Homestays By the Bay

Your San Francisco Bay Area Home Away
Treat yourself to all the comforts of home in San Francisco's lovely East Bay
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We are three friends who each rent our separate residences to travelers for short-term lodging when we are away. When you stay in our spaces, you will not find personal clutter. We put everything away except the decor, and we have the home professionally cleaned. You will find an immaculately clean, comfortable, well decorated space, made up especially for you, with clean linens, towels, and everything you need to stay comfortably. 

The advantages of a homestay over a hotel are many:
- the comforts of home
- the peace and quiet of a residential neighborhood
- a fully equipped kitchen
- comfortable living & dining areas
- proximity to neighborhood shops and restaurants
- so much more!

Staying in a local's home when you travel is a win-win for you, the host, and the community you visit. You will stay more affordably than if you rely exclusively on hotels. You will help a local resident afford to remain in their home post-recession. And you will discover and support unique local businesses that you may never find otherwise. 

Derby Creek Guesthouse

Spend a few nights in one of the private guest rooms in this beautifully restored and decorated, immaculately clean, 1908 Craftsman home near University of California at Berkeley. We love hosting travelers from all over the world.

The home is fully furnished, equipped, and immaculate. It is located in a quiet, residential area, but just a short walk from shops and restaurants. You will sleep in your own private, locking room, and share the kitchen, bathrooms, and living areas with the residents and other guests. Derby Creek Guesthouse is perfect for visiting scholars, traveling executives, and families seeking a clean, quiet, well-appointed home away from home while vacationing or working in the Bay Area. Just steps away from grocery stores, cafes, cinema, shops, banks, and UC Berkeley campus activities, it couldn't be better located. 

When you stay at Derby Creek Guesthouse, we will meet you at a pre-arranged arrival time to show you where to find the things you need and answer any questions you have. We share the home with you and are available to answer questions or help with any unexpected problems. You will wake up to free, organic breakfast (self-serve), and complimentary hot and cold beverages all day.

Your stay is made super comfy and convenient with plush towels and down bedding, and full-house privileges, plus all cooking equipment, utensils, and other conveniences of home. You'll have free, powerful wi-fi and the option of a wired Internet connection; an in-room landline phone; and a shared TV with premium cable, HBO, and DVD player. 


Whether you're feeling sociable or private, the setup is designed to help you feel completely at ease here. Everything you need is easy to find independently, including spare blankets, kitchen supplies, and temperature controls. You can quietly sip an early morning cup of tea at a table in your room, relax on the porch as the fog rolls out, gather with the family around the garden table, or join your host and other visitors in the dining room for friendly conversation. There's no expectation that you'll socialize with others (you're in Berkeley for important reasons of your own), but if you enjoy that aspect of shared living, you can easily strike up a conversation with fellow guests. 

Your host is a former nonprofit director and conservation advocacy professional, currently studying psychology for a career change. The host lives in the home year-round, except while traveling. Family members occupy the home part of the year, so it is not available for long term rental. However, the entire home can be rented as a vacation rental when it's not occupied by the family.

Is Derby Creek Guesthouse your home away from home?  Contact your host to check availability and book your stay! 

Derby Creek Apartment

Spend three nights to three weeks in this fully furnished and outfitted studio apartment near UC Berkeley when its full time tenant, Dennis, is away on business. 

The apartment is tiny, so it can accommodate only two guests who don't mind sharing a full-sized/double bed. It has a kitchen, bathroom, dining/sitting area, and bedroom. It is fully furnished, equipped, and supplied with everything you need for a short term stay. 

Its fully equipped, built-in kitchen has a refrigerator, stove, sink, cabinets, toaster oven, coffeepot, tea kettle, dishes, pots & pans, utensils, etc. A clean and fully updated bathroom is supplied with bath towels, soaps, and a hair dryer.
The apartment is ideally located just steps away from grocery stores, cafes, cinema, shops, banks, and UC Berkeley campus activities.

Dennis is a philosophy professor who lives and teaches part time in Chico, CA, and part time in Berkeley, and speaks at conferences all over the world. Dennis lives in the apartment part-time, so it is not available for long term rental.

Is Derby Creek Apartment your home away from home?  Contact your host to check availability and book your stay! 


West Berkeley Garden Retreat

Spend a week or three at this 2-bedroom, 1 bath, private first-floor flat, with its owners living upstairs. The location is within a short walk of West Berkeley's popular 4th Avenue District, a city bus stop, and lots of diverse restaurants and shops. 

With serene pastel decor and big windows looking out onto the backyard garden, this airy space breathes peace and comfort. 
Its kitchen is fully equipped with appliances, cookware, and dishes. The bathroom is stocked with plenty of towels, washcloths, and soaps. The two bedrooms are clean and comfy with plush new bedding, end tables and lamps, a desk and dresser, and lots of storage space.

Your hosts enjoy sharing their home and garden. They are not often available, but are always ready with a bright smile and kind words when you cross paths. 
The owners use this space for visiting family members and their own needs part of the year, so it is not available for long term rental. 

Is West Berkeley Garden Retreat your home away from home? 
 Contact your host to check availability and book your stay! 


Come home to the beautiful San Francisco Bay! 
You can check availability, reserve your dates by email .