Berkeley house rental - The living room has expanded and now seats 10-12 comfortably.
The living room has expanded and now seats 10-12 comfortably.
 
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • 2 Bathrooms
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
 

Berkeley House Rental Photos and Description
Gorgeous 5 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home, Sleeps up to 12, Close To Campus

Rent this tastefully furnished and beautifully appointed, large 2-story 1908 Craftsman vacation home by the night or by the week. Recently restored and upgraded, decorated with a mix of antiques and artisan furnishings, and outfitted with high quality bedding, this home feels more like an upscale historic inn than a typical vacation rental.

This house has a great location just 10 miles from downtown San Francisco, within a half mile of the University of California, Berkeley, and just steps to nearby shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities. Literally right around the corner you'll find delightful shops, restaurants, and grassy parks. This is a perfect place for families visiting their Cal students, professional staff attending conferences, and families on vacation.

We provide high quality, down bedding, plush towels, free wi-fi, nationwide phone calling, and full house privileges (kitchen access, comfy living room, wrap-around deck, pretty backyard). With great public transportation, Zip Cars nearby, and easy walks to amenities, you don't need a car. But if you have one, we provide one off-street parking spot with the rental, and street parking is plentiful and free overnight and for 2-hour increments between 10 pm and 5 pm. Ask me about nearby parking garages and street parking passes.

*** AMENITIES ***

- A cozy living room with cable TV and radio, comfortable seating, travel books, tourist guides, maps, magazines, games, and the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle.

- A spacious, clean dining room, with a large dining table that seats 12 people (bistro tables can be added to seat a few more).

- A well-organized, clean, fully equipped kitchen with microwave, oven/stove, fridge, stainless steel pots and pans, utensils, serving dishes, wine glasses/corkscrew, a breadmaker, a blender, a coffee grinder, a large electric roasting pot, and recycling/composting bins.

- A lush, green, private yard with teak outdoor furniture.

- An airy front porch with seating and tables where you can take your breakfast or enjoy a quiet glass of wine in the ambiance of this mixed student/family neighborhood.

- Two bathrooms with tub & shower, privacy screen (for multiple users), hair dryer, storage baskets for your things, plenty of plush bath towels and hand towels. Color-coded towels, lots of storage bins and closet space, and makeup mirrors in your room make bathroom sharing easy.

*** ROOMS ***

All of the rooms are super clean and absolutely gorgeous, with clean, recently painted walls, comfortable and interesting high quality furnishings in matching color schemes, and completely uncluttered. Some rooms can accommodate more than two (with our portable cots/futon chairs) and one of our rooms accommodates up to 5 guests.

Bedroom #1 - THE WILDCAT CANYON ROOM

17 ft x15 1/2 ft (263 square feet)

This is the largest room, with a king sized bed (sleeps 2), a futon sofa (sleeps 2), a table, a sitting area, and a large, walk-in closet that converts to a small bedroom for one adult or two children. All bedding is new, with goose down and feather pillows and comforters, pretty duvet covers and bedspreads, and high quality cotton sheets. You'll have your own iron and ironing board, a hamper or laundry basket, and extra blankets and throws. Large windows on two walls flood this room in natural light, which you can filter with the sheers or block with the curtains.

If you're traveling with children, the huge closet of the Wildcat Canyon Room, which we call 'The Little Farm,' is equipped with small cots which can sleep two children. The Little Farm is named after a small teaching farm which is part of a nature education center at Tilden Regional Park. Visitors to Berkeley can take their children to experience The Little Farm, where they can pet the animals, travel on a miniature steam railway, and take a ride on the antique merry-go-round.

The room's namesake, Wildcat Canyon, is a valley just east of the Berkeley Hills where visitors love to go hike and picnic along Jewel Lake and Lake Anza. Wildcat Canyon was named for the mountain lions which used to be fairly common in the area. The southern end of the canyon is part of Tilden Regional Park and the northern end is part of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.

Bedroom #2 - THE MUIR WOODS ROOM

14 1/2 ft x 12 1/2 ft (181 square feet)

This is a large room with a comfortable queen-sized bed, a desk and chair, a reading chair, a dresser for your clothes, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and a small space heater plus extra blankets for those cool nights.

The Muir Woods Room pays homage to Muir Woods National Monument, the cathedral of redwoods located 25 miles west of Berkeley, which was established in 1908 when President Roosevelt signed legislation to protect an old-growth coast redwood forest from destruction. The trees' ages range from 400 to 800 years, and their height up to 250 feet.

Bedroom #3 - THE ROSE GARDEN ROOM

13 ft x 10 ft (130 square feet)

This room is furnished with a gorgeous and comfortable queen-sized bed (sleeps 2), a reading chair, a dresser for clothes, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and extra blankets plus a small space heater for cool nights.

Named after the Berkeley Rose Gardens, it features floral rose decor and antique wooden dressers with hand-painted roses. The Berkeley Rose Garden, opened in 1937, is a gorgeous, terraced amphitheatre and 220-foot-long redwood pergola, where people go to amble, picnic, and relax in the florid surrounds. East Bay rose societies and community members donated hundreds of hours of volunteer time, and they still participate in its upkeep.

Bedroom #4 - THE BAYSHORE ROOM

21 ft x 10 ft (210 square feet)

This is a large sunroom with wrap-around windows, a comfortable queen sized bed (sleeps 2), a teak cabinet with drawers for your stuff which opens to become a desk, a teak chair, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and a small space heater plus extra blankets for cool nights.

This room is an homage to the bay area's coastal environments, from the bay shores at the nearby Berkeley Marina to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean against the rocky shores along Highway 1. Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, and Point Reyes National Seashore are less than an hour away.

Bedroom #5 - THE ANGEL ISLAND ROOM

7 ft x 10 ft (70 square feet)

This tiny room is big enough for just one person. It has a twin bed, an amazing antique secretary desk, a chair, and a small teak hutch that can also open out into a desk. Brand new down and feather pillows and comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets, and cozy coverlets offer a downy soft respite at the end of a long day.

The room is named after Angel Island State Park, the largest natural island in the Bay. The island's mere 1.2 square miles accommodates over 1(phone number hidden)visitors annually from all over the world, who come by boat or ferry to visit its four historic sites and miles of hiking and biking trails.

CLEAN AND GREEN

We provide green living supports (recycling, composting, chemical-free bath products, etc.). Guests clean up after themselves after meals and other activities unless you add optional maid service. The house is deep-cleaned between guests, and once per week for extended stays (including linen/towel service). Cleaning products are chemical-free and unscented (Seventh Generation and Dr. Bronners), so you'll smell only the fresh air.

LOCATION/NEIGHBORHOOD

The house is located approximately 1/2 mile south of University of California, Berkeley; just a few blocks from the popular Telegraph Ave, College Ave, Claremont Ave shops and restaurants; and 10 miles from downtown San Francisco. Public transportation, walkable shops and restaurants, and Zipcars are abundant nearby.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

Some of my reviews mention breakfast. Please be aware that breakfast is not automatically provided, but can be added for an additional per person fee. Other optional services and supports (when available/possible and by advance arrangement) include maid service, linen service, laundry service, bicycle rentals, camping gear rentals, beach gear, picnic/lunch baskets, gift baskets or flowers for special occasions, and airport pickups. We need at least a week's notice to provide these optional services.

NOT A PARTY HOUSE

Important: if your group is looking for a house where you can hold loud parties, this is not the place. Families live nearby with small children and we strive to be good neighbors.

BUDGET OPTION

Because I've received numerous requests from budget travelers for deep discounts, travelers now have the option to rent bedrooms/bathrooms only (no kitchen, dining room, or living room) during the winter (off season) at a discount. This option is workable for groups who only need rooms for sleeping but do not need the kitchen, living room, and dining room. Folks asking for deep discounts should be aware, I'm on a budget too!

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I'm a writer and public relations professional who moved to Berkeley in 2010 to enjoy the beautiful natural setting, abundance of cultural opportunities, and progressive politics. In my downtime, I live a quiet, low-key, healthy lifestyle, and relish the simple pleasures. I'm a bit of a foodie, enjoying foods from all over the world, especially healthy, organic foods.

Amy Belanger purchased this house in 2012

Berkeley offers the quintessential 'good life.' Berkeley is just across the bay from San Francisco, so we have easy access to its cultural opportunities, festivals, and other advantages, while enjoying a break from the noise, traffic, and crowding of the city. With most every kind of natural area (parks, coastlines, redwood forests, mountains, and even high desert) within a short walk, train ride, or drive, there's no place better to experience the great outdoors. Many Berkeley neighborhoods have the charm, safety, and ease of access of a small town, while also bringing the benefits of a major metropolitan area. This neighborhood (Elmwood) is one of them.

This property fulfilled my quest for the perfect house in which to host experienced travelers seeking a unique, beautiful, and family-friendly stay during their Bay Area visits. This house stood out to me for its gorgeously restored Craftsman architecture and interior design features, its large and beautifully modernized kitchen and bathrooms, its historic significance (built in 1908 in the Julia Morgan style), the opportunities it provided to furnish and decorate for a sense of both home and luxury, and its location close to UC Berkeley and the Elmwood shopping and dining district. I've created here a unique, old-world inn feeling.

I fell in love with the:

- Huge, plate glass window in the living room which overlooks the garden, letting in lots of natural light and lush, green views.

- The lush gardens and sitting areas to enjoy the sun, read alone, or socialize with friends.

- Beautiful, hardwood floors and natural wood elements throughout.

- Big, bright windows throughout fill the home with natural light.

- Modernized kitchen and bathrooms with contemporary lighting, sinks, commodes, and showers, and a deep, resurfaced antique clawfoot tub, is the perfect merging of the modern and the historic.

- Inset lighting, most on dimmers, which allows you to create the ambiance you like best: soft and romantic or bright and alive.

- Wide hallways which provide a spacious, open, airy feel as you walk through the house.

- Each room decorated in a lovely theme and furnished to suit the Craftsman style of simple elegance, natural materials, and pride in workmanship.

22 Reviews of Property 969529 in Berkeley, California

Large Family-Friendly Vacation Home Near UC Berkeley
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 22 reviews
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5

This is a wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
My company hosted its launch party and retreat at Derby Creek Guesthouse and we couldn't have been happier with the accommodations. This is a first class vacation rental, far and away better appointed and more luxuriously comfortable than any vacation rental I've used in the past. The house is extraordinary: a fully restored Craftsman with the highest quality contemporary upgrades in both the kitchen and its large, immaculate bathrooms. The living areas were spacious enough for our 10-person meetings and our evening banquet and late morning brunch. Amy arranged catering for us by two local chefs who were trained in natural cooking (per our request) and the meals they served were top notch (and affordable)! The rooms were gorgeously decorated in nature themes with antiques suited to the era the house was built (early 1900's). The beds were great: firm, but with memory foam toppers, down bedding, and plenty of extra blankets. Every room has a desk, strong wi-fi, and optional wired internet, which is helpful for large file downloads. The neighborhood is peaceful but super convenient: bus stop a block away, restaurants right around the corner, and downtown Berkeley and the Cal campus just a half mile away. We had the place to ourselves, but Amy was quick to return a call to answer any questions we had or help with anything
we needed. Really, we can't say enough good things about our stay. Well worth the price of admission. We'll be back.
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5

Private yet professional & eco-friendly stay!

Private yet professional & eco-friendly stay!
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
Amy was an exemplary host, and Homestay By the Bay was exactly what our non-profit was in need of for our recent group retreat. Amy was able to host the 7 of us with her entire house for the weekend so our team could meet, prep, and bond. There is a large living room that accommodated all of us comfortably during our long meetings, and a chef's kitchen with a full dining room for our group meals. We've stayed in many types of accommodations in the past, and I can truly say that Amy makes her operation a TRUE home away from home. Here are the little details that REALLY stood out and made a difference for us: Color-coordination of the towels that definitely came in handy for many in our team! Luxuriously eco-friendly atmosphere (linen towels to prevent waste, fragrance-free toiletries, etc.) A lovely AND fully stocked self-serve breakfast spread for our team to eat at staggered/different times (often hard to wrangle large groups to eat together based on different morning routines) If you're looking for intimate, private, yet professional accommodations, this is the place for you! I can't recommend this place enough! Thank you, Amy!!!
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Fantastic Find!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
The place is BEAUTIFUL! Classic Berkeley. My siblings and I were able to all stay comfortable in wonderful beds in wonderful rooms in this wonderful home. It is really a house that you can rent one or all the rooms of. Amy was responsible and professional and fantastic! A fantastic find!
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Autumn Visit

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
The rooms are beautiful with cozy elegant beds, and a peaceful & private atmosphere. The house is in a wonderful location near plenty of local shops and delicious restaurants. It was a luxurious stay with organic & natural items for breakfast including fresh berries/fruits, breads, & fair trade coffee. Amy is so hospitable and goes out of her way to make every guest feel comfortable. She spent time describing the neighborhoods, transportation system, and nearby attractions in the area. I definitely would recommend staying here for anyone that's traveling to the Bay area...it is well worth the price!
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Family from Germany

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
We had a wonderful stay at Amy's Guesthouse. The house is situated close to the city center and is comfortably furnished. Since Amy was not on site, we did not get to know her personally, but the contact with her via email was so nice that we felt very welcome nonetheless. We recommend this Guesthouse!
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Winter Visit

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Amy is a wonderful vacation rental owner, dedicated, generous and a very good communicator. She turned this charming Berkeley home into a marvelous guesthouse. It is located in a quiet side street, within a short walk of both College and Telegraph Avenues, one of the liveliest neighborhoods of Berkeley. The house was well equipped with high-quality furniture and very well kept. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom is big. There was enough room for storage. Amy pays a lot of attention to detail: from the extra towels to the healthy breakfast items and fresh fruit. Internet reception was also very good in our room and in all shared rooms. We very much liked the well-equipped kitchen (where we also cooked), the dining room and the homey sitting room. We spent a week there and would definitely stay there again.
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Large Family-Friendly Vacation Home Near UC Berkeley
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5

Amazing get-away retreat home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
We rented the Derby Creek home for our daughter's wedding and it was perfect! Truly delightful - all of the guests were amazed at the warmth and sense of welcome that they experienced during their stay. More than we expected!
Owner's Response: I very much enjoyed hosting you for your daughter's wedding. Thank you for being such considerate and friendly guests! Amy
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Full house rental - great for the family

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
I recently rented the entire house for my wedding in Berkeley, this house is 100% what we were after, and the house was very much what we expected. The house is in a great location, and very beautiful and comfortable for 9+ people.

I can not comment on what it would be like to just rent one room, but I think that it would still be pleasant as there is enough space for everyone.

The house is very kitted out with everything that you will need (things like having tea, coffee, olive oil etc etc are so helpful when you are are only staying somewhere for a short amount of time).

The owner is very friendly, and super responsive to your emails. The only downside about the house, is that there are only 2 bathrooms, and no clothes washing facilities on site (there is one at the end of the street, but it's nice to have facilities on site - especially when you rent the entire house for a week).

Also, as the house is old, and full of beautiful furniture, there are a number of rules that you will need to follow which is something that I haven't come across in other full house rentals.

All in all, our stay couldn't have been better and I recommend to all.
Owner's Response: So pleased to read that Derby Creek Guesthouse was 100% what Kirsty and her family were after - very nice to hear! I enjoyed hosting this group.
With the outside family members and visitors they brought to the house, the bathrooms were shared by closer to 20-30 people; with normal-sized groups, bathroom sharing has been fine. I supply each room with full length mirrors, makeup mirrors, and hair dryers; and there are privacy screens in each bathroom (so one family member can shower while another bathes, if they wish). I should clarify that house rules are standard for vacation rentals, and mine are common sense practices that an ordinarily conscientious person would do without being asked (such as not blocking the neighbors' driveways), but which I've learned do need to be spelled out for the inexperienced renter. This "old house" is a fully restored 1908 Craftsman, with new, upscale contemporary kitchens and baths. Everything is new except the bones and floors: replastered walls, fresh paint, plumbing, updated fixtures and electrical; stainless steel kitchen appliances, brand new kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, and sustainable marmoleum flooring; high quality, imported ceramic bathroom floor and shower tile, a restored clawfoot tub with chromed feet, all new sinks and toilets, marble and granite countertops; inset lights in ceilings with dimmers, etc. It's the perfect merging of an historic and ultra modern vacation experience.
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5

Wonderful family friendly home - best location!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
We had a family reunion here at the house - there was room for everyone, including my two young kids (special bedroom off master is perfect for toddler). House is set up for entertaining and is in perfect location blocks from college avenue dining.
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Nonprofit Retreat

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
Amy was an exemplary host, and Homestay By the Bay's Derby Creek Guesthouse was exactly what our non-profit was in need of for our recent group retreat. Amy was able to host the 7 of us with her entire house for the weekend so our team could meet, prep, and bond. There is a large living room that accommodated all of us comfortably during our long meetings, and a chef's kitchen with a full dining room for our group meals. We've stayed in many types of accommodations in the past, and I can truly say that Amy makes her operation a TRUE home away from home. Here are the little details that REALLY stood out and made a difference for us: Color-coordination of the towels that definitely came in handy for many in our team! Luxuriously eco-friendly atmosphere (linen towels to prevent waste, fragrance-free toiletries, etc.) If you're looking for intimate, private, yet professional accommodations, this is the place for you! I can't recommend this place enough! Thank you, Amy!!!