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Heart-of-Elmwood Cottage With Private Patio And Loggia

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2-4

This property is the ideal Elmwood location for visitors to Berkeley.

Set in a newly re-designed and re-landscaped garden, the cottage has preserved its charming architectural detail behind sophisticated and comfortable furnishings.

The living room/dining room area is entered through a dutch door from the covered loggia which runs the length of the cottage. The ceiling is vaulted with beams. A fireplace and built-in bookshelf anchors one end of the room.

There is a sleek Room & Board couch which can convert into a queen bed to sleep up to 2 additional persons. The dining table is set in the recessed front window bay and converts from intimate seating for two to double sized to seat 4.

WiFi is available through out the cottage. The Living Room has a 40' Samsung smart TV with cable and soundbar mounted above additional shelving and storage. The living room lamps provide good light for reading - up to 150 watts as the owner hates bad lighting!

The large bedroom also has a vaulted ceiling with sky lights and sleeps 2 in a Queen-sized bed. Linens are provided for both this bed as well as the one in the living room if used. There is a set of French doors opening out onto the loggia which features a bistro table and two chairs. A cozy loft space above the bed is a perfect reading alcove - and also storage for suitcases, etc.

The bathroom has a spacious shower, sink and toilet and is off the hallway connecting the living room and bedroom, providing separation of the living and sleeping spaces. Towels and a hairdryer are provided.

The fully-equipped kitchen has an electric stove, frost-free refrigerator, microwave, Keurig K-cup coffee maker. A stainless steel chef's table can provide additional prep space or with its stools, a breakfast dining area or seating to enjoy a glass of wine while talking to the cook!

The cottage is heated by a thermostatically controlled gas-fired wall heater in the living room. A Dyson Hot+Cold portable fan is provided for extra cooling or heating in the bedroom.

Outside the kitchen is a utility area where trash and recycling bins are located. There is also a full-sized Weber gas barbecue for use of cottage guests.

Connected to the loggia is a sunny brick patio with a private entry from the parking area, which is available at an additional charge of $50 per week for renter's use. Street parking is limited to 3 hours between 9 and 6 daily except Sundays. Due to the location of the cottage less than a mile from Rockridge BART, a car is not needed to explore Berkeley and San Francisco, but parking is there if you have one.

One of the major intents of the recent re-landscaping project was to create enjoyable private outdoor spaces for both owner and renter in Berkeley's pleasant climate. I hope you will enjoy the outdoor 'rooms' connected with the cottage as much as you will its indoor rooms.

More Details

Mary McDonald
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Mary McDonald

My name is Mary and while I grew up and went to school in southern California, I moved to the Bay Area in my early 20's and never really looked back. I bought the Elmwood house and cottage 20 years ago and have lived there ever since.

Before I retired, I took the opportunity to reimagine my garden space to better accommodate visiting cottage tenants while maintaining a private area for myself. I have a 5-year-old granddaughter who lives nearby and I wanted a space she would enjoy being in, too.

I am a huge lover of the Elmwood area of Berkeley. The tree-lined streets are shaded in the summer and ablaze with color in the fall. There is a vibrant mix of UC Berkeley students and families in the shops and restaurants nearby and I appreciate being able to walk to do my errands or take BART. The walk score of 94 says it all.

Mary McDonald purchased this cottage in 1998

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our stay at your cottage and appreciate your hospitality.

Thanks for processing the refund so quickly.
Apr 2015
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Elmwood Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , vanity sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
Offstreet parking for one car available.


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Heart-of-Elmwood Cottage With Private Patio And Loggia
average rating of 4.95 based on 25 reviews
Franklin Park New Jersey

Very enjoyable stay.

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I spent 5 days at the cottage recently and really enjoyed our stay. Charming cottage with a beautiful garden outside. Mary is available if something is needed but not intrusive at all.

My son lives nearby and I am hoping to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Diane! Hope to see you again soon in Berkeley!
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Idyllic Cottage in Charming, Convenient Neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved staying in Mary's cottage and would recommend it in a heartbeat. Located on a lovely block just around the corner from Elmwood's best spots, the cottage is part of a larger property that's beautifully landscaped and serene. There were really excellent scones waiting for us, and plenty of Keurig coffee (Peet's!). The cottage was thoughtfully designed, well-appointed, and immaculate. It was also stocked with great books, toiletry products and kitchen basics. The bed was incredibly comfortable and there was plenty of storage space. This would be a great place for a solo writer's retreat or couple's getaway, or a point of operations for a small family. We're grateful to have found it.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage in a great location.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Happy Place

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here for 3 winters and it is a highlight of each year. The cottage is adorable and well outfitted for a short or longer stay. The owner, Mary, couldn't be more accommodating.

The cottage is in a wonderful location, just a block off College Avenue, so you can walk everywhere. Her home and the cottage are in a very pretty neighborhood, and the view out the cottage window looks into her gorgeous garden. The cottage windows all look west, so there is plenty of light. It is a quiet and private setting.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, J & B! The appreciation is mutual!
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed staying in Mary's cottage. It felt like a home and I very much appreciated and enjoyed a part of her backyard. The location is great and I could walk to restaurants and coffee shops up and down College Ave. This is a very safe and clean area of Berkeley. At some point I hope to visit it again.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

I recently returned from visiting my daughter in Oakland and stayed at the cottage. It turned out to be a perfect choice! There was a fold out foam bed in the living room that my daughter could use on the nights she stayed with me at the cottage. Everything was very clean and well kept, the master queen bed was quite comfortable (important to me because I have lower back issues). I especially loved the privacy and peacefulness of the cottage with it's covered porch, garden, sitting area and private entrance. When we did need something (e.g., the blow dryer was jammed) Mary was very responsive.

Although the cottage was quiet, we were just a block away from College Ave,, which was great for walking, shopping and finding restaurants. The area, in general, was just lovely!! I plan to stay here again next time I visit my daughter!!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Carol! Hope you'll come visit your daughter again!
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Nearest Train
0.8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 24
Car: not necessary

Location, location, location! Ideally situated halfway between the UC Berkeley Campus and the Rockridge BART Station, this cottage has easy access to all that College Avenue has to offer residents and visitors: restaurants from moderately priced ethnic eateries to Zagat-rated fine dining to prepared food take-out and pizza; wine shops and delicatessans; a butcher and greengrocer; a French bakery with the rustic baguette voted best in the Bay Area. There is a movie theater and bookstore, lots of shops and boutiques. The Walk Score of 94 says it all!

This is a convenient location for visitors to the UC Berkeley campus as well as for vacationers in the Bay Area. With the Rockridge BART station less than a mile away, trips to explore San Francisco are fast and easy.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Refundable damage deposit $200

** Damage Deposit held by Homeaway and refunded 1-2 weeks after departure.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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