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Meditation Room near South Berkeley (Ashby) BART

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A beautiful, large, and tranquil Victorian home and retreat-like setting in the South Berkeley-North Oakland area, close to the Ashby BART station (the local subway in central South Berkeley) . Architecturally colorful and unique, very conveniently located near cafes, restaurants, bakeries, and the celebrated Berkeley Bowl grocery.!

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NOTE: Please read the ENTIRE listing description and house rules before requesting to stay...reading a host's house rules before booking is REQUIRED by Airbnb.
In particular, note that for reservations after November 30, , I require consecutive bookings, see explanation below. DO NOT submit a reservation request with a start date after December 10. "Consecutive" means, immediately coming after.


This charming Old Lady, a century old Victorian Home, has a colorful interior and is truly a house with character and soul. It is an artistically colorful and inspiring refuge and place to find rejuvenation for your soul. I have several guest rooms in the house, so to see other listings, click on my photo or name to go to my profile and see the others. See my listings here:

https://www.airbnb.com/users/5406587/listings

See my profile here:

https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/5406587

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

NOTE: This room is generally oriented to stays over 2 weeks long, though short stays may be available in between longer ones. It is currently available after November 30 with a start date no later than December 10 (this date will change as the room gets booked further forward....) Those who want to rent this room need to take it around the date it comes available, as it is difficult to fill large vacant spaces between reservations. If you are seeking other dates, please check my other listings by going to the link above to my profile, to see all my listings and see if I have availability for the dates you need. I have a range of different start dates available.

THE HOUSE AND THE LOCATION:
This house is very conveniently located in the Berkeley-Oakland border region very close to 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 will find: several ethnic restaurants (African and Mexican come to mind), 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. THere is a weekly farmer's market just a few blocks away.
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 (Indian and Mediterranean among them), movie theatre and other interesting shops.
The exclusive Elmwood and Claremont neighborhoods of Berkeley are a pleasant 15-20 minute stroll away, and a walking tour of this area features magnificent $2-$5 million Craftsman homes with gorgeous architecture and landscaping.

THe Walkscore rating for my house location is 88 out of a possible 100 for walkability: 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 -- Monday thru Friday, 8am to 6pm, there is a 2 hr limit -- but you can find smaller areas of unrestricted parking on my street and nearby.

THE ROOM:
This is a gorgeous sunny room with bay windows bringing in morning sun, and is painted with yellow walls, orange trim, lavender ceiling. It features a twin or single size bed, large wardrobe with clothes rod and shelves for clothes, a table and chair, bookshelves and a small dresser, as well as a coat rack. There is a plush easy chair. Out the bay windows you can see a nice garden area. The room features a large bookshelf with quite a number of books for you to browse. ( Feel free to browse but please dont' take any of my books off my property. )


You will share the kitchen and bathrooms (one full bath plus one half bath) with up to 2 other guests and myself, though I don’t cook much. 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.

ARCHITECTURE:
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 maps and books which will help direct you to local shops and attractions.



BACKYARD:
Also feel free to enjoy the backyard garden, perhaps visiting the hens and "Fluffy Butt Farm", and the rabbits in "Bunny Castle"! These critters enjoy being visited and also enjoy handouts of tasty greens or other scraps you may have to offer. Or sitting by the backyard pond with running water.

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


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

BICYCLE:
I have a bicycle available for guest use with the payment of an additional security deposit to cover its potential loss.

HOUSE RULES:
Please read house rules below before booking a reservation, to make sure you will be comfortable with the setting. I ask that prospective guests fill out a complete profile including photo, as well as verified email and phone number.

AREA SAFETY:
Prospective guests often ask about area safety. Guests have said they felt safe in the area. 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. Robberies do occur around the Ashby BART area, and throughout Oakland and Berkeley. No area is completely safe.

EXTRAS: As I am an Horary Astrologer, please inquire if you would be interested in me doing an Horary Astrological Chart interpretation for a question that you may have. For some questions I will charge a nominal fee of $20 per reading, and for other types of questions I may offer you a free chart interpretation.

This house has been a community house of one kind or another for over 40 years, and I have over 14 years experience in renting rooms in my house and learning how to create a tranquil environment for others to enjoy. It's a large house, and you won't feel crowded here: it's a great place to stay if you like your privacy and enjoy your 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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2 bathrooms, full use of the kitchen, full use of laundry facilities for those staying 3 days or more, use of backyard.
A beautiful, large, and tranquil Victorian home and retreat-like setting in the South Berkeley-North Oakland area, close to the Ashby BART station (the local subway in central South Berkeley) . Architecturally…

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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.

Gastgeber: 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, yet I am a fairly 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, yet I am a fairly 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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