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

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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2 - 6 nights


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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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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Jeremy Sherman
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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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.


based on 62 traveler reviews

Recently remodeled, Near-Everything 2 Story, 3BR/2Bath Cozy Craftman
average rating of 4.951613 based on 62 reviews

Lovely neighborhood, great house

  • 5 of 5

Jeremy's house is perfect for a family stay in Berkeley. He's a gracious host who gives you your space - you barely notice he's downstairs in the separate in-law unit.

Pros: spacious kitchen, fully stocked, with brand new appliances; sunny deck with grill for BBQs; parking in the driveway, roomy enough for two cars if you park them snug. Plenty of grocery options within a short drive or longer stroll, including Safeway (mass market), Andronicos (upscale) and Monterey Market (local gem).

Cons (but only kind of): BART is a mile away, so prepare for a 20-minute walk; quaint Solano Avenue is also a good walk away, just enough to get the blood flowing.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The house was very nice, clean, and had everything you needed to feel at home. Our family enjoyed the stay and my 3 little boys had a blast in the house and did not bother anyone! I would highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Lovely, roomy, quiet neighborhood and clean!

  • 5 of 5

Our 8 night stay at Jeremy's delightful home in Berkeley was all it was advertised to be. The kitchen/ dining space was wide open and accommodated 10 easily at the table. Kitchen offered all the amenities you would want and more. Comfortable beds, spacious living room and fine bathrooms. The deck was an added bonus space which allowed us to have a wedding rehearsal dinner under the stars on a beautiful almost-full moon evening. Nobody wanted wanted to be inside! I even had to search out Jeremy as he is an unintrusive but responsive home owner. Thank you Jeremy for offering your home to visitors like us!

Liz Crawley

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Excellent accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sonoma Avenue on a 2 week trip to the Bay area and it was just like home from home. It was clean, comfortable and it did not lack in any respect. It was ideally situated for the North Berkeley amenities eg restaurants, supermarkets as well as being close to the BART for SF and other destinations eg Napa, Sonoma. I would not hesitate to recommend this property if you are considering a stay in or around San Francisco.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Couldn't have been nicer!

  • 5 of 5

Jeremy's house was everything we were wanting in a place close to San Francisco. It was clean as a whistle, the 3 bedrooms were spacious and just right for our party. The newly-remodeled kitchen was well-stocked with everything we needed. Highly recommend this lovely little house in the heart of Berkeley.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful month stay at this house in North Berkeley house. The house was very comfortable while we had a family reunion with six in total; the rest of the time it was just two of us. The kitchen is large and well appointed, and we enjoyed cooking some of the great local produce, brewing Peet’s coffee, and sharing meals at the long dining table. The location was ideal for us--an easy walk to the Gourmet Ghetto, Solano Avenue, and Monterrey Market. The owner, Jeremy, lives downstairs. He was very responsive when we had questions, but never intrusive, and we went whole weeks without seeing him since he has a separate entrance. In all, we recommend this house very highly and hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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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
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Solano Ave and Gourmet Ghetto
Nearest Beach
32 Miles
Stinson Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

North Berkeley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Veterans day
Nov 11 2016 - Nov 13 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
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
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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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North Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
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  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • 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
A very popular neighborhood for UC Berkeley visiting academics.

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