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Berkeley California 94703 United States of America

Listing # 103730

Rates From USD 4800 Monthly
Independent Scholar
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Comfy South Berkeley Home

Welcome to my comfortable 1906 home in South Berkeley. I have lived here since 1982 and raised my family in this great old house. This 2-story Edwardian has most of its original trim and woodwork. It’s solid redwood and plaster. The rooms have lots of natural light and most look out onto mature trees and secluded garden. Friends and visitors often tell me how much they enjoy being in my home. The entry—the mud room—leads into the living room and sitting room, with the kitchen toward the back. There are renovated wood floors downstairs and carpeting upstairs in two of the four bedrooms. The things that decorate my home are original artwork, travel treasures, and special gifts that I've collected over the years.

I have a year of successful hosting on sabbatical homes and four years of successful hosting on Airbnb. Feel free to read more about me and the house there. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2107785

The kitchen, laundry, bedrooms, and bath were all remodeled years ago. The kitchen is spacious, with an eating area, and has a brand new (Dec 2016) dual-fuel range with a convection oven, dishwasher, and lots of great cooking utensils. The countertops are granite tile, the floor is oak. The window looks out onto the garden, and the back door leads right out onto a large deck.

The kitchen adjoins the comfy sitting room (where the TV is located), which also opens onto the deck.

The living room has a grand piano, congas, a bass amp, and a variety of percussion instruments. There’s a wood burning stove in that room as well. I keep the table and chairs there and set up in that room for more formal dinners. Usually, meals happen at the round table in the kitchen, or out on the deck or garden, weather allowing.

The laundry is a separate room off of the kitchen next to the downstairs half-bath and is equipped with an on-demand water heater. The house has solar panels for electricity. There is a newly installed high-efficiency heating system (March, 2017).

The upstairs bathroom is spacious, and I’ve kept the vintage claw-foot tub, adapted with a large-head shower.

There are three (or four, depending) bedrooms, each with light on 2 sides. The two larger rooms face the back garden and have queen beds. The largest bedroom has a desk area that works well for office space. The other two face the front of the house and can be furnished with either one or two twin beds or one king bed, depending on the need. All the rooms have comfy, Keetsa foam mattresses.

The house is in South Berkeley, just a few blocks from the famous Berkeley Bowl Market. It's a 7-minute walk to the Ashby BART station, and AC Transit has a stop on the 15 line one block east. The neighborhood is very settled, yet lively. It's about a 15-minute walk to downtown and the main gate of the University. And getting to Oakland, with its popping arts and entertainment scene is easy on BART. A few more BART stops and you're in downtown San Francisco or the Mission District.

Pets are negotiable. No smoking inside.

Starting in spring of 2017, I will be living on the premises in my new tiny house, which is going up in the back yard. I'll post pictures as soon as it's more presentable. So, renters and I will be sharing the property and will work out how best to respect one another's privacy and enjoy the advantages of neighbors.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
1900 Sq. Feet
Suited for
6 people
Property Type


Available from Sunday, June 30, 2019 onward
Minimum Stay
1 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
I will give preference to stays between 3 and 12 months
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Berkeley
Postal Code - State or Province 94703 CA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords South Berkeley, Berkeley, University, BART, Ashby
Closest University University of California Berkeley
University nearby Universtiy of California San Francisco, Cal State San Francisco, Cal State East Bay

Rental Price:

USD 4800 Monthly

Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Walk To Campus
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Available for Short Term
  • Summer Term


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


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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About Member

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Independent Scholar Independent Scholar (working outside traditional academia) & Retired Academics
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Member Since Apr 1 2016
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I am a freelance writer and editor, mostly working in the field of criminal justice. I have co-written two textbooks in the field. I have consulted with a number of entities, including the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at Boalt Law School, UC Berkeley: the San Francisco Probation Department; and the National Partnership for Juvenile Services. I have relatives in Italy, where I travel as often as possible. I have also links to Cuba and Mexico. I speak Italian and some Spanish and French. I have hosted on Airbnb for almost 3 years and, as a result of those connections, have invitations to travel to many new places. I am a single mother of three grown children. My interested include dance, textiles, and cooking.


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REFERS TO LISTING # 103730 We rented the owner's house in South Berkeley for nearly three months. The house seems nice, but we experienced serious problems and inconvenience over its condition and over attitude and willingness to accept responsibility.

Response from lister: G. and his wife rented my house from January until March of 2017. This winter was an extraordinarily wet, cold, and difficult one here in the Bay Area. Many things went wrong this season, including the heating system in the house. I felt that I did everything possible to arrange for a new furnace to be installed as quickly as possible and to make my guests as comfortable as possible in the meantime. Despite my best efforts, the G.’s were not satisfied and wanted something more, they never said what. I have had four successful years of hosting on other sites, and most people love my house. I very much enjoy hosting families and guests from all parts of the world. I only hope that people are communicative, honest, and reasonable, as I feel I am.

Average Jeff 4/22/2017 3:48:00 AM