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Beautiful 1+ bed house, separate garden work studio, 10 min from UC campus

Albany, California, United States
Rates from USD $3200 | Monthly

House | Entire Home | House Sitting Requested
Available Dates:
From August 17, 2024 until December 17, 2024


Duck the high housing prices and live in the safest, quietest neighborhood in the East Bay (Albany, a one-mile-square annex of Berkeley). Beautiful small house with separate work studio in private back garden 2.5 miles and 10 minutes from the U.C. Berkeley campus by rapid transit (BART) or bus. 820 sq ft total. Suitable for one person or a couple. Roommates a possibility, but the studio does not have its own bathroom. The main house has one separate bedroom; the living room sofa provides a second double bed for guests. AVAILABLE FOR THE BLOC August 17-December 15. Dates slightly adjustable. You do not need a car to live here! (But if you do, the driveway holds two more cars.) Two blocks to shopping center with Trader Joe’s, plus BART, bus, post office, gym, public library, park, every ethnic restaurant imaginable within 5 blocks on vibrant Solano Avenue. Wonderful neighbors on all sides. The back patio and garden is a private oasis. Commute to San Francisco is also easy: close to freeway and bay as well as BART. 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 plus washer-dryer and dishwasher. Dining nook has big windows overlooking a private and beautiful back porch and garden with fig, lemon, pear, apple, nectarine and pomegranate trees. There are also roses, fuschias, jasmine, bougainvillea, clematis, and blooming datura. Tenants are asked to do light watering twice a week. 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. The private back garden with its fruit trees is a joy. Using the Cornell U. Merlin app, I've identified over 20 bird species from the porch. (Binoculars and Audubon field guide provided.) All utilities, high speed internet, cable, garbage, and water are included. A special place at below market rent for the right person(s).




820 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From August 17, 2024 until December 17, 2024

Minimum Stay

4 Months | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: Start and end dates are flexible. Could be 3 months with enough lead time.


House in Albany, California, United States

Closest University

U.C. Berkeley

Nearby Universities
University of California, Berkeley | California State University, East Bay | University of California San Francisco

Solano Avenue Berkeley

Nearby Cities

Oakland | San Francisco

Comments: Berkeley, Albany (Berkeley annex), BART close, 2 blocks from vibrant Solano Avenue

Explore the Area


  • Off Campus
  • Bike to Campus
  • Suburban
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Woods
  • Near Park
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Neighborhood School
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $3200 Monthly | Negotiable

Utilities are included

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: $3200 refundable security deposit. Lower rates possible for responsible graduate students and international guests on a budget.


The home is not suitable for young kids

Ask about bringing pets

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

Comments: The house is suitable for a couple or a single person. The rental period is for fall term, August-December. only.

House Sitting

I am looking for help while I am away

I would like help with mail and deliveries

Collect and store mail.

I would like help with plants or garden

Listed rent is a reduction in exchange for watering of small porch plants, small back and front yards twice a week.





High Speed Internet





Balcony or Patio


Dedicated Parking



Temperature Control












Art Studio

Comments: 4 steps front and back. Garden office studio with skylights has no bathroom.


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