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Large, beautiful home near restaurants, shopping and more-- Perfect for families

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful 5+ bedroom with 3 full baths. Walking distance to Rockridge & Elmwood

The Space

The kitchen is well stocked with pots/pans, dishes, spices, and a large variety of kitchen gadgets. There's wifi, books, games (~100), bikes (1 adult and 2 for kids). The master bed is a European Sleepworks queen- sized bed. There are also two twins, a new sofa bed (double), and two floor mattresses (futon double, air bed single). The master bath has a jacuzzi tub and a rain shower head. The large backyard has a variety of fruit trees including figs, apples, lemons (year round), plums, loquats, an herb garden, and a variety of edible vegis in the planter beds. There's a large play structure, zip line, and a gas grill.

Guest Access

Entire home.

Interaction with Guests

We will leave a list of recommendations of our favorite restaurants and things to do in the area. We have a phone number for emergencies and we can be reached by email during your stay.

The Neighborhood

There is a lot to explore nearby on foot. We are centrally located and walking distance to a variety of desirable locations: the shops and restaurants of Rockridge (.6 miles); the shops and restaurants of Elmwood (.9 miles); the Claremont Hotel Club and Spa (.6 miles). There are hiking trails in the hills that start as close at .8 miles away. San Francisco is 13 minutes away by car.

Getting Around

Rockridge BART is within walking distance (.8 miles).

IMPORTANT NOTE: we do have one indoor cat. You will not be responsible for any cat care, but she will be here. Thanks!


More Details

Rachel Antell
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2018

About Rachel Antell

Rachel works in documentary film and Rich for USDA. We have two children in the local public school and we love Bay Area living. We like to hike, play games (we have a huge closet of board games for you to use) and sometimes head down to the local public tennis court just 2 blocks away (yes! we can leave you a few racquets!)

Rachel Antell purchased this house in 2008

Why Rachel Antell chose Rockridge

We moved to this home when our kids were babies (they are now 10 and 12!) and we knew we wanted a big yard for them to play in and enough space for them to grow. It's been a perfect place for our family and we hope yours will enjoy it too!

What makes this house unique

This house is great for a family! With 5 bedrooms, a swing set and zip line, and an ample backyard, you'll have plenty of room to spread out and make it your own. We have a deck with a dining table for al-fresco summer dinners. Stock up for these at the Sunday Farmer's Market on Claremont-- it's just a 20 minute walk from here! And if you don't feel like cooking, we are also walking distance to some of the best restaurants in town. You'll also enjoy going for a stroll in this uniquely beautiful neighborhood-- exploring the secret footpaths and hidden stairways, the 'little free library' where you can exchange books, and the redwood lined path (which our kids call 'the secret forest' ) which will lead you down to a cafe, a comic book store and a neighborhood grocery.


Rockridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • On the lower floor we have a master bedroom with a queen size bed from European Sleepworks (super comfortable!). The room has its own master bath with jacuzzi tub and stall shower. There are also 2 kids' bedrooms each with a twin bed. These two share another full bath. Upstairs (the main floor) has a guest room with a brand new sleep sofa with a double bed. The final room is an office that has a double futon and single air mattress in if desired. These two rooms also share the 3rd full bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • tennis
Additional attractions within a 15 minute drive include: -The Oakland Zoo -Lawrence Hall of Science -Tilden Park with hiking trails, steam train, carousel & Lake Anza -Downtown Berkeley: Berkeley Art Museum, several movie and live theaters, live music venues & great restaurants, cafes & shops -Downtown Oakland with the Oakland Museum, Friday night food trucks, & a hip restaurant scene -Lake Merritt for walking, biking, or renting pedal boats. A Saturday farmer's market & Fairy Land- a theme park for younger kids -Great hiking: Sibley, Joaquin Miller & Redwood Parks in the Oakland Hills


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(5 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Comfortable and spacious!

  • 5 of 5

7 of us stayed in this beautiful Berkeley home. Multi-level living with bedrooms and bathrooms on each floor provided privacy when desired but plenty of larger communal rooms for all to gather and talk, prepare meals, play games or whatever the group wanted. Well-stocked kitchen contained basic cooking needs and more. Quiet area and yet conveniently located to major attractions of Berkeley and the surrounding area.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas

Wonderful home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this lovely home. Felt like we were visiting relatives. So “homey” and comfortable. Lots of interesting books and board games to keep everyone entertained. Great neighborhood with nearby shops and restaurants. We have four kids so everyone had their own room. Don’t let the lack of recent reviews scare you off. Rich and Rachel only rent their place for short periods when they are away on vacation, but if dates are available you should grab this place. We had a fabulous and relaxing stay

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Great home, great location

  • 5 of 5

My family really enjoyed staying in this home. This was our first time renting a home for our vacation. This home blew away hotel experiences and has set an example of how I will travel with my family. We had many things planned in SF, and this home was literally just off the freeway, easy to find and in a great area. The kitchen was fully stocked and upgraded. Rachel was and is so friendly and accommodating. Local shopping and entertainment is within walking distance. If we make it out to Northern CA again, I'm definitely contacting Rachel and hoping they are out of town!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Comfortable, Convenient and Great for Families

  • 4 of 5

This large, comfortable home was

the perfect location for my family visiting from the East Coast!

The living spaces were perfect for 6, with a terrific kitchen open to the dining room and dining room for great family dinners.

The downstairs master bedroom and two children's rooms were nicely separated from the two upstairs bedrooms, providing good privacy for the multigenerational group.

The large backyard was a terrific surprise- unusually private and fun for the children in the family.

The owners were very helpful and responsive-

My family can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Berea, Ohio

Awesome vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed here with my 3 kids, and the house was great! The upstairs living area is really light and open and airy and the downstairs has nice quiet bedrooms so my kids slept really well the whole time. It was also nice to have such a big backyard so they could head out and play (the zip line was a big hit) while I relaxed. The owners were friendly and easy to deal with and because the house was so centrally located it served as a great base for exploring the area. We’d definitely stay there again if we’re back in the East Bay.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Oakland Airport
Nearest Train
0.8 Miles
Rockridge BART
Car: not necessary

We are a 10 minute walk from Rockridge-- home to premiere restaurants like Oliveto, A Coté, Wood Tavern & Milennium, plus many others that are favorites with kids like Zachary's deep dish pizza, Cactus Taqueria and Barney's Hamburgers. Rockridge also boasts great cafes, wine bars, pubs, a library, great shopping, a Trader Joe's & Safeway for groceries, and a BART station for quick access to San Francisco.

We are also a 15 minute walk from Elmwood with a movie theater, restaurants, another library, Willard Park, Ici Ice Cream, The Elmwood Cafe and much more.

A block from our house is Chabot school which has 2 playgrounds, and some public tennis courts which are yours to use (we'll leave you some racquets!).

And just a 3 minute drive away is the Claremont Resort and spa with the best massages in the Bay Area!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $750
Cleaning fee $175

Weekly discount: 15%
Monthly discount: 30%
We have a hypo-allergenic cat (Siberian purebred) Dandelion. She's mellow, friendly, good with kids, and low maintenance (we have a bulk dry food and water feeder).

Note: City of Berkeley prohibits any loud & unnecessary noise in all residential districts. This applies to noise both within & outside your unit and includes noise from such things as parties, amplified music and radios. Noise levels must decrease after 10:00 P.M.
City of Berkeley prohibits smoking in multi-unit residential housing: i.e., buildings with 2 or more units (e.g., apartments, co-ops, condominiums, common interest developments, etc.). This includes the private decks, balconies & porches of units.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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