My home is a perfect setup for spending time with family and friends. The two front rooms are spacious - in a warm, cozy way - and sunny and lend themselves easily to hanging out. These rooms convert well to sleeping quarters at night.
Most of my guests are in the area for weddings or family and friend reunions, to enjoy the San Francisco Bay Area or to visit the University of California at Berkeley for graduations or admissions interviews. Lots of smarty pants stay here. Every once in a while a group of work colleagues will stay here for a conference or have meetings here.
I have filled my 1000 square foot apartment with objects from my travels, my life in the Bay Area and even my parents’ and grandparents’ lives, including the commissioned mid-century furniture made for them in Montreal. (I am strict about requesting you use coasters.) I grew up in the French Canadian city, eating poutine before it was trendy and skiing in the Laurentian mountains when Canada was still cold 9 months of the year.
I love being surrounded by wood - the hardwood floors, the polished grain of the teak furniture and the tall abstract sculpture of a woman and a child crafted by my beloved friend and artist, Ethel, in 60 years ago in San Francisco. The wood grain glows shades of brown with the morning sun and, in the afternoon light, leaves the apartment feeling calm - the perfect time for a cup of tea or glass of wine, both of which I have left for you. I'm convinced it is the connection with nature that allows both me and my guests to instinctively draw a deep breath and relax as soon as we enter the apartment. Truly. I love sharing the moment my guests’ expressions soften as they glimpse the place where they will be staying.
The space is large and airy. It is an Edwardian with French doors between the living room and second bedroom. Brand-new kitchen. Easy parking. Laundry room. Backyard. Lots of light. Alarm. Wifi. I love my neighbors and we keep the building and backyard very quiet. Please only choose my place, if you enjoy serenity. (It's not monk-like. Just no loud music.)
There is a bedroom in the back of the apartment next to the bathroom. It is separated from the rest of the apartment by a hallway with a door. The second bedroom - the one in which I sleep when I am not sharing has a daybed with a new Sealy mattress - is next to the kitchen and separated from the living room by French doors.
The kitchen was recently renovated. It is small, but four can eat ther but I have a dining room table in the 'daybed room,' so it works very well for a dining area if you want to use it that way.
The back bedroom has a queen bed (a sleep number, so you can adjust to your comfort). I just bought a new, comfortable sofa bed with a memory foam topper for the living room. There are two more couches in the living room, so people can hang out and enjoy each other comfortably. There is a third room separated from the living room by French doors. That room has a single bed and room for my queen-size top-of-the-line Aerobed.
My neighbors are awesome and, in a pinch, my upstairs neighbor is there to help. I am also usually fairly close by. I appreciate your keeping my neighbors in mind. Sound travels easily up into the other apartments. No loud music please. (One Airbnber had a party here even though my listing prohibits it, so now I mention it here, as well.)
The street is residential and tree-lined, with a pleasant 8-10 minute walk to Rockridge cafes and shops. It's a little over a mile straight shot along Telegraph to UC Berkeley and just under a 15 minute, very pleasant walk to BART. Enjoy!