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Berkeley oasis! 2 bd + ofc, hot tub, great yard; walk to shops, restaurants

Berkeley, California, United States
Rates from USD $3300 | Monthly

House | Entire Home | House Sitting Requested
Available Dates:
From June 15, 2024 until September 15, 2024


I'm seeking a responsible individual or couple (child OK too!) to rent my home in a great neighborhood in North Berkeley, one of the safest and quietest parts of town. The property includes a large outdoor living area that is leafy and private -- a sanctuary. The house is a sweet, two-bedroom 1922 Craftsman Bungalow cottage with original built-in cabinets, windows, and hardwood floors. The vibe is warm, cozy, and welcoming. The living room, with windows looking onto the landscaped front yard, flows directly to the dining area, with a solid wood table and chairs, cabinets, and windows looking onto the side garden. The kitchen includes the usual appliances plus some extras, like a combo microwave, air fryer, and convection oven. Top-line washer and dryer. The main bedroom has a high-end queen bed, dresser, closets, and wall-mounted SmartTV. The office (second bedroom) is lined with bookshelves. The bathroom connects the two rooms and has a shower/bathtub, cabinets, etc. I’ve built out the backyard to be a beautiful, peaceful extended living space that includes a large hot tub; a library (former garage) with hardwood floors, a writing desk, a couple thousand more books, and French doors; a large gazebo on the main deck outside the kitchen and office; a second patio area with table and umbrella; and a plant-lined curving path (stone pavers) that leads to the locking gate. The backyard has flower beds, a groundcover lawn, maples, and fruit trees, including Meyer lemon, lime, pineapple guava, and “fruit salad tree,” which is half plum and half apricot (!) -- a graft created for this region. I have two cats (siblings), and it's important to me that they’re well cared for. We can talk about specifics. They’re indoor-only, well-behaved, active (three years old), hilarious, and loving. I've set the rent, which otherwise would be around $4,400/month, low because I want as many tenant options as possible to ensure good care for the kitties! Other details of the house: - Off-street parking with a small sloped driveway made of pavers - Public transit within walking distance in all directions - Great wifi and printer/scanner etc. - Small under-house area to store suitcases etc. - Very friendly neighborhood I pay for: - A monthly housekeeper (she knows the house) - $100 - 75% of the twice-monthly gardener - I pay $150/month - All pet food, any vet visits, new toys, etc. You pay for: - Basic utilities (gas/electric, water, wifi) - Contribution (25% of cost) to the gardener (you would cover $50/month) - DirectTV if you want it (it’s currently set up to activate) About me: I’m a writer and the founder of a literary festival in Berkeley (Bay Area Book Festival) that I directed for nine years. Hence the many books in the house, library/writing studio, and Little Library in the front yard! I’ve moved to Paris, am renting out my home, and can't yet take the cats with me. So you would get to enjoy them for a while. Co-managing the rental in summer 2024 is Djuna Harper, the current tenant, who came to the house through Sabbatical Homes in January 2024. She is available to show the house if you are in Berkeley.




1,000 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From June 15, 2024 until September 15, 2024

Minimum Stay

2 Months | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: If you're interested at all, get in touch -- we're quite flexible!


House in Berkeley, California, United States

Closest University

University of California, Berkeley


North Berkeley/Thousand Oaks

Nearby Cities

Oakland | San Francisco | El Cerrito

Comments: Warm, welcoming decor. Beautiful backyard with gazebo, patios, deck, large hot tub, separate library/office. Safe. friendly, walkable area with restaurants, shops, markets a couple of blocks away. Public transport nearby. Great neighbors!

Explore the Area


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

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $3300 Monthly | Negotiable

The cost of utilities can be discussed

A cleaning service can be discussed

Comments: Tenant pays basic utilities and 25% of twice-monthly gardener (which would be $50). I cover monthly housekeeper if desired; I cover pet costs. Rent is reduced well below market rate because of pet care.


Ask about the suitability of the home for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

Comments: My two indoor cats will stay; thus no other pets are allowed. Home is best for single person or couple. Absolutely no smoking either indoors or outdoors.

House Sitting

I am looking for help while I am away

I would like help with my pet(s)

Two beautiful, loving, funny indoor cats, 3 years old. The tenant must love cats and have experience with them. I pay for food and other supplies.

Comments: Gardeners come every other week, but feel free to plant flowers, etc., in the beds. I'll have mail forwarded, but please pick up and inform me about anything that slips through.





High Speed Internet



Cable or Satellite



Balcony or Patio


Dedicated Parking



Security System









Comments: Reader's and writer's oasis! Thousands of good books in house and in a backyard library/writing studio. Large hot tub. One bedroom (queen) + second bedroom or office; good size kitchen; safe, helpful, engaged neighborhood.


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