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Charming N. Berkeley 2-bdr Craftsman Near Shops & Dining w/ free parking

Berkeley, California, United States
Rates from USD $4900 | Monthly

House | Entire Home
Available Dates:
From September 1, 2024 until February 28, 2025


I’m a native of Berkeley, grew up in this house after my parents bought it in 1965, & now its proud owner. This is my family home where I live part-time with my teenager & our sweet rescue dog. I’m a healthcare professional & performing artist, have lived abroad & speak several languages to show for it, & all roads have led back to Berkeley for me. I'm delighted to share my home with guests. As for the house itself, it's quite the quintessential Berkeley home! Step into the front door of this authentic 1915 Craftsman & you’ll find a warm & inviting home base for your Bay Area adventures. All the rooms have a new coat of paint & the hardwood floors refinished to give the house a fresh feel. Much of the furniture & décor remain, from the Mid-Century nesting tables to the 70’s macrame lamp shade. So if you’re looking for a matchy-matchy hotel-like environment, this may not be for you. Yet if you’re desiring a space that’s charmingly bohemian & colorful & eclectic, with that cozy lived-in feel, my home is just your spot. And as an added bonus, throughout the house there are all sorts of quirky touches. *Master Bedroom: occupies the entire second floor, sunny, with queen bed and office nook. Please note, no bathroom in this room, yet there is a sink. *Front Bedroom: main floor, sunny, two twin beds, adjacent to the full bathroom, and on the same level as the living room, TV room, & kitchen. The garage & one bedroom are unavailable to guests. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the appliances you’ll need to cook your meals for dining either at the Mid-Century kitchen table or al fresco in the backyard. There is one TV in the cozy space next to the living room, which is aptly called “The TV Room”. With the use of the Roku, relax on the futon couch as you enjoy any of 100 broadcast channels via the Xfinity Streaming app or your favorite streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu via your personal sign-in. There’s even a small collection of DVDs (remember those?!) for your viewing pleasure. The spacious backyard has a table & chairs for outdoor dining, & the sunny front porch is the perfect spot for afternoon tea. There are two meyer lemon trees with fruit available to pick. The neighborhood is one of the most desirable in Berkeley. Stroll around the walkable residential streets, or venture up into the nearby hills where you may just come across a magical hidden path. On Solano Avenue just 2 blocks away you'll find everything you'd ever need or want. And there's a potential historical landmark nearby! The elementary school just 1 block away -- aptly called Thousand Oaks Elementary -- may just be renamed "Kamala Harris Elementary" someday because that's where she attended, at the same time as me & my siblings. A 5 minute car ride away is the Gourmet Ghetto, featuring the world-famous restaurant Chez Panisse along with the very first Peet's Coffee on the planet & a variety of other delights. Another five minutes drive from there is Downtown Berkeley & the famous Telegraph Avenue as well as UC Berkeley campus. Our block has a friendly & quiet vibe. Neighbors know each other & there’s an annual block party. Most folks are couples in their 60s & older, & a few young families as well. Because of this, please no parties of any kind, & please no one in the house other than the reserved guests. And please refrain from parking in front of neighbors' homes. People are very protective of their parking spots! Also, I will pop by every 1-2 weeks to get mail from the outside mailbox or something from the detached garage, & will respect your privacy. Infrequently I may need to go into the house and will do at a time convenient for you. For 99.999% of the time, you'll have the house to yourself. Additional House Rules: *no pets/animals in the house at all (sorry no exceptions) *no smoking or vaping *shoe-free house -- it's fine to wear slippers/flip flops indoors, just no street shoes




1,875 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From September 1, 2024 until February 28, 2025

Minimum Stay

2 Weeks | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: For stays longer one month or longer, I may need to pop in occasionally to retrieve something from the storage areas or to show the house to a prospective renter. I'll work with you to find a convenient time


House in Berkeley, California, United States

Closest University

University of California, Berkeley

Nearby Universities
San Francisco State University | Saint Mary's College of California | John F. Kennedy University | Berkeley City College | Merritt College | Samuel Merritt University | Laney College | College of Marin

Thousand Oaks in North Berkeley

Nearby Cities

Orinda | Oakland | San Francisco | Richmond | San Rafael | Albany | El Cerrito

Comments: Situated in the beautiful Thousand Oaks neighborhood, my home is in the best of both worlds. The residential streets are tranquil & walkable, and just two blocks away is bustling Solano Avenue

Explore the Area


  • Off Campus
  • Bike to Campus
  • Urban
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Historic Home
  • Architectural Gem
  • 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 $4900 Monthly

The cost of utilities can be discussed

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: I pay for WIFI & garbage & monthly gardening of the front and back yards. I ask for tenants to cover a portion of the gas, electric, and water usage. That rate depends on a couple of factors including your length of stay.


Ask about the suitability of the home for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

Comments: Side drive has room for 2-3 cars, & unlimited free parking on street in front of house. The house is suitable for babes in arms (there's a Graco pack 'n play) or children over 4 years old. The house is not baby-proofed or toddler-proofed.




Baby Furniture





Balcony or Patio


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Comments: Central heating with floor vents in every room, and ceiling fans in both bedrooms for temperature control. The house has two meyer lemon trees with fruit available to pick!


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Trust Score (7)
Individual Outside of Academia
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