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Peaceful Artistic House - Shared Space - Berkeley
Peaceful Artistic House - Shared Space - Berkeley

Shared room

2 Guests

1 bed

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About this listing

My place is close to Downtown Berkeley, UC Berkeley campus, BART public transport, many great restaurants, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Freight and Salvage, movie theaters, shopping, parks, etc. You’ll love my place because of the unique decor, the natural surroundings, beautiful gardens and outdoor deck, peaceful neighborhood, comfortable bed, natural light and sunshine, excellent amenities, and great central Berkeley location. My place is good for solo adventurers, business travelers & couples.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3PM - 11PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Shared room


Extra people: £16 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: £403
Weekly Discount: 8%
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The space

This rental IS unique, with an artistic ambiance inspired by ancient civilizations and indigenous cultures. When you enter here you will know right away that you've come someplace special, and you will feel the peaceful energy. The house is set back from the street and surrounded by a secluded garden alive with many flowering plants and fruit trees. An outdoor deck with benches, tables and chairs allows you to enjoy eating, reading or meditating in the open air and sunshine. Inside the temperature never gets too hot, thanks to the design of the house, but there is central heating for those colder days and nights. A very comfortable queen-size futon bed with 100% cotton sheets and memory foam mattress pad is provided for guest in the living room. There are plush seating areas as well, and a small TV exclusively for guest use. In fact, the entire living room is exclusively for the guest's use. The host has his own bedroom, so host and guest sleeping areas are entirely separate, with two doors plus a hallway in between. Thus the guest has a great deal of privacy when compared to most other shared space listings on this site.

Guest access

Guest also has access to other shared common spaces in the house. These include an amazing bathroom with ancient Egyptian motifs, the dining area (which can double as a work area for your laptop or writing), and the kitchen, which guest can use except for cooking on the stove top or in the oven. However, the microwave can be used by guest, as well as coffee maker, tea pot, refrigerator, sink, blender, and designated cabinet space for storing food. The guest is also provided with a dresser and small closet for hanging clothes and storing other personal items, and these are for their use exclusively. Guest also has free laundry access to the washer and dryer, and an off street parking spot if needed.

Interaction with guests

The host is very familiar with the entire Bay Area, and happy to assist guests in recommending sites to see, places to eat and shop, ways to get around, etc. The host is also very proficient in Spanish, and somewhat proficient in French. The host is very respectful of privacy and the personal space of his guests, and looks forward to hosting people who will be equally respectful of him and his home.

The neighbourhood

The great thing about the neighborhood of this rental is that it is a very mellow, peaceful and safe residential area, yet it is quite close to downtown Berkeley and the UC Berkeley campus.

Getting around

Stores, restaurants, theaters, movies, gyms, health care, and public transport are all within easy walking distance of this rental. BART is 6 blocks away.

Other things to note

The host does his best to keep his home very clean and well organized. He asks that guests also do their best to clean up after themselves, whether in the kitchen, bathroom or elsewhere, and that they keep their personal items stored away in the areas provided for their exclusive use.
Regarding breakfast, guests are provided with natural juice, fresh fruit, plus gluten and lactose free cereal, oatmeal, and milk alternatives. Coffee and a variety of teas are also provided to guests.
**Please note that the host does not simultaneously book the shared space with bed and the private room bedroom for the same dates. Only one single guest at a time is booked for this house. The only exception to this policy is when two or three people are traveling together and want to book the private bedroom along with the bed in the living room. In that case they should contact the host with a detailed request and the host can respond with a special offer price if the dates are available.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 11PM

#1) Absolutely no smoking is allowed in the house, on the deck, or in the garden. Also, non-smoking guests are strongly preferred.
#2) No recreational drugs in the house or on property.
#3) No perfume, cologne, hairspray, or heavily scented body care products in the house. Host may ask guest to refrain from use of certain products if they are found to be problematic for his environmental sensitivities.
#4) Shoes and footwear must be left by the front door
#5) No candles, fires or open flames in the house or on property
#6) Guests may not use stove or oven, but they can use other areas and appliances in kitchen to store, prepare and reheat food.
#7) Guest must wash all dishes and kitchenware they use, and clean up after themselves in kitchen and bathroom.
#8) Guests are asked to keep their personal items in the designated closet, drawer and cabinet spaces, and to keep their area in good order, especially when going out.
#9) Guests may not bring other people into house or on property. Rental is exclusively for the registered guest.
#10) Guests are asked to not be too noisy - please be aware of sound levels when speaking on the phone, listening to music or TV.
#11) Guests are responsible to lock doors and windows whenever they go out. Gates must also be locked after coming in or going out.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

9 Reviews

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Lixue User Profile
March 2017
Great location.Jim is very kind.

Jeff User Profile
February 2017
Jim's home is an oasis of serenity within a busy city. The location is stellar; Jim keeps his home spotless; the bed was comfortable; and it was dead quiet.

Lilia User Profile
February 2017
Jim is an excellent host! I absolutely loved his place and its artistic beauty was very peaceful. Everything you need is within walking distance. I will definitely visit again.

Jingda User Profile
October 2016
Jim is very nice and warmhearted. With all the interesting decorations in the house, it feels like living in Egypt. Very unique experience.

David User Profile
October 2016
Jim was extremely welcoming and kind. His home is a beautifully curated realm of Egyptian artifacts and indigenous instruments. The cottage with garden setting is classic Berkeley and the location is ideal. All around fantastic experience and I would highly recommend it.

Jamal Alexander User Profile
October 2016
Jim is a warm and friendly host, and the accommodation is comfortable, clean, and inviting. The location is in a nice part of town, which is only a few blocks away from downtown's cafes and restaurants, and the university campus. I definitely recommend Jim and his artistic space.

Cypress User Profile
September 2016
I had a wonderful stay with Jim. His home is lovely, clean, and vibrant, filled with amazing art from indigeoinous cultures and his travels. The outdoor deck is a sweet bonus. He's a wonderful host, good communicator, and a fantastic person who cares deeply about creative work, music, ethnomusicology and human rights.

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Berkeley, California, United States · Joined in July 2016
Jim User ProfileJim is a superhost.

I am a professional artist and musician - composer, performer and ethnomusicologist. I've traveled to over 80 countries and have a great respect for the diversity of human cultures and traditions. As a new AIRBNB host myself, and having managed my own private vacation rental in Maui for over a decade, I understand and value the importance of being a clean, honest and respectful guest when staying in the home of someone else. I speak English and Spanish, as well as a fair amount of French, some Portuguese, and a bit of Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Oromo, Swahili, Nahuatl, Mayan, Hawaiian and Ancient Egyptian.

Response rate: 100%
(past 90 days)
Response time: within a few hours
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