This tiny house is a short walk from downtown Berkeley. Sleeping loft, living room, kitchen, full bath, yard with table, parking. Quiet, charming, funky, cute, centrally located. Loft accessible by ladder. Not for feint of heart or weak of knees.
Experience the tiny house movement! The houselet is a really lovely space, very private, feels like you're in a cabin. But it's also somewhat odd: the loft is reachable by a ladder (the ladder is fixed in place and has very wide steps, but it is in no way a staircase - see photos). The french doors open into a backyard that is spacious and has been beautiful in the past (with the drought it is somewhat dead) with a cafe table where you can sit and soak up the sun. The houselet is self contained: full kitchen, bathroom with shower and the tiniest bathtub you've ever seen It's quiet and charming, a perfect place for one or a couple to stay.
The houselet has a single parking space out front, and a yard in back (part of the big yard of the main house). There are laundry facilities in the main house, which are available for your use. The kitchen has all that is needed: a four burner stove with full size oven, fridge, microwave, dishes, pots and pans, utensils, and a table to sit and have breakfast (when you don't want to sit outside).
Общение с гостями
Late arrivals are no problem - we leave the keys in a lock box, which will be set so the combination matches the last four digits of your cell phone number. The main house is occupied by our younger son and his roommates, and they are all quiet and serious 20-somethings who work and do not party or make noise. There is a small friendly dog in the main house, but he is not left unsupervised in the yard. We live a couple blocks away, and can come by to check in on you, or leave you alone for your stay.
Другие важные подробности
We want our guests to look at the pictures and are comfortable climbing to the loft. The loft is a great space, full of light with a comfortable queen size bed and nightstand, though the ceiling is low (one cannot stand in the loft). It's an intimate space, one that feels warm and inviting and embracing. Everyone who has stayed in the houselet has fallen in love with it, and hated to leave. The bookshelves are full of books, which we hope you will enjoy - in fact, if you start reading something and enjoy it, and have not finished by the time you leave (or finished it but loved it), please feel free to take the book with you. Please feel free to add your own books to the shelves if you brought something you no longer want, so other guests can read them.
Note that the houselet is an older structure, so it is clean but somewhat Berkeley-funky. The sink is stained, the bathtub has a chip, and the floors are old wooden plank floors. Also, in rainy weather, we tend to get ants in the houselet - we do our best to stop them, but these darn Argentine ants always find a way in. If you are ant-phobic and it is the rainy season, you might want to keep looking. (Keeping all food in sealed containers helps with the ants too.)
We are very respectful of our houses, our neighborhood and our neighbors. We want our guests to feel part of the community, but to also be aware of the others in the area and treat them with respect. The houselet has some antique furniture which we'd like to keep in good condition and not have damaged. Accidents happen, but we would want our guests to be honest if they break something or have a problem. We're happy to work with everyone on making your stay what you envisioned. If you're here for a vacation, we want it to be perfect for you, and if you're here for work or school, we want you to feel supported and cared for. We do not allow smoking of any kind (cigarettes, cigars, e-cigs, pot, crack) in the houselet or on the grounds.
Tom and I are a gay couple that have been together since 1979. We moved to Berkeley in 1988 and raised our two adopted sons here (we were the first openly gay couple to adopt an infant, back in 1985). We love Berkeley, and in addition to working for non profits (one that works with people with disabilities and the other that does residential energy efficiency work), we restore historic houses in our spare time. We have begun buying endangered houses that are threatened by development, and moving them to new lots and restoring them. We live and work in Berkeley and have no intention of ever leaving. We drive a 1966 Mercedes diesel (biodiesel, of course - after all, this IS Berkeley). Our house, a restored 1907 victorian/craftsman bungalow, looks like something out of 1915. We use computers but still have rotary and candlestick phones, our kitchen has a 1931 Wedgewood stove and 1953 Philco refrigerator. We treat our houses carefully and restore them, and connect well with people who love old houses. Come visit!