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Luxurious Berkeley Home

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Detached House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Please note that the City of Berkeley has started charging a 14% tax for stays of fewer than 14 days. This started on 9/1/17. If you rent our home you will need to pay this directly to us and we will forward it to the city. There is no tax for longer stays.

Now.... about us; we, your hosts, are a married couple; Margarita is a business owner, Bob is a physician. Both of us are semi-retired. Our children are grown and have moved out and our place is underutilized. We'd like to offer it to you. Our home has two separate parts. There's the main house (available for you) which is close to 1300 square feet and our cottage in the back.

You are most welcome to stay in our home. We have a 3 night minimum. The main home has two bedrooms and one bath. There is plenty of privacy. We stay in back.

Our house is meticulously maintained, clean, airy, and fully equipped. It is located in what is generally acknowledged as one of the most desirable areas of Berkeley, close to wonderful restaurants, shops, and walking streets.

Our place is perfect for visiting scholars, scientists, business or creative people and for tourists who prefer the peace and quiet of this lovely East Bay city. Many of our guests have been people with children and grandchildren or other relatives or friends in the area. There is easy and fast access to downtown San Francisco via public transportation; bus and BART stations are in easy walking distance from our house.


More Details

Bob Dolgoff and Margarita Nicol
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2017

About Bob Dolgoff and Margarita Nicol

Husband: physician. Wife: businesswoman. We have 5 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Yes, cute! We have been in the area for many years and want It would be fun to tell you all about our town and neighborhood. We know you'll enjoy the area and our home.

Bob Dolgoff and Margarita Nicol purchased this house in 2005

Why Bob Dolgoff and Margarita Nicol chose Berkeley

We didn't buy it as a vacation rental. It is our home. You will have full use of the appliances, dishes, etc. and you can even use the staples and spices you find in the pantry and the refrigerator.

What makes this house unique

Great location. Walk to UC Berkeley. Solano Avenue with its shops and restaurants is just 3 blocks away. Express bus to San Francisco is one block away. You can walk to the North Berkeley BART station. If you don't know about the climate in our area let us tell you -- it seldom gets very hot in the summer (almost no one has air conditioning) or too cold in the winter (no frost or snow). Winters can be rainy and cool, it almost never rains all summer long but it can be foggy and cool. Our usual summer weather may features fog or clouds in the morning clearing by Noon, then bright sunshine all afternoon, and then cooling in the evening. In the summer we can have spells when it is overcast for few days at a time. September and October are frequently our hottest months. In the winter it can by drizzly for days at at time or warm and sunny for days at a time or bright sunny and warm for days at a time.

The neighborhood is fabulous. Tree-lined streets, homes with beautiful landscaping, lots of flowers even in the winter. Shopping streets a few blocks away are lined with boutiques, bakeries, restaurants of all kinds, specialty food stores, bookstores, cafes, etc. You'll have fun just walking around.


North Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Shoes may not be worn in the house
  • The City of Berkeley charges taxes @ 12% +2% =14% for stays of fewer than 14 days. This must be paid directly to us, not through VRBO or Homeaway
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
no shoes in the house


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(44 traveler reviews)

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Luxurious Berkeley Home
average rating of 4.909091 based on 44 reviews

Charming home!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and charming home with plenty of personal touches! Thank you for sharing your home and for the wine, fruit and bread! Excellent location! Highly recommend this home! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for the review. We are glad you enjoyed staying in our home and yes we hope you'll return!
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Great home in a great neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for our daughter's wedding weekend. This lovely home in a great neighborhood was well-maintained, clean and well-appointed. We couldn't have asked for a better home base for a hectic weekend. Our hosts were accommodating and responsive. We'd stay again!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at our home and we'd love to have you return Bob + Margarita
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  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely home, on a quiet street but still conveniently located. The hosts are gracious and we had everything we needed. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are glad you enjoyed the place! Bob and Margarita
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Wonderful home in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four stayed in this lovely home for six nights. It was a wonderful stay--beautiful home with great amenities, plenty of space for us to spread out in, great location with easy access to local restaurants and shops, charming neighborhood. It would be my first pick of where to stay if we return to the area. Thanks so much for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely North Berkeley retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely home--very well equipped (even with basic groceries!), very well located to downtown and North Berkeley. We were very cosy.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! We are glad you enjoyed our place and hope you'll return some time in the future. It was a pleasure meeting you.
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Absolutely perfect stay; beautiful home in charming walking neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our weeklong stay at Bob and Margarita's beautiful home, and would have loved to stay longer. The house itself has lovely period charm and is comfortable and beautifully decorated. Everything is immaculate and well-maintained. It is well-stocked with clean towels, paper towels, bath, dish and laundry soaps etc. The dishwasher, washer and dryer were new and came in very handy. We were welcomed by a bottle of wine, small containers of milk, a loaf of bread, butter, good local coffee, and cupboards well-stocked with teas, spices and other basics, which we were invited to use. There is a cozy, private back porch for lounging. Good internet access. Wonderful location in Berkeley's walkable Northbrae neighborhood. Close to Shattuck (aka "Gourmet Ghetto") and Solano Street shopping and cafes. We would stay again in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope you'll return! it was also fun visiting with both of you
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Car: not necessary

Beaches Are an Hour's Drive Away, the High Sierra Mountains, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe Are 3 1/2 Hours Drive Away, Muir Woods (Redwoods, the World's Tallest Trees) Are an Hour Away. San Francisco is 25' away by car except during rush hour when it is 1 hour away! Take BART (our rapid transit rail system). You can walk to the BART station in 20 - 25 minutes or you can take the bus to the city; the bus stop is a block away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $140

The City of Berkeley charges a tax of 14% for rentals of fewer than 14 days. if your rental is for fewer than 14 days you will be billed for this in addition to the regular rate.
The rate for Thanksgiving and Christmas / New Years, and U.C. Berkeley graduation is $250.00 / night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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