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Large Family-Friendly Vacation Home Near UC Berkeley in Berkeley

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vacation rental description

Rent this tastefully furnished and beautifully appointed, large 2-story 1908 Craftsman vacation home by the night or by the week. Recently restored and upgraded, decorated with a mix of antiques and artisan furnishings, and outfitted with high quality bedding, this home feels more like an upscale historic inn than a typical vacation rental.

This house has a great location just 10 miles from downtown San Francisco, within a half mile of the University of California, Berkeley, and just steps to nearby shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities. Literally right around the corner you'll find delightful shops, restaurants, and grassy parks. This is a perfect place for families visiting their Cal students, professional staff attending conferences, and families on vacation.

We provide everything you need: plush towels, luxury linens, first aid kit, soaps/shampoo, fully equipped kitchen with cooking supplies, free wi-fi, free worldwide phone calling, and a full lineup of cable TV channels, including HBO, sports, and movie channels.

With great public transportation, Zip Cars nearby, and easy walks to amenities, you don't need a car. But if you have one, we provide one off-street parking spot with the rental, and we can sell you one additional street parking pass per day. Street parking is plentiful and free overnight and for 2-hour increments between 9 am and 5 pm. Ask me about nearby parking garages and BART parking for additional cars.


A family dinner, brunch, or outdoor BBQ is a great use of this home. But if your group is looking for a place to get loud and party, or treat the house like an event hall, please choose another vacation rental. This home is located in a quiet, family neighborhood with school-aged children living next door and limited parking, and we're conscientious about being good neighbors. The two bathrooms cannot accommodate large gatherings. Therefore, we have an upper limit of 20 people on the property at one time. We also have a special rental agreement addendum for outside visitors which must be added in order to host visitors at the house. The owner lives nearby enough to know and intervene if a renter decides to ignore this restriction, so please look elsewhere if it won't work for you.


- A well-organized, clean, fully equipped chefs kitchen with microwave, 6-burner oven/stove, large fridge, stainless steel pots and pans, utensils, serving dishes, wine glasses/corkscrew, a breadmaker, a blender, a coffee grinder, a large electric roasting pot, and recycling/composting bins.

- A cozy living room with cable TV and radio, comfortable seating, travel books, tourist guides, maps, magazines, games, and the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle.

- A spacious, clean dining room, with a large dining table that seats 12 people (bistro tables can be added to seat a few more).

- A lush, green, private yard with teak outdoor furniture.

- An airy front porch with seating and tables where you can take your breakfast or enjoy a quiet glass of wine in the ambiance of this mixed student/family neighborhood.

- Two bathrooms with tub & shower, privacy screen (for multiple users), hair dryer, storage baskets for your things, plenty of plush bath towels and hand towels. Color-coded towels, lots of storage bins and closet space, and makeup mirrors in your room make bathroom sharing easy.


We supply families with a Pack N Play, a basket of plushy toys, children's books, board games, cards, outlet covers, table corner bumpers, and bed-wetting pads. We also have picnic blankets and beach towels you may use for your outings, perhaps to the large, grassy park just 2 blocks away. The spacious backyard is surrounded by a high privacy fence with gate latches, providing plenty of space for kids to run off their excess energy. We're family-friendly but we expect families to keep the running, wrestling, and play-fighting outdoors. This house was carefully restored, furnished with beautiful antiques, and outfitted with high quality bedding and decor, which can be damaged by indoor rough-housing. In addition, the wood floors and wood stairs carry sound to the attached caretaker's apartment, so letting kids run wild indoors here is too disruptive.


All of the rooms are super clean and absolutely gorgeous, with comfortable and interesting high quality furnishings in matching color schemes, and completely uncluttered. All bedding is new, with goose down and feather pillows and comforters (and alternatives if you're allergic), pretty duvet covers and bedspreads, and high quality cotton sheets. Each room has its own iron and ironing board, hair dryer, mirrors, hamper or laundry basket, and extra blankets and throws. Several rooms can accommodate more than two (with our futons and cot) and one of our rooms accommodates up to 6 guests.


17 ft x15 1/2 ft (263 square feet)

(Sleeps 6 in 4 beds)

This is the largest room, with a king sized bed (sleeps 2), a futon sofa (sleeps 2), a twin futon (sleeps 1), a chair futon (sleeps 1 child, narrower than a twin), a sitting/social area, and a large, walk-in closet converted to a small bedroom. Large windows on two walls flood this room in natural light, which you can block with the curtains.

If you're traveling with children, the anteroom of the Wildcat Canyon Room, which we call 'The Little Farm,' is equipped with two small futons (a twin futon and a chair futon) which can sleep two children.

The room's namesake, Wildcat Canyon, is a valley just east of the Berkeley Hills where visitors love to go hike and picnic along Jewel Lake and Lake Anza. Wildcat Canyon was named for the mountain lions which used to be fairly common in the area.


14 1/2 ft x 12 1/2 ft (181 square feet)

(Sleeps 3 in 2 beds)

This is a large room with a comfortable queen-sized bed (sleeps 2), a chair futon (sleeps 1, narrower than a twin) that can also serve as a sofa (opened and with back pillows against a wall), a desk and chair, a dresser for your clothes, end tables and lamps.

The Muir Woods Room pays homage to Muir Woods National Monument, the cathedral of redwoods located 25 miles west of Berkeley, which was established in 1908 when President Roosevelt signed legislation to protect an old-growth coast redwood forest from destruction.


13 ft x 10 ft (130 square feet)

(Sleeps 2)

This pretty room is furnished with a gorgeous and comfortable queen-sized bed (sleeps 2), an antique Victorian armchair, a dresser for clothes, end tables and lamps.

Named after the Berkeley Rose Gardens, it features floral rose decor and antique wooden dressers with hand-painted roses.


21 ft x 10 ft (210 square feet)

(Sleeps 3)

This bright, airy room is a sun room with wrap-around windows, a comfortable queen sized bed (sleeps 2), a folding cot (sleeps 1), a teak cabinet with drawers for your things, which opens to become a desk, a teak chair, and end tables and lamps.

This room is an homage to the bay area's coastal environments, from the bay shores at the nearby Berkeley Marina to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean against the rocky shores along Highway 1.


7 ft x 10 ft (70 square feet)

(Sleeps 1)

This tiny room is big enough for just one person. It has a twin bed, an antique secretary desk, a chair, and a small teak hutch that can also open out into a desk.

The room is named after Angel Island State Park, a 1.2 square mile island that accommodates over a hundred-thousand visitors annually from all over the world.


We provide green living supports (recycling, composting, chemical-free bath products, etc.). Guests clean up after themselves unless you add optional maid service. The house is deep-cleaned and sanitized between groups. Cleaning products are chemical-free and unscented (Seventh Generation and Dr. Bronners), so you'll smell only the fresh air.


The house is located approximately 1/2 mile south of University of California, Berkeley; just a few blocks from the popular Telegraph Ave, College Ave, Claremont Ave shops and restaurants; and 10 miles from downtown San Francisco. Public transportation, walkable shops and restaurants, and Zipcars are abundant nearby.


Some of my reviews mention breakfast. Breakfast is not automatically provided, but can be added for an additional fee. Other optional services and supports (when available/possible and by advance arrangement) include catering, maid service, linen service, laundry service, bicycle rentals, camping gear rentals, beach gear, picnic/lunch baskets, gift baskets or flowers for special occasions, and airport pickups. We need at least a week's notice to provide these optional services.


Parties, large events.

Outside catering.

More than 20 users at one time.

Rough-housing indoors.

Moving the furniture.

Smoking, drugs, incense.

Toxic products (e.g. pesticides, bleach).


Because I've received numerous requests from budget travelers for discounts, you may have the option to rent some of the rooms and not the entire house, or the bedrooms & bathrooms only (no kitchen, dining room, or living room) at a discount. There may be opportunities for other discounts, barter, or house trades. Just ask!

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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
    • floor area 2560 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • catering available
  • Location Type
    • downtown
      • Located in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance of downtown, UC Berkeley campus, BART station, and Elmwood shops and restaurants.
  • Theme
    • family
    • sports & activities
    • tourist attractions
    • adventure
    • romantic
    • historic
    • budget
  • General
    • linens provided
      • High thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, newly purchased in Sept 2012. Extra set in each room. Bed protector pads supplied in closet.
    • iron & board
    • hair dryer
    • towels provided
      • Plush, color-coordinated towel set for each guest, matched to your room to help you keep track, newly purchased Sept 2012. Extra set in each room.
    • heating
      • Central heat plus space heaters in each room.
    • internet
      • Wi-fi and wired.
    • living room
      • Large living room with antique Victorian sofas as well as an extra sofa in the Craftsman style. Includes TV, large window onto garden, books, games, throw blankets.
    • telephone
      • Landline phone (shared line) in each room with free worldwide calling.
    • parking
      • One guaranteed carport spot. Street parking which is unregulated 2 hours, after 5 pm and before 10 am. Parking permits needed for all-day street parking ($10 each). Only one per guest per day.
  • Kitchen
    • refrigerator
      • Large, new, stainless steel, with lower drawer freezer.
    • stove
      • Restaurant grade chef's stove/oven, stainless steel gas stove with 6 large burners
    • oven
      • Restaurant grade chef's stove/oven, stainless steel gas stove with 6 large burners
    • coffee maker
      • 10-cup stainless steel drip coffemaker, 30-cup coffee decanter, and several French presses and single-cup drip cones of different sizes.
    • toaster
      • Toaster oven
    • pantry items
      • Spices, cooking oils & vinegars, flour, pancake mix, sugar, pancake syrup, organic Fair Trade tea and coffee, cereals, nuts, fruits, butter, spreads & jams, milk (plus soy/almond milk), juice, eggs.
    • dishes & utensils
      • Service for 24 (including wine glasses) plus several extra dish/utensil sets; teapots to take away from dining room; spatulas, dippers, knife set, can opener, bottle opener, measuring cups/spoons, etc
    • freezer
      • Deep drawer freezer opens at bottom of fridge.
    • dishwasher
    • microwave
      • and convection
    • kitchen
      • Gorgeous, super clean, large chefs kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, an antique free-standing pantry, and plenty of storage.
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • child's highchair
    • dining
      • Formal dining room with antique Craftsman style table that seats 8. Extension table allows 12. Bistro table seats 2-3. Buffet, hutch. Antique chandelier.
  • Bathrooms
    • 2 bathrooms
    • downstairs bathroom: toilet, shower, Plus: bench, drawers, towel hooks/bars, soaps
    • upstairs bathrom: toilet, tub, shower, Plus: window, drawers, space heater, fan, towel hooks, soaps
      • Each bathroom has a shower, toilet, sink, a cabinet with drawer space for guests, lots of towel racks, extra towels, and bath mats. We've added a small privacy screen in each bathroom for multiple users. The main upstairs bathroom also has a wonderful deep, antique clawfoot tub, which has been resurfaced and its legs chromed. Cleaning supplies and tools are provided in the cabinet under each sink. Showers are supplied with bath soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Bathrooms are all large, newly remodeled, sparkling clean, and airy.
  • Bedrooms
    • 5 bedrooms, sleeps 12, beds for 12
    • angel island room: 1 twin/ single, Antique secretary desk, closet, bedside table/lamp
    • the rose garden room: 1 queen, Plus large antique reading chair.
    • bayshore room: 1 queen, Plus: folding cot, teak desk/chair.
    • wildcat canyon room: 1 king, 1 twin/ single, 1 child bed, 1 sleep sofa /futon
    • muir woods room: 1 queen, 1 child bed, Twin is futon chair. Plus: antique desk/chair.
      • The rooms are each beautifully decorated in themes associated with San Francisco Bay Area attractions and natural areas. Each bedroom is furnished with a bed, bedside tables with lamps, a desk, and a closet; equipped with its own hair dryer, mirrors, iron, ironing board, space heater, and fan; and made plushy with new, high quality down comforters and pillows (alternatives available), matching high thread count sheets, and lots of extra pillows and throws. The larger rooms also have a futon sofa or futon chair, which can sleep extra guests, and a large, comfortable reading chair with lamp.
  • Entertainment
    • stereo
      • Reproduction vintage record player with radio, usb port, and mp3 player connections.
    • books
      • Travel guides, maps, novels, short story collections, art books, and other books.
    • television
      • Xfinity/Comcast Premiere service with digital cable, HBO, sports, and movie channels.
    • satellite / cable
      • Xfinity/Comcast Premiere service with digital cable, HBO, sports, and movie channels.
    • games
      • Playing cards, Scrabble, chess, checkers, backgammon, dominoes.
    • toys
      • Plushy toys for kids.
  • Outside
    • deck / patio
      • Nice front porch, partially open, partially windowed.
    • lawn / garden
      • Garden/lawn area with nice teak furniture handcrafted by The Wooden Duck.
    • outdoor grill
      • Char-Griller Outlaw, barrel style charcoal grill with chimney. Implements, charcoal, and starter provided.
  • Suitability
    • long-term renters welcome
    • minimum age limit for renters
      • Primary renter must be 25 or older.
    • pets not allowed
      • If you sneak in a pet you will lose your entire deposit to pay for deep cleaning of all rooms, carpets, furniture, curtains, etc., and replacement of bedding and rugs.
    • children welcome
      • Provided: Pack & Play, a basket of plushy toys, children's books, drawing easel, playing cards, outlet covers.
    • non smoking only
      • No smoking indoors or on the front porch. Smokers can use the sitting area in the side yard and take butts to the outdoor trash dumpsters off the carport. No smoking includes no incense, candles, or other smoky things. These are safety hazards and can generate odors that last for months and create allergy, chemical sensitivity, or just odor problems for other guests.
    • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Notes
    • Just one block away: a neighborhood grocery store, a coin laundry, a coffee shop, a bus stop (with direct service to BART train). - Laundry Service: $15/load - Clipper Card (pre-loaded): $10 service fee - Special occasion decorating: $50 service fee - Cake ordering/delivery: $20 service fee - BBQ setup (charcoal, ligher fluid, coolers of ice, beverages): $40 service fee

activities and attractions in Berkeley San Francisco Bay Area

  • Attractions
    • arboretum
    • bay/sound
    • botanical garden
    • churches
    • cinemas
    • forests
    • library
    • marina
    • museums
    • playground
    • recreation center
    • live theater
    • coin laundry
    • reefs
    • restaurants
    • synagogues
    • winery tours
    • festivals
    • autumn foliage
    • zoo
  • Leisure Activities
    • photography
    • whale watching
    • scenic drives
    • sight seeing
    • outlet shopping
    • paddle boating
    • gambling casinos
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • eco tourism
    • walking
    • horseback riding
    • antiquing
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • golf privileges optional
    • mountain climbing
    • basketball court
    • whitewater rafting
    • hiking
    • ice skating
    • jet skiing
    • pier fishing
    • rafting
    • snorkeling
    • sound/bay fishing
    • spelunking
    • water tubing
    • fly fishing
    • freshwater fishing
    • sailing
    • cycling
    • fishing
    • skiing
    • wind-surfing
    • water skiing
    • mountain biking
    • mountaineering
    • paragliding
    • roller blading
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • surfing
    • swimming
    • tennis

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
May 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2014 - Nov 18 2014
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving Season
Nov 19 2014 - Nov 30 2014
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Winter #1
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 5 2015
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Jan 6 2015 - Feb 12 2015
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Feb 13 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Summer, 2015
May 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable Damage Deposit $750
Activities involving outside visitors must be arranged in advance and included in the rental agreement, and are subject to fees and limits. We give preference to longer stays, particularly when more than one group has requested the same date range, during popular dates (such as graduations and UC Berkeley home games), and on weekends.
Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.

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traveler reviews for this berkeley house rental

Guest Comment entered by owner

Owner Set the Bar High

Review submitted: August 24, 2014   Date of arrival: July 6, 2014

This is a wonderful vacation home. There were nine of us so we had rented the whole house. There was more than enough room for all of us. There were only two bathrooms which, at times, was challenging, but it all worked out fine. Our host, Amy, was great! She gave us a tour of the house upon arrival, she answered any emails or texts within 30 minutes and overall, made us feel so welcome. The house has everything you could want - fresh linens, towels, an abundance of kitchen appliances, bread, fruit, plates, cups...the list goes on and on. The location of the home worked out well for us. It's about 30-40 mins from SFO airport and downtown San Francisco. You're also about an hour from Napa Valley. On a side note, if you're new to the SF area, traffic is just terrible during rush hour times (7-9am; 3-6pm) so beware. The house was wonderful and Amy has set the bar pretty high. Thank you Amy!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

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We Felt Spoiled

Review submitted: August 24, 2014   Date of arrival: August 7, 2014

Amy's place is like a little palace in the nice Berkeley neighborhoods that can make people spoiled. I've had a very positive experience with Amy and her lovely house. Communicating with Amy is superb and she has also offered many tips and advice in terms of dining, sightseeing, and traveling in general. The rooms are comfortable, very homey, and with lots of good amenities. When I was leaving she even gave my friend a cute sweater because my friend wasn't prepared for the weather. In short words, I would highly recommend Amy's home in the Berkeley neighborhoods.

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Friends Get Together

Review submitted: August 24, 2014   Date of arrival: August 10, 2014

I stayed here with a couple of friends and we had a wonderful experience! The house is gorgeous and within easy walking distance of many little shops and restaurants. The owner, Amy, was very friendly and helpful. We felt at home throughout our stay. Definitely planning to return the next time I'm in the area.

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