Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)
Brad and Pear Mitchell
- English, Spanish
About Brad and Pear Mitchell
Pear and Brad purchased this historic 1896 Eastlake Victorian in 2005 and began renovating it while pregnant! The next four years were occupied in a complete overhaul of the structure and happily almost all of the beautiful, original walls and unique Victorian craftsmanship was preserved or rebuilt to match. Next the interior design and decor were painstakingly planned with eco advanced custom paint mixing and energy efficient lighting design. A mix of salvaged fixtures, doors, windows and appointments and more modern energy star rated appliances was the achieved aim. They have combed the Bay Area for appropriate and comfortable antiques to furnish the rooms. Brad has always loved the classic 'Alice in Wonderland' and, being of the Victorian era, it served as a kind of motif for the house - the classic original Sir John Tenniel art from the book is on the imported tiles surrounding the two person soaking tub in the upper flat. Brad and Pear lived in the lower flat themselves until just this summer of 2009, when they finished further renovation of the downstairs and moved out to rent it also to vacationers. They own two lovable dogs and miss their gorgeous cat who passed away in 2008. They now live nearby in Piedmont CA - close enough to maintain the property and check in whenever needed. As parents, pet owners and people aware of allergies as well as increasing concern with household toxics, Pear and Brad are very happy to provide an upscale, high end experience to vacationers - even and especially to those who travel with children, pets or chemical sensitivities. Brad works as a technical director and Pear divides her time between managing the properties, home staging and freelance writing. They will have their first vacation in four years this summer in Paris, France with their daughter Evelina - staying in a VRBO only a few blocks from the Luxemburg gardens! Yipee!!
Brad and Pear Mitchell purchased this Condo in 2005
Why Brad and Pear Mitchell chose Northwest Berkeley
Pear grew up in Berkeley, went to UC Berkeley and lived near Solano Ave. She has never left the Bay Area for long and knows quite a bit about Berkeley's many neighbrohoods and has seen them change and develope. One of the most compelling is this neighborhood of Oceanview. It is the oldest neighborhood in Berkeley and was the home to many settlers in very old Victorian homes that still stand today. The shipping, railroad, mercantile, artisan and building history of the town has its roots here. In the mid 1980s, the area began to transition from solely working class residences to a renewal of artist studios, eateries, retail outlets and business offices. It thrives today 25 years later housing thriving boutiques, fine dining, artist collectives and creative commerce. Schools, parks, playrgounds and bike routes also began to reclaim the area for residential and recreational use. Brad and Pear wanted a large yard for their dogs and daughter (the lots in Oceanview are twice the size of most other Berkeley neighborhoods); they wanted to be in easy walking distance to most everything - especially a good latte and pastry in the morning (Fourth street has the largest Peet's coffee as well as Bette's Oceanview diner for breakfast and several other GREAT breakfast, lunch and dinner choices within a few blocks of the house); they wanted big, airy, sunny - not tiny cramped bungalow - rooms (the house has the highest ceilings and windows on both floors of almost any other private residence in the city); and they wanted to be close to the freeway and BART for Brad's commute (they are a few blocks from the central Berkeley exit of I-80 and about a half mile to North Berkeley BART.) They got it all (not for cheap in 2005! but they did get it!)
What makes this Condo unique
Sunny tall windows, spacious rooms, beautiful furnishings, restful muted ocean inspired interiors, crisp soft sheets, exquisite housekeeping, flowers, dimmable lights, DVD collection and library, DVR and cable, flat screen TVs, well equipped office with updated computer system and wifi, local information, recommendations and coupons, convenient location, gorgeous large backyard, personalized attention...
Custom sandbox, mermaid fountain in yard. Toys.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Cool Neighborhood Apartment
The owners have done a really great renovation of this Victorian in a gentrifying part of Berkeley. The high ceilings and natural light in the space are great; as is the deck. The water pressure in the multi-headed shower/tub was excellent. We were very comfortable here and found it to be a great launch pad for exploring Berkeley and San Francisco. Owners were very responsive answering our questions. One recommendation for improvement: location (mounted too high for me at 5'-3" tall) and type of key box was hard for me to both reach and to read the numbers (which were very small). If my 13-year old was not there to help me see the numbers, we would have had a tough time getting into the building at the end of our full day of travel.
Perfect location in Berkeley!
This upstairs Victorian flat, with a large outside porch space off the LR, plus backyard access, suited my needs perfectly. The location is easy walking distance to 4th Street shops, Whole Foods, and San Pablo restaurants, and is only one block from University Avenue. The property managers were very helpful. The neighborhood is safe and friendly.. Two large bedrooms, well-appointed kitchen. I would definitely stay again.
It was just ok
As may be reflected on the listing, as owners we don't have much impetus or time to punish travelling guests with reviews and find the forced review system by Expedia a bit contrived to particpate in. Kind of ironic that one of the only times I chose to leave a review in order to read the guest's, "just ok" is what we received - in the midst of our otherwise high ratings and repeat guests who wish to return again. No specifics to address with our housekeeping or any accounting of positive aspects of the flat on which other reviews concur. This guest did stain many towels we provided (8) which needed to be replaced; a fact I refrained from citing but don't feel now need be witheld. We aim to be flexible, responsive and please all our guests. This guest did not contact us about any dissatisfcation while there, if they had we would have responded. I guess we'll either attempt to solicit more guests reviews, since our communications and interactions have been overwhlemingly positive, or go back to ignoring this aspect of VRBO and figure folks will be able to make accurate determinations on their own. Nonetheless, thank you for staying at Mitchell House.
Charming home away from home!
The apt. was everything we needed for this cousins' getaway in the bay area. It was very clean for the most part except for 2 minor items. We found old moldy coffee grounds in the coffee maker from the last visitors and the shower curtain could use a change, but they were very minor items. The beds were comfy, the shower was amazing and the tub was perfect for a soak at the end of a busy day of sightseeing so don't forget the bath oil if you enjoy a bath! I appreciated that there were lots of towels available too. We didn't cook in the place, but it seemed to be well-stocked with kitchen items and the little porch was a lovely outdoor space to have morning coffee. We had an issue with the toilet during our stay, but the issue was resolved with just a few texts! We made the street parking work for us, but I would recommend reserving the available off-street parking if you want to be safe. The neighborhood is peaceful, but trains do go by in the near distance so if you have the windows open you will hear them at all hours of the day and night. I didn't mind them, but some people might. Also, be aware the apartment (along with all of Berkeley having a second-hand smoke ban, I learned on this trip) is non-smoking. I will definitely be recommending this place to friends and family travelling to the bay area and will stay here on my next visit!
Lovely apartment in diverse neighborhood
Very nice. Close to good restaurants, BART, freeway (but not too close). A delight!
Comfortable and charming
An easy walk to many of our Berkeley favorites and close to our family there. Glad we reserved parking on the driveway since when coming back after 10pm the street parking was a little tight