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Near-Everything 2 Story, 3BR/2Bath Cozy Craftman

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Berkeley's Best Neighborhood For Safety, Access, Beauty, Quiet, Parking.

A creekside craftsman home with a practical layout in Berkeley's most popular, safe, accessible neighborhood, recently remodeled for renting, with 3-year old appliances, surfaces, beds, deck, furniture, windows, landscaping, heater etc.

Five blocks from two of Berkeley's most popular shopping/restaurant streets. Minutes from campus, Bart, freeways. One block from park, playground, tennis courts, swimming pool. 1/2 block from Berkeley's most beautiful public library.

STANDARD MINIMUM STAY IS THREE DAYS BUT SHORTER STAYS ARE OFTEN POSSIBLE: Contact owner for specifics. He simply has to avoid two-day weekend stays that leave it unrented for five days on both sides of it.

ASK FOR 10% DISCOUNT ON LAST-MINUTE BOOKINGS! (within 2 weeks of arrival date).

All of the modern amenities, strong powerline wifi and internet connections, 55' TV in living room, and 40" in master bedroom. All new memory foam mattresses, stainless appliances, new BBQ, espresso machine, Ninja blender, soda maker, insulated windows and walls, warm LED lighting throughout, Nest thermostat, etc.

And with all that newness, still the coziness you'd want in a Berkeley home, hardwood floors, fine oriental carpets, leather sofa, faux paint exterior, elegant weavings on walls.

Owner lives quietly in sound-insulated in-law unit below with two separate entrances. You have complete privacy but immediate access for help when needed.

The owner, a social scientist, knows that what keeps far-flung families connected is reunions, the events that mark the landmarks in family-members' lives (marriages, graduations, victories and loses), holidays or just happen because it's high time, so why not now? He loves to play the invisible host to your gatherings with all their noise, children's footfalls, socializing, parties and ruckus comings and goings. It's a great house for parties.

More Details

Jeremy Sherman
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017

About Jeremy Sherman

I'm perfectly Berkeley, informal, intellectual, artistic. I'm a decision theorist researching and writing about how the living make tough decisions from the origins of life to everyday decision making. My book on origins of life research: "Neither Ghost Nor Machine: The emergence and nature of selves (Columbia University Press, Fall 2017). I've written over 1200 blog articles for Psychology Today Ambigamy: Insights for the deeply romantic and deeply skeptical. I'm happily single. Father of three, new grandfather of one. I sing and play bass in jazz soul and world music combos around Berkeley.

Jeremy Sherman purchased this house in 1996

Why Jeremy Sherman chose North Berkeley

When looking for a home, this was the first property I saw and it was love at first sight. The tree-lined street won my heart. Like many I bought this large home when my kids were pre-teens, not foreseeing that they'd fly the coop. I rattled around in its largeness for years, then rented the in-law unit to very satisfied long-term renters. Three years ago, I realized I could expand the downstairs a little, move into it and rent the top two floors. In 2015, I poured $300k into the expansion and renovation, expertly done.

It's in Berkeley's sweetest sweet spot near everything, but cozy, superb, neither urban nor suburban.

What makes this house unique

Always ample parking, a very safe neighborhood (I've left my car unlocked overnight, and one time even left a car door open! Nothing stolen! Perfect centrality.

There are fancier neighborhoods in Berkeley but most are way up in the hills or the traffic is terrible (e.g. College Ave). There are neighborhoods closer to town center but they're busier, parking is harder and they have a rougher edge.

This neighborhood is to, my eyes the sweet spot for convenience and beauty.

The front door is arched. I'm big on faux painting (an earthy homespun look, and though interior walls are white, the outside is subtly fauxed. The ceilings are sculpted, there's picture molding on many walls, lots of sweet touches, now all touched up.


North Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    1st floor bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • These are not McMansion bathrooms but highly functional cozy and nice. Both have brand new vanities, bathtub fixtures, toilets and led lights, Large-tile floors, and fresh painted walls. The master bath ceiling slopes but not compromisingly so. It's tub has massage jets. Hot water heater is a few years old and capacious.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom B - 1 queen
    Bedroom A - 1 king
  • Master Bed: 2nd floor, cathedral ceiling, Cal King with 1-year-old 15-inch memory foam Macy's bed. Carpeted, three windows overlooking private deck back yard and tree-scape vista toward SF Bay. Bedrooms A & B: 1st floor with shared bath/shower. Brand new memory foam queen beds in each room, one adjustable (raise/lower sections with massage unit). Bedroom A has two windows, two closets (one with stacked washer dryer) and sliding door onto deck. Bedroom B has three windows, one closet. Both A and B have 3-year-old area rugs, and brand new paint. Master bedroom has wall to wall carpet. All bedrooms have blackout shades, if you like to sleep in total darkness, as I do.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
A very popular neighborhood for UC Berkeley visiting academics.


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Very pleasant stay!

  • 5 of 5

Well-equipped kitchen, high quality linens, comfy beds, plenty of space in a great location. Will definitely recommend to friends and return when visiting the Bay Area.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Way better than you will think from the photos!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, comfortable, up-to-date home with every amenity you could imagine. It is in a great location, and is large, well-lighted, and beautifully appointed. It truly is much more spacious and lovely than you can tell from the photos. We enjoyed every minute of our stay in this fabulous home!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay in a very nice part of Berkeley

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time staying at this house with my family right before my wedding. Jeremy was very easy to reach regarding questions and helpful.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

The space was perfect for our family of 6 adults and 2 children and was close enough to Oakland to see our son. We would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Trip to the Bay Area

  • 5 of 5

We traveled up to the Bay Area for an extended weekend with friends. The accommodations were as described, with lots of room. There was everything that we needed for our trip at the residence. We would return to this property in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for extended family gathering.

  • 5 of 5

House was lovely, with great spaces for 6 people to gather together, and enough distinction between spaces for privacy when desired. We loved the kitchen and open eating area with the couch. It was bright and comfortable. We made good use of the back deck and we also appreciated the front garden.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Oakland Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Khana Peena, Solano Ave.
Nearest Train
1 Miles
North Berkeley BART
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Solano Ave and Gourmet Ghetto
Nearest Beach
32 Miles
Stinson Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

<5 day stay cleaning $60
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 14.0%

PARTY CHARGE will be added when more than ten guests (reunions, showers, rehearsal dinners, etc.). Crucial that you let me know in advance. Partying on the outside deck no later than 10pm on work nights and midnight on Fri and Sat.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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