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

Bedrooms Studio
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.

Discount for rentals of 3 to 4 months.

This ground level junior suite features one bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, private laundry, step-down sun room /office which enjoys a view of the patio, backyard, and garden complete with umbrellas, seating, dining furniture, and weber gas grill.

Our Junior Suite offers a private entrance and one assigned offstreet parking space. Enter through the gate on the left side of the house and down the walkway. Your assigned parking space in the driveway is directly in front of this gate. The driveway is shared so please park on your side.

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.

Bus stop just steps around the corner. It is a 5 minute bus ride 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).

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
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Updated Bathroom - with privacy window, heated towel rack (the power button is located on the bottom of left vertical bar - it is lighted red when on), the bathroom has it's own heater operated by a light switch, exhaust fan and shower light, combination tub & shower, ceramic tile floor and wainscoting, pedestal sink, medicine cabinet, toilet, toilet brush and plunger. The blow dryer and bathroom scale are stored in sun-room closet.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Studio - 1 queen
  • Luxurious Comfortable Queen Bed (mattress and box-spring), Samsung Smart 3D HD TV with Xfinity Cable (premium channels and on demand viewing), 3D Blu-Ray player, Alarm clock (visual & audio Big Ben Moonbeam), bedside table, torchiere and reading floor lamps (daylight spectrum bulbs), closet
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • 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: Aero Bed air mattresses, memory foam roll-out mattresses, and bedding (twin) Portable Crib, High Chair, puzzles, toys, balls, Wii & Xbox 360 game systems, If you don't see what you're looking for, please ask. We will do our best to accommodate you and your needs.


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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 5 reviews
Tel Aviv , Israel

Great short-term rental

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this studio apartment for 5 months. It was right in the middle of a lovely part of Elmwood, an area having many restaurants and coffee houses, and close to the Elmwood movie theatre. As a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, the apartment's location was ideal: walking distance from campus. The public transportation was also excellent. The apartment was in great condition, fully equipped and with a beautiful backyard that I could take advantage of, whether for reading or entertaining. Rochelle was a wonderful hostess, exacting in details but very responsive to requests. She was easy to deal with; really a very nice person. I highly recommend this apartment for any couple or single person looking for a place with a great location, in perfect condition, and a wonderful host.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Connecticut, USA

Best stay ever!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this apartment for six month and loved every minute of it. Rochelle and her family are great hosts: everything in the apartment is provided for and it is in move in condition. Rochelle is very responsive to any question and also to help with any concern, which she addresses almost immediately.

The apartment is beautifully equipped, with very new furniture, and attention to detail what you may need in your daily life. It caters to someone who loves to cook (it has a lot of different things to cook fantastic meals) and also to someone who just wants to have a BBQ or heat up some food. Everything is possible in this apartment. In particular, the location of the apartment is very convenient near a Wholefoods, Safeway and further down a Trader Joes. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants within a 1 minute walk. Although the apartment is close to all of this, it is very quiet and a little Oasis, with a wonderfully maintained garden, which I used often to eat outside or just to read or chat with a guest.

I have lived in many places for a short-time period and have rented apartments in Europe, the US, Latin America and the UK. This apartment is my favorite place to stay of all of them and I would come back any day.

All in all, it is an excellent place and great value for money. Thank you again for hosting me!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank your for your very kind words. It was my pleasure hosting you and hope to have the privilege again someday!
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Zurich, Switzerland

Excellent apartment

  • 5 of 5

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

This apartment ("apartment B") is on the first floor, with direct access to the patio/garden; there is another apartment on the first floor on the right side of the house, and a larger apartment on the second floor (for this "apartment C", see VRBO #489828).

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 lots of kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies, a washer & dryer reserved exclusively for the apartment in a room nearby, a printer & scanner, and lots of other goodies.

The house has a very nice garden/patio in the back which is shared among the three apartments. It has a superb grill for nice BBQs.

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 playgrounds 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 C (VRBO #489828).

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay in Berkeley

  • 5 of 5

I spent a research period at UC Berkeley and had the chance to find this great accommodation which is conventiently located in the lovely Elmwood area, full of shops, restaurants and cafés, just 15 minutes on foot from Berkeley campus. The Rockridge shopping area as well as the Rockridge BART station are also within easy reach both on foot or by bus.

Not only was this accommodation excellent in terms of location, but also in terms of equipment. It is a lovely, safe studio apartment equipped with everything you may need, ranging from a fully equipped kitchen, where you can cook everything you need, to a wifi internet connection and tv with cable, and on-demand channels. Rochelle, Paul and their family were fantastic hosts, providing me with everything I needed as well as tips for places to visit, and always caring about my safety.

I couldn't have asked for more and I definitely recommend this property to everyone who wants to stay in the East Bay, where you can reach San Francisco in just 20 minutes by train.

If I can, I would definitely come back there again.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We enjoyed hosting you and hope to host you again.
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too good to be true

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this lovely home/apartment for eight days/nights. It was just steps away from College Ave with all its sweet restaurants and shops. The house was spotless and just recently remodeled. All our needs were met in the kitchen, not to mention the sitting room where the Berkeley sun poured in thru the sliding doors and made the place cheery and warm. So cool was the ceiling heater in the bathroom, along with a heated towel rack; perfect for a chilly Berkeley morn.

We hosted a small gathering in the private backyard using the owner's (Rochelle) Weber grill. Rochelle left movies (3-Ds as well) for us to watch and a basket full of tasty cocoa and three Toblerone bars. The home had a perfect feng-shui feel to it which made sleeping very comfortable. The laundry facilities were just perfect! Working with Rochelle was a pleasant experience, and she made herself available at any time. Thank you Rochelle for making our Berkeley trip so enjoyable and easy. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am 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

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
Set-up Fee $250
Property Damage Protection $59



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

$2,000.00 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.