MCS-safe rooms available in North Berkeley Hills, CA

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Berkeley, CA 94707 Rooms for rent

Description: Boynton Ave @ Colorado St, Berkeley, CA 94707
Two rooms available to rent for short-term stays (generally 3 nights – 3 weeks); one with a shared bath and one with a private bath.

Bedrooms: 2 available for guests
Bathrooms: 2 available for guests (1 private, 1 shared)
Square footage: 1,978 (whole house)
Lot size (in acres): 5,000 s.f. (0.115 acres)
Date available: Check with innkeeper for dates.

Rent: $75-135/room depends on room, bed, day of week, season; discounts for longer stays.

Contact info: Contact Terry at 510.910.0086 or


Building Materials/Indoor Air Quality
Year built: Built in 1954.
Construction: Standard construction.
Passive solar design features: n/a
Moisture barrier installed over the slab: ?
Exterior building materials: Redwood and stucco.
Roofing materials: Composition shingles.
Insulation materials: 100% cotton (recycled blue jeans in kitchen and living/dining room, and office walls).
Are the walls foiled?: No.
Wood detailing: Formaldehyde-free kitchen cabinets.
Wood sealants used: Varathane in 1997, water-based VOC-free finish in 2006.
Flooring: Oak in guest/public areas, bamboo in hall bath, sheet linoleum in private guest bath (installed no later than 1970s), linoleum tiles in laundry room (1997), 100% wool carpet with all-natural mat in office (2006).
Carpet: 100% wool carpet with all-natural mat installed in office (and stairs to laundry room) in 2006.
HVAC: Flex installed in 2006.
Whole house air filter: n/a
Whole house vacuum: n/a
Sauna? n/a
Dates of past repairs/renovations: Most recent interior/exterior painting in 2006-2007 with VOC-free paint (AFM Safecoat, American Pride, Yolo).

Utilities and Major Appliances
Heating system: Forced air gas furnace with HEPA filter.
If propane or gas, are tanks located outdoors in a shed or utility closet, at a distance, and downwind, from home? Propane tanks for gas BBQ outdoors on other side of home (and downhill) from guest rooms.
Cooling system: n/a
Appliances: Gas stove in kitchen and gas dryer in laundry room (downstairs and on other side of home from guest rooms).
Did the house ever sit empty for any length of time? No.

Electromagnetic Fields
Unshielded electrical wiring: n/a
Dimmers and 3-way switches: Dimmers in hall bath and dining room.
Power lines: n/a
Neighbors with WiFi: Yes on both sides.
WiMax installed or planned for area in near future: Don’t know.
Smart Meter on site or planned in near future: Yes.
Cell/microwave towers nearby and/or planned for near future: No.
Other wireless technology being used nearby or planned for near future: WiFi in home (modem located downstairs in office, far from Asia Suite).
Located under an airport flight path: No.
Have others with electromagnetic sensitivities healed in this house? n/a
Have others with electromagnetic sensitivities done poorly in this house? The only guest I’ve had with electromagnetic sensitivities usually lived outdoors in the desert. I believe his gauss meter registered 2. He stayed just one night before returning to desert.

Is the property graded, are French drains, swales or other features used to wick away rainwater? Yes.
Are there plantings or berms around the perimeter of the home? Minimal plantings around perimeter.
On-slab foundation, crawlspace or basement? Concrete slab foundation with a mostly finished and completely dry basement.
Exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchen, and other high-humidity locations? Exhaust above kitchen stove; windows only in bathrooms.
Whole house dehumidifier? No.
Other mold-reducing features: Cleanliness, no standing water.
Is there a history of water damage of any kind? Mold testing before & after significant mitigation (e.g., replaced sheetrock with formaldehyde-free wallboard).
Have there ever been roof or plumbing leaks? Extensive green renovation undertaken after plumbing leak.
Was mold remediation ever completed in your home? Yes, as noted above.
To the best of your knowledge, is there currently high levels of mold or existence of allergenic, pathogenic, or toxigenic molds in the home? No.

Pets that have lived in the house: No cats since 2002, prior to extensive green renovations.
Known vermin infestations: No.
Homestead animals: No.
Local flora that might be a problem (e.g., juniper, pine, cedar, etc.) and worst times of year for pollen counts: None.

Other potential toxic exposures
Were pesticides ever used in the house, or outside the house and around the property, by you or by former owners? None at least since purchase in 1997.
Has a pet that was treated with Frontline, wore a flea collar, or had other pesticides applied to it ever lived or entered the home? Possibly before 2002.
Has the home site been checked for radon and other potentially hazardous elements? Not that I know of.
Is the house currently fragrance free, and has it always been? Private guest bath in Asia Suite fragrance-free; shared bath has until very recently contained bar soap with natural fragrances and hair products with very light fragrance.
Is the house currently smoke free, and has it always been? Smoke free at least since purchase in 1997.
Has the house or any neighbors’ homes in a three block radius ever been used as a methamphetamine (“meth”) lab? No.
Has ozone every been used in the home to try to remove odors/chemicals/mold? No.
Garage: Attached; Asia Suite directly above.

Do you or your MCS partner tolerate the home yourself? Yes
How long have you lived in the home? Since 1997.
May I talk to a former tenant to see how they felt about living in the house? Rent to guests for short-term stays only. I can give you contact info for MCS guests.
Why are you renting the rooms? Enjoy having guests for short-term stays & know there are few places for people with MCS.
Who are the closest neighbors and what are their potentially MCS-triggering habits? Neighbors are generally well-behaved, but I have no control over their activities.

Due to the nature of the illness, potential MCS buyers/renters will need to stay in a home overnight, or for an extended period, before committing to a purchase or long-term lease. Doing so puts the homeowner at risk for potential contamination of the space. Are you willing to do this? Yes
Potential MCS renter can stay overnight in home for 1 night only before committing to rent, at a fee of $85-300 (dependent on which room). MCS guests may stay 1 night only without the usual minimum stay surcharge.

Allowed personal care products, bedding materials, laundry products, etc.: No personal care products with fragrances.
House rules: Shoes off at door, no abuse of drugs or alcohol, maintain serenity and cleanliness of home.

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posted October 25, 2011

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  • Merritt Seidenberg

    July 7, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Wondering if you have or know of more permanent housing in North Berkeley/Berkeley Hills? Thank you.

  • Merritt Seidenberg

    July 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Do you rent your space long-term?

  • rebekah frome

    June 12, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Hi. My husband has MCS. We are looking for a place to stay a week or even just one night during the last week of August 21 -25. Have you any availability? David is allergic to mold, dust mites and any synthetic building materials that are new and off gassing. Please give us an idea of your rates as if not this summer perhaps sometime in the future could work.
    Many thanks-
    Rebekah and David Frome

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