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Last updated: 08/23/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Albany house description

Located for quick access to everything in the Bay Area: near North Berkeley BART (quick ride to San Francisco, San Jose, most major Bay Area locations), near UC Berkeley, Monterey Market (best fresh produce in the bay, where the chefs shop), many gourmet restaurants, and other hot spots. Easy access to all major forms of transport but just in case you change your mind, an Enterprise car rental agency is within quick walking distance.

Best value for your dollar in the Bay area.

Free wifi, phone, Wii game system, 42' TV, various supplies for your work and play including several bikes and helmets, including kid's bikes.

Hardwood floors throughout, tourist travel guides supplied, washer, dryer, ironing board and iron.

Home is ideal for meals. Dining room with executive size 8+ seater large table or a comfortable table for smaller groups at the end of a long day. All modern supplies needed for cooking healthy meals. A breakfast table in the kitchen allows for comfortable morning meals.

Master King bed private oasis in back, second bedroom with a Full bed (can sleep 1 or 2 comfortably), third bedroom with two bunkbeds (can sleep 4 with 2 in upper bunks and 2 on twin beds below). There are also two air mattresses available to use.

If you are considering booking for 2014, a few details:

* Usually the home is booked far in advance for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are looking for a home during the holidays, grab this one before it gets booked like usual.

* If you haven't seen Berkeley over Halloween, come check it out! While the street this house is on is quiet (maybe one or two trick-or-treaters if you're home) about 12 blocks away is an amazing neighborhood that does over-the-top decorations. Over the years we've seen a real historical cannon that shot candy into the air, raining it down on the tirck-or-treaters, as well as several walk-through haunted houses, all just part of the friendly neighborhood fun.

* Book New Year's far in advance and see the San Francisco fireworks, a must see on many people's bucket lists.

Remember, Berkeley usually has comfortable weather during the winter, so relax and enjoy your vacation using this home as a landing spot.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Property Type

  • House
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Pets Considered:

                We welcome your non-human family members to join you. Just let us know in advance. There is an extra $50 cleaning fee to get the house back to fully clean for people with allergies. The home is child-friendly and pet-friendly too! ...moreless

              • Events Allowed
              • Children Welcome
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

              • Master Bedroom: 1 king

                8 pillows for maximum comfort...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 double

                Full sized bed with side table....moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 4 twin/ single

                Two twin bunkbeds (4 twin beds total), two desks also...moreless

              • Three bedrooms including: a full Master, a room with four twin beds (bunkbeds), and a third bedroom with a full size (double) bed, all with regular closets. Notes for large parties: If you need to you can use the two sofas in the living room. The long sofa can be a sleeping spot for an adult. The 2 seater sofa is of course shorter and more appropriate for a child. There are also blow up mattresses you can put in various locations depending on what you need. The most we have ever had in the home was 18 people plus a few small children, but that was surely too many! Thankfully there were all sweet, fun, and had a great time. When we lived in the home, our four children (six people total) lived comfortably with occasional sleepovers with friends. ...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

                bathroom is cozy but has plenty of storage for your items...moreless

              • Bathroom is supplied with hair dryer, 8 fresh towels and other supplies. There is often lotion, shampoo, shaving cream and other amenities. We know it's tough for large parties to get by on one bathroom. We lived with six people and one bathroom for many years and never had an issue, but know that it is just a single bathroom. Full tub / shower and plenty of storage....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • Games
              • Games For Kids
              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Family

              Attractions

              • Forests
              • Library
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Arboretum
              • Bay/Sound
              • Botanical Garden
              • Cinemas
              • Live Theater
              • Synagogues
              • Winery Tours
              • Restaurants
              • Festivals

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Walking
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Paddle Boating
              • Sight Seeing
              • Eco Tourism
              • Scenic Drives
              • Photography

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Babysitter
              • Medical Services

              Location Type

              • Downtown:

                Berkeley has a small town feel (no skyscrapers) but is close to all big No CA cities. Within Berkeley's 'downtown', see Telegraph Ave, UC Berkeley campus, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, and many gourmet eats...moreless

              • Near The Ocean:

                Short bike ride or quick car ride to SF bay...moreless

              • Town:

                Centrally located: close to freeway for easy access to the entire bay, also near the university, UC Berkeley....moreless

              sports and adventure activities

              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Pier Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Ice Skating
              • Sailing
              • Cycling
              • Golf
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Roller Blading
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                  Dining

                  • Dining:

                    The home has often rented to people who need the space for large dinners. The table can extend to seat 10 comfortably and extra chairs are provided but there is seating for 4 more. ...moreless

                  • Dining Room
                  • Seating for 10 people

                  forms of payment

                      • Accept Credit Card

                      General

                      • Iron & Board
                      • Backpack
                      • Gas Heating
                      • Ducted Heating
                      • Living Area
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Local Maps
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Shampoo
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Internet
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Fireplace
                      • Telephone
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking:

                        There is one car parking space alongside the home. There is also street-side parking, but sometimes if there are events going on nearby it may be difficult to find parking for a 2nd car....moreless

                      • Wireless Internet:

                        Free wireless internet. Password provided in home. ...moreless

                      • Living Room:

                        The comfortable living room has two couches and several chairs for easy entertaining or relaxing at the end of the day. ...moreless

                      • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                        Tennis rackets provided with 3 tennis courts in walking distance: Hopkins, Ohlone Parkway, and Cedar. Bikes are also available for your use....moreless

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional

                          Kitchen

                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Toaster
                          • Blender
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Stove
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Oven
                          • Microwave
                          • Kitchen:

                            Many people have rented this home just for the kitchen. It always books early for Thanksgiving! The kitchen is unusually large for a Californian home. ...moreless

                          • Stove
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Refrigerator:

                            Side-by-side fridge with filtered water dispenser built in. Plenty of room for whatever supplies you need. ...moreless

                          • Freezer:

                            Full freezer, easy access since fridge is a side-by-side. ...moreless

                          Outside

                          • Lawn / Garden
                          • Barbecue
                          • Beach Towels
                          • Large Cooler
                          • Small Cooler
                          • Bicycles
                          • Outdoor Grill Gas
                          • Patio
                          • Outdoor Entertainment Area
                          • Shed
                          • Fully Fenced Property
                           

                          Reviews

                          Write a review 4.6
                          from 13 traveler reviews
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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Off Season Discount
                          Aug 21 - Oct 5, 2014
                          2 night min stay
                          $240
                          $1,600 $3,900
                          Holiday Rate
                          Nov 22 - Jan 2, 2015
                          3 night min stay
                          $350
                          $2,250 $6,500
                          My Standard Rate
                          3 night min stay
                          $275
                          $1,750 $4,900
                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees and Rental Conditions:

                          • Property Damage Protection $49
                          • Cleaning $110
                          • Tax Rate 9%

                          Notes:

                          Best rate in the Bay! Compared to other homes, this home offers the best kitchen and # of beds. Compared to hotels in the area... well, there's no comparison. It's the best, most economical and most comfortable way to visit Northern California. Enjoy!


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                          Last updated: 08/23/2014
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                          Location

                          • University of California at Berkeley

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                          • Greek Theater

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                          17 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          OAK (also SFO is easy BART ride, 24 mile)
                          12.3 Miles
                          Nearest Ferry
                          San Francisco Ferries at Fisherman's Wharf
                          0.5 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          BART
                          1.5 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Hwy 80 / 580 / 880
                          2 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Marina
                          0.5 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Albatross
                          179 Miles
                          Nearest Ski
                          Tahoe
                          2.1 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Tilden Park
                          0.9 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Gioia Pizza http://gioiapizzeria.com/

                          Car: Recommended

                          North Central Berkeley, near the University of California at Berkeley, close to BART, easy visit to San Francisco and the rest of Silicon Valley

                          Lots of great events throughout the year. See:

                          http://visitberkeley.com/

                          for a great up-to-date listing.

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2006

                          About the owner: Hi, I'm Cathy. My family and I have lived all over: several states on the west coast, New Zealand, several European countries and we've visited 30+ more great hot spots on the map, mostly for work. Plus, we love traveling. As of 2009, my husband and I now both work remotely. We can live anywhere but wanted to keep our CA party pad so thank goodness for HomeAway and VRBO! We love the location and have many good friends in Berkeley and throughout the Bay Area. We're fun-loving, nomadic explorers and we're grateful for all the people who have come to Berkeley to enjoy the area like we have. So much to explore!

                          Why the Owner Chose Albany:
                          My husband and I purchased this Berkeley home in 2005-2006 when we needed convenient access to *everything*. We had 4 kids going to 4 different schools and both of us commuting: me all over the Bay area (SF, San Mateo, Palo Alto in particular) and my husband with a daily commute to Emeryville. None of us like commuting. We want to get where we're going then play! There is so much to explore in the Bay Area and we loved the convenience. The houses in the Berkeley hills have pretty views, but it takes longer to get to them and convenience took a higher priority. We wanted a place that was big enough for all of us, with space for sleepovers for the kids and a massive kitchen since homecooked food can be so healthy and good. One of this house's best features is its large kitchen and central, large dining room, great for family meals. The house was everything we needed plus more.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          The large kitchen is what attracts most people to this house. Being able to cook your own food is excellent for this particular area because: 1. If your budget is tight, cooking a few meals in-house can slice significant money off your budget! 2. There are several superb, unique grocery stores nearby, including a fresh produce market, Monterey Market, that has some of the best produce in the world. Having a great kitchen helps you take full advantage of it. Also, compared to other rentals in the area, this home is perfectly located -- it's close to the freeway, but several blocks away so it's in a family neighborhood. It's less than 10 blocks from the main freeway whereas many rental houses are 25 to 35 blocks (or more) across town. When you're vacationing, the last thing you want to do is commute. It's why we bought it -- we wanted to spend our days relaxing and playing with the kids (not driving). The public transit and easy walking around town made this home ideal.


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                          • Several travel guides for San Francisco and the Northern CA region available.

                            Several travel guides for San Francisco and the Northern CA region available.

                          • The home comes stocked with loads of travel guides and maps.

                            The home comes stocked with loads of travel guides and maps.

                          • Kitchen has a 'pass through' to dining room area for chef(s) and guests to chat

                            Kitchen has a 'pass through' to dining room area for chef(s) and guests to chat

                          • Four twin beds, two desks, and two chairs.

                            Four twin beds, two desks, and two chairs.

                          • Home has welcoming entry

                            Home has welcoming entry

                          • Home greets you after a long day exploring the Bay Area

                            Home greets you after a long day exploring the Bay Area

                          • Outdoor eating. Table has fire pit with coals for roasting dinner.

                            Outdoor eating. Table has fire pit with coals for roasting dinner.

                          • Minutes from the Marina with all its walking trails

                            Minutes from the Marina with all its walking trails

                          • Living room has large windows allowing for relaxing time talking with friends.

                            Living room has large windows allowing for relaxing time talking with friends.

                          • King-size bed in the master bedroom.

                            King-size bed in the master bedroom.

                          • Full-sized bed in this room.

                            Full-sized bed in this room.

                          • Parking for your own car right next to the home

                            Parking for your own car right next to the home

                          • Full washer and dryer for your convenience

                            Full washer and dryer for your convenience

                          • Back yard has grill pit for BBQing, plus seating.

                            Back yard has grill pit for BBQing, plus seating.

                          • Marina is close by. Many people come for the sailing regattas and other events!

                            Marina is close by. Many people come for the sailing regattas and other events!

                          $240 - $350 per night (USD)
                          13

                          3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 10

                          View calendar: Updated 08/23/14
                          Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
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