Do you want to live in the country in a 1904 cottage, but be six blocks from the U.C. Berkeley campus? Large, sunny private bedroom in a hip garden cottage, in the Gourmet Ghetto.
Allen Ginsberg might have slept here, had he slept around: we're two doors from where he was inspired to write "Howl," in a similar vintage cottage. His no longer exists.
This listing is for the "Allen Ginsberg room," a private bedroom in our 3 bedroom rustic/hip cottage with a HUGE garden in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto. It's the largest room in the cottage, and is perfect for a couple. It has a "full-size" bed (sleeps two, is one size smaller than Queen). The bathroom is downstairs and is shared. The kitchen and living room are shared.
Huge garden, tall trees, large sunny yard, rose garden, patios, and large house set-back gives you privacy and quiet in a country setting, right in the middle of town, in the heart of North Berkeley close to everything: BART, UC campus, Andronico's, the Cheeseboard Collective, the original Peet's, Chez Panisse, Cesar, Saul's, Cafe Gratitude, Guerilla Cafe, French Hotel, North Berkeley Farmer's Market, and Gourmet Ghetto restaurants. The house has a WalkScore of 92. (12 minute walk to BART, 6 blocks to UC, 3 blocks to center of Gourmet Ghetto.)
The house was built in 1904 and has been remodeled bit by bit from the 30's on up to the 80's. Quirky details are everywhere: wavy glass, painted wainscoting, redwood trim, plaster walls, cool period ridge skylights, oak and wide-plank-fir wood floors, cozy dormer windows, a black-n-white kitchen floor, knotty pine kitchen cathedral ceiling, and clear-pine and maple baking center.
The house is fully furnished, and has WiFi.
This house is the real deal. It's an old wooden gem with some history. As Stevie Wonder says "Her clothes are old, but never hardly dirty."
The house sits in a comfortable homesteader's plot, as it sat for over a hundred years. From the outside, in a large open green space, you can see the original homestead two story cottage, and then the additions. From the inside, you get turned around a bit. It is cozy living in the house, but expansive outdoors. As Berkeley architect Bernard Maybeck said, "the House is a place to escape the garden when it is raining." To that end, gorgeous divided-light ridge skylights and interior light-ways adorn most rooms. It is light filled, even on foggy mornings.
Bedrooms are: 1) "Treehouse Studio" is a 11'x12' room upstairs with southern exposure and sylvan view plus a sleeping nook with skylight that is part of this room and fits a "Full-size" bed (see photos), and private half-bathroom; 2) the "Allen Ginsberg Room" is a 20'x14' room upstairs with wonderful southern exposure wide dormer with a sylvan view and a more traditional bedframe with "Full-size" bed; 3) the "Cyclotron Room" is a small 10'x10' downstairs (main floor) shady bedroom, sleeps one in the "Twin-size" bed, also good for kids. The "Cyclotron Room" is downstairs, off the central hallway adjacent the living room, full bathroom (victorian tub), and kitchen. (The cyclotron room is a separate listing, and is a bit cheaper to reflect its small size and lack of view.) Small children may stay in the Ginsberg room with you, but we don't have a separate bed. Children over 1 year old count as separate people.
Well-stocked kitchen, full bathroom with victorian tub, living room, extensive garden. Kitchen has eat-in nook, separate baking area, granite counters, black and white floor, wood cathedral ceiling, large skylight, dishwasher, gas stove, washer-dryer. Living room has wide Fir floors, traditional trim, and a woodstove.
There are four steps up to the property, then a 100' level brick path, then 4 steps up into the house. Bathroom on this level. Up one flight of stairs with two bends (14 steps total) are the two larger bedrooms.
When we rent the individual rooms, there will never be more than 6 people total, and probably more like 3 or 4 people total in the house.
We have another listing for the whole house, as well as for the "Treehouse Studio" room which sleeps two, and the "Cyclotron room" which is shady, small, and sleeps one. You can see these under my profile.
Also, you may rent the "Allen Ginsberg" room PLUS the "Cyclotron" room, if you are traveling with three people, total. The Cyclotron room sleeps one, and is also good for kids. Please respond to this ad and if it is for three people, we'll just check that both rooms are free and send you an offer.
When we are there, we rent individual rooms, and there is sometimes a sweet, 13 year old golden lab (Rusty!) When we rent the whole house, the dog is not there.
This is a household. You'll be sharing the living room, kitchen and bathroom with the house. Everyone has private bedrooms. We are very accommodating, inviting hosts. We'll work out hours with you to accommodate your needs. In general, things quiet down around 10 PM, but folks who stay here tend to go out on the town or be up late, so there will still be coming and goings until midnight. You are welcome to have friends over to hang out in the garden, house, living room, cook meals in the kitchen, etc. If you have requests or needs, please just let us know.
We have gas heat in the house, and additional electric heaters in the rooms. There is also a Jotul woodstove. (These modern, airtight woodstoves are used throughout Scandinavia and New England, and we have one of the same model in our other property in Vermont, where it happily heats a 2000 square foot space with 25' ceilings, even during the cold Vermont winters.) The stove lights in about 15 minutes. We provide dry cord-wood.
There is no off-street parking. You can park on the street in any one spot for 2 hours during 8AM-7PM, outside these hours it is OK. So you have to move by 10 AM, and can return at 5pm. If you need to keep the car longer, you can either move it to another spot, or look for non-permit spots between 1 and 6 blocks away.
Good dogs welcome! Pet fee is $15 per night.
Living room, kitchen, shared bathroom with claw-foot tub and shower, laundry room, garden.
When I'm in town, I'll be either in the garden, or in the micro-cottage in the garden, or the living room or the kitchen. On cold evenings I'll build a fire in the living room, and this usually draws folks in for conversation, music, or reading by the fire. As a host for many years, I generally sense which guests like to chat, and which guests would just prefer the space they need to relax.
One block from major bus lines which will take you downtown, three blocks from more major bus lines, including the bus to San Francisco. Also, we are 6 blocks from U.C. campus, and a 12 minute walk to downtown, where all the Berkeley bus lines converge, and where the Berkeley BART station is. 12-15 minute walk to North Berkeley BART.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$20 / night after the first guest|
|Weekly Price:||$770 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2800 /month|
I stayed with Laramie for a month while looking for an apartment in Berkeley. It was a really wonderful stay.
The house is really beautiful. When it was cold, Laramie always had a fire going and it was really nice listening to his music. He's a great musician. The house is set back from the street with plants all around, and it really feels peaceful. I spent a few nights in the treehouse studio during some rainstorms, and it was like camping in a really cozy bed.
The location is really great, and I ended up finding an apartment just a few blocks away. The whole neighborhood is filled with pretty houses and great landscaping and is a joy to walk around.
Laramie himself is an amazing guy and a great host. He's really interesting and a great conversationalist, and he also will completely respect your privacy if you lean toward the reclusive side like I do. He's really easygoing, and you'll feel at home immediately.
Laramie has an incredible place in Berkeley - it's a quiet refuge from the bustle just a few blocks away. The Ginsburg room is really roomy and the bed is cozy, I love this place.
Laramie is a very good landlord and host. He is also a musical talent. The room is neat and spacious, sunny and natural. I especially like the fireplace . Sometimes Laramie will light it up and it is a touching moment which reminds me of my home. I will check whether Ginsberg room is available whenever I come back to Berkeley.
I stayed four days in the Ginsberg's room. Laramie with a great host, with open mind and hospitality. We had very interesting conversations. One of my better airbnb's experiences.
Very kind landlord , nice and clean, warm and considerate. Definitely I will come again.
Bonita Hollow is perfect. Laramie and Wendi are wonderful, gracious, kind souls who warmly welcome you as family into the magical spiritual haven that is theirs -- and can, for a short time, be yours.
My partner and I stayed in the sun-soaked Ginsberg Room for 8 days and had a most wonderful stay. Every moment spent in the house was a treasure.
The vibe is earthy. Laramie -- a true Renaissance man, a spirited nature boy -- designed the additions on his beautiful 1904 farmhouse to lay you in the sun, perch you in the trees, point you to the sky.
Every window is a pleasure: a swinging lookout into a wild and tangled California jungle, blooms and blossoms, lemons and limes.
The living is groovy. Laramie's living room lives for his instruments -- a soulful sitting room for strumming guitar, tinkering on the piano, closed-eyed listening, toasting feet by the fire.
Laramie and Wendi's Ginsberg-flavored counterculture book collection is a joy to peruse upstairs -- while downstairs discover a wide variety of classic novels and plays tucked away on the living room shelves.
The kitchen is a bright skylighted space that is an absolute joy to cook in, as well as to enjoy quiet late breakfasts peering into the bloom-dappled garden.
Laramie is a wonderfully easygoing, charming, super groovy person whose energy will illuminate your stay, gracing you with his conversation and the sweet sounds of his music. If you play, he's more than happy to jam -- on a variety of instruments! Sharing the house with Laramie is a pleasure and he'll give you your space, while also staying incredibly welcoming to sharing stories and having philosophical discussions in the garden.
Laramie is a true gem to have beholden.
Don't miss an opportunity to make these great friends and experience such a wonderful place.
This is a space to rest, to breathe, to be.
Follow your ears.
Wandering souls will find their ambrosia here.
Cozy, comfortable, clean and convenient. Enjoyed my private room and appreciatd the use of the well stocked kitchen.
Nice place in an archetypally Berkeley funky fashion. Nice big room upstairs. Peaceful. Heard someone come and go downstairs, but never saw anyone. Who's the mysterious Laramie? Decor would say artsy.
Laramie's Ginsburg Bedroom was a great base for walking around Berkeley. The house is a refuge surrounded by greenery and set way back from the street, which is very quiet, and near all kinds of great restaurants and shops.
Everything was perfectly curated and comfortable. We felt right at home.
This is hands-down the best AirBNB I've ever stayed at. The room is wonderful, the host is gracious and friendly, and the location couldn't be better -- close enough to downtown to be a convenient walk, far enough away to be quiet, peaceful, and wonderfully relaxing.
I've already talked with Laramie about returning next month. Couldn't recommend this place more!