Enjoy a comfortable modern studio in our Berkeley Hills home. We are directly above UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the Gourmet Ghetto (North Berkeley restaurant mecca), and the wonderful trails and attractions of Tilden Park. San Francisco and the Napa wine region are both a short drive away.
The lower level studio opens onto a deck with our vegetable garden and a modern inset low-chlorine hot tub. The kitchenette has a sink, microwave, toaster oven, mini-fridge, double hot plate, blender and coffee maker. There is a "Design Within Reach" couch that converts into a very comfortable king-size bed (or can be used as a twin), and the large private bathroom has a walk-in shower with seat. There is a gas wall heater that you control, there is a monitor screen for your computer but there is no entertainment system or TV. For the eco-conscious and chemically sensitive: the flooring is recycled cork, paint is zero-VOC, sheets and towels are organic, and all cleaning supplies we use are non-toxic.
One of the best features of our location is easy access to fantastic trails in Tilden Park and Strawberry Canyon. Literally 200 yards away are great hiking, running and mountain bike trails, which we use extensively, so we can make great recreation recommendations. Our garden is our oasis with young fruit trees, vegetables, berry bushes, a friendly honey bee hive and chickens roaming about. We hope that you enjoy it! During harvesting season we will be happy to share some backyard honey with you!
Beautiful Tilden Park Golf Course, with it's Grizzly Bar and Grill, is a two-minute drive. We are also very close to awesome kids attractions like the Lawrence Hall of Science (kids science museum - 5 minute walk), and the Steam Trains narrow-gauge railroad, Tilden Carousel, and Little Farm petting zoo (5-10 minute drives). Public transit goes right by the house for car-free access down the hill to Berkeley.
We have provided ample closet and storage space for short and long term guests.
All the neighbors have lived here for decades, and are very quiet and helpful.
Free wireless, and did I mention access to a fabulous hot tub? We don't use the tub too much, but if there are renters of our house upstairs (which happens rarely) it is a shared resource. This has never been an issue, but if it makes you uncomfortable let us know and we will figure something out.
Access through the back yard stairway, coming up from Summit Rd. Up to the sunny deck with lounge chairs, hot tub and garden.
We will be home upstairs, but typically don't interact too much. We are certainly friendly and social and like to greet guests and orient them to the studio and surroundings. We have 2 young boys and a dog that may act as a natural alarm clock around 8am each morning. Please let us know if you are sleeping past then and we will try to accommodate. Cheers!
If you need to do a load of laundry upstairs we can arrange that. You can use our unscented detergent and dryer sheets.
We have a friendly European honey bee hive in our backyard. It is blocked off so you will not disturb the flight path. You will probably not even notice it unless you are relaxing on the lounge chairs on the deck. No one has been stung and most likely will not be stung. However, we store Benadryl in the bathroom cabinet in case of an allergic reaction to a sting.
Please no visitors or guests outside the approved number of people you signed up for. You will be charged a minimum of $1,000 if you have people over outside the guests we approved. No partying please. Be mindful of your noise between 10pm-8am. If you break or damage something during your stay, tell us immediately. You will need to repair or replace anything that you broke or damaged. Thank you for understanding that this is our home and try to treat our house the way you would want guests to treat yours - we really appreciate it!
No smoking anywhere on our property, please.
You need to make sure the back gate ( your entrance/ exit ) is closed and latched. For the sake of keeping deer and predators out, and keeping our chickens, dog and children INSIDE the back yard. You will be charged a rather large fee ( minimum $1,000, more if our property, pets and family are injured/ damaged ) if the back yard gate is left unlatched.
Please give our European honey bee colonies space for their flight path. Do not go beyond the sign. We ask you to sign a bee waiver.
You will also need to sign a hot tub waiver per our insurance company's request.
If you request to stay 30 days or longer then we will ask you to sign a legal agreement that you will indeed vacate on the last day that you book with us. Thank you!
No fragrances: perfume, cologne, essential oils, candles etc. We also provide unscented laundry detergent if you want to wash your clothes. We can offer our clothes washer and dryer 1 day a week. Thank you!
No illegal activities.
No, physical or verbal abuse, cheating, stealing or lying.
Please enjoy yourself and the neighborhood - most of our neighbors have lived here for over 50 years!
My wife Carrie and I live in the hills of Berkeley, California. I am a scientific engineer and she is a professional photographer. We love outdoor activities such as cycling, skiing/snowboarding, surfing, hiking, camping, and gardening. We appreciate and cook good food and love great wine, beer and coffee.
We have a 3.5yr old and 1.5yr old. We are busy learning the magical, fun and sometimes difficult art of raising kids. We also have a dog, Meira, who loves the local trails almost as much as we do! Please tell us about yourself in your profile. Cheers!