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Spruce Street - a Hideaway in the Berkeley Hills

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Golden Gate bridge and Grotto Rock - the view from the studio

Golden Gate bridge and Grotto Rock - the view from the studio Comfy bed - the window across the room looks at the garden and GG Bridge Kitchen table with flowers and wine to welcome you Living area with double bed and couch that opens to a double bed The living area Kitchen counter - tea anyone? Kitchen showing stove.  Full sized frig is to the right of the stove. New bathroom has marble counter top and large tiled shower with art tile The garden Front of apartment and entry Outdoor seating area on deck Painting of view done by a visitor - Original copyright Nancy J. Philo Painting of garden steps done by a visitor.  Original (c) Nancy J. Philo Artwork of garden done by a visitor.  Original copyright Nancy J. Philo

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Last updated: 04/14/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Berkeley house description

Spruce Street is a beautiful studio apartment in our craftsman home located on Spruce Street in North Berkeley. The entrance is in the back of the house, through the lovely landscaped back yard. The house is perched on top of a park, Grotto Rock, and has oustanding bay views. The yard is filled with flowers and fruit trees.

The apartment has everything you need, including a full kitchen complete with four burner stove and oven and full sized refrigerator and a newly remodeled bathroom. The bathroom has a large shower, tiled with art glass, and a marble sink area. Towels and linens are provided. There is a view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the sleeping area and a private deck. A bottle of wine and fresh flowers await you.

The house is convenient to UC Berkeley (it is 1.5 miles North of campus), to transportation (the 67 bus stop is very close) and to shopping districts. From the house you can walk 1/2 mile to Solano Avenue which has lots of restaurants and shops or walk 3/4 mile to Berkeley's gourmet ghetto (including Chez Panisse). Going uphill a mile is Tilden park for hiking and children's activities. There is plenty of unlimited parking on the street in front of the house.

North Berkeley is a magical place.

Here is what poet had to say about the Street:

Spruce Street, Berkeley

If a street is named for a tree,
it is right that flowers
bloom purple and feel like cats,
that people are leaves drifting
downhill in the morning fog.

Everyone came outside to see
the moon setting like a perfect
orange mouth dipped up to heaven.

Now the cars sleep against curbs.
If I write a letter,
how will I make it long enough?

There is a place to stand
where you can see so many lights
you forget you are one of them.

by Naomi Shihab Nye

Keywords: House

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

              • Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Couch that converts to full size bed...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining Area Seats:

                4...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Oven
              • Toaster
              • Coffee Maker
              • Stove
              • Kitchen
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Refrigerator
              • Microwave

              Amenities

              • Parking:

                Unlimited parking is available on the street in front of the house....moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Hair Dryer
              • Linens Provided
              • Heating
              • Towels Provided

              Other Amenities

                  • Panoramic view of Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, Beautifully landscaped yard...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Toys
                  • CD Player
                  • Books
                  • Television
                  • Satellite / Cable

                  Communications

                  • Internet
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Wood Deck
                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Bicycles
                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Lawn / Garden

                  Theme

                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                      • Water View

                      Activities

                      • Sailing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Tennis
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Golf
                      • Kayaking
                      • Cycling
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Hiking
                      • Basketball Court
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Racquetball
                      • Boating
                      • Zoo
                      • Cinemas
                      • Live Theater
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Theme Parks
                      • Museums
                      • Antiquing
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Shopping
                      • Restaurants
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Miniature Golf

                      Other Activities

                          • The house is convenient to UC Berkeley (it is 1.5 miles North of campus), to transportation (the 67 bus stop is very close) and to shopping districts. From the house you can walk to Solano Avenue which has lots of restaurants, bookstores, movies, etc. Or take a walk to Berkeley's gourmet ghetto (including Chez Panisse). Going uphill a mile is Tilden park for hiking and children's activities. Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, boating, rock climbing, racquetball, basketball, mini golf...moreless
                           

                          Reviews

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                          • Great Fit for My Trip

                            Great Fit for My Trip

                            • Guest N & R (Alhambra, CA)
                            • Date of stay 11/22/13
                            • Review Submitted 01/03/14
                            This was a great spot for my long weekend in Berkeley for its inaugural half marathon. The view of the bay with GG Bridge in the distance is wonderful! The studio itself was cozy and well-maintained. It had everything I needed including a fully equipped kitchen. The studio is near the top of a steep hill, but I had my car, so it and other points in Berkeley were very accessible. It was also very easy to find street parking. Note that the studio is reached by a series of flagstone and wooden steps that might pose a problem for anyone with balance or walking problems. Don't miss nearby Grizzly Peak Blvd for an incredible view of the East Bay Area.

                            Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, sightseeing.

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                          • Lovely, quiet retreat in Berkeley

                            Lovely, quiet retreat in Berkeley

                            • Guest Kimberley M. (Brisbane, Qld, Australia)
                            • Date of stay 06/21/13
                            • Review Submitted 07/03/13
                            We have just returned to Australia after staying in this lovely, well appointed studio in Berkeley. Everything was great including the bed, amenities, the view, the friendly owners etc. loved having our own place to cook, and to chill out in. Proximity to grotto rock was great for my 12 year old. I was surprised at how quiet it was given that the rock is just out the back gate! Thanks Amy for a wonderful place to escape to.

                            Recommended for: Sightseeing.

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                          • Beautiful, practical,private

                            Beautiful, practical,private

                            • Guest Nancy (Glens Falls, NY)
                            • Date of stay 05/13/13
                            • Review Submitted 06/02/13
                            I enjoyed my stay in Amy and Jen's beautiful quiet,private apartment. The yard and neighborhood are beautiful. Everything was provided and of intelligent design. I look forward to staying in the future. Very comfortable!

                            Recommended for: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                          • Charming Hideaway

                            Charming Hideaway

                            • Guest Ginger (New York)
                            • Date of stay 11/29/12
                            • Review Submitted 12/04/12
                            What a treat to stay in the Berkeley Hills in an adorable cottage/apartment! It is well equipped - just bring some ground coffee and milk and you're all set. I can't wait to visit my family soon again and stay here!!

                            Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                          • Charming Studio

                            Charming Studio

                            • Guest Jean (Ventura, CA)
                            • Date of stay 11/19/12
                            • Review Submitted 11/30/12
                            This was the perfect place for my husband and me to stay while visiting our daughters who live in the Bay Area. The studio apartment was well appointed and we were made to feel very welcome. Flowers and wine awaited our arrival! The view from the grounds is magnificent. We especially enjoyed walking into town and climbing the rocks in Indian Hill Park area. It was a short drive to Grizzly Peak where the view was breathtaking. The freeway was not far away which gave us great access into the city and beyond. We would definitely consider renting this place again in the future.

                            Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                          • Spruce Street Studio

                            Spruce Street Studio

                            • Guest Peregrine (Camden, Maine)
                            • Date of stay 02/13/12
                            • Review Submitted 03/13/12
                            A very pleasant stay for one person or a close couple. Well equipped kitchen. Sensational view of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge from the bed, desk or the deck and lovely garden. Friendly, helpful owners.

                            Owner response: It was a pleasure to have you and we hope you'll come again.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                          • Wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

                            Wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

                            • Guest Dylan A.
                            • Date of stay 09/19/11
                            • Review Submitted 09/27/11
                            I am writing this review as we spend our last night in Amy's apartment. Sadly, we're headed back home in the morning. It's really hard to explain just how amazing our stay here was. Amy was a great host and provided us with a lot of useful information. Even though I've spent several months in Berkeley, Amy was able to recommend some amazing restaurants that I wasn't familiar with. There are several local maps and info available in the apartment. We came to Berkeley to explore San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma and Santa Cruz, and wanted a quiet centrally located place to stay. The apartment is a wonderful escape from the hectic city in the distance. The views of the bay area are incredible. This apartment is great if you have a car, but if not, you can walk to a large amount of shops, restaurants and markets. it's just high enough in the hills for the views, but close enough to be highly convenient as well. I just can't say enough about our experience, I highly recommend staying here.

                            Recommended for: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing.

                            Owner response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the stay it was lovely to have you Dylan and Caitlin and I hope you'll come again!

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                            • Guest Anonymous
                            • Date of stay 02/24/10
                            • Review Submitted 02/24/10
                            We stayed at this studio apartment for a week in July of 2009, and it was wonderful! The studio, located at the back of the owners’ lovely home in the Berkeley Hills, overlooks the entire San Francisco Bay. Every day, we sat on the porch fronting a garden full of fruit trees, or climbed a nearby rock and enjoyed the spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the skyline of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge. The studio is charming, well-equipped, cosy and very comfortable. Solano Street – with its great restaurants, book store, grocery store, boutiques and movie theater, is a lovely 20 - 30 minute walk down the hill along a pedestrian path that weaves through picturesque North Berkeley neighborhoods. If you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful, quiet place with lovely views, we highly recommend this studio.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                            • Guest Doris Vogel (Karlsruhe/Germany)
                            • Date of stay 07/11/09
                            • Review Submitted 07/11/09
                            We greatly enjoyed the cozy apartment in a lovely neighborhood during our stay in the Bay Area. The apartment is full-equipped and well maintained. We were being inspired by the stunning view from the private deck while indulging the bottle of wine that welcomed us at our arrival. We have fond memories of our time here.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                            • Guest Anonymous
                            • Date of stay 07/04/09
                            • Review Submitted 07/04/09
                            Amy's private studio offers beautiful views of the bay framed by bountiful fruit trees planted throughout her terraced garden. A very quiet retreat serving as a wonderful place to unwind after a hectic day in SF. As a frequent visitor to the bay area, I certainly plan on returning to Amy's.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                           
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                          4 night min stay
                          $135
                          $875 $2,700
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                          Additional Fees and Taxes:

                          $75 cleaning fee


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                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1993

                          About the owner: I have been in love with Berkeley since I arrived here in 1971. In those days, I'd come up to the hills and watch the twinkling lights in the distance, to take a vacation in my own town. I never dreamed I would live in the Berkeley Hills but in 1993 my partner and I bought an old brown shingle craftman home - the oldest house on the block - then a fixer upper - with a rental unit on the ground floor. Since then we have landscaped, remodeled, and adopted two children. We love our home and enjoy sharing it with others. For 14 years we had a long term renter in the apartment. Since renting short term through VRBO we've met people from all over the world - Holland, Germany, France, Brazil, Korea - and all over the United States. We're now expected our third repeat visitor. Our hope is that visitors love it here as much as we do.


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                          Photos

                          • Golden Gate bridge and Grotto Rock - the view from the studio

                            Golden Gate bridge and Grotto Rock - the view from the studio

                          • Kitchen table with flowers and wine to welcome you

                            Kitchen table with flowers and wine to welcome you

                          • The living area

                            The living area

                          • Kitchen showing stove.  Full sized frig is to the right of the stove.

                            Kitchen showing stove. Full sized frig is to the right of the stove.

                          • The garden

                            The garden

                          • Outdoor seating area on deck

                            Outdoor seating area on deck

                          • Painting of garden steps done by a visitor.  Original (c) Nancy J. Philo

                            Painting of garden steps done by a visitor. Original (c) Nancy J. Philo

                          • Comfy bed - the window across the room looks at the garden and GG Bridge

                            Comfy bed - the window across the room looks at the garden and GG Bridge

                          • Living area with double bed and couch that opens to a double bed

                            Living area with double bed and couch that opens to a double bed

                          • Kitchen counter - tea anyone?

                            Kitchen counter - tea anyone?

                          • New bathroom has marble counter top and large tiled shower with art tile

                            New bathroom has marble counter top and large tiled shower with art tile

                          • Front of apartment and entry

                            Front of apartment and entry

                          • Painting of view done by a visitor - Original copyright Nancy J. Philo

                            Painting of view done by a visitor - Original copyright Nancy J. Philo

                          • Artwork of garden done by a visitor.  Original copyright Nancy J. Philo

                            Artwork of garden done by a visitor. Original copyright Nancy J. Philo

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                          This listing was first published here in 2007.

                          Date last modified - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

                          $135 per night (USD)
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                          0 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 4

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                          Minimum stay: 4 nights
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