The Hearst Avenue Residence

berkeley, california
2 bedroom - 1 bath
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$175 - $195 per night (USD)
excludes K&C fee and cleaning charges
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
Bedding
SLEEPS 7
1 king
1 sofa bed (double)
1 toddler bed
1 double air bed
Crib
sleeps 2
1 baby crib
1 travel crib

Perks for the Parents

This fun and colorful condo has a large leafy garden and great provision for younger children, and is across the street from a series of parks and playgrounds. Set up with a nursery bedroom ideal for babies and toddlers (with a crib/toddler bed) at the far end, once the youngsters are in bed, it’s easy to relax. The location is great for getting around Berkeley and also for visiting Oakland and San Francisco by BART. If you plan to bring work with you, there is an office with a room-length desk, laser printer, wired and wireless high-speed internet (118 Mbps), and a HDMI monitor you're welcome to make use of.

Why Kids Love it

This kid-centric pad includes a great back garden with strawberries, blueberries and an apple tree, plus a fun children’s bedroom stuffed with toys. The location is great - Berkeley and its university atmosphere is fun to explore, and there is a huge park, Ohlone Park, just across the street, where kids can ride bikes and play ball. A toddler seat and booster seat make dinner times easy, and the bathroom has a tub and shower. Toys include a small pirate ship that plays a song about the colors of the rainbow.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 2 days. Cabinets that need childproofing are secure. The condo shares only 1 wall with a quiet neighbor, who occupies the street-side studio unit. Rental includes the use of a flat-screen TV with Chromecast, a Blu-Ray player, and a stereo with Airplay. The chef’s kitchen includes a 6-burner Viking range, dishwasher, oven, fridge with icemaker, full contingent of pots and utensils, and enough spices to make a Zanzibari blush, plus a washer-dryer. Other beds may be available including an air bed - please consult with the host to confirm. The owners have a dog, who will be away during your visits.

About the Location

The residence is in Berkeley, 2 blocks from a BART station running to Oakland and San Francisco and a short walk from the Gourmet Ghetto, Downtown Berkeley, and 4th Street shopping / dining areas. It’s a central, quiet and sunny location that avoids college-town noise yet is still close to everything you need. Two markets are in walking distance as are 2 libraries (including the main branch); there are 3 movie theaters one can stroll to, plus a handful of music venues (including Freight & Salvage), museums, and playhouses. The closest airport is Oakland, about 25-minutes away by car.

Accommodation Details

This 2-bedroom, 1-bath 1200-square foot condo includes a chef’s kitchen, a lounge with garden views, a dining area and a bathroom with tub, showers and giant blue tentacles. The living space includes a piano. The master bedroom has a kingsize bed with memory foam mattress, the children’s bedroom has a crib/toddler bed (and can sleep up to 3 children) and there is a sofa bed in the lounge. The private outdoor space has a large, sunny deck, Weber gas grill, seating, a glider-swing, a full-size toddler swing, and plenty of space.

Style Notes

Family fun. This bungalow home has been decorated with spoils from the owners’ years of travel - masks from Borneo, tapestries from Laos, statues from Uganda, and large format photography of Scottish hairy cows and rainbow lorikeets. It's not all museum quality, however; they throw a bad art party every year and a few pieces have stuck to the walls. In general, they gravitate towards wooden furniture, colorful fabrics, and items that remind us to feel alive. We love the friendly ethos, the magical leafy garden and the superb kitchen.

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Zack K.
Member since September 22, 2016
I'm a writer, and a film geek, and a traveler, and — now — a father, too. My wife Madhavi is a marine biologist, directing coral reef preservation work, which unfortunately has yet to result in any exotic vacations for me. I remain hopeful. Our daughter is nineteen months old (as of this writing) and suffers from no lack of personality. When I'm not cooking, or parenting, or working, I'm writing and editing my cinema blog (standbyformindcontrol.com), watching weird and forgotten films, or dreaming of Sarawak, or Scotland, or South America — the one continent I've yet to make it to.

Berkeley, California

Spirit, culture and a green soul

Berkeley is a fantastic family holiday destination. Best known for its flower power and free speech 1960s vibe, as well as UC Berkeley, it's a great place to live and visit. Imagine: a city where walking and cycling are truly popular and safe ways to get around. A city where 'regreening' the urban area are key priorities. And that's before you mention the family-friendliness, the green spaces, the great food and the unique cultural attractions of the city. This is the site of juggling and unicycling festivals, a place with farmers' markets and kid-designed playgrounds, and all within half an hour of San Francisco. The USA's most liberal city is also one of its most liveable.