The SpaceOur home is warm, comfortable, and inviting. Small and cozy at about 950 sq. ft., it's one block away from and bordering El Cerrito. It's a wonderful place to call home during your stay and a great base from which to explore the gorgeous San Francisco Bay Area. Like many homes, it reflects the people who live here. Lots of art work, mementos, and books adorn our space! This is a safe, stable, diverse, and tolerant neighborhood with great neighbors, a wonderful mix of long-time residents and young families raising their little ones. I grew up here, so I know. People are frequently out around dinner time, taking walks, strolling with their children, or walking their dogs.
Depending on traffic and your specific destination, we are 15-25 minutes away by car from Berkeley, 20-30 minutes from Oakland, and 25-45 minutes from San Francisco. Ours is a safe neighborhood with friendly neighbors and ample street parking. And of course the nearby culture is abundant.
Some house details (please view all of our listing photos!): two bedrooms, queen bed in the main bedroom and a day bed with a trundle in the second room. The trundle raises up, so it can be pushed up next to the day bed to make a double bed. For longer stays the home is ideal for 2 people; for weekends and week-long stays the second bedroom gives capacity to sleep 3-4. There is an additional $7 per-night charge for a fourth person.
The kitchen was remodeled in 2012 and includes quartz composite (Caesarstone) counters, and new cabinets, sink, faucet, and range hood. We love our kitchen--it's light and sunny, cook-friendly and well-outfitted with all the pots, pans, knives, dishes, appliances, etc. that you'd ever need (well, in my judgement anyway!). There's a pretty new refrigerator (with icemaker) that we bought in July 2015. Gas stove (of course) with convection feature. Small convection oven on counter (with pizza settings!), along with a small microwave, Cuisinart food processor, small drip and French Press coffee makers, a Kitchen Aide mixer, and a VitaMixer. Oh, sushi mats to roll sushi if you're into that like we are.
The small and cute bathroom has a bathtub and shower. There's a 48-inch flatscreen in the living room. We don't have cable because the cost isn't worth it to us. We use an outdoor HD antenna and we get the local network and PBS channels all in High Definition. We have Wi-fi and DVD and CD players. And a Playstation 3.
We have a great backyard! You'll enjoy hanging out on the deck, eating, barbecuing, entertaining, and relaxing. There's an excellent gas Weber Genesis grill with a side burner, an outdoor heater, two comfortable chaise lounges, a gravity chair, benches all around, and two dining tables and a cafe table that combine to seat 12 plus folks. On the other end of the yard, under the protective shade of a big cedar tree, is a smaller circular slate patio area with a firepit and chairs. This is a nice place to repose when the heat is too much and the sun too glaring, or at night circled around a fire.
And then there's the garden. You can see in the photos that there's lots going on: lavender, roses, alstroemeria, salvia, borage, hydrangea and more. Our garden is blessed with bees, butterflies and birds Bulbs come out in the spring. In the corners of the yard's west end are the elderly regal cedar tree and a young Japanese maple. On the deck are potted plants, where we grow tomatoes, sage, basil, blueberries, and whatever the seasons allow.
Walk across the balcony/middle deck and take the stairs down to the lower deck and the raised bed garden. The gate on this (north) side of the house leads to a path bordered by a bamboo fence. Go around the corner, and walk one block to San Pablo Ave. for errands, travels, and adventures. Guest AccessGuests may access all rooms in the main house. The basement and the garage are not accessible. Interaction with GuestsBecause we make the entire house available, we are usually out of town when guests book our home. We leave a helpful Guest Guide with information about and recommendations for shopping, restaurants, activities, and fun things to do. That said, Paul will usually be available by phone or email. When he isn't, one of his adult sons or daughters will be reachable. Most likely one of them will be your concierge, will greet you and help you settle in. They live 1.5 miles away in the neighboring city of El Cerrito. The NeighborhoodThe Richmond Annex is known for being a safe, stable, diverse, and tolerant neighborhood with great neighbors, a wonderful mix of long-time residents and young families raising their little ones. I grew up here, so I know. People are frequently out around dinner time, taking walks with their children and walking their dogs. Getting AroundWe are located between the El Cerrito Del Norte and El Cerrito Plaza BART stations. It's a 22-minute, 1.1 mile walk to Del Norte and a 27-minute, 1.4 mile walk to the El Cerrito Plaza station. You can get to either station by taking the AC Transit 72 bus, for which there is a stop one block away. Other Things to NoteMolly is our neighbor's dog who lives behind us. Sometimes she barks if she happens to be sitting on her back stoop (which happens a few minutes a day) and you walk across our balcony while she's there.