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A delightful floating home, a retreat in Berkeley

Bedrooms 1
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017


Berkeley Marina House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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(5 traveler reviews)

A delightful floating home, a retreat in Berkeley
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
United States

wonderful, cozy, comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect place to stay when visiting the Berkeley area. Lucy is a warm, welcoming host who was very accessible to us but also values privacy. The houseboat has everything you need for cooking and relaxing. It's perfect for one person but both of us were comfortable and didn't feel cramped. I highly recommend staying here and enjoying the home, marina and all that Berkeley has to offer.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Life on a converted LCI.

  • 5 of 5

The houseboat was great and in a really quiet location. Really quite different with good view of the hills around Berkeley. There were good walks close to the mooring. The atmosphere was quite relaxed. Lucy, the owner, made us very welcome and was most helpful. She is a most interesting woman and our only regret is that we didn't have more conversations. The bus that took us into Berkeley taught us patience and gave us a different slant on American society. We used it to see Oaklands and the hill surburbs of Berkeley. The BART is a great train service into San Francisco which we used a lot as well as the Uber system.

I think that excessively obese or bulky people might have problems with the space . It was slightly difficult to use the oven and the fire alarm went off twice when we did so but this was a really minor matter.Probably it is best ifyo u do have your own transport. The TV and DVD player are more than adequate and there is a good range of books. Cutlery, pots, and cooking implements are very good. Tt he crockery is excellent and quite idiosyncratic.

There is a fair number of birds in the area as well as ground squirrels and once we saw seals.

A really good experience best for two persons at the most.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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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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Austin, TX

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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Rates & Availability

Berkeley Marina House Boat Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
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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