About This Listing
The BAYSHORE ROOM is a bright, airy room with 3/4 surround windows, a queen bed, a teak desk/chair, and a closet with a toddler chair-bed.
The BAYSHORE ROOM (21 ft x 10 ft, 210 square feet) is a bright, airy sun room with wrap-around windows. Click the +MORE link below for full info.
It is furnished with a comfortable queen sized bed (sleeps 2), a high quality teak desk and chair, a dresser for clothes, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and extra blankets for cool nights.
There is a futon chair stored in the closet which can be taken out and used for a child (but not for an adult). If you need space for three adults, or a separate room for a child, you can add the the Angel Island Room to create a two-room suite (listed as The Bayshore Suite). The Angel Island Room and Bayshore Suite share a common hallway and can be separated from the rest of the house by closing the hallway door. The hallway door remains open when the rooms are rented separately.
We provide plush towels, spare toiletries, free wi-fi, nationwide phone calling, organic breakfast supplies, and full house privileges (kitchen access, comfy living room, wrap-around deck, pretty backyard).
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.
This neighborhood is superbly located! UC Berkeley is 1/2 mile North - get there by car in 5 minutes, by bus in 8 minutes, or walking in 20 minutes.
Restaurants, shops, and services are right around the corner - just a few minutes' walk.
It also has excellent public transportation: an AC Transit bus stop is just 450 feet from the front door (a one minute walk). There are plentiful Zipcars in the area, and you can easily get a ride from a taxi or Lyft (private resident's cars). A rapid transit station (BART) is 1 mile from the house, and the bus gets you there in 10 minutes.
Walk to downtown Berkeley in 20 minutes, or get there by bus in 10 minutes. Drive or take BART to downtown San Francisco in 20-30 minutes.
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 you plan 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.
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. -|- 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, respect quiet hours (10 pm - 7 am): 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.
Bedding is goose down (unless you request alternatives), and there's a spare blanket or quilt for each bed.
Once again Amy made us feel very welcome! She has everything so well organized. The entire house was sparkling clean!
This was by far our favorite Airbnb experience. The house was beautiful, and the neighborhood was lovely as well with the campus, public transportation, restaurants and shops within walking distance. Amy was a wonderful hostess, providing us with all the information and amenities we needed along with some sparkling conversation. The guest home format gave us the opportunity to meet some very interesting fellow travelers we never would have had the chance to meet otherwise. The shared bathrooms situation was never a problem for us. The breakfast supplies were all organic and saved us from having to eat out in the morning without getting caffeinated beforehand. Older guests should be aware that all the guest rooms are up a flight of stairs. I loved the whole experience and can think of nothing I would change.
Amy is a great host who has been very flexible in terms of booking schedule. The house and the rooms are all super clean and cozy. Decent internet (6.23Mb/s download and 11.19Mb/s upload according to (website hidden)). 5-min walk to Telegraph Ave and 10-min to UC Berkeley. Highly recommended.
Ha! I didn't know about the internet connection speed test site, but now I can add the internet speed to my listings. How cool is that?! I just ran a test, and it's showing 11.27 Mbps download and 12.39 Mbps upload speed, so it must vary by where you are in the house relative to the router and booster, and the usage load at the time. It's noon, now, when the house is mostly empty, and I'm testing from the first floor (the router is in the attic, and the signal booster is on the second floor). LOVE learning new tricks! :-)
This was my first experience with airbnb and it was so good that it has set a very high bar for all that follow! Amy was warm and welcoming and thinks of every detail to ensure that her guests are supremely comfortable. I loved the cleanliness and freshness of the house and rooms--no funny smells, mustiness, or remains of past guests. She made me feel like family, in the best possible way. It's also wonderful to be able to make one's own breakfast and have use of the kitchen for other meals, too. I found everything well-stocked and clearly explained.
The bed was super comfortable and when I asked about non-down bedding for a future stay (by another guest who is allergic), Amy indicated that would be provided! I also like that she provided me with transportation tips and was available and patient with all my questions.
I was concerned about sharing a bathroom, but her guests were so carefully selected and instructed that no problems arose at all. Guests were considerate of one another and I attribute that to the wonderful environment Amy has created.
Would I return? In a heartbeat!
Everything about our experience was incredible. We got a personal tour upon arrival, the hostess was extremely hospitable, and the house was incredible! The neighborhood was quite, and we were able to enjoy sitting outside while there. I would absolutely stay here again, and would recommend to anyone! Thank you Amy!
This was a lovely place to stay close to Berkeley and lots of different restaurants and shops. The neighborhood was very quiet at night. The room was comfortable and clean and the bathroom was very luxurious. The common areas were great and having access to a kitchen and breakfast items was really convenient. A little far from BART stops but close to buses and that isn't a huge deal if you are staying within the Berkeley area most of the time. Would recommend.
THANK YOU for the lovely review, Catalina. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! BART DETAILS: Downtown Berkeley BART is exactly one mile from the house, walkable in 20-30 mins (depending on your pace), through lovely, walkable neighborhoods. A bus stops one block from the house, which can get you there in 10 mins. By car, it's 5-10 mins, depending on traffic.
Listing accurate, exceeded expectations; Amy warm, wonderful, smart host, also exceeded expectations! Best first time AirBnB experience a parent traveling with her two kids could hope for! Wouldn't hesitate to stay again and recommend highly.
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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!