|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Please note - we accept guests for just part of the year. At this point there is no availability until April 2015.
Our beautiful home is underutilized. We are a married couple with grown children and two homes, one in Berkeley, the other in Santa Cruz. We go back and forth. Both of us work full time. The wife, Margarita, is a business owner; The husband, Bob, is a physician in practice in Berkeley.
You are most welcome to stay in our home. Usually we have a 1 week minimum. Our 1320 square ft Berkeley home has two bedrooms and one bath. We the owners, Margarita and Bob, have a cottage + studio home in the back of the property and we stay there when we are in Berkeley. The cottage / studio are not attached to the 1320 sq ft house you would be renting but the back of the studio is next to the rear deck of the main house. There is plenty of privacy. The cottage/studio is accessed by a different entrance than the entrance you would use.
Our house is meticulously maintained, clean, airy, and fully equipped. It is located in what is generally acknowledged as one of the most desirable areas of Berkeley, close to wonderful restaurants, shops, and walking streets.
Our place is perfect for visiting scholars, scientists or businesspeople or for tourists who prefer the peace and quiet of this lovely East Bay city. There is easy and fast access to downtown San Francisco via public transportation; bus and BART stations are in easy walking distance from our house.
Husband: physician. Wife: businesswoman. We have 5 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Yes, cute! Most of the year we don't need our 1320 sq foot house; we are very happy in our cottage and studio. We'll give you as much privacy as you want but if you want It would also be fun to tell you all about our town and neighborhood. We know you'll enjoy the area and our home.
Bob Dolgoff and Margarita Nicol purchased this house in 2005
We didn't buy it as a vacation rental. It is our home. You will have full use of the appliances, dishes, etc. and you can even use the staples and spices you find in the pantry and the refrigerator.
Great location. Walk to UC Berkeley. Solano Avenue with its shops and restaurants is just 3 blocks away. Express bus to San Francisco is one block away. You can walk to the North Berkeley BART station. If you don't know about the climate in our area let us tell you -- it seldom gets very hot in the summer (almost no one has air conditioning) or too cold in the winter (no frost or snow). Winters can be rainy and cool, it almost never rains all summer long but it can be foggy and cool. Our usual summer weather features fog or clouds in the morning clearing by Noon, then bright sunshine all afternoon, and then fog in the evening. In the summer we can have spells when it is overcast for days at a time. September and October are frequently our hottest months. In the winter it can by drizzly for days at at time or warm and sunny for days at a time or bright sunny and warm for days at a time.
The neighborhood is fabulous. Tree-lined streets, homes with beautiful landscaping, lots of flowers even in the winter. Shopping streets a few blocks away are lined with boutiques, bakeries, restaurants of all kinds, specialty food stores, bookstores, cafes, etc. You'll have fun just walking around.
We stayed in this lovely home over the Memorial day weekend, as we were visiting my son who was living in the Oakland area. I have rented homes through VRBO before, but this home was the most beautiful place we have rented yet! It had all the amenities, a wonderful back porch for sitting and talking. We had a really great stay and the owners were fantastic!! This was so much more comfortable than getting a hotel in San Francisco. It's a lovely home, in a lovely neighborhood, with top notch decor and furnishings. We have a great stay!!
We very much enjoyed staying in this very charming house. The place is very comfortable, clean and well appointed. The appliances are top quality. The location is convenient, safe and pedestrians friendly. We felt very at home and welcomed. The owners were very friendly, warm and always available to help. We arrived late in the evening but they were there to greet us. There were plenty of supplies and essential provisions (not to mention bottles of great californian wines) waiting for us. Our 13 year old daughter enjoyed having her own bed room with a big bed and playing the piano. We would recommend this place, the owners and would certainly come back.
Everything about our stay at Bob and Margarita's house was superb. We were given a wonderful welcome, with thoughtful grocery provisions waiting for us; just what you need after a long journey! The house itself is lovely, a mix of homely and contemporary and most importantly it was spotless and very well kitted out. It is in a fantastic location, with great local shops and amenities plus the BART is just a short walk away. The house is very child friendly - our children (5 and 3 years old) both loved it and our hosts were very kind to them. The back terrace is compact but still gave them plenty of space to play outside. All in all, a perfect place to stay: we'll be back!
We stayed as a family of four, for 5 months, during a University semester. The house is perfectly located. We have been living there without a car, able to move around walking and riding bikes. When a car was needed, we always found a Zipcar at walking distance.
The house is well furnished, and equiped with all commodities. The owners are always helpful and the very few problems we had in 5 months were quickly and efficiently solved.
I can't believe we were so lucky! This house is large, clean and comfortable. We were welcomed with a bowl of fresh fruit, a lovely bottle of wine and a fridge filled with juice, milk and other basics. The kitchen has everything you need to cook anything and everything! This home is conveniently located near Solano Ave. and the Gourmet Guetto. The owners were helpful and friendly. They assisted us on more than one occasion. We had a baby bed delivered to their home prior to our arrival, which allowed us to arrive late in the evening from Switzerland with our 2 small children and put them straight to sleep in a safe place. We cannot say enough about this house. It's warm, inviting and has everything you need! A big thank you to Bob and Margarita!!!
My husband and I leave in MA and spend 4 months a year in Berkeley to be nearer our grandchildren. For the last three years we have rented Bob and Margarita's home for two months in the spring and two months in the fall. The kitchen bedroom and bath are stocked with everything you could possibly need and the house and all else is spotlessly clean. Bob and Margarita are the best "landlords", they are there when you need them and beyond that you may get to say hello a few times. They are lovely, lovely people. From the house you can walk to dozens of places; bakery, Peets, Starbucks, great restaurants, Monterey market, Andronico's, a new Safe way. I walked to the University and took pottery classes. We loved this area of Berkeley so much we recently bought a house around the corner.
Beaches Are an Hour's Drive Away, the High Sierra Mountains, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe Are 3 1/2 Hours Drive Away, Muir Woods (Redwoods, the World's Tallest Trees) Are an Hour Away. San Francisco is 25' away by car except during rush hour when it is 1 hour away! Take BART (our rapid transit rail system). You can walk to the BART station in 20 - 25 minutes or you can take the bus to the city; the bus stop is a block away.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|see below + cleaning||$110|
No reservations without a telephone call. We want to talk to prospective guests.
Rate for longer stays negotiable. One time nonrefundable cleaning fee $110.00
One week or longer stays preferred.
No shoes in the house. No tax at present but the City of Berkeley may start imposing a tax and if so it will be passed on to you. We will inform you of that as soon as we know about this.
Pay by check. $500 deposit. Full payment due 30 days before arrival. Cancellation policy will be described as per agreement prior to finalizing a reservation
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.