Berkeley brown-shingle home walking distance to Cal, transport to San Francisco

Berkeley brown-shingle home walking distance to Cal, transport to San Francisco

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Four generations of our family have lived in this two-story Leola Hall home, which is an ideal place for one or two couples to stay. We have added a family room which spans the back of the house and has an upright piano, comfortable leather swivel chairs, and a new flat-screen television. The living room is a wonderful place to enjoy the morning sun and to read in the evenings. The house retains the original wood panels, oak floors and fireplace. We have collected furniture from the early 1900's for our living and dining rooms and have an extensive collection of books and CD's to share with you. The kitchen, home to a professional chef, has an international collection of cooking and wine books, as well as equipment galore, including a professional espresso machine. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated recently to provide modern conveniences, and the beds in both bedrooms are also recent. Our home has Wi-fi, a copier/printer, and a DVD player. There is no air conditioning, because it is not necessary in our mild climate.

In addition, we have a small stone house in southwest France, built in the 19th century but updated in the 21st. It is located between the medieval town of Sarlat and Montignac, home of the Lascaux caves. It sleeps one couple in the mezzanine area and is about 70 square meters in size. We've provided a few pictures and can give you more information if you are interested in exchanging with this property.

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  1. We are a retired couple: a chef from France (husband) and a high-school administrator (wife) who is a native Berkeleyan. We have a son who lives around the corner from us with his wife and young daughter. He is always willing to help out in our absence. Our other son lives in Australia with his wife and baby son. Their apartment in Sydney is small, so we are interested in finding a place to stay for our annual visits. We live part-time in the south of France and also like to spend time in Paris and to travel around Europe when possible. Because we spend a good portion of the year away from Berkeley, an exchange does not need to be simultaneous.

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Where is it?

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We are located in the charming Elmwood area of Berkeley, ten blocks from the University of California. We are two blocks from shopping and public transportation - buses - which can take you to our subway system (BART) and into San Francisco, a twenty-minute ride. The University offers museums, concerts, libraries, a botanical garden and a multitude of other cultural and educational experiences, as well as acres of open space. The city of Berkeley also offers internationally-recognized restaurants, theater, night clubs, cafes, shopping, an aquatic park, and - of course - proximity to San Francisco and to the wine regions of Sonoma and Napa. Although it rains occasionally, the temperature remains mild most of the year, so it is always lovely to visit and to enjoy the out-of-doors.

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