Living room...with wood  floorLooking south along the street  ( not a lot of through traffic)
Spacious, Classic 3 BDM Walk to Campus 1850 sq ft
Spacious, Classic 3 BDM Walk to Campus 1850 sq ft
5 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
5 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
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This is a unique 2-floor apartment in a majestic house built in 1907 but updated and furnished with custom artistic style. Easy walking distance to the Berkeley campus, many restaurants, coffee houses and close to public transport.
Rental of a car is an option. Bicycles are provided.
The apartment is in the popular Elmwood residential district (south campus), very conveniently located 1 block from Telegraph Avenue, 2 blocks from College Avenue, and about 12 minutes walk from the UC Campus.

The space

The apartment is about 5-12 minutes’ walk from UC Campus plus numerous reasonably-priced ethnic and specialty restaurants (Italian, Nepalese, Thai, Ethiopian, Burmese, French, Japanese, burgers, pizza, Swiss-style fondue, Chinese, Korean barbecue, a Subway), coffee houses, bookstores, vintage clothing stores, music stores, and student hangouts on Telegraph Avenue. A large CVS pharmacy is a block away, and Whole Foods is 4 minutes by car or a 12 minute walk (5 blocks).
There are buses on Telegraph or College Avenues to downtown Berkeley, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit system), Oakland and San Francisco. The Claremont Hotel & Conference Center is just over a mile away. There is freeway access either at Telegraph Avenue & 55th Street (about 2 miles) or Ashby Avenue (about 3 miles) where you can drive to San Francisco, Oakland, Marin County & the Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley, and Lake Tahoe. Twenty minutes driving (outside rush hours!) will take you to San Francisco across the Bay Bridge, or if you take BART from the downtown Berkeley station, it’s about a 20 minute ride to SF.

The Space:
You enter the apartment from the main door of the house. Downstairs there is a formal dining room adjacent to a kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave looking outside to a deck. Off the main living room is a grand bathroom with large stained glass windows - that came out of a nearby church on Channing Way - and an extra large bath tub. The front room serves as a grand bedroom. Two more spacious bedrooms are on the second floor adjacent to the second bathroom and another work desk.

There is a rear deck on the ground floor plus a small deck by the front door. We have just installed a washer and dryer in the basement for your exclusive use. You’ll have 2 dedicated off-street parking spaces - in front of the house. Car rental - from us - is an option.

Our delightful and energetic managers Binyam and Bruk (originally from Ethiopia) take care of the apartment. They live only a block away. One or both of them will welcome you when you arrive and show you around. They will be available (as I will, by email or phone) during your stay to answer any questions. Otherwise, you will have the place to yourself and won’t be disturbed. The adjacent house to the south has been occupied by the friendly owners for over twenty years. To the north ( on the original tennis court) is a small four unit apartment building occupied by quiet students.

This house is of the original (1907) grand Berkeley residences ( the fourplex next door was built on the tennis court in the 1940's ) that has been updated. However if you are only seeking a modern, generic white standard "IKEA style" apartment then this apartment is clearly not for you!

Interaction with guests

Our experienced friendly co hosts Bin and Bruk live one block away. One or both of them will welcome you when you arrive and show you around.

Other things to note

The fine print (otherwise known as house rules):
• Minimum stay 21 days.
• Strictly no smoking anywhere in the apartment or elsewhere on the property! A Berkeley City ordinance prohibits smoking in apartments and common areas of multi-unit dwellings.
•No parties or loud noise. This is a generally quiet residential neighborhood, and we want to keep it that way. Quiet time is after 10 PM and before 7:30 AM.
•Sorry, no pets.
•For residential purposes only (home office OK).

Free parking on premises

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 11AM

The fine print:
• Minimum stay 14 days. This is a City of Berkeley requirement.
• Our rates are all-inclusive. We pay the Berkeley business license tax and rent registration fees, but those are not charged to you.
• Check-in 3:00 pm or later; check-out by 11:00 a.m. Any changes to these times need to be arranged in advance.
• Please let us know your approximate arrival time using the Airbnb email system. If you are likely to arrive after 10:00 pm, we will provide self check-in instructions.
• Absolutely NO smoking anywhere in the apartment, the laundry room, the grounds, or elsewhere on the property! A Berkeley City ordinance prohibits it in apartments and common areas of multi-unit dwellings.
• Please, no parties or loud noise – this is a quiet residential neighborhood, and we want to keep it that way.
• Sorry, no pets.
• Please don't park your vehicle in the driveway or anywhere that blocks access for other residents. Park in front of the house behind the fence.
• Please respect other residents – introduce yourself when you see them.
• Maximum of 6 people.
• Please look after the apartment as though it was your own home.


6 Reviews

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Eugene User Profile
September 2017
very cool place 100% recommend, we hope to come back again soon, appreciate all Margaret and her team did for us

Bee Bee User Profile
June 2017
You will be happy and have good time at this house!

Darren User Profile
May 2017
Margaret's place is very unique with a lot of space and character. It's very close to campus and there's a park just a block away. It may be a little bit of a walk to the Ashby or Downtown Berkeley BART stations, but the off-street parking more than compensates. The kitchen is well equipped and there's a spacious dining room. The bedroom and living rooms are also very comfortable. Margaret was always very quick to respond to any inquiries or concerns and we hope to stay here again in the future.

Janna User Profile
February 2017
Margaret's place truly makes you feel like home! With its own fully functional kitchen, 3 very large bedrooms and a separate lounge and dining area - it screams comfort. The wi-fi was fast and the cable tv keeps you preoccupied with endless entertainment. The place is located within walking distance to UC Berkeley so it is perfect for students/academics as well as anyone looking to visit Berkeley and the Bay Area. The private parking spot next to the house was a bonus as finding street parking can get difficult.

Laleh User Profile
December 2016
Margaret's house was the best place we have stayed on Airbnb so far. Perfect location near a park that could take my 3 year old, just 2 min walk, Wholefood Market was 7 min walk and downtown just 5 min drive away. Loved the big bath tub, clean bathrooms, perfect water pressure when having a shower and heaters in the lounge room and bed rooms. Kitchen was the best part of the house, equipped with everything( including dish washer) you might need to prepare any food you want. Beds are huge and comfortable. Burke and her husband went out of their ways to make our stay enjoyable including taking us for our first grocery shopping upon arrival as we did not have our rental car yet. They would answer our enquiries within minutes. Even Margaret came for a short visit as I invited her and we had a nice afternoon tea together and had a good chat. Spacious and convenient and nice to stay in. Laleh

Dai-Sun User Profile
January 2017
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Margaret User ProfileMargaret is a superhost.
Response from Margaret:
It is true that this is not a new building! The listing states at the very beginning that this is "a majestic old house built in 1907".
January 2017

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Margaret User ProfileMargaret is a superhost.
Born in England, now living in California for many years. Two (!!) graduate degrees from UC Berkeley. Frequent travel – tired of chain hotels. I have been an Airbnb guest in the US and several other countries and have appreciated the experience of staying in a real home, a…
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