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Lovely, Stylishly Furnished ORINDA Duplex. Near San Francisco/Berkeley/Oakland

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 30 nights


Minimum Stay
30 nights


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

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




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.


More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Norman and Daisy
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 December, 2015
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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 California

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.


based on 28 holidaymaker reviews

Lovely, Stylishly Furnished ORINDA Duplex. Near San Francisco/Berkeley/Oakland
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
San Francisco, CA, US

Great Experience, Great Host and definitely recommend

  • 5 of 5

I stayed a total of sixty two nights while my apartment was going through some renovation and enjoyed the rental thoroughly. The accommodations were exactly as pictured as advertised. It was very comfortable, clean and safe. The property provided everything that I required to make me feel right at home, just as the host had mentioned in his description. Plus the location is Fantastic. Only a few minutes away from all the great restaurants, bars and shopping or wherever I ventured to. Daisy was very personable, helpful and responsive throughout the entire process of booking the reservation and greeting me upon arrival. Everything was spot on! Definitely would recommend staying here if you want a sure thing! I would be happy to rent it again. Thanks very much Daisy!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Liverpool, England

Very Nice

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful duplex in Orinda. House was clean and very cozy. amazingly in-expensive. Daisy and Norman were 5 star...so friendly, so attentive and very helpful. Staying here was better than staying in a 5 star hotel. Close to so much, a nice walk or a quick, cheap über ride away! We will most certainly be staying here again whenever we are in the area next. Thank you so much Daisy & Norman!! - Brian and Lori

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Paul, MN

Nice Duplex (Top Floor Apartment)! Perfect Hosts who is caring but left us alone to enjoy our stay

  • 5 of 5

Orinda is really a beautiful place and the location of the rental is great! Truly a Five-Minute walk to BART (Metro) station and the downtown area. We didn't need a car. The apartment is perfect for 2 people. The bathroom has shower over tub and small but it worked fine for us. There were plenty of quality fresh bath towels and toiletries provided by the homeowner. We were also provided with very nice fresh bed-linens, clean comforters, blankets. The kitchen is small but stocked up with everything we needed to prepare and enjoy all our meals. It has all the major appliances, complete set of cookware, silverware & dinnerware. We enjoyed hot fresh coffee from Keurig Coffee Machine, Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker. Free complimentary Internet Access. Owners are thoughtful and very sincere unlike some of our previous experiences with hosts from Airbnb and VRBO.

If you are looking for a clean, fresh, simple, tastefully furnished with a great mattress and centrally located place, then this is the perfect place. The owners can easily charge more then their asking price. We looked at a lot of places in and around Orinda, this rental was the most reasonably priced yet provide a great place to stay in a very fine neighborhood. The bottom line is we had a great stay and we enjoyed visiting San Francisco and the nearby cities in the East Bay. Thank you Daisy for letting us having the place to ourselves!! We appreciated that you left us alone..

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Liverpool, England

Perfect Stay at a Perfect Place!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was perfect for us. It had all the basics we needed for a short visit. There is absolutely nothing peachy about it. Good location. Great price for a nice and clean place. Orinda is a beautiful place, close to San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland. Only 30 miles from the Silicone Valley! We didn't have a car but had no problem getting around. We took BART and other public transportation to everywhere! Daisy was so nice and thoughtful, we would love to stay there again. Thank You Daisy!!

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Liverpool, England

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
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Paris, France

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
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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Knickerbocker, The Bay Area

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30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights

Additional pricing information

One time cleaning fee £82
Refundable Damage Deposit £288
Tax Rate 9.0%

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 25% of total fees owed. Payments can be made by U.S. check, Money Order or credit card (via Paypal).

Reservations are secured with a payment of 25% of total fees owed. Payments can be made by U.S. check, Money Order or credit card (via Paypal).

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Knickerbocker, USA

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • 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.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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
Top Flat can only accommodate 2 People. Ground Floor Flat can accommodate: 2 People. PLEASE NOTE: CALENDAR IS NOT UPDATED ON A REGULAR BASIS. PLEASE CONTACT OWNER FOR AVAILABILITY.

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