About this listing
The WILDCAT CANYON SUITE is a large main room with king bed & queen futon, and small anteroom with two twin beds). Please confirm that you have read the entire listing, and that the setup and house rules work for you, when you request to book.
The Southwestern-themed WILDCAT CANYON ROOM is the largest of 5 bedrooms available for rent in our expansive Craftsman home. Click the +MORE link below for full info.
The room measures 17 ft x 15.5 ft (263 square feet) and includes a bonus room that contains two small, additional futons.
It has a king sized bed (sleeps 2) and a queen-sized futon sofa (sleeps 2) in the main room, and a twin futon (sleeps 1) and chair-futon (sleeps 1) in the annex. The main room also has a nice roll-top desk & chair, a storage cabinet for your things, a sitting area, bedside tables, wi-fi, and a phone (shared line) with free long distance calling.
The bedding is goose down and feather pillows and comforters, pretty duvet covers and bedspreads, and high quality cotton sheets. Down alternatives are available for those with allergies.
You'll have your own iron and ironing board, heater & fan, and extra blankets and throws. Large windows on two walls flood this room in natural light, which you can filter with the sheers or block with the curtains.
The room's namesake, Wildcat Canyon, is a valley just east of the Berkeley Hills where visitors love to hike and picnic along Jewel Lake and Lake Anza.
- Your private suite (with its own lock)
- Common areas of the house: kitchen, living areas, bathrooms, porch, and outdoor patio
- Self-serve breakfast provisions: left side shelves of fridge, left side shelves of wooden kitchen hutch, center shelf of dining room hutch.
- Food storage space for your groceries/snacks: right side shelves of fridge, right side shelves of kitchen hutch.
- Land line phone with free long distance calling.
- Shared TV (in the living room) with premium cable and HBO.
Note: there is no on site laundry access. We supply a wheeled laundry cart and laundry bags you can take to the coin laundromat just a block away.
Interaction with Guests
For the comfort and security of all of our guests, we meet all of our guests for check-in, by advance appointment, on their first visit. With a week's notice, we can usually arrange your check-in anytime between 4 pm and 10 pm. After your first stay, we are happy to allow a self-check-in at your leisure. Please schedule your first check-in a week ahead so we can best meet your preferred arrival time. At check-in, we will orient you to the home (where to find the things you'll need), review the house rules and the City of Berkeley's noise ordinance, and give you keys to the house and your room.
We use the kitchen and living areas, alongside our guests. When we all have time, we enjoy getting to know travelers who are sociable. But to respect your privacy, we will greet you when we see you, but will go about our own business unless you reach out.
The house is located approximately 1/2 mile south of University of California, Berkeley in the Elmwood neighborhood.
This neighborhood is a quaint, walkable, safe, and mostly 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.
Since student housing is also located in the neighborhood, and we're within walking distance of campus, we do get some noise on game weekends and around graduation, and occasionally in between, and we supply earplugs for this eventuality. If student noise up the street is keeping you awake, let me know; I do intervene.
We respect our neighbors, many of whom have school-aged children and work "bankers hours," and we're committed to making sure we don't disrupt their sleep. Our quiet hours are 10 pm - 7 am. Please find another place to stay if you want the freedom to come and go noisily after 10 pm.
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 is limited and regulated, so avoid bringing a car if you can. If you must bring a car, you can park on the street in my neighborhood overnight and for up to two hours during the day (8 am - 7 pm) without a permit. If you wish to park your car all 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 purchase a street parking permit from me for $10/'day (as available, by advance request, supplies are limited). I'm not responsible for securing or managing your parking or for guest's parking tickets. If your plan is to park your car all day, you will be much better off without one in Berkeley, 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
USE THE BOOKING CONFIRMATION/ITINERARY: After you book, Airbnb will email you a booking confirmation/itinerary. It contains the address, directions, house rules, wi-fi passcode, and other important info. I invested a lot of time and care into preparing it to make things easier for us both. Please respect that effort by reading it and using it, instead of urgently asking for information that's already provided in the document. Best idea: print it out as soon as you book your stay, and take it with you in case you can't access the Airbnb website, or your smart phone battery had died, while you're traveling. If you have lost the email, use your email's search function with "Airbnb" or log into your Airbnb account, where you can easily find it under "Your Trips." Once you find it, print, download, bookmark, or save it (or all of the above).
ODD HOURS ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES: This is a group house shared with others who need their sleep as much as you do. Due to the unavoidable noise of arrivals and departures, I no longer accommodate travelers whose flights land after 8 pm or depart before 8 am. I will ask you for your flight info before booking your stay. If you haven't arranged your flights at the time of booking, please be considerate of this when you do. $50 odd hours fee applies.
CLEAN AND GREEN: We provide green living supports (recycling, composting, chemical-free bath products, etc.). Each person cleans up after themselves immediately after meals. Before you check-in, we have the entire house professionally cleaned, including laundering all of the linens, towels, pillows, and blankets. We also clean the common areas of the house at least twice weekly during your stay. For stays of more than a week, we will replace your linens and towels, and dust and vacuum your room weekly. Cleaning products are chemical-free and unscented (Seventh Generation and Dr. Bronner's), so you'll smell only the fresh air. We ask you to preserve our indoor air quality and other guests' health & comfort by not bringing bleach or other toxic products into the home and by storing perfumes only inside the bathroom drawers (not inside guest rooms).
PETS. The main house is pet-free (for the sake of allergy-sufferers). But two cats live with me in my separate suite and do not enter the house. There's an electric Hepa air filter on each side of the door to my suite to trap any kitty hair that might enter the threshold from my comings and goings between the house & suite. My suite is on the first floor; all of the guest rooms are on the second floor.
LAUNDRY: We don't have on site laundry facilities for guests, but there's a coin operated laundry just 200 feet from the house (a 1 minute walk), and we provide laundry bags, eco-friendly laundry soap, and a wheeled basket to get you there easily.
VACATION RENTAL: When the individual rooms are not already booked, the whole house is sometimes available for family reunions or other group getaways. House listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/662523
OPTIONAL SERVICES: Whether you're renting the house or individual rooms, we also offer (with 1 week advance notice and extra fee):
- laundry service
- daily maid service
- camping gear
- bike rentals
- baby gear
NOT A PARTY HOUSE: If you're looking for a house where you can hold parties or stay up through the night, this is not the place for you. Night owls should stay elsewhere, since normal household sounds (doors closing, footsteps, shuffling around) travel easily in houses with wooden floors. I consider a good nights' sleep a sacred commitment to my guests and if you're disruptive at night, you'll be asked to quiet down or leave.
AVAILABILITY: The calendar is always up-to-date, so the step of asking if it's available and waiting for a reply isn't necessary. If the calendar shows dates as available, they are, and you can go ahead and book them.
APPROVING YOUR RESERVATION: Understand that Airbnb hosts are allowing total strangers into their homes and this merits a certain level of care and caution. Airbnb is a community of trust, and your profile and verifications make that trust possible. 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. If your booking is for a family member, friend, or employee, include their info when you reach out. I won't accept anonymous bookings. Best approach: take a moment to complete your profile.
QUESTIONS?: Ask away! Or ask for my complete Q&A.
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If you've stayed in Airbnbs with single rooms or apartments, please note that a group living space requires tighter rules and organization to ensure everyone's comfort and security. -|- CHECK-IN and 10-minute house orientation required on the first visit; set check-in appointment at least a week in advance; no check-ins after 10 pm (except in the case of unplanned flight delays); $50 late check-in fee -|- COMMON SENSE CARE. Care for the furniture, bedding, floors, appliances, etc., as if they were your own, through common sense, respectful usage. -|- QUIET HOURS 10 pm - 7 am: voices and media low, close doors and cabinets gently (don't slam), walk softly on stairs & wood floors, close sliding doors between the common areas if using living areas after 10, and set alarm clocks to the lowest volume that will wake you. -|- NO FOOD IN ROOMS. Store food in kitchen to prevent pests. Tea/beverages okay, but wash cups/glasses daily. -|-REMOVE SHOES INDOORS. Barefoot, socks, or slippers (provided) are okay. Ask your visitors to do the same. -|- WIPE BATHROOM COUNTERTOP, and toilet seat, if needed, (paper towels provided) after your use so that it's clean and dry for the next guest. -|- USE COASTERS or placemats underneath drinking glasses on wood surfaces. -|- PREPARE properly at BEDTIME to avoid damage to sheets (feminine, bedwetting, and first aid supplies in bathroom cabinet and upstairs hallway drawer). -|- DISALLOWED. No smoking, illegal drugs, pets, chemical toxins, or incense-burning. Store perfumes/colognes in bathroom, not in guest room where they accumulate in fabrics and trigger allergies. -|- TIDY UP AFTER YOURSELF immediately in the common areas. -|- GUESTS WASH THEIR OWN DISHES thoroughly, put away food, and wipe countertops, stove, and other surfaces immediately after meals. -|- LOCK DOORS when you enter and when you depart for the day, even if someone else is present in the house. Do not loan out, copy, or hide keys. -|- VISITORS/GATHERINGS. Guests may invite one or two friends over as long as you let me know in advance. No on-site events, parties, or dinners involving more than one or two non-registered guests without advance arrangement & permission of your host. Your booking is for lodging only, not event space.
Amy nous a très bien accueilli dans sa grande maison très agréable. Toutes les pièces sont très biens équipées et propres. Elle est disponible pour toutes demandes ainsi que des informations sur San Francisco ou Berkeley même en français !
La maison est situé dans un quartier proche commerces et accès facile pour rejoindre San Francisco.
Un des meilleurs Airbnb pour nous cet été. Merci Amy
TRANSLATION: Amy made us very welcome in her very nice, big house. All of the rooms are very well-equipped and clean. She made available all manner of information about San Francisco or Berkeley, including in French! The house is located in an area close to shopping, with easy access to San Francisco. One of the best Airbnb's for us this summer. Thank you, Amy.
We ended up arriving 45 minutes early, but Amy was very accommodating about this. We had an interesting mix for our leisure visit (elderly person with mobility problems, 2 visitors with special needs, 3 able bodied) - all were made to feel e=welcome.
The description of "house rules" was very clear.
The area and accommodation was fabulous.
Amy asked if we had any special dietary needs and even purchased a potato salad to suit the quirky palate of one of the party (I was asked especially to say thank you for this).
We had to leave a night early due to health problem in one of the party - Amy was most understanding and attentive.
All of us would like to visit again.
We loved staying with Amy. Her house is in a great neighborhood. It is within walking distance to the University, groceries and some nice restaurants. She is a very thoughtful host that thinks of all the many details to make your stay very comfortable and easy. It was nice to get to know Amy and I would like to stay with her again.
It is a charming arts and crafts house in a very nice part of town. Amy is a wonderful host. Very relaxed atmosphere, clean, most highly recommended.
The house is beautiful and has a great atmosphere. We were there as a family of five and the Wildcat Canyon Suite had room for us all. The shared living room and kitchen is also a great plus. We loved the wonderful organic and healthy breakfast, even with delicious fruits and berries.
Amy is a unique, warm and welcoming host. We very much enjoyed our conversations together. Best of luck!
We would love to come back to stay in the house again.
Thank you for the sweet comments, Idunn. I'm so pleased that you and your family were comfortable and enjoyed your stay. It was truly wonderful hosting you! I very much enjoyed our conversations and the lively, happy energy of your smart and well-mannered kids. Come back soon! :)
We had an excellent stay here--the house was lovely and comfortable, the neighborhood was peaceful and within walking distance to the BART and other Berkeley activities. Breakfast was delicious, the beds were really cozy, and everything about the house itself was very well-organized and maintained.
The house is beautifully built and maintained, in a quiet and charming neighborhood, with great location very close to the southeast part of the UC Berkeley campus. The Wildcat Canyon room is very large, with a big bed and couch, desk, and side room with two more single beds. Breakfast was self-serve, with a good option of fruit, juices, berries, cereal, oatmeal, etc. Guests share two large full bathrooms, one on each floor (but all guest rooms -- there are 4 or 5 -- appear to be on the second floor). During my stay, all the guests were quiet and respectful, and we had some nice conversations over breakfast. The host had great communication and came through with a room for me on very short notice!
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About the Host, Amy
I'm both a host and a traveler on Airbnb. I'm a writer and advocacy professional making a career change to psychology. I'm intellectually inclined, politically informed, and culturally sensitive. I love science (from microbes to galaxies), animals (wild and domestic), gardening, outdoor adventures, philosophy, writing, and the mysteries of "life, the universe, and everything."
As a HOST, I truly enjoy sharing my comfy, warm, and welcoming home with good people from all over the world. To me, a stranger is just a friend I haven't met. Sometimes a visiting family member or friend stays here, too, and participates in welcoming visitors or helping with projects around the house. Since we're entrusting you with our home & things, we do need to know about you before accepting a booking: full legal name, current address, and place of employment. Taking a moment to complete your profile with this information will speed things up.
As a TRAVELER, alone or with friends, I'm self-sufficient, quiet, upbeat, and respectful of the homes and privacy of my hosts. I read and follow the house rules ahead of time, and research public transit, etc., so I'm easy to host. My travel style is to relax and plan in the early morning, explore all day, and come back at a reasonable hour so I can get a good night's sleep and have energy for the next day's adventures.
Looking forward to meeting you!