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Jeremy Sherman

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english, spanish

Recently remodeled, Near-Everything 2 Story, 3BR/2Bath Cozy Craftman

56 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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Overview

Berkeley House Rental Photos and Description

Berkeley's Best Neighborhood For Safety, Trees, Beauty, Quiet, Parking.

A creekside craftsman with a practical layout in Berkeley's most popular, safe, accessible neighborhood, just remodeled for renting, with all new appliances, surfaces, beds, deck, furniture, windows, landscaping, heater etc.

Five blocks from two of Berkeley's most popular shopping/restaurant streets. Minutes from campus and Bart.

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All of the modern amenities, strong powerline wifi and internet connections, 55' flatscreen, stainless appliances, new BBQ, espresso machine, Ninja blender, soda maker, insulated windows and walls, warm LED lighting throughout, Nest thermostat, etc.

And with all that newness, still the coziness you'd want in a Berkeley home, hardwood floors, fine oriental carpets, leather sofa, faux paint exterior, elegant weavings on walls.

Owner lives quietly in sound-insulated in-law unit below with two separate entrances. You have complete privacy but immediate access for help when needed.

And the owner, a social scientist, knows that what keeps far-flung families connectedis reunions, the events that mark the landmarks in family-members' lives (marriages, graduations, victories and loses) or just happen because it's high time, so why not now? He loves to play the invisible host to your gatherings with their noise, children's footfalls, socializing, parties and ruckus comings and goings. It's a great house for these.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Jeremy Sherman (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About Jeremy Sherman

Jeremy Sherman, Ph.D., M.P.P. I'm an easy-going social scientist, professor and author, and former non-profit manager and environmental lobbyist. I've taught psychology, sociology, history, English, rhetoric, Advertising and Business Strategy. Currently teaching in an MBA program at California College of the Arts. For 18 years I've been a collaborator on a major origins of life research project with U.C. Berkeley Biological Anthropologist/Neuroscientist, Terrence Deacon. I have written four books and 500 Psychology Today articles. I'm father of three grown children (none at home), partnered, and a jazz bassist/singer performing 3x a week in Berkeley restaurants.

Jeremy Sherman purchased this house in 1996

Why Jeremy Sherman chose Berkeley

Like many I bought this large home when my kids were pre-teens, not foreseeing that they'd fly the coop. I rattled around in its largeness for years, then rented the in-law unit to very satisfied long-term renters.

Recently I realized I could expand the downstairs a little, move into it and rent the top two floors of this house. I just poured $300k into the expansion and renovation which was expertly done.

The house was built in 1924 as part of a development. To save money on planning they would flip blueprints and make a mirror image house, my neighbor's two doors down. Having been in the walls, I can say the work was excellent for the time. An enviable layout and design.

What makes this house unique

After my divorce in 1996, I moved into a converted two room garage and just adored it. To ease the transition for our three children, my ex (now a good friend) and I agreed to keep our large home and take turns staying in it. About a year into the arrangement it suddenly dawned on me to buy my own home. 1830 Sonoma was the first and really only place I visited--love at first sight.

It was the big tree in the front that sold me, the quiet tree lined street, Berkeley's most beautiful library a half-block down, my favorite commercial district three blocks away.

In 1997, the house was in terrible shape, lived in since the 40's by a woman who refused any help with it in the decades before she died at 90. I did a huge remodel then, and though I've lived and travelled broadly (years in Guatemala, Tennessee, Boston, London) couldn't imagine a happier place to live.

The creekside yard is lovely, the neighborhood is safe (I've left car and even house doors unlocked all night by mistake--nothing stolen). The neighbors are dear, parking is effortless (you get a driveway but there's ample street parking too), the weather is perfect, access to UC Berkeley is a breeze.

There are fancier neighborhoods in Berkeley but most are way up in the hills. This neighborhood is to my eyes the sweet spot for convenience and beauty.

The front door is arched. I'm big on faux painting (an earthy homespun look, and though I've painted over the faux interior the outside is subtly fauxed. The front door is round topped. The ceilings are sculpted, there's picture molding on many walls, lots of sweet touches, now all touched up.

Reviews

4.9
based on 56 traveler reviews

Recently remodeled, Near-Everything 2 Story, 3BR/2Bath Cozy Craftman
average rating of 4.946429 based on 56 reviews
5

Lovely location in Berkeley; nice walk to Chez Panisse

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect home for my family to connect and relax in a lovely setting. We grilled on the deck the first night, followed by a walk through the tree lined streets in the quiet Berkeley neighborhood. The second night we walked to Chez Panisse for an amazing meal. The home itself is very clean and well thought out; everything we needed was provided. It is a historic home with modern updates that make it very comfortable for cooking, visiting, and sleeping. We plan to return again.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Outstanding Accommodations

  • 4 of 5

This VRBO is centrally located in Berkeley with good access to nearby grocery stores and eateries. There were six in our group and we thoroughly enjoyed the spacious bedrooms (three), great mattresses, fully appointed kitchen opening into a spacious dining area. The deck (second floor in rear of building) looked out over beautiful trees and greenery and came complete with a large gas grill. We enjoyed the comfortable living room complete with large screen HD television and sound system. The two bathrooms (one on second and one on first floor) were more than adequate - plenty of hot water. The house has great cross-ventilation, especially in the second floor, which pulls in the delightful cool Berkeley air. There is also a no step access ramp as a second entrance into the kitchen which makes access very easy.

Minor detractions were the somewhat unclear recycling rules, a bit too much clutter in the corners of some of the rooms (lots of cords, unused speakers, etc.), no complimentary K-cups for the Keurig Coffee Maker as described in the website (which weren't discovered until found in the laundry closet on our last day), and an avoidable communication failure about entry into the premises on our first night.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Opportunity!

  • 5 of 5

What a delightful place to stay! Jeremy's recently remodeled home was the ideal location for my husband and four friends to explore the Bay Area. We ventured here by BART from the Oakland airport, easily walking the one-mile distance, while towing our luggage, even though taxis were sitting outside the station as an option. The house was beautifully decorated and offered every convenience we desired. Three large bedrooms made it hard to decide which was the most ideal, because they all had unique characteristics; we finally drew straws. Jeremy was easily accessible and willing to help with any concern (which there were none), and ensured us of complete privacy. Washer/dryer, hairdryer, full kitchen, big screen TV, and did I mention immaculate? That was equal to old Berkeley charm, feeling the beauty of the architectural design once we walked curbside and across the threshold. I guarantee, if we return for another visit, we would book here in a heartbeat. Side note: huge treat....google Indian Rock and visit it, which is walking distance from the house. Great place to get your bearings of the Bay Area, thanks to the spectacular view. Thank you, Jeremy! It couldn't have been better.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We loved the house and our stay in Berkeley!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at 1830 Sonoma was very positive. It was a great place to meet with family for our special event! The house is clean and well stocked with kitchen gadgets and appliances. The bedrooms, living room and back deck were perfect for our needs. It was nice to have a place to relax and visit after busy days.

Thank you Jeremy!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a great, quiet neighborhood with easy access to downtown Berkeley (1.5 mi). The parking is a real plus, but when you get inside - it is even better with three bedrooms and two baths, easily accommodating 6 people. The kitchen is extremely well-stocked with a drawer full of spices, but we didn't cook. Next to the kitchen is a long, rustic dining table in the dining room - that is across from a spacious family room with a flatscreen perfect for watching the Lacrosse National Championship semi-final games. Our son was able to gather all his groomsman from their hotels to get ready at the house, which was really perfect for the men to hangout before our son's wedding. It was a wonderful experience -- highly recommended. The property is very well-maintained and clean. Plus, Jeremy is highly responsive to inquiries via texting or phone. Summary: Great Find!!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Wonderful home and yard

  • 5 of 5

This was a reunion of five retired nurses. We loved this home and our stay was fantastic. House clean, well-stocked, close to so many places to shop and walk. The owner made everything so easy and comfortable. This was our first time using VRBO and the whole process was simple. We are planning another in a year or two.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Oakland Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Khana Peena, Solano Ave.
Nearest Train
1 Miles
North Berkeley BART
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
880
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Solano Ave and Gourmet Ghetto
Nearest Beach
32 Miles
Stinson Beach
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Berkeley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Labor day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
$340
$2,300
$7,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
Columbus day
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
$340
$2,300
$7,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
Veterans day
Nov 11 2016 - Nov 13 2016
3 night minimum stay
$340
$2,300
$7,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
$350
$2,350
$7,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
$350
$2,350
$7,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
UC Graduation
May 10 2017 - May 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
$390
$2,600
$9,600
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$279
From
$299
Fri,Sat
$1,889
$7,650
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
<5 day stay cleaning $60

PARTY CHARGE will be added when more than ten guests (reunions, showers, rehearsal dinners, etc.). Crucial that you let me know in advance. Partying on the outside deck no later than 10pm on work nights and midnight on Fri and Sat.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    1st floor bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • These are not McMansion bathrooms but highly functional cozy and nice. Both have brand new vanities, bathtub fixtures, toilets and led lights, Large-tile floors, and fresh painted walls. The master bath ceiling slopes but not compromisingly so. It's tub has massage jets. Hot water heater is a few years old and capacious.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom B - 1 queen
    Bedroom A - 1 king
  • Master Bed: 2nd floor, cathedral ceiling, Cal King with 1-year-old 15-inch memory foam Macy's bed. Carpeted, three windows overlooking private deck back yard and tree-scape vista toward SF Bay. Bedrooms A & B: 1st floor with shared bath/shower. Brand new memory foam queen beds in each room, one adjustable (raise/lower sections with massage unit). Bedroom A has two windows, two closets (one with stacked washer dryer) and sliding door onto deck. Bedroom B has three windows, one closet. Both A and B have 3-year-old area rugs, and brand new paint. Master bedroom has wall to wall carpet. All bedrooms have blackout shades, if you like to sleep in total darkness, as I do.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Notes:
A very popular neighborhood for UC Berkeley visiting academics.

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