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Camie Bontaites

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Sunny 3br, 1 1/2 bath Berkeley Home

Berkeley, California, United States

Listing #114912

House | Entire Home
Rates from USD $5500 | Monthly
Last Updated 20 days ago


Our Victorian-style home is located conveniently close (but not too close!) to freeway, within a 7-minute drive/15 minute bike ride to the UC Berkeley campus. We're in a quiet neighborhood, across the street from an elementary school. The house is set back from the street behind a fence and young redwood, so when we are on our 2nd/3rd floor (we are the top half of a duplex) we feel like we are in a treehouse. Our cozy library has comfy chairs and a built-in window seat spanning one side of the room. Our light-filled bedroom has an upright cabinet grand piano and a queen bed; the 2nd bedroom has bay windows with stained glass borders, a wall-to-wall closet and double bed; and the third bedroom is our “skylight room” in the attic with three large skylights, a twin bed and small play area, and a separate area with a couch and tv for lounging. The main floor features hardwood floors throughout, 1 ½ baths, and an open kitchen/dining room for fun entertaining or quiet family dinners (including a new “nest”- a raised alcove that serves as the kids’ reading nook). A new heating system was just installed. New solar panels provide electricity for the entire home. In the spacious backyard are a large outdoor seating area and fire pit beneath apple and avocado trees, a secluded vegetable and flower garden with irrigation system for easy care, and long picnic tables under tropical palms and cacti strung with lights, next to the outdoor grill area with running faucet - this is our favorite place to host friends for feasts and music (our friends say it's their favorite place, too). There is a rustic water tower that serves as our outdoor office for most of the year when it's warm out; it is a perfect retreat for a writer, scholar or musician. There is a basketball hoop, swing, 12 ft climbing wall on the back of the water tower, trapeze with acrobat mat, and ping-pong table and bicycles in the garage (as well as plenty of storage space) for the whole family to use. New addition: chickens! Fresh eggs every day. We are within walking distance to the Ohlone Greenway bike and walking trail, Aquatic Park, trendy 4th street shops, San Pablo grocery stores and restaurants, and the amazing Franklin Brothers Market on the corner (owned by a local couple) - if they don’t already carry what you need, they’ll get it in stock! This is a highly desirable neighborhood for commuting to and from Berkeley, Palo Alto and SF as the freeway and BART and trans-bay bus service are minutes away, and the rents are more reasonable. We co-own the house with our dear friend who lives in the apartment downstairs. An old high-school friend, Jonathan is known as “Uncle” to our kids, and is quiet, easygoing, helpful, and lovely to be around. We take care of the house together, and share the driveway and large yard (though he is rarely there, as he works long days and has his own private side yard). Our neighbors on all sides are quiet and friendly. Optional: our 13-year-old cat Bimini is amazingly sweet and snuggly, and past sub-letters have all loved having her with them, but she can head downstairs to live with Jonathan if you prefer. $5,500, utilities and internet included. If you care for our cat and chickens we will take $100 off rent each month (plus, you get a steady supply of fresh eggs!). References, rental contract, one month’s advance rent and security deposit are required. Dates can be altered slightly - we are still finalizing our next year's plans, and can try to make it work if you need a little wiggle room on either end - we are well-aware how challenging it is to find the right home for exactly the right dates!




1,500 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From July 1, 2021 until August 1, 2022

Minimum Stay

1 Day | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: Start and end dates have some flexibility. We know how hard it is to make a year-long plan!


House in Berkeley, California, United States

Closest University


Nearby Universities

Comments: West Berkeley - Poet's Corner


  • Bike to Campus
  • Urban
  • Architectural Gem
  • Near Park
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Neighborhood School
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $5500 Monthly

Utilities are included

A cleaning service is not included


The home is suitable for young kids

Ask about bringing pets

Smoking is not allowed

Ask about the availability of a car





High Speed Internet





Dedicated Parking














Comments: Parking in our driveway, shared with one person.


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Camie Bontaites user icon

Camie Bontaites

Member Since 2017

Trust Score (10)
Independent Scholar or Retired Academic