best Airbnb experiences we've had.

    April 2013
  • Cin and JF are wonderful hosts. They are available for questions and directions when needed, yet leave the amount of privacy up to the guests. Cin was very helpful with directions and dining suggestions. The two room suite was private with a beautifully landscaped balcony. The space was clean with plenty of linens and other needed items such as soap, towels, plenty of outlets, and light. Easy access to the BART. We would stay there again.

    March 2013
  • this place is an incredible value for the area. i already miss having my coffee on that terrace!
    the location is central to fabulous food stores and cafes as well as only 2 blocks from bart.
    the bed, linens and towels are all high quality and cindy and jf were prompt to assist me if i asked for help and otherwise let me enjoy my privacy. in other words, the perfect hosts!

    November 2012
  • I stayed with Cin and JF for two weeks while I was looking for an apartment in the area. It was the perfect base for this period. The suite is very comfortable, quiet and clean, with a delightful terrace. Great location. Cin and JF are very kind, attentive and tactful hosts.

    October 2012
  • This was a very nice place to stay and Cin and JF are great hosts. They were friendly, understanding and helpful and I recommend them without reservation. Also, the location and the furnishing of the place is very nice.

    May 2012
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Cin and JF. They were excellent hosts - very friendly and generous, offering all kinds of helpful information about Berkeley and the Bay area. Their place was lovely and felt like my home away from home. Plus it was very convenient to transportation and local amenities. I couldn't have asked for anything more, and will definitely return.

    March 2012
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JF has Ph.D from Stanford, Cin has BS from UC Santa Barbara
JF is a former professor, now working in the tech industry, and also as an educational consultant. Cin works in the active travel industry.
We are an easy going 50/60-ish married couple. JF is from Norway, Cindy is American. When we're not working, we enjoy travel, biking, hiking, cooking, reading, movies, photography, and gardening. We tend to be very quiet, and give our guests maximum privacy. We're new to Airbnb, but have been renting this space for several years via another site, with great success. We're excited to give Airbnb a try!
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