The BAYSHORE ROOM is one of 5 rooms in the gorgeously updated DERBY CREEK GUESTHOUSE. We operate our Airbnb like a real B&B and invest lots of energy in optimizing your comfort. See the other 5 rooms here: www.airbnb.com/s?host_id=240790
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 by a third guest (if you're on a budget and don't mind cramped quarters).
Families can add the the Angel Island Room to create a two-room suite, which 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).
Here is a link to the profile page where you can see all of the home's five bedrooms, its two-room suite, and the attached private apartment:
When you rent one of the five rooms at Derby Creek Guesthouse, you have access to:
- Your private room with locking door/key.
- Two clean and newly updated, shared bathrooms, with imported tiles, marble-top sink cabinet, a chromed clawfoot tub, walk-in showers, seating for parents with kids, and high quality stainless steel fixtures. There's drawer space for your things, shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, hand soap, extra TP, extra toiletries, a first-aid kit, and plenty of towel racks. None of the rooms have a private bathroom.
- The large, well-equipped kitchen where you can cook and store your food. The kitchen has a 6-burner chef's stove, high quality stainless steel appliances and fixtures, marble countertops, lots of cabinet space, sustainable marmoleum flooring. It has a breadmaker, blenders, waffle iron, 10-cup coffeepot and french press coffeemakers, loads of pots & pans, serveware, and everything else you need. We also supply cooking oils and spices, baking supplies (for pancakes, etc.), and condiments.
- The comfortable and beautifully furnished living room with antique Victorian sofas, cable TV, books, magazines, and games.
- The large dining room, with its long, antique table and newly refinished chairs, antique chandelier, nicely refinished hardwood floors, large windows, and well-stocked breakfast hutch.
- The front porch with its patio seating and ample windows to view the neighborhood
- The pretty garden with its teak outdoor seating and charcoal barbecue grill.
Only guests are lodged in the main house (my attached apartment is separate, with its own kitchen & bath), so you won't find our clutter anywhere.
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
IMPORTANT: Guests need to set a 10-minute check-in appointment, at least a week ahead, between 4 pm and 9 pm. For everyone's peace of mind, I meet and greet my guests at check-in for your first booking (but will arrange self check-ins thereafter). If you're not committed to being reliable about setting and keeping your check-in appointment (barring unexpected delays), please book another Airbnb. I can occasionally receive guests outside those hours, but please ask before booking.
At check-in, I'll show you where to find the things you'll need and the quirks of the house, deliver your keys, verify your ID, get a liability waiver signed, and answer your questions. I'm also happy to make restaurant, transit, and sightseeing recommendations.
I'm available by phone, email, or text if you need anything during your stay or if you have any questions or problems.
When we all have time, I enjoy getting to know travelers who are sociable, but to respect your privacy, I will go about my own business unless you reach out.
The house is located 1/2 mile south of University of California, Berkeley in the Elmwood neighborhood. This neighborhood is a quaint, walkable, safe, and quiet residential area, just a few hundred feet from the popular Telegraph Ave, College Ave, Claremont Ave shops and restaurants. The neighborhood is 1 mile from the center of downtown Berkeley and 10 miles from downtown San Francisco.
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
After you book, Airbnb will send you a booking confirmation. I will follow up with an email containing our House Manual, which tells you where to find things and other important info. It's advisable to print this document right away (some folks have trouble finding it later) and bring it with you so you can easily find the address, directions, and our contact information if you can't access your cell phone or the Airbnb website while you're traveling.
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 tidy up the common areas of the house during your stay.
For stays of a week or more, we will replace your linens and towels weekly, and dust and vacuum your room on those days.
Cleaning products are chemical-free and unscented (Seventh Generation and Dr. Bronners), so you'll smell only the fresh air.
PETS. The house is pet-free (for the sake of allergy-sufferers). But two cats live with me in my attached apartment. They do not enter the house, but two allergy-sufferers have said they could detect their presence in the kitchen, near the door between my apartment and the main house. Other allergy sufferers (there have been many in my 5 years of hosting) did not detect them at all. I've since installed an air filter on each side of the door and a barrier underneath the door (March 2015), and will post what feedback I get.
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 and a wheeled basket to get you there easily.
WHOLE HOUSE VACATION RENTALS: When the individual rooms are not already booked, you can rent the entire house for your family reunion or other group getaway.
OPTIONAL SERVICES: Whether you're renting the entire 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), and bike rentals.
NOT A PARTY HOUSE: Important: if your group is looking for a house where you can hold loud parties, this is not the place for you.
My calendar is always up-to-date.
APPROVING YOUR RESERVATION
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. Best approach: take a moment to complete your profile so you don't need to repeat this info with each host.
Ask away! Or ask for my complete Q&A.
SEE MY OTHER ROOMS HERE:
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.
| WASH YOUR 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. No on-site events, parties, or dinners involving non-registered guests without advance arrangement & permission of your host. Unless you arrange an event rental, your booking is for lodging only.
What a lovely room! What a lovely neighborhood! What a lovely host! If this were rated according to stars from 1 to 5, I could rate it a 6. Thank you Amy. The photo of the Bayshore room, although charming, isn't near as charming as the actual room. Picture windows on three sides of the room, wall-to-wall. Light, airy, very happy I chose this AirBnb.
The rooms were very clean and comfortable and the house was located in a pretty and quiet neighbourhood close to campus, which was really convenient.
This is a great place to stay in Berkeley, and I've stayed here several times. It's very clean, quite and a great location.
Amy is a wonderful host! This was one of the BEST Airbnb experiences I've had so far. Amy is extremely thoughtful and detail-oriented and she runs her Airbnb with care and love. Everything is very clean, the bed was very comfortable, good showers, great modern kitchen, and nice quality options for breakfast. Definitively, if you are planning to come to Berkeley, you should try to stay here! It's probably the best Airbnb in Berkeley!
This was my second stay at Amy's house. Like the first it was just great. You should stay here! Communication was excellent, the house is lovely, this room is bright and comfortable. The desk was perfect for getting some work done too.
I really enjoyed staying here. It had the best bits of a hotel and the best bits of living in someone's house. You have opportunities to be social and connect with the host and other guests but at the same time, you don't feel inhibited or lack freedom. The house is exceptionally clean and maintained. The quality of the fittings and decor are outstanding, so much so that I've been looking closely at the flooring to see if I can get something similar for my house.
If you avoid going Downtown, and use Rockbridge Bart, then the location is great. Good shops nearby, and just about a straight line all the way from the Bart.
The breakfast opportunities provided by the host Amy, are so varied, so high in quality, you know that in this guest house, guest experience is more valued than outright profit.
And finally, probably the best thing about this guest house, is the host, Amy. She is so caring, so efficient, and such good company with her easy conversational skills, you will just about fall in love with her. Like me.
I'm so touched by your generous review, Ash! Yes, to me, the "guest experience is more valued than outright profit." You've reported experiencing just what I aim to create for my guests. That's one of the intangible best things about Airbnb: the opportunity to give a fellow traveler even a small bit of something money can't buy -- comfort, delight, connection, security, warmth. I'm glad the convenience, the breakfast, and the home decor ideas were great, too. :)
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I truly enjoy sharing my comfy, warm, and welcoming home with good people from all over the world. I host guests in my 5 BR/2 BA guesthouse and its attached studio apartment near UC Berkeley, and I manage a friend's 2 BR Airbnb in West Berkeley.
I'm a writer, advocacy professional, and a public relations consultant growing green and socially responsible businesses and nonprofits. Presently, I'm taking time out from my career to study psychology at UC.
In my advocacy career, I've directed campaigns to protect wild forests and coastal areas, co-founded the Green Party USA, worked on a presidential campaign, helped build socially responsible businesses, and raised millions for environmental and social justice causes.
In my downtime, I live a quiet, low-key, healthy lifestyle, and relish the simple pleasures: music, the great outdoors, learning, and friendship. I'm a bit of a foodie, enjoying foods from all over the world, especially healthy, organic foods. I also really dig science (all kinds, from microbes to galaxies), animals (wild and tame), motorcycle-riding, outdoor adventures, philosophy (my undergrad major), and psychology.
I enjoy sharing my friends and interests with travelers who look forward to interacting with the locals. If you stay in my place, or host me in yours, you'll find me warm, friendly and helpful. But I'm entirely unobtrusive to those who prefer their privacy.
Since I'm entrusting you with my home & things, I need to know about you before accepting a booking. What I need to know: full legal name, current address, and place of employment. Taking a moment to complete your profile with this information will speed things up.
Thanks, and see you soon!
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