We had an amazing stay and a great experience with this location.
We wish we could have stayed longer and would definitely come back and recommend this place!
This location is perfect for a family or a couple. Lots of charm, beautiful soul, great tuned piano, gas fireplace, warm wood or comfortable carpeting everywhere, everything in amazing shape (including the beautiful kitchen sink and gas stove). Very welcoming, we loved the rocking chair and the Golden Gate Stained-glass window. Loved the decorations. Loved the way all rooms can communicate with each other.
The kitchen is fully equipped and perfect.
Very comfortable beds with comforter and silk quilts, soft sheets. We were there as a couple with a baby and a 2 year old. Our host found a portable toddler bed for us which was amazingly helpful. We used the big middle bedroom as room and playground for the toddler and used the study as bedroom (with the extra large mattress on the floor provided by host) which made it very safe and comfortable to co-sleep with our baby. We didn't use the end bedroom (which gives to deck and garden).
Very convenient and large laundry room.
Hosts were perfect and very available and very helpful even though it was Thanksgiving time. I don't think anything can be improved.
We had the opportunity to briefly meet the downstairs neighbor, very nice and helpful, who didn't complain about any noise our jet-lagged family might have made.
Three details that might be helpful for other visitors which may have different needs than us (to us it was perfect):
- we rented the place in end-November when the weather was sometimes cold-ish (Berkeley-wise, so 10-15°C). There are only two heaters in the place (living room and middle bedroom), which means that for all rooms to be warm you need to leave the doors open. This was fine by us as we're a family and didn't mind the open doors, but it might be inconvenient for people renting the place who might need more privacy.
- The dishwasher is a portable one, which means you need to roll it off the wall and plug it to the sink, making the kitchen sink unavailable while the machine processes, so you need to anticipate the cleaning before launching the machine, which is not very convenient. However, it was very clearly explained when we arrived and simple to use, and we didn't use it everyday, so it made it OK for us.
- Even though the house is indeed very quiet, the study (not the other rooms) is weirdly noisy at times (evening/morning), sound coming from TV or neighbor (next door or underneath?). However, even though we are very very sensitive about noise, it was not at all a deal-breaker (maybe because jetlag made us tired or maybe because it wasn't that loud/long).
I would recommend renting a car online at the airport as it's way cheaper than locally plus you save the shuttle money.