About this listing
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 Away from Home 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. Need to print your boarding passes? No problem.
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.
Bonus: Electric vehicle charger, Level 2, in our driveway. Free to you.
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, 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. Devices to child-proof the outlets and cabinets are available for your use, but always 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.
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 30 nights.
We had a great 4 days at Martin's place. The location is perfect, right by the Monterey Market, where the most delicious fruit ever can be found. The house was equipped with everything we needed. We left at the crack of dawn to avoid the traffic back home so didn't get a chance to say good bye. Thanks Martin!
Martin was a most gracious host. The facility was immaculate and had all the amenities of a boutique hotel!
It was conveintly located and was a short walk to a wonderful fruit and vegetable market ( Monterey Market), as well as a meat and fish market. Whole Foods was also within walking distance as were coffee shops and restaurants.
A beautiful apartment with a charming patio. The apartment has everything you could need for a temporary stay. Three of us were very comfortable. Martin was a great host and was available if we needed anything but gave us complete privacy. . The neighborhood is just classic Berkeley with a terrific organic market and excellent coffee shop less than a block away. I would definitely recommend it!
Martin's place was very cozy and great location. We loved the fresh fruits from the market which was just a minute away. He and his wife were friendly and helpful when we asked for suggestions but not intrusive at all. They were thoughtful for my 1.5 year old son and set up a booster seat and Pack 'n Play. My son enjoyed the books and toys he had in the room! We certainly recommend the place.
We thought this place was nicer than the listing indicated. We were delighted to find that it was a separate, detached little house, not, in our opinion, an apartment. It's in a very quiet neighborhood with easy parking. It's quite large for a one bedroom apartment and there is plenty of closet space. The location is great - a one minute walk to a big fruit and veggie market, a bakery, a cafe, a Chinese restaurant we never tried, a meat and fish market, and more. It's also an easy walk to the North Berkeley BAST station. We would be happy to stay here again.
Thanks for the lovely review, Cindy. But in actual fact it's an apartment, half of a duplex. Glad you enjoyed the privacy and quiet so much that you felt it was a detached structure. And thanks for the lovely music you played, could only hear it very dimly but it sounded very nice.
Our second stay was as good as our first. Martin's airbnb apartment is clean, excellently located, and thoughtfully furnished. (We particularly appreciate the pack-n-play fold-out crib and the various childproofing tools. They made travelling with with our little one much easier.) Martin himself is pleasant, easy-going, and unobtrusive. (If you don't need him, you'll not see him after he shows you in.)
We recently visited Berkeley, California for my daughter’s wedding/reception and stayed at Martin’s lovely apartment. This was our first experience with Airbnb, and we truly enjoyed it so much that we may never go back to hotels again. The apartment provided a wonderful place to relax and be comfortable when we were not involved with the wedding activities. Martin was the perfect host. From the time we first inquired about the availability of his apartment until the morning we left, Martin was always available to answer questions and help us in any way he could. The apartment was located in a lovely neighborhood and was very convenient to shops and the Monterrey Market located about a block away. On-street parking was always available in front of the apartment, which made it extremely convenient for coming and going. The apartment was completely furnished with everything we could possibly need or think of. Martin really did think of everything. We will definitely stay there whenever we go to Berkeley to visit my daughter.
About the Host, Martin
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.