About This Listing
If you have any reason to visit Berkeley (town or gown), this is a wonderful location.
The space: The townhome is large (1050 sq ft or 98 sq meters), fully furnished and artistically decorated. Virginia Street is quiet, and the place is set back from the street. Downstairs is open plan, featuring a stylish fully-equipped kitchen with an unusual seamless granite countertop, custom tile work, dishwasher, microwave, etc. and a good selection of cooking equipment and utensils. The living/dining room is comfortable and includes a futon/sofa bed for occasional extra guests. The downstairs bathroom is full-size with a tub and shower. Lots of custom character throughout such as indirect “mood” lighting.
A Bosch washer and dryer are hidden under the stairs - inside the unit.
As you go upstairs, you will enjoy the etched glass work and designer tile work embedded in the wooden stairs. The upper floor has two bedrooms, each with a private en suite bathroom. Skylights in bathrooms and upper hallway add lots of light. Queen-size chest beds have storage drawers underneath, and there is lots of closet and cupboard space.
The floors are hardwood throughout, except for the kitchen and bathrooms which feature designer tile floors. The townhome is ideal for one or two couples. The walls adjoining the adjacent townhomes are insulated with sound-reducing and environmentally-friendly recycled denim fiber and green glue (yes! green glue). While the sound is damped down, the walls are obviously not totally 100% soundproof (also sound carries through open windows), so your neighbors will appreciate it if you are quiet.
The Neighborhood: You are just one block from Euclid Avenue with a selection of stores, cafes, sandwich shops, and coffee houses. For foodies, Berkeley’s famed Gourmet Ghetto on Shattuck Avenue and Walnut Square (the location of the first Peets Coffee) are a 10-minute walk away, featuring iconic dining experiences such as Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse and the Cheeseboard Pizza Collective.
Access: The north gate of the Berkeley Campus is just two blocks away – a delightful and easy stroll along tree-lined streets. Also various buildings of the Pacific School of Religion are dotted around “Holy Hill” – again a few minutes walk away. You can walk to downtown Berkeley and the BART station (Bay Area Rapid Transit system). Twenty minutes driving will take you to San Francisco across the new Bay Bridge (outside rush hours!), or it’s 20 minutes via BART. Driving to Marin County, Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe are also easy options.
Interaction: Our wonderful manager Binyam (originally from Ethiopia) knows this property well -- he participated in building it. He will welcome you when you arrive and will be available during your stay by phone or e-mail to answer any questions. Otherwise, you will have the place to yourself and won’t be disturbed.
Welcome -- we will be interested to hear from you what brings you to Berkeley!
The fine print:
• One off-street parking space is available for you in the courtyard - but only for a car (there is not enough space to park a truck or large SUV).
•No smoking anywhere in the building or the courtyard! A Berkeley City ordinance prohibits it in multi-unit apartment buildings and common areas.
• This is a quiet residential building in a serene neighborhood. Please, no parties or loud noise!
•Sorry, no pets.
Higher speed internet 50 megs/sec.
Comcast cable with 137 channels - of which 45 are Spanish.
•3-night minimum stay.
•$75 extra per night per person beyond four.
•No smoking anywhere in the building! A Berkeley City ordinance prohibits it in multi-unit apartment buildings.
•Please, no parties or loud noise – this is a quiet residential neighborhood.
Margaret's town home was exactly what I was hoping for. It is an absolutely beautiful space in a quiet neighborhood. My stay was just what I needed and Margaret made sure that the experience was great.
The apartment on Virginia St. is lovely. It is within walking distance to the best Berkeley has to offer -- eateries, the UC campus, the serene hills, etc. BART is a 15 min walk or a short bus ride away from bus stops down the block. Margaret is a gracious host who was very welcoming to my family and me as we used Virginia St. as a multi-month pivot place to make the transition from the east to west coast. Thank you!
This is a very attractive and clean apartment in a great location. Margaret provided very detailed information, and Binyam, her associate, welcomed us and showed us the place, and made sure everything was in working condition. The beds were warm and comfortable, and the parking space worked out well. We'd love to stay here again.
Our stay at Margaret's place was perfect! We really felt at home. The apartment was spacious, clean and comfortable. The neighborhood is quiet and really beautiful, close to UC Berkeley campus.
Margaret is an excellent host. She was available, replied to our messages quickly and showed support whenever we needed it.
I highly recommend this place for a short or longer stay. Thanks Margaret!
This was my first airbnb experience and I was very pleased. Margaret sent a very comprehensive list of places to go and things to do ( many of which we tried ) and Binyam was very helpful upon our arrival and all throughout our stay. The town home was just as described tastefully decorated and very clean. It was great having our own parking spot , definitely a plus in Berkeley. The neighborhood was lovely, close to shops and eateries. We spent a very enjoyable Christmas and hope to do it again.
The house was just as described and was great. It was actually for my parents during their stay for my wedding and they loved it when we checked in, and even said they wanted to stay longer after the wedding just because of they liked the house so much. Loved the heating system (my mom and my aunt are one of those who are alsays cold :), cleaness, location (close to shops, restaurants and uc berkeley where i got married at. If and when they come back in to n to see me, i know my mom would definately going to ask me for this property's availability to stay at.
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About the Host, Margaret
Born in England, now living in California for many years. Two (!!) graduate degrees from UC Berkeley. Frequent travel – tired of chain hotels. I have been an Airbnb guest in the US and several other countries and have appreciated the experience of staying in a real home, a place with warmth and character, in an interesting walkable neighborhood. That’s what my co-host (my husband Jack) and I offer you, too, in Berkeley – a vibrant town with an internationally renowned university, distinctive architecture, innovative restaurants, serious coffee houses, bookstores, parks, museums, theater, a lively music scene – and conveniently close to San Francisco.