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New Keurig coffee to start your day. We provide water and nosh to welcome you to Albany! We do not provide breakfast, but you are welcome to use the kitchen to prepare any meals. We do not discount for long term rentals. You will be staying in a room in our home with our family. There is a dedicated hall bath for the exclusive use of the airbnb guests(we have two rooms so sometimes it's shared and sometimes it's private) We have 2 cats. The cats come in and out and are not allowed in the guest rooms, but if you are not a cat lover, you may feel more comfortable staying somewhere else. Our family lives in the house and for the most part it's a pretty quiet stay, we try to honor a quiet-zone from 10pm-8am, but there may be some noises from a guest returning from a dinner at 11pm or another adult fixing themselves some breakfast at 7:30am. We have some ear plugs in the bathroom with other free amenities if you need them. There is no microwave or coffee pot, although we do have a french press.
This home was completed in February, 2008. It is all new construction with lots of green improvements. You'll be greeted with a tour of the home and a tutorial on how to use our keyless entry system. In your room, you’ll find maps and guidebooks of the area.
Sleep comfortably with a high quality mattress, comforters and pillows, extra blankets and throws/quilts. This is a quiet family neighborhood with plenty of street parking.
There is no daily maid service, the room and bathroom are cleaned for your arrival and after you leave, we do not charge a cleaning fee or require a deposit.
Enjoy house privileges and use of all of our equipment and supplies, including:
-the house is not heated during the summer and when the heat is on during the day it's never set above 68, so if you need it warmer, please wear a sweater.
- A living room with parlor grand piano, comfortable seating.
- A spacious dining room with seating for 10. The French doors open up to a large back deck.
- A well-organized, fully equipped kitchen with a Viking 6 burner oven/stove, fridge, stainless steel pots and pans, utensils, serving dishes, wine glasses & corkscrews, a blender & food processor, spices and cooking oils/vinegars, with an extra large island for food prep. We don’t drink coffee, but Starbucks and Peet’s are less than a mile away. Please leave the kitchen as clean as you found it. There is NO microwave. We have a french press coffee maker.
- A laundry room with front loading washing machine and dryer.
THE COMFY SINGLE ROOM is located on the 1st floor of the house. There is an antique twin bed frame(new mattress), an armoire and closet space, pillows. comforters and a dedicated airbnb hall bath (shower, no tub)
The tankless water heater saves energy by not storing 30-50 gallons of hot water, but instantly heating it and sending it to you (takes about 30sec to flush out the cold water, but on the upside is that you never run out of hot water while showering). We support recycling and composting and will happily explain how it works.
This quiet neighborhood with tree-lined streets makes it a pleasure to walk to nearby shops and walking paths (ask about them). The house is located just 3 blocks from Solano Ave where there is plenty of retail shopping, groceries, restaurants etc. It’s also short walk to El Cerrito Shopping Center and a mere 3 miles to CAL (University of California, Berkeley). You may also want to explore Tilden Park, the Gourmet Ghetto, or the Berkeley Marina.
El Cerrito Plaza BART is .8 miles away. We are a 20-30 minute BART trip to downtown San Francisco. For those renting a car, there is plenty of street parking.
Check-in is anytime after 4 pm; late-night check-ins are fine. With prior arrangement, we may be able to accommodate early drop off of luggage. At check-in, we will meet you, explain how the keyless entry system works, tour the bathroom and learn about our tankless water system and show you to your room.
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If allergies are a concern, I should warn that we have two indoor/outdoor cats.
There is no smoking in the house or on the property.
We have 2 cats that are indoor/outdoor; so if you open the door and they race out, no problem... it's their choice;-)
We offer keyless entry, when you arrive we'll show you how to have access to the house when we are not home.
We have access to the kitchen for preparing your own food, we just ask that you clean up after yourselves.
It was my first and a good experience with the Airnb. It´s a nice home located very close to Berkeley and very easy to park and exit to the freeway. Unfortunally I could not stay more time to know better Bobbi and her husband because of my vacations. Thanks Bobbi and Cory.
Bobbi met me upon arrival, showed me the room, kitchen (no microwave), and how to operate the keyless entry system.
The neighborhood is very pleasant and quiet. Parking is easy. It is close to shops and restaurants and not too far from the freeway system.
The room was small but perfectly adequate for my needs.
When I arrived her house, she went out to welcome me. She was very nice on everything including the snacks in the room.
Bobbi is a nice host and tries her best to make you feel comfortable during your stay. She picked me up from Oakland Airport as I arrive there, which was very nice of her. Bobbi and her families live in the house and they try to insure your privacy. The house itself is quiet and peaceful and so is Albany as well. The BART station is around 10-15 minute walk away so you can easily access to Frisco.
One thing can be a problem is that the room's slightly cold at late night. There's an electric blanket in a drawer, so you can use it if you feel cold. I enjoyed my stay here!
I appreciate the feedback. One morning I awoke to find the front door wide open, which of course would have cooled the house down right quick. I wasn't sure it was open because someone left early that morning or if someone had not quite closed it when they came home the previous night.
Bobbi and family were always available for answering questions and providing information and support. The room has a adjacent bathroom with a wonderfully strong shower. The neighborhood is close to many different shopping options and restaurants. And is in a quiet and relaxed setting. Plus there is a fruiting tree in the back!
I was met at the station and I was given explicit directions for trips that I required. BART tickets was well organised for me and Cory drove me to get the tickets. Maps were handy as well.
Bobbie and her husband are very welcoming and helpful hosts! (Coming from a big city myself I expected the BART to run throughout the whole night, which it actually does NOT! Therefore, at my arrival they offered to pick me up at the airport at midnight for $50, which was a great relief for me! Also did I really appreciate the possibility to store my suitcase in Bobbie’s office while I was running some errands before I left! Thanks a again!!!)
Albany is a very nice and safe neighborhood with easy access to public transport! I had a lovely time in the cozy twin bedroom (provided with some material about the bay area) and enjoyed the spacious bathroom - both clean and welcoming - and finally I could sleep deeply in the cozy twin bed - oh yes, it is cozy! All in all the perfect place and hosts to stay at when you want to check out the area!
Thank you two!
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A proposito dell'host, Bobbi
My husband and I have been married for almost 3 decades. He is a software developer(who works from home) and I work at a church. We've been in the bay area for almost 2 decades; he's originally from LA while I was born here, but grew up in the Monterey Bay Area.