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Beautiful 'Urban Cottage' Condo in Downtown Berkeley

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Property type condo
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Condo, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Intended for stays of one month or more, The FloCondo is an artist’s studio transformed into an “urban cottage” in downtown Berkeley, a respite from the throb of modern-day irritations. Located in the same block as Trader Joe’s, it is minutes from the University and within walking distance of some of Berkeley’s famed foodie delights—Chez Panisse, Comal, Gather, Chocolatier Blue, the Saturday Farmer’s Market and more, as well as the Gourmet Ghetto, Arts District and downtown movie theaters.

This one-bedroom-plus-loft can sleep up to four and comes with its own parking space in a secure environment (separate code for entry to the garage and from the street to the apartment area). Within the apartment, handcrafted furniture and artistic elements mix with found objects to offer a confluence of styles that represent the coolest in eco-urban chic. From the living room’s almost two-story front window overlooking University Avenue the sun pours in during the day and you can see Oakland, San Francisco, the new sleek Bay Bridge extension replacement.

The main bedroom contains a double-bed, floor-to-ceiling book shelves and a large closet. (Another, even larger closet is in the living room). Upstairs, the loft has a built-in platform bed with futon, and a bookcase and writing desk, perfect for a Visiting Professor.

The kitchen has all necessary amenities and there is, of course, a bathroom and shower. All linens, towels, etc are provided.

The building itself is constructed to current environmental and earthquake standards, and includes a large patio area open to all residents, with a gas-fired barbecue in place. From the top floor, where our apartment is located, you have views of the Bay and Mount Tamalpais and can enjoy the fabulous Berkeley sunsets. The building is also wheelchair-friendly. A washer and dryer for use by tenants are available on the ground floor.

Rates: $2600-$5200 per month. Varies by number of people. Discounts may be available for longer stays.

Keywords: Condo, Apartment, Flat, Downtown, Near Campus

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2017

About The Owner

We are an international policy analyst/writer/editor (plus lawn bowler) and a multi-faceted designer (interiors/exteriors/renderings/jewelry) with a graduate degree in theology. In other words an odd couple, but not atypical of Berkeley!

The Owner purchased this condo in 1998

Why The Owner chose Berkeley

Between the two of us we've lived for substantial lengths of time in Glasgow, Chicago, New York City, Bologna, London, Ghana, and travelled to Provence, Tokyo, Rome, Paris, Baja California, etc etc--and nothing beats Berkeley, 'the biggest small town in America'! A vibrant cultural and intellectual life, some of the best eating options in the nation (home to Chez Panisse, ground zero of the organic, environmentally sustainable food movement), art, music, crafts, cinema, the Bay, plus splendid walking options in the hills and through its almost secret pathway system--we cannot imagine living anywhere else. And the weather is temperate all year, usually several degrees warmer than in SF across the Bay, and if you go north a few miles, in an hour you can be sipping a nice chardonnay on a sun-drenched vineyard in Napa, lounging in one of the pools in the spa town of Calistoga, hiking in Muir Woods, or looking for whales off the coast.

What makes this condo unique

This is an ideal location for living in Berkeley, CA. Close to the University, shops, restaurants, cinemas, and the BART. The building is relatively new, built to a high standard by Berkeley's premier award-winning multi-dwelling developer. You can see the San Francisco Bay from the balcony, including a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Mount Tamalpais. It is also a great base camp for exploring the entire Bay Area and Northern California.


Central Berkeley Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom has both shower and tub, and a linen closet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (2) One in the bedroom, one platform-style in the loft
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Beautiful 'Urban Cottage' Condo in Downtown Berkeley
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

A cozy home in Berkeley

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I spend 4 weeks in Berkeley and we are fortunate to have stayed in this cozy condo. The location of the condo is excellent. It is close to almost everything : Bart station, bus stop, grocery store, restaurants, boutiques and beauty salons. We felt so at home in this lovely decorated condo. The unit has ceiling to floor window with a nice view and I love to relax in the sofa to do reading in the sunlight filled hall. The kitchen is well-equipped and all bath amenities were also provided. The owner, Jim, is very helpful and hospitable. On the day that we arrived, Jim showed us the apartment and taught me the way to park my car in the interesting garage. Few days before we left Berkeley, he advised us on the Bayporter pickup so as to avoid miscommunication which might resulted in missing our flight. We really appreciated the help from Jim, as well as the friendly neighbours of the condo, in particular Gloria, to make our stay in Berkeley memorable. We would recommend this condo to anyone visiting Berkeley and if we are ever back in the bay area, we would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

People with disabilities - Lovely Condo , Lovely City!!

  • 5 of 5

I'm a person with disability and I use wheelchair. During my season in this condo I didn't have any real problem! Atention: Bathtub. Not roll in shower!

The location is great! I recommend !

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay in the condo. The building was designed to Berkeley's handicap-accessibility standards and a number of residents use wheelchairs. It is also close to the University and downtown amenities and so provides easy access to many of the delights that make Berkeley such a great place to visit and live.
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Lovely Berkeley Stay

  • 5 of 5

I spend a lovely six weeks here when I was in Berkeley for work. I especially enjoyed being on the fourth floor (the highest building around) so the views are great, of Berkeley and the Bay and above the street noise of University. I loved sleeping up in the spacious loft (though I do wish there was a railing on the other side -- climbing up the "ladder stairs" while carrying objects is a little tricky!) The apartment is light and airy with interesting quirky decor. The location is perfect, Trader Joes on the same block, everything else within easy walking distance, including the downtown Bart Station. The owners are kind and helpful, and it is nice to have a parking space, kind of fun to make your car go up and down on the lift!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pasadena, CA, USA

UC Berkeley Move In

  • 5 of 5

In September, our family moved our Freshman daughter into her Dorm at UC Berkeley. We stayed at the Flo Condo for 3 nights. We knew ahead of time that the parking space in the garage would be too small for our large Toyota Highlander. We were greeted by a wonderfully friendly and very helpful neighbor who gave us the keys. She and her son generously offered to give up their own large space in the garage on our first night so we could get our fully loaded vehicle off the street overnight which was a big concern. After the first night, we moved our daughter into the Dorm so our car was empty and we parked on the street. The Flo Condo was a delightful place to stay! It was spacious, comfortable, well equipped, clean and close to everything we wanted to explore. Our daughters shared the loft. We didn't do any cooking, but bought breakfast and snacks from the Trader Joes nearby. I loved the artistic decor!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Delightful Stay...

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just recently stayed at this condo while visiting our son, who is attending UC Berkeley, so the location was important to us. We were within walking or short bus ride distance of campus and the extra bed in the loft was great when he wanted to stay overnight. We are serious walkers, so this combined with the great central location of this condo and awesome public transit, we explored quite a bit of the area without renting a car. Aside from walking the ever-entertaining streets of Berkeley, we hiked the trails of Tilden Park, frolicked at a water park in Fremont, sipped cappuccinos at a lovely cafe in Walnut Creek, explored Golden Gate Park (which takes you to Ocean Beach) in San Francisco as well as the famous Fisherman's Wharf (where we took a boat tour of the bay) and ate awesome clam chowder from a bread bowl. We also took a day trip to Stanford and visited their famous university campus. You do need a car to go to Muir Woods but you can also combine it with a wine tour which leaves from a convenient location in San Francisco. So I'm obviously saying that the location of this condo is perfect for sightseeing, visiting campus, groceries, wine, farmer's markets, nightclubs, and restaurants of any description. The owner's photos and description of the property are entirely accurate, the place is clean, convenient and we really enjoyed having a bbq in the spacious courtyard on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Berkeley. The owner's are friendly and helpful and we would recommend their rental to anyone wanting to stay in the area. So don your tie-dyed t-shirt, rent this space, pack your camera and enjoy your Berkeley experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Regina, SK, Canada

Former Berkeley Student

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful condo in the heart of Berkeley. Very clean. Excellent views. Well stocked for a week or months. Very confortable. An unbelievable collection of tiny treasures throughout the condo. Close to restaurants, the university, grocery stores and public transportation. The neighbours are a delight. There are wonderful residential streets to enjoy just around the corner. It's easy to travel by subway from the SF airport to downtown Berkeley - the condo is just a few blocks away.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Townie, 1799 University Avenue
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.9 Miles
Chez Panisse, 1517 Shattuck Ave
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Muir Beach
Car: not necessary

Lawn bowling club a 15-minute walk away; San Francisco a 15-20 minute BART ride away. Farmers market offers fresh organic produce every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (see for locations). Many museums and galleries within easy walk/drive.


Rates & Availability

Central Berkeley Condo Rental Rates

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30 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,600

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. $2600 per month for 1 person, plus $30 per night for each additional person = $3500 for 2 people, $4400 for 3 people, and $5300 for 4 people.

Damage deposit (refundable) due at least two weeks in advance. First month's rental due prior to arrival. Direct deposit to bank preferred for monthly payments. PayPal may also be used.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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