Beautiful Modern European Style in-Law Unit-Albany/Tropical Yard


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Very Clean Modern European Style In-Law Unit. Stylized compact basement unit with four windows has kitchenette, shower w/ Jacuzzi tub, one bed, HW floors, Italian tiles. Private entry, tropical yard w/outdoor Jacuzzi & fire pit. Free WiFi (Gigabite Fiber - 1 GB - fastest possible). The space is small so it best suits a single person or a very cozy duo. Ideal for visiting scholars, parents/grandparents of UC students. Transportation is very easy by bus, Bart, car, and foot. Bart station for service to downtown Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. Non-smokers please. You are always greeted with a bottle of wine, chocolates and fresh flowers.

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  1. Jimmy L.
    This was our fourth time using VRBO in four different states. For the fourth time our stay was better than expected. Our hosts were very easy to deal with all through the process. Greg helped advise me before our visit since we had never been to California before. When we arrived Greg and Blanca showed us everything we would need to make our stay great. The property had many features that were unique to us and made the stay more enjoyable. I chose this property based on the reviews and the photos and all were spot on. The jetted tub in the unit was very welcome after a long day of sight seeing. We enjoyed the neighborhood and always felt safe. Shopping and dining are an easy walk. We used Uber to get to and from the North Berkeley BART station and going into San Francisco was very easy. Overall the unit was in great condition and the hosts were wonderful. 17 June 2016 - 18:29:00
  2. Hazel M.
    Very pleasant environment. Close to everything i needed. 18 June 2017 - 20:54:00
  3. Gracy
    I spent a month at Greg and Blanca's place (was travelling for work) and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The place looks just like in the pictures, if not even better. It is very clean, extremely cozy (especially the bed, which was super comfortable), and has all the amenities you could possibly ask for. Plus, the space is so well divided that it feels more like a 1-bedroom than a studio! The only drawback is that the unit has very little natural light; however, the fact that it has a lot of charm and provides direct access to the garden more than makes up for that. The area is quiet, safe and pretty, and the garden is great for relaxing. Also, close proximity to public transportation (5 minutes away from several bus lines running up and down San Pablo) makes it a convenient location for exploring the East Bay if you don't have a car. Greg and Blanca were extremely friendly and attentive and made me feel really welcome at the place. They took a genuine interest in getting to know me and made sure I had everything I needed while I was there. They even invited me to a little garden party for a celebration! While there were a few small issues with the apartment, they made sure to fix them right away. Overall this was a great experience and I would definitely recommend the apartment to anyone looking for a cozy place to stay in the East Bay. 01 March 2013 - 21:58:09
  4. Peg
    Looking for lodging for an upcoming visit with my daughter, I was not really excited about the hotel choices. I remembered how nice HomeAway worked out having leased a condo in DisneyWorld near Orlando. I searched and came across this little gem. What a cozy, comfortable basement studio. Tastefully furnished as described but even more nice touches like candles that automatically are timed for evening light. Feels like home with your own space downstairs. Very safe area coming and going, to and from a gated garden oasis. Outdoor patio was private and a nice peaceful place to relax. Ample jetted tub in room with a swivel TV to watch while you soak and enjoy the tube. Local area books were helpful as well as informative of the area. I spent a lot of time on the go and only met Greg and Blanca a few times, and I can only say how thoughtful they were to have their daughter check with me to see all was well while they were away. Bottle of wine and chocolates always a welcoming treat. Alot of thought of special attention has been paid to this sweet little retreat. 12 May 2013 - 22:23:17
  5. Amy Y.
    My husband and I had a wonderful stay. Both Ellen who met us and Greg were most gracious and welcoming. The place is well equipped, even had an espresso machine and a fireplace. And they left us a nice bottle of wine which we enjoyed each evening. Greg recommend a tapas place within walking distance which we had an enjoyable dinner there. We would highly recommend staying at this place. 14 May 2014 - 04:21:32
  6. Barbara A.
    I travel to the Bay Area frequently to see family and usually stay in hotels. This time, since I was planning on a longer stay, I tried something different and looked at VRBO. What a lucky find this was! This charming little flat, somewhat larger than a typical hotel room, was perfect. There is a sitting room, bedroom, kitchen and bath --even an electric fireplace--all tidily put together with style and 21st century amenities. As others have noted, it's somewhat akin to a boat with a place for everything. My hosts, Gregory and Blanca, couldn't have been nicer and so amenable with my change in plans (which allowed me to stay longer!). Walking distance to restaurants, shops, the library and public transportation. Parking in the evening exists, even though you might have to walk a few car lengths from the house. The neighborhood is perfectly safe. Heartily recommended, and looking forward to my own return. 31 January 2015 - 20:40:21
  7. Olivia L.
    The studio was very comfortable for my stay in the area. I was in town for the birth of my granddaughter but needed my own place. It is well designed and takes full advantage of the small space. I loved the bed, and the chocolates were a treat! The artificial lighting is very good, making the basement cheerful. I had everything I needed to make my stay as comfortable as possible. The owners were very kind and helpful. 04 April 2015 - 11:11:57
  8. J & B
    On my second stay, I appreciated again the aesthetically attractive decor, the marvelously comfortable bed, plentiful plush towels, excellent coffee, the consistently strong wi-fi, the ample lights and electric plugs, and the relaxing, beautiful garden and jacuzzi. Even the refrigerator/freezer is quiet, never interrupting sleep. Greg and Blanca made me feel most welcome! Although technically in a basement, I felt wrapped in marvelous woodwork, tile, and cushioned benches as if in a classy library or art museum. I have already booked my third visit. 22 July 2015 - 05:15:46
  9. Anne Marie K.
    Gregory and Blanca's home is a gorgeous, clean, custom little studio in their home basement. They have seriously thought of everything for their guests, and the area is great as well. We will definitely stay here in the future. 5 stars 26 July 2017 - 19:34:00
  10. David M.
    Greg and Bianca were awesome. They are very friendly and know how to make you feel welcome at their house. The location is close to great restaurants, mall at Emeryville, and San Francisco. They were very welcoming and allowed us to use their laundry on sight. The neighbor hood is very quite and parking on the street was good. I would recommend this location for a great Stay. 02 July 2017 - 22:37:00
  11. Donald B.
    We very much enjoyed our stay. Our host was quite friendly and ensured that we were comfortable as well as offering helpful advice on activities. The amenities were fantastic and the beautiful yard was quite relaxing. We found the location very convenient for access to family in Berkeley as well as our other activities. 02 May 2017 - 01:54:00
  12. Daniel J.
    We enjoyed tremendously our stay at Greg and Blanca's rental in Albany. Greg and Blanca were wonderful hosts, courteous and helpful. The apartment was very clean and delightfully equipped and decorated. The location was perfect for safe and interesting evening walks throughout the neighborhood. We particularly enjoyed the close proximity to Solano Avenue, which is lined with numerous ethnic restaurants and boutique shops. The apartment is also only 3 blocks from the Ohlone bike and pedestrian trail, a level pathway that extends for several miles. We would definitely recommend Greg and Blanca's place to others. 03 November 2016 - 20:07:00
  13. Louise B.
    Our second visit here didn't disappoint. Perfect for a couple or a single. Nice back garden with seating and jacuzzi although we had cold and rainy weather. We were on foot and it was close to shopping, restaurants and buses. 21 December 2015 - 15:52:00
  14. Tess
    This place was great! My daughter & I stayed here for 5 nights and had a wonderful time. The place was VERY clean, great bed, and we were able to cook most of our evening meals there. The owners were more than accommodating to us and very helpful with whatever we needed. We usually walked to the BART, but would take a cab home. I would recommend this rental to anyone. We found it less expensive than any hotel and a lot more homey. I would happily stay here again should I ever be in the San Francisco area. 27 August 2014 - 06:34:22
  15. Don
    What can I say that hasn't already been said about this space? It was delivered as promised. The posted photos, however, do not do it justice. It was even more beautiful than the photos imply. Greg and his wife spent a lot of time and effort making the space wonderful. Speaking of our hosts, they were so welcoming. Greg picked us up at the nearby BART station and gave us a short tour of the neighborhood on the way to the space. There was a bottle of wine and some chocolates greeting us upon arrival. If we needed anything, Greg was just a phone call or text away. The space is located near many interesting shops and restaurants in Albany/Berkeley. We spent one day just exploring all the area had to offer. The next day was spent in San Francisco, which was about 1-1.5 hours away by BART. The nearest BART stop is about a 30-minute walk through a cozy residential neighborhood. I would definitely recommend this space for couples looking for a romantic getaway, travelers on a budget, or people looking for homey comfort near an urban setting. 09 September 2013 - 12:54:21
  16. vrbo user
    Very clean and comfortable. Reminded me of taking a trip on a nice boat! The owners obviously did far more than was necessary when building the unit -- great attention to detail. We enjoyed the patio all day long, and the hot tub was great. Pleasant stroll to cafes, restaurants or groceries. We had a great week. Thanks! 29 July 2013 - 15:34:30
  17. Deborah L.
    This studio truly felt like our home away from home for a wonderful five week stay. Gregory and Blanca are welcoming, forthcoming and gracious hosts. They were a joy to meet and deal with. The studio is immaculately clean and beautifully designed. It is well equipped, comfortable to use and well stocked. The location is quiet. We slept with windows open to the sound of birds chirping in the morning. We walked everywhere and public transportation is within blocks. There is easy access to shopping, entertainment, restaurants and cafes. We are looking forward to our future stay. 20 June 2014 - 01:29:26
  18. Miriam S.
    My experience staying here was just lovely! Greg and Bianca have made this studio very comfortable and charming. Their lovely yard with a hot tub was an added bonus to the experience. It's walking distance to Solano Avenue where there are lots of choices to dine and shop and a movie theater. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again, or recommend this to friends and family. 04 February 2014 - 21:27:21
  19. NEtravelRN
    I'm a traveling RN, was stuck in a crappy place in SanFrancisco and commuting to Oakland for work, this place was a Godsend! Only 20min to Oakland, less then 10min to the Bart Station (which takes only about 40min or so to get back into SanFrancisco via Bart), safe neighborhood, street parking always easy to find, 5min away from a Target, Solono Ave full of shops, cute places to eat, gyms just 2 blocks or so down, easy access to the interstate only about 5 min away. Greg and Blanca were very welcoming, super sweet couple! They were always available to give me any other info I might need about the area as well. The in law unit was gorgeous! Intricate details to the design. Perfect size for 1-2 persons. I would definitely stay here again! :) 05 December 2013 - 22:51:31
  20. Kris R.
    I enjoyed a wonderful stay in this lovely studio. It has every thing you need and then some! Beautiful yard with outdoor BBQ and sitting area and all the comforts of home in a very functional space. Suitable for 1 person or a cozy couple. Greg and Blanca are fantastic, friendly and welcoming hosts! 18 December 2017 - 17:23:00

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