Nice area, house with character, close to shopping areas and restaurants
We rented the house for 2 weeks in August/September 2013. The house is conveniently located close to Pleasant Valley Road where there is a Safeway and Starbucks. Also, walking distance (8-10mins) to Piedmont Avenue and College Avenue where there are many small stores, restaurants and coffee places and of course the up and coming Temescal area. We liked receiving the NY Times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can sit on the porch, drink your coffee, read the paper and be part of life in this area. It is a safe area with plenty of parking available (our rental SUV did not fit the parking space in the backyard). The photos on the website are accurate and the house has lots of character, it is spacious and is older, which we liked. We enjoyed our stay. There were a couple of things that we did not like and that we will take with us next time we will rent a house. There was a unit below the house that was rented out twice to people during our stay. Eventhough we don't mind bumping into strange people in the backyard, we did not like the fact that we could hear the people downstairs. One night a baby cried, another early morning there was a small child talking and we could also hear when water was being used. Also, the street it is on, is a thru way for cars, during the day it is noisy, at night it is fairly quiet. The walls of the house are thin and garbage days in the early mornings on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were annoying were trucks backing up while beeping and dumpsters being emptied. Washer and dryer are old and dirty (we went to the Laundromat). We also didn't use the dishwasher because you would have to connect the tubes yourself (we handwashed). The backyard space is large, however badly maintained and messy (we only used the porch). Windows could only open a little bit which didn't allow for a lot of fresh air which we think is important in an old house. The 2.5% taken out of our deposit for VRBO charges the owner has, we didn't like (eventhough we knew about it and was stated in the contract). Lastly, the email communication of the owner, Judy, to us was very short and not very warm and not very welcoming. I rather have someone respond to my 2 week rental request with kindness and even a bit fluff. And eventhough there were these drawbacks we did have a very nice stay. Hope this review helps others.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Nicole, I truly feel sad about how uncomfortable you seem to have been during your stay. So many guests have enjoyed the home and have left such nice reviews that it is hard for me to understand your complaints but I will try to address them. Yes I am petty short on e mail because we get so many but I was happy to sit with you and your family one morning on the front porch and glad I got to meet you. Many of the windows open all the way especially in the living room some have blocks on them for security. yes the back yard did need some pruning , the garden is a natural style with a herb garden,barbecue, comfy seating and an table with umbrella which allows for easy entertaining. I looked at the washing machine and dryer and they were not dirty at all although there was some soap build up in the dispenser. The washer is energy efficient. the housekeeper cleaned the soap dispenser. The home is in a nice residential neighborhood in an urban setting with all the advantages of convenient access to BART and all freeways in addition to the numerous world class restaurants and is considered a very interesting area
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