|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
• Master Bedroom in master suite is furnished with King size bed and antiques and panoramic views of village and water (SF Bay)
• Second bedroom next to master 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.
• Full bathroom (bathtub/shower) on master bedroom suite
• Third bedroom has a Queen size bed, antiques and seating
• Fourth bedroom has a full size bed, desk and seating
• Full bathroom (bathtub/shower) serves two bedrooms on main level
• Beautiful kitchen with Arts and Crafts style cabinetry, antiques and panoramic views of village, trees and water
• Separate dining room with panoramic views
• Grand living room with panoramic views
• Family/recreation room with large TV and Wii games.
• Dual-level large reclaimed Redwood deck perfect for entertainment. Includes outdoor seating and eating furnishings
• Back yard with water fountain, benches and native plants
• Laundry room with eco-friendly machines
• Off-street parking for 1 car and additional parking on street
• WIRELESS/WI-FI in entire house.
• Air beds provided for additional sleepers.
• A separate studio may be available at separate rate for additional 2-3 persons. The private studio is located on the ground floor of the house and it has a separate independent entrance but it can connect to the rest of the house when rented with the house. Studio guests may access laundry room in the house.
• Beautiful community park at the end of our block with playground, tennis courts, picnic areas, basketball court, soccer/track field and gorgeous views of the SF Bay.
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.
My children and I had a very comfortable stay at Sylvia's property. She was very professional and a very clear communicator, and if we needed any support it was available, although we didn't, it was all set up so nicely. The kitchen was very usable and everything worked fine. The house has a wonderful Berkeley, Kensington genuine feel and it is set in a quiet neighborhood (no dogs barking, etc). It is close to the bus line for easy access to downtown Berkeley or to BART into the city. It is close to some robust walks into Tilden Park and so we were able to enjoy a few walks and runs and saw a gorgeous sunset over the Golden Gate bridge and Marin headlands, and a view of the city by the bay; remarkable. Berkeley is famous for its food, and we enjoyed the many nearby markets for organic and vegan options, as well as indulging in a few treats at some of the many tasty nearby restaurants. My son enjoyed shooting hoops at the nearby park below Kensington elementary at the end of the cul-de-sac, which also results in low street traffic. The house is multi-level so there are pockets for privacy and yet it is not too large to feel too separated. Comfortable, charming, safe, convenient.
10 of us, age 8 months to 70 years, travelled to Berkleley for a Family wedding. All of us were from South Africa and Australia. The beautiful house and studio were just so perfect for the whole family. The house was very well equipped and Sylvia was a perfect correspondent, who saw to all our needs and wants. We all just loved it and had such a memorable time that we will treasure forever. Beautiful walks close by. Couldn't have been better. Highly recommended
We were in Berkeley for a family event and were looking for a place where nine of us could gather. The group was ages 4 - 91 years and there was space for everyone. It was so much better than being in a hotel and then trying to find time/space to meet and gather informally. We shared breakfast as people got up and sat in the living room reviewing the day in the evening. We even had a family dinner night before everyone let. The large deck was an outdoor room that was wonderful for those of us from the East Coast who were just coming from snow and cold.
Sylvia was delightful to work with, always available to respond to any question before arriving and while there. The house was very clean, the kitchen was well equipped and the house was very comfortable. The location is great with the park down the street and the little village center close by. I was concerned about parking as we had 3 cars in our group. It seemed miraculous but there was always a space on the street without much inconvenience. We would highly recommend staying here and felt it was a privilege to have the house made available to us to enhance the family event.
This Kensington house was roomy, pretty, and comfortable. The quiet street and park just a half block away came in handy. highly recommended!
Windsore home was a perfect place for our family (2 adults and 2 kids) and our guests. We stayed there two and half months. House was well equipped (I personally loved the kitchen oven!) and well maintained, comfortable and very spacious. We love beautiful views, playgrounds and parks very near. Location was perfect for us for visiting e.g. San Francisco and wine valleys.
Owner was very helpful and caring! Thanks again Sylvia!
The owner's response is fast and professional. The property was well maintained and the listing description was accurate. It's a good for a big family to stay.
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|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Notes||HOMEAWAY CALENDAR HAS A PROBLEM AND IT IS NOT SHOWING AVAILABILITY. PLEASE CONTACT OWNER ABOUT YOUR DATES FIRST. Please contact owner for discounts Max of 10 guests. Max of 13 guests with studio. Monthly Ok. Last minute OK.Separate studio may be available: Inquire for availability and rates. If you prefer to do payment in two installments before your 60 day of arrival day, please contact owner and we will work with you. We also accept American Express, personal checks and Paypal--contact owner if preferred.|
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