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Modern Craftsman Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Modern Craftsman Cottage

If you’re looking for a quiet, light-filled retreat in the heart of Berkeley, this cottage fits the bill. Inside, amid the books and Arts & Crafts oak furniture, you’ll see that the original 1908 building was upgraded without sacrificing its craftsman charm. Outside, you’re less than a mile from the UC campus and a seven block stroll from BART. The neighborhood is close to everything -- you can easily walk to Berkeley Rep, Cal Performances and dozens of restaurants from Gather to Breads of India to the Homemade Cafe.

The cottage was renovated by award-winning architects Leger|Wanaselja and features solar panels, low VOC paint, green materials, a tankless water heater, central vacuum, Nest-controlled central heat and a very nice European Sleepworks mattress in the single bedroom. Lovely Arts & Crafts furniture by the Hile Company and Fenton MacLaren throughout.

Kitchen includes dishwasher, gas stove, refrigerator, disposal, burr coffee grinder, Zojirushi rice maker, glass-front toaster and electric kettle. Garden seating in the tiny fenced yard behind the cottage, under mature redwood trees.

Fast wireless internet and excellent coffee are provided.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 5, 2017


Central Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Two bikes are included -- see photo in the gallery


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Modern Craftsman Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
New Jersey

Clean, well-appointed, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful three-day stay in Berkeley, and this cottage was the perfect home base. Comfortable bed and linens, well-appointed kitchen, amazing selection of books and movies, clean, comfortable, nicely decorated...a great little home away from home! Since our son moved to Berkeley (in a less-than-comfortable little apartment) we will definitely be returning, and hope to book this place again! Many thanks to Kevin, who was very helpful and responsive.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Berkeley, CA

A Lovely Stay in Berkeley

  • 5 of 5

My 82 year old mother had a lovely stay in this perfect little house in the center of Berkeley. The bed and sheets were very comfortable, the house is excellently maintained, everything was organized, clean, and easy. The owner is great at communicating and answered everything promptly. He was thoughtful and caring. There are wonderful books and movies to enjoy. The bedroom is in the back of the house and looks into the garden--very soothing. This house is an easy walk to most of Berkeley--great location! We would definitely rent this house again! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean & Guest Friendly Cottage in Wonderful Location. Great Value!

  • 5 of 5

Kevin was a wonderful host. He gave great details about the house so check in and out was a breeze. I have had many great experiences using VRBO in the past, this might have been the best. The house is bigger than it looks and equipped with everything you need including two bikes which are ideal for exploring all the wonderful and interesting neighbourhoods around Berkeley. I would happily stay here again and would encourage any single traveler or couple to do the same, you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure, we'd welcome you back any time!
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A lovely home, it was a pleasure to stay there.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay for a month. The mouse house was all it promised to be. Walking distance from Berkeley, clean, well maintained and with every convenience. Not just a house but a home.

The owner met us on arrival at the property and was friendly and helpful.

There was a lot of rain while we were there but that didn't matter because the house was warm and dry and it gave us the perfect excuse to enjoy the extensive library of interesting books and dvd's.

We love to cook and made full use of the well equipped kitchen and the local markets.

We would certainly recommend this property to anyone we know visiting Berkeley.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words; it was a pleasure to meet both of you and I'm gratified the house worked well for you. I believe that you left the house cleaner and more organized than you found it, which really struck me. Your stay was also good for Berkeley itself, as the rain you experienced was the only we've had all year -- and much appreciated amid California's multi-year drought. If ever you're back in Berkeley, do look us up!
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Sacramento, CA


  • 5 of 5

I'm hesitant about writing this review because I do NOT want others to stay at the property. I want to keep it as my secret hideaway.

It's a great location. It's a beautiful place. What more can I say.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Redondo Beach, CA

I feel blessed to get to stay here

  • 5 of 5

This was my second stay at the Mouse House and I loved everything about it. It is a gem of a place, meticulously maintained, perfectly laid out with a most thoughtful and kind owner. I hope I'm lucky enough to get to stay here every time I come to Berkeley. Please don't tell anyone else about it! :)

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14.6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
ACME Bar, Albatross Pub, many more
Nearest Ferry
5.6 Miles
Oakland Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
3.4 Miles
Tilden Park Golf (several other courses nearby)
Nearest Train
1.7 Miles
Amtrak, BART
Nearest Motorway
1.8 Miles
I-80, South to San Francisco, North to Sacramento
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Breads of India, Homemade Cafe, Ta Krok Hom
Nearest Ski
156 Miles
Dodge Ridge, Sugar Bowl, other Tahoe destinations
Nearest Beach
2.1 Miles
Cesar Chavez Park (marina, bay park, paths)
Car: not necessary

Berkeley is one of the last strongholds of the Arts and Crafts movement in America; there are many rewarding walking tours that thread the dozens of hill paths and steps through Arts and Crafts neighborhoods with astounding views. Among the highlights are Maybeck walk, the Berkeley Rose Garden, and the gothic buildings of Holy Hill.

Also close by the house is the Takara Sake factory (with free tours), the amazing yearly Berkeley Kite Festival and the United State's largest Vivarium (for kids -- and many adults -- the best chance to see reptiles that you'll ever have).

4th street, a high end but still charming shopping street with excellent restaurants, has many stand-out shops including Castle in the Air, Miki's Paper, Market Hall.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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