Ginsberg bedroom in Gourmet Ghetto

House - Private room · Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, United States

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.

Your host, Laramie
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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.

The Space

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.

Guest Access

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.

Getting around

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
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $550 /week
Monthly Price: $2800 /month
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • beautiful house, amazing room, incredible garden and a perfect neighbourhood!
    everything is very clean!

    Laramie and Wendy and Rusty were super welcoming and nice…
    Bandita my dog, also had a fantastic time:))
    Thanks for everything and I will definitely be back.

    has anybody told you Laramie, that you sing like Lou Reed!??
    I hope we can stay in contact and do some BBQ soon!
    Peace and LOVE,

    July 2014
  • This was a great choice for a week in Berkeley. The house is in a quiet neighborhood and is set back from the street by a gorgeous garden. The room itself is exactly as pictured--very cozy and bright. It's passively-cooled/heated, which works well with the Bay Area climate, and the windows look out into part of the garden. It really feels like a private retreat. The rest of the house is nice as well: the bathroom and kitchen are shared spaces. The kitchen is well-stocked with cooking utensils. Since I was visiting for a conference that provided meals, I didn't get the chance to use the kitchen much. It's a really quick walk to the university and a ton of restaurants.

    June 2014
  • Great. Quiet and peaceful place in the heart of Berkeley. Super convenient location, close to both the university and great restaurants. Laramie was an excellent host, combining hospitality and good conversation.

    May 2014
  • I had a wonderful stay in the "Ginsberg bedroom" at Laramie's place in Berkeley, where i stayed for 2 nights. Laramie was great to visit with, and the "Bonita Hollow" is an oasis of green and quiet in the midst of a busy town. I would definitely return for another visit.

    May 2014
  • Nice older house with a great garden to enjoy.
    Friendly, laid-back host made it very easy to come and go as you please.

    May 2014
  • Laramie was friendly and very easy to arrange my stay with. His house is a true gem in North Berkeley, and we feel very lucky to have visited such a charming place. The bedroom was comfortable and overlooks trees and the garden, very peaceful but also just steps away from the best of the Gourmet Ghetto, and an easy walk to UC Berkeley. This is probably my best airbnb experience yet!

    April 2014
  • Laramie was a great host and very responsive to questions. The Ginsberg room was large and clean with comfortable bed. The bathroom was also large, clean with full tub/shower. There are restraints and grocery stores within walking distance and Bart station 10 min walk.
    Would definitely stay here again on future trip.

    April 2014
  • Laramie is great! I was sort of in and out, so didn't get a chance to spend time and hang out with him, but he seems like a really cool guy. Room was big and very nice, and the place is just amazing. Definitely looking forward to staying there again soon.

    April 2014
  • Great room.Great place. Great host. This room is so cozy and filled with epic vintage beat books. You could stay and read all day !

    March 2014
  • Great place ! Love the cozy yellow room full of amazing books. Laramie is a super laid back accommodating host. Close to great cafés and peaceful quiet street

    March 2014
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Hi, 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!
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