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April Brewster

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

3 bdrm, 1 bath, Big Kitchen, Best Value in the Bay Area!

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Northwest Berkeley House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 8 comfortably

Located for quick access to everything in the Bay Area: near North Berkeley BART (quick ride to San Francisco, San Jose, most major Bay Area locations), near UC Berkeley, Monterey Market (best fresh produce in the bay, where the chefs shop), many gourmet restaurants, and other hot spots. Easy access to all major forms of transport but just in case you change your mind, an Enterprise car rental agency is within 2 blocks of the house.

Free wifi, phone, Wii game system, 42' TV, various supplies for your work and play. Hardwood floors throughout, tourist travel guides supplied, washer, dryer, ironing board and iron.

Home is ideal for meals. Dining room with executive size 8+ seater large table or a comfortable table for smaller groups at the end of a long day. All modern supplies needed for cooking healthy meals. A breakfast table in the kitchen allows for comfortable morning meals.

Master King bed private oasis in back, second bedroom with a Full bed (can sleep 1 or 2 comfortably), third bedroom with two bunkbeds (can sleep 4 with 2 in upper bunks and 2 on twin beds below). There are also two air mattresses available to use.

If you are considering booking for 2016, a few details:

* Usually the home is booked far in advance for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are looking for a home during the holidays, grab this one before it gets booked like usual.

* If you haven't seen Berkeley over Halloween, come check it out! While the street this house is on is quiet (maybe one or two trick-or-treaters if you're home) about 12 blocks away is an amazing neighborhood that does over-the-top decorations. Over the years we've seen a real historical cannon that shot candy into the air, raining it down on the tirck-or-treaters, as well as several walk-through haunted houses, all just part of the friendly neighborhood fun.

* Book New Year's far in advance and see the San Francisco fireworks, a must see on many people's bucket lists.

Remember, Berkeley usually has comfortable weather during the winter, so relax and enjoy your vacation using this home as a landing spot.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
April Brewster (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About April Brewster

Hi, I'm Cathy. My family and I have lived all over: several states on the west coast, New Zealand, several European countries and we've visited 30+ more great hot spots on the map, mostly for work. Plus, we love traveling. As of 2009, my husband and I now both work remotely. We can live anywhere but wanted to keep our CA party pad so thank goodness for HomeAway and VRBO! We love the location and have many good friends in Berkeley and throughout the Bay Area. We're fun-loving, nomadic explorers and we're grateful for all the people who have come to Berkeley to enjoy the area like we have. So much to explore!

April Brewster purchased this house in 2006

Why April Brewster chose Berkeley

My husband and I purchased this Berkeley home in 2005-2006 when we needed convenient access to *everything*. We had 4 kids going to 4 different schools and both of us commuting: me all over the Bay area (SF, San Mateo, Palo Alto in particular) and my husband with a daily commute to Emeryville. None of us like commuting. We want to get where we're going then play! There is so much to explore in the Bay Area and we loved the convenience. The houses in the Berkeley hills have pretty views, but it takes longer to get to them and convenience took a higher priority.

We wanted a place that was big enough for all of us, with space for sleepovers for the kids and a massive kitchen since homecooked food can be so healthy and good. One of this house's best features is its large kitchen and central, large dining room, great for family meals. The house was everything we needed plus more.

What makes this house unique

The large kitchen is what attracts most people to this house. Being able to cook your own food is excellent for this particular area because:

1. If your budget is tight, cooking a few meals in-house can slice significant money off your budget!

2. There are several superb, unique grocery stores nearby, including a fresh produce market, Monterey Market, that has some of the best produce in the world. Having a great kitchen helps you take full advantage of it.

Also, compared to other rentals in the area, this home is perfectly located -- it's close to the freeway, but several blocks away so it's in a family neighborhood. It's less than 10 blocks from the main freeway whereas many rental houses are 25 to 35 blocks (or more) across town. When you're vacationing, the last thing you want to do is commute. It's why we bought it -- we wanted to spend our days relaxing and playing with the kids (not driving). The public transit and easy walking around town made this home ideal.

Guestbook comments from the manager

From Trevor Moore, an Olympic athlete competing in sailing:

"Our time at your home was perfect in every way. Thank you very much. Thank you so much for your email. As Olympic athletes it is great to know fellow enthusiasts are passing along our story."

Go to to read more about this particular Olympic athlete. We will be cheering for him!

--Malmrose family, owners of the home
Sep 2011
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based on 32 traveler reviews

3 bdrm, 1 bath, Big Kitchen, Best Value in the Bay Area!
average rating of 4.75 based on 33 reviews
Jarfalla, Sweden

Berkeley style

  • 4 of 5

We were 3 families and enjoyed Berkeley, Napa, San Francisco. Nice morning run in sun and no fog. Kids loved playground nearby and in Berkeley marina. Muir woods, Golden Gate, Jelly Belly tour. Walking distance to Whole foods, REI, North Face outlet. Do not forget Farmers market at Gourmet Getto, Cheesboard pizza. On Bathroom - solved by we woke up different time, some of us started with prepearing breakfast, some went out for morning run and some got up just in time for breakfast.

Nice an clean, April was helpful and we recomend this place if you choose to stay in Berkeley.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Comfortable home in Berkeley

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of room for 2 families of four. Highly recommended. If would return to the area would stay again. Thanks

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place great location

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean and April was quite helpful and accommodating with our arrival. The parking space is a real bonus in such a tight town as San Francisco and Berkeley. It does have a lovely kitchen but we did not spend much time at the house because we were maximizing our time touring the area. The house is a great location for touring San Francisco, Muir Woods and and the Napa Valley area (all relatively short drives). There were 7 of us but we did manage with just one bathroom (required cooperation of all!). I would mention that the double bed could use some attention (maybe a new mattress) by otherwise we enjoyed the stay. thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The home suited us well, with plenty of space for a family to be together or spread out. The kitchen was well-supplied and enjoyable to spend time in and the apartment was filled with light. We were pleasantly surprised by the neighborhood--low-key, relaxing and within walking distance of the BART and nice food shops. Make sure to check out Acme Bakery, Monterey Market and the Tokyo Fish Market!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay was wonderful. Loved the house and San Fran so much we added another night to our stay! Kitchen was perfectly stocked and great size and the bathroom was easy to share with five adults and four kids. Was also wonderful to have dinners delivered to the house. The second bedroom's bed was quite hard and not super great to sleep on though. And the house was a bit hot without air conditioning but once the windows were opened the air cooled the house nicely. We had an amazing stay and would DEFINATLEY stay there again!! April was so nice to work with and quite responsive.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Family vacation we'll remember for a lifetime!

  • 5 of 5

A quiet, safe place to stay while visiting the bay area that was way more comfortable than hotel rooms in the city! It was clean, room to spread out for our big family and so nice to have a washer and dryer and kitchen to make it feel like home. The hostess was on time, reliable and very communicative. The property was as described and I couldn't recommend it more highly.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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University of California at Berkeley
"UC Berkeley is a world-renowned research university where many discoveries were made, includ..."
Greek Theater
"We saw a Shakespeare spoof here that was hilarious enough for our younger kids to get some g..."
Berkeley Marina
"Our Top 10 favorite things to do at the Marina: 1 Go to lunch or dinner at http://www.skat..."
Chez Panisse
"Get reservations! This place is booked for good reason."
Nearest Airport
17 Miles
OAK or SFO, both have good pubic transit
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
12.3 Miles
San Francisco Ferries at Fisherman's Wharf
Nearest Golf
2.1 Miles
Tilden Park
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hwy 80 / 580 / 880
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Mountain Mike's Pizza
Nearest Ski
179 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Car: recommended

North Central Berkeley, near the University of California at Berkeley, close to BART, easy visit to San Francisco and the rest of Silicon Valley

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Northwest Berkeley House Rental Rates

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Winter Holiday
Nov 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday 2
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $110
Tax Rate 9.5%

Best rate in the Bay! Compared to other homes, this home offers the best kitchen and # of beds. Compared to hotels in the area... well, there's no comparison. It's the best, most economical and most comfortable way to visit Northern California. Enjoy!

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Northwest Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bathroom is cozy but has plenty of storage for your items
  • Bathroom is supplied with hair dryer, 8 fresh towels and other supplies. There is often lotion, shampoo, shaving cream and other amenities. We know it's tough for large parties to get by on one bathroom. We lived with six people and one bathroom for many years and never had an issue, but know that it is just a single bathroom. Full tub / shower and plenty of storage.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , 8 pillows for maximum comfort
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Full sized bed with side table.
    Bedroom 2 - 4 twin/ single , Two twin bunkbeds (4 twin beds total), two desks also
  • Three bedrooms including: a full Master, a room with four twin beds (bunkbeds), and a third bedroom with a full size (double) bed, all with regular closets. Notes for large parties: If you need to you can use the two sofas in the living room. The long sofa can be a sleeping spot for an adult. The 2 seater sofa is of course shorter and more appropriate for a child. There are also blow up mattresses you can put in various locations depending on what you need. The most we have ever had in the home was 18 people plus a few small children, but that was surely too many! Thankfully there were all sweet, fun, and had a great time. When we lived in the home, our four children (six people total) lived comfortably with occasional sleepovers with friends.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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