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Secluded & Private Cottage - Own Entrance - Work/Study from Home - 12 min walk to Berkeley Campus

Berkeley, California, United States

Listing #96600

House | Entire Home
Rates from USD $2975 | Monthly
Last Updated 82 days ago


This cozy and charmingly renovated Elmwood cottage, with its own separate entrance, is 10-12 minutes’ walk to UC Berkeley and conveniently close to Whole Foods, CVS Pharmacy, public transport, and the unique stores and cafes on Telegraph Avenue and College Avenue. The cottage is set back from the street, behind a majestic old house built in 1907. The Accommodation: • The cozy cottage is stylishly furnished and decorated, with vaulted ceilings, many windows – including greenhouse windows in the kitchen and bathroom – and a skylight. • Etched glass mirrors, hardwood floors, granite and marble tile in the bathroom; indirect “mood” lighting. • It’s small (400 sq ft) but cozy and charming, with efficient use of space – for example, there are storage drawers underneath the bed and recessed shelving. • It comfortably accommodates 1 person or a couple. On request, we can provide a fold-out bed for an occasional guest • The living room has a stylish sofa, chairs, coffee table and flat-screen TV. • There’s a small work desk. Internet/wi-fi is included with the rent. A printer/scanner can be provided. • The kitchen has a dishwasher, microwave, all cooking equipment, coffee maker, dishes, silverware, glassware, and utensils. • The bedroom has a queen-size bed; all bedding is included. • The bathroom has a full-size tub, over-the-tub shower, classic white Carrera marble tile walls, and even granite artwork in the floor. • On-site laundry facilities a few steps away. • One off-street parking space is available right outside the entrance. The Neighborhood: • 10-12 minutes' walk (5 blocks) from the UC Berkeley campus • Located in the Elmwood residential district, 1 block from Telegraph Avenue and 2 blocks from College Avenue. • Close to numerous interesting ethnic and specialty restaurants (Italian, Nepalese, Ethiopian, French, Burmese, Japanese, burgers, pizza, Thai, Chinese, Korean barbecue, a Subway), coffee houses, bookstores, vintage clothing stores, music stores, and student hangouts on Telegraph Avenue. Many nearby restaurants are offering take-out and some offer delivery. • A large CVS Pharmacy is one block away, and Whole Foods is 4 minutes by car or a 12 minute walk (5 blocks). • A Walk Score of 92 classifies it as a "Walker's Paradise" - you don't need a car for everyday errands. • Rent a car on an as-needed basis - Zip Car locations close by. Transportation: • Buses on Telegraph or College Avenues take you to downtown Berkeley, all 3 nearby BART stations (BART = Bay Area Rapid Transit), Oakland and San Francisco. • Freeway access is available either at Telegraph Avenue & 55th Street (about 2 miles) or Ashby Avenue (about 3 miles) from where you can drive to San Francisco, Oakland, Marin County & the Golden Gate Bridge, the coast and Carmel/Monterey, Napa Valley and the Sonoma wine country, and Lake Tahoe/Reno. • Twenty minutes driving (outside rush hours!) will take you to San Francisco across the Bay Bridge, or – if you take BART from any of the 3 nearby BART stations – it’s about a 20 minute ride to SF. Price • Our rate is all-inclusive. We pay the Berkeley business license tax, but it is not charged to you. Cleaning and disinfecting The cottage will undergo a deep cleaning and disinfection before a guest’s arrival, using the CDC guidelines. In addition to the CDC-standard cleaning, we use a BioSpray Surface Cleaner and Sanitizer system. Here’s a quote from their website: “The quick-drying BioSpray D2 removes residual moisture from surfaces and is recommended for use as a sanitizer on food processing equipment, dairy equipment, food utensils, dishes, silverware, glasses, sink tops, countertops, refrigerated storage, and display equipment and other hard nonporous food contact surfaces. Lab calibrated spray-and-shoot technology for more effective coverage, reaching inside even the smallest cracks and crevices, with better results than manual sprayers or wipes.” Also: “BioSpray D2 is a combination of isopropyl alcohol and a powerful quaternary ammonium compound.” It is a hospital-grade disinfectant and is “included on EPA list of disinfectants for use against SARS-COV-2 (Search EPA# 73232-1).” The fine print: • Maximum of 2 people (a very occasional extra guest is OK) • No smoking anywhere in or around the cottage! A Berkeley City ordinance prohibits it in multi-unit living spaces and common areas (there is another adjoining cottage). This policy applies to smoking of all kinds, including "vaping" (use of e-cigarettes). • No parties or loud noise – this is a quiet residential neighborhood, and we want to keep it that way. Quiet time is from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am. • Sorry, no pets.




400 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From January 23, 2021 until August 4, 2021

Minimum Stay

1 Month | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: 30 night minimum . A stay of 14-29 nights can be booked via Airbnb; see link belowbelow.


House in Berkeley, California, United States

Closest University

University of California - Berkeley

Nearby Universities
Pacific School of Religion, ELS Language Centers - Berkeley, Hayward State University

Comments: Elmwood Southside, South Campus, Telegraph Avenue


  • Off Campus
  • Walk to Campus
  • Urban
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $2975 Monthly | Negotiable

Utilities are included

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: Discounts negotiable for longer stays.


Ask about the suitability of the home for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available





High Speed Internet




Balcony or Patio

Dedicated Parking









Comments: Off-street parking; printer/scanner on request


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