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

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Last updated: 04/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

CLOSE SAN FRANCISCO, MINUTES TO UC CAMPUS. WALK TO TILDEN. BIKE TO BAY TRAIL. HOUSE AND SEPARATE STUDIO AVAILABLE AT SEPARATE RENT. INQUIRE. ASK FOR SEASONAL DISCOUNTS.


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:
• All beds are new and of high quality to support your sleeping needs
• Fully supplied with linens, dining and kitchen needs, crystal glassware and all modern amenities
• Master Bedroom in master suite is furnished with King size bed and antiques and panoramic views of village and water (SF Bay)
• Second bedroom next to master bedroom has two twin-size beds (Daybed with trundle), office equipment, including desk, printer, bookcase, supplies and offers privacy from other areas of the house.
• Full bathroom (bathtub/shower) on master bedroom suite
• Third bedroom has a Queen size bed, antiques and seating
• Fourth bedroom has a full size bed, desk and seating
• Full bathroom (bathtub/shower) serves two bedrooms on main level
• Beautiful kitchen with Arts and Crafts style cabinetry, antiques and panoramic views of village, trees and water
• Separate dining room with panoramic views
• Grand living room with panoramic views
• Family/recreation room with large TV and Wii games.
• Dual-level large reclaimed Redwood deck perfect for entertainment. Includes outdoor seating and eating furnishings. Also a small grill.
• Back yard with water fountain, benches and native plants
• Laundry room with eco-friendly machines
• Off-street parking for 1 car and additional parking on street
• WIRELESS/WI-FI in entire house.
• Air beds provided for additional sleepers.
• A separate studio may be available at separate rate for additional 2-3 persons. The private studio is located on the ground floor of the house and it has a separate independent entrance but it can connect to the rest of the house when rented with the house.
• Beautiful community park at the end of our block with playground, tennis courts, picnic areas, basketball court, soccer/track field and gorgeous views of the SF Bay.
• Housekeeping/Maid services during stay available upon request


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

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    The house is wonderful for children. There is a separate family/rec room where children can play while adults enjoy themselves in the formal living room and adjacent social areas. There's also a backyard for outdoor playing and the Kensington park is at the end of our block (1 minute walk) with playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball court, soccer/baseball/track field and picnic areas. ...moreless

  • 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 (1 twin and 1 queen size) ...moreless

  • King size bed (1) in master bedroom. Panoramic views of village and the Bay. Separate bedroom next to master bedroom includes 1 trundle bed (2 twins) and office. 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 twin size and one queen size. Maximum 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

  • Bathroom 1

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  • Bathroom 2

    ...moreless

  • 2 full bathrooms (bathtub/shower). An additional 3rd full bathroom within studio if rented with house (separate rate and subject to availability). ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Beautiful panoramic views of the village and the SF Bay. 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

Entertainment

  • 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

Theme

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

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

  • Village:

    Beautiful views of the town also ...moreless

  • 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
  • Ice Skating
  • 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

  • Dining:

    Separate dining room. Formal table seats 6-10 persons. We provide an additional folding table and folding chairs also. ...moreless

  • Dining Area

General

  • Broadband Access:

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

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Centralized heating and additional space heaters provided if needed. ...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens and towels are provided. ...moreless

  • 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 and in the house. ...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

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you may need for cooking and baking. Blender provided. A small outdoor grill provided. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All dishes and utensils needed. Table linens. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Spacious kitchen with two sinks and panoramic views suitable for two cooks. All appliances provided. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Oven included in Wedgewood vintage stove....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Some dry goods, species. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Wedgewood vintage stove with oven. ...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • 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, tennis and basketball courts, soccer and track field, plus gorgeous views, at the end of our block--1 minute walk...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    basic mid size, nothing fancy. Additional grills and picnic tables at Kensington Park located at the end our block--1 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). Bring your equipment. ...moreless

 

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$2,800

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Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning $250
  • Tax Rate 11%

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Please contact owner for discounts. We also accept Paypal, American Express and personal checks, contact owner if that's your preference. Monthly stay OK. Last minute OK. We can accommodate payments in two installments before 60 days of arrival.


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Location

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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Speaks: english, spanish

 

Photos

  • Formal Living Room.

    Formal Living Room.

  • Dining room with panoramic views of village and Bay

    Dining room with panoramic views of village and Bay

  • Kitchen with panoramic views

    Kitchen with panoramic views

  • Master bedroom: king size bed with panoramic views

    Master bedroom: king size bed with panoramic views

  • Master suite bathroom

    Master suite bathroom

  • Bedroom 2/office: adjacent to master, daybed with trundle bed, (2 twins)

    Bedroom 2/office: adjacent to master, daybed with trundle bed, (2 twins)

  • Bedroom 4 Queen size bed

    Bedroom 4 Queen size bed

  • Upper decks overlooking village and views of Bay

    Upper decks overlooking village and views of Bay

  • 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

  • Sunset and Bay views from master bedroom

    Sunset and Bay views from master bedroom

  • Family/Recreation Room.We provide air beds for additional sleeping.

    Family/Recreation Room.We provide air beds for additional sleeping.

  • Kitchen with two sinks. View of vintage glass window

    Kitchen with two sinks. View of vintage glass window

  • Master bedroom: king size bed

    Master bedroom: king size bed

  • Office/bedroom 2: with trundle/day bed (2 twins) next to master bedroom

    Office/bedroom 2: with trundle/day bed (2 twins) next to master bedroom

  • Bedroom 3: Full size bed

    Bedroom 3: Full size bed

  • 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

  • Studio bathroom

    Studio bathroom

  • View from master bedroom of SF Bay

    View from master bedroom of SF Bay

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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Speaks: english, spanish
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  • Calendar last updated 04/22/2015
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