About This Listing
The WILDCAT CANYON SUITE is actually a double room (large main room with king bed & queen futon, and small anteroom with two twin beds). It's one of five bedrooms available in our home.
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.
You have access to your private room (with its own lock); the common areas of the house, including the kitchen, living areas, bathrooms, porch, and outdoor patio; self-serve breakfast provisions; a land line phone with free long distance calling; a shared TV (in the living room) with premium cable and HBO. There is no laundry access, but we supply a wheeled cart and laundry bag, which you can take to the laundromat just one block away.
Note: there is no on site laundry access, but we supply a wheeled laundry cart and laundry bags you can take to the coin laundromat just a block away.
Interaction with Guests
We find it important to meet all of our guests, personally, for check-in on their first visit, but it isn't necessary on future visits. We do not accept anonymous check-ins where you let yourself in without meeting us. For your first visit, we will meet you at 4 pm (unless you schedule another time a week ahead) to orient you to the home, the house rules, and the City of Berkeley's noise ordinance, and give you keys to the house and your room. For future visits, we can arrange a self check-in for you.
We will need your flight details two weeks ahead of your stay, so we can check for delays and adjust our schedule accordingly.
It doesn't work for us or the peace of the shared household to schedule arrivals past 10 pm, so please don't request a booking if your flight lands later than 8 pm at SFO or later than 8:30 pm at OAK.
If you arrive at these late hours, we'll need you to come straight to the house from the airport (rather than stopping first for a meal) so we can go to bed! There are a number of very nice restaurants within walking distance of our home, and several are open until 10 pm.
If your flight is delayed, of course, we will meet you late for check-in. Otherwise, expect a late fee of $50 for arrivals past 10 pm. Sorry, but this is the only way we've found to deter constant arrivals past our bedtime.
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 engage us.
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 ITINERARY: After you book, Airbnb will email you an itinerary/booking confirmation. It contains the address, directions, house rules, wi-fi passcode, and other important info. I put a lot of time into preparing it to make your life easier. Please make both our lives easier, in return, by reading it and using it, instead of urgently calling me for the address when you're in the taxi and I'm in class and unable to pick up the phone. Best idea: print it out 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. We do expect our guests to know and observe the house rules outlined in that document.
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 10 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.
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. Bronners), 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 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 main areas of 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
- catering, picnics, and lunches to-go
- beach kit
- camping gear
- rides (for shopping, etc)
- 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 and verifications.
QUESTIONS?: Ask away! Or ask for my complete Q&A.
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. -|- COMMON SENSE CARE. Care for the furniture, bedding, floors, appliances, etc., as if they were your own, through common sense, respectful usage. -|- QUIET HOURS. To ensure a good night's sleep to every guest and our neighbors, respect quiet hours (10 pm - 7 am) indoors and outdoors: voices and media low, close doors and cabinets gently, walk softly on stairs & wood floors, close sliding doors between the common areas if using living areas after 10. -|- REMOVE SHOES INDOORS. Barefoot, socks or slippers (provided) are okay, and ask your visitors to do the same. -|- WIPE BATHROOM COUNTERTOP (and toilet seat, if needed) 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 at BEDTIME to avoid damage to sheets. Supplies are provided in bathroom cabinets. -|- DISALLOWED. No smoking, illegal drugs, pets, chemical toxins, or incense-burning. Store perfumes/colognes in bathroom, not in guest room. -|- TIDY UP AFTER YOURSELF 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, even if someone else is present in the house. Do not loan out, copy, or hide keys. -|- VISITORS/GATHERINGS. I enjoy people enjoying the house. Feel free to invite one or two friends over for a meal. Just let me know by text, phone or Airbnb, in advance, that it's happening, so I'm not startled by strangers in the home. -|- 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 and her beautiful home were perfect remedy to our whirlwind stop, after 24hrs of flying.
We greeted with warmth and immediately shown how to make ourselves comfortable indoors or In the cozy garden. We appreciated the organic full choice for breakfast and the ability to prepare our own meals in the fully stocked kitchen.
Our first Airbnb experience was far beyond our expectations. We recommended Amy to friends that will be coming regularly, once we were in our room, and we will surely return rather than staying in a hotel. For UC Berkeley needs, it's the perfect location. Walk, bus or train is very easy.
The other guests were coincidentally also from oversees. All of us commented recommended and returning.
We wish Amy all the best and look forward to our return next. We will be bringing more family and friends.
Thank you very much for your warm hospitality
This place was perfect for what we needed, a cozy, quiet place to relax and sleep while staying in Berkeley for work. Very convenient location, comfortably furnished, sweet neighborhood with park across the street. Everything was really clean and comfortable and Amy was an excellent helpful and non invasive host :). Available breakfast option also was a plus plus. All organic and environmentally friendly. Highly recommend it!!
Very nice place. Clean and neat.
Located close to BART communication.
Amy was a very pleasant girl to deal with.
Recomend it to all travelling to this area.
Amy's Airbnb spaces were much more than my friends and I ever expected--the rooms were incredibly comfortable, clean, well decorated and overall beautiful. There was never any problem finding the house and we were really lucky that there a space left for parking next to the house. Amy is an organized, very welcoming and friendly host, I highly recommend her!
Karen, I'm so glad you and your friends loved my place -- thank you for the wonderful feedback. You and your friends were great! I was happy to offer you the carport space, since my housekeeper wasn't schedule that day. For future reference, when the carport space isn't available, it's never hard to find a street parking space in this neighborhood. You're welcome back anytime!
Together with my family, I stayed at Amy's house for the second time for another two nights, before flying back to Germany. Again we enjoyed it very much and really liked to stay longer. Her house is beautiful, large and tidy and she always takes care that it stays like this. The two bathrooms are also large and clean.
Something else that we loved is the breakfast that you can get. There is a huge variety of fixings (yoghurt, several kinds of cereals, coffee, tea, eggs, toast, jellies, many fruits :-) ...) and above all: everything is organic!
However, the most important thing is: Amy is a really great host! She is such a nice, friendly and helpful person. She is doing everything so that every guest just feels like being at home.
It was a really time great and the next time that I will be in Berkeley, I will definitely stay again in her house!
I loved seeing you and your family on your return trip, Christian. I'm so glad you enjoyed your California vacation and your stay at my Derby Creek Guesthouse. It was easy to be helpful & friendly to your family; you're all so pleasant and easy going. Come back anytime!
My son and I stayed in this room a Amy's B&B in Berkeley. It was a completely positive experience. Lovely pleasant room in a beautifully restored early-20th-century house. Very clean, very comfortable, had all the amenities we needed. Nice neighborhood, easy walk to the UC Berkeley Campus and the BART train. Amy was very helpful and friendly, but not overbearing at all. You couldn't ask for a better host. With my son starting at UCB in the fall, I will very likely return to this house again.
My family and I had a great experience here! The house and amenities made it truly feel like a second-home while "staycationing" around the Bay Area, and Amy's hospitality made an already inviting house even warmer. I'd definitely return again for my next Berkeley-retreat. :)
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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 enjoy science (from microbes to galaxies), animals (wild and tame), 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!