About This Listing
The ROSE GARDEN ROOM is a lovely, floral themed room in our immaculately clean and beautifully decorated Craftsman home.
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.
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.
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
PLEASE USE THE ITINERARY/BOOKING CONFIRMATION: 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 invest time in preparing and maintaining it to make your life (and mine) easier. Please read, download, print, and take it with you on your trip 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 it outlines.
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 SFO 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 common areas of the house are 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.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT & SERVICES: Let us know in advance if you'd like to arrange laundry service, daily maid service, camping gear, baby gear, or bike rentals. With enough advance notice, we can sometimes arrange these supports for you for an additional fee.
NOT A PARTY HOUSE: If you're looking for a house where you can hold parties or stay awake and active through the night, this is not the place for you. 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 immediately asked to quiet down or leave. I really only want to rent rooms to people who respect the needs of their host and their fellow guests.
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 request 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.
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. -|- CHEMICAL FRAGRANCES. Please, please, please avoid using perfumes and colognes inside the home, as these persist in the linens and woods for days or weeks after you leave, and some visitors have allergies, chemical illness, or strong emotional repulsions to such products. -|- 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.
The host was wonderful and the cleaning staff as well. My space was gorgeous, safe, comfortable and with hot water. I loved the style of the home, the beautiful views from every window, the cleanliness and the other guests staying there were very respectful and quiet. Thanks Amy for making my stay in Berkeley so perfect. I so appreciate your welcoming me to your beautiful home.
You were a pleasure to host, Erin, and you're welcome back anytime. Thank you so much for the oh-so-sweet & complimentary note to my housekeeper, Theresa, and your generous tip for her. She thrives on positive feedback and, while she doesn't expect tips, with little ones at home, she definitely appreciates them. You are a bright light in the world.
The room and house were lovely, clean, and very comfortable. Amy was a very accommodating host. The neighborhood was beautiful and convenient to UC campus, downtown, and the Telegraph and Elmwood areas.
We had the best time staying in Berkeley this weekend. On arrival Amy warmly welcomed us and gave us a super helpful tour of the house. Everything we could possibly have needed was available. The Rose Garden room was absolutely beautiful, and the bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on. Amy's house was conveniently located to campus and restaurants, and we were able to find free parking on the street. The other guests were quiet and courteous and we enjoyed meeting other visitors. Amy is by far the most organized Airbnb host I have ever interacted with. She was super responsive and had great systems for everything! I would highly recommend staying here. We had a really lovely weekend.
Thank you, Hannah! You two were so sweet and easy to host. It's really delightful to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the comforts & setup here. You may want to bookmark my listing (click the little red heart) in case you need an interim place during your relocation to Berkeley. Best of luck with the transition!
The Rose Garden Room is gorgeous, as is the guesthouse in which it is located. The kitchen and dining room are well- and thoughtfully- stocked. If that's not enough, Amy is a great host.
This listing was perfect! Excellent neighborhood and the room was lovely.Beautiful home as well. Gorgeous decorations and renovated bathrooms and kitchen.
Definitely would love to return!
Amy is a wonderful host and I had a really pleasant stay at the Rose Garden Room. I found the house and the room to be even nicer than what was described in the listing. Everything is color coordinated and well organized and neat and clean. The kitchen is very well stocked and the breakfast was excellent.
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About the Host, Amy
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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