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Berkeley Original Craftsman Style 2-Story Home

4.7/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)


Property Details

Updated: Oct 24, 2015
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6

WE have a 7-night minimum stay.

This is a beautiful, sunny, lovingly furnished 1906 Craftsman Style house with everything you need for your comfort. The 2500 sq. ft. house has lots of windows, hardwood floors, bay windows and a lovely back yard complete with BBQ grill and deck furnished with lawn furniture.

Our house has 3 bedrooms upstairs. In addition there is a beautiful, sunny, office room toward the rear of the house.

The entire house interior has been newly repainted this last spring!

Our Community Neighborhood name is the Lorin District.

We do have a 7-night minimum stay for booking.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Internet
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

My husband is a retired professor from Graz, Austria. I am an artist. I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. My husband and I lived in the Bay Area for 10 years before moving to Graz, Austria for 16 years. Then we came back to Berkeley.

Speaks: german

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at Eileen and Johannes' house for 2 weeks in September. It was impeccably clean and well maintained as shown in the pictures. It was also spacious and equipped with everything we needed. The backyard was a treat for warm nights. It felt like staying at our parent's house. Within walking distance were fabulous farmer's market, as well as cafes and grocery stores.

If you want to see more of the bay area, BART is about 10 minutes walk away. Last but not least, Eileen and Johannes were wonderful host and went out of their ways to accommodate our family of 3. They were very prompt in their responses as well. We would highly recommend their place to anyone who wants to experience Berkeley like a local. You won't be disappointed.


Hee Soo and Chad
Sep 2012
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3 Reviews

4.7/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)
Madrid, Spain

Pleasant stay in Berkeley

  • 4 of 5

My family and I spent one week in august in this nice house. The owners wellcomed us kindly, and instructed us thoroughly in all things about the place. It´s very well furnished, with confy bedrooms, pleasant living room, kitchen, and back yard.

We enjoyed a lot our vacation, it´s a pity we could´t stay more time!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My husband and I are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our house. We always try to give our guests a detailed tour so they can be comfortable that they know their way around all the house idiosyncrasies before we give it over to them. We very happy we could meet the whole family, and have them be able to leisurely check out the Berkeley area where their daughter will be a visiting student this whole next year at UCB. We also wish you could have stayed longer. You were the perfect guests.
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Jacksonville FL

Lovely home

  • 5 of 5

This home is exactly as presented in the pictures. The owners not only were very responsive when I felt a need to call them, they were actually appreciative! The backyard is wonderful and our 4 year old grandson loved playing in it. The house is about a 10 minute walk from the Ashby Bart station a d my daughter and son-in-law used it frequently.

My husband and I shared the house with my daughter and her family and we did not feel crowded in any way.

An added advantage for us was that my older granddaughter who lives in B erkeley could walk to the house after her day at ballet camp!

For anyone like us who has family living in Berkeley this house is a wonderful alternative to a hotel.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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San Luis Obispo County, CA

Excellent for graduation

  • 5 of 5

Eileen's house is really quite lovely, very old school Berkeley. The garden is peaceful, and while it is a short ride from campus craziness, it is not in it.

It was perfect for graduation and running to the stores on the westside for food and drink. I had originally regretted that we were not on the eastside, but gee it worked out well. Guests could park. Very quiet. Lovely neighbors. And unlike so much of Berkeley, we could leave a case of wine in the car as we unloaded the vehicle without losing it. Try that anywhere east of Shattuck.

The cab ride to Ashby Bart was $7.00 with tip, and we went to a museum exhibit and a Giants game as well.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very happy that the renters enjoyed their stay at our Berkeley Craftsman Style home. We also appreciate the solidness of the construction of our house — over 106 years old. We acknowledge that our renters had very similar responses to the location of our property as we do. It is near the university and Telegraph Avenue exuberance but it is not part of it. And yet the convenience of our location for your everyday needs is wonderful. The BART and freeways are easily accessible. The Ashby BART is actually 5 blocks, about a 10 minute walk. We look forward to you considering our house for your future vacation. Best, Eileen Starr Moderbacher
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From the Owner

We have owned this house for almost 40 years. It is a truly beautiful, solidly built house.

Activity and Interests

We are within walking distance of downtown Berkeley and the Ashby Bart Station. Travel time to SF by car and public transportation is about 20 minutes.

Berkeley is a town which is urban in feel, yet is small enough to walk around in. We have great movie theatres within a fifteen minute walk, at least three in downtown Berkeley alone.

We have a beautiful park called Tilden Park which has wonderful hiking, and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Of course, we have our proudest possession, the University of California at Berkeley, within a thirty minute walk — and Zellerbach Hall, the Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archives, etc. The list goes on.

Berkeley has terrific restaurants of every ethnicity — mostly Mom and Pop restaurants. People come from miles around just to go to our restaurants. (We will leave you our favorite suggestions on the kitchen table.)


Rental rates

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Nightly Rate: $215 - $215

Weekly Rate: $1505 - $1505

Monthly Rate: $1505 - $1505

We ask for a minimum of 7 nights.
There will be a $150 cleaning fee.
Also, we would like to have a $500 security deposit.

Holiday Rates Apply for November 21 - 30th and December 15 - January 5th.
Those rates are $250/night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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From the Owner

This house feels very solid. Everybody feels very comfortable in it. WE also have a beautiful back yard with deck, and it is very green and quiet.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Internet


  • Dining Area


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed


  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 2500 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 1, downstairs, has great water pressure in the shower and is very cute. Bathroom 2, has the original claw-foot bathtub, great for taking baths OR showers. New tiles on the floor.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 1, the master bedroom is at the front of the house. It is very light and bright, with 4 windows. Bedroom 2, the middle bedroom is very big, and has weights in it and a bench for those people who like to do yoga or work out. Bedroom 3, the back bedroom is attached to the office/studio/library room, practically like a suite.


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Includes free wi-fi internet, and cable HD TV. Kitchen is complete with dishwasher, microwave, and dishes and silverware. Of course, we will provide all linens and towels for your use. We will provide the cost of trash and utilities. We have a washer and dryer for your convenience.

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