Enchanting Three Bedroom Berkeley Home

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms


In the center of the bustling Elmwood/Claremont neighborhood, but at the end of a quiet cul de sac, you'll find a peaceful refuge. On the ground floor, there's a fireplace and comfy seating, books and games, wi-fi and cable, an elegant dining room. Or head outside to the patio, where at night you can sit around the fire pit and watch the sky, and during the day you can be lazy in the sun. At one end of the kitchen is a light filled breakfast nook. The kitchen itself is equipped with every staple you might need to cook -- from balsamic vinegar to brown rice, sea salt to soy sauce and everything in between. Steps away on the deck is a gas grill and just around the corner is a prolific Meyer lemon bush. Upstairs are three bedrooms: one with a full, the other two with queens. Two comfortable twin futons round out the sleeping arrangements. One bathroom has a view of the treetops and a lovely bathtub; the other a charming powder room with a shower. The house has everything your group needs for a relaxing trip to the Bay Area. The Elmwood/Claremont neighborhood is an established and beautiful part of Berkeley, with a European feel in the most temperate of climates. Walk a few blocks through tree-lined streets and you'll come to College Avenue (which, naturally, ends at the UC Berkeley campus), is lined with urban treasures: fantastic ice cream (Ici), awesome burritos (Gordo Tacqueria has become our family's cafeteria), an independent movie theater (the Elmwood Theater), a charming bookstore (Mrs. Dalloway's), and many cafes, including Cafe Roma where I have had several hundred lattes and never once tired of them. In truth, although I have lived in this neighborhood for twenty years, hardly a day goes by when I don't think about how much I love living here: the air, the light, the people, the trees, the way it smells like star jasmine year round. Life is good here, and it's terrific to know that you'll be partaking of that. Getting Around There are a number of easy ways to get into San Francisco (all of which I use since I work in the City). At the end of the street you can catch the AC Transit Transbay bus into San Francisco in the morning. Many people rely on BART to get into San Francisco -- the Rockridge BART station is a pleasant 15 minute walk (well, you could do it in ten, but then you'd have to ignore the intriguing shops, restaurants and cafes you're walking by) or a 5 minute bus ride. The train into the city is about 20-25 minutes. You can also drive into the city in half an hour on a decent day and 45 minutes on a wretched day. The #51 bus will take you to the Cal campus, but it's a really nice walk too. Other Things to Note In the event you or someone traveling with you, is allergic to dogs: Two of the children in our family have dog allergies but we all love dogs, which is why we have Archie, our poodle mix dog. He's the kind who doesn't shed, and therefore, has the least impact on those who suffer from allergies. In addition, he's not allowed upstairs, which is where the bedrooms are. House Rules There's no smoking either inside or outside the house and you can't host parties or loud gatherings. As a general rule of thumb, the number of people in the house and garden should not exceed the number of people you book the house for. Generally, that's six. One thing I I value most about this neighborhood are the close relationships I have with my neighbors and with Sam, our friend who lives in the au pair unit next to the house. It's an intimate cul de sac and noise travels, both inside the house and outside on the street. I would like to respect my neighbors' desire for privacy and peace and if you'd be kind enough to observe the before 7 am and after 9 pm quiet time, that would mean the world to me


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  • Heating
  • TV
  • Laundry
  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness


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