Door to private  patio and walkway to the drivewayView of Berkeley hills
Private Bedroom/ Bath/Entrance & access Bay Area
Private Bedroom/ Bath/Entrance & access Bay Area
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Orinda is central to all Bay Area and surrounding interests. Rural, peaceful, quiet with private patio and large yard, hill views
Easy access to public transportation, parks, theater, restaurants.
Full Breakfast available with request and adjusted fee

The space

Welcome to my home, situated near Berkeley, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, San Francisco. Public transportation 5 minutes drive to all these destinations via Bart.Taxi service available or a 30-45 min walk to downtown. If you don't want to rent a car, I will try to accommodate.
This is a rural area, surrounded by hills and public parks. We have wonderful, sunny and warm climate. Downtown offers theater, shopping. and restaurants.
A large sunny bedroom, with adjoining bathroom, shower, with views of hills and Tilden Park, and the fog that rolls to hilltops from Berkeley. Very comfortable queen bed, fully carpeted. Furnished with T.V.cable and internet access. Exit door to private patio and access to driveway.
The backyard offers areas to relax and enjoy the large garden.
Parking is off-street down a driveway.
The kitchen and laundry are available for some use and refrigerator space for your private needs.
There is an additional bedroom, ideal for child, teen or additional guest
I reside at the opposite side of the house for privacy.
The offer of breakfast to be negotiated.
You will find the rooms to be clean and pleasant for a restful stay in this beautiful area of Orinda, California/ East Bay.

I can assist with suggestions, directions, etc. to enhance your stay in the Bay Area.

Being near the East Bay Water district means a lot of open space and very old oak trees. Homes are well spaced, well established, and drivers are respectful of walkers, enjoying the challenge of rolling hills, often with dogs. There is a leash law, so our beasts are tamed. My address is within minutes of a roadway directly to town and Bart. A new bridge is presently in construction, soon to be completed.

Getting to Bart (Bay Area Rapid Transit) takes about 5 minutes. There is taxi service available. Coming by air from OAK or SFO is direct to Orinda. But many destinations require driving. San Francisco is about a 30 minute trip via BART., Berkeley about 30 minutes.
If possible I will assist with transportation.

If you are attending Cal games, this is very convenient--no parking or congestion. Bart Stops at downtown Berkeley and walking or buses available. Many desirable areas to explore in North Bay and coast, as well as local reservoirs and parks. San Francisco offers ethnic neighborhoods, museums, opera and symphony buildings. All of the Bay Area is famous for restaurants and entertainment possiblities.

Guest access

Private patio and large backyard dining
Off-road parking
Internet and television
Breakfast served in kitchen or patio
Summer months family membership pool with guest fees and subject to availability.

Interaction with guests

Respectful of privacy, and available to assist with local information, travel, etc.
I am always in residence with my standard poodle and have a separate part of house.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 2PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Extra guests and room/bath negotiable. Washer and dryer may be used. Minimal kitchen use. Breakfast provided upon request, except for stays of two weeks or longer.
Note: utilies are extremely high in this area, which keeps rates high. Please observe conservation.
Sorry, pets are not allowed.Friendly standard poodle provided.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


74 Reviews

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Carolyn's place was very comfy! She has thought of everything! We really appreciated her willingness to accommodate our schedule. Breakfasts were great!
Carolyn User ProfileCarolyn is a superhost.
Response from Carolyn:
Kathleen and Richard are warm, friendly, and great guests. Lucky me!! Carolyn
October 2017

Dmitriy User Profile
August 2017
Really great way to get away while working in the city. Looking forward to staying here my next business trip.
Carolyn User ProfileCarolyn is a superhost.
Response from Carolyn:
and you are truly amazing!
August 2017

Debra User Profile
August 2017
Carolyn is interesting and a delight to talk to. The room was large, very private, very cheery and clean with a garden view from every window. It had a private patio with private entrance. Off street parking close to the living space is convenient. The home is very special and artistically furnished. Carolyn prepared fresh coffee, fruit, and toast every morning. Orinda is very green and beautiful and the location of this home is close to everything. It was a pleasure to meet her partner Marcello. Take time to peruse her gardens, I highly recommend. One note of caution, your next experience may feel a little lacking in comparison.
Carolyn User ProfileCarolyn is a superhost.
Response from Carolyn:
Thanks for your concern and health has done great rebound: what's good about feeling terrible is how great it feels to be on the end of that! And Marcello misses you, too. See you , Carolyn
August 2017

Marco User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful decorated house. San Francisco is reachable by car or train in about 20 minutes. Carolyn is very helpful. Very good and healthy breakfast. We had a great time.

Götz User Profile
August 2017
My grilfriend and I had a great time at carolyns house. The house and the room we stayed in were really beatifull and the view from the terrace is really breathtaking. Carolyn was a perfect host either and her breakfast was delicious (fresh fruits and the first real good bread in the U.S. :) ).
Carolyn User ProfileCarolyn is a superhost.
Response from Carolyn:
Hi Falko and Pia, Thanks for your kind words. With mutual feelings, I hope to see you again. Carolyn Taaning
August 2017

Kathleen User Profile
July 2017
Our stay at Carolyn's place was absolutely AMAZING! There is nothing that could have been better (except maybe longer). We traveled to Berkeley for a conference after spending time visiting other areas of CA. It was so refreshing to arrive at Carolyn's. She has done an superb job at creating a peaceful, welcoming, warm, very clean, and inviting space for guests to be. The home is in a very serene and scenic neighborhood very close to the happenings in Berkeley and surrounding areas. Carolyn is an extra special person. She is interesting, warm, and caring. We were able to engage with her in meaningful ways as well as have our own privacy. She is a very gracious and responsive host. She leaves nothing unnoticed and gives her all to creating a very nice Airbnb experience for her guests. She had information for us related to our stay in the area even before we arrived and was very helpful with any information we needed. It would be an honor to stay with Carolyn when we travel to the area again.

Bear User Profile
July 2017
This place is very nice and clean. You also get private entrance. Definitely go back and stay there again.

Orinda, California, United StatesJoined in May 2013
Carolyn User ProfileCarolyn is a superhost.
I'm a retired professional, part-time student, artist, & gardener. My interests are: music, museums, theater, art, travelling, movies, cooking, and swimming. I live with Marcello. Having lived and worked in the Bay Area ( mostly Berkeley) for over 50 years, I am familiar with …
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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