Enjoy a light-filled retreat in the Berkeley Hills. Directly above UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the Gourmet Ghetto (North Berkeley restaurant mecca), and the wonderful trails and attractions of Tilden Park.
Our home is a light-filled open-plan mid-century modern. Very comfortable, both tree-filled and expansive views, with decks front and rear off the living room. Propane BBQ in front, and serene breakfast table with great views in back. There is a lower level deck with an inset modern, ozone hot tub surrounded by our organic garden, honeybees and greenscape! There is a chicken coop on the side of the house, Our neighbors will take care of the chickens. If they are laying, ( Spring/Summer) you will get some fresh eggs! The kitchen is modest but open to the living area and has everything you need. We are environmentally mindful. All of our linens and the King and twin bed mattresses are organic. We use eco-sensitive cleaning products. We have cans to recycle and compost almost everything.
Up a half-flight of stairs are two bedrooms, which each sleep two comfortably, and a bathroom with shower/tub.
One of the best features of the house is easy access to fantastic trails in Tilden Park and Strawberry Canyon. Literally 100 yards away are great hiking, running and mountain bike trails. We take our dog on long off-leash walks on them every day and she loves it!
We are also very close to awesome kids attractions like the Lawrence Hall of Science (kids science museum - 5 minute walk), and the Steam Trains narrow-gauge railroad, Tilden Carousel, and Little Farm petting zoo (5-10 minute drives). Beautiful Tilden Park Golf Course, with it's Grizzly Bar and Grill, is a two-minute drive. Public transit goes right by the house for car-free access down the hill to Berkeley.
Our garden is our oasis. Young fruit trees, berry bushes, vegetable beds and a friendly honey bee hive in our back yard. We hope that you enjoy the serenity. During honey harvesting season we will be happy to share some backyard honey with you!
We do live here (we are traveling during the time the house is available), so while we will make some limited space available in dressers and closets, be aware that our belongings will be in the house. Please enjoy our house and respect our belongings.
We are accommodating to well behaved dogs, but will charge $30 per night extra for each dog you want to bring. There is 1 large dog bed available. We have a pet contract to cover any additional damage that could occur.
All the neighbors have lived here for decades, and are very quiet and helpful.
Free wireless, working fireplace, and did I mention a fabulous hot tub?
The upstairs bedrooms and full bathroom. The downstairs living room, bar area, dining room, kitchen, 1/2 bath with laundry, front and back porches, lower porch with hot tub. The hot might be shared if someone is in the lower studio.
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We will be available via phone and email each day during your stay. We might have one of our neighbors water the garden and let the chickens in and out of the coop (but they won't need to come in the house).
Please DO NOT USE perfume, cologne and scented products in our house. Sorry, we can Not host people who smoke due to a smoke allergy. If someone is staying in the lower studio then the lower back deck with the hot tub is shared. This has never been an issue, but please contact us to negotiate if needed. We will ask you to sign a waiver for the honeybees and for the hot tub. Thank you for helping us "Save the bees". We wish you an awesome stay and truly hope that you have a relaxing vacation.
Please no visitors or guests outside the approved number of people you signed up for. We don't want any parties held and our house is not to be used to host events. We will charge you a minimum of $1,000 if you decide to break this rule. Well behaved dogs may be allowed, after we talk. We will charge you a minimum of $1,000 if you bring a pet without asking. There is a pet contract in case of incidentals. If you break or damage something during your stay, tell us immediately. You will need to repair or replace anything that you broke or damaged. We do not allow ANY fragrances in our home, including scented laundry detergent. We will provide cleaning products and unscented laundry detergent. Thank you for understanding that this is our home and try to treat our house the way you would want guests to treat yours - we really appreciate it!
No smoking. We are allergic to smoke and cannot accommodate smokers.
No fragrances, including perfume, cologne, scented candles, etc. We are very sensitive to artificial scents.
Please do not flush anything down the toilets except toilet paper.
Please rinse and put dishes in the dishwasher, and if it is close to a full load run it on normal wash.
Please respect the honeybee colony under the back stairs. Please respect the bee barrier set up. Thanks.
Please sign and return the bee and hot tub waivers before your arrival.
Please be mindful of your noise between 10pm and 7:30am for our neighbors and if someone is in the studio.
No illegal activities or drugs allowed.
No abuse, cheating, stealing or lying.
Please enjoy yourself and the neighborhood - most of our neighbors have lived here for over 50 years!
(We might have a friend or neighbor come by to water the front yard plants and check on the chickens, but they won't need to get in the house.)
If your stay is longer than a week please water our house plants and plants on the front and back decks. We will leave instructions. We will arrange for someone else to check on the chickens. Thank you!
My wife Carrie and I live in the hills of Berkeley, California. I am a scientific engineer and she is a professional photographer. We love outdoor activities such as cycling, skiing/snowboarding, surfing, hiking, camping, and gardening. We appreciate and cook good food and love great wine, beer and coffee.
We have a 3.5yr old and 1.5yr old. We are busy learning the magical, fun and sometimes difficult art of raising kids. We also have a dog, Meira, who loves the local trails almost as much as we do! Please tell us about yourself in your profile. Cheers!