|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
CLOSE TO SAN FRANCISCO. MINUTES TO UC CAMPUS. WALK TO TILDEN PARK. BIKE TO BAY TRAIL.
Relax in the grand cathedral-peak-ceiling living room of this 1920s custom-built traditional Tudor Revival style home. Take pleasure in morning breakfast and evening wine on the large redwood deck with panoramic views. Enjoy the comfortable and functional three-level design that offers space for children activities in the lower level family room far from the top-level two-room/full-bath master suite. Conveniently access all of the diverse tourist, culinary, and nature/outdoor activities that the San Francisco Bay Area offers. This 2,600 square foot home offers beauty, comfort and amenities you want to enjoy during your vacation, and even office space--if you have to do some work. And don't forget to enjoy the park at the end of the block with stunning views of SF Bay and the Golden Gate bridge, tennis courts and children's playground
The House: This beautiful home features steeply pitched roof, stucco,half-timbering and antique diamond pane casement windows on façade with a mix of Tudor and Mediterranean-inspired interiors.The interior's charming arches and ceilings with wood beams bring warmth and elegance throughout the house where large wood windows, French doors, hardwood, stone and tile floors, iron work and fireplace create an inviting environment. The professionally-landscaped front and back yards with water fountain, Japanese maple, native plants, and seating areas offer a setting for meditation or relaxation. The custom designed kitchen features a farm sink, antique Wedgwood stove, arts and crafts style cherry cabinetry, African slate floor, modern appliances and a gorgeous antique stained-glass window over the second bar-size sink. The kitchen is ideal for two cooks and includes a peninsula for informal eating, bar tending or cooking preparation. Charming bathrooms feature Mediterranean tiles and include bathtubs.
Noteworthy features of the house include:: • Decorated with fine art, antiques, and persian rugs
• All beds are new and of high quality to support your sleeping needs
• Fully supplied with linens, dining and kitchen needs, crystal glassware and all modern amenities
• Beautiful master suite includes two bedrooms and full bathroom and features panoramic views
• One Bedroom in master suite is furnished with Queen size bed and antiques;
Second bedroom has two twin-size beds (Daybed with trundle), office equipment, including desk, printer, bookcase, supplies and offers privacy from other areas of the house.
• Two additional bedrooms with full size beds each, with shared bathroom
• Beautiful kitchen with Arts and Crafts style cabinetry and antiques
• Grand living room with panoramic views
• Family/recreation room with large TV and Wii games. Full-size bed in Family/rec room.
• Charming dining room
• Dual-level reclaimed Redwood deck
• Back yard with water fountain, benches and native plants
• Laundry room with eco-friendly machines
• Off-street parking for 1 car
WIRELESS/WI-FI in entire house.
Air beds provided for additional sleepers.
There is a studio attached to the house with independent entrance available at separate rates. Please inquire. Studio guests may access laundry room in the house.
The Surroundings and Transportation: The house is situated in the Berkeley hills/Kensington overlooking the San Francisco Bay and it is a wonderful retreat just minutes away from downtown Berkeley and a short drive/metro/bus ride to San Francisco. If you enjoy nature, this house offers you an short 3-minute walk to Tilden Park, the largest regional park in California that offers hiking/biking trails, pony rides, steam trains, pony rides, carrousel, botanical gardens, swimming, golfing, picnic, camping. Over more, the house is only half block to Kensington Park where you and your family will enjoy children's playground/tennis and basketball courts/picnic area/running track/public library and stunning views of the Golden Gate bridge. If you have a dog, you may take a short drive to the Bay-side Pt. Isabel 'dog park'. Neighborhood shops, food and farmers markets, restaurants, and bars are only 2-7 minute away; Bus stop is one block away, near Bart and the 500-Mile Shoreline Trail Around the Bay--a perfect biking enjoyment.
We are David and Sylvia Fike. We raised our three children in this home and have enjoyed the diverse beauty and activities of the Bay Area for the last 20 years. Now, David is the president of a liberal arts college in the Midwest and Sylvia is on sabbatical after a successful 30-year professional career as a leader and executive director of non-profit community-based organizations engaged in local, national, and international work.
We have extensive family and friends in this community and return to our home for short stays several times during the year. However, during these years of living and working in a different part of the country, we carefully nurture this family home and relish making it available for others to enjoy. Having both lived abroad and traveled frequently as a family and as a couple, we are able to anticipate many needs of vacation travelers and have tried to equip our home accordingly. Having lived in this area for much of our lives, we take pleasure in giving visitors guidance to many of the fabulous sites and activities of this exciting region, including those 'off the beaten track.
Sylvia Fike purchased this house in 1991
Kensington--in the Berkeley Hills area-- is a gem in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our house is two blocks from the Blake State and Gardens--the official home of the UC President. We love our neighborhood because it is full of interesting professionals, academics and artists. Kensington is a well kept secret as one of the best family-friendly neighborhoods and it is a central location to access any point of interest when you visit the area. Great public transportation, bike-friendly and its proximity to the major highways make it a great location for short or long stays, either for work or tourism related trip, and for relaxation.
Our house is perfect for a family or two families traveling together because it is very spacious. One of our favorite rooms is the kitchen because it is spacious for 2 cooks and the views are stunning. The three level design also allows you to have your children or youth playing in the family room while the adults enjoy their conversation and cocktails in the social area of the second level. Relaxing in the large deck at any time of the day and breath in the breeze from the Bay and gorgeous trees surrounding the house is a special treat. And overall, you will experience a peaceful state of mind in this house, perfect for relaxation. But if you have to do some work, the office/library is fully equipped and there is wireless internet. Kensington Park (almost our backyard) at the end of our block, offers tennis, basketball, running track, and children's activities and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The location of the house is also central to access any point of interest in the Bay Area. Close to main freeways and subway stations. You can also walk,bike,bus or drive to shops at the Kensington Village, Kensington Circle, Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto, Solano shops, downtown Berkeley, Walk (3minutes) or drive to Tilden Regional Park (which offers many family and children's activities like the Mary-Go-Round, Pony Rides, Nature's Museum, The Little Farm and Lake Anza and more), and waterfront parks like Berkeley Marina and others, including the one-of-a-kind Point Isabel Dog Park.
A charming studio with private bath and kitchenette, for 1-2 person max, is also available at separate rate--inquire for rates and availability.
Berkeley and our Kensington neighborhoods are gems in the San Francisco Bay Area. Berkeley, the cradle of historic cultural changes in the U.S. is now impacting the healthy foods movement. Kensington is family-friendly and centrally located to access any point of interest in the Bay Area. Convenient public transportation, bike-friendly character, and proximity to major highways make it ideal for short or long stays, either for work, tourism or relaxation. From our home, you may walk to Tilden Park (the largest regional park in California), to Kensington Park (half-block away), or shops in Kensington or Solano Avenue in Berkeley. You may walk, bike, bus or drive to the Berkeley Rose Garden, Berkeley Marina, UC Berkeley, the “Gourmet Ghetto” (with famous restaurants like Chez Panisse and the Cheese Board Cooperative) and downtown Berkeley. Plan to visit San Francisco, only a short drive/metro ride away, and take easy day trips to world famous Napa Valley Wine Country, Carmel or Santa Cruz.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 3 2015 - Feb 28 2015
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Please contact owner for a quote and discounts. Discounts for stays longer than 7 nights. Some flexibility for minimun stays. Max of 10 guests. Max of 13 guests if rental includes studio. Monthly Ok.
Separate studio may be available: Inquire for availability and rates.
Form of Payment: most credit cards including Paypal, Visa, Master, American Express, e-check. For personal checks and other forms of payment you MUST telephone or skype the owner. Taxes are to be added at booking.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.