The yard after walking in the gate with your cottage at the back.
Bamboo Bungalow in Berkeley
Bamboo Bungalow in Berkeley
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
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This back yard cottage is in a central Berkeley neighborhood. It's walking distance to transportation, fantastic food markets, and treasures like UC Berkeley and hills for hiking.

The space

You get your own private cottage, that opens onto a sunny yard, for a reasonable price (i believe) . But please read on as there are some unique features that may not be for everyone:
1. While you have a private and dedicated toilet in the cottage, this does not have a traditional "bathroom." The toilet itself is divided from the room with a shoji screen (see picture--when booked for one person only i usually leave the screen in storage).

2. The shower is outdoors (see pics). Additionally, I am still putting the finishing touches on some of my yard, including the shower floor. Many guests tell me that the outdoor shower was the best part of the space!

In 2014 the cottage was totally remodeled with bamboo floors, recessed lighting, and a custom black walnut "lunch" counter. The door and two windows are south facing, so there can be plenty of light, but I also installed top/down bottom/up shades to let in all the light you want or make it pitch dark for relaxation and sleeping in. The cottage opens to the newly landscaped yard with tan flagstone throughout, an outdoor table, and sun umbrella. Despite being in the city it is very well insulated and thus surprisingly quite at night (in my opinion).

The space itself is small, about 20 by 10. Other than the bed and the stools at the counter there is no where to lounge inside. But outside you have reclining chairs and a picnic table.

I have had some folks complain of ants. I live on the same property and while ants can be a nuisance during certain times of year, i have no issues if i can keep thing clean or spray or wipe down an occasional ant.

"Kitchenette" includes toaster oven, hot plate, coffee maker, mini fridge and some basic cooking supplies.

I do have a dog. He is super friendly, and great protection. He is in the yard part of the day but not always.

I always tell people I have a house full of stuff I"m happy to share if there is something that's needed.

Interaction with guests

It just depends on how much we are around, and also what you prefer. Sometimes you will have the yard to yourself all of the time, other times me and my boys could be around bbqing or playing ping pong. I certainly like to say "hello" if I see you and see how your day is going.

Other things to note

1. Outdoor Shower ONLY (see pics)
2. Toilet is in the cottage but free-standing in a corner, not in a separate bathroom
3. My property has ants. If the unit is kept clean it should not be a problem but certain times of year they are relentless--I just don't believe in spraying my whole property to kill them all

Free parking on premise

Extra people £8 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee £33
Security Deposit £117
Weekly Discount: 5%
Weekend Price £65 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

--No smoking anywhere on property
--Basic Courtesy with things like hours and noise
--Only guests registered through Air B and B

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Dog(s) live in the house


3 nights minimum stay

141 Reviews

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Rachel User Profile
February 2017
A really nice place to stay! Jesse is very friendly; offered me insights already before I arrived and then helped me on many things; let me borrow his great bike, washing utensils, etc. The bungalow is very lovely, and the outside shower very convenient and lovely. The nearby Ashby BART station might not be the best place to dwell; I was held up by gunpoint on my way from there to the bungalow, though all people and police say this is normally really not happening in the area at all. There were some ants in bungalow that appeared when I had left sth edible on the kitchen board – they did not move anywhere else though so that was really no issue. The only thing that may be a slight issue is that there was an odd odour in the place; I still don’t know whether it is a particular type of laundry product or some smell from the dog that roams around in the backyard. Overall this was also only a very minor issue; the odour was only very slight. These last points should not deter anyone: It was a great place to stay; close to the centre, very lovely bungalow and a nice atmosphere!

Lior User Profile
May 2016
Jesse was very accommodating with all our requests. The room was very cosy and comfortable. Like everyone else we enjoyed the outdoor shower and being able to sit outside and use the garden. Really easy to get into San Francisco. Would definitely recommend.

Peter User Profile
April 2016
The bungalow consists of one small room but contains everything I needed. It is close to Ashby BART station yet surrounded with a quiet neighbourhood. Very quickly I felt at home there. Having a shower outdoors was such a refreshing start to the day, I miss it already! Jesse was very friendly, attentive and always ready to help.

Patricia User Profile
February 2015
Jesse was a great host, very helpful! The bungalow is even nicer than the photos show and I loved having the chance to experience life in Berkeley for a week. The outside space was lovely and I only wished my schedule had allowed me to enjoy it more. I would definitely recommend the bungalow to anyone.

Ben User Profile
November 2014
Jesse's bamboo bungalow was delightful, with everything we needed. It's a lovely garden, in a nice, quiet neighbourhood, with easy access to the bart station. Jesse was really friendly and extremely helpful, doing laundry for us and offering us rides to and from the bart station. Also, Rufus is a great dog. Would definitely stay again, highly recommended.

Phil User Profile
October 2014
The bungalow was a very nice and simple place to stay for the week, everything you need. Jesse was a good host and everything went smoothly. Would recommend.

Ellen User Profile
October 2014
Enjoyed my stay. The bungalow is spacious with a nice little kitchen. Loved the chocolates on arrival, and really appreciated the lift to help with all my luggage at the end. Fantastic location as well.

Berkeley, California, United StatesJoined in April 2013
Jesse User Profile

I have lived in Berkeley all my life and hope to share my love of my hometown with guests. I guess I just never felt the need to leave. I"ve travelled extensively, especially in Spain, where my dad's family is from, and playing ultimate frisbee years ago took me to Japan, Thailand, England and all over the U.S. I also speak Spanish and Catalan (to dome degree!).

I have two teenage boys, with one off to college now. I love to exercise and play sports, to study the human body and nutrition, and to garden. I recently underwent a career change after years in the specialty foods business; I now work as a fitness and nutrition coach. The fitness training I do is rooted in neuroscience. When not with my boys I'm usually hanging out with my long time girlfriend, either at her house or here in Berkeley. I spent a majority of my 20s and 30s as if I was a professional ultimate frisbee player (that is I put in the time but didn't get paid!). Back then I also studied English at UC Berkeley and SF State.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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