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.
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 have a meat market 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 else; a fish market 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.
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.
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.
No smoking tobacco or anything else. Not even on the patio. You may smoke out on the street.
No loud parties. This is a quiet residential neighborhood.
The extra-person charge ($20 per night for more than two) applies to persons age 14 or over. Younger ones stay free.
No cats. Dogs by prearrangement with a $200 cleaning fee.
My parents stayed in Martin's place when they visited town and had a wonderful time.
The apartment is exactly as described on its listing and Martin left very detailed instructions and explanations and was always available for any questions.
The location is great, the apartment is exceptionally quiet and private and it is very well equipped with anything you might need or want.
We highly recommend Martin's apartment to anyone who is coming to Berkeley.
We stayed two month in Martin's apartment and enjoyed it every day. All descriptions were hundred per cent correct and Martin is a wonderful host, helping newcomers with tipps and fixing anything which needs repair. We only can recommend Martin and his nice place to everyone who wants to spend time in Northern Berkeley.
After having a little bit of difficulty finding the apartment entrance door and gaining access, we ultimately had a lovely stay. The apartment was neat and clean, with a comfortable bed, and had everything we needed for a wonderful visit in Berkeley. The apartment was a 10-minute walk to BART, so affordable transportation was available to downtown Berkeley, the airport, or San Francisco. There was a wonderful market and coffee shop about a block away, and the "Gourmet Ghetto" was walking distance, with many wonderful restaurants, including Chez Panisse. Martin provided a very detailed binder filled with information on-site, which we found very helpful.
Martin's place is cozy and fully equipped. The location is perfect with a market within 5 minutes' walk. Martin is very thoughtful and we were given full privacy. Check in and check out was very convenient. In a word, it was a very pleasant stay.
We had a very pleasant stay at this lovely apartment over the Christmas holiday. Martin even provided a tiny Christmas tree in keeping with the holiday spirit. Anything you could possibly need is supplied in this conveniently located home-away-from-home. We plan to return the next time we need accomodations.
This was the most delightful Airbnb we have ever stayed in. It is a lovely neighborhood, close to a great produce market and the Bart, and safe for walking at night. The accommodations are excellent; Martin has thought of everything a guest could need.
This was my second stay here, so that says a lot already. Please see my review from 2 years ago. And in the interim 2 years, Martin made refinements. So I had very good stay again. Top notch.
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.