Our home lies in a very quiet neighborhood in the North Berkeley Hills, just below the crest called Grizzly Peak Boulevard. It is only five minutes from Tilden Park, a large regional recreation area which contains a lovely lake and beach surrounded by trees, picnic areas, golf course, tennis courts, carousel, miniature train, children's zoo, duck-pond, horticultural zone, and miles of hiking and horseback trails. Admission is free. The weather in usually sunny and mild (70-75 f. in summer), with occasional fog that usually burns off in the morning. (Hence, this is no need for an air-conditioner, and there are practically no insects.) We are about ten minutes from the University of California campus, and we can provide a parking permit for oncampus parking. It is about five minutes by car to the "Gourmet Ghetto," a fine-food shopping area that includes the world-famous restaurant Chez Panisse. Beyond is ten minutes to the East Bay freeway, and, via the Bay Bridge, another fifteen to San Francisco (if traffic is light). North, there is another bridge that goes from the East Bay to Marin County and its tourist sights--Mount Tamalpais, Stinson Beach, and Muir Woods (less than an hour). Berkeley is 3 ½ hours from Lake Tahoe, and six hours by car or one hour by plane from Los Angeles.
Our house is 2400 square feet, on two floors. Upstairs there is a large living room which opens onto a wood-and-glass dining room and kitchen (designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright). The dining room opens out onto a patio with comfortable garden furniture and large sun umbrella. There are three TVs, three VCRs, a DVD player, two high fidelity audio systems, and a Yamaha piano. The kitchen is recently remodeled, in cherry wood, and furnished with the latest equipment, including a restaurant-quality gas range, a Subzero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, large microwave/convection oven, etc.. The counters are polished granite.
On the same floor there is my study (computer, fax, xerox machine, etc.) which opens onto a deck (also accessible from the kitchen), a bathroom, recently remodeled in limestone, and with a Jacuzzi bath, and a bedroom. There is also sleeping space (a fold-out sofa) in my study if a third bedroom is necessary.
Downstairs is the master bedroom, with a king-sized bed and walk-in closet, a large vanity and mirror, and a small shower room and toilet. My wife's study (with computer) is also downstairs and opens out onto the lawn. There is a second lawn below and a garden shed. The grounds are in four levels, and the length of the lot is 150 feet long, planted all the way downhill. From each level, there are magnificent views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The gardens are automatically watered and a gardener comes every other week, so there is no plant maintenance (except for indoor plants). In the front there is a driveway, another garden around an oak tree, and a small shaded area where one can sit and/or eat on the rare days that the temperature is high (never more than three or four a year).
There is a full laundry room, with washer and dryer, and a basement with workbench and storage.
We have a sweet-tempered old dog who has happily received guests for many summers (exchangers and tenants always express their fondness for her). She requires only short walks in the evening, but loves to go on hikes with anyone so inclined. We would be happiest if the dog could stay in the house, but if that causes a problem, we can perhaps arrange an alternative.
We are also interested in exchanging cars. Area Details Air conditioning unnecessary: temperature rarely goes above 20C. Travel Details There is a bus though it runs only weekdays. In downtown Berkeley there is a rapid transit station (about 15 minutes to San Francisco and to other points as well).
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