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Garden Setting, 2 Bedroom + Large Office, 3 Blocks to Cal, & off-street parking!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Retreat or work in this tranquil garden home, three blocks from the University.

Offering my lovely, fully furnished home: a 1400 sq. foot, 1920's townhouse-style duplex in North Berkeley. It's two stories, has two bedrooms (one with a large adjoining office), a private patio, 1.5 bathrooms, and includes a small private garage for off street parking. It's set back from the street in a lovely, quiet garden. It's in a great location in a beautiful neighborhood: three blocks to the University, two blocks to the Pacific School of Religion, and three blocks to the Gourmet Ghetto with its phenomenal eateries, gourmet shopping, boutiques, and an all organic farmers' market.

The rental is fully and beautifully furnished and includes bedding, towels and the like for your use. It features a fully equipped kitchen with service for eight and many appliances to indulge your inner gourmet (there are even culinary herbs growing outside, steps away from the kitchen), and a washer and dryer located inside the home. The private patio makes a lovely place to relax, dine, or even work with your laptop.

All utilities are included, as well as high-speed wireless internet, a land line with free domestic long distance, and cable television. Monthly housekeeping included for stays longer than three months.

There are many little touches to ensure a comfortable (and fun) stay:

- Both bedrooms feature beds with memory foam mattresses.

- Large screen plasma 3-D television with cable.

- Second TV in bedroom.

- Loads of closet space.

- Home is set back from the street, quiet.

- Phone with free domestic long distance.

- DSL with wi-fi.

- Private patio with orange and lemon trees, culinary herbs and a charcoal grill.

- Walkable neighborhood, three blocks to shopping, restaurants, and the University.

- 20 minute walk to downtown Berkeley: theaters, restaurants, shops.

- Two blocks to busses, one mile to BART.

- Off-street parking in your own compact, private garage.

- Whole house heat, with remotely controllable thermostat.

- Kitchen with gas stove and dishwasher.

- Enough dishwear, glasses, stemware, and utinsels to entertain 8+.

- Plenty of pots, pans, cooking gadgets and small appliances.

- Cuisinart food processor, espresso machine, blender, toaster, coffee maker, slow cooker, and more available for your use.

- A full bathroom with tub.

- Half bathroom with innovative eco-friendly, grey-water recycling feature.

- Home is set in a lovely garden.

- Full complement of linens and towels.

- A library of hundreds of books, with plenty of extra room on the shelves for as many books as you can bring.

- Sole treadmill.

- Over a hundred DVDs.

- Xbox360, with Kinect, all of the Rockband instruments, and a library of two dozen games.

- Crib, high chair, and play pen is available.

Regrettably, with the exception of service animals, I am not able to accommodate dogs. Other animals will be considered on a case by case basis.

Due to a City of Berkeley ordinance, with the exception of medical marijuana, smoking is not allowed inside NOR in the gardens outside the home.

I'm always happy to answer any questions you might have about visiting Berkeley or the Bay Area. I grew up right here in Berkeley and love it very much. I like to make sure visitors get a chance to see the Berkeley I know as a local. I'm happy to provide information or answer any questions about the area: from restaurant recommendations and lovely walking trails to local businesses and events, and even local history. I'll be there to help you enjoy your stay!

More Details

Colette Zelwer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2017

About Colette Zelwer

I grew up here in Berkeley, and while I've lived other places nothing feels so much like home. Currently I work in web publishing. Despite having a degree I primarily think of myself as a student, as I am perpetually enrolled in one class or another. I love taking advantage of the many, many cultural and educational opportunities available in this lovely, lively college town. I love to cook and have many happy memories of dinners (some of them quite elaborate) that I've prepared here to enjoy with friends around the table. I also love literature, reading and writing it, and I've made so many nice little spots to enjoy a good book or sit and write for the afternoon.

Colette Zelwer purchased this condo in 2003

Why Colette Zelwer chose Berkeley

I grew up in this neighborhood, and nowhere feels quite so much like home, but this home would be a treat no matter where it was located! I love the peace from being back from the street, surrounded by trees and a beautiful garden. Inspired by this I've made the place lovely and restful in side too. I work from home, and since I spend so much time there it is very important to me to live in a place conducive to work AND to relaxing when I am not at work. Here I have found I am able to enjoy both!

What makes this condo unique

What makes my home unique is the sheer number of little conveniences and beautiful touches. Being a five minute walk to the University and the Gourmet Ghetto makes for a very rich experience, both intellectually and gastronomically. And when you come home as soon as you reach the garden you find yourself sighing happily as you come in the door. And having your own parking spot to come home to is priceless! Some more of my favorite conveniences are being able to do laundry without leaving the house, always having the right tool at hand when preparing meals, the private patio with its green vine covered walls and dear little Japanese maple, and of course the dynamic mix of people from all over the world attracted to this city by the University creates an amazing community.


Berkeley Hills Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , Features Innovative Eco-Friendly Water Recyling
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Purple Bedroom - 1 double , Memory Foam Mattress
    Green Bedroom - 1 queen , Memory Foam Mattress
  • Both bedrooms have memory foam mattresses for a comfortable night's rest. The purple bedroom also has an LCD television and adjoins the office.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Garden Setting, 2 Bedroom + Large Office, 3 Blocks to Cal, & off-street parking!
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews
Lima, Perú


  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect, a couple of blocks of shops, ,restaurants etc. The apartment is very clean, has a lot of light and you have everything you need and more that you would expect. I came with my husband and we were so happy that we are coming back for a month. Colette is a wonderful person that will fulfill any of your needs. I would definitely recommend this property and would give a six star if I could.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommended excellent place.

  • 5 of 5

The house was very nice and comfortable. Conveniently located. Well and generously equipped with everything needed and much more to make the stay convenient and pleasant.

The owner was helpful and responsive.

We stayed there a month. We definitely recommend it and will be happy to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a 2 bedroom house in walking distance from Peets and the gourmet ghetto in Berkeley. The house is set back from the street and very quiet. It is well maintained and has all utensils needed. My daughter and I enjoyed our stay very much and greatly recommend this house for any stay in the Berkeley area.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

The perfect home away from home. Everything you probably have in your own home - you will find here. Comfy beds, cable tv, full kitchen, full length bath, fast wifi, espresso machine, lock up garage with remote door, office desk and chair, perfectly quiet at night, very convenient location to walk to many restaurants and supermarkets, Walgreens etc. Everything you need, plus some!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harbor Springs, MI

Location perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this Berkeley address- walkable to the school where our daughter teaches and many locations in the "gourmet ghetto". Colette really anticipated many needs and we were very comfortable in the space-nice sized living room and bedrooms. On thing I particularly liked was that paper products were in good supply and we didn't have to make multiple trips to the store for products I usually forget to put on my list!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Great home in centrally located, walkable neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Colette's house for two and half months with three small children and just loved it. It's two bedrooms but one of the rooms looks like it used to be two adjoining rooms and is spacious. The house has been well maintained; the rooms are nicely painted, the back patio has lemon trees and herbs, the furniture and beds are comfortable. Colette also kept an eye out for details that you really notice if you're somewhere for more than a couple of days. The kitchen, for instance, is well equipped - the main times like a microwave but also the not-so-obvious things like a mixer & waffle iron. There's also a drying rack, vacuum cleaner, etc. You get the point - everything you need to make your stay comfortable.

The home has friendly, quiet neighbors and is in a safe neighborhood in easy walking distance to great restaurants and cafes, local shops, two full-sized grocery stores, a Walgreens and CVS, and the post office, as well as UC Berkeley.

Transportation wise, this property has it all - there's a private one-car garage so no worries about parking but it's also accessible to BART and bus routes, so not having a car is not a limiting factor. It's an easy BART ride to other parts of the East Bay or to San Francisco.

All in all, you can't go wrong with this property. It's a beautiful home in a great neighborhood and Colette is fantastic to work with. If you need a place to stay in Berkeley, this is it!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Oakland International Airport (OAK)
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Amtrak, Berkeley Station
Car: not necessary

A great location in a beautiful neighborhood: three blocks to the University of California at Berkeley (Cal, UCB), two blocks to the Pacific School of Religion, and three blocks to the Gourmet Ghetto with its phenomenal eateries, gourmet shopping, boutiques, and an all organic farmers' market.


Rates & Availability

Berkeley Hills Condo Rental Rates

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Standard pricing
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59

Because the property is located so close to the University I cater to longer term guests, with a 3 month minimum lease for stays between mid-August and mid-May. Please contact me with questions.

To hold your reservation the amount of your security deposit plus 25% of total for your stay (up to 2 months) is required.

The balance is due seven days before arrival for stays up to six weeks. For stays longer than three months: $1000 is due at signing, rent for the first month (prorated) is due at move-in, and then due on the first of the month.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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