Berkeley's historical Elmwood House is a 1905 Edwardian duplex, and prominent landmark in Berkeley's sought-after Elmwood district. This is one of Berkeley's grand old dames with original details, much character and wonderful architectural detail. If Elmwood House is not available please check VRBO listing 44719 for Elmwood Place.
Located in one of Berkeley's most loved neighborhoods where family pot-luck dinners are common on front lawns throughout summer, tree-lined streets are teeming with kids on bicycles, neighbors gather on front porches and street corners, and history and brown-shingle homes abound, the Elmwood is one of Berkeley's most prized neighborhoods!
This lovely quintessential Berkeley home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in a kid and family-friendly neighborhood. There are two children's parks within a half block of the house, and the College Avenue strip is just a couple of blocks away. The area is flat and easy to walk; it boasts a 97 WalkScore for its accessibility to everything from public transit, shopping, libraries, cultural events (CAL Performances and more), to several parks, a hospital, wonderful hiking trails, golfing ranges, swimming and tennis!
The Berkeley Fire Trail is just five minutes away and at the top, one is rewarded with panoramic bay views! Tilden, Chabot, Redwood, Temescal and Sibley Regional Parks are just minutes away and provide everything from wedding venues to beaches, lakes, hiking, golfing, a kid's animal farm, horse-riding, water sports and more. The CAL Recreation Center is just five minutes away and provides three lap pools in a verdant and lush setting.
The home is a wonderfully bright, sunny and spacious period residence, luxuriously appointed and ideally located within walking distance of College and Telegraph Avenues where you will find fine dining, ethnic restaurants, bookstores, theatre, Berkeley's university campus, and more. Walk to historical Telegraph Avenue, or stroll along College Avenue, from the Rockridge District at one end and the California College of Art to the University of California of Berkeley (CAL) at the other end.
This is Berkeley at its best where sidewalks are abuzz with life and things to do. The entire stretch of College Avenue is lined with restaurants and places to shop. The local theatre is just two blocks away and right in the center of it all. San Francisco is only 8 miles away and easily accessible by BART. (10 blocks from house) Monterey and Carmel are approximately a 2 hour drive and the wine country, Napa Valley and Sonoma are only about an hour's drive. At your doorstep are some of the most beautiful parks and hiking trails in the east bay park district.
To see an EXTENSIVE PHOTO GALLERY of this heart of Elmwood/Rockridge home, scroll down this page to just below the 'AVAILABILITY CALENDAR,' where you will see a LINK next to 'ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.' There are approximately 200 photos there. In addition, the WalkScore link maps the location and gives distances to local restaurants, libraries, fitness centers, shopping, BART and more! If you do not see the links to photos and WalkScore map here, email me and we'll send it to you.
Elmwood House has three bedrooms, one of which can be used as office or library, a very spacious open living area that spans the whole floor length from living room to foyer, to dining room and kitchen. Beyond the kitchen is a fully equipped laundry room, which leads to the outdoors, and a fenced-in patio with table, chairs, umbrella, and BBQ! Each living area has original pocket doors (the ones that slide into the cavities of walls and disappear when not in use) so that you can close off the living rooms, third bedroom, and foyer for privacy, allowing extra bedroom space if needed in the living room, or peace and quiet for those who wish to retire early.
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could need; (see the external link provided as stated below to see more.) There is also a highly regarded and superb-in-tone, Knight (British) piano for your use and enjoyment! All beds have been chosen for comfort and the linens are of the highest quality, from 700 count Egyptian Cotton to Frette Italian Duvet cover for the sofa bed. The sofa bed is on the 'top 10' list for comfort, and a fiber bed mattress has been provided for extra cushioning if needed. There are ample extra supplies, such as a queen-sized and Toddler sized Aerobed air mattresses, bedding, towels and pillows. Other baby and toddler items available: baby/child car seat /high chair/stroller/port-a-crib, booster seats, toys, books and puzzles available also.
The Elmwood is so loved that it inspired a book some years ago which gives a great accounting of its colorful and vibrant history! 'A Tale of the Elmwood District in Berkeley,' was described by Chronicle Staff Writer Charles Burress, in the Chronicle on Monday, January 1, 2001:
'Berkeley -- Just about every neighborhood has a story to tell, but few are remembered in time's long parade. But in Berkeley, a city passionate about protecting neighborhoods, there is one district so beloved by the citizens that it has inspired its own biography. 'Tales from the Elmwood' serves as a small museum not only of a place that has preserved a classic small-town charm but also of the extraordinary lives who've found a haven there.”
The book's gallery of former Elmwood residents ranges from creative giants like painter Richard Diebenkorn to historical figures like Ishi, called 'the last wild Indian of North America' in the subtitle of Theodora Kroeber's well- known biography of him. Other famous folks have called Elmwood home, including Jane Fonda, Eldridge Cleaver, Thornton Wilder and Tom Dunphy, better known as 'General Waste-more-land' in many anti-war demonstrations....'
(The book is located at the house if you wish to read more about Berkeley and Elmwood's history.)
Keywords: Historic, vacation rental, Berkeley, CAL, UCB, University of California at Berkeley, Rockridge, Elmwood, Claremont, San Francisco, Tilden, Edwardian, cul-de-sac, private, quiet, spacious.
I was born and raised in in England and Ireland, and have lived over the years in many cities in the US and Europe. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area some twenty years ago landing in Mill Valley in beautiful Marin County, then the Wine Country in Sonoma, and finally Berkeley in the east bay for the past 15 years.
I own and manage several vacation and other rentals in the bay area and I am an active licensed California real estate broker representing buyers and sellers from in the entire San Francisco Bay Area down to Monterey County and up to Sonoma and Napa. I also work as a designer/decorator/artist and writer/editor.
If you are seeking a larger residence or additional space for a wedding or family reunion, check out my other listings - the first one is in the same area VRBO # 422719, and a historic 1915 Craftsman home in the Claremont District at VRBO # 291063
Berkeley is a diverse and eclectic city of great interest, with much to see and do. I love it for its intellectual power, its bohemianism, bookstores, farmer's markets, history, people, Volvos, coffee houses, organic produce, restaurants, libraries, campus, theatre, and so much more. No matter what you are seeking, or whom you are visiting, you will always find Berkeley to be a hotbed of activity and abuzz with life.
Great friendly neighborhood! Market Hall on College Avenue! Olivetti's, Chez Panisse, Bay Wolf, and Citroen for food! The many other ethnic restaurants along College Ave. Local hiking at Redwood Park, Chabot, Tilden, and Sibley. Proximity to San Francisco. Bookstores! Berkeley's Repertory Theater, Cal Performances, University Art Museum, Pacific Archive Films, CAL campus and libraries, proximity to Marin (across the Golden Gate Bridge), and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area--for some of the best views and hiking in the world!