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Luxurious Berkeley Home

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Detached House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

We, your hosts, are a married couple; Margarita is a business owner, Bob is a physician. Both of us are semi-retired. Our children are grown and have moved out and our place is underutilized. We'd like to offer it to you. Our home has two separate parts. There's the 1320 square foot main house (available for you) and our lovely cottage in the back. At times we block off rentals in the front house so we can use it ourselves, especially during times when we can have family gatherings or have friends or relatives visit. We never rent out the cottage.

You are most welcome to stay in our home. We have a 4 night minimum. The 1320 square ft main home has two bedrooms and one bath. There is plenty of privacy. The cottage/studio is accessed by a different entrance than the entrance you would use and we even have two different outdoor grills.

Our house is meticulously maintained, clean, airy, and fully equipped. It is located in what is generally acknowledged as one of the most desirable areas of Berkeley, close to wonderful restaurants, shops, and walking streets.

Our place is perfect for visiting scholars, scientists, business or creative people. for tourists who prefer the peace and quiet of this lovely East Bay city. Many of our guests have been people with children and grandchildren or other relatives or friends in the area. There is easy and fast access to downtown San Francisco via public transportation; bus and BART stations are in easy walking distance from our house.


More Details

Bob Dolgoff and Margarita Nicol
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Bob Dolgoff and Margarita Nicol

Husband: physician. Wife: businesswoman. We have 5 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Yes, cute! We have been in the area for many years and want It would be fun to tell you all about our town and neighborhood. We know you'll enjoy the area and our home.

Bob Dolgoff and Margarita Nicol purchased this house in 2005

Why Bob Dolgoff and Margarita Nicol chose Berkeley

We didn't buy it as a vacation rental. It is our home. You will have full use of the appliances, dishes, etc. and you can even use the staples and spices you find in the pantry and the refrigerator.

What makes this house unique

Great location. Walk to UC Berkeley. Solano Avenue with its shops and restaurants is just 3 blocks away. Express bus to San Francisco is one block away. You can walk to the North Berkeley BART station. If you don't know about the climate in our area let us tell you -- it seldom gets very hot in the summer (almost no one has air conditioning) or too cold in the winter (no frost or snow). Winters can be rainy and cool, it almost never rains all summer long but it can be foggy and cool. Our usual summer weather may features fog or clouds in the morning clearing by Noon, then bright sunshine all afternoon, and then cooling in the evening. In the summer we can have spells when it is overcast for few days at a time. September and October are frequently our hottest months. In the winter it can by drizzly for days at at time or warm and sunny for days at a time or bright sunny and warm for days at a time.

The neighborhood is fabulous. Tree-lined streets, homes with beautiful landscaping, lots of flowers even in the winter. Shopping streets a few blocks away are lined with boutiques, bakeries, restaurants of all kinds, specialty food stores, bookstores, cafes, etc. You'll have fun just walking around.


North Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
no shoes in the house


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Luxurious Berkeley Home
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews

Very comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here. It was perfect for our needs. The location is great, nice neighborhood and close to everything we wanted. The house was sizeable and comfortable for a family of 4. Plenty of amenities. It was easy to communicate with the owners. Overall, we had a great time for the week. Would recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We were happy to host you and would welcome you back any time. Bob and Margarita
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Perfect location, perfect hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Our experience at this home was top notch. The house was in a great location, just a short walk to restaurants, the campus, shops...but far enough off the beaten path to feel secluded and part of the neighborhood. By far the cleanest house we've ever rented with all of the amenities. The owners were respectful of our privacy, and I wish I would have met them just to thank them for such a wonderful experience. If given the chance, I would rent this place every time I'm in the area and not look anywhere else.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed youth stay at our house. Come again! Bob and Margarita
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Wonderful Accomodations

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Berkeley! The house was great! Parking on the street was no problem, quiet street! The owners made our stay so nice! Wish we could have met them, but, the opportunity never occurred! Only wish the house was available for our next visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed the house. Sorry it isn't available for your next visit to Berkeley but we hope another time will work for you. We'd love to have you stay here again. Bob + Margarita
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Lovely Home!

  • 4 of 5

Convenient, clean, pretty home with all amenities! We enjoyed our stay very much!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and you were a terrific guest. Why not 5 stars?
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Super comfortable home in a lovely location

  • 5 of 5

The owners have considered and provided for guests' needs (e.g., toiletries, bedding, kitchen items). It is easy to walk to terrific shops and restaurants. The neighborhood is quiet and lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, cozy little house

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained house with well stocked kitchen. Within walking distance of Solano Ave.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are glad you enjoyed the house! Bob + Margarita
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Car: not necessary

Beaches Are an Hour's Drive Away, the High Sierra Mountains, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe Are 3 1/2 Hours Drive Away, Muir Woods (Redwoods, the World's Tallest Trees) Are an Hour Away. San Francisco is 25' away by car except during rush hour when it is 1 hour away! Take BART (our rapid transit rail system). You can walk to the BART station in 20 - 25 minutes or you can take the bus to the city; the bus stop is a block away.


Rates & Availability

North Berkeley House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $110

We like to talk on the telephone with prospective guests. .
One time nonrefundable cleaning fee $110.00 4 night minimum.
One week or longer stays preferred. Possible discount for long stays.
No shoes in the house. It is possible that the City of Berkeley will start taxing stays of less 14 days. If so we'll let you know. That will be added to the rate.
The rate for Thanksgiving and Christmas / New Years, and U.C. Berkeley graduation is $250.00 / night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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