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Exquisite San Francisco Area Home&Studio-Enjoy City,Parks,Wineries

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Formal Living Room. See 34 pics under calendar. click link.


Last updated: 10/05/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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A great home away from home for your one or two families. Relax in the grand cathedral-peak-ceiling living room of this 1920s custom-built traditional Tudor Revival style home. Take pleasure in morning breakfast and evening wine on the large redwood deck with panoramic views. Enjoy the comfortable and functional three-level design that offers space for children activities in the lower level family room far from the top-level two-room/full-bath master suite. Conveniently access all of the diverse tourist, culinary, and nature/outdoor activities that the San Francisco Bay Area offers.

This 2,600 square foot home features steeply pitched roof, stucco, half-timbering and antique diamond pane casement windows on façade with a mix of Tudor and Mediterranean-inspired interiors. The interior's charming arches and ceilings with wood beams bring warmth and elegance throughout the house where large wood and casement windows, French doors, hardwood, stone and tile floors, iron work and fireplace create a beautiful environment. The professionally-landscaped front and back yards with water fountain, Japanese maple, native plants, and seating areas offer a setting for meditation/relaxation. The custom designed kitchen features a farm sink, antique Wedgwood stove, arts and crafts style cherry cabinetry, African slate floor, modern appliances and a gorgeous antique stained-glass window over the second bar-size sink. The kitchen is ideal for two cooks and includes a peninsula for informal eating, bar tending or cooking preparation. Remodeled bathrooms include bathtubs and have been upgraded with charming Mediterranean-style tiles while maintaining the 1920s period design.

Noteworthy features of the house include:
• Beautiful and relaxing living room with stunning fireplace and views
• Large family/recreation room with wall to wall, custom built entertainment center with large TV, DVD, Wii games, and great additional sleeping area
• Dining room with wall-to-wall wood window, views and French doors to access the deck
• Beautiful renovated kitchen featuring antique stained-glass window and Arts and Crafts-style cabinetry and views
• Antiques, crystal stemware, Persian rugs, original art work
• Master bedroom with king bed and antiques.
. Bedroom 2, adjancent to master bedroom, is furnished with two twin beds (daybed with trundle) and as office/library. These bedrooms are separated by hallway and bathroom.
• Office/library equipped with Wi-Fi internet, printer, telephone, desk, and bookcases. As described above,
• Two additional bedrooms with queen and full size beds and shared full bathroom
• Dual-level reclaimed Redwood deck
• Back yard garden with water fountain and seating area
• Laundry room with eco-friendly washer and dryer
• Modern appliances
• Off-street parking for 1 car, additional parking on street
• Housekeeping/Maid services available upon request

A studio with independent entrance but attached to the house, with access to laundry room, is available for rent at a separate rate. Inquire for availability and rates.

Keywords: family home,studio,near transportation,near freeways,Berkeley area,near San Francisco,near parks,pet friendly,views,quiet,outdoor activities

Property Type

  • House
  • 2600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only:

            Inside and outside of the premises. Strictly enforced....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            Master room has one king size bed...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

            Bedroom 2 next to master room has 2 twins (daybed trundle)...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

            Bedroom 3 has one Queen size bed...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 double

            Bedroom 4 has a full/double size bed...moreless

          • Other-family room

            We offer air beds (2 twins and 1 queen size) ...moreless

          • King size bed (1) in master bedroom. Panoramic views. Separate bedroom next to master bedroom includes 1 trundle bed (2 twins). One full bathroom serves these 2 bedrooms. Bedroom 3 has 1 queen size bed; bedroom 4 has 1 full size bed. Second full bathroom serves bedrooms 3 and 4. Also, we offer two airbeds for guests use: one has 2 twins that converts to king bed; and the second one is a full size. Maximun of 10 sleepers in 4 bedrooms plus family room. (An additional studio with independent door, full bathroom and kitchenette may be available at separate rate.) ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • Beautiful panoramic views. The bedroom next to the master bedroom is furnished for office use also. It includes a desk, lamps, printer and case books. Studio with full bathroom and kitchenette may be available at separate rate. ...moreless


              • Books:

                Books of various topics. Children's books. ...moreless

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Music Library:

                We offer a DVD/music player in family room and two Ipod docking stations (one in kitchen and one in master room)....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Festivals
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues
              • Theme Parks
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Horseshoes
              • Miniature Golf
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Shuffleboard
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  • Water View:

                    On a clear day. Filtered view of the Bay and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Parasailing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Racquetball
                  • Rafting
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Sailing
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing


                  • Dining:

                    Separate dining room. Formal table seats 6-8 persons. Upon request we provide folding tables for larger group seatting. ...moreless

                  • Dining Area


                  • Broadband Access:

                    The house is fully wired. Guests would need to bring their own computer/ipad....moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    Large, spacious formal living room with fireplace and picture windows. Panoramic views. ...moreless

                  • Mobile Phone:

                    The house is in a strong cell phone area. Guests may bring their own cell phones....moreless

                  • Parking:

                    Driveway for 1 car. Other cars on street parking. ...moreless

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Driveway, uncovered, in house available for parking for one car. Additional parking on street. ...moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Land-line telephone available for local calls only. Mobile phone reception is strong in the area. ...moreless

                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine:

                    Fisher & Paykel eco-friendly washer and dryer machines...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace:

                    Check the State of California 'Spare the Air' restrictions on certain dates for usage of wood fireplaces. Fines may apply if used during restricted dates....moreless


                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen
                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster


                  • Bicycles:

                    Feel free to bring your bikes and enjoy trails of Tilden Park--the largest regional park in the area. This park is great for hiking and includes many activities for children. We don't provide bikes....moreless

                  • Boat:

                    Yacht clubs at 10 minutes distance...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    (2) This is a two-level large deck with views of the Bay and the back yard. Includes eating tables and seating for relaxation. Water fountain....moreless

                  • Golf:

                    various golf clubs 5-10 minutes away...moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    water activities at Berkeley Marina, SF Bay, and other at 10 minutes away ...moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Smal back and front garden. Kensington Park with gardens, picnic tables, jogging area at the end of our block--2 minute walk. ...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    basic mid size, nothing fancy. Additional grills and picnic tables at Kensington Park located at the end our block--2 minute walk. Tilden Park also offers picnic areas with grills....moreless

                  • Tennis:

                    Tennis court in park at the end of the block (cul-de-sac)...moreless

                  Payment Type

                  • Amex
                  • Discover
                  • Jcb
                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa


                  Write a review 4.9
                  from 29 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Fall Season
                  Sep 1 - Nov 21, 2014
                  5 night min stay
                  $385 $400
                  Fri, Sat

                  Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  7 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Cleaning $250
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                  • Taxes Not included


                  Please contact owner for a quote, discounts and seasons. Longer stays than 7 nights may get additional discount. Minimun stays may vary. Monthly stay Ok.

                  All credit cards including American Express and Paypal are accepted. E-Check and personal checks accepted. We request communication via telephone to confirm your form of payment.

                  Cancellation: Full refund if cancel before 60 days of arrival. Booking form and Short Term Rental Agreement to be signed for booking. Tax is to be included at booking.

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                  Last updated: 10/05/2014
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                  Near Everything with Something for Everyone!!, World class restaurants 5 min away (including famous Chez Panisse), San Francisco only a short drive/metro ride away, Easy day trips to world famous Napa Valley Wine Country, Walking distance to biking/hiking trails in California's largest regional park (Tilden Park), only half block to Kensington Park with children's playground/tennis and basketball courts/picnic area/public library and community center, 7 min to Bay-side Pt. Isabel 'dog park', 15 min walk to metro/subway (BART) and 1 block to bus transit, At Tilden Park try steam trains(548-6100), petting zoo and pony rides (527-0421)next to Environmental Education Center,a merry-go-round(524-6283) as well as Lake Anza for swimming (May-September), golfing,picnic,group camping,equestrian camping,hiking and biking, Also 5-minute walk to Kensington Village shops(ice cream parlor,pharmacy/gifts,supermarket,restaurant,cafe,nail salon,yoga,bank, gas station,and more.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1991

                  About the owner: We are David and Sylvia Fike. We raised our three children in this home and have enjoyed the diverse beauty and activities of the Bay Area for the last 20 years. Now, David is the president of a liberal arts college in the Midwest and Sylvia is on sabbatical after a successful 30-year professional career as a leader and executive director of non-profit community-based organizations engaged in local, national, and international work. We have extensive family and friends in this community and return to our home for short stays several times during the year. However, during these years of living and working in a different part of the country, we carefully nurture this family home and relish making it available for others to enjoy. Having both lived abroad and traveled frequently as a family and as a couple, we are able to anticipate many needs of vacation travelers and have tried to equip our home accordingly. Having lived in this area for much of our lives, we take pleasure in giving visitors guidance to many of the fabulous sites and activities of this exciting region, including those 'off the beaten track.'

                  Why the Owner Chose Berkeley:
                  Kensington--in the Berkeley Hills area-- is a gem in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our house is two blocks from the Blake State and Gardens--the official home of the UC President. We love our neighborhood because it is full of interesting professionals, academics and artists. Kensington is a well kept secret as one of the best family-friendly neighborhoods and it is a central location to access any point of interest when you visit the area. Great public transportation, bike-friendly and its proximity to the major highways make it a great location for short or long stays, either for work or tourism related trip, and for relaxation.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Our house is perfect for a family or two families traveling together because it is very spacious. One of our favorite rooms is the kitchen because it is spacious for 2 cooks and the views are stunning. The three level design also allows you to have your children or youth playing in the family room while the adults enjoy their conversation and cocktails in the social area of the second level. Relaxing in the large deck at any time of the day and breath in the breeze from the Bay and gorgeous trees surrounding the house is a special treat. And overall, you will experience a peaceful state of mind in this house, perfect for relaxation. But if you have to do some work, the office/library is fully equipped and there is wireless internet. Kensington Park (almost our backyard) at the end of our block, offers tennis, basketball, running track, and children's activities and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The location of the house is also central to access any point of interest in the Bay Area. Close to main freeways and subway stations. You can also walk,bike,bus or drive to shops at the Kensington Village, Kensington Circle, Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto, Solano shops, downtown Berkeley, Walk (3minutes) or drive to Tilden Regional Park (which offers many family and children's activities like the Mary-Go-Round, Pony Rides, Nature's Museum, The Little Farm and Lake Anza and more), and waterfront parks like Berkeley Marina and others, including the one-of-a-kind Point Isabel Dog Park. A charming studio with private bath and kitchenette, for 1-2 person max, is also available at separate rate--inquire for rates and availability.

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                  • Formal Living Room. See 34 pics under calendar. click link.

                    Formal Living Room. See 34 pics under calendar. click link.

                  • Dining room

                    Dining room

                  • Kitchen


                  • Master suite

                    Master suite

                  • Master suite bathroom

                    Master suite bathroom

                  • Bedroom 2-office-master suite floor. 1 daybed with 1 trundle bed, twins.

                    Bedroom 2-office-master suite floor. 1 daybed with 1 trundle bed, twins.

                  • Bedroom 4

                    Bedroom 4

                  • Upper decks

                    Upper decks

                  • Deck and bistro for studio occupants only

                    Deck and bistro for studio occupants only

                  • studio-rented separate from rest of the house

                    studio-rented separate from rest of the house

                  • Studio--rented separate from rest of house

                    Studio--rented separate from rest of house

                  • Family/Recreation Room. Includes sofa bed and air beds for additional sleeping.

                    Family/Recreation Room. Includes sofa bed and air beds for additional sleeping.

                  • Kitchen


                  • Master suite

                    Master suite

                  • Office/bedroom 2-in master suite

                    Office/bedroom 2-in master suite

                  • Bedroom 3

                    Bedroom 3

                  • Upper deck surrounding dining, living rooms and kitchen

                    Upper deck surrounding dining, living rooms and kitchen

                  • Panoramic views from decks, kitchen, dining, living room and master suite

                    Panoramic views from decks, kitchen, dining, living room and master suite

                  • Studio-rented separate from rest of the house

                    Studio-rented separate from rest of the house

                  • Studio kitchenette-dining area--rented separate from rest of the house

                    Studio kitchenette-dining area--rented separate from rest of the house

                  VRBO #359663

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                  Date last modified - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

                  $385 - $400 per night (USD)

                  4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 10

                  View calendar: Updated 10/05/14
                  Minimum stay: 5-7 nights
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                  Speaks: english, spanish
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