About this listing
The ROSE GARDEN ROOM is a lovely, floral themed room in our immaculately clean and beautifully decorated Craftsman home. Please confirm that you have read the entire listing, and that the setup and house rules work for you, when you request to book.
The Rose Garden Room is 13 ft x 10 ft (130 square feet). It is furnished with a gorgeous and comfortable queen-sized bed (sleeps 2), an antique Victorian reading chair, a Queen Anne desk, an antique wooden dresser, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and extra blankets for cool nights.
Named and decorated for the Berkeley Rose Gardens, its floral decor and antique furnishings are soothingly reminiscent of Grandma's house.
- 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
For the comfort and security of all of our guests, we meet all of our guests for check-in, by advance appointment, on their first visit. With a week's notice, we can usually arrange your check-in anytime 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.
BUS STOP: An AC Transit bus stop is just a short, 2-3 minute walk 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). But 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. We're not responsible for securing or managing your parking or for guest's parking tickets.
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.
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.
Amy has a lovely, beautifully decorated home with guest rooms that were exactly as pictured and a beautiful, large, fully equipped kitchen and two large bathrooms. And for me the option of a firm bed mattress was a huge plus. (for those who prefer softer mattresses, Amy has a bed topper on the beds)
Amy was a very caring and attentive host who went out of her way to help me carry my bags up and down the stairs as well as to print out my eticket.
Incredible place! Clean, friendly host, nice breakfast, and lovely neighborhood. Highly recommend. Amy was a kind and fast communicator. Zero complaints on our stay.
Amy's pictures on airbnb show a lovely & welcoming home, and in person her home is even better than those pictures. The bed in our room was the most comfortable of the several airbnb experiences we had on our recent vacation, and the common spaces were large, airy, bright, comfortable and inviting. Everything - bathrooms, bedroom, common areas - was just immaculate. At the end of a long day sightseeing around Berkeley, we would look forward to a quiet evening of reading in the front sitting room. After a great night's sleep, we would also look forward to breakfast in the dining room. The home's location is just a couple of blocks away from the upscale restaurants and shopping in Elmwood and also a couple of blocks away from UC Berkeley. After staying in the Rose Garden Room it's hard to imagine staying anywhere else in Berkeley. It was a real pleasure meeting and talking with Amy, and her residence is truly a Home Away From Home.
Amy has a great home to spend a couple of days in Berkeley. She goes above and beyond - a very comfy bed & room, an amazing, well-stocked kitchen, beautiful bathrooms, wonderful dining and living rooms. Her home has multiple bedrooms for rent, giving it a boarding house feel. We didn't spend time with the other guests, but would have had a nice social area to enjoy downstairs.
Our host, Amy responded to our texts and emails quickly. She was right on time to "check us in" with a tour and directions. There is quiet time, and rules for living well with the other guests, which we were happy to have in place for our rest and comfort.
We will use her Airbnb again if we are in Berkeley, and definitely recommend her to fellow travelers.
Thank you, Bill! You two were wonderful guests and I appreciate your comment about the (always) on-time check-in. Checking my guests in on time is an unbreakable rule for me, like the post office's unofficial motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." ;-) I'm pleased that the house sharing rules made good sense to you and that you mention appreciating them, so prospective guests can see that they're reasonable and helpful. I hope to see you again!
Amy was fantastic and welcoming. The neighborhood, Elmwood, is incredibly charming, filled with lush greenery and flowers and lots of fantastic boutiques/restaurants a few blocks away. The place itself was beautifully decorated, quiet, and homey feeling. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat.
Thank you, Raphaella! It was nice to meet you and host you. I'm so glad you loved the neighborhood. I'm quoting one of your private comments, here, since this is something travelers like to know: "The shower water pressure was great." ;-) Thank you, and I hope to see you again someday!
My stay in Berkeley was truly the most welcoming and relaxing of any place I've stayed! While the phrase "a home away from home" is almost definitely cliche for such a description, I fail to conjure any other way of describing it. The sense of peace waking up refreshed in the morning and heading down to chat with Amy and the other guests over breakfast is one that I already miss. I could go on for length about the enchanting house and decor, the awesome front porch, or the great care and attention to detail throughout the house, but I will spare those paragraphs from my review and simply stay this. I look forward to the day that I can find an excuse to head back to Berkeley and have another few nights of bliss at this wonderful place with an amazing host!
We were welcomed warmly, enjoyed our room and Amy's lovely home and the location was superb.
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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!