LOVELY BIG OLD HOUSE 28 MINUTES FROM SF

Jack Kessler

Speaks french, english
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Sleeps18
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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LOVELY BIG OLD HOUSE 28 MINUTES FROM SF

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House, 7 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 14-18)

Redwood House is actually in El Cerrito, 1.2 miles (2 km) from Berkeley. Berkeley is as close as the VRBO website could get.

Look at the pictures. Redwood House is a roomy, 100 year old, two-story house. Upstairs are 6 bedrooms with 6 closets, and a tiled full bathroom. There are lots of windows and sunshine. Most of the upstairs rooms have views of the hills.

Downstairs there is a huge tiled sunny kitchen with large windows, a glorious view of sunsets over Mount Tamalpais, lots of cabinets, and an antique fully-functional gas stove. The downstairs rooms have ten-foot (3 m.) coved ceilings. There are a living room separated from a large foyer by pocket doors, another tiled bathroom, this one with a Jacuzzi, a laundry room with a washer and dryer, a tiled utility room, more closets, and more built-in storage.

On the other side of the foyer are a seventh bedroom, a third tiled bathroom, a medium sitting room with one couch, a leather Morris chair and a fireplace, a second smaller kitchen, and a separate entrance.

Outside there is a small private enclosed yard on one side of the building, shaded by pine trees. On the other side is a more open yard with a lawn, roses, ornamental trees, flowers and off-street parking for two cars. There is plenty of on-street parking as well.

Diagonally across the street one way is a small park. Diagonally across the street the other way is the grassy playground of an elementary school. Most of all, in front of the house there is a handsome sixty foot (18 m) California Coast Redwood tree named Gus. The house is actually just an accessory to Gus.

It is a two block walk to the El Cerrito Plaza BART station (our commuter train system). From the station it is an 8 minute ride to downtown Berkeley and the UC campus, 28 minutes to downtown San Francisco, and 45 minutes to San Francisco International Airport. Also within near walking distance are Trader Joe’s, Starbuck’s, Barnes & Noble, two supermarkets, El Cerrito Natural Foods, the newly-restored Cerrito theater, and many good ethnic restaurants.

Redwood House is fun to live in.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Jack Kessler

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2008
Speaks french, english
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Retired old coot hoping to enjoy his senescence on your dime. :o)

Jack Kessler purchased this house in 1992

It wasn't a vacation rental when I bought it. It became one when I lost my butt in the 2008 stock market crash.

The stereo speakers in the bedroom at the top of the stairs were the best, most accurate and musical speakers available at any price -- in 1982. They are still outstanding.

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.6
based on 14 traveler reviews

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Lovely Big Old House 28 Minutes from Sf
average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews
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Lovely Big Old House 28 Minutes from Sf
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p206270vb
(510) 421-0471 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
Oakland, CA
5

Great for family gathering

  • 5 of 5
My entire family (about 18-20 people) stayed here for a weekend. We had a blast! The house has tons of character, plenty of beds, and is very clean. IThe house also comes with long tables that we used for a large banquet. Easy walk from the BART station. I definitely recommend this place. P.S. Gus the redwood tree is breathtaking!
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Lovely Big Old House 28 Minutes from Sf
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p206270vb
(510) 421-0471 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
Detroit, Michigan
4

Big family gathering

  • 4 of 5
Wonderful house for family gathering, lots of places to eat, sit and talk, just gather family together. Two fully equipped kitchens was really nice feature since we cooked all our meals. close to BART, easy access to freeway, but parking a bit tight.
  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children
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Lovely Big Old House 28 Minutes from Sf
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p206270vb
(510) 421-0471 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
Berkeley
5

Awesome house for group of Cal students

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful year in this beautifully decorated and furnished house. Living close by bart station, we can commute back and forth to Berkeley every weekday, The quiet surrounding and huge space of the house make us the best living and studying environment for the previous year. Would recommend this house.
P.S. The circuit breaker which frequently tripped is the only tiny drawback.
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Lovely Big Old House 28 Minutes from Sf
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p206270vb
(510) 421-0471 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
Los Angeles, CA
5

Great house for groups near Berkeley

  • 5 of 5
This is a great house for large groups. Our group was attending a conference at UC Berkeley. We mostly just needed a place to sleep and shower but found the house to be much more than that and enjoyed our free time back at the house. It had ample beds/couches, tables, seating, etc. It's a short walk from numerous restaurants and a short drive to grocery stores. Parking is great. It's walking distance from the BART and a ~$15 cab ride from Berkeley. The house was clean and had all the appliances/fixtures you could need to cook. The owner was very helpful and responsive by email/phone. I would definitely recommend the house and hope it's available the next time our group is traveling to northern California.
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Lovely Big Old House 28 Minutes from Sf
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p206270vb
(510) 421-0471 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
Akron, Ohio
4

wedding party

  • 4 of 5
We had a great time staying at this house. My son was getting married in Berkeley, and it was great to have our family together. Beds were comfortable, there were a lot of chairs and tables to set up for the rehearsal dinner (20 guests). Lots of glasses, wine glasses and silverware. There were nice touches like fresh flowers for us to enjoy--didn't have to get any centerpieces. Location was good too, convenient to stores and BART.

Only negative: yard was not well kept, and there were rakes etc in the yard.

All in all, would recommend this house for large group.
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: I have since hired a gardener who comes weekly to keep the place up. It looks a lot better now.
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Lovely Big Old House 28 Minutes from Sf
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p206270vb
(510) 421-0471 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
El Cerrito CA
4

Great place for a reunion

  • 4 of 5
We rented this house for a reunion of old friends and had a great time. Lots of room, good beds, nice and abundant linens, well-equipped kitchen, and a great location near BART and shopping. The oven broke but the owner graciously let us use his and disaster was averted. My only quibbles are (a) one bedroom is not really a bedroom but a bed on the 2nd-floor landing; and (b) the garden is sort of a wreck--the house would be prettier if it were cleaned up a bit. But the house itself is lovely and very comfortable, and a great value. Thank you!
  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: MARCH 2014 As I mentioned elsewhere, I have hired a gardener who comes weekly and the exterior looks a lot better now. I have also had some work done on the interior and more is coming. Restoring a large old house is not something one does and is done with. It is on-going and continues indefinitely.
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
18 Miles
San Francisco International and Oakland Internat'l
Car: not necessary

San Francisco has Chinese New Year Parade and Napa Valley has Wine Country Tours and winery visits and tastings. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the world's best travel destinations not only for its beauty, but also for its variety. As much as there is to see here, there is more to do here.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Berkeley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
All Year
Mar 29 2014 - Mar 29 2015
4 night minimum stay
$688
$2,750
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
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$688
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,438
$8,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
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Amenities

Amenities

Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2950 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Double Beds (7), Baby Cribs (1) Pack 'n' Play, high chair, stroller, child safety gate on stairs, safety interlock on garbage disposal, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) two self-inflating double mattresses
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • live theater
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • wildlife viewing
  • shopping
  • horseshoes
  • sight seeing
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snowboarding
  • basketball court
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
handmade Persian rugs in every room. See pictures..
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