BIG, BEAUTIFUL HOUSE
Rent my clean, organized, and gorgeously restored/remodeled early 20th Century Craftsman American home with 5 fully furnished guest rooms, 9 beds, 2 large modern bathrooms, a formal dining room, comfortable living room, large professional kitchen, front porch, and private yards.
The house is located within walking distance of University of California and all of the campus-area shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities.
You will sleep soundly with our new, down comforters and goose feather & down pillows. Whole house heating will keep you comfortable, but each room also has its own small heater and fan which you can adjust to your comfort. Each room has extra blankets to keep you warm.
You can take your bath or shower in either one of two large, contemporary bathrooms and enjoy a bath in the deep, antique clawfoot tub, which was restored with a white finish and chrome feet.
Each guest receives towels of the same color as your room. We provide organic bath soap, shampoo, and hair conditioner. We also provide plenty of supplies of toilet paper, paper towels, and other personal items.
All of the rooms are clean and beautiful, with recently painted walls, comfortable and interesting furniture in matching colors. Some rooms can accommodate more than two (with our portable cots or futons).
CLEAN AND GREEN
We provide green living supports (recycling, composting, chemical-free bath products, etc.). Cleaning products are chemical-free and unscented (Seventh Generation and Dr. Bronners), so you'll smell only the fresh air.
NOT A PARTY HOUSE
If you hope to host loud parties, this isn't the right place for you. There are families with school-aged children living next door and two attached apartments where tenants appreciate peace and quiet after 11 pm.
APPROVING YOUR RESERVATION
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When you rent the entire main house, you have exclusive access to the large, well-equipped kitchen where you can cook and store your food; the comfortable and beautifully furnished living room with antique Victorian sofas, cable TV, and books; the porch and its patio seating to socialize; and the pretty garden which has a teak table and chairs and a new charcoal barbecue grill.
Bedroom #1 - THE WILDCAT CANYON ROOM
17 ft x15 1/2 ft (263 square feet)
This is our largest and most luxurious room, with a king sized bed (sleeps 2), a queen sized futon sofa (sleeps 2), and a chair futon (sleeps 1). There's also an antique roll top desk and chair; a sitting area with wicker chairs and a small, round table; and a large, walk-in closet that converts to a small bedroom for the kids.
We provide an iron and ironing board, a hamper or laundry basket, and extra blankets in every room. Large windows on two walls supply this room in natural light, which you can filter with the sheers or block with the curtains. The best thing about this room: it's so big, you could live in it!
If you're traveling with children, the very large walk-in closet is equipped with a futon chair and a folding cot, and can sleep two children.
The room's namesake, Wildcat Canyon, is a valley just east of the Berkeley Hills where visitors love to go hike and picnic along Jewel Lake and Lake Anza. Wildcat Canyon was named for the mountain lions which used to be fairly common in the area. The southern end of the canyon is part of Tilden Regional Park and the northern end is part of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.
Bedroom #2 - THE MUIR WOODS ROOM
14 1/2 ft x 12 1/2 ft (181 square feet)
This is a large room with a comfortable queen-sized bed, a desk and chair, a comfortable reading chair that is also a small futon bed, a dresser for your clothes, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, an iron and ironing board, and a small heater plus extra blankets for those cool nights. The best things about this room: spacious!
The Muir Woods Room pays homage to Muir Woods National Monument, the cathedral of redwoods located 25 miles west of Berkeley, which was established in 1908 when President Roosevelt signed legislation to protect an old-growth redwood forest from destruction. The trees' ages range from 400 to 800 years, and their height up to 250 feet.
Bedroom #3 - THE ROSE GARDEN ROOM
13 ft x 10 ft (130 square feet)
This room is furnished with a gorgeous and comfortable queen-sized bed (sleeps 2), a lovely Victorian armchair, a wooden Queen Anne style desk, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, an iron and ironing board, extra blankets, and a heater and fan. Named after the Berkeley Rose Gardens, it features floral rose decor and wooden dressers with hand-painted roses. The best things about this room: cozy and pretty!
The Berkeley Rose Garden, opened in 1937, is a beautiful, terraced amphitheater and 220-foot-long redwood pergola, where people go to walk, picnic, and relax in the florid surrounds. It was one of the first American Civil Works Progress Projects built under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) established by President Franklin Roosevelt to provide jobs and facilitate economic recovery after the Great Depression. East Bay rose societies and community members donated hundreds of hours of volunteer time, and they still participate in its upkeep.
Bedroom #4 - THE BAYSHORE ROOM
21 ft x 10 ft (210 square feet)
This is a large sunroom with windows on every side, a comfortable queen sized bed (sleeps 2), a teak desk and cabinet with drawers for your belongings, a teak chair, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper,an iron and ironing board, a heater and fan, plus extra blankets for cool nights. The best things about this room: sunny!
This room is an homage to the bay area's coastal environments, from the bay shores at the nearby Berkeley Marina to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean against the rocky shores along Highway 1. Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, and Point Reyes National Seashore are less than an hour away by car.
Bedroom #5 - THE ANGEL ISLAND ROOM
7 ft x 10 ft (70 square feet)
This very small room is big enough for one person. It has a single bed, a small desk and chair, a bedside table and lamp, and a small teak hutch that can also open out into a desk. Brand new down and feather pillows and comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets, and cozy blankets offer comfort at the end of a long day. The best thing about this room: it's affordable!
The room is named after Angel Island State Park, a natural island that forms a National Park in San Francisco Bay. The island's mere 1.2 square miles accommodate over 1(phone number hidden)sitors annually from all over the world, who come by boat or ferry to visit its four historic sites and miles of hiking and biking trails.
After you book your stay, I will reach out to you by email to arrange your check-in time. I will meet you at our pre-arranged check-in time to show you where to find the things you will need, review the house rules, have you sign our rental agreement, and deliver your sets of keys. I'm also happy to make restaurant, transportation, and sightseeing recommendations at that time.
When you book the whole house, all of the bedrooms are yours. During your stay, your host will only enter to take care of maintenance or repairs or if you request optional cleaning services. Maintenance includes turning off lights and the heater if they're left on while you're away from the house all day (for the sake of utility costs and the environment), so if you prefer your privacy, please be conscientious about power use and safety (space heaters off).
I'm available by phone, email, or text if you need anything during your stay or if you have any questions or problems that need to be addressed. Please contact me during your stay - not after - with any issues that affect your comfort and convenience, so I have a chance to remedy it while you're still here.
I will meet you again on the day of your departure to collect the house keys, discuss any breakage or problems that may have arisen during your stay, hear any feedback you'd like to offer (suggestions welcome), and wish you a safe journey.
The house is located approximately 1/2 mile south of University of California, Berkeley between the Southside and Elmwood neighborhoods. This neighborhood is a quaint, walkable, safe, and quiet residential area, just a few hundred feet from the popular Telegraph Ave, College Ave, Claremont Ave shops and restaurants. Public transportation, shops and restaurants, and Zipcars are abundant nearby. San Francisco is just 10 miles away and easily accessible by BART train or by car.
The neighborhood has excellent public transportation, plentiful Zipcars, and easy walks to shops and restaurants. A bus stops 450 ft from the house (a 2-minute walk). A rapid transit station (BART) is 1 mile from the house.
We supply travel books, tourist guides, maps, magazines, and the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.
One free off-street parking space comes with the house rental. Additional guest vehicles may be parked on the street with a $10/day parking pass or in nearby parking garages. Street parking is free on Sundays and after 5 pm Mon-Sat, so if you plan to use your car during daylight hours, you likely won't need any parking passes.
GETTING HERE FROM THE AIRPORT
There is a BART station directly inside SFO airport, which you can take to the Downtown Berkeley BART station. From there, you can take a cab the one mile to the house.
If you prefer a taxi, you can catch one at the ground transportation level of the airport, Taxi cabs wait at the BART station in a cue, so you take the one at the front of the line. Fares and rules are available on the SFO website.
If you are traveling with several people and a lot of luggage, it's better to arrange a shared ride or exclusive van. They should be reserved at least 24-hours in advance. You can find their phone numbers on the SFO website.
In some cases, I may be able to pick you up at the airport for a fee that's comparable to the taxi or van ride.
When the house is not rented out to a group, the individual rooms are available for rent, B&B-style. To rent individual rooms instead of the whole house, see my listings here:
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$25 / night after 10 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Amy was an exemplary host, and Homestay By the Bay was exactly what our non-profit was in need of for our recent group retreat. Amy was able to the 7 of us with her entire house for the weekend so our team could meet, prep, and bond. There is a large living room that accommodated all of us comfortably during our long meetings, and a chef's kitchen with a full dining room for our group meals.
We've stayed in many types of accommodations in the past, and I can truly say that Amy makes her operation a TRUE home away from home. Here are the little details that REALLY stood out and made a difference for us:
Color-coordination of the towels that definitely came in handy for many in our team!
Luxuriously eco-friendly atmosphere (linen towels to prevent waste, fragrance-free toiletries, etc.)
A lovely AND fully stocked self-serve breakfast spread for our team to eat at staggered/different times (often hard to wrangle large groups to eat together based on different morning routines)
If you're looking for intimate, private, yet professional accommodations, this is the place for you! I can't recommend this place enough!
Thank you, Amy!!!
The place is BEAUTIFUL! Classic Berkeley. My siblings and I were able to all stay comfortable in wonderful beds in wonderful rooms in this wonderful home. It is really a house that you can rent one or all the rooms of. Amy was responsible and professional and fantastic! A fantastic find!
Not enough stars, This abode should get 10 out of 5!
We took over the entire residence for a week.
Family arrived, visited and departed all week long, there is no way this would of occurred if we had stayed at a hotel.
One of the great joys was having three generations all together in the cozy parlor...TALKING!
The comfort, beauty, cleanliness and quiet were appreciated.
Amy is a gracious host, invisible but instantly available.
Having a wonderful kitchen, fully stocked for breakfast, was pretty neat too!
The pure pleasure we had during our stay could not of happened anywhere else...
This is a wonderful location hosted by a terrific person. We were in Berkeley for a family wedding and needed lots of space for our 2 large families to share. We were delighted with the rental. Amy made us feel welcome and was most accommodating. The house was great. Only minor comment that with a dozen folks and only 2 bathrooms, one on main floor, we had to be a little flexible. Would happily stay here again!
Our family came from San Diego, Boulder CO, Plymouth MN, and Berkeley. We wanted to spend the Holiday's together to meet our new granddaughter. The house was delightful, beds wonderfully comfortable, and the kitchen worked great to create several holiday feasts. Fun neighborhood to take walks, accessible to public transportation. We love to be together and this house worked perfect for us. Amy delightfully had a breakfast buffet available, including french press coffee. She was cheerful and always available for questions and needs.
Hi Amy, our stay at your place made our staff meetings a real event. With the stressful schedule and workload the antique clawfoot tub was AMAZING! The beds were super comfortable, and you could tell the host put a lot of care into choosing the beds and bedding. Some of us slept better here than at home! We thought the house was beautiful and we loved the character of the furniture. The breakfast offerings were healthy and filling. And the location can't be beat! We expect to come back and we wholeheartedly recommend Amy's place for your group or family.
Amy was a fabulous and consummate host. My company stayed at her spacious and elegantly decorated home for a weekend that included a catered dinner at the home for 20 people. And she referred the Chef as well, who prepared an Osso Bucco & Risotto main course that was out of this world. You will find her engaging, highly responsive, and thorough. She left out a nice morning breakfast of local fresh breads and organic fruits and coffees, which was really nice to wake up to. The bathrooms are elegantly appointed and large, and she gives each guest their own color-coded towels so there can be no confusion amongst anyone. The weather being perfectly gorgeous, we were able to hang outside in her private and quaint little front yard garden, and amuse ourselves into the evening after long hours at the work conference that brought us to Berkeley in the first place. I can't recommend her place enough, so hit her up and she'll make your East Bay stay as much of a dream as you allow her.
What a lovely, spacious home in a great location. Amy is a delight and a wonderful hostess.
We stayed in the Wildcat Canyon room. We loved its generous size, the two walls of windows and the bonus closet/alcove area. The king bed is super comfortable.
We loved the modern baths and kitchen. We felt right at home instantly.