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Private Quiet Modern Home close to Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco

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


About the property

This modern light filled new home is a dream for visiting the bay area. Close to BART, stores, and Trader Joe's. Very private home with an expansive garden.

This modern comfortable home, 700 sq ft. will meet all you needs. This house was completely renovated in 2013 and everything is brand new! Very nice indoor-outdoor atmosphere. Jacuzzi tub and wet room shower. Large living space with cathedral ceilings, gourmet kitchen and island. It feels like a mini loft, with separate sleeping space with queen size tempurpedic mattress. Great location, quiet neighborhood, easy access to San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland by BART or highway.

El Cerrito Hills is a hidden gem in the East Bay. Very friendly and safe. Nice local cafe nearby, shops, Albany, Solano Ave. and Berkeley.

Easy parking, one designated spot in driveway and easy street parking.

More Details

Natasha Benjamin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 28, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We both loved this place. It's picture perfect and very quiet, which is great after a long day away. The kitchen is by far the best I have ever used - not only are the appliances state of the art, but the kitchen is *properly stocked* for people who cook!! All of the utensils, pots, pans, and small appliances you could ever want to use are at your fingertips. And the Vitamix put it over the top...I'll have one of my own once our home on wheels is complete! Fantastic broadband? Check. We nomads had no problem at all using the place as a workspace. And at a end of a day in or out, the bathroom was very welcoming, and a long soak followed by a shower was better than I've experienced in many 5-star hotels i have been in over the years. Natasha was there for us help whenever we needed anything…it's almost as if she anticipated them before we asked. About the only blemish on the space (and we don't consider it one, just so you know - we're just pointing it out) is that it's not in a transit-friendly area - the BART station is 1 mile away, up a hill, and there is no bus service nearby. But if you have a car, it's not a problem at all. So just rent one. We have already booked the space again for our next Bay Area visit and would be happy to consider it for additional future stays. It's already become our go-to space in the Bay Area, and for us, that's saying a *lot*.
Oct 2014
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El Cerrito Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility


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Private Quiet Modern Home close to Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco
average rating of 4.9375 based on 20 reviews
Chapel Hill, NC

Very comfortable, quiet, and attractive

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we stayed in this cottage in the hills above El Cerrito. We returned because it is very private, clean, light, has a well equipped kitchen, and a pretty garden. If you have a car, it is convenient to Berkeley and an easy drive up to Napa as well. The Bart station is a bit of a hike, but certainly available to those who like to exercise. The house works really well for us when we visit our family.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Durham, NC

El Cerrito Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Conveniently located, beautifully designed, thoughtfully provisioned, friendly and helpful host. Delightful garden. Spent several afternoon hours with our two grandchildren there. Hope to spend all our future visits to our grandchildren here. Always our first choice.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The place is amazing. The neighborhood is very well located

  • 5 of 5

The house is perfectly located and has everything you need. Very quiet and peaceful and yet close to the city. 30 minute walk to El Cerrito Bart station and 45 minutes ride to downtown SF.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Honeymoon Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This rental was perfect for our honeymoon getaway. It had a very comfortable "homey feeling" which allowed us to feel relaxed as soon as we walked through the door. The kitchen is awesome with great new appliances and plenty of counter space. The bath and shower were beautiful, and it should be noted that it's comfortably and tub for two.

Great private little property located in a very quiet neighborhood. Convenient location just outside the city and a two minute car ride to the BART station and local grocery stores. Super easy check in/out system. The driveway was a bit tight and steep for our rental but there was plenty of on street parking so it was never an issue.

We would definitely stay here again if ever in the area. Thank you Natasha for sharing your home with us!

-Adam & Meg

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chapel Hill, NC

One of the best VRBO houses!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at quite a few VRBO houses, and this was one of the very best. It was spotless, well equipped, and had quality appliances. It was quiet and secluded, yet very convenient. The interior is aesthetically pleasing and has a very nice feeling - light and modern. We had total privacy and knew that if we needed anything, Natasha was there. We never needed anything, however, because everything was provided. Thank you Natasha! We hope to come again.

Livy Ludington

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location and Quiet Home

  • 4 of 5

This modern home in El Cerrito was perfect for the two of us. The kitchen was very well-equipped and the appliances were a dream. This is a great neighborhood to walk around in - good exercise and hilly - and just a short 5 minute drive to a great natural grocery with a delicious take out section. Close to El Cerrito BART station, Trader Joe's, movie theatre and restaurants. Easy to get on the freeways to head to Marin, Napa or Sonoma. We would happily stay there again. The owner was easy to reach and helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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