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Bright, comfortable living room w/ sofas, armchair, fireplace, art and antiques

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Last updated: 05/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Our spacious and luxurious 2-level home in the Berkeley hills is roomy, comfortable, full of light and a pleasure to live in for up to five people. It's cozy in the winter and cool and pleasant in the summer. We have decks on each level and an additional private one for the master bath. The rental includes weekly housekeeping.

The beautiful living room has two comfortable sofas to curl up in while watching the hawks floating on air currents over the canyon across the road, as well as cozy armchairs, well-chosen art, and a wood-burning fireplace.

The canyon view is also what you see from the large comfortable dining room that seats six to seven around a custom round dining table, in cushy upholstered chairs that you won't want to leave after dinner. Smaller chairs are available that can allow eight to dine at the table.

The large eat-in kitchen seats six. They can keep the cook company while he/she uses the high quality cooking tools and appliances to cook fresh food from the nearby Monterey Market, famous Monterey Fish Company and others of Berkeley's astounding array of provisioners. The kitchen's French doors open to a private deck with table and chairs for dining surrounded by climbing roses. Take a book out here and relax on the couch or in the antique steamer chair while looking at the garden and terrace below.

Enjoy the enormous master bedroom/sitting room with its king-size bed furnished with high thread count linens, the sofa in front of the wood-burning fireplace, the antique armoire and the three sets of French doors opening the entire room to the garden terrace.

There's plenty of room in the walk-in closet and drawers for all your own things; no trying to work around the owner's possessions. There's also a TV if you like to watch TV in bed.

The sybaritic master bath is newly remodeled and you will think you have wandered into a Four Seasons Hotel bathroom when you see the soaking tub, the large walk-in shower and its own completely private adjacent deck. You can luxuriate in the tub with candles lit while allowing the fresh breeze in from the deck.

The second bedroom is furnished with an extremely comfortable queen-size bed, a settee, and plenty of storage. It has a view of treetops and a glimpse of the lights of San Francisco in the distance. There is a full bath adjacent.

The pretty and cozy book-filled library/TV room has a music system and a flat-screen TV with cable and DVD player.

For working at home, there's a large office with 2 desks, a file cabinet, 2 printers and a fax, and of course there's wi-fi throughout the house. Internet and wi-fi is included in the rental cost. A single bed can be installed in this room if needed, allowing the house to sleep 5 people.

A laundry room with washer/dryer is inside the house. The house has a monitored security system. We supply you with excellent quality linens, kitchenware and tableware.

Our housekeeper comes to clean weekly at no extra charge.

Our street is very quiet, with little traffic, but is conveniently located for all your needs. Solano Avenue, a major shopping street with 2 supermarkets, a movie theater, a Peet's, a Starbucks, independent cafes, a drugstore, Noah's Bagels and many other shops and restaurants is 1/2 mile away.

We are within easy distance of UC Berkeley: you may walk or bike or take the direct bus which stops one block from the house. A direct bus to San Francisco stops one block away as well. BART rapid transit station is also close by.

Nearby Tilden Park has a lake, hiking, children's zoo, horseback riding. San Francisco and Marin County are just 20 minutes away. The Napa and Sonoma Valleys are less than an hour away and offer wine-tasting, shopping, gourmet eating.

San Francisco Bay offers sailing, windsurfing, fishing, and the gorgeous coastal beaches are only a short drive away. Lake Tahoe, with sailing in the summer and snow sports in the winter, is only a few hours drive.

Berkeley's excellent food shopping is nearby, also lots of fabulous restaurants, movie theaters, live theater, libraries, parks and museums.






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Property Type

  • House
  • 2300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

    The office can function as a bedroom for one....moreless

  • King size beds (1) New California King bed, top-quality mattress and box spring in the master bedroom, high count linens, Queen size Beds (1) Top quality queen size mattress and box spring in the second bedroom, high count linens, Twin or Single Beds (1) A twin bed is available to make the office an additional sleeping area...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1

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  • Bathroom 2

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  • Newly remodeled Bathroom 1 has two sinks, a stone vanity counter, a huge walk-in shower and an extra deep soaking tub along with a private deck accessed by a sliding door. The toilet is in its own room. Bathroom 2 has a shower over a large tub, fully tiled wall-to-wall, with a hand spray in addition to the fixed shower head....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We have a large multi-level terrace accessed by three French doors in the master suite and a staircase from the generous dining deck on the kitchen level. The house has fireplaces in both the living room and the master bedroom suite sitting area. There is a luxurious soaking tub and walk-in shower in the master bath which also has a private deck. A sunny office is equipped with desks and work space for two including printers, fax, and scanner. We have views of a green canyon and trees from most windows; the house is on a quiet street but within easy walking distance to shopping, schools, and entertainment....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Library has three walls of floor-to-ceiling books...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    Music system and many CDs in the library/TV room, speakers in that room and the living room...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable, Apple TV for Netflix, etc....moreless

  • Stereo:

    CD player, tape player, speakers in library and living room...moreless

  • Television:

    One flat panel HDTV in the library/TV room, along with a DVD player and Apple TV. Another small TV on a shelf in the master bedroom....moreless

  • VCR

Theme

  • Romantic
  • Spa

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Custom round table with 6 fully upholstered armchairs. Additional chairs available. Oval table with seating for 4-6 in kitchen eating area, separate from work space...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Broadband Access:

    Internet is included in cost of rental...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Washer and dryer in laundry area inside house...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    Garage has automatic door and is connected directly to the house. Not available for parking but can access the house through the garage....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Highest quality linens and towels are provided...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Comfortable sofas and chairs, large coffee table, view of trees in the canyon across the street, original art on the walls, antique items...moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of street parking available...moreless

  • Telephone:

    (3)...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    HIgh quality towels provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and dryer in laundry area inside house...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi throughout house is included in cost of rental...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    (2) One wood-burning fireplace in the living room, and another in the master bedroom/sitting room area...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Electric coffee maker, Nespresso espresso maker, French press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Best quality utensils, chef's knives, full range of pots and pans, Calphalon, Staub and other high end brands...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Multiple sets of china, dishes, high quality flatware, lots of wine glasses, drinking glasses, champagne flutes, mugs, espresso cups...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Two drawer Fisher Paykel dishwasher, very convenient for only 2 people as you can use one drawer at a time if you wish...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Luxurious eat-in kitchen, new top quality Miele and Fisher Paykel appliances, bright and spacious, with an adjacent deck. Outdoor table and seating for 4 plus couch and chaise longue. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    New Miele built-in wall microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    New Miele wall oven with convection function...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    New Fisher Paykel refrigerator...moreless

  • Stove:

    New Miele 5 burner gas cooktop with downdraft vent...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two-slot toaster as well as toaster-oven...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Balcony off master bedroom/sitting room...moreless

  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    Private deck off the kitchen with table and chairs for meals, lounge furniture for relaxing, patio umbrella, private terrace off master bedroom with lounge chairs, private deck off master bathroom...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber kettle...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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$2,200 $6,000
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $150
  • Property Damage Protection $79

Notes:

Any amounts paid are not refundable unless reservation can be re-rented at the same rate and for the same period.

Security deposit of $2000 is required and will be refunded within 7 days less the cost of any damage.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 05/17/2016
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Location

19 Miles
Nearest Airport
Oakland
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
César
10 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Oakland
5 Miles
Nearest Train
Berkeley
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
U.S. 80
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Chez Panisse
18 Miles
Nearest Beach
Alameda

Car: Recommended

Movie theaters and several legitimate theaters are within minutes of the house, Berkeley's great restaurants (Chez Panisse, for example) are within walking distance, wine tasting and/or beaches are less than an hour away, wind-surfing, hiking, lectures, university classes, are all available within minutes. Whatever your interests, you can enjoy them easily.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1976

About the owner: We are a couple who have lived in this house for most of our married life and love to travel, collecting art and furniture as we go. In a previous career I was an interior designer and the house was my favorite project. Now that we're retired we are spending some time traveling and have decided to make the house available to others who would enjoy it as we do.

Why the Owner Chose Thousand Oaks, Berkeley, CA, USA:
We came to Berkeley years ago to go to school and loved it so much we never left. It has everything one could want: beauty, convenience, cultural opportunities, outdoor activities, proximity to the big city and the country, and of course great food. Over the years we have upgraded the house to an extremely high standard and are proud to share it with others who care about their surroundings.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our house is calm, private and relaxing while giving us nearly immediate access to everything San Francisco and the wine country offer.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french
 

Photos

  • Bright, comfortable living room w/ sofas, armchair, fireplace, art and antiques

    Bright, comfortable living room w/ sofas, armchair, fireplace, art and antiques

  • Living room seating

    Living room seating

  • View from dining table toward living room

    View from dining table toward living room

  • Kitchen counter with gas cooktop and hidden vent

    Kitchen counter with gas cooktop and hidden vent

  • Huge master bedroom/sitting room with 3 sets of French doors to the private deck

    Huge master bedroom/sitting room with 3 sets of French doors to the private deck

  • Soaking tub between private deck and walk-in shower in master bath

    Soaking tub between private deck and walk-in shower in master bath

  • Luxurious walk-in shower next to the extra-deep soaking tub in the master bath

    Luxurious walk-in shower next to the extra-deep soaking tub in the master bath

  • Some of the seating on the spacious terrace outside the master suite

    Some of the seating on the spacious terrace outside the master suite

  • Queen bedroom with view of trees and an occasional glimpse of San Francisco

    Queen bedroom with view of trees and an occasional glimpse of San Francisco

  • King bed in master suite with one of three sets of French doors to the terrace

    King bed in master suite with one of three sets of French doors to the terrace

  • Gallery hallway with skylight

    Gallery hallway with skylight

  • Another view of living room looking towards entry and lovely dining room

    Another view of living room looking towards entry and lovely dining room

  • Dining room with custom table and comfortable armchairs

    Dining room with custom table and comfortable armchairs

  • Bright and spacious kitchen with eating area and access to large deck

    Bright and spacious kitchen with eating area and access to large deck

  • Shadows of trees outside itchen eating area

    Shadows of trees outside itchen eating area

  • Master suite sitting area showing one of three sets of French doors to the deck

    Master suite sitting area showing one of three sets of French doors to the deck

  • Other view of master suite sitting area with sofa, antique armoire and fireplace

    Other view of master suite sitting area with sofa, antique armoire and fireplace

  • Part of the terrace outside the master suite

    Part of the terrace outside the master suite

  • Cozy library and TV room with seating for 4

    Cozy library and TV room with seating for 4

  • Detail of queen bedroom

    Detail of queen bedroom

  • Vanity area of master bath, 2 sinks and magnifying makeup mirror

    Vanity area of master bath, 2 sinks and magnifying makeup mirror

VRBO #221040

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Thursday, August 25, 2016

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5 Star Living, Luxury and Comfort in North Berkeley

Thousand Oaks, Berkeley, CA, USA #221040

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