Welcome to the comfy guest bedroom in my cozy, modest 2-bedroom duplex in North Berkeley - a quiet, safe neighborhood. Just 5 blocks from the North Berkeley BART station, it's a great location from which to explore Berkeley and the greater bay area!
My guest bedroom is approximately 10' x 12', with hardwood floors and a very comfortable pillow-top, full-size (double) bed with flannel sheets, a down blanket, and cozy, hand-knit throw. (Other natural-fiber blankets are available during summer and for people with feather allergies upon request.) Area rugs and a radiator-style heater help make it cozy, and there's a fan for warm weather.
The room has a large table for study/work, and a bedside lamp. Upon arrival your sheets and towels will (of course!) be freshly laundered, the guest room will be aired, and I will greet you with a smile!
You are welcome to use my compact kitchen for light cooking during your stay. It has a new gas stove, a brand new large toaster/convection oven, large frig and full-size dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, pots and pans, and most kitchen tools. I have a men's bicycle (just tuned up) and lock which are available for my guests to use with a refundable deposit of $125.
In addition to the guest bedroom and the kitchen, guests have access to the bathroom, the living room and dining area. Except for the guest bedroom, all areas are shared with me and the kitty. My boyfriend and I just got a German Shepherd mix puppy. She doesn't live here, but she visits in the evenings.
Interaction with guests
I interact with guests as much as they want to, assuming our schedules overlap. I usually see people in the morning and/or evening, unless they are up and out quite early or return home quite late.
Other things to note
I grew up down the street, attended Berkeley schools, Berkeley High, and U.C Berkeley (Cal), and am very familiar with the local sights, attractions, and restaurants. Additionally, I have over 15 years of experience hosting international students through a local language school. Over the years, more than 25 students have happily spent from 1 week to 3 months in my home, and I have become good at communicating with people who don't speak a lot of English.
Cat-lovers especially welcome! My kitty is adorable but shy. The guest room door is always kept closed, so even those with mild cat allergies can be comfortable here.
Please remove your shoes at the door. There is an area inside the front door where you can store your shoes.
The cat is indoor only, so please keep her inside! Do not hold the doors open any longer than necessary to enter and exit. When entering, look for the cat and make sure to close door promptly and completely behind you. When leaving, always look around for the cat before opening the door, and close door promptly and completely behind you.
This is a smoke-free home, so please smoke outdoors only, and at least 20 feet away from doors and windows.
You are welcome to use the kitchen for light cooking during your stay, but I ask that you please clean up after yourself!
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
I'm very friendly, outgoing and creative, and I enjoy helping my guests see and do the things they want to while they are visiting the bay area. I've lived in Berkeley since I was 2 years old and grew up down the street from where I currently live. I attended Berkeley public schools, Berkeley High, and Cal, and am very familiar with the local sights, attractions, and restaurants.
Additionally, I have over 15 years of experience hosting international students through a local language school. Many guests have happily spent from 1 week to 3 months in my home, and I have become very good at communicating with people who don't speak much English.
I'm an avid reader of historical fiction and historical mysteries, a cat and dog lover, and a Berkeley foodie. Tell me what kind of food you want to eat and I can likely tell you where to go! I'm also a frequent walker, so I'm happy to share my favorite local walks and hikes.
I look forward to meeting you when you come stay with me!