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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 by a NY/CA-based furniture designer, 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

More Details

Property Manager
Tiffany Wheat
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

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 Berkeley

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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Kiwi Cottage: Cozy and Modern - Bart to SF in a jiff!
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 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: Jun 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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New York, New York

best rental ever!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful garden and home

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 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: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, California

Clean, Quiet and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son and I stayed at Kiwi Cottage for 5 days at the start of August. The cottage is charming with a modern bathroom and fully stocked kitchen. Everything about this stay was easy and hassle free plus we parked right in front of the house. There are restaurants, coffee and grocery stores nearby and BART station is a short drive and has all day $3 parking. All three of us enjoyed our stay and would love to come back next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Decatur, GA

Lovely inviting cottage for a great getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thoughtfully appointed. Comfortable setting. Beautiful garden. We are looking for reasons to return. Very convenient location. Access to BART. Groceries and restaurants within a short walk, long walk and short drive.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Garden Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Spending a week in Kiwi Cottage was a vacation in itself. We chose it as a home base for our adventures in San Francisco, but always wished we had more time each day to spend there enjoying the serene, modern decor and lovely garden. Mornings at Kiwi got off to a relaxing start after procuring excellent coffee, bagels, or baked goods from the cafes and bakeries that are 5 minutes on foot from the doorstep or by making our own breakfast in the well stocked kitchen. Coffee in the garden featured the lush beauty of the plantings (so different from our East Coast plants!) and the antics of local hummingbirds zipping from lemon tree to lime tree.

The cottage is well located in Berkeley, minutes by car from several different neighborhoods with excellent restaurants or shopping, as well as the North Berkeley BART station. The trek to the BART is walkable, but if you have kids in tow and expect to spend a day in the city walking around all day, we found it best to drive there. Keeping a car at Kiwi Cottage was easy thanks to plentiful on street parking, often right in front of the house.

The owners are very friendly and have created an amazing experience for visitors of Kiwi Cottage. We so enjoyed their artistic talents on display indoors and out, as well as their great taste in furnishings. Thanks so much for making our trip to California so memorable!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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0.3 Miles
Westbrae Biergarten
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Oakland Ferry
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3 Miles
Tilden Golf Course, Berkeley
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0.5 Miles
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1 Miles
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Nearest Point of Interest
Lalime's Restaurant
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Monterey Market
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Tiny Thai Restaurant
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Brother's Bagels
Nearest Point of Interest
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

Westbrae Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $50

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.
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