Enchanted Lair -- South Berkeley (Ashby) BART


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A beautiful, large, tranquil Victorian home & retreat-like setting in the South Berkeley area, only a few blocks from BART. Architecturally colorful & unique, very conveniently located near cafes, bakeries, and the celebrated Berkeley Bowl grocery.

This charming Old Lady, a century old Victorian Home, is painted in a kaleidoscopic exuberance of color and can be truly said to be a house with character and soul. It is an artistically colorful and inspiring refuge and place to find rejuvenation for your soul. There are a few guest rooms here.

The rooms are single occupancy only to help preserve the quiet environment.

This room, The Enchanted Lair room, is available for shorter stays in the nearer term, though generally is available for longer stays only. For stays after May 1 2020, bookings must be consecutive. Consecutive means "immediately coming after." THis means that you must book within a few days of the date the room is available. For instance if the room is available as of April 22nd (which is the case now) you cannot book a stay starting in July. You need to book a stay starting no later than May 1st. This date will move forward as the room is filled.

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The Enchanted Lair room is a 12 ft by 12 ft size room with one large, long window facing south. It's called a "lair" because the bed is located underneath an old built-in loft, which is not used for a sleeping loft but rather is now used for storage. The bed is a full sized bed. The room has a night stand, table and chair, bookshelf, dresser, and walk in closet.
Like the rest of this floor of the house, it has a 10 ft tall ceiling and colorful decor. It is next to a full bathroom, and there is another half bathroom on this floor. There are 3 other guest rooms on this floor so you'll share common areas with those guests and myself.

This house is very conveniently located a few blocks from the South Berkeley (Ashby) BART station, the local subway. This allows you to travel to most any San Francisco Bay Area destination without a car. You can quickly arrive to downtown San Francisco within 30-45 minutes by BART.

Within walking distance of 5 blocks, you can find: several ethnic restaurants, 2 cafes, 2 bakeries, La Pena Latin American cultural center, Starry Plough Irish Pub, a low-fee acupuncture clinic, and Berkeley Bowl grocery store, with its celebrated enormous offering of fresh produce. Walk a little farther north, and within 30 minutes or 1 mile you will come to downtown Berkeley, and the University of California at Berkeley, movie theatres and many shops, restaurants, and other attractions such as bookstores, comics/games stores. (Downtown Berkeley is also just one BART stop away.) By walking East, you come to the attractive Elmwood avenue shopping area within ¾ mile, and its shops, restaurants, movie theatre and Metaphysical bookstore. The Walkscore rating for my home location is 88 out of a possible 100: any higher a rating and you would likely have trouble finding parking. Speaking of parking: there is plenty of 2-hr parking on my street (M-F 8am to 6pm there is a 2 hr limit) and there are smaller areas of unrestricted parking on my street and nearby.

I am not vegetarian, and there are no restrictions on what you may cook here. There is wifi and laundry available on site. The main bathroom has a tub with glass tub enclosure: there is also a tiled shower available for you to use if you prefer.

Architecturally, this is a colorful and playful house, where you won’t find white or “off white” rooms. The rooms have ten foot high ceilings and attractive moulding. All the original redwood moulding and redwood panel doors remain. The spacious kitchen is orange with a blue countertop and green tile floor, featuring an antique Wedgewood stove. For those staying 4 weeks or less, there are basic staples for you to use for your cooking. (For those staying longer, please purchase your own kitchen staples). In the kitchen I have also placed free maps which will help direct you to local shops and attractions.

The common areas of the house are professionally cleaned once a month, I clean these areas once a week, and guests are required to clean up after themselves when using common areas. (See house rules for more info).

Also feel free to enjoy the backyard garden, perhaps visiting the rabbits at "Bunny Castle", the outdoor home for Flopsy, Cinnamon and Moonstone.

Street parking is available, mostly limited to 2 hrs on weekdays, but there are unrestricted parking areas also within 1-2 blocks.

I have a bicycle which is available for guests. Ask me for details.

Please read house rules before booking a reservation, so that you can assess if you will be comfortable in this setting. The rules are about 2 pages long. If you have only read a few one sentence statements, those are not the house rules. CLick "see more" to read all the rules. I ask that prospective guests please fill out a complete profile including photo, and verified email and phone number.

Prospective guests often ask about area safety. Guests have said that they felt the area was safe, and neither I nor any renter/guest has been robbed or accosted in the 9 years I have lived here. Apart from stating such facts, I cannot answer general questions about "how safe" the area is, or "will I be safe doing X", any more than I could answer a question about how likely you are to get hit by a car when walking around my neighborhood. Safety is both subjective and relative, and is also dependent upon use of common sense, such as being observant of one's surroundings, and not walking down the street while talking on the phone and advertising one's expensive electronics.

This house has been a community house of one kind or another for over 40 years, and I have over 13 years experience in renting rooms in my house and learning how to create a tranquil environment for others to enjoy. It's a big house and you won't feel crowded: it's a great place to stay if you like your privacy and independence.

I welcome you to come enjoy a tranquil retreat from the workaday world and rekindle your sense of delight and enchantment!

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The immediate area is a one-block long very quiet residential neighborhood of mostly single family homes, but we are also one block away from a main street which has several cafes and restaurants, and we are walking distance from downtown Berkeley and the UC Campus.

Vært: Deborah

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I have a passionate interest in cultivating the life of the soul of the human psyche. In the past I worked as a counselor and led a dream group. For many years, I have studied mythology and Jungian psychology, and practiced Active Imagination and dreamwork. I use Tarot as a tool for spiritual/soul growth as well as the Divinatory Arts, and I study and practice Horary Astrology. Since I am a practicing Horary Astrologer, please inquire if you would be interested in me doing an Horary Astrological Chart interpretation for a question that you may have. You can find me by looking for "Green Planet Astrology". I enjoy Early Music and Sacred vocal music, and am an avid yoga practitioner. I also spend time taking long walks in the many Bay Area parks we are so fortunate to have available here. I also love creating beautiful spaces, and having an opportunity to do so creatively is one of my favorite types of projects to undertake in my professional life in home design. I've spent a lot of time making a more beautiful and inspiring space out of my own home, and I feel grateful to be able to make this space available to others! I am an introvert, a visual artist, writer and book lover and also spend a great deal of my free time either browsing bookstores, or at home engaged in the enchanting world of a good story or compelling mystery book, doing pen sketches and small watercolor or acrylic paintings, or working on the mystery novel I"m writing. I love that the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the richest spiritual centers in the world, with a marvelous diversity of teachings, retreat centers and workshops available here. We are extremely fortunate in this regard. In my own spiritual path, the role of Imagination and Creativity are very important, and the type of Meditation I practice is music/devotional meditation rather than Vipassana, though I do attend Buddhist retreats and workshops from time to time.
I have a passionate interest in cultivating the life of the soul of the human psyche. In the past I worked as a counselor and led a dream group. For many years, I have studied myth…

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I like to talk with guests when they arrive, but I am a pretty private person as well as someone needing large blocks of private time for creative projects, so after I get home from work I tend to spend time alone. I also am out a lot on weekends. I tend to chat with guests when I them around...if you like interacting with others, there is always more than one guest at the house and you are likely to be able to get to know other people from around the world.
I like to talk with guests when they arrive, but I am a pretty private person as well as someone needing large blocks of private time for creative projects, so after I get home fro…
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