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Stylish & Modern Cottage with Sunny Deck near UC Berkeley

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

Guest House | Entire Home
Available Dates:
From August 1, 2024 until July 15, 2025


This efficient, contemporary, and bright unit is a separate building on a larger property, designed and built new. It has triple pane glass with enclosed blinds, a gas fireplace, as well as zoned radiant heat, a flat screen TV, tankless water system, vaulted ceilings with numerous skylights, and a generous sized deck, as well as access to your own washer and dryer. It comes fully furnished including kitchen ware and linens. It is made up of a general living space, one bedroom (queen bed), one bath, an office space with a daybed, and plenty of closet space. There is a very large furnished deck right off the main space and it is exclusive to the renter. It is perfect for a single or a couple. Just bring your clothes and a toothbrush. This home is two blocks from Berkeley, a little under 2 miles to Cal (about 5-6 min), and a short ride to San Francisco by BART or by car. Solano Avenue is a block away. It is a thriving business district, where you have everything you need: groceries, post office, banks, restaurants, bars, health clubs (including the Y), and shops of all kinds. There are numerous parks, and two public libraries. Go uphill and you enter Tilden Regional Park, that includes the little farm, the carousel, the steam trains, Lawrence Hall of Science, a swimming beach, and miles of nature trails. This city is also well known for its schools as well as things like community events and farmers markets. El Cerrito Plaza is a shopping center within walking distance, that includes a Trader Joes. Buses run within one block, and 2 BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations are within walking distance. Bike lanes run right in front of the house. Access to the San Francisco Bay is located at the end of the street next to Albany Beach and East Bay Park. The Bay Trail (a cycling trail that rings the bay) runs right through it. I-80 is a five minute drive and links to all major highways and bridges. Obviously a very high walk score. Since our climate is very mild...never really hot or cold...there is no reason for air conditioning or high energy bills. My husband and I live in a separate house up the stairs and are available at all times for help and advice. We have enjoyed hosting many academics and their families, and look forward to seeing people from all over the world. We welcome any questions about the home or our community that will provide more information and help with your decisions. We always respond promptly. (FYI...the home is deep cleaned before every tenant arrives, using approved products and methods).




650 ft2

Suited For

Property Type
Guest House


From August 1, 2024 until July 15, 2025

Minimum Stay

11 Months | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: We prefer 11 months, but will consider options especially within academic terms.


Guest House in Albany, California, United States

Closest University

University of California, Berkeley

Nearby Universities
San Francisco State University | California State University, East Bay | California College of the Arts (CCA)


Nearby Cities

Berkeley | Oakland | San Francisco

Comments: This is a fully detached cottage in front of the main house where we live. It could be for a single person, a couple, or someone with one young child.

Explore the Area


  • Off Campus
  • Walk to Campus
  • Bike to Campus
  • Urban
  • Architectural Gem
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Woods
  • Near Park
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Neighborhood School
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $3300 Monthly

Utilities are included

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: SOME not ALL utilities are paid. We pay water, sewer, and garbage...tenant pays for cable/internet and gas/electric. We receive the bill and provide you with the copy of the service. All utilities are separate from the main house.


Ask about the suitability of the home for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

Comments: It is not unsuitable for kids but space is limited. There is no bathtub. The private outdoor space is a sizeable deck. There is a daybed in the office, but no closet.





High Speed Internet



Cable or Satellite


Balcony or Patio



Temperature Control










Comments: This is a super safe and friendly neighborhood. We also live on the property. The cottage is totally private and detached from the main house. Parking is on the street directly in front. There is radiant heat in addition to a gas fireplace.


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Listing Owner

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