Our beautiful Berkeley bungalow is the perfect place for a nature retreat, or a visit to the area. Spacious (1400 sq ft). Sunny kitchen that opens right to back deck. Relax around the firepit, or walk to downtown, UC Berkeley & BART.
Our home is both extremely comfortable and removed, and also gives easy access to the world outside your door. The sunny living room and dining room are great for watching TV, reading a book, or just looking off into the trees and gardens. The kitchen is equipped with all the makings of a great feast - quality knives and saucepans, a gas stove and a spacious fridge. Granite counters make cooking and cleanup easy.
We are a one-block walk to Walgreens and Berkeley Bowl, the famous local grocery store. The Berkeley Bowl's produce section is unparalleled.
Guests have full access to house and yard, including:
*living room couch, chairs
*high speed internet
*Kitchen, including pots, pans, stove, fridge, dishwasher
*Garage space (with couch and heater)
*front and back garden space
*upper and lower bedroom, closets, and dressers
*Washer & dryer, and clothes line
*TV (Netflix and local, no cable)
We leave the area when we have guests, to allow you full privacy and enjoyment of the property. We are easy to contact by email or phone, and if we are out of town, have a friend nearby who addresses any issues that arise.
In the backyard is a separate unit (a converted garage) which has one tenant named Santos. He is a good friend of ours and is also a contractor and handyman. His unit shares the laundry room, including the auxiliary bathroom. He is rarely around, but you may see him coming or going out the back gate. We can arrange for you to meet him before you stay if you prefer.
We have a dog, Teddy, who usually lives on the property. He is a poodle, so he does not shed, and he will not be at the house when you are there.
Many visitors to the Bay Area think that downtown San Francisco is the best place to stay, but actually, the most interesting Bay Area culture is increasingly in the East Bay, specifically Berkeley and Oakland. Restaurants are less expensive and the same quality, the arts scene is vibrant and growing, and world-class nature is right outside your door. Additionally, here you can experience the magic of the Bay, without nearly as much traffic, parking woes, or other urban concerns. If you're visiting The Bay, we encourage you to read up to see what Oakland and Berkeley can offer you!
The layout of the house: most rooms are on the first floor, including the bathrooms. The bedrooms are slightly elevated - the first bedroom is up 6 stairs, and the second bedroom is up another 6 stairs.
No pets please.
No smoking indoors please
The house we are sharing with you is our primary residence, so please treat it with the love and kindness that you would your own home.
Our book collection and art collection, while not "expensive", are the result of more than a decade of careful collection. You are welcome to look at enjoy while you are here, but please leave them intact.
I live in Berkeley, California, and teach at a public high school in San Francisco. I teach English and History to 9th graders, both because I like to devour books, and because I think teens are hilarious. My wife Rosslyn is a social worker, although her true calling is as a homemaker. We love traveling in Latin America, as well as traveling back east to visit our family.