While traveling from August 11 through October 20 (dates are somewhat flexible), I'd like to rent my marvelous, beautiful brown-shingled home of 39 years to responsible people who will enjoy its old-style comfort while respecting my treasured books and artwork.
My house has a large upstairs bedroom, with a California king-size bed, and a standard downstairs bedroom, with a queen-sized double bed. The house contains a couple of thousand books and lots of antique maps and prints, as well as a large and valuable century-old Persian carpet in the upstairs bedroom. It radiates calm, old-fashioned comfort, with hardwood floors and functioning wooden windows. It is old-fashioned too in its modest bathroom with a claw-foot tub and shower over it, plus a toilet by the back garden door. The kitchen opens into a private porch rich in morning sun. I'm a long block from the famous Berkeley Bowl, half a mile from Alta Bates, 3/4 mile from the university, and 3/8 of a mile from the Ashby BART station.
Guests will benefit from a functioning wi-fi system, cable television, a washer and dryer, a new water heater and refrigerator, and central heat (not usually needed in springtime). The stove dates from the 1950s and works fine. There's a land-line phone for local calls only. On-street parking is readily available; there's a two-hour weekday limit just outside the house, but no such limit around the corner.
I hope that this highly recommended site brings good fortune to guests and renter alike.
I hope for relatively quiet guests who enjoy this old house. Cats and small dogs will be OK, as I assume that you have trained them well. Smoking should be confined to the side porch by the kitchen.
I want to rent my house to responsible people who understand and appreciate living in a century-old house, in a quiet south Berkeley neighborhood.
I am a freelance writer of astronomy books and articles, and also work on television documentary programs. I am an enthusiastic traveler, which is why my sweet home in Berkeley is available for rental while I'm away. I have lived in this house for more than 30 years, and it is full (some might say almost too full) of books and similar items that I have deeply enjoyed. My Latin motto is "Ad astra per aspera," which means, "To the stars through difficulties."