The SpacePrices for this room range from $50 (slow time of year) to a maximum of $95 (busy time of year). There is no microwave. We have a Keurig coffeemaker to start your day. We provide water and nosh to welcome you to Albany! You are welcome to use the kitchen to prepare any meals. You may use one shelf in the fridge. We do not discount for long term rentals. You will be staying in a room in our home with our family. There is a dedicated hall bath for the exclusive use of the airbnb guests(we have two rooms so sometimes it's shared and sometimes it's private) We have 2 cats. The cats come in and out and are not allowed in the guest rooms, but if you are not a cat lover, you may feel more comfortable staying somewhere else. Our family lives in the house and for the most part it's a pretty quiet stay, we try to honor a quiet-zone from 10pm-8am, but there may be some noises from a guest returning from a dinner at 11pm or another adult fixing themselves some breakfast at 7:30am. We have some ear plugs in the bathroom with other free amenities if you need them.
This home was completed in February, 2008. It is all new construction with lots of green improvements. You'll be greeted with a tour of the home and a tutorial on how to use our keyless entry system. In your room, you’ll find maps and guidebooks of the area.
Sleep comfortably with a high quality mattress, down comforters and pillows, extra blankets and throws/quilts. This is a quiet family neighborhood with plenty of street parking.
There is no daily maid service, the room and bathroom are cleaned for your arrival and after you leave, we do not charge a cleaning fee or require a deposit.
Enjoy house privileges and use of all of our equipment and supplies, including:
-the house is not heated during the summer and when the heat is on during the day it's never set above 68, so if you need it warmer, please wear a sweater.
- A spacious dining room with seating for 10. The French doors open up to a large back deck.
- A well-organized, fully equipped kitchen with a Viking 6 burner oven/stove, fridge, stainless steel pots and pans, utensils, serving dishes, wine glasses & corkscrews, a blender & food processor, spices and cooking oils/vinegars, with an extra large island for food prep. Starbucks and Peet’s are less than a mile away. Please leave the kitchen as clean as you found it. There is NO microwave.
- A laundry room with front loading washing machine and dryer.
The Luxurious Queen is located on the 1st floor of the house. It has a Queen sized bed, a dresser and closet space. High thread count cotton or flannel sheets.
- Hall bath with extra large shower, hair dryer, plush bath and hand towels, extra soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Forget to pack; just ask, we might have extras. We have two airbnb rooms, so it's possible that it will be shared.
The tankless water heater saves energy by not storing 30-50 gallons of hot water, but instantly heating it and sending it to you (takes about 30sec to flush out the cold water, you never run out of hot water while showering). California is in a drought, so showers should be about 5-8 minutes. We support recycling and composting and will happily explain how it works.
This quiet neighborhood with tree-lined streets makes it a pleasure to walk to nearby shops and walking paths (ask about them). The house is located just 3 blocks from Solano Ave where there is plenty of retail shopping, groceries, restaurants etc. It’s also short walk to El Cerrito Shopping Center and a mere 3 miles to CAL (University of California, Berkeley). You may also want to explore Tilden Park, the Gourmet Ghetto, or the Berkeley Marina.
El Cerrito Plaza BART is .8 mile away. We are a 20-30 minute BART trip to downtown San Francisco. For those renting a car, there is plenty of street parking. We are also 3 blocks to the bus line #18 on Solano Ave.
Check-in is anytime after 4 pm; late-night check-ins are fine with prior arrangement, we may be able to accommodate early drop off of luggage. At check-in, we will meet you, explain how the keyless entry system works, tour the bathroom and learn about our tankless water system and show you to your room. BART stops running at midnight. for an extra fee, we can arrange airport pick up and drop off, just inquire.
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Please complete your airbnb profile with a picture of yourself (not half your face, or from a qtr mile away; we have a minor child in the house, I want to know that you don't look like a creeper;-) I wonder who actually reads down this far.
If allergies are a concern, I should warn that we have two indoor/outdoor cats. Guest AccessYou may use the kitchen, living room/piano and laundry facilities without extra charge, we just ask that you clean up after yourself. You may use one dedicated shelf in the fridge. Interaction with GuestsIf there is a problem, or a question, please ask, we can't fix that which we don't know is a problem.