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A delightful floating home, a retreat in Berkeley


Property Details

Updated: Aug 11, 2016
A quiet retreat, surrounded by water and sky, and yet in town.

This is a gem of a place to stay near downtown Berkeley, open to views of sky and water, birds and wildlife. It is a unique and tranquil place that inspires the creative spirit., with a select library and adorned with works of art and crafts.

Ideal for one, intimate for two, with fully-equipped kitchen, bath with shower, bedroom and living room with a flower-filled deck. The home is equipped with high-speed wi-fi, DISH network, vcr, dvd and cd/radio players, and local phone service. There is an excellent pull-out temperpedic double bed making it cozy for two.

Views of sunrise over Berkeley Hills, and a few steps to watch sunset over the SF Bay, there are daily surprises of resident water birds and mammals. A fabulous park is 5 minutes away with walking paths and spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate, and a community garden with seasonal fresh vegetables.

Easy, convenient access to public transportation (5 minutes walk to bus, and 15 minute ride to BART.) Restaurants and shops nearby. A bicycle might be available for renter’s use.

PLEASE CONTACT OWNER FOR FLEXIBLE STAY ARRANGEMENTS (eg. less than 7-day minimum might be available upon request).

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Speaks: english

3 Reviews

based on 3 traveler reviews


Adorably Charming Respite from the City

  • 5 of 5

Our host Lucy is almost more adorable than her home. She is very sweet, super accommodating and always trying to make sure that your stay, in her home, is a great stay. From the very beginning, I knew we had chosen the perfect place. When you see it for the first time, it is like something out of a woodland storybook. Trust me, people walking by would stop and take pictures of it. Once inside, it is a wonderfully cozy home, filled with light. Everything you need is right at your fingertips. Oh, and if you need the grocery store, laundry, shops, movies, restaurants, etc...the "city" is just a short drive away (Downtown Berkeley is 10 mins and San Francisco is about 20mins w/o traffic). Oh, and just in case you were wondering about the houseboat rocking, for those of us who get sea-sick, this was never an issue for barely moves. I absolutely LOVE this home and would stay here again in a heartbeat. We were quite sad to leave....I can see why Lucy lives here.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Lovely, cozy, and inspiring

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this lovely floating home for four days during a personal writing retreat. It was the ideal setting: gorgeous surroundings to walk in while taking a break, safe and quiet for time to read and write, and a helpful host that made sure I had what I needed to make the most of my stay. I might need to make this an annual trip! I would recommend it for anyone who needs a little R&R, or time alone, or cozy time with someone special. The waterfront will leave a lasting impression.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cozy houseboat - super charming and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

What a fun place to stay. The houseboat is very charming and was very comfortable. You'd really never even know you were on a boat. He bathroom is spacious, the kitchen has all the basics and the mattress was cozy. Plus there is free parking at the Marina. Whole foods and Trader Joes are only a few minutes away (by car) and there are lots of restaurants and shops in Berkeley. It was great to be away from the hustle and bustle of town - plus there an amazing path that goes on for miles along the waterfront. I loved my stay - and will definitely be back when I am in town again. Thanks so much!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Property Type

  • house boat


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


  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1

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