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Lovely Big Old House 28 Minutes from Sf

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Last updated: 09/14/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Berkeley house description

Redwood House is actually in El Cerrito, 1.2 miles (2 km) from Berkeley. Berkeley is as close as the VRBO website could get.

Look at the pictures. Redwood House is a roomy, 100 year old, two-story house. Upstairs are 6 bedrooms with 6 closets, and a tiled full bathroom. There are lots of windows and sunshine. Most of the upstairs rooms have views of the hills.

Downstairs there is a huge tiled sunny kitchen with large windows, a glorious view of sunsets over Mount Tamalpais, lots of cabinets, and an antique fully-functional gas stove. The downstairs rooms have ten-foot (3 m.) coved ceilings. There are a living room separated from a large foyer by pocket doors, another tiled bathroom, this one with a Jacuzzi, a laundry room with a washer and dryer, a tiled utility room, more closets, and more built-in storage.

On the other side of the foyer are a seventh bedroom, a third tiled bathroom, a medium sitting room with one couch, a leather Morris chair and a fireplace, a second smaller kitchen, and a separate entrance.

Outside there is a small private enclosed yard on one side of the building, shaded by pine trees. On the other side is a more open yard with a lawn, roses, ornamental trees, flowers and off-street parking for two cars. There is plenty of on-street parking as well.

Diagonally across the street one way is a small park. Diagonally across the street the other way is the grassy playground of an elementary school. Most of all, in front of the house there is a handsome sixty foot (18 m) California Coast Redwood tree named Gus. The house is actually just an accessory to Gus.

It is a two block walk to the El Cerrito Plaza BART station (our commuter train system). From the station it is an 8 minute ride to downtown Berkeley and the UC campus, 28 minutes to downtown San Francisco, and 45 minutes to San Francisco International Airport. Also within near walking distance are Trader Joe’s, Starbuck’s, Barnes & Noble, two supermarkets, El Cerrito Natural Foods, the newly-restored Cerrito theater, and many good ethnic restaurants.

Redwood House is fun to live in.

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 2950 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            There is a child-safety gate at the top of the stairs. A Pack 'n' Play playpen, a high chair, and a stroller are provided. There is a safety interlock on the garbage disposal. There is an elementary school playground diagonally across the street. There is a small park with a concrete tortoise to climb on diagonally across the street in the other direction....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            No smoking indoors, none, nada, zip, don't do it. Outdoors on the porch or anywhere else outdoors is OK....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 14-18

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            (2) There are actually 7 bedrooms but VRBO no longer has a category for 7 bedrooms. Enormous kitchen. Tile-and-granite floor, tile counters, picture window in front of sink, dishwasher, microwaves, dishes and flatware for 20, including large restaurant bowls. Three folding tables (two 5', one 6') with tablecloths, candlesticks, and flower vases for sit-down dinners. Lots of storage space. Spices and condiments provided. Second smaller kitchen on other side of house with small deck behind....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Large capacity fridge. No freezer compartment in fridge. Separate large upright freezer in back hall....moreless

          • Microwave:

            Inverter model which reduces current load on circuit breakers when set to power levels '8' or lower....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Lots of high quality pots and frypans. Also high quality knife set with wood block...moreless

          • Catering Available:

            I can refer you to many good good local caterers....moreless

          • Dishwasher:

            Small high-quality, low-noise dishwasher...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:



          • Linens Provided:

            Cotton sheets, down comforters in duvet covers, king size feather pillows, bath towels, kitchen towels all provided....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Two car off-street concrete parking pad. Plenty of on-street parking....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Large gas dryer is in the unit, not shared....moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

            Two car off-street concrete parking pad. ...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Large washer is in the unit, not shared....moreless

          • Wood Fireplace

          Other Amenities

              • handmade Persian rugs in every room. See pictures..


              • Music Library:

                Many CD's, mainly classical but many others as well....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Flat screen HD LCD television, Comcast cable...moreless

              • Stereo
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player


              • Wireless Internet:

                WiFi with b/g/n. Strong fast signal throughout house. No password required. ...moreless

              • Broadband Access:

                Comcast broadband cable with hi-speed option....moreless

              Pool & Spa

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Small redwood deck for sitting, beer, grilling....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View:

                        Glorious sunset views of Mount Tamalpais from picture window in front of kitchen sink and counters. Chief cook and bottlewasher gets the best views. :o) View of Berkeley Hills from upstairs rooms....moreless


                      • Cinemas
                      • Sailing
                      • Tennis
                      • Swimming
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Racquetball
                      • Hot Air Ballooning
                      • Hiking
                      • Basketball Court
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Boating
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Horseshoes
                      • Shopping
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Zoo
                      • Restaurants
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Live Theater
                      • Museums
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing


                      Write a review 4.6
                      from 14 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      All Year
                      Mar 29 - Mar 29, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      My Standard Rate
                      4 night min stay
                      Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,438 $8,250
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • cleaning fee $150
                      • Taxes Not included

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                      Last updated: 09/14/2014
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                      18 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      San Francisco International and Oakland Internat'l

                      Car: Not Necessary

                      San Francisco has Chinese New Year Parade and Napa Valley has Wine Country Tours and winery visits and tastings. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the world's best travel destinations not only for its beauty, but also for its variety. As much as there is to see here, there is more to do here.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1992

                      About the owner: Retired old coot hoping to enjoy his senescence on your dime. :o)

                      Why the Owner Chose Berkeley:
                      It wasn't a vacation rental when I bought it. It became one when I lost my butt in the 2008 stock market crash.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      The stereo speakers in the bedroom at the top of the stairs were the best, most accurate and musical speakers available at any price -- in 1982. They are still outstanding.

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                      Speaks: french, english



                      • Street View with Gus

                        Street View with Gus

                      • front room

                        front room

                      • Library


                      • Blue Room

                        Blue Room

                      • Foyer


                      • Kitchen


                      • Gold Room

                        Gold Room

                      • Tree Room - Gus' branches on two sides

                        Tree Room - Gus' branches on two sides

                      VRBO #206270

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                      This listing was first published here in 2008.

                      Date last modified - Thursday, July 31, 2014

                      $491 - $688 per night (USD)

                      7 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 18

                      View calendar: Updated 09/14/14
                      Minimum stay: 4 nights
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                      Lovely Big Old House 28 Minutes from Sf

                      Berkeley #206270

                      7 BR  3 BA  Sleeps 18

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