About This Listing
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 shared, hip garden cottage, in the Gourmet Ghetto. There are two other bedrooms rented out in this same cottage.
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.
For monthly rates, just put in your dates, and Airbnb will show you the cost.
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.
Ginsberg Room: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/602784
Cyclotron Room (Economy Room) : https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/642792
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.
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.
Interaction with Guests
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.
Other Things to Note
Booking: Please feel free to request a booking from us, or send a message asking about dates, and we'll respond quickly. In general, we don't do single-night bookings more than two weeks out. So for a single night request, you may wish to message us first.
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. You can get parking permits if you register your car here, but not for short-term stays. In addition, there is no parking at all on one side of the street two days each month for street-sweeping.
Please be careful with the windows in the house--they are old. The house has no screen doors, and no window screens.
Please see the note in the description about heating: in addition to a gas central heater for the common areas, and electric heaters in the rooms, the house has a modern woodstove, and we provide wood.
There is no smoking in the house. We ask guests to smoke outside in the garden or on the front porch.
Laramie was very welcoming and I really enjoyed being able to visit with him and Wendi. He has a marvelous kitchen and made space for me - very considerate.
The Ginsberg room is magical - and exactly as I imagined it would be. Full of natural light, it is a perfect room to sit and think and write - I got an enormous amount of writing and work done.
I highly recommend this room and Laramie as a host.
Awesome spot right in the middle of Berkeley. Laramie and Wendi are lovely hosts, and their place is vibrant and comfortable. When we arrived, we were treated to a rehearsal for Laramie's gig that night while we relaxed and enjoyed the view out the big beautiful windows in the Ginsberg bedroom. Would definitely stay again!
Laramie was warm and welcoming. Excellent location and yet very quiet and private. Highly recommended.
Laramie was very welcoming, but also respected my privacy - I had a great short stay in his place. My favorite touch was the fresh flowers in the bathroom - they made is smell so good :). Thank you!
I had a absolutely wonderful stay at Bonita Hollow. The place is quiet, clean and very cosy. Unfortunately I didn't had the opportunity to meet Laramie, but he was very helpful and replied to all message in a very short time. But I had a chance to meet Wendi and she is a very nice, friendly and welcoming host.
I recommend staying at this place if you visit Berkeley and want to have a nice place to stay.
I would definitely stay here again.
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About the Host, Laramie
I'm a musician (singer, composer, guitarist, basist), cartoonist, and a techie. Mostly it is Java programming and architecture, but lately I'm doing Java and Web Development Training around the country. My lovely partner Wendi is a playwright and ESL educator. We've been doing the bi-coastal bed and breakfast for a few years now. We host at our Brownsville, Vermont house, and we host at our Berkeley, CA place, where we live with our very good dog, Rusty the golden retriever. We are very laid back and accommodating, and we love hosting because of the kind, interesting people we meet from all over the world. We also love to travel using Airbnb for out-of-the-box business travel, and for vacations to New York and LA and other hip places. So sometimes we host people, sometimes we rent our whole houses. Here's looking forward to meeting you!