Vacation home near UC Berkeley - perfect for graduation, conferences, students' family visits, reunions, wedding lodging, and professional retreats. Last minute bookings okay!
Rent this clean, organized, and gorgeously restored/remodeled early 20th Century Craftsman American vacation home with 5 fully furnished guest rooms, 10 beds, 2 large modern bathrooms, a formal dining room, comfortable living room, large professional kitchen, front porch, and private yards. CLICK THE +MORE LINK BELOW...
You will sleep soundly with our new, down comforters and goose feather & down pillows (non-down available for those with allergies). Whole house heating will keep you comfy, and each room has extra blankets, too.
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 bathroom has a privacy screen so families can share.
Each guest receives a set of towels in the same color as their room (to tell them apart). 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 guest rooms are clean and beautiful. Each room has an iron and ironing board, a hamper or laundry basket, and extra blankets. Each room also has its own hair dryer and mirrors so makeup and hair can be done inside guest rooms (saving bathroom access for the essentials).
Bedroom #1 - THE WILDCAT CANYON SUITE - sleeps 6
17 ft x15 1/2 ft (263 square feet)
This is our largest space (actually a room and a half), with a king sized bed (sleeps 2), a queen sized futon sofa (sleeps 2), and a small anteroom with a twin futon (sleeps 1) and a chair futon (sleeps 1 child or teen). There's also an antique roll top desk and chair; a sitting area with wicker chairs and a small, round table.
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!
The suite'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.
Bedroom #2 - THE MUIR WOODS ROOM - sleeps 3
14 1/2 ft x 12 1/2 ft (181 square feet)
This is a medium-large room with a comfortable queen-sized bed, a desk and chair, a comfortable twin-sized futon chair that serves as a second bed, a dresser for your clothes, end tables and lamps, and a closet. 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.
Bedroom #3 - THE ROSE GARDEN ROOM - sleeps 2
13 ft x 10 ft (130 square feet)
This is a medium-small room, 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, and a closet.
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!
Bedroom #4 - THE BAYSHORE ROOM - sleeps 3
21 ft x 10 ft (210 square feet)
This is a sunroom with windows on every side, a comfortable queen sized bed (sleeps 2), a futon chair (sleeps 1 child), a teak desk/chair, a cabinet with drawers for your belongings, end tables and lamps, and a closet. The best things about this room: sunny!
Note that the room is cramped when you open & use the futon chair, so only count on using the futon chair if you're okay with that and not inclined to post a negative review about it.
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.
Bedroom #5 - THE ANGEL ISLAND ROOM - sleeps 1
8 ft x 10 ft (80 square feet)
This very small room accommodates 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 room is named after Angel Island State Park, a natural island that is now a National Park in San Francisco Bay.
For group rentals where there aren't enough rooms or beds at the Guesthouse, I can host two in the attached studio apartment, when it's available, for an additional fee (varies by season).
I can also sometimes reserve up to 3 bedrooms at another, similar house just three blocks away for an additional fee.
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.
While respecting your privacy, I will enter as needed, with notice, for maintenance and upkeep.
Interaction with Guests
Before you book, we'll communicate about your anticipated use of the home, limits, and check-in details. Please make sure you have provided Airbnb with the cell phone number you will be using while you travel so I can reach you. 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. I'll touch base during your stay to make sure you're finding everything you need. I'm also available to handle any maintenance issues that arise (bulb blown, etc).
The house is located approximately 1/2 mile south of UC Berkeley in the Elmwood neighborhood. 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.
BUS STOP: An AC Transit bus stop is just one block away, at Derby & Benvenue, with Bus 51 B getting you to campus in 5 minutes and to the Downtown Berkeley BART station in 10 mins.
BART: Two BART stations are exactly one mile away - Ashby BART and Downtown Berkeley BART. A third BART station (with plentiful parking) is 2.5 miles away: Rockridge BART.
CAR: You'll find an Enterprise Rent-a-Car just a few blocks away. You can also easily get rides from Uber or Lyft most anywhere in the Bay Area.
FREEWAYS: It's an easy jaunt from here to I-80/I-580, via California 13 (Ashby Ave). Ashby Ave intersects with our street just 4 blocks south.
PARKING: One free off-street parking space comes with the house rental. Street parking is available but regulated. Guests may purchase a $10/day street parking pass from me for one additional car belonging to a registered guest (but no more than that). Cars may park on the street without a permit in my neighborhood overnight (7 pm - 8 am) and for up to two hours during the day (8 am - 7 pm). If you wish to park additional cars for longer than 2 hours during the day, you have three options: 1) park it at the nearest BART station for around $2/day; 2) park it in a nearby public parking garage for around $15-20/day; or park it in a neighborhood where parking is unregulated (if you have friends in such a neighborhood, this can work well). I'm not responsible for arranging your parking or for guest's parking tickets.
Travelers to Berkeley are much better off without a car, since public transit is convenient, taxis are easy to find, Zipcars, Lyft cars, and Ubers are plentiful, and parking is expensive and hard to find.
Other Things to Note
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.
(Wedding and Graduation Guests Take Note)
If you hope to host parties or events, our place won't be workable for you. There are families with school-aged children living next door, and two attached apartments with tenants who appreciate peace and quiet after 10 pm. We are committed to being good neighbors and we do shut down noisy, late night gatherings immediately. Groups may invite 3-4 family members or friends over, but due to past damage to our property, we no longer allow gatherings of any kind involving outside visitors.
Families with children and couples can sleep more people here than groups of single adults who won't be sharing beds. We can't accommodate more than 8 single adults during one stay because 2 of the beds are futon chairs (narrower than a twin), and two bathrooms aren't adequate for 10 singles who won't be bathroom-sharing.
Folks who want discounts can opt to share the common areas of the house with me or other travelers by renting fewer than all five rooms.
There is no on site guest laundry access, but we supply a wheeled laundry cart and laundry bags you can take to the coin laundromat just a block away, or about 300 feet (91 meters).
APPROVING YOUR RESERVATION
Taking a few moments to complete your traveler profile in advance will save us both time. If your profile is not complete, please include in your inquiry your name and address, place of employment, and the reason for your stay in the Bay Area.
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 all of my listings here (copy and paste the link into your browser): https://www.airbnb.com/s?host_id=240790
When you book with us, you commit to setting a check-in time (4 pm or later) at least 7 days ahead of your arrival. If you neglect this step, we may not be able to meet your scheduling needs that day, so you'll need to flex with any fixed plans we have committed to after a lack of a response from you. We will respect your time by being on time to meet you, and we expect the same. If you face unavoidable travel delays, notifying us immediately gives you the best chance that we can adjust our schedules to accommodate yours.
PETS. The house is pet-free (for the sake of allergy-sufferers). But two cats live with me in my attached apartment. They do not enter the house, but two allergy-sufferers have said they can detect their presence in the kitchen, where there's a door between my apartment and the main house. Other allergy sufferers (there have been many in my 5 years of hosting) did not detect them at all. I've since installed an air filter on each side of the door and a barrier underneath the door (March 2015), and will post what feedback I get.
After you book, Airbnb will send you a booking confirmation. It will contain a link to our House Manual. It's advisable to print it and bring it with you so you can easily find the address, directions, wi-fi passcode, and our contact information if you can't access your cell phone or the Airbnb website while you're traveling.
TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WITH BOOKING?
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EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES RENTAL
For $10/day or $50/week, we can supply you with any of the following (each item):
- A set of 4 beach towels
- A tent
- A sleeping bag
- A single-speed men's bike (tall) & lock
- A women's mountain bike (med) & lock
- A child's bike & lock
- A stroller/carseat combo
- A Pack N Play
- A street parking pass
- Luggage storage before check-in or after check-out
- USE WITH CARE. Care for the furniture, bedding, floors, appliances, etc., through common sense, respectful usage. -|-
- QUIET HOURS. This is a family neighborhood, with school-aged children next door and two attached apartments with residents who need their sleep. Respect quiet hours 10 pm - 7 am. During these hours, enter and exit cars quietly (close car doors gently, do not talk loudly to one another), bring socializing indoors (even ordinary conversation travels through neighbors' windows), keep voices and media volume reasonable, close doors and cabinets gently, and walk softly on the wood floors and stairs. -|-
If your group includes night owls who expect to party through the night, or if you want to be able to allow children (including the 6-ft kind) to run, play, wrestle, and shout indoors after 10 pm, please book elsewhere. Guests who disrupt the neighbors' sleep will be asked to leave and may lose their entire deposit. -|-
SHOELESS. Remove shoes indoors (slippers are provided) and ask your visitors to do the same. -|-
PROTECT SURFACES. Use coasters or placemats underneath drinking glasses on wood surfaces. -|-
PROTECT BEDDING. Prepare adequately at bedtime to avoid damage to sheets and bedwetting incidents. Supplies are provided in bathroom cabinets and upstairs hallway armoire. -|-
DISALLOWED. No smoking, illegal drugs, pets, chemical toxins (including bleach, solvents, and pest control), or incense-burning. These are grounds for immediate eviction and loss of your entire deposit. Please also store perfumes/colognes in bathroom, not in guest rooms, as some guests are allergic to them. -|-
KITCHEN CLEAN. Please wash your dishes immediately after meals and as thoroughly as though your own children were eating out of them next. Store foods only in kitchen and dining rooms (not in guest rooms). Urban homes are at risk for rodents. Therefore, we require that you keep foods stored in the refrigerator or the closed-door cabinets at all times when not in use. If you leave foods, dirty dishes out overnight or when you leave the home, we will send in our housekeepers daily and charge your deposit $50 per day. If you anticipate or see any problems managing cleanup, please ask for our maid service right away.-|-
SECURITY. Lock entry doors when you enter and when you depart, even if someone else is present in the house. Do not loan out, copy, or hide keys. -|-
VISITORS. 3-4 visitors are fine, but you must notify your host in advance if you expect more. No on-site events, parties, or dinners involving non-registered guests. -|-
NEED ANYTHING? Communicate right away if you have any needs, questions, or problems. Give your caring host the opportunity to remedy a problem during your stay rather than first mentioning it in a review.
Translation: "The host is very enthusiastic. The house layout is very workable and pleasant. Each room has its own special design and features. Bedding is particularly nice. That said, with 19 people, it could be crowded." Since this group's booking was for 10 people, the reference to 19 people is either a typo or a projection of how many guests would be too many. We have a maximum of 10 single travelers, 14 if the group includes couples with children.
All worked as advertised. Amy was helpful and provided fulsome instructions.
My husband and I along with 6 other family members ( 2 of whom live in Berkeley) stayed for a week (Dec. 22-29) and celebrated Christmas in Amy's lovely house. It was a great week. Some highlights:
-Roomy, character-filled house. Very clean and well kept up.
-2 large bathrooms--worked out fine for our group of 8--loved the Dr. Bronners minty soap. Great towels--color coordinated with the bedrooms, so no one gets mixed up.
-Superb neighborhood--quiet and perfectly located (easy walking distance) for shopping (food and otherwise), restaurants (had a great pizza and kale salad lunch at Summer Kitchen on College) coffee shops and 2 bakeries, walking, hiking in Tilden park (worth a steep walk to the top for fantastic views and a satisfying sense of accomplishment), house and garden viewing, movies (walked a bit further to The California, a classic old-fashioned movie theater, to see Into the Woods), campus....
-Plenty of hot water and a great tub--several of our party took advantage of that at one point or another.
-Nice long table for family meals (we had 8 people--would have accommodated more).
-Excellent kitchen in which to cook said meals.
-At first we thought the Victorian sofa might be uncomfortable--but it is actually quite the opposite.
-Fantastic beds--makes me want to run out and buy a memory foam topper--so comfy. And just the right amount of bedding for cool nights. Nice to have the option of extra futons in some of the rooms, in case.
-Space heaters in every room for those chilly Berkeley mornings and evenings.
Amy is very clear about wanting the house to be used in a respectful manner (as she has every right to be) and is friendly, available if needed but not hover-y.
It is not inexpensive to rent the whole house, and at first we were not sure we needed quite that much room, but we were so glad we decided to go for it--it turned out to be just the right fit and made for a memorable week. We hope we have an opportunity to return.
Richard and Sharon's family was great to host! When the individual rooms of the house aren't rented out, groups can rent the entire main house as a private vacation rental. During those rentals, I still go all out with the prep: making up the beds beautifully and tying up individual, color-coordinated towel sets with bows; stocking soaps, coffee, teas, cooking oils and spices; dressing the dining room with tablecloths; and setting out a basket of goodies. I live in a separate apartment attached to the house, but with its own private entry, so these group rentals are completely private. Since I'm nearby, though, if you need something, I can help. Now we have a second attached apartment available to add to a group rental, in case someone in your group would like more privacy.
We had a great time staying at Amy's place in December for my wedding. Amy was flexible with our late arrival time, and she surprised my little nephews and niece with decorated beds with stuffed toys on top. She was also very kind to prepare a basket full of fruits and snacks so that we didn't go hungry on the first night.
The house is nicely renovated with modern appliances while maintaining its warm, antique look. The kitchen was fantastic and I wish I wasn't busy with wedding so that I could have cooked more there.
The only downside of the house is the lack of a washer and a dryer. Although there is a laundromat within walking distance, it is much more convenient to have them inside. Other than that, I think the house is great and Amy will make everyone feel welcomed.
I enjoyed hosting Ellen and her family very much. I do regret that I can't provide washer and dryer access to guests, and this is a good opportunity to explain the situation to folks who wonder why. But first, I'll clarify that the laundromat is only a short city block away (450 feet, a 2-minute walk, visible from the house). To make it super easy, we provide a good-sized wheeled laundry cart, laundry bags, and laundry soap. Next to the laundromat is a cafe and a neighborhood grocery store, so folks usually let the laundry trip double as a nice coffee break or shopping trip. Since you can use multiple washers and dryers there, it's actually much quicker than doing it at home.
Now, we do actually have a washer/dryer in a utility room at the house. But because we host large groups, often for short stays, we have to keep the washer and dryer going with the house linens, towels, kitchen cloths, etc., 24/7 in order to have everything washed in time for the next group. Also, when we allowed guests to use it in the past, we encountered too many disasters due to carelessness: wax crayons melted to the dryer; glitter throughout the washer which kept coming out for weeks; a flood of the entire washroom and kitchen when someone moved the washer to retrieve something they dropped behind it and didn't realize they had pulled out the hose; another flood when someone washed a stuffed toy and its stuffing came out and clogged the drain pipe; and more. Aside from the ordeal cleaning up these disasters, not having use of our washer and dryer while we waited for the repairs was a disaster for us: hauling 10 beds worth of blankets and sheets, and 10 sets of guests towels, 10 sets of slippers, dozens of kitchen towels, and 1/2 dozen bath mats to the laundromat and back in time for the next guests. Expensive, draining, and stressful. We simply can't leave our little Airbnb operation (and the guests who come after you) vulnerable to that kind of chaos. So we do the next best thing by providing the conveniences to make your laundry trip super easy.
My family of 10 had the opportunity to stay at Amy's Berkeley Vacation Home for a 5 night stay. Amy was a terrific host very friendly and helpful. The home was very well equip with everything we needed for our Thanksgiving dinner. She was very well organized with items and supplies for her home. She was also a wealth of information for the area. She even went a step further for us and took family photos. The home was clean and she kindly took care of any linens we needed replaced. This was the first time I had used airbnb to rent a home and for such a extended period of time.
I would highly recommend Amy's home to rent and I definitely will bring my family back again.
Amy is a very easy-going, friendly, and approachable host. Her home is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful place to stay. She was very accommodating of our group when final membership fluctuated a bit towards the end, making housing the easiest part of the trip. Couldn't recommend more highly.
We hosted ten undergraduate and graduate student fellows from across the United States at this house for an event at UC Berkeley. This was a perfect location for them to stay, socialize, and organically learn from one another.
The rooms are clean and beautiful, and common areas are spacious and comfortable. Our Host, Amy, was invaluable for providing our group with guidance and accommodations during their stay, and even brought snacks and breakfast foods for our students.
I would strongly recommend this house for any large group looking for cozy living in a beautiful location, at a reasonable price with a knowledgable host. 5 stars.
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I truly enjoy sharing my comfy, warm, and welcoming home with good people from all over the world. I host guests in my 5 BR/2 BA guesthouse and its attached studio apartment near UC Berkeley, and I manage a friend's 2 BR Airbnb in West Berkeley.
I'm a writer, advocacy professional, and a public relations consultant growing green and socially responsible businesses and nonprofits. Presently, I'm taking time out from my career to study psychology at UC.
In my advocacy career, I've directed campaigns to protect wild forests and coastal areas, co-founded the Green Party USA, worked on a presidential campaign, helped build socially responsible businesses, and raised millions for environmental and social justice causes.
In my downtime, I live a quiet, low-key, healthy lifestyle, and relish the simple pleasures: music, the great outdoors, learning, and friendship. I'm a bit of a foodie, enjoying foods from all over the world, especially healthy, organic foods. I also really dig science (all kinds, from microbes to galaxies), animals (wild and tame), motorcycle-riding, outdoor adventures, philosophy (my undergrad major), and psychology.
I enjoy sharing my friends and interests with travelers who look forward to interacting with the locals. If you stay in my place, or host me in yours, you'll find me warm, friendly and helpful. But I'm entirely unobtrusive to those who prefer their privacy.
Since I'm entrusting you with my home & things, I need to know about you before accepting a booking. What I need to know: full legal name, current address, and place of employment. Taking a moment to complete your profile with this information will speed things up.
Thanks, and see you soon!
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