The FloCondo is an artist’s studio transformed into an “urban cottage” in downtown Berkeley, a respite from the throb of modern-day irritations, in the same block as the new Trader Joe’s, minutes from the University and some of Berkeley’s famed foodie delights—Gather, Chocolatier Blue, the Saturday Farmer’s Market and more, as well as easy walking distance to the Gourmet Ghetto, Arts District and downtown movie theaters.
This one-bedroom-plus-loft, designed for short-term stays, can sleep up to four and comes with its own parking space in a secure environment (separate code for entry to the garage and from the street to the apartment area). Within the apartment, handcrafted furniture and artistic elements mix with found objects to offer a confluence of styles that represent the coolest in eco-urban chic. From the living room’s almost two-story front window overlooking University Avenue the sun pours in during the day and you can see Oakland, San Francisco, the Bay Bridge extension, and its sleek under-construction replacement.
The main bedroom contains a double-bed, floor-to-ceiling book shelves and a large closet. (Another, even larger closet is in the living room). Upstairs, the loft has a built-in platform bed with futon, and a bookcase and writing desk, perfect for a Visiting Professor.
The kitchen has all necessary amenities and there is, of course, a bathroom and shower. All linens, towels, etc are provided.
The building itself is constructed to current environmental and earthquake standards, and includes a large patio area open to all residents, with a gas-fired barbecue in place. From the top floor, where our apartment is located, you have views of the Bay and Mount Tamalpais and can enjoy the fabulous Berkeley sunsets. The building is also wheelchair-friendly. A washer and dryer for use by tenants are available on the ground floor.
Rates: $150-$240 daily; $900-$1400 per week; $3500-$6000 per month. Varies by number of people. Discounts for longer stays. Due to a recent cancellation, almost the whole January-March 2014 period has suddenly opened up. New bookings for that period will be offered at the lower 2013 rates. Please email for further details.
Keywords: Condo, Apartment, Flat, Downtown, Near Campus
We are an international policy analyst/writer/editor (plus lawn bowler) and a multi-faceted designer (interiors/exteriors/renderings/jewelry) with a graduate degree in theology. In other words an odd couple, but not atypical of Berkeley!
Between the two of us we've lived for substantial lengths of time in Glasgow, Chicago, New York City, Bologna, London, Ghana, and travelled to Provence, Tokyo, Rome, Paris, Baja California, etc etc--and nothing beats Berkeley, 'the biggest small town in America'! A vibrant cultural and intellectual life, some of the best eating options in the nation (home to Chez Panisse, ground zero of the organic, environmentally sustainable food movement), art, music, crafts, cinema, the Bay, plus splendid walking options in the hills and through its almost secret pathway system--we cannot imagine living anywhere else. And the weather is temperate all year, usually several degrees warmer than in SF across the Bay, and if you go north a few miles, in an hour you can be sipping a nice chardonnay on a sun-drenched vineyard in Napa, lounging in one of the pools in the spa town of Calistoga, hiking in Muir Woods, or looking for whales off the coast.
This is an ideal location for living in Berkeley, CA. Close to the University, shops, restaurants, cinemas, and the BART. The building is relatively new, built to a high standard by Berkeley's premier award-winning multi-dwelling developer. You can see the San Francisco Bay from the balcony, including a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Mount Tamalpais. It is also a great base camp for exploring the entire Bay Area and Northern California.
Lawn bowling club a 15-minute walk away; San Francisco a 15-20 minute BART ride away. Farmers market offers fresh organic produce every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (see http://ecologycenter.org/bfm/ for locations). Many museums and galleries within easy walk/drive.
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