Private 1BR Apt on California St.

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Berkeley, CA 94703, United States

Quiet one-bedroom apartment with private garden patio, fully equipped, a few minutes walk to shops, buses and trains. Free parking, 24/7 free wifi, laser printer. Short ride to UC Berkeley. Perfect for scholar(s), couple, plus 1 or 2 kids.

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Quiet one-bedroom apartment with private garden patio, fully equipped, a few minutes walk to shops, buses and trains. Free parking, 24/7 free wifi, laser printer. Short ride to UC Berkeley. Perfect for scholar(s), couple, plus 1 or 2 kids.

The Space

Your Home Base on California Street

Private smoke-free one-bedroom apartment, fully furnished, just bring your suitcases. Private entrance, street level, full kitchen, dining area, living room, bath with tub and shower, bedroom with deluxe queen-size bed, secluded private patio.

Sleeps two very comfortably in the bedroom. Two more can sleep, quite comfortably, on the new full-size pull-out sofa-bed in the living room. In an emergency, a fifth can sleep on a supplied foam pad on the floor.

The dining area can easily seat four, or six without crowding too much. It has oak hardwood floors.

The kitchen has a Jenn-Air range-top gas grill, plus two gas burners and range hood. There's a breakfast nook for two. Also full size refrigerator/freezer, automatic dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, blender, toaster oven, all pots, pans, dishes, silverware, etc. If you need anything else, just ask. The flat is part of a duplex and I live next door.

The living room has a full-size desk with wireless Internet hookup, free 24/7.

There's a compact laser printer that plugs into your laptop with a supplied USB cable.

There's a new 32" LCD HD TV with full 1080p resolution that you could use as a monitor. There is Comcast Xfinity cable TV with HD channels and on-demand movies and music.

There's a CD/DVD/Bluetooth player with a selection of DVDs and CDs for you to sample.

There's a skylight and original signed artwork.

There's a Scrabble set, Monopoly, chess board, domino set and a deck of cards to play with. .

The main bed has 9-inch Tempurpedic memory foam mattress topped by a 2-inch cotton waffle pad for coolness. There's plenty of extra pillows and blankets for any season.

All bedding, linen, towels supplied. There's an iPad/iPhone compatible alarm clock, and reading lights for two. The bedroom also has an easy chair, a big dresser, and a walk-in closet, all on cushy wall-to-wall carpet. An additional closet for coats is in the hallway.

Need a baby crib? A Graco brand crib / playpen is folded up in the hall closet for you to set up and use, no extra charge. It can also be set up outdoors in the patio with the supplied cover.

The flat has its own dedicated hot-water heater. There's a laundry/dry cleaner in the village on the corner and a laundromat 5 mins away. Iron, ironing board and small sewing machine are supplied.

The garden patio is off the kitchen and completely private, yours alone. You can eat there or just unwind and smell the roses and the jasmine. (But no smoking!)

Parking is free. Except during the daytime on Saturdays when the Monterey Market crowd overflows its parking lot, there's usually plenty of parking on our street. Night parking is never a problem; most guests park right in front of the door. There's no meters, no time restrictions and you won't get a ticket.

You can safely park your bicycle in the enclosed patio. The street is a designated Bicycle Boulevard and you can bicycle from here all over town.

The neighborhood is quiet and lined with trees. It's away from the undergraduate campus madness. Here you find post-docs, staff, young families, retired people, a mixture of all kinds. At night the only sound you'll hear is the soft whistle of the occasional railroad train in the distance. You can snooze with the double-paned windows open if you like, and on a clear day the morning sun will shine on your pillows. Or you can roll down the double window covers and sleep in dark silence.

In your immediate vicinity you have:

The famous Monterey Market, like a Farmer's Market but much more, now open seven days a week. People drive from all over the Bay Area to shop there. Real estate within walking distance of this store costs a premium of $10,000 or more. It's your corner grocery.

The Espresso Roma coffee house. Indoor and outdoor seating, high-voltage coffee, inexpensive healthy breakfasts and lunches, relaxed atmosphere. It's across the street from the Monterey Market.

On the same corner you (email hidden) and deli with rotisserie chicken. Next to that is a wonderful store that roasts its own coffee beans and also has tea, spices, chocolates, cheeses, and much (email hidden) dedicated to sustainable fishery; a bakery with fresh bread and pastries every morning; a laundry, liquor store, beauty parlor, flower shop, and the Berkeley Horticultural Nursery – an exquisite botanical garden practically at your front door; don't miss it.

Two restaurants complete this little village on your corner: Lily's Chinese, inexpensive but good, no MSG. Gioia Pizzeria, thin crust, by the slice or the pie, very popular.

Also on the corner: a local bus that takes you to downtown Berkeley, and an express bus to San Francisco. A bus that circles the UC Berkeley campus is a six-minute walk away; you can be at the nearest edge of campus in 15 minutes by bus, 25 minutes on foot.

A five-minute walk takes you to M.L. King Park, which has a playground for kids and another one for toddlers, plus a quarter-mile track, soccer field, four public tennis courts, and a public swimming pool that opens at 6:30 a.m. A baseball field and basketball courts adjoin the park. Next to the park is the famous Edible Schoolyard garden, sponsored by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.

In a wider radius you have:

The North Berkeley BART station is a twelve-minute walk. I've walked it many times. From there it's a 25-minute commuter train ride to downtown San Francisco, or 13 minutes to downtown Oakland.

The world-famous Chez Panisse restaurant, birthplace of California Cuisine, is a 16-minute walk. Across the street from this foodie Mecca is the Cheeseboard Pizza, a worker-owned collective that serves vegetarian pizza and live jazz six days a week to long lines of hungry devotees. These establishments, together with the original Peet's Coffee and Saul's Jewish restaurant and deli, form the heart of the “Gourmet Ghetto,” a cluster of restaurants, shops, and markets ranging from very cheap to very pricey.

From there you could amble north a block to Live Oak Park, a shady oasis popular with little ones and their parents, and a site for arts and crafts fairs.

Or you could stroll south along busy Shattuck Avenue and in a few minutes you'll be in downtown Berkeley with its movie theatres and still more shops and restaurants. Stride uphill from there and you hit the UC Berkeley campus, the colorful Telegraph Avenue strip with its street vendors and characters, and all the surrounding attractions too numerous to list here.

In the other direction from your California Street home base, a pleasant 18-minute walk over a gentle hill gets you to the more sedate Solano Avenue shopping strip. Among dozens of restaurants here, Zachary's Chicago Pizza is an experience not to be missed, if you love deep dish pizza. Noah's Bagels also has a big fan base.

A seven-minute drive from home puts you into the Berkeley Rose Garden, with great postcard views of the Bay as backdrop to the flowers, and a favorite wedding spot. A few more minutes by car leads you to Tilden Park, with the beloved Little Farm where kids can get close to farm animals [oops! Little Farm is closed for construction until April 2014], and a carousel, plus picnicking and miles of woodsy hiking.

The shore of San Francisco Bay is a ten-minute drive from home westward to Cesar Chavez Park, a verdant paradise built over the former city dump (but you'd never know it). From this lovely bird-rich oasis you have sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Mount Tamalpais, and more. Bring your camera; sunsets can be spectacular if the clouds are right. The Berkeley municipal fishing pier and a place to rent kayaks, sailboards and small sailboats, or to take a dinner cruise, are nearby.

Need I mention the many splendors of Northern California beyond the neighborhood? San Francisco, Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore, the Napa Valley wine region, Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur, the Gold Rush country, Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe, Reno Nevada ... all are within range of your home base on California Street.

Other points:

No smoking. Anything. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property indoors or out. Smoking is not permitted on the patio. Smoking is permitted on the street. Please, no scented candles or incense.

Families are welcome. There are five steps with a handrail between the flat and the street. Kids are welcome but the apartment is not child-proofed, so you need to keep an eye on the little ones.

Guest Access

The apartment is completely private with its own private entrance. Nothing is shared with anyone.

Interaction with Guests

My wife and I live next door and I am almost always available for questions, consultations, problems. Apart from that, I leave guests alone.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $899 /week
Monthly Price: $2999 /month
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The apartment is very central located close to many wonderful shops restaurants and walks through Berkeley.
    Martin was always available for any help or advice we needed.
    The apartment was quiet and had everything we could possibly need to help us enjoy our stay.
    Martin supplied clean linen every week plus any other cleaning supplies necessary. The apartment was spotlessly clean and we enjoyed the fresh flowers put out to welcome us on arrival.

    July 2014
  • The apartment was clean and extremely well equipped (best rental kitchen ever). Our teen and pre-teen had no trouble sharing the comfortable fold out couch. Martin provided plenty of information about the neighborhood and the apartment. The location was perfect for us and finally we had the freedoom to visit my family but have our own space. Martin has the hosting thing down, and I would reccomend this thoughtfully put together apartment to anyone visiting Berkeley.

    May 2014
  • Martin's place in North Berkeley is wonderful and he is the perfect host. We literally hit the ground running, as we arrived to drop off our suitcases and head directly to UC Berkeley for my daughter's graduation. Martin met us, gave us the quick tour of the apartment and went the extra mile to help us meet our tight schedule due to various travel times of family members. The rest of the 5-day stay was completely relaxing. Immediately after graduation, our family came back to the apartment, a few of us went to pick up some beautifully fresh veggies for salad, as well as bread and (email hidden) half a block away and settled on the patio for the remainder of the afternoon. It was the perfect, easy and casual setting for a family gathering, with inviting ambiance, art and special touches, thanks to Martin's attention to every imaginable detail, from kitchen ware to bird-of-paradise flowers in the vase to lights on the patio for evening. Cafe Roma coffee shop a block away became my reason to head out eagerly early in the morning...great coffee and food at very reasonable prices with a patio and inviting local gem that's really one more reason to stay at Martin's. After lots of walking and BART riding, which was convenient for anywhere in Berkeley and to San Franciso, and various graduation activities, one evening we just walked around the corner to Lilly's chinese restaurant, had a nice dinner, walked back "home," which Martin's place had become, and had coffee and dessert and family chats. A couple of days I even did a bit of work at the comfortable desk, and the printer Martin provided was extremely convenient for printing directions and my boarding pass. The bedroom is lovely, with a comfortable bed and bougainvilla blooming on a trellis outside the window. I would have loved to stay much longer. Everyone who stopped by, family and friends, said,"How did you find this lovely place? Next time I come to Berkeley, I'm going to see if I can stay here." Only if I don't book it first for my next visit !

    May 2014
  • I am so glad we decided to stay at this charming house during our visit to Berkeley . The manual provided for the house is extremely detailed and useful. The tips about food shopping in the area were MUCH appreciated. The house was perfectly clean, nicely decorated, well organized, convenient to AMAZING food shopping, BART and in our case, our friends. We had a fabulous time preparing good meals for our local friends and entertaining them in this lovely space. As one of our friends said " You lucked into a perfect Berkeley experience" . The host is a really nice and thoughtful guy. I would definitely come back here.

    August 2013
  • Martin was an excellent host and we loved the apartment. Next time we are in Berkeley, we hope we are lucky enough to stay there again!

    August 2013
  • The California St. apartment was all that I expected it to be. It was clean, comfy, convenient, and, most importantly, felt safe. Martin was an excellent host and was genuinely interested in doing what he could to make my stay pleasant and memorable. He made recommendations for dinner (Skates by the Bay had delicious food, wonderful service, and a stunning view!), and recommendations for exploring the area (Point Reyes is spectacularly beautiful!). I highly recommend a (email hidden)r anyone who is looking for accommodations in Berkeley.

    July 2013
  • We loved this cozy, clean, comfortable, bright home-away-from-home, perfect for us (my husband and myself--both over 55) while we visited family in the area. Already when hunting for a place to stay, we had been captivated by the photos that Martin has posted on the Airbnb website. The real thing was just as we expected—and more! And that can be said about Martin as well. His Airbnb listing reflects his enthusiasm for the apartment/flat, his neighborhood, and the SF Bay area. His confirmation of our July stay was organized and welcoming. And this is how he is in person and how the flat is as well. He has clearly put a lot of thought into his guests’ (website hidden) seems he's thought of everything. We especially appreciated:

    the peace and quiet; the bed–just enough firmness for our sensitive backs; the dispensers filled with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash on the windowsill above the bathtub/shower; the snowy white towels; the WiFi’s good connection; the large glass-topped desk, which enabled us to work side by side on our laptops (next to the printer Martin has installed for guests); the comfortable new couch; fresh flowers; Martin’s framed photographs of the bay area.

    Martin’s welcoming user-friendly “Manual” (a 3-ring binder of about 20 pages) details things you need to know about the flat, room by room, including instructions for the TV, cable, and Wifi. It’s also a guide to the stores and cafes only a block away and to nearby public transportation, including the BART.

    We very much enjoyed our stay and meeting Martin, whose very interesting life is described on his website, accessible to guests. We join with others’ positive reviews--5 stars for the apartment and for Martin. We highly recommend this wonderful Airbnb experience!

    July 2013
  • The apartment was wonderful and served our needs perfectly. The quiet North Berkeley location was superb (email hidden), TERRIFIC coffee house and restaurants just down the block. The one-bedroom apartment was plenty large for our family of four. Our tall teenagers enjoyed good nights sleep on Martin's brand new sofa-bed.

    Martin was an exceptional host and provided us with lots of useful and interesting information about the area. He responded to all of our questions and needs in a very timely and very pleasant fashion.

    We would LOVE to go back and stay here again. Thank you, Martin!

    The Sveens

    July 2013
  • I spent five days at Martin's lovely apartment and could not have been happier. Martin is an attentive host, helpful and cordial without being the least bit intrusive. The apartment is beautifully furnished, with many amenities, including a fully-stocked kitchen. I cooked most of my meals there and only had to supplement food items; most other needed items were already in place. The bed was quite comfortable and the bedroom was very quiet -- actually silent -- at night, which suited me well since I'm a light sleeper -- I slept like a log during my stay. The apartment is located one block (email hidden) with unbelievable varieties of produce (3 aisles of melons alone!) and many shelf items, as well as a great cafe and other shops (butcher, bakery, liquor store, Chinese restaurant) that I didn't have the chance to try but which looked charming. There were hordes of cable channels to watch on the flat-screen tv, including several premium stations that allowed me to catch up on some of the series I had missed, having cancelled some own my own cable channels last year. The central Berkeley location made it easy to get around town and in/out to San Francisco, etc. I'm so glad to have found Martin's apartment and look forward to returning in the future. Stay - you will be glad you did!

    June 2013
  • Liaising with Martin is a breeze. He give us very detailed information on the apartment as well as the location. Travelling to SF main city is convenient too. The BART system is within walking distance and walking through the estate at night feels safe too. The apartment is clean and cozy, very comfortable for the three of us. Overall, a very good experience!

    June 2013
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Wesleyan / Brandeis / Boalt
Semi-retired lawyer
You can talk with me in English, German, or French; and I also manage to connect, with a bit of struggle, in Spanish. Ich spreche Deutsch. On parle français. Se habla un poco de espagnol. This listing went online on April 3, 2011.
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