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Lovely, Stylishly Furnished Duplex. Close to Everything & San Francisco/Berkeley

Norman and Daisy

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People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Lovely, Stylishly Furnished Duplex. Close to Everything & San Francisco/Berkeley

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Lafayette - Brookwood Private Guest House.

Very Beautiful 2bd/1ba Duplex:Walk 2 Town/Bus Stop.20 BART ride to San Fracisco!

MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY FOR TOP FLOOR FLAT: 4 (2 ADULTS + 2 CHILDREN).

[PLEASE NOTE: THE GUEST HOUSE IS NOT IDEAL FOR 4 ADULTS]

A beautiful Duplex in Orinda on a tree lined street built on a half-acre plot. The Duplex is divided into two (2) separate legal units: Top Floor and Bottom Floor. Each unit has its own separate entrance.

Pictures that are displayed above show the Upper (Top Floor) Flat which has been advertised here in this website.. The Upper Flat has approx. 1000 sq. ft. of living space with 2 beds, 1 bath, Separate Living Room; full Kitchen with modern appliances, on-site shared Laundry. 1 car private parking space is assigned to each Flat.

This location is perfect for anyone without a car. A delightful 5 Minute walk to BART, BUS. Short walking distance to Orinda Downtown Theater Square, Trendy Shops, Cool Coffee Houses, Hip Restaurants, Parks, Reservoirs, Recreation, Hiking/Biking Trails. 20 minute BART ride to San Francisco and direct BART line to San Francisco International Airport.

Both Flats have separate outside private Patio/Garden areas to enjoy dinner, a glass of wine, or just soak up a little California sunshine while you relax. A local Farmer's Market opens on Saturdays, located few blocks from here. Orinda has been rated as one of the SAFEST cities in the entire East Bay by 'New Yorker Magazine'.

We offer a temporary living space with all amenities, a more than pleasant home environment and a beautiful location. Units are completely furnished with Modern furniture mixed with eclectic accessories, bed linens makes this a perfect alternative to the generic hotel stay.

Excellent choice for anyone without cars, or who's looking for a unique experience living in one of the most affluent communities in this part of the Bay while staying close to San Francisco & Other East-Bay cities. Very private and Peaceful yet close to everything!

[[The Bottom Floor Flat is the other separate unit, has 2 bedrooms, living room, 1 bath, small but full kitchen and a parking space for 1 car. It has about 600 sq.ft of living space. This unit may have occupants during your stay at the top floor flat. The Rates & Terms are shown in this posting only applied to the Top Flat. The rate for the Lower Flat is $99/ Per Night with a minimum stay of 1 week. Pictures and more information for the Lower Flat are provided upon request.

MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY FOR BOTTOM FLOOR FLAT: 2 PEOPLE.

PLEASE NOTE: THE BOTTOM FLOOR GUEST HOUSE IS NOT IDEAL FOR 3 ADULTS. IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, MAY ALLOW 3 (2 ADULTS + 1 CHILD)]]

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Norman and Daisy (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 December, 2013

About Norman and Daisy

I am a retired Computer Scientist. My wife Daisy is a Computer Science professional working for a fortune-500 company in San Francisco who also teaches Computer Science and Mathematics at San Francisco State University in the evenings. We feel fortunate to have such an incredibly beautiful and amazing property (also known as “Brookwood-House”) that we can offer to guests from all over the world. We love Orinda and have worked hard to maintain a comfortable, natural feel to our guest house and our guests love being surrounded by beautiful California landscape and wildlife.

We, the hosts, do not live at the rental guest-house site. We live about 3 miles away from the guest-house and accessible via phone/email, in case you need help with something. One of us works from home so can return to the guest-house fairly quickly, if necessary. We seek guests who are independent, clean, tidy, and will treat our home with care. We are available to take care of your needs (from our separate private residence) during your stay. Yet, we respect your privacy as it is YOUR residence while you are here.

[Please note that if you wish to have a high level of interaction with your hosts, this may not be a match].

Norman and Daisy purchased this apartment in 2002

Why Norman and Daisy chose Lafayette

We chose Orinda mainly for its scenic beauty and easy access to San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and Silicon Valley. We also wanted the cosmopolitan life style of San Francisco Bay Area which is one of the most exciting places in the world..

The San Francisco Bay Area is a nine-county region famous for an exciting blend of cultural activities and beautiful scenery. Orinda has easy access (via BART and other public transportation systems and super easy HWY access) to the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

Orinda is a community of clean streets and tidy landscaping. It is also one of the safest communities where the crime rate is almost negligible. Orinda is known for its public schools as it has one of the best public schools in California. This was our first home in Orinda. We hardly ever use this home after the purchase of our current home which is about 3 miles away. We have had professionally converted the property into two separate legal units (Upper & Lower Flats) and each with separate entrance. It is a wonderful place to stay if you enjoy peace & quiet living space with beautiful view and quick access to San Francisco and other Bay Area cities.

What makes this apartment unique

Location! Location! Location! Short walking distance to town, shopping, restaurants, BART/Metro Station.

The guest house works very well for travelers or anyone without a car.

Our guest house is a 'stand-alone' property on a half-acre land. It is private, secluded, retreat-like setting. It is not a part of the owner's house. Owners of the property lives 3 miles away therefore guests enjoys the freedom of having the place to themselves --the perfect place to 'come home to' after a busy day of sight-seeing or hard work. It offers super easy highway and BART access, yet once you're here that world is a galaxy away. We take pride in having maintained a comfortable, well-maintained but casual and welcoming environment.

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Reviews

5
based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

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Lovely, Stylishly Furnished Duplex. Close to Everything & San Francisco/Berkeley
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
Liverpool, England
5

Perfectly Located. Just a stone's throw away from BART, Downtown and UC Berkeley Campus

  • 5 of 5

One of my colleagues and I rented this property in Orinda while attending a course at UC Berkeley. The property was clean, great space and fully equipped with essential appliances. The place is perfect if you are looking for a practical accommodation with a bonus of being in walking distance to the best breakfast, lunch and dinner spots in the downtown area. The nightly rate was extremely reasonable specially for Orinda! The best part of our stay was that we didn’t need a car. We took BART or walked to everywhere. This was actually the first time in my adult life that I was “car free” and loved it. The hosts: Daisy & Norman are excellent. Caring, thoughtful and supportive.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Paris, France
5

Really lovely spot! Lovely hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped flat. Nothing crazy, nothing outrageous! Just a cozy, warm, comfortable and modern in a very safe, residential and calm area close to the public transportation including BART. Walk to everywhere! Downtown, Starbucks, Shops, Banks, Drugstore, Grocery, Restaurants, Cinema are all within walking distance. Felt very much welcome by lovely and very helpful hosts. Daisy, I wish to give you more than 5 stars! Orinda is a beautiful community and about 19 miles east of San Francisco and about 3 - 5 miles from Berkeley. We loved our stay there and we'd love to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Salt Lake City, UT
5

EXECELLENT LOCATION, NICE APARTMENT AT A GREAT PRICE!!

  • 5 of 5

Last June, we spent over a week at this property. The house is older, in a charming neighborhood, easily walkable to the downtown shop areas, transportation, parks, lots of open spaces everywhere, the beautiful Lafayette Reservoir all are within few minutes! The UC Berkeley campus is few miles away. The apartment is a short (5 minute) walk from the BART station. There are also transit busses running along Moraga way to St. Mary’s College and beyond. We were here to attend our son's graduation in Berkeley and the flat worked well for our stay. The neighborhood is safe and very quiet at night. The internet in the flat was reliable and fast. The kitchen and bathroom are small but quite adequate. There is a flight of stairs from the street level to the apartment so may not be ideal for anyone having issues with the mobility. The apartment was very clean. The mattress/pillows (firm but comfortable) and bed linens are newer and there were plenty of newer bath towels. The owner met us at the apartment on arrival and was very personable and sincere. You cannot really beat the price. (Most of the places that we looked were "room" in a house, a shack behind the house or something above the garage). It was the most reasonably priced, decent independent apartment in a very affluent community. We had the maximum privacy. We will certainly return and highly recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Chapel Hill, NC
5

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is located in a really neat part of East Bay Area called Orinda. A lovely place! Daisy was very well organized and I had no trouble getting into the apartment. The space was clean and equipped with everything that I needed for my short stay. The bed was the best I have EVER slept in a hotel or B&B. Nothing extraordinary. Nothing outrageous! All you get is a clean, quiet, safe, comfortable, beautiful, stylish place with everything for an unbelievably great price! Only 20 minutes away from San Francisco. Great VRBO experience! I will be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Private, Charming Home with Modern Comforts in the Heart of Orinda

  • 5 of 5

This home is located in one of the East Bay's most coveted neighborhoods named Orinda. The location is great. Close to all transportation, shops, restaurants, Banks, Grocery, drugstore and much more. BART (High-speed metro system) is within a short walking distance. It takes you to San Francisco in less than 20 minutes! This is a top floor flat with everything you need for a short stay. The bed and the mattress are very comfortable. Plenty of fresh bed linens and bath towels. The kitchen is small but very functional. The best thing about the place is the price. I looked at quite a number of places in VRBO & AirBnB but this rental is the most reasonable priced yet one of the nicest. It is not someone's backyard in-law unit or a unit above a garage. It is a beautiful stand-alone duplex and the owners do not live in the same property therefore you have the complete privacy and nobody is watching your every step. The owners, Daisy and Norman are amazing hosts. Both of them are a class act. Everything here is 10 out of 10 from booking to departure. If you are looking for a place that is nice, clean, simple yet comfortable and close to San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland without spending a great deal of money then this is the perfect place for you. Daisy is the most thoughtful and sincere host I have ever met! I would give Daisy more than 5 stars.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Boston, MA
5

The Perfect Place. The Perfect Price.. The Perfect Location...

  • 5 of 5

I had a great stay at this top floor flat of the duplex. The place is clean, simple, comfortable and tastefully furnished. Nothing was over the top. Nothing was outlandish or unconventional. The kitchen has everything that I needed for my week-long stay. Plenty of fresh bed linens, comforters, bath linens. The best thing about the flat is the bed and mattress. I never slept better when I am on the road. Extremely reasonably priced for what you get around here. Used BART to get to San Francisco and it was a Breeze. Orinda is one the prettiest places in the entire east bay, safe and affluent.. The communication with the owners were always great and they always made sure that I was comfortable. I will return again soon!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
19.5 Miles
Oakland International
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Jack London Square
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 24
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Many in Orinda
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
San Francisco
Car: not necessary

Orinda is a very affluent, upscale, beautiful, wooded, centrally located community from which to access the entire Bay Area. The Lafayette Reservoir is very close for long walks, running or hiking, less than 7 miles from UC Berkeley (about 15 minutes), less than 20 miles from San Francisco, less than 45 miles from the wine country, and about 3 hours from Lake Tahoe.

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Prices & Availability

From $130 Nightly

Prices for this holiday apartment in Lafayette, The Bay Area

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$360
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Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

One time cleaning fee $100
Refundable Damage Deposit $250
Notes Additional information about rental rates: Rates are subject to change without notice.
No refunds for deposits for shortened stays. VRBO suggests that travel insurance be purchased to cover unforeseen changes in travel plans. Reservations are secured with a payment of 50% of total fees owed. Payments can be made by U.S. check, Money Order or credit card (via Paypal).
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Lafayette in The Bay Area

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom#1 (Master Bedroom) - 1 Large Double Bed , One Queen Size Bed. The Bathroom is off the Master Bedroom
    Bedroom#2 (The Other Bedroom) - 1 Bunk Bed , This room is next to Master Bedroom. Ideal for two children
  • • Master Bedroom has Queen size Bed for 2. Bathroom is off of this bedroom • Bedroom#2 has Bunk Bed for two children and located next to Master Bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • bay fishing
Notes:
Please Note: Top Flat can only accommodate up to a 'Family of 4' (Parents + 2 Children). 1 Queen Size Bed for two adults and 1 bunk bed for 2 children. Ground Floor Flat can only accommodate a 'Family of 3' (2 Parents + 1 Child).

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