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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Private Entry, Fully Appointed Lower Level Flat In A Family Occupied Home.

We have a wonderful 3 bedroom, 1 bath (shower, no bathtub) El Cerrito unit available for rent. This is the downstairs flat in our owner-occupied home. We strive to make certain this unit will be a comfortable, clean, attractive place for your trip to the area. Our goal is that you are comfortable and surprised by the little touches. Our family also uses VRBO and we know how important the touches are for a quality stay. A little about the space:

The unit is about a 10 minute drive to Cal or a 15 min walk to BART. 20 Minutes to San Francisco, 45 Minutes to Napa, 1.5 hours to the Russian River/Calistoga, 3 Hours to Tahoe. There are in incredible amount of day and even weekend trips to be taken from this unit as home base. We have had guests visit Yosemite, take the kids to Disney and LegoLand in LA, and Big Sur. There is Monterey and Santa Cruz-- everything near enough to visit.

The home itself is sunny and cheerful, has an amazing view with direct access to a lovely, peaceful deck and BBQ. There is plenty of parking in front of the house. It is 5 Minutes to Trader Joes, Pete's Coffee, Jamba Juice. There are 3 local Farmers Markets & Food Trucks arrive on Wednesday's. There is Solano Avenue with many restaurants to explore, movie theatre and bookstores and so much more! Sorry- I got carried away, I was supposed to tell you more about the unit! This home is clean, fully furnished and ready for you to arrive. There are 3 large bedrooms. The Master Bedroom has 1 Queen and 1 Twin bed; the "Yellow Room" has a Queen bed and the "Blue Room" has a Full size bed. Bedding is High quality Egyptian cotton and comforters are down alternative hypoallergenic. Each room has plenty of dresser space and hangers in the closets. There is wireless Internet access as well as a 46' LCD TV in the living room. There is Netflix and DVDS. We have games and a selection of books and magazines. There is also a large, nice writing desk in the "Blue Room' (for you to finish that book!)

More Details

Rick and Hannah Nystrom
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
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 27, 2017

About Rick and Hannah Nystrom

We are a busy, loving family of 4 that lives upstairs. Our kids (7 and 10) are often found in the afternoons playing on the court with their friends and the neighbor kids. If you are bringing kids for a family vacation it is likely your kids will be invited into the fun naturally. There are kids of all ages on the cul-de-sac. When kids visiting with their parents (sometimes they have been through long drives across the country) have a good time staying with us it is truly a joy and highlight for us in hosting. Everyone on our court keeps an eye out for each other so the general feeling is one of safety and community. It is a kids first cul-de-sac. We also have 2 exceedingly small rescue dogs and an elderly cat (who will undoubtedly say hello if given the chance).

Rick and Hannah Nystrom purchased this house in 2012

Why Rick and Hannah Nystrom chose El Cerrito

This is a unique opportunity to have a large group or family stay together in a single unit. The three bedrooms and four beds means there is room for everyone. The location makes this unit a hidden gem for anyone with a love for the East Bay or desire to have a serious Bay Area adventure. We keep our home clean and well cared for. Also, because we are in the upstairs unit if something becomes a problem or you would like extra assistance we are right there to assist.

What makes this house unique

Friendly neighbors, many top local eateries, amazing wine stores (Solano Avenue) and breweries, great foodie groceries everywhere for you to cook up and enjoy on your deck. Lots of light and- drum roll-: Not everything is from IKEA!!! We enjoy decorating and hope that the unit feels unique and special, not just another quickly assembled "layover" stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Rick and Hannah,

Your apt is beautiful and we enjoyed our stay here and meeting all of the Nystrom family. A special thanks to Sadie for the artistic and warm welcome card.

Linda and Dick

Sent from my iPad
Nov 2014
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El Cerrito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed, (2) 3-drawer Dressers
    Yellow Room - 1 queen , Wake up to the view from this room.
    Blue Room - 1 double , Full bed, 2 dressers, a separate entrance and teak desk.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We would be happy to you set you up with any amenities that will make your arrival and first night easier (i.e., ground coffee, dairy milk, almond milk, juice, a special beer/wine). We know many people show up after traveling long distances and it may make all the difference in the world to know you will have something waiting for you. Please just let us know with enough time to make sure we can get these supplies for you. --Hannah & Rick


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average rating of 4.5454545 based on 34 reviews

Great location and view. The space is big and roomy and the hosts were wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the same place last year since we enjoyed it so much. It was very close to family we were visiting and walking distance to the BART station. The hosts were wonderful and were a huge help when we needed to do some emergency laundry. The space is big and clean, and we had no issues at all.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Welcoming family

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience here! The owners pulled out a dollhouse for our little one and had lots of kid friendly books in the rental. Great place to stay for a family.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Property

  • 3 of 5

The house is nice and the owners are so nice and hospitable!! We felt very good and spend such a good time in there!

The only little minus is, that the walls are pretty thin, with the effect that we heard a lot of noices and sounds from above and we also had the feeling that it would be considerate to be quit in the evenings (what is difficult for kids in their holidays... ;) but nervertheless we spend a good time in this Property!!

Thank you for let's be your guest.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Glen Carbon, Illinois

Comfortable and well-stocked lower level apartment

  • 5 of 5

Quiet residential neighborhood at the top of a hill. Easy access by car to local activities. Great host. Very comfortable beds. Well stocked kitchen with seating for four. Shared deck with far views of the east Bay and city of Oakland. Off-street parking space, stairway down to the lower level rental unit. Loads of interesting things to do in the area. Sounds from the upstairs residents do transmit to the lower level unit. It wasn't a big concern for our group, but should be taken into consideration. We would absolutely stay here again if in the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, very comfortable, the view is awesome

  • 5 of 5

Overall experience was great, owner was very friendly and helpful

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Aspen, CO

4.5 STARS - Great Location!

  • 4 of 5

Very clean and well-appointed - great location for morning walks and easy access to BART and the freeways. Could use some sound-proofing in the ceiling...we could hear every footstep, but otherwise a great property!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Fonda (Solano Avenue)
Nearest Ferry
10.6 Miles
Jack London Square
Nearest Golf
4.6 Miles
Tilden Park Golf Course, Berkeley, CA
Nearest Train
1 Miles
BART, El Cerrito Plaza
Nearest Motorway
1.6 Miles
US 80
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Fat Apple's Restaurant & Bakery
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Too many to list
Car: recommended

Our home is located just a touch north of Berkeley and Albany (UCBerkeley Campus, Greek Theatre, Solano Avenue, Telegraph Avenue, Tilden Park). For those inclined it is only a short Bart (or car) ride to all the attractions of San Francisco. If you enjoy biking you will find many opportunities in the area to explore. Although our home is not in Berkeley proper (we used to be, and happily moved), we have found that we actually prefer being just a little outside Berkeley. For our family, the benefit of more open space, more housing space, more parking, and more quiet is worth it. We do not feel at all lost in the suburbs- everything is close by, and so our rental is a uniquely well-located home base in the crazy, crowded, exciting Bay Area. It is likely not the right place for you if you want to be in the very center of things. As long as you know your preferences you will know whether or not this rental is the best one for you and your needs.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500

We pride ourselves in having a very clean and well stocked rental. If you should check in and have any trouble, please let us know asap so we can fix the situation.

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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