We love to make guests feel at home and will do our best to ensure you are comfortable and have what you need. Much nicer than any hotel in the area for the the price! All previous guests have thoroughly enjoyed this serene room and apartment!
Great quiet bedroom with Queen bed and nice northern facing window looking over garden and fruit trees. You will have your own bathroom with a laundry machine too. Wifi available, no cable TV (DVD player only), full access to the kitchen. Parking is easy, and you can walk to North Berkeley BART in about 12 minutes (which can take you all over the bay area) - bus stops are within 1-3 blocks as well for getting around the local area (Albany, UC Berkeley, Oakland).
Walking distance to several great cafes, bars, and many restaurants. 4th street is close and offers fun shopping (Apple, Anthropologie, Title 9 and many other boutiques and specialty stores). Whole Foods, Peet's Coffee, Farm Burger, Walgreens, REI, Chipotle and more are within walking distance. Short drive up to Tilden Park where you can hike, run and bike with great views of the Golden Gate bridge and Mt. Diablo to the east.
It is a quiet building, with friendly neighbors. Perfect place for someone doing a course at Berkeley, or just staying for the weekend and wanting a comfortable place to relax. We love to cook and are always willing to show guests around the neighborhood when time allows. Important: 2 dogs and a cat live here, you can let us know how much contact with them you'd prefer and I'll make sure they are in separate room when you are around as not to bother you - but you probably will run into them on occasion when we go out to walk them and feed them downstairs. They are not allowed in guest bedroom. Everyone seems to fall in love with the cat. Dogs may bark upon your arrival, but they will quickly mellow out and fall back asleep.
Please feel free to ask any questions!
Laundry, wifi, piano. Please make yourself at home and explore the cuppards in the kitchen for anything you need to cook.
Interaction with Guests
We work a lot, but when we are home we love to spend time with our guests, but we respect those who like to keep more to themselves.
Everything you need is within walking distance - Whole Foods, Walgreens, 4th street shopping, restaurants, taquerias, REI, coffee shops etc. Very family oriented neighborhood with an elementary school and community recreation center 3 blocks away.
Bart is .7 miles away, bus stops within 1 block. Popular ride share services like Lyft, Uber, Sidecar are always available within 5 minutes.
Other Things to Note
We love our animals, but get that not everyone is an animal lover (or may have allergies). We don't allow them in guest bedroom and have found past guests with mild allergies to be okay - we clean our apartment daily. Let us know ahead of time if this is a concern for you and we'll do our best to keep them in our bedroom.
Better if you are an animal person, but not a deal breaker - we aim to please. Quiet apartment complex, but not strict. We work long hours so it's nice if you plan to be in bed or mellow past 10:30PM on weekdays. Please no heavy perfume, hairspray or other chemicals fragrances. Please do your dishes, turn off lights and no eating in the bedroom.
Owen was incredibly kind and accommodating, which really helped my girlfriend feel at home. I greatly appreciate his hospitality and his effort to be flexible for us.
Lovely room with gracious hosts. Owen and Lucy couldn't be more hospitable. The room and the apartment are immaculate and the description is spot on.
My girlfriend and I just moved to the Bay Area, and temporarily staying with Owen and Lucy while we searched for housing was a fantastic decision. They are gracious hosts who went above and beyond what was required to make us feel at home. Their pets are super friendly and fun to be around. The area (North Berkeley) is nice and quiet too -- so nice that we found ourselves an apartment in the same area! You will be very happy if you are able to spend part of your trip with Owen and Lucy.
Great location - 3min drive to Bart station $1.50 parking/day, cozy room, washer/dryer = Huge plus. Lovely couple. Awesome pets!!! Highly recommend if you're looking for a place in the East Bay / Berkeley area
We loved staying with Owen and Lucy, as well as Darwin the friendly cat and Luna the delightful dog. Their house is in an excellent location-- very walkable and close to the bike/running path. The room was perfect-- soothing, classy paint color, an excellent private bath, and a comfy bed. And unlike most airbnbs, they provided toiletries-- eg toothpaste, shampoo. Owen and Lucy are so warm and accommodating, and we would love to stay with them again!
At some places you instantly feel comfortable. Owen and Lucy's apartment is such a place! They invited me into their home like a friend, cooked breakfast for me the morning after my arrival when all shops were closed for the 4th of July and they took me out to celebrate with friends. I really enjoyed the room and the private bathroom. The room really is nicer than on the pictures. What made this experience also great were Luna and Darwin. If you are not a pet-person, you definitely will be after your stay with Owen and Lucy!
My boyfriend and I stayed with Owen and Lucy for a month. They were great hosts! Their pets are amazing:) I miss them already. Would be happy to stay again!
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Into good food, staying healthy, cats, dogs, music, hiking, yoga and books. Busy working most of the time, but love to be home play piano and cook up tasty meals.