- Room Type:Entire House
- Max Guests:10
- Min Stay:3
- Pets Allowed:No
- dining room
- satellite / cable
- cd player
- games for kids
- clothes dryer
- ducted heating
- towels provided
- ceiling fans
- living room
- wireless internet
- iron & board
- hair dryer
- living area
- basic soaps
- local maps
- paper towels
- toilet paper
- laundry soap
- gas heating
- washing machine
- linens provided
- coffee maker
- dishes & utensils
- 4 ring stove
- ice maker
- cooking utensils
- pantry items
- fully fenced property
- small cooler
- large cooler
- outdoor grill gas
- outdoor entertainment area
- beach towels
- lawn / garden
- long-term renters welcome
- events allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- scenic drives
- paddle boating
- sight seeing
- dvd player
- fitness room / equipment
Centrally located ideal home with large kitchen in vibrant Berkeley
Located for quick access to everything in the Bay Area: near North Berkeley BART (quick ride to San Francisco), near UC Berkeley, Monterey Market (best fresh produce in the bay, where the chefs shop), many gourmet restaurants, and other hot spots … .
My husband and I stayed in this house for eight days and became well acquainted with the many comforts and conveniences in this lovely home. Considering what hotels cost, even with only two people staying (and there's plenty of room for more!) this is very good value for the money. Because I love to cook, I really appreciated the roomy kitchen and good chef's knife (a rarity in rental homes). The shopping service was totally worth the money. It was also great to find several non-perishable items in the home that I didn't have to buy myself. I have already recommended this spot to other members of my family. The neighbourhood is typical of Berkeley--lots of bungalows, some renovated and some not--and great for walking. Near the BART, near 4th Street shopping. We're going back in October and looking forward to it.
Met our family here for a few day stay in Berkley. The house was clean and inviting. It was wonderful to cook meals to share instead of going out, but the area does have some great restaurants. The dining room was a great game room at night. There is someone in the basement, but you didn't hear them much.
House is super close to the Bart to allow easy access into the city.
The backyard could use some work as it was a mess and 2 out of the 4 chairs were broken making it hard to spend time outside.
The whole family would stay here again!
Nous avons passé un séjour agréable dans cette maison fonctionnelle et placée dans un quartier calme ,non loin des transports en commun
Une seule pièce d'eau pour 8 occupants est un peu juste
Cuisine spacieuse et. Bien équipée , chambres agréables
Un place de parking bienvenue car très difficile de se garer à Berkeley
A very decent place to stay. Close to the North BART and a nice kitchen. Living area a little small but comfortable. I did a lot of research and this home has good value for 3 bedrooms. There are people living downstairs but I hardly heard them.
Could havebeen a bit cleaner (mold in the coffee pot) but over all no serious complaints. I would stay again for sure.
It is very well stocked.
The pictures of the vacation rental really don't do it justice. This house is beautiful inside and out. It is well-cared for and stocked with many "extras"-- plenty of towels, soap, shampoo etc in the bathroom, the kitchen has a good coffee maker, spices, all dishes and appliances. There's extra blankets, sheets and pillows and best of all (for us) - we found three skate boards and a bunch of games. The washer and dryer came in really handy for our week stay with laundry detergent stocked as well. There is plenty of closet space and extra nooks for putting things to grab and go.
One block away is a street with a cafe for breakfast (Cafe Leila's- excellent!), convenience stores, a couple cool bars, a pizza place and unique shopping. It's a lovely, safe neighborhood. The BART station is about a half mile walk, slightly uphill to it but an easy trek back after a long day.
The owner was very friendly and worked with us on check-in and check-out. We were all flying in from different places at different times so this was a concern. The main drawback that I wasn't aware of until we arrived is that there is a permanent resident living in a basement apartment at this house. Even though we don't play loud music or have "parties"-- we are a bunch of writers that rarely get to see each other in person. Eight people talking, laughing, walking around... we felt like we were always disturbing them. The rental agreement says no extra guests after 10pm -- this was fine for us but during check-in it was mentioned that after 10pm is "quiet time". This was a problem and constant concern but really our only problem with this rental. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
This was a wonderful base for our time in in the bay area. It is an easy walk to the BART stop, and very easy to go to and from SFO. It's only about 25 min. to Market Street on the Red Line train. While San Francisco was our primary destination, Berkeley itself is quite a treasure--it's worth your time to check out.
The house was very clean, and very comfortable. It is stocked with every appliance and convenience you could imagine and then some. The storage space available is great. Having a washer and dryer and dishwasher were especially great following our last HomeAway pick that did not have one. It was truly our home away from home.
My husband and I visited the Bay Area for a long weekend with our three young sons. This rental was absolutely the best option in terms of comfort and value for our party. The home is far more cozy and welcoming than any hotel would've been for the 5 of us. I very much appreciated the large kitchen and spacious bedrooms. Additionally, the mini-van that came with the rental was perfect for exploring nearby Marin County. The homeowners were very accomodating to our needs and we appreciated being close to our favorite haunts in Oakland/Berkeley. If planning to travel to the Bay Area with small children, i very highly recommend doing the math and seeing if a homestay option such as this offers better value versus a typical hotel stay.
I will begin with the few cons. At first I feared that having just one bathroom could be a problem for a party of 8, but it turned out fine, and the mattresses in the room with bunkbeds were not very comfy.
Other than that, our stay was wonderful.
Cathy was always helpful, kind and very thoughtful, both during the booking process and during our stay.
Upon arrival, the house was clean, organized and everything was taken care of, down to the smallest detail such as wrapping paper, DVDs and coffee.
The kitchen is large, well equipped and great if you are planning to cook large meals. We spent a lot of time there. The dinning room can seat up to 10 people.
The location couldn’t be better: the street is quiet and near important avenues such as San Pablo or University. A five minute drive will take you to Target or El Cerrito Mall, while a five minute walk will take you to restaurants, convenience stores, bars and the BART station (which takes you to SF, Oakland and the airport).
The house is well equipped: WIFI, cable TV, Wii complete with games and accessories (great for the kids) and travel guides.
I would definitely recommend renting the minivan too. It was very useful.
Bottom-line: our experience with Cathy and her house was wonderful from the beginning to the end and we would recommend staying there to anyone visiting Berkeley. Better in every way than staying at a hotel.
From Trevor Moore, an Olympic athlete competing in sailing:
"Our time at your home was perfect in every way. Thank you very much. Thank you so much for your email. As Olympic athletes it is great to know fellow enthusiasts are passing along our story."
Go to storckmooresailing.com to read more about this particular Olympic athlete. We will be cheering for him!
--Malmrose family, owners of the home
We had an excellent stay. Everything we needed was sorted out by the host including highspeed internet access.
Cathy is amazing. Would book the house again if needed.
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