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Kiwi Cottage: Cozy and Modern - Bart to SF in a jiff!

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, Master Bedroom + Small Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

WELCOME TO KIWI COTTAGE! All the charm of classic California Bungalow style is enhanced by contemporary interior furnishings and a gorgeous garden setting.

PATIO offers golden light in late afternoons/early evenings - a perfect place to unwind and grill dinner. Cozy and clean interior is perfect for much-deserved lazy mornings with a good book and cup of Peet's coffee.

Keetsa organic foam Queen size mattress in master bedroom, natural foam Twin size mattress in small bedroom. Custom shutters in both rooms for minimum/maximum light.

BONUS: A fantastic work space for two with use of Epson printer, Wifi throughout house and patio.


Plenty of street parking right in front of your cottage gate.

10 minute walk to BART

1 block walk to UC buses, 10 minute drive to CAL Campus

5 minute drive to 580/80 freeways

See 'Map' of terrific walking neighborhood tips to top-notch dining and shopping.


Westbrae Biergarten - fire pit, food trucks, fun

Excellent Sushi

Bagel Shop

'Pebbles' vegan donuts and great coffee

Berkeley Natural Health Food Store

Acme Bakery (the real deal - best bread and pastries in town.)

Keywords: bungalow, garden home, house, walk score

More Details

Property Manager
Tiffany Wheat
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Tiffany Wheat

Established and well-traveled Bay Area artist who raised 3 kids all educated in the UC system. Now enjoying 3 grand-children and introducing them to the rich diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tiffany Wheat purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Tiffany Wheat chose Westbrae

I purchased this property in the 1970's from the italian family who built and owned it. I love the colorful history of this neighborhood, the proximity to wonderful Bay Area places, and the convenient walkability!

What makes this cottage unique

My home and properties reflect my life's work as an artist. I have loved living in my Berkeley neighborhood for the past 40 years. I am pleased to have my daughter's family in Kiwi Cottage during the school year, and to share it with world travelers during the summer!

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Beautiful home. My wife and I love(d) it. We had a great stay last month. It was perfect. We're going to try to do two weeks next summer."
Jun 2014
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Westbrae Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Generously sized, full tub/shower, lots of storage, large mirror
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Small Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , 2 sunny windows w/ shutters, storage, reading light
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 windows, lg. closet, storage, bedside tables, reading lamp
  • Master: Queen size Bed (1) Keetsa Organic Foam Mattress Small Bedroom: Twin bed (1) Natural Foam Mattress
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 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
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(23 traveler reviews)

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Kiwi Cottage: Cozy and Modern - Bart to SF in a jiff!
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Absolutely charming

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have been better. The place was spotless and beautiful, the neighborhood quiet and well located. My family had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Emily and family / many thanks for choosing Kiwi Cottage for your Berkeley stay - we are so happy to hear that you were comfortable and enjoyed our home. Until next time!
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Caracas, Manila, Amsterdam, Brussels, Lausanne, Evian

Amazing Berkeley Stay

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have asked for better accommodation during our visit -- which was to get our daughter settled for her first year at UC Berkeley. Kiwi is comfortable, calm, and commodious. Beautifully and simply appointed, we truly felt like guests staying at a friend's house. Glorious garden! Tiffany Wheat was a generous and helpful host. Easy access to neighborhood eateries and shops, and a pleasant 15 minute walk via the Ohlone Greenway (pedestrian/bike path) to the North Berkeley BART station. Non-permited, on-street parking right outside the gate especially nice. Looking forward to staying here the next time we're in town!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara CA

Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are Bay Area natives though we are no longer permanent residents; we visited Berkeley for a very quick 4-day family-and-friends visit this time. Our stay at Kiwi Cottage hit all the high notes. It's absolutely spotlessly clean with lots of modern amenities though the property itself has interesting historical details. The owners are all lovely; Tiffany, Sharon and John were cheerfully and readily available to us when we had questions. Never was anyone intrusive (a pet peeve :) ). There is nice walkability and it's well situated for accessing all that the Bay Area has to offer. There's a pretty garden, quiet patio area, beautiful privacy fencing, a quiet neighborhood. We loved it. Kiwi Cottage is one of our favorite rentals and we look forward to visiting again and again! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely design and perfectly equipped!

  • 5 of 5

Nice low-key property in good location with everything you'll need! Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, New York

best rental ever!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful garden and home

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gig Harbor

The best place to stay in Berkeley

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the "Kiwi Cottage"' for twelve days. It was the most delightful stay We have ever had at a VRBO. Absolutely wonderful!

The cottage was so clean, comfortable and warming. We just loved it as did my grandson too. We picked fresh tomatoes off the vine barbecued in the beautiful garden and enjoyed the friendship of Sharon and John.

Thank you for such an enjoyable stay for us and my grandson. You are awesome!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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0.3 Miles
Westbrae Biergarten
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3 Miles
Oakland Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Tilden Golf Course, Berkeley
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0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
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Lalime's Restaurant
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Tiny Thai Restaurant
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Brother's Bagels
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Toot's Sweets
Nearest Point of Interest
Apple Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Pizza Gioia
Car: not necessary

Easy access by BART or car to America's Cup 2013 sailing events on San Francisco Bay. Wine Country is a 45 minute drive, 35 minutes to Northern CA's best beaches and hiking trails. Monterey Bay Aquarium is a day trip, local live music at the famous Freight & Salvage and Ashkenaz venues. 10 minute drive to Emery Bay outdoor shopping mall, 12 minute walk to Berkeley's award winning high-end boutique and restaurant row on 4th Street. 15 minute walk to Solano Ave.'s charming shops and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Insurance $59

Cancellation fee - $50.00 within 72 hours of nightly rental start date
Cancellation fee - $100.00 within 48 hours of weekly rental start date
Cancellation fee - $200.00 within 24 hours of monthly rental start date
Cleaning service is not offered during guests stays.
$49 Flat Insurance rate only

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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