|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
Please ignore the rents shown on the not-so-user-friendly VRBO website. The actual rent is $2990 for a six day week running from arriving Wednesday to departing Monday. Tuesdays belong to the cleaning lady. There is no daily rate, only a weekly rate. (Whether you stay all six days or not the rent is the same so you might as well stay over and see San Francisco, the coast, and the wine country while you're here.) There is a cleaning fee of $200, making the total rent per six day week $3190. There is also a fully refundable $500 reservation deposit / security deposit. Don't break my house and you get it back.
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 Wedgewood 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
6 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Redwood House is rented by the weekend. Up to four Weekdays (arrive Wednesday, depart Monday) are included at no extra rent. (Tuesday belongs to the cleaning lady unless you rent consecutive weekends.) There is no daily rate. There is no minimum stay. I wish I could persuade the VRBO/Homeaway website to display it that way, but I can't.
By PayPal if possible. Check, money order, cash also OK.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.