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Rockridge House - Garden, Hot Tub

Bedrooms 1
Space 740 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

1+ Br, 1 Bath, Newly Renovated On Quiet Street

This lovely light-filled craftsman bungalow has just been completely renovated and remodeled with brand new kitchen and bathroom. Skylights and french doors have been added throughout to bring in plenty of light. The spacious master bedroom has 3 skylights, 2 large closets, and french doors that open to the back garden which is filled with fruit trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs. Tucked into a private corner under a gazebo you will find the luxurious dimension 1 spa with plentiful massage jets. The hot tub is for your exclusive use until 9:30pm.

The kitchen has copper countertops and brand new stainless steel appliances, including a 2 drawer dishwasher, a gas convection oven, a microwave that doubles as an electric convection oven, and a 5 burner gas range with powerful burners.

Although the house is on the small side, it is well set up with an open floor plan for entertaining - the dining room has a large table with seating for 8, in addition to bar seating at the adjacent peninsula that connects kitchen to dining room. French doors in the dining room open into the side courtyard with delightful "hanging garden". The dining room is connected to the living room by a wide open doorway, which can be curtained off for privacy if you wish to use the living room as an extra bedroom. The living room has a double size futon that can be folded down to accommodate 2 additional guests. The living room opens onto a south facing porch and garden in the front of the house.

This house is eclectic, whimsical, full of rich colors, and decorated with arts and crafts from around the world, especially from latin america where i work most of the year.

All large and small appliances are new - a central heating system that kicks out plenty of hot air in every room, extra large capacity washer and dryer with steam action, and all the kitchen appliances you will need.

There is a programmable safe that is large enough for laptops and valuables.

The queen size bed with memory foam mattress is adjustable and has massage function. There is an over-the-bed table and monitor available if you like to work in bed (or just play around on the computer).

Although the house is a great place to have small groups of friends over, it is not a place for large parties or late night antics. This is a haven for those who appreciate peace and quiet. Despite its proximity to many conveniences, the neighborhood is extremely quiet at night and we like to keep it that way. During the day there are the typical noises of a residential neighborhood and kids playing, but traffic on the street is limited.

The house is not suitable for small children.

No smoking (of any kind) on the premises.

The owner has an office/studio in a separate building in back of the house and uses it when in town. Please inquire about the possibility of renting the office for a small additional fee. It is set up with a large adjustable sit/stand desk, office supplies, printer/copier/scanner, a kitchenette, and a bathroom. Availability will depend on timing, as i prefer to rent it only when i am out of the country for extended periods.

Well behaved pets are welcome for a small additional cleaning fee - no barkers or chewers please.

More Details

Lisa Hunt
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 17, 2017

About Lisa Hunt

I am an environmental scientist and for the last 5 years I have been spending the majority of my time doing research in South America. I recently sold my house in Berkeley (which I had rented through VRBO for many years), and bought this little house close by in Rockridge. It was a real fixer upper when I bought it, so it just underwent a complete remodel and I am very happy with the outcome! Now I am focusing on the garden, my favorite part.

Lisa Hunt purchased this house in 2014

Why Lisa Hunt chose Upper Telegraph

I chose this house because I loved the neighborhood, the charm of the little blue Craftsman bungalow, and because the garden space had so much potential!

What makes this house unique

Relax in the hot tub and enjoy the massage jets!


Upper Telegraph House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 740 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both bathrooms have all new premium fixtures, including dual flush toilets. Mexican Talavera tile surrounds the tub/shower in main bath. (2nd bathroom is available only with additional rental of office/studio)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom has adjustable queen size bed with memory foam mattress and massage function, 2 large closets and french doors that open to back garden and hot tub. There are 3 large skylights and plenty of windows - shades are light filtering, not light blocking, so if you like to sleep in a completely dark room this is not the place for you.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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Rockridge House - Garden, Hot Tub
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

Perfect place for us!

  • 5 of 5

Lisa's place was perfect for us. We were able to walk everywhere we needed to. It is close to the BART so we just walked there and took it into San Fran and back to the airport. The place was very clean and had everything we needed to make our son and his friends Thanksgiving dinner, PLENTY of space for entertaining as the place is laid out very smart. The hot tub in the back with outdoor shower was a total bonus and relaxing and fun to use. The front and back gardens are gorgeous, complete with fig and lemon trees! The house is gated and very secure, the neighborhood is quiet and family friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, safe, nicely appointed

  • 5 of 5

What a great little find. If you are new to the area and a single female traveler this is a great place. Wonderfully appointed inside and great auto sensor lights exactly where and when you need them. The host is most attentive. The place is kept immaculate. I highly recommend

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very unique house with beautiful gardens!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I have stayed here before. We really enjoy this house. It's very comfortable for the two of us. We enjoy the gardened patio in the front of the house, the other in the back. We also enjoy the hot tub and outdoor shower. It's close to the shops and restaurants for us to walk to.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and great location

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lisa was very easy to deal with and very responsive. The house is close to markets (Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl), coffee shops and the BART, providing easy access to downtown San Francisco. It has an open layout and is very thoughtfully decorated. The bedroom is very light and has plenty of closet space, with French doors leading to the private, lush backyard garden and hot tub. The front porch has comfortable seating, also surrounded by greenery. The kitchen is well-equipped. House was clean and comfortable and the overall layout was very relaxing. Enthusiastically recommend this well-cared for home!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful retreat in the middle of it

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Lisa's place for 3 weeks in December with the goal of exploring what it would be like to live in the Berkeley area. The property is right in the middle of it, technically in Oakland, but a few blocks from both Rockridge and Berkeley. Lisa's place has everything you need including a comfy bed, fast internet, and a full kitchen. The porch and outside areas are wonderful for sitting and enjoying your coffee and breakfast. It was also great as we were allowed to have our cat with us, which made the entire experience feel a lot more like our home.

We spent most of our time in Berkeley, especially the College Avenue area, but wish we had done more in Oakland. There's a ton of great places to check out over there too. Also, if you need to commute anywhere, Lisa's place is less than 5 minutes from the freeway.

One thing I would note: the bedroom has 3 skylights. So if you're light sensitive or a late riser, make sure you have an eye mask. If you are an early riser, you'll love getting morning sun to wake you up.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Conveniently located on very quiet street in the trendy Rockridge neighborhood near the border of Oakland and Berkeley. A few blocks from BART, 1.5 blocks from Telegraph Ave (with direct buses to UC Berkeley campus and downtown Oakland), several blocks from many restaurants, Trader Joe's and lots of little shops. UC Berkeley campus is a 10 minute bike ride, a 20 minute walk, or a 5 minute drive. This is a great neighborhood to go walking or running - quiet tree lined streets with beautiful and creative gardens. Hike up nearby Claremont Canyon for amazing views across the bay, with views of SF, Golden Gate Bridge, and Marin.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $600

Inquire about availability of separate office with bath and kitchenette for additional fee.

Refund policy - VRBO requires choosing specific terms for cancellations/refunds, and my refund policy doesn't fit any of their categories, so I had to specify "no refund". However, it is more flexible than that - if you need to cancel and I can manage to get the place rented during some or all of the contracted dates, I will provide a refund for all dates it is rented (regardless of the time you cancel). I have had this happen several times and in all cases I was able to provide a full or partial refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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