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Historic Edwardian! 8 blocks to UC Berkeley Campus! 2 blocks to College Ave!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

Berkeley's historic Elmwood House is a 1905 Edwardian duplex, and prominent landmark in Berkeley's sought-after Elmwood district. This is one of Berkeley's grand old dames with original details, much character and wonderful architectural detail. If Elmwood House is not available please check VRBO listing 44719 for Elmwood Place.

Located in one of Berkeley's most loved neighborhoods where family pot-luck dinners are common on front lawns throughout summer, tree-lined streets are teeming with kids on bicycles, neighbors gather on front porches and street corners, and history and brown-shingle homes abound, the Elmwood is one of Berkeley's most prized neighborhoods!

This lovely quintessential Berkeley home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in a kid and family-friendly neighborhood. There are two children's parks within a half block of the house, and the College Avenue strip is just a couple of blocks away. The area is flat and easy to walk; it boasts a 97 WalkScore for its accessibility to everything from public transit, shopping, libraries, cultural events (CAL Performances and more), to several parks, a hospital, wonderful hiking trails, golfing ranges, swimming and tennis!

The Berkeley Fire Trail is just five minutes away and at the top, one is rewarded with panoramic bay views! Tilden, Chabot, Redwood, Temescal and Sibley Regional Parks are just minutes away and provide everything from wedding venues to beaches, lakes, hiking, golfing, a kid's animal farm, horse-riding, water sports and more. The CAL Recreation Center is just five minutes away and provides three lap pools in a verdant and lush setting.

The home is a wonderfully bright, sunny and spacious period residence, luxuriously appointed and ideally located within walking distance of College and Telegraph Avenues where you will find fine dining, ethnic restaurants, bookstores, theatre, Berkeley's university campus, and more. Walk to historical Telegraph Avenue, or stroll along College Avenue, from the Rockridge District at one end and the California College of Art to the University of California of Berkeley (CAL) at the other end.

This is Berkeley at its best where sidewalks are abuzz with life and things to do. The entire stretch of College Avenue is lined with restaurants and places to shop. The local theatre is just two blocks away and right in the center of it all. San Francisco is only 8 miles away and easily accessible by BART. (10 blocks from house) Monterey and Carmel are approximately a 2 hour drive and the wine country, Napa Valley and Sonoma are only about an hour's drive. At your doorstep are some of the most beautiful parks and hiking trails in the east bay park district.

To see an EXTENSIVE PHOTO GALLERY of this heart of Elmwood/Rockridge home, scroll down this page to just below the 'AVAILABILITY CALENDAR,' where you will see a LINK next to 'ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.' There are approximately 200 photos there. In addition, the WalkScore link maps the location and gives distances to local restaurants, libraries, fitness centers, shopping, BART and more! If you do not see the links to photos and WalkScore map here, email me and we'll send it to you.

Elmwood House has three bedrooms, one of which can be used as office or library, a very spacious open living area that spans the whole floor length from living room to foyer, to dining room and kitchen. Beyond the kitchen is a fully equipped laundry room, which leads to the outdoors, and a fenced-in patio with table, chairs, umbrella, and BBQ! Each living area has original pocket doors (the ones that slide into the cavities of walls and disappear when not in use) so that you can close off the living rooms, third bedroom, and foyer for privacy, allowing extra bedroom space if needed in the living room, or peace and quiet for those who wish to retire early.

The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could need; (see the external link provided as stated below to see more.) There is also a highly regarded and superb-in-tone, Knight (British) piano for your use and enjoyment! All beds have been chosen for comfort and the linens are of the highest quality, from 700 count Egyptian Cotton to Frette Italian Duvet cover for the sofa bed. The sofa bed is on the 'top 10' list for comfort, and a fiber bed mattress has been provided for extra cushioning if needed. There are ample extra supplies, such as a queen-sized and Toddler sized Aerobed air mattresses, bedding, towels and pillows. Other baby and toddler items available: baby/child car seat /high chair/stroller/port-a-crib, booster seats, toys, books and puzzles available also.

The Elmwood is so loved that it inspired a book some years ago which gives a great accounting of its colorful and vibrant history! 'A Tale of the Elmwood District in Berkeley,' was described by Chronicle Staff Writer Charles Burress, in the Chronicle on Monday, January 1, 2001:

'Berkeley -- Just about every neighborhood has a story to tell, but few are remembered in time's long parade. But in Berkeley, a city passionate about protecting neighborhoods, there is one district so beloved by the citizens that it has inspired its own biography. 'Tales from the Elmwood' serves as a small museum not only of a place that has preserved a classic small-town charm but also of the extraordinary lives who've found a haven there.”

The book's gallery of former Elmwood residents ranges from creative giants like painter Richard Diebenkorn to historical figures like Ishi, called 'the last wild Indian of North America' in the subtitle of Theodora Kroeber's well- known biography of him. Other famous folks have called Elmwood home, including Jane Fonda, Eldridge Cleaver, Thornton Wilder and Tom Dunphy, better known as 'General Waste-more-land' in many anti-war demonstrations....'

(The book is located at the house if you wish to read more about Berkeley and Elmwood's history.)

Keywords: Historic, vacation rental, Berkeley, CAL, UCB, University of California at Berkeley, Rockridge, Elmwood, Claremont, San Francisco, Tilden, Edwardian, cul-de-sac, private, quiet, spacious.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Maura

I was born in London, England, and raised there and in Ireland. I have lived in the US for over 20 years. . Please check out my other listing in the same location - VRBO # 422719,

Maura purchased this house in 2004

Why Maura chose Elmwood

This property is well located on flat terrain within walking distance to all that's great in Berkeley: UC Berkeley campus, bookstores, Cal Performances, farmer's markets, cafes, restaurants, libraries, theatre, and more. No matter what you are seeking, or whom you are visiting, you will always find Berkeley to be a hotbed of activity and events that cater to a a broad array of interests.

What makes this house unique

Great friendly neighborhood! Market Hall on College Avenue! Olivetti's, Chez Panisse, Bay Wolf, and Citroen for food! The many other ethnic restaurants along College Ave. Local hiking at Redwood Park, Chabot, Tilden, and Sibley. Proximity to San Francisco. Bookstores! Berkeley's Repertory Theater, Cal Performances, University Art Museum, Pacific Archive Films, CAL campus and libraries, proximity to Marin (across the Golden Gate Bridge), and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area--for some of the best views and hiking in the world!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful California home. We had a lot of fun here. The beds were so comfortable!! We also enjoyed playing your wonderful piano and we had a very enjoyable Christmas with family and friends.

PS: We also enjoyed your many assortments of tea!

Thanks again!
Dec 2011
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Elmwood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , This room has a large chest of drawers and closet.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , This room has a chest and a closet and 9' ceilings.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , High-end sofa-bed with Temperpedic mattress
  • .
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Best location, walk to everything! Walk to Claremont Resort & Spa, Berkeley Tennis Club, UC Berkeley, great hiking at Claremont Canyon Reserve, Tilden Park, Tilden Golf Club, College & Telegraph Aves! 10 blocks walk to BART for day trips to San Francisco! Wonderful shopping just a couple blocks away on College Ave and Telegraph - great restaurants and music venues, including CAL Performances, and more.


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Historic Edwardian! 8 blocks to UC Berkeley Campus! 2 blocks to College Ave!
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 38 reviews

Beautiful property in a fabulous location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here. Came to visit family and stayed at this house for the third time. We love it here obviously. It is a quiet, friendly, and peaceful neighborhood, and we can walk everywhere - even to dinner in the evening, theater, and UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall! The neighborhood is charming and beautiful and there are so many unique and historic properties and tree-lined streets.

Our grand-kids love the two parks that are less than a 5-minute walk from the house, and the gourmet Ici ice cream on college Avenue. (There's often a line outside.) We loved walking along college Avenue and having dinner out in the evening. Walking around campus is also one of our favorite things to do - lots of beautiful buildings, and many oaks and redwoods. We love the Faculty Club, a Julia Morgan designed building on campus, and now restaurant where we had dinner every week. We will be back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Madisonville, LA

Perfect Bay Area Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

My family and I travel A LOT...and let me say that we have rarely found a house that is so lovely, inviting, clean, well appointed, and in such a perfect neighborhood.

We could truly walk to the market and shops, plus many fabulous restaurants. (Maura has excellent suggestions, and within the house, a lovely binder filled with information about the area, including restaurants, attractions, etc.)

There is a playground up the block, so if you have little ones, this is a plus.

It is also just a quick drive to SF and many other surrounding attractions, Muir Woods, Sausalito, etc.

Maura was so accommodating for our children as well, aged 4 yrs and 15 mos. It was a wonderful treat to have not only the feeding chair, baby bathtub, baby bed, blankets, toys, and excellent books, to name some of the items provided...but, to have ones which were of such lovely quality.

Thanks, Maura, for a fun, comfortable and relaxing stay.

All best,

The Groves Family

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Situated at the end of the street, surrounded by gardens and park benches, and a playground a stone throw away, this home could not have been more ideal for our family. The confined terrace allowed for grilling and a safe place for the kids to play outside. Our hostess’ hospitality was impeccable, and we immediately felt at home. The house was well-equipped, very clean and comfortable. To top off the perfect experience, just a few blocks away were quaint shops and delicious ice cream.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from Home!

  • 5 of 5

Nestled on a quiet street in the quaint and lively neighborhood of Elmwood, a charming house all bedecked in roses and passion vine awaited our arrival. We were warmly greeted by our hostess who exuded hospitality. Much to our delight we had found our "home away from home" to celebrate the marriage of our son. This Elmwood home is an architectural delight--boasting original trim and lovely built-in cupboards. We found it very clean, comfortable and cheerful, decorated in light coors reflecting the Berkeley sunlight, making it warm and cozy. It is a house of function as well as beauty. There is plenty of room for play and activity, and quality bed linens for good sleeping. The house boasts a fully equipped kitchen next to an expansive semi-formal dining room where a large table awaits good food a cheerful society of folk. we enjoyed breakfast on the private outside terrace. the location is perfect, tucked away and quiet but easy walking through lovely streets to cafes and shopping. It offered us a great place to work, to relax, and to celebrate. I whole-heartedly recommend this has the perfect spot to stay for any occasion.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Liked it so much we came back!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying here. The amenities, layout of the house, and the location (location, location) can't be beat.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jeff. Delighted you chose to return. Will have to send you your own set of keys if you keep on coming back. See you in December. Maura
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Melbourne, Florida

House in Berkeley

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here with 4 adults and 2 children. The location was fantastic, the area lovely to walk in. The house was very well equipped. Great Whole Foods Store just down the street. There was only one bathroom and the kitchen was a little crowded for two cooks but we would definitely stay there again! Maura was very helpful and made great suggestions on what to do with children and where to shop. Also helped us get a parking pass, so we did not have to move our second car every 2 hours. Our son used the garage for his rental car.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Oakland 15 mins, San Francisco 30 mins
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Alameda or Oakland
Nearest Golf
2 Metres
Tilden and Mira Vista , Pebble Beach Carmel 2 hrs
Nearest Train
0.25 Miles
Rockridge BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) 10 blocks
Nearest Motorway
0.8 Miles
24 and 580 - a quarter mile
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Many on College and Telegraph Aves - 2.5 blocks
Nearest Ski
250 Miles
2 hours Tahoe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Temescal Beach, Baker Beach, Muir Beach, Stinson
Nearest Point of Interest
College Avenue
Nearest Point of Interest
Telegraph Avenue
Nearest Point of Interest
CAL or University of California at Berkeley
Nearest Point of Interest
Claremont Canyon
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Temescal Beach and recreational Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Regent St Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Strawberry Canyon (CAL/UCB) Recreational Area Swimming Pools
Nearest Point of Interest
Baker Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Tilden Park, Botanical Gardens, Golf Course, Little Farm....
Nearest Point of Interest
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Car: not necessary

Located within walking distance of Berkeley's Tennis Club. Also close to national parks, Tiden, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Sibley and Redwood Parks. Lawrence Hall of Science and Chabot Museum. The Steinhart Aquarium SF. There is a piano at Elmwood House, and available for your use!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $275
Property Damage Protection $59

Graduation week, Christmas, New Year and Thanksgiving holidays $2650 per week 4/5 guests max. For larger numbers please inquire for rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund