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Shelli Oreck

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french

5 Star Living, Luxury and Comfort in North Berkeley

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Thousand Oaks House Rental Photos and Description

2-3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, decks (Sleeps 4-5)

Our spacious and luxurious 2-level home in the Berkeley hills is roomy, comfortable, full of light and a pleasure to live in for up to five people. It's cozy in the winter and cool and pleasant in the summer. We have decks on each level and an additional private one for the master bath. The rental includes weekly housekeeping.

The beautiful living room has two comfortable sofas to curl up in while watching the hawks floating on air currents over the canyon across the road, as well as cozy armchairs, well-chosen art, and a wood-burning fireplace.

The canyon view is also what you see from the large comfortable dining room that seats six to seven around a custom round dining table, in cushy upholstered chairs that you won't want to leave after dinner. Smaller chairs are available that can allow eight to dine at the table.

The large eat-in kitchen seats six. They can keep the cook company while he/she uses the high quality cooking tools and appliances to cook fresh food from the nearby Monterey Market, famous Monterey Fish Company and others of Berkeley's astounding array of provisioners. The kitchen's French doors open to a private deck with table and chairs for dining surrounded by climbing roses. Take a book out here and relax on the couch or in the antique steamer chair while looking at the garden and terrace below.

Enjoy the enormous master bedroom/sitting room with its king-size bed furnished with high thread count linens, the sofa in front of the wood-burning fireplace, the antique armoire and the three sets of French doors opening the entire room to the garden terrace.

There's plenty of room in the walk-in closet and drawers for all your own things; no trying to work around the owner's possessions. There's also a TV if you like to watch TV in bed.

The sybaritic master bath is newly remodeled and you will think you have wandered into a Four Seasons Hotel bathroom when you see the soaking tub, the large walk-in shower and its own completely private adjacent deck. You can luxuriate in the tub with candles lit while allowing the fresh breeze in from the deck.

The second bedroom is furnished with an extremely comfortable queen-size bed, a settee, and plenty of storage. It has a view of treetops and a glimpse of the lights of San Francisco in the distance. There is a full bath adjacent.

The pretty and cozy book-filled library/TV room has a music system and a flat-screen TV with cable and DVD player.

For working at home, there's a large office with 2 desks, a file cabinet, 2 printers and a fax, and of course there's wi-fi throughout the house. Internet and wi-fi is included in the rental cost. A single bed can be installed in this room if needed, allowing the house to sleep 5 people.

A laundry room with washer/dryer is inside the house. The house has a monitored security system. We supply you with excellent quality linens, kitchenware and tableware.

Our housekeeper comes to clean weekly at no extra charge.

Our street is very quiet, with little traffic, but is conveniently located for all your needs. Solano Avenue, a major shopping street with 2 supermarkets, a movie theater, a Peet's, a Starbucks, independent cafes, a drugstore, Noah's Bagels and many other shops and restaurants is 1/2 mile away.

We are within easy distance of UC Berkeley: you may walk or bike or take the direct bus which stops one block from the house. A direct bus to San Francisco stops one block away as well. BART rapid transit station is also close by.

Nearby Tilden Park has a lake, hiking, children's zoo, horseback riding. San Francisco and Marin County are just 20 minutes away. The Napa and Sonoma Valleys are less than an hour away and offer wine-tasting, shopping, gourmet eating.

San Francisco Bay offers sailing, windsurfing, fishing, and the gorgeous coastal beaches are only a short drive away. Lake Tahoe, with sailing in the summer and snow sports in the winter, is only a few hours drive.

Berkeley's excellent food shopping is nearby, also lots of fabulous restaurants, movie theaters, live theater, libraries, parks and museums.

Keywords: house, private residence,

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  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Shelli Oreck (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french

About Shelli Oreck

We are a couple who have lived in this house for most of our married life and love to travel, collecting art and furniture as we go. In a previous career I was an interior designer and the house was my favorite project. Now that we're retired we are spending some time traveling and have decided to make the house available to others who would enjoy it as we do.

Shelli Oreck purchased this house in 1976

Why Shelli Oreck chose Berkeley

We came to Berkeley years ago to go to school and loved it so much we never left. It has everything one could want: beauty, convenience, cultural opportunities, outdoor activities, proximity to the big city and the country, and of course great food.

Over the years we have upgraded the house to an extremely high standard and are proud to share it with others who care about their surroundings.

What makes this house unique

Our house is calm, private and relaxing while giving us nearly immediate access to everything San Francisco and the wine country offer.


based on 6 traveler reviews

5 Star Living, Luxury and Comfort in North Berkeley
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Sioux Falls, SD


  • 5 of 5

This was my first rental on home away and let's just say everything was more than perfect. The owners were very cordial and walked me through the process. Upon arrival I was shown around the home and told of local things to do and places to eat. It was above and beyond. It truly felt like home away from home. Peaceful neighborhood and close to major attractions! Many thanks. Look forward to another time.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad you enjoyed your stay, it was a pleasure having you and hope you will be back soon.
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Better than Home

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this lovely home in the North Berkeley hills exceeded expectations. We were sorry to leave! The furnishings are luxurious but comfortable and the artwork is fabulous (how wonderful that it's displayed for all to enjoy). Owner is obviously a foodie as kitchen is well stocked, with several sets of dishes to choose from. Downstairs master retreat (including sitting area and fireplace) is warm and welcoming. Outdoor space is perfect for morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine. Housekeeper is gracious and helpful -- home is impeccable. Use of car was an added bonus. I hope to find a reason for a future stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Roxane, I'm happy you liked the art, it's something we love living with, and yes, we do have a fully stocked kitchen, you've discovered our foodie leanings! Glad you enjoyed the deck off the kitchen and that you were able to take advantage of it. We would love to have you back again; maybe another graduation in the family?
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San Rafael Ca

Easy Living in a Gorgeous House in Berkeley Hills

  • 5 of 5

My husband, daughter and I stayed here for almost 2 months while waiting to move into our new house. It was an absolute pleasure living at 511 The Alameda. The house is large, sunny, comfortable and filled with wonderful art. The kitchen is well appointed, the linens clean and comfortable, the outside deck so relaxing. The house is in a wonderful location for walks and only a short drive to the best parts of Berkeley. The spa bath was a real treat! We had a problem free stay- everything is in good working order and the housekeeper can answer any questions you may have. I loved the French accents. I would very happily rent this house again!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning home!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this beautiful home in the Berkeley hills. The decor is exceptional, and every room is extremely comfortable. The well equipped kitchen is perfect for cooking and dining. The neighborhood is charming and quiet. We didn't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like home, or maybe better

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lovely house while visiting friends in Berkeley. We did quite a bit of entertaining while we were there and the kitchen had everything we needed for cooking, as well as a great selection of dishes and placemats, candlesticks, etc. The double decks were great for a birthday party that we hosted.

The master bathroom has a huge tub and a walk in shower that was fun and when it was a little cool we used the romantic fireplace in the bedroom.

All in all, this was a comfortable and pleasant home away from home for us. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House, wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderfully decorated house. Everything in good shape. Friendly and helfpul landlord and landlady. Quiet and lovely neighborhood.

I recommend the house without any hesitation.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
U.S. 80
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Chez Panisse
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Car: recommended

Movie theaters and several legitimate theaters are within minutes of the house, Berkeley's great restaurants (Chez Panisse, for example) are within walking distance, wine tasting and/or beaches are less than an hour away, wind-surfing, hiking, lectures, university classes, are all available within minutes. Whatever your interests, you can enjoy them easily.


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Pet Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $79

Any amounts paid are not refundable unless reservation can be re-rented at the same rate and for the same period.

Security deposit of $2000 is required and will be refunded within 7 days less the cost of any damage.

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Thousand Oaks House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Newly remodeled Bathroom 1 has two sinks, a stone vanity counter, a huge walk-in shower and an extra deep soaking tub along with a private deck accessed by a sliding door. The toilet is in its own room. Bathroom 2 has a shower over a large tub, fully tiled wall-to-wall, with a hand spray in addition to the fixed shower head.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , The office can function as a bedroom for one.
  • King size beds (1) New California King bed, top-quality mattress and box spring in the master bedroom, high count linens, Queen size Beds (1) Top quality queen size mattress and box spring in the second bedroom, high count linens, Twin or Single Beds (1) A twin bed is available to make the office an additional sleeping area
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We have a large multi-level terrace accessed by three French doors in the master suite and a staircase from the generous dining deck on the kitchen level. The house has fireplaces in both the living room and the master bedroom suite sitting area. There is a luxurious soaking tub and walk-in shower in the master bath which also has a private deck. A sunny office is equipped with desks and work space for two including printers, fax, and scanner. We have views of a green canyon and trees from most windows; the house is on a quiet street but within easy walking distance to shopping, schools, and entertainment.

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