The SpacePeace and ataraxia at the end of a long day is so important, especially while traveling!
The room has two doors, one that leads into rest of the house, and the other exits to the garden if you prefer a more discreet entry and egress. This bedroom is smallish, but quite comfortable, and nestled in the back of the house, far from any commotion. Equipped with an IKEA PS Håvet sofa bed that comfortable fits two grown adults (and also your kid or puppy, if that's how you roll :-). There is ample closet space, WiFi internet is available, and it is next to the shared bathroom. Guest AccessThere is a common front living room with great views of the Berkeley Hills, two comfy couches, and dining area. The kitchen is also communal, but my roommates door is adjacent to the kitchen, so limit noisy hanging out time in the kitchen to 9 AM - 9 PM.
Backyard has a table and reclining chairs which is a lovely spot to enjoy your morning coffee, or evening cocktail, surrounded by bushy fruit trees, and listening to the neighbors' chickens clucking.
Garage (Basement) has laundry machines at your disposal, and additional space if needed for work or storage. Interaction with GuestsI work a day job so am not available most days till evening. However, I would love to show you around the town when I'm off, or stay in and enjoy a mean together. The NeighborhoodAlbany is a really lovely town! I am very happy to live here and welcome you to experience all that Albany, CA has to offer!
The little hill:
Three blocks behind my house rises the oddly placed Albany Hill which helps to put Albany on the map, and provides spectacular views of the whole area. A hike to the top won't take long and will help you grasp a lay of the land as you gaze upon San Francisco, the Golden Gate bridge, the Marin Headlands, Angle Island, Richmond, El Cerrito, University of California in Berkeley's campus with the iconic clock tower, downtown Oakland, and the new Bay Bridge. I go up there often with my dogs and often times see a flock of wild turkey, and have on a rare occasion seen deer, migratory birds, and raccoons.
Crawling distance to some great bars that have been pillars in the community for decades, but have also kept up with the times and offer a hip and modern refuge. Hotsy Totsy, Club Mallard, and the Ivy Room are the best, brightest, and closest of the bunch, each with it's own flavor of fun and funky. If you're interested we can discuss this more ;-)
Really good and really diverse! Nepalese, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, deep dish pizza, sushi, Nicaraguan, India, dim sum, ramen, fusion, BBQ, vegan, seafood, burgers, French, Hawai'ian, cafes, and food trucks. I think there is another section where I can give more specifics on who, what and where, which I'll put some good effort into!
Artsy movies at the Albany Theater on Solano Ave. and more mainstream movies at the El Cerrito Theater on San Pablo Ave. There is a karaoke bar in the ECP, Albany Bowl has bowling lanes open late, and the Golden Gate Fields hosts horse racing (be sure to check on $1-Sunday deals!) Live music can be found at several local bars, as well as a stand-up comedy, and amateur performance nights.
Hikes and bikes along the bay trail and numerous parks to explore. Bikram yoga studio on San Pablo, Bridges Climbing Gym behind the little hill, Judo dojo on San Pablo, and pick-up soccer, pickle ball and kick ball at the East shore state park in Berkeley most nights of the week. Also, water sport rentals (such as sailboats, SUP, kayaks, etc.) at the Berkeley Marina, located at the end of University Street.
This is very small town which has it's own police force who patrol the area often. The police station is just three blocks away at the corner of Adams and Buchanan. There is also an active neighborhood watch that has daily email updates (not just something set up in the 1980s and never thought of again). Getting AroundPublic transit:
I live 1/2 mile from a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station. The El Cerrito Plaza (ECP) BART has car and bike parking which is well lit and well patrolled. From ECP it is two stops to get to downtown Berkeley, six stops to downtown Oakland, and eight stops to San Francisco. Buses go along all major roads in the bay area are quite frequent and convenient (AC Transit, and WestCAT). From where I live there is easy access to the San Pablo Avenue bus (routes 72, 72M & 72R), the Solano Ave. bus (route 18), and UC Berkeley buses (52 & 800).
Getting to San Francisco:
By train it is a half hour to SF, there are also trans-bay buses on Pierce Street (the L and LC bus routes), and for a leisurely ride, I highly suggest the ferry which departs from Jack London Square in downtown Oakland, and one on Alameda Island.
Very close to the San Francisco Bay Trail that runs along the shores of the the east bay with numerous parks, bird sanctuaries, and splendid views the whole way. There is the paved multi-use trail that runs under the raised BART tracks from Berkeley to Richmond. Also, throughout Berkeley and Oakland there are several roads considered "bicycle boulevards", which are are streets with low motorized traffic volumes and speeds, designated and designed to give bicycle travel priority. Other Things to NoteThere are two dogs who live in the house and have free-range of the common areas during the day when humans are out of the house. It is best to keep you door closed when you are not at home otherwise they will go in and investigate.
If you have any fears of dogs this is not a good fit for you as they are quite unavoidable. Also, we keep a clean house, but if you have dog allergies, staying here will not be very comfortable for you.
On the flip side - if you love dogs and want to come home greeted by kisses and like to scratch ears, play tug of war, or snuggle with a little furry guy - you are in luck! We have that in great supply, and love to share it!