Recently Remodeled, Near-Everything 2 Story, 3BR/2bath Cozy Craftman

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

A creekside craftsman with a practical layout in Berkeley's most popular, safe, accessible neighborhood, just remodeled for renting, with all new appliances, surfaces, beds, deck, furniture, windows, landscaping, heater etc.

Five blocks from two of Berkeley's most popular shopping/restaurant streets. Minutes from campus and Bart.

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All of the modern amenities, strong powerline wifi and internet connections, 55' flatscreen, 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.

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

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking permitted on deck....moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    A wheelchair ramp on the right side of the house. Top floor not wheelchair accessible....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • A very popular neighborhood for UC Berkeley visiting academics.


  • Books:

    Yes, the great book series, plus photo books and entertaining or grazing books. Reference, graphic novels and joke books. My academic books are elsewhere....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Basic Cable, Netflix and a huge library of films....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Four bluetooth portable powered speakers...moreless

  • Television:

    Brand new Vizio 55' with surround sound in living room....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Hard drive full of movies and Netflix access....moreless


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • 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


  • Dining:

    Dining area is in large kitchen, with long country style table that seats 10 comfortably in new chairs....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    4 year old stacked...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Yes but with electric insert. Berkeley discourages wood burning for environmental reasons....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Complementary membership in brand new fitness center, with new weights, aerobic machines, and classes, four blocks away with easy parking....moreless

  • Heating:

    Brand new high efficiency with Nest thermostat...moreless

  • Internet:

    Ethernet and ASUS (RT-AC68) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router (latest protocol)....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Yes, with ample blankets most of them new. Plus two electric-inflatable queen beds and two singles for guests....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Big cozy Leather couch, chair and ottoman, Brand new Vizio 55' tv and surround sound system. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Private driveway (two cars deep) and ample street parking....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Yes all new and high quality....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    4 year old stacked...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Kuerig with complementary cartridges. New Krupp espresso maker too....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All new. Service for 10....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Brand new ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Brand new hardwood sanding, paint job stainless sink, appliances. Beautiful maple cabinets, granite countertop. Dining area is in kitchen. Large country style dining table seats 10 in brand new chairs...moreless

  • Microwave:

    2 year old stainless...moreless

  • Oven:

    Brand new stainless gas...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    All included, some old; some new. Plus spices and basics. Cooks welcome....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Brand new stainless with ice maker....moreless

  • Stove:

    Brand new stainless, gas...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Brand new....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Brand new, 35'X16' deck with redwood rail, child safe....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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from 62 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Veterans day
Nov 11 - Nov 13, 2016
3 night min stay
$2,300 $7,800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Nov 23 - Nov 28, 2016
4 night min stay
$2,350 $7,800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Dec 23 - Jan 2, 2017
6 night min stay
$2,350 $7,800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

UC Graduation
May 10 - May 24, 2017
2 night min stay
$2,600 $9,600
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$279 $299
Fri, Sat
$1,889 $7,650

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100
  • <5 day stay cleaning $60


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:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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18 Miles
Nearest Airport
Oakland Airport
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Khana Peena, Solano Ave.
1 Miles
Nearest Train
North Berkeley BART
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Solano Ave and Gourmet Ghetto
32 Miles
Nearest Beach
Stinson Beach

Car: Recommended


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: Jeremy Sherman, Ph.D., M.P.P. I'm an easy-going social scientist, professor and author, and former non-profit manager and environmental lobbyist. I've taught psychology, sociology, history, English, rhetoric, Advertising and Business Strategy. Currently teaching in an MBA program at California College of the Arts. For 18 years I've been a collaborator on a major origins of life research project with U.C. Berkeley Biological Anthropologist/Neuroscientist, Terrence Deacon. I have written four books and 500 Psychology Today articles. I'm father of three grown children (none at home), partnered, and a jazz bassist/singer performing 3x a week in Berkeley restaurants.

Why the Owner Chose North Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA:
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. Recently I realized I could expand the downstairs a little, move into it and rent the top two floors of this house. I just poured $300k into the expansion and renovation which was expertly done. The house was built in 1924 as part of a development. To save money on planning they would flip blueprints and make a mirror image house, my neighbor's two doors down. Having been in the walls, I can say the work was excellent for the time. An enviable layout and design.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
After my divorce in 1996, I moved into a converted two room garage and just adored it. To ease the transition for our three children, my ex (now a good friend) and I agreed to keep our large home and take turns staying in it. About a year into the arrangement it suddenly dawned on me to buy my own home. 1830 Sonoma was the first and really only place I visited--love at first sight. It was the big tree in the front that sold me, the quiet tree lined street, Berkeley's most beautiful library a half-block down, my favorite commercial district three blocks away. In 1997, the house was in terrible shape, lived in since the 40's by a woman who refused any help with it in the decades before she died at 90. I did a huge remodel then, and though I've lived and travelled broadly (years in Guatemala, Tennessee, Boston, London) couldn't imagine a happier place to live. The creekside yard is lovely, the neighborhood is safe (I've left car and even house doors unlocked all night by mistake--nothing stolen). The neighbors are dear, parking is effortless (you get a driveway but there's ample street parking too), the weather is perfect, access to UC Berkeley is a breeze. There are fancier neighborhoods in Berkeley but most are way up in the hills. 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 I've painted over the faux interior the outside is subtly fauxed. The front door is round topped. The ceilings are sculpted, there's picture molding on many walls, lots of sweet touches, now all touched up.

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  • One of the two bedrooms non-master beds.  Photos of the other soon.

    One of the two bedrooms non-master beds. Photos of the other soon.

  • Deck is off bottom of this blueprint.

    Deck is off bottom of this blueprint.

  • Master bath, not McMansion huge but lovely.

    Master bath, not McMansion huge but lovely.

  • Bed tilts to z-gravity, raised head/feet and has Magic Fingers massage!

    Bed tilts to z-gravity, raised head/feet and has Magic Fingers massage!

  • First photo of third bedroom, queen, new carpet.  Better picture soon.

    First photo of third bedroom, queen, new carpet. Better picture soon.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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