The BAYSHORE ROOM (21 ft x 10 ft) is a private, locking room in Derby Creek Guesthouse near UC Berkeley. It is a bright, airy, tranquil upstairs room with wrap-around windows that overlook the neighborhood. Furnished with a comfy queen sized bed (sleeps 2), high quality cotton and down bedding, a teak desk and chair, cabinet and drawer space for clothes, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and extra blankets for cool nights.
You'll share the house with other Airbnb travelers and your host. Since there's no daily maid service, and your hosts work outside the home, guests clean up after themselves in common areas (kitchen, bathrooms, living rooms, etc). Professional housekeepers visit twice weekly. Since common sense consideration and sleeping hours can vary by culture, generation, and other factors, we ask that you read the house rules and quiet hours before booking, so you know what to expect. Your accommodations are prepared by a professional Airbnb Superhost with a consistent 5-star rating for more than six years. My reviews show my devotion to creating a seamless, comfortable, and hassle-free visit for you. The photos are an accurate representation of the rooms, and they are kept as clean and organized as pictured, so you don't have to worry about any unpleasant surprises.
Guests share a spacious, clean, green/non-toxic, organized, and beautifully decorated house, with two large, clean bathrooms, and a well-stocked chef's kitchen. Kitchen access hours are [6 am - 11 am] and [5 pm - 10 pm]. As long as you treat our equipment, cookware, floors, and surfaces with care, and tidy up after yourself completely, you're welcome to use the kitchen for light meals (no all-day cooking extravaganzas or deep frying, please). The Bayshore Room is allotted one small fridge shelf and one small pantry shelf. If you need to bring more food than that, we can lend you a cooler and ice packs. It's wise to check-in and assess the available space before shopping. There's no on site laundry access, but we supply a wheeled cart and laundry bag, which you can take to the coin operated laundromat just one block away.
Interaction with guests
For everyone's comfort, safety, and peace of mind, we meet new guests for check-in, by appointment, on their first visit. Check-in takes just 5 or 10 mins. Returning guests don't need to meet the host for check-in. When we're home, we use the kitchen and living areas alongside guests. We enjoy meeting guests when our paths cross, but we respect your privacy and autonomy, and you're not expected to socialize.
Other things to note
ETIQUETTE: IT'S A HOME, NOT A HOTEL A shared Airbnb is your host's home (not a hotel), so please respect it as such. Our guests tidy up after themselves; respect quiet hours; don't steal, borrow, or handle household items roughly; let us know if they've damaged or lost something; and treat their host, other guests, and neighbors considerately. Let's follow the neighborly principle of reciprocity: if you seek a discount or other special accommodation, offer a trade or a helping hand in return. WE EMBRACE DIVERSITY. People of all ethnicities, nationalities, religious or non-religious affiliation, gender identity, and sexual orientation are welcome and appreciated here. Due to the many stairs, we may not be able to accommodate certain physical disabilities. Due to pet allergies, we cannot accept service animals. BOOKING CONFIRMATION Airbnb will email you a Booking Confirmation and House Manual the day you book. It includes the address, host contact info, wi-fi password, and other important info. Please review it, print it, bring it along with you, and consult it. SAFETY: Guests are kept safe with fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, a First Aid kit, and lock & key rooms. BABY GEAR is available so parents don't have to schlep it onto the plane. CLEAN AND GREEN: The house is professionally cleaned, and all bedding laundered between guests, using organic, fragrance-free cleaning supplies. Green living supports are provided: recycling, composting, chemical-free bath products, etc. Recycling, composting, and energy conservation are expected. PETS. No pets allowed, including support animals. NOT A PARTY or NIGHT OWL HOUSE: I consider a good nights' sleep a sacred commitment to my guests. If you tend to be a night owl, or suffer jet lag routinely when you travel, please choose another Airbnb, since even ordinary activities of living are too disruptive in a shared home in the middle of the night. QUESTIONS?: Ask away!
CHECK-IN is by appointment, between 4 pm and 9 pm. Contact me at least a week before your arrival to schedule it. -|- COMMUNICATION. Use the Airbnb website's messaging feature, download the app, or establish cell phone contact, and respond to communications about check-in/out. -|- COMMON SENSE CARE. Care for my things as if they were your friend's, through common sense, respectful usage. -|- QUIET HOURS 10 pm - 7 am: Bedroom doors closed (gently), voices low, close doors and cabinets gently (don't slam), walk softly on stairs & wood floors, turn alarm off immediately when you wake. -|- NO FOOD IN BEDROOMS. Store food in kitchen to prevent pests. -|- KITCHEN. Wash your own dishes & cookware, wipe/sweep your spills, put away food. Respect kitchen hours. Check in and assess available space before buying groceries. |- REMOVE SHOES INDOORS. Ask your visitors to do the same. -|- HANG DAMP TOWELS ON PROVIDED METAL BARS/HOOKS in your room, not on wood or upholstered furniture. -|- USE COASTERS or placemats underneath drinking glasses on wood surfaces. -|- PREPARE at BEDTIME to avoid damage to sheets (feminine, bedwetting, first aid supplies provided in bathroom & hallway cabinets). -|- DISALLOWED. No smoking, illegal drugs, pets, chemical toxins, hair dye/bleach, bleach, scented candles, or incense-burning. -|- TIDY UP AFTER YOURSELF immediately in the common areas. -|- 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, abscond with, or hide keys. -|- DO NOT REMOVE MY POSSESSIONS from the home, not even just to "borrow" them, loan them, or use them for an outing. We inspect and inventory everything between guests, including pillows, so take care if you've brought your own pillow that you pack yours and not ours on checkout day. -|- VISITORS/GATHERINGS. No events/parties, and no more than one visitor without advance arrangement & permission of your host. Overnight visitors require advance booking/payment. MAILING/SHIPPING/MOVING. Do not use our address for your drivers license, shipments, mail, bank accounts, etc. We cannot manage your mail and packages. There are easily accessible public and private drop boxes, post office boxes, and general delivery in Berkeley (just ask). If relocating to Berkeley, you will not be able to store your belongings here. Guests are allowed 3 suitcases each. -|- END
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I'm both a host and a traveler on Airbnb.
I'm a writer and environmental & social justice 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 operate my Airbnb very much like a traditional Bed & Breakfast, but a bit more self-serve to keep prices affordable. 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. I'm committed to creating a shared living space where people of any age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and can feel safe, respected, and completely at home.
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!