BEAUTIFUL 'URBAN COTTAGE' CONDO IN DOWNTOWN BERKELEY

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
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Property type condo
Minimum Stay 30 nights

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BEAUTIFUL 'URBAN COTTAGE' CONDO IN DOWNTOWN BERKELEY

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Condo, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Intended for stays of one month or more, The FloCondo is an artist’s studio transformed into an “urban cottage” in downtown Berkeley, a respite from the throb of modern-day irritations. Located in the same block as Trader Joe’s, it is minutes from the University and within walking distance of some of Berkeley’s famed foodie delights—Gather, Chocolatier Blue, the Saturday Farmer’s Market and more, as well as the Gourmet Ghetto, Arts District and downtown movie theaters.

This one-bedroom-plus-loft 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 new sleek Bay Bridge extension 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: $2500-$5200 per month. Varies by number of people. Discounts may be available for longer stays.

Keywords: Condo, Apartment, Flat, Downtown, Near Campus

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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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!

The Owner purchased this condo in 1998

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.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 30 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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4.9
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Beautiful 'Urban Cottage' Condo in Downtown Berkeley
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
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Beautiful 'Urban Cottage' Condo in Downtown Berkeley
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p314266vb
(510) 644-2249 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
5

LOVELY BERKELEY STAY

  • 5 of 5
I spend a lovely six weeks here when I was in Berkeley for work. I especially enjoyed being on the fourth floor (the highest building around) so the views are great, of Berkeley and the Bay and above the street noise of University. I loved sleeping up in the spacious loft (though I do wish there was a railing on the other side -- climbing up the "ladder stairs" while carrying objects is a little tricky!) The apartment is light and airy with interesting quirky decor. The location is perfect, Trader Joes on the same block, everything else within easy walking distance, including the downtown Bart Station. The owners are kind and helpful, and it is nice to have a parking space, kind of fun to make your car go up and down on the lift!
  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
business
Beautiful 'Urban Cottage' Condo in Downtown Berkeley
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p314266vb
(510) 644-2249 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
Pasadena, CA, USA
5

UC BERKELEY MOVE IN

  • 5 of 5
In September, our family moved our Freshman daughter into her Dorm at UC Berkeley. We stayed at the Flo Condo for 3 nights. We knew ahead of time that the parking space in the garage would be too small for our large Toyota Highlander. We were greeted by a wonderfully friendly and very helpful neighbor who gave us the keys. She and her son generously offered to give up their own large space in the garage on our first night so we could get our fully loaded vehicle off the street overnight which was a big concern. After the first night, we moved our daughter into the Dorm so our car was empty and we parked on the street. The Flo Condo was a delightful place to stay! It was spacious, comfortable, well equipped, clean and close to everything we wanted to explore. Our daughters shared the loft. We didn't do any cooking, but bought breakfast and snacks from the Trader Joes nearby. I loved the artistic decor!
  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Beautiful 'Urban Cottage' Condo in Downtown Berkeley
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p314266vb
(510) 644-2249 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
Canada
5

A DELIGHTFUL STAY...

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I just recently stayed at this condo while visiting our son, who is attending UC Berkeley, so the location was important to us. We were within walking or short bus ride distance of campus and the extra bed in the loft was great when he wanted to stay overnight. We are serious walkers, so this combined with the great central location of this condo and awesome public transit, we explored quite a bit of the area without renting a car. Aside from walking the ever-entertaining streets of Berkeley, we hiked the trails of Tilden Park, frolicked at a water park in Fremont, sipped cappuccinos at a lovely cafe in Walnut Creek, explored Golden Gate Park (which takes you to Ocean Beach) in San Francisco as well as the famous Fisherman's Wharf (where we took a boat tour of the bay) and ate awesome clam chowder from a bread bowl. We also took a day trip to Stanford and visited their famous university campus. You do need a car to go to Muir Woods but you can also combine it with a wine tour which leaves from a convenient location in San Francisco. So I'm obviously saying that the location of this condo is perfect for sightseeing, visiting campus, groceries, wine, farmer's markets, nightclubs, and restaurants of any description. The owner's photos and description of the property are entirely accurate, the place is clean, convenient and we really enjoyed having a bbq in the spacious courtyard on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Berkeley. The owner's are friendly and helpful and we would recommend their rental to anyone wanting to stay in the area. So don your tie-dyed t-shirt, rent this space, pack your camera and enjoy your Berkeley experience.
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Beautiful 'Urban Cottage' Condo in Downtown Berkeley
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p314266vb
(510) 644-2249 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
Regina, SK, Canada
5

FORMER BERKELEY STUDENT

  • 5 of 5
A beautiful condo in the heart of Berkeley. Very clean. Excellent views. Well stocked for a week or months. Very confortable. An unbelievable collection of tiny treasures throughout the condo. Close to restaurants, the university, grocery stores and public transportation. The neighbours are a delight. There are wonderful residential streets to enjoy just around the corner. It's easy to travel by subway from the SF airport to downtown Berkeley - the condo is just a few blocks away.
  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
business
Beautiful 'Urban Cottage' Condo in Downtown Berkeley
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p314266vb
(510) 644-2249 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
California/Wisconsin
5

BEAUTIFUL, COZY AND ARTISTIC GETAWAY

  • 5 of 5
This spot feels like a little oasis. The way the space has been decorated and designed (the colors, the way the light hits, the beautiful artistic touches, the ambiance) all contribute to a sense of peacefulness that makes this feel at once like home, and also like something of a retreat. My friend and I absolutely loved the space. It was a unique and beautiful experience, just getting to stay there and enjoy the over-all ambiance of the home. It was well-kept, clean, private and quiet, and very comfortable. It was a great location as well...we were able to walk to great restaurants. Even the European style parking added a little flare to the unique experience.

Figuring out the details was also a cinch...seeing as the owner was accommodating, welcoming and reliable. The whole process (from hammering out the details, to staying in the actual condo) was a relaxing and wonderful experience. I will definitely recommend this space to my friends, and actually would hope the opportunity arose so that I might stay there again!
  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Beautiful 'Urban Cottage' Condo in Downtown Berkeley
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p314266vb
(510) 644-2249 (California, USA)
Berkeley The Bay Area
Cork, Ireland
5

EXCELLENT VACATION RENTAL

  • 5 of 5
This was one of the very best vacation rentals in which we have stayed anywhere in the world. The description is accurate (as are the photos) but these do not fully capture what a lovely living space greets the renter. We stayed as a couple for the 1st week of our rental period and we were joined by our grown-up son and his girlfriend for the second week. The configuration of the condo is such that we all had sufficient space, comfort and privacy. The kitchen and bathroom were excellent and very convenient laundry facilities are available in the building. Everything we needed for a comfortable stay was available in the condo. The assigned parking space in the building's parking garage was a huge plus as street parking in Berkeley is difficult.
The location of the condo couldn't be better. It is a very short walk from UC Berkeley campus and from Shattuck Avenue with its numerous restaurants and cafes. It's about 10 minutes walk from the BART station from where regular trains to San Francisco take approximately 30 minutes. This makes the condo an excellent and efficient base to explore SF, Berkeley, the Bay area, Napa and Sonoma (approx 45 minutes drive away). We also drove to Yosemite in less than 3.5 h from the condo and spent an overnight there. A further highlight of our stay at the condo was the opportunity to shop for our food at several outstanding stores - Monterey Market on Hopkins street is within walking range and has an amazing array of high quality produce, the Berkeley Bowl is a short drive away and vies with the Monterey Market in terms of quality and selection, the Pasta House on 4th street is a large and great deli with excellent cheeses, fresh pastas, and a huge array of luxury foods, and the excellent Acme Bread is available from source on San Pablo Ave. For immediate needs the Trader Joe's is within 1 block. As if all that isn't enough, the Saturday morning Berkeley farmer's market takes place about 3 blocks away from the condo.
Finally we have to say that the condo's owners Jim and Mary Fran could not have been more hospitable and welcoming. We really appreciated their efforts to make our stay in Berkeley memorable - this again contributed to a wonderful experience. In summary, we recommend this rental very highly. We had a wonderful 2 weeks there and, if we are ever back in the Bay area, we'd love to rent it again.
  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Oakland
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Emeryville/Berkeley
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
80/580
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Muir Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Eureka, 2068 Center Street
Nearest Restaurant
0.9 Miles
Chez Panisse, 1517 Shattuck Ave
Car: not necessary

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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30 night minimum stay
$2,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $89.00
Advance payment of half of period fee. If damage protection is NOT purchased, additional 25 percent of period fee is required at time of booking as a refundable security/cleaning deposit. A cleaning charge of $40 per person will apply. Payment by check or international transfer preferred. PayPal may be used if necessary.
Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. $2500 per month for 1 person, plus $30 per night for each additional person = $3400 for 2 people, $4300 for 3 people, and $5200 for 4 people.
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Amenities

Berkeley Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
General:
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Elevator
  • Covered Parking
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom has both shower and tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (2) One in the bedroom, one platform-style in the loft
Entertainment:
  • Video Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Books
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Attractions:
  • museums
  • health/beauty spa
  • zoo
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • bird watching
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • tennis
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • kayaking
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