Thank you, Maura! We spent the month of April in Berkeley and these were excellent accommodations for all we wanted to do, both in terms of the apartment and its proximity to all the community has to offer. We each needed a work area and were pleasantly surprised to find that the apartment felt bigger than it looked online, in part because of the layout of rooms, which are connected by a hallway, and even the living room and kitchen have doors and can be closed off as needed for privacy or quiet. The living room has a desk in front of an expansive window with a view across the neighborhood and the San Francisco skyline glimmering in the distance, a wonderfully conducive spot for writing, and the bedroom has a window nook where we placed a desk found in the bedroom storage closet under the eaves. There are ample closets and storage and we could have happily stayed another month or two. We also had company for a few days and the living room has a futon couch that makes a bed, and there are ample linens and towels, so this all worked out better than expected as well. We had a surprise heat wave for a couple days and Maura quickly supplied a nice quiet fan, which made sleeping cooler, and the apartment has windows that permit a good cross breeze.
The neighborhood is lovely, the local residents and shopkeepers are friendly, and we loved the shops and cafes of College Ave, as well as the Berkeley campus. We brought bikes with us (and they also can be rented nearby on Telegraph, or purchased and sold back, if staying longer) and were able to explore widely, and found BART quickly accessible and easy to use for adventures in the city. We also rented a car for a few days, quite inexpensively, at Enterprise, about half a mile away on Ashby, and were able to explore Point Reyes, Marin County, and parts of the city that are less accessible by public transit. Proximity to good local food (nearby shops, farmers markets, Trader Joes and Whole Foods all within walking distance) and a kitchen with all you might expect made it possible to cut our costs substantially, although we did enjoy a number of local eateries – including one fine meal at Chez Panisse (booked 30 days in advance). Don’t miss the Rockridge farmers market on Sundays, at Claremont and Cavour, probably about a mile and easily walkable – not only superb local fruits and vegetables, but also Thai, Indian, tamales, fish tacos, fresh juice, multiple bakeries, a superb pot pie company, tofu, etc. Stock up for the week! We miss it.
Thank you again, Maura, for opening your home to us!