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Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard

Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard


Property Details

Updated: May 14, 2015
Intimate Tropical Luxury Better Than Most 4-5 Star Rooms

Very Clean Modern European Style In-Law Unit. Stylized compact basement unit with four windows has kitchenette, shower w/ Jacuzzi tub, one bed, HW floors, Italian tiles. Private entry, tropical yard w/outdoor Jacuzzi & fire pit.

The space is small so it best suits a single person or a very cozy duo. Ideal for visiting scholars, parents/grandparents of UC students.

Transportation is very easy by bus, Bart, car, and foot. Bart station for service to downtown Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Non-smokers please.

You are always greeted with a bottle of wine, chocolates and fresh flowers.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 0 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Blanca (a Kaiser Nurse from Guatemala) and Greg (a Hearing Specialist from Berkeley) love the area and people for its diversity, activities, music, gourmet dinning, and local culture.

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Calendar last updated:
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12 Reviews

based on 12 traveler reviews

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Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard
Berkeley The Bay Area
Minneapolis, MN

Berkeley Delight

  • 5 of 5
The two of us loved our stay here. Greg and Blanca have obviously put a lot of care and creativity into this studio. The amenities are first rate, and the garden and jacuzzi provide the added charm you simply wouldn't be able to get from a hotel room. We had the wonderful feeling that we were enjoying a special treat, an exceptional vacation getaway, at the same time as we were enjoying the comforts of home. The location is superb, with easy access to the gourmet ghetto. Highly recommended.
  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard
Berkeley The Bay Area
Chapel Hill, NC

Very comfortable in a great neighborhood

  • 4 of 5
The studio was very comfortable for my stay in the area. I was in town for the birth of my granddaughter but needed my own place. It is well designed and takes full advantage of the small space. I loved the bed, and the chocolates were a treat! The artificial lighting is very good, making the basement cheerful. I had everything I needed to make my stay as comfortable as possible. The owners were very kind and helpful.
  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+
Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard
Berkeley The Bay Area
Del Mar, CA

Better than a hotel stay!

  • 5 of 5
I travel to the Bay Area frequently to see family and usually stay in hotels. This time, since I was planning on a longer stay, I tried something different and looked at VRBO. What a lucky find this was! This charming little flat, somewhat larger than a typical hotel room, was perfect. There is a sitting room, bedroom, kitchen and bath --even an electric fireplace--all tidily put together with style and 21st century amenities. As others have noted, it's somewhat akin to a boat with a place for everything. My hosts, Gregory and Blanca, couldn't have been nicer and so amenable with my change in plans (which allowed me to stay longer!). Walking distance to restaurants, shops, the library and public transportation. Parking in the evening exists, even though you might have to walk a few car lengths from the house. The neighborhood is perfectly safe. Heartily recommended, and looking forward to my own return.
  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car
Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard
Berkeley The Bay Area
Brandon, SD

Cozy Stay

  • 5 of 5
This place was great! My daughter & I stayed here for 5 nights and had a wonderful time. The place was VERY clean, great bed, and we were able to cook most of our evening meals there. The owners were more than accommodating to us and very helpful with whatever we needed. We usually walked to the BART, but would take a cab home. I would recommend this rental to anyone. We found it less expensive than any hotel and a lot more homey. I would happily stay here again should I ever be in the San Francisco area.
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard
Berkeley The Bay Area

Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5
This studio truly felt like our home away from home for a wonderful five week stay. Gregory and Blanca are welcoming, forthcoming and gracious hosts. They were a joy to meet and deal with.
The studio is immaculately clean and beautifully designed. It is well equipped, comfortable to use and well stocked. The location is quiet. We slept with windows open to the sound of birds chirping in the morning. We walked everywhere and public transportation is within blocks. There is easy access to shopping, entertainment, restaurants and cafes.
We are looking forward to our future stay.
  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard
Berkeley The Bay Area
san diego,CA

beautiful studio. great location

  • 4 of 5
My husband and I had a wonderful stay. Both Ellen who met us and Greg were most gracious and welcoming. The place is well equipped, even had an espresso machine and a fireplace. And they left us a nice bottle of wine which we enjoyed each evening. Greg recommend a tapas place within walking distance which we had an enjoyable dinner there. We would highly recommend staying at this place.
  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Oakland International Airport at 18 Miles Nearest Barpub : Kingman's Ivy Room at 0.4 Miles Nearest Ferry : Oakland, Jack London Square at 8.9 Miles Nearest Golf : Tilden Park Golf Course at 3.9 Miles Nearest Train : Emeryville at 4.7 Miles Nearest Motorway : Highway 80 at 0.2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Cafe Raj at 0.3 Miles Nearest Ski : REI-Berkeley at 0.8 Miles Nearest Beach : Alameda Beach at 13.7 Miles Car: recommended

1 1/2 blocks from strolling Solano Avenue (bus to SFO, downtown Berkeley), 20 minute walk to Bart. Albany and Berkeley have some of best international gourmet restaurants in the world.


From $159 Per night

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning Fee $65.00

Cleaning fee: $65.00 per visit

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Updated: May 14, 2015


Property Type

  • studio


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...


  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible


  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 420 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub
  • Cheng Designs concrete counter-top and window-sill. Glass block shower with Italian tile accents.


  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Queen size Sleep Number bed, new pillow-top, linens are new and very good quality (Westin - Heavenly bedding linen and pillows)


  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 15 garden chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Access to wireless internet at 48 Mpbs download and 2 Mpbs upload

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