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Gregory and Blanca Free

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish, mandarin

Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard

20 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Albany Studio Rental Photos and Description

Intimate Tropical Luxury Better Than Most 4-5 Star Rooms

Very Clean Modern European Style In-Law Unit. Stylized compact basement unit with four windows has kitchenette, shower w/ Jacuzzi tub, one bed, HW floors, Italian tiles. Private entry, tropical yard w/outdoor Jacuzzi & fire pit.

The space is small so it best suits a single person or a very cozy duo. Ideal for visiting scholars, parents/grandparents of UC students.

Transportation is very easy by bus, Bart, car, and foot. Bart station for service to downtown Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Non-smokers please.

You are always greeted with a bottle of wine, chocolates and fresh flowers.

  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gregory and Blanca Free (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish, mandarin

About Gregory and Blanca Free

Blanca (a Kaiser Nurse from Guatemala) and Greg (a Hearing Specialist from Berkeley) love the area and people for its diversity, activities, music, gourmet dinning, and local culture.

Gregory and Blanca Free purchased this studio in 2000


based on 20 traveler reviews

Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews
Jacksonville Fl.

Nice stay in Albany

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth time using VRBO in four different states. For the fourth time our stay was better than expected. Our hosts were very easy to deal with all through the process. Greg helped advise me before our visit since we had never been to California before. When we arrived Greg and Blanca showed us everything we would need to make our stay great. The property had many features that were unique to us and made the stay more enjoyable. I chose this property based on the reviews and the photos and all were spot on. The jetted tub in the unit was very welcome after a long day of sight seeing. We enjoyed the neighborhood and always felt safe. Shopping and dining are an easy walk. We used Uber to get to and from the North Berkeley BART station and going into San Francisco was very easy. Overall the unit was in great condition and the hosts were wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Five week stay April 2016

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Greg and Blanca's place for five weeks in April. You can see the love and attention that has gone into making the space comfortable.

Pluses -

The space is spotless

Luxurious linen and plush white towels

The bed is amazing

Parking is easy

Two blocks from Solano Ave

Access to washer/dryer on site

Things to note (already accurately depicted in the listing) -

The kitchenette does not allow for serious cooking.

There is only one sink in the unit.

The 'bathroom space' has no doors (only suitable for a cozy duo)

It is a basement unit so you can occasionally hear footsteps in the AM but this is not bothersome unless you are a very light sleeper.

We would love to stay at Greg & Blanca's again and wouldn't hesitate recommend it to any of our friends!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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The grounds, house, and rental were wonderful with easy parking right out front.

  • 5 of 5

Greg and Blanca were most accommodating, and welcomed us even though our arrival was delayed - twice, and we finally checked in a day late and after 1 A.M. The rental was clean, well furnished, and very comfortable. All appliances were in good working order. Use of the hot tub and wonderful patio grill were made available to us on our schedule. We will definitely contact the Frees again when we are in the Berkeley area!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy pleasant apartment

  • 4 of 5

The hosts are gracious. The bed is comfortable. The Jacuzzi is a nice luxury. Kitchen equipment is good for coffee and light meals (there is only one sink in the apartment, so elaborate meals would be difficult). Restaurants on Solano Avenue are plentiful and good. On-street parking is free and easily available. In short, a cozy pleasant place to stay while in the area.

signed: Anonymous



  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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hidden oasis

  • 5 of 5

This rental is an absolute gem and definitely a unique find! From the absolutely comfortable bed, the nice sheets, the jetted tub and the amazing backyard, what more could you ask for? Parking is easy, access to the unit is without hassle, the location is wonderful! I enjoyed strolling along Solano and taking the greenbelt to the BART. It's a short drive to anything and everything you would want and need. To top it all off, the hosts were very pleasant and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Comfy, clean, accommodating and friendly owners.

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit here didn't disappoint. Perfect for a couple or a single. Nice back garden with seating and jacuzzi although we had cold and rainy weather. We were on foot and it was close to shopping, restaurants and buses.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you stayed with us a second time. We appreciate such a positive review. We hope you stay with us again!
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Oakland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Kingman's Ivy Room
Nearest Ferry
8.9 Miles
Oakland, Jack London Square
Nearest Golf
3.9 Miles
Tilden Park Golf Course
Nearest Train
4.7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Highway 80
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Cafe Raj
Nearest Ski
0.8 Miles
Nearest Beach
13.7 Miles
Alameda Beach
Car: recommended

1 1/2 blocks from strolling Solano Avenue (bus to SFO, downtown Berkeley), 20 minute walk to Bart. Albany and Berkeley have some of best international gourmet restaurants in the world.


Rates & Availability

Albany Studio Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65

Cleaning fee: $65.00 per visit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Albany Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 420 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • Cheng Designs concrete counter-top and window-sill. Glass block shower with Italian tile accents.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Queen size Sleep Number bed, new pillow-top, linens are new and very good quality (Westin - Heavenly bedding linen and pillows)
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 15 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Access to wireless internet at 48 Mpbs download and 2 Mpbs upload

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