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

Bedrooms Studio
Space 420 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Gregory and Blanca Free
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, mandarin
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

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


Albany Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 420 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Events Allowed
  • 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
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Cozy getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very friendly owners who gave us a tour of the unit when we checked in. It was amazing how many amenities were able to fit into the space. A very satisfying stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property and owners

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed tremendously our stay at Greg and Blanca's rental in Albany. Greg and Blanca were wonderful hosts, courteous and helpful. The apartment was very clean and delightfully equipped and decorated. The location was perfect for safe and interesting evening walks throughout the neighborhood. We particularly enjoyed the close proximity to Solano Avenue, which is lined with numerous ethnic restaurants and boutique shops. The apartment is also only 3 blocks from the Ohlone bike and pedestrian trail, a level pathway that extends for several miles. We would definitely recommend Greg and Blanca's place to others.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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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3 night minimum stay

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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