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. Please read my full listing, and confirm that the setup and house rules work for you. Full details below.
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).
- Your private room (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
We meet all of our guests for check-in, by advance appointment, on their first visit (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.
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 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. We do expect our guests to know and observe the house rules outlined in that document. 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.
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, Ubers are plentiful, and parking is expensive and hard to find.
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.
Bedding is goose down (unless you request alternatives), and there's a spare blanket or quilt for each bed.
Amy was a great host, the entire house was clean and the breakfast was with only healthy food.
The other roommates were good and the location is just perfect to go to UC Berkeley. I definitely recommended! Thank you!
The host, Amy, made me and my wife feel very welcome from the beginning. She is warm and a very nice person. The listing was just as described, even better to be honest. The nighborhood is really nice. This is definitely a place I will come back to if I need to come back to this area. The room was spotless, clean, and due to all the windows in the room, breathed fresh air for the entire day. The house is very nice and comfortable with all the amenities. The kitchen is beautiful. The breakfast is very wholesome with fruits, cereal, eggs, juice even pancake mix should any one want it. For one night, one of the guest proposed a dinner with all the other guests at that time, we had a fabulous time with people we just met. The house invites this kind of interaction if you want it, and it is also quite private if you want to be private. Overall, a great place!
Thank you for the wonderful review, Carlos. It was such a nice surprise that everyone attended the guest's dinner, and what a nice experience it was to gather people from all over the world at one table. You and your wife were fabulous guests, so considerate and sweet. I hope to host you again someday!
I really enjoyed staying at Amy's place - it's a pity I only had 2 days in Berkeley! It's a very well organised guest house/B&B in a quiet street but close to restaurants and shops and about 20 minutes' walk to the UC Berkeley campus. Amy provided plentiful yummy breakfast provisions and coffee and tea (and I was very grateful for the freshly brewed coffee on the morning of my very early departure, thanks!)
Amy is a wonderful host; a wealth of information. The room was just as beautiful as in the pictures and the house was quiet and in a peaceful neighborhood. Lots of amenities within walking distance, including a coffee shop just down the street. I would definitely be happy staying there again, and would recommend it to my friends.
I've been to a few Airbnb's. This one stands out because it feels like a Bed and Breakfast. The house is amazing and Amy complements it well. Also, if you like to meet other traveler this is the place. I've meet people from France, Japan and Holland in the week I was there.
I coordinated a stay for my mom while she was visiting the area because we don't have enough space in our apartment. Amy was very easy to coordinate with and a very pleasant host. Her home is beautiful and she really goes out of her way to provide for her guests. My mom really enjoyed her stay and commented on how quiet the place was at night even though there was a full house. The Bayshore room was gorgeous with great windows that let in a lot of light. Amy has a great system for the shared bathrooms with color coated towels. Over all this was a wonderful spot and I would recommend it to friends.
Thank you, Ariel. Your mom was a great guest. Glad she appreciated the quiet, the light, and the color-coordinated hand towels (towel color matches the room color, so you can easily distinguish yours from others'). Thank you for recommending my place! Your mom is welcome back anytime! :)
This was my first time using airbnb and I have to say I picked the right host, Amy was very welcoming for me and my kids, everything was perfect, I did feel at home. Will definitely stay here on our next visit.
She was very helpful and had tons of guides such as bus, BART, events, San Francisco, Berkeley, the list goes on.
Thank you Amy
It was a pleasure to host you and your very well mannered kids, Oscar. You were perfect Airbnb guests, so I'm very glad you found the Airbnb community and felt at home in mine. It's definitely a great way to travel with children, since you can use the kitchen and spread out in the living areas and enclosed yard. Come back anytime, Oscar!
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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!