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Cottage (ADU) in Thousand Oaks neighborhood of Berkeley, off Solano Avenue

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

Guest House | Entire Home
Available Dates:
From July 1, 2024 until July 1, 2025


This ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) was built in 2019, and in 2020 McDunn Construction and architect Steve Swearingen won the top award for ADU design and construction from NARI (remodelling association). The design is bright and open, with the bedroom separate with a door. It features skylight, 3 glass doors, high ceilings, and concrete heated floors. It is energy efficient, and located on the rear lot of a 1920's Spanish Mediterranean home. The street is one block from Solano Avenue, with little traffic. Thousand Oaks Neighborhood is at the foot of the Berkeley Hills, featuring many walking paths (over 200!) connecting to parks, and other neighborhoods. Bicycling in Berkeley is very convenient, with the Ohlone class 1 bike route minutes away, and other streets with dedicated bike lanes. El Cerrito BART station is a 20 minute walk, located next to El Cerrito Shopping Center, including Trader Joe's and other businesses.. The 18 bus runs every 20 minutes to Downtown Berkeley, and there is a commuter bus to SF as well one block away, operating during commute hours. Solano Avenue has many boutique shops, award-winning restaurants, 2 grocery stores, and parks and parklets (for outdoor eating). The City of Albany is 2 blocks away as well. A car is not necessary here, but parking off-street is negotiable. In general, it is not difficult to park on the street. The home is most suitable for a single person, and there is only one step if the tenant has mobility concerns. A couple could live here as well, though minimalists are most appropriate. The mid-century modern furnishings were all new when the property was completed and include sofabed, small table and 2 chairs, desk, bookshelves, platform bed with organic foam mattress and dresser. There is one closet which has storage shelves and built-ins.




440 ft2

Suited For

Property Type
Guest House


From July 1, 2024 until July 1, 2025

Minimum Stay

6 Months | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: I would like to rent this ADU (Cottage) for 1 year beginning July 1, 2024, but I am flexible re start date. I prefer at least 6 months.


Guest House in Berkeley, California, United States

Closest University

University of California, Berkeley

Nearby Universities
Saint Mary's College of California

Thousand Oaks

Nearby Cities

Albany | El Cerrito

Comments: Thousand Oaks is a quiet residential area, at the foot of the Berkeley Hills. It is walking distance to Solano Avenue shops and restaurants, close to public transportation, public parks, and schools. I

Explore the Area


  • Off Campus
  • 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 $3200 Monthly | Negotiable

Utilities are included

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: This ADU is located behind a main house, and it includes a landscaped private and secluded yard and garden. It was built and completed in June 2019. The builder received an award for BEST ADU of the year frojm a local organization,


The home is not suitable for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

Comments: The property is ideal for a single person who doesn't want a car, although parking in the area is not difficult. The street is one block long, has little traffic, and is generally very quiet. I





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Art Studio

Comments: I have an electric Casio keyboard for use if the tenant is interested. The ADU is small and simply furnished with sofabed, chair, bed, desk, bookshelves-all new in 2019, from Scandinavian designs and Joybird.


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