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Lovely Big Old House 28 Minutes from San Francisco

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Last updated: 04/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Please ignore the rents shown on the not-so-user-friendly VRBO website. The actual rent is $2990 for a six day week running from arriving Wednesday to departing Monday. Tuesdays belong to the cleaning lady. There is no daily rate, only a weekly rate. (Whether you stay all six days or not the rent is the same so you might as well stay over and see San Francisco, the coast, and the wine country while you're here.) There is a cleaning fee of $200, making the total rent per six day week $3190. There is no charge for additional guests. The more the merrier. There is also a fully refundable $500 reservation deposit / security deposit. Don't break my house and you get it back.

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 Wedgewood 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

  • 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

Other Amenities

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


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

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

  • Satellite / Cable:

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


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • 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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Broadband Access:

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

  • Clothes Dryer:

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

  • 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

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

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

  • Washing Machine:

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

  • Wireless Internet:

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

  • Wood Fireplace


  • Catering Available:

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

  • Cooking Utensils:

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

  • Dishwasher:

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

  • 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

  • Microwave:

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

  • Refrigerator:

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


  • Deck / Patio:

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

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa



Write a review 4.6
from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
All year
Apr 19 - Dec 31, 2015
6 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • cleaning fee $200
  • Taxes Not included


Redwood House is rented by the weekend. Up to four Weekdays (arrive Wednesday, depart Monday) are included at no extra rent. (Tuesday belongs to the cleaning lady unless you rent consecutive weekends.) There is no daily rate. There is no minimum stay. I wish I could persuade the VRBO/Homeaway website to display it that way, but I can't.

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Last updated: 04/22/2015
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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: english, french



  • Street View with Gus

    Street View with Gus

  • front room

    front room

  • larger kitchen

    larger kitchen

  • downstairs bedroom

    downstairs bedroom

  • Downstairs bathroom #2

    Downstairs bathroom #2

  • laundry room with gas washer and dryer

    laundry room with gas washer and dryer

  • framed Dutch master print

    framed Dutch master print

  • Library


  • Blue Room / Tree Room, clock is right twice a day

    Blue Room / Tree Room, clock is right twice a day

  • Corner room under incandescent light

    Corner room under incandescent light

  • middle bedroom

    middle bedroom

  • foyer from above

    foyer from above

  • Foyer


  • front room storage

    front room storage

  • Antique Wedgewood stove - it works!  Also a modern full-size stove in 2nd kitchn

    Antique Wedgewood stove - it works! Also a modern full-size stove in 2nd kitchn

  • Parlor with fireplace

    Parlor with fireplace

  • small kitche with modern full-size stove

    small kitche with modern full-size stove

  • downstairs bathroom #1 with jacuzzi

    downstairs bathroom #1 with jacuzzi

  • stairs


  • Gold Room has only three walls - fourth wall is four shoji screens

    Gold Room has only three walls - fourth wall is four shoji screens

  • tree room - Gus' branches on two sides

    tree room - Gus' branches on two sides

  • back bedroom has view of the hills

    back bedroom has view of the hills

  • upstairs full bathroom

    upstairs full bathroom

VRBO #206270

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