Fireside Room near South Berkeley (Ashby) BART

Private room in residential home hosted by Deborah

  1. 1 guest
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 2.5 shared bathrooms
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A beautiful, large, tranquil Victorian home and retreat-like setting in the South Berkeley area, only 2 blocks from the Ashby BART station (the local subway) . Architecturally colorful and unique, very conveniently located near cafes, restaurants, bakeries, and the celebrated Berkeley Bowl grocery.

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NOTE: Please read the ENTIRE listing description and house rules before requesting to stay... this will help ensure that you understand the setting you are asking to stay in.

If you need dates that are not available in this room, click on "contact host" and ask me about other rooms -- there are several others --- or go to the link below and see what other availability I have. I usually have a range of available start dates in different rooms.

This charming Old Lady, a century old Victorian Home, is oriented to being a tranquil home and residence for guests, an artistically colorful and inspiring refuge and place to find rejuvenation for your soul. My intention is to provide a retreat-like setting. I have several guest rooms. To see my other listings, click on my photo or name to go to my profile and see these.

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This house is very conveniently located in the Berkeley-Oakland border region 2 blocks from the South Berkeley (Ashby) BART station, the local subway. This allows you to travel to most any San Francisco Bay Area destination without a car. You can quickly arrive to downtown San Francisco within 30-45 minutes by BART.
Within walking distance of 5 blocks, you can find: several ethnic restaurants, 2 cafes, 2 bakeries, La Pena Latin American cultural center, Starry Plough Irish Pub, a low-fee acupuncture clinic, and Berkeley Bowl grocery store, with its celebrated enormous offering of fresh produce. THere is a farmer's market located a few blocks away. Walk a little farther north, and within 30 minutes or 1 mile you will come to downtown Berkeley, and the University of California at Berkeley, movie theatres and many shops, restaurants, and other attractions such as bookstores, comics/games stores. (Downtown Berkeley is also just one BART stop away.) By walking East, you come to the attractive Elmwood avenue shopping area within ¾ mile, and its shops, restaurants, movie theatre, and coffee house.

The neighborhood is very walkable: Walkscore gives my area a score of 88 out of a possible 100 -- any higher and you'd have trouble finding parking! Speaking of parking: there is plenty of 2-hr parking on my street (M-F 8am to 6pm there is a 2 hr limit) but there are also smaller areas of unrestricted parking on my street and nearby.


I have several guest rooms available . See photos of them in the listing. Most rooms are oriented to longer stays (3 weeks or more), so if you want a short term stay, look at Meditation Room and Magical Hobbit House rooms, which more often have space for shorter visits.

The Fireside room features the original fireplace of the house, with original tile and maple woodwork, a twin size bed with memory foam mattress, wardrobe, table and chair, desk lamp, bedside reading lamp, and small dresser. Clean sheets and towels provided. The walls are an avocado color, and there is one long tall window to northern light. This room is about 9 by 12 in size.

You will share the kitchen and bathrooms (one full bath plus one half bath) with up to 2 other guests and myself, though I don’t cook much. I am not vegetarian, and there are no restrictions on what you may cook here. There is wifi and laundry available on site. The main bathroom has a tub with glass tub enclosure: there is also a tiled shower available for you to use if you prefer.

Architecturally, this is a colorful and playful house, where you won’t find white or “off white” rooms. The rooms have ten foot high ceilings and attractive moulding. All the original redwood moulding and redwood panel doors remain. The spacious kitchen is orange with a blue countertop and green tile floor, featuring an antique Wedgewood stove. For those staying 4 weeks or less, there are basic staples for you to use for your cooking. (For those staying longer, please purchase your own kitchen staples). .

The common areas of the house are professionally cleaned once a month, and I clean these areas once a week. Apart from this, guests are required to clean up after themselves when using common areas (see house rules for more info).

Also feel free to enjoy the backyard garden, perhaps visiting the hens, or the bunnies at Bunny Castle, or sitting by the pond with running water.

I have a bicycle which you could use during your stay if you pay an additional security deposit amount to cover its potential loss. THere is a rental charge of $40/month

Please read house rules before requesting a reservation, to make sure you will be comfortable with the setting. I ask that prospective guests fill out a complete profile including photo, and verified email and phone number.

Prospective guests often ask about area safety. Guests have said that the area feels safe, and neither I nor any renter/guest has been robbed or accosted in the 12 years I have lived here. Apart from stating such facts, I cannot answer general questions about "how safe" the area is, or "will I be safe doing X", any more than I could answer a question about how likely you are to get hit by a car when walking around my neighborhood. Safety is both subjective and relative, and is also dependent upon use of common sense, such as being observant of one's surroundings, and not walking down the street while talking on the phone and advertising one's expensive electronics. Robberies do occur around the Ashby BART area and throughout Oakland and Berkeley. No area is completely safe.

This house has been a community house for over 40 years, and I have over 12 years of experience in renting out rooms and learning how to create this a peaceful, restful, well-organized place for others to enjoy. It's a large house, and you won't feel crowded here: it's a great place to stay if you like your privacy and enjoy your independence.

I welcome you to come enjoy a tranquil retreat from the workaday world and rekindle your sense of delight and enchantment!

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Where you'll sleep

1 single bed

What this place offers

Free on-street parking
Washing machine
Hair dryer
Dedicated workspace

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Where you’ll be

California, United States

The immediate area is a one-block long very quiet residential neighborhood of mostly single family homes, but we are also one block away from a main street which has several cafes and restaurants, and we are walking distance from downtown Berkeley and the UC Campus.

Hosted by Deborah

  1. Joined in March 2013
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I have a passionate interest in cultivating the life of the soul of the human psyche. In the past I worked as a counselor and led a dream group. For many years, I have studied mythology and Jungian psychology, and practiced Active Imagination and dreamwork. I use Tarot as a tool for spiritual/soul growth as well as the Divinatory Arts, and I study and practice Horary Astrology. Since I am a practicing Horary Astrologer, please inquire if you would be interested in me doing an Horary Astrological Chart interpretation for a question that you may have. You can find me by looking for "Green Planet Astrology". I enjoy Early Music and Sacred vocal music, and am an avid yoga practitioner. I also spend time taking long walks in the many Bay Area parks we are so fortunate to have available here. I also love creating beautiful spaces, and having an opportunity to do so creatively is one of my favorite types of projects to undertake in my professional life in home design. I've spent a lot of time making a more beautiful and inspiring space out of my own home, and I feel grateful to be able to make this space available to others! I am an introvert, a visual artist, writer and book lover and also spend a great deal of my free time either browsing bookstores, or at home engaged in the enchanting world of a good story or compelling mystery book, doing pen sketches and small watercolor or acrylic paintings, or working on the mystery novel I"m writing. I love that the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the richest spiritual centers in the world, with a marvelous diversity of teachings, retreat centers and workshops available here. We are extremely fortunate in this regard. In my own spiritual path, the role of Imagination and Creativity are very important, and the type of Meditation I practice is music/devotional meditation rather than Vipassana, though I do attend Buddhist retreats and workshops from time to time.
I have a passionate interest in cultivating the life of the soul of the human psyche. In the past I worked as a counselor and led a dream group. For many years, I have studied myth…

During your stay

I like to talk with guests when they arrive, but I am a pretty private person as well as someone needing large blocks of private time for creative projects, so after I get home from work I tend to spend time alone. I also am out quite a bit on weekends. I tend to chat with guests when I them around...if you like interacting with others, there is always more than one guest at the house and you are likely to be able to get to know other people from around the world.
I like to talk with guests when they arrive, but I am a pretty private person as well as someone needing large blocks of private time for creative projects, so after I get home fr…
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Check out: 11:00 am
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit – if you damage the home, you may be charged up to ₹26257

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