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Albany California United States of America

Listing # 105007

Rates From USD 2850 Monthly
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Beautiful house, separate work studio, private garden

Beautiful small house with separate garden work studio 2.5 miles and 15 minutes from the U.C. Berkeley campus by rapid transit (BART) or bus. 820 sq ft total. Suitable for one person or a couple. Excellent deal in exchange for low-maintenance cat care.

Commute to San Francisco is also easy: close to freeway and bay as well as BART. Duck the high rent prices and live in the safest, quietest neighborhood in the East Bay (Albany, a one-mile-square annex of Berkeley)

You do not need a car to live here! Two blocks to shopping center with Trader Joe’s, BART, bus, post office, gym, public library, arthouse movie theater, every ethnic restaurant imaginable within 5 blocks. Wonderful neighbors on all sides.

Living room: stone fireplace, piano. Bedroom: big vine-covered window. 1 closet, plenty of dresser and chest of drawers space. Kitchen: state of the art Kitchen Aid stove and refrigerator, washer-dryer, dishwasher. Dining nook has big windows overlooking a private and beautiful back porch and garden with orange, fig, lemon, lime, pear and pomegranate trees. There are also roses, fuschias, jasmine, bougainvillea, and blooming passionfruit and datura. Gardening and lawn care are provided.

The house is full of artwork, books, and nice stuff that makes it very pleasant to live in, but I am not a fanatic about broken dishes, etc. It is a very relaxed and peaceful environment. My block is a real community of terrific neighbors who look out for each other and will welcome you.

The separate work studio in the back yard has skylights, French doors, and two big desks at either end; easily accommodates two people working. An idyllic space to work on an intensive project.

Utilities, internet, cable including HBO, garbage, and water are included.

I am offering this very special house at this lower rent for someone who will provide loving care for the house cat. The cat has a veterinarian who makes house calls on my tab in the event anything should happen (so far nothing ever has). She is gentle, healthy, indoor-outdoor (cat door, NO litter box to empty), low maintenance (only kibble and sprinkles), and only asks that you let her sleep on the bed. (Sleeps like a log and will not disturb your slumber.) If you welcome the idea, this place is for you.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
820 Sq. Feet
Suited for
2 people
Property Type


Available from Wednesday, August 1, 2018 until Sunday, December 23, 2018
Minimum Stay
5 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
possible to tweak August and December dates
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Albany
Postal Code - State or Province CA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Albany
Closest University U.C. Berkeley
University nearby Mills, UCSF

Rental Price:

USD 2850 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
$2850 security deposit required
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Shops
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Off Campus


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Piano
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other: only 4 steps front and back


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

  • Look after Pets
  • Care for Plants
  • Forward our Mail
Housesitting Comments
feed and care for cat; prestamped manila envelopes in the event a piece of mail needs forwarding

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I am a creative writer and scholar; I teach in the Goddard College graduate MFA program and am occasional senior lecturer in the U.C. Berkeley Rhetoric Dept. I am spending the fall 2018 academic term in London at the British Library, as I did in 2016 and 2017 on a Guggenheim Fellowship.



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