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In the Heart of Elmwood-Location is Everything! Discount for stays of 3-4 months

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 60 nights


About the property

Fully Remodeled two story triplex in the heart of the historic Elmwood District

Property is suit-case ready. Guests are supplied with brand new sheets, pillows, kitchen towels, and bathroom towels. All other bedding (comforters, shams, throws, blankets) and linens are either dry-cleaned or laundered between each guest.

This boutique rental is located in the heart of historic Elmwood, just steps to College Avenue.


Perfectly situated for visiting U.C. Berkeley and turn key solution for sabbatical or visiting professionals.

This owner’s unit spans the entire second story of the property. Featuring 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, a spacious fully equipped kitchen, separate living room, dining room with fireplace, step-down sun room /office / laundry which overlooks the backyard and rear staircase leading to a large patio and relaxing garden complete with umbrellas, seating, dining furniture, and weber gas grill.

Boasting a 92 on the walk scale, a car in not necessary for your stay. But if you have one, you're a 15 minute drive to downtown San Francisco and less than an hour away from wine tasting in Napa Valley.

Walk out the front door and you're steps to College Avenue.

Turn left onto College for an easy 15 minute walk to UC Berkeley Campus, or to enjoy Elmwood's lovely collection of shops and restaurants.

Turn right onto College Avenue and your a short walk away to the Rockridge, A bustling neighborhood full of restaurants, specialty markets, shops, and pubs.

Hospital, public library (remodeled in 2012), park, playground, post office, banks all three blocks or less away.

Pokemon Go Gyms and Poke Stops less than a block away.

Bus stop just steps around the corner. It is a 5 minute bus ride (15 minute walk) to UC Berkeley Campus and it's campus shuttle.

8 minute bus ride (15 min walk) to the Rockridge Bart Station.

Hop on BART for quick and convenient transportation through-out the Bay Area and San Francisco. With Connections to both SFO (San Francisco Int'l Airport) and OAK (Oakland International Airport).

Keywords: Historic, vacation rental, Berkeley, CAL, UCB, University of California at Berkeley, Rockridge, Elmwood, Claremont, San Francisco, Tilden, quiet, spacious.

More Details

Paul and Rochelle Voelker
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

Why Paul and Rochelle Voelker chose Elmwood

Residential living with city conveniences. Walk to restaurants, cafes, shops, parks, entertainment, services, businesses, and public transportation.

Excellent public transportation. Bus system and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) provide quick and convenient transportation through-out the San Francisco Bay Area. With connections to both SFO (San Francisco Int'l Airport) and OAK (Oakland international Airport)

15 minute drive to downtown San Francisco

Easy 15 minute walk to UC Berkely Campus and campus shuttle service.

Located in the heart of the Elmwood, steps to College Avenue.

Turn left onto College and enjoy Elmwood's eclectic collection of restaurants, shops, and services.

Turn right onto College and you're a short walk to the Rockridge. A bustling neighborhood full of boutique shops, restaurants, specialty grocers, bakeries, coffee shops both independent and chains such as Noah's Bagels, Peat's Coffee, and Trader Joe's.

Short drive to Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto home of Chez Panisse, Lawrence Hall of Science, Tildon Park, Lake Temescal, Jewel Lake, Berkeley Fire Trail (great hiking not for the faint of heart), Berkeley's Art District (downtown), and Fourth Street.

What makes this house unique

Located in a residential neighborhood that is literally around the corner from the well-known shops and restaurants on College Avenue this property offers the conveniences of city living in a residential setting.

Start the morning with a stroll up to Espresso Roma for a fresh coffee and pastry.

Next, bike or walk to UC Berkeley in 5 – 15 min,

take BART to San Francisco – 2 stations within a 15 min walk,

or drive 10 – 15 min to local Pixar, Biotech, and Pharma companies in neighboring Emeryville.

Relax with a visit to the local newly remodeled public library, located around the corner.

Or walk around the corner in the other direction and take in a movie at the Elmwood Theatre.

Maybe you prefer to while away the time window shopping.

Feel like getting some exercise? Take a short 15 – 30 minute drive and enjoy a relaxing walk in a variety of scenic Berkeley Hills parks and trails including Tilden Park, Lake Temescal, Jewel Lake, and the fire trails.

Feeling hungry? There is no shortage of good restaurants within two blocks; Chinese at King Yen or Shen Hua; Italian at Trattoria La Sicilliana, Indian at House or Curries or vegetarian at La Mediterranee. Want to eat in, take a 10 min walk to Whole Foods and cook up nutritious and healthy meal, just like home.


Elmwood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Updated Bathroom - ceramic tile floor and wainscoting, ceramic tile and porcelain combination shower / tub, pedestal sink, medicine cabinet, Toto toilet, large floor to ceiling shelves for storage, bathroom scale, blow dryer, toilet brush and plunger
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Cal King Bed, HD TV with Xfinity cable premium and on demand
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Cal King Bed, HD TV with Xfinity cable premium and on demand
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Office/ Sun Room - Euro lounger folds out to full size bed.
  • Luxurious Comfortable California King Bed (mattress and box-spring), Dresser, HD TV with Xfinity Cable (premium channels and on demand viewing), Alarm clock (visual & audio Big Ben Moonbeam), bedside tables, torchiere and reading floor lamps (daylight spectrum bulbs), walk-in closet
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
Available upon request: Memory foam loungers and bedding (twin) Full Size Folding Crib, Portable Crib, High Chair, puzzles, toys, balls, Wii & Xbox 360 game systems, Apple TV, Bedding for Euro Lounger, If you don't see what you're looking for, please ask. We will do our best to accommodate you.


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In the Heart of Elmwood-Location is Everything! Discount for stays of 3-4 months
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We spent the summer of 2017 in this beautiful house (Apt. C), located in one of Berkeley's best neigborhoods, only a few minutes from the university campus, and just a few steps away from the Post Office, the Public Library, a movie theater, shops, restaurants, and what not!

The apartment itself is gorgeous! It is very clean, very well-maintained, and the owners privide their guests with more things than one could wish for. Bedsheets, towels, kitchen linen and so on... everything is brand new. Besides, the owners bought us a few kitchen utensils we asked for, left cleaning products of all kinds to last a decade, and provided my kids with plenty of drawing materials, games and toys they knew my kids would love--as they did!

The garden is a beauty, with plenty of flowers, squirrels, even hummingbirds!

Honestly, the house surpassed everything I could have wished for, so I am terribly grateful to its owners for making it just perfect for us--for making it "our home" during the summer of 2017.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect sabbatical home.

  • 5 of 5

We rented Apt C for 2.5 months and it was perfect! The apartment is extremely clean, furnished with very comfortable beds, tastefully decorated, and the owners have provided everything you could need during your stay. The kitchen is a cook's dream and the sun porch office made a perfect working environment. The location is within walking distance of restaurants, groceries and shopping and they even provided shopping bags and grocery pull cart. The owners are very helpful and thoughtful, responding quickly to any questions we had. We can't wait for another opportunity to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect place for our family

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Apt. C for 4 months during our sabbatical and we couldn't have chosen a better place! The apartment is extremely clean, well equipped, and furnished to a very high standard. It really has EVERYTHING you could eventually need during your stay (every possible kitchen appliance, cleaning supplies, even umbrellas and shopping bags,...). The hosts also provided everything we needed for our toddler (high chair, crib, etc.) and lots and lots of great toys for her to play with which made the transition so much easier for her. The office was better equipped than the ones we had at UC Berkeley. The outside space was lovely. The place is literally suitcase-ready (see all the other reviews for details on equipment and appliances). The owners responded to all our questions quickly and took care of necessary repairs within hours. It is obvious that they take their job very seriously and pay great attention to every little detail. The location is perfect, a lovely neighbourhood with great shops, restaurants, and cafes; one of the nicest and most walkable areas in Berkeley. Staying at this property and under the care of these hosts contributed greatly to making our semester abroad an outstanding experience.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Second Home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented Apartment C from Jan-May, 2016, while I visited at Berkeley. It was a delightful home away from home for us. The two-bedrooms were ideal for guests, and the sun porch made a perfect working office. We parked in the driveway. The backyard was a lovely place to eat lunch and to relax. The large, remarkably well-equipped kitchen was very easy to use. The living and dining areas, while compact, were perfectly adequate. A wide array of Cable TV options was readily available. After some early hiccups, the wifi hookup was fine. The landlord was accessible and very eager to make sure that everything worked well. The premises are carefully maintained. The location in Elmwood is ideal. Close enough to the Berkeley campus (1.2 miles) to walk, but with excellent bus service on the 51b, as well. Walking distance to the BART in nearby Rockridge. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We rented this apartment in the summer of 2014 for about 2.5 months. We absolutely loved it.

This apartment ("apartment C") is on the second floor of the house; there are two smaller apartments on the first floor (for "apartment B", see VWBO #495894). The apartment was in perfect condition. The house had undergone a multi-year remodeling process, and its apartments have only been rented since fall 2013. So everything was basically new when we moved in. The apartment is very well equipped; everything is of very high standard (Miele dishwasher etc.). There are plenty kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies, three TV sets, a washer & dryer in the apartment, a state-of-the-art printer & scanner (which can be reached through the apartment's wifi network), and lots of other goodies.

We stayed in the apartment with our 2.5-year old child. The apartment was perfect for this, not only because of the very nice garden/patio in the back which is shared with the two other apartments and which has a superb grill for nice BBQs; but also because the landlord provided us with countless toys which our kid just loved.

What was really outstanding was the service and responsiveness of the landlord. Although the apartment was already in excellent shape when we arrived, she upgraded various aspects of the apartment during our stay, while fully respecting our privacy. When we had any questions or issues, she replied immediately (sometimes within minutes). We have never had a better experience with a landlord.

The location of the apartment is ideal. It is just off College Avenue, about two blocks from the Elmwood Cafe. The local library is about 2 minutes away. If you come with small kids, there are two nice playground within a 5 minutes walking distance. Berkeley’s main campus is about 15-20 minutes walking distance (there is also a bus). If you arrive with a car and don’t get the parking spot in front of the house, the best parking option we found is to park your car a few blocks away at the Berkeley/Oakland border where there are less parking restrictions.

We have stayed in another apartment in the neighborhood before. This is by far our favorite.

Please note: As we arrived with a larger family, we actually rented apartments B & C of this house. So don't be surprised to find a somewhat overlapping review for apartment B (VRBO #495894).

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure hosting your family's visit to Berkeley. We look forward to your next visit.
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Great Holiday Home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed two weeks in this great home over the holidays. We were very pleased with the home (everything is brand new and updated) and the location can't be beat. Walking distance for coffee in the morning and dining out in the evening. We were very comfortable here and the highest quality appliances and kitchen gear made our holiday meals great. I would re-book in a minute.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you in the future.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
SFO 25 miles, Oakland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Golden Squirrel Pub (Rockridge), 5940 College Ave
Nearest Ferry
9.6 Miles
San Francisco Ferry Building-Alameda(Harbor Bay)
Nearest Golf
3.6 Miles
Tildon Park Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.8 Miles
Rockridge B.A.R.T. Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
highway 80, 580, & 880 under 5 miles, highway 24
Nearest Restaurant
78 Metres
King Yen Restaurant
Nearest Ski
184 Miles
Heavenly Valley Ski Resort (3 hours)
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Stinson Beach at 39 miles, Ocean Beach
Car: not necessary

Pokemon Go Gyms and Poke Stops right around the corner.

THEME PARK ADVENTURES - GREAT DAY TRIPS! If you crave thrills and are up for a day trip, you are less than an hour away from Six Flags Wild Kingdom, California Great America theme park, or Waterworld California water park.

TWO MAJOR LOCAL ZOOS - The Oakland Zoo (12 mile drive), and the San Francisco Zoo (24 mile drive).


15 minute drive to Tilden Park- Hidden Local Gem with the Redwood Valley Railway and Herschell Spillman merry-go-round.

'Redwood Valley Railway in Tilden Regional Park offers steam train rides along a scenic ridge on a scaled-down steam train.'

'Herschell Spillman merry-go-round in Tilden Regional Park is a splendid antique carousel with hand-carved and beautifully painted wooden carousel animals to ride. The calliope plays music to make any child's heart sing.'

The area is rich with Regional Parks. Please look up 'East Bay Regional Park District' for a huge selection of activities in the area from golf courses, swimming, fishing to historic turn of the century operating farms.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Housekeeping - Set Up Fee $250
Property Damage Protection $59



50% deposit due upon booking, remaining balance due 90 days prior to check-in

$2,000. damage deposit. Deposit it is fully refundable within 48 hours of check-out provided there is no damage done to property besides normal wear and tear.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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