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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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 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 San Francisco Bay Area

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:
  • 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


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.5185184 based on 28 reviews
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: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place, Sweet People!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great experience here. The owners were super friendly and the place is nice! Lots of stuff in the kitchen and the bedrooms were sweetly decorated! The only bummer is the noise upstairs that we could hear in the mornings and during the day- footsteps, dogs, talking, etc. Other than that, A+!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Nice clean and cozy with a very nice view from the back deck. Kitchen is fully equipped. Feels like home away from home. Dogs upstairs were a little noisy in the mornings. Overall it is nice apartment.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice clean property in a nice, convenient East Bay location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay while visiting family. The 3 BR apartment was clean and spacious. The hosts were incredibly nice, leaving us coffee and half and half our first night.

We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious and nicely furnished apartment with great view

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in this apartment. It has a good size and is nicely furnished, with everything to make you feel at home. The view out to the bay is great, and the location is nicely in the hills but still close to both convenient shops in El Cerrito, and the nice Solano Avenue. The hosts are a very nice and very helpful family. We will definitely try and book this place again when next time we are in Berkeley!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Phoenix, AZ

Better than advertised!

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous place. It was exactly as advertised and the pictures tell the story. We slept 4 people comfortably, the views were outstanding, the owners were nearby and accessible (though their instructions were perfect and we really didn't need their help), and we had easy access to anywhere in the East Bay.

Berkeley is a stone's throw away. Grocery stores are nearby, but the pantry was loaded with all the basics. And loads of restaurants nearby. All in all, a great place to call "home" away from home. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

El Cerrito House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500

We are troubled with the idea of a cleaning fee, but found that we were spending too much time/money keeping our place clean. Given the size of our apartment, the laundry alone can take several hours to wash sheets & towels. We pride ourselves in having a very clean 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

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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