McGee House - Detailed List of Amenities/Features


All of these amenities/features are provided to guests with NO extra fees

General House Overview:

  • Remodeling: Multiple upgrades and remodeling over the years, including an overall home remodel in 2006, 2019 and 2020 (bath and smaller bedroom) and a kitchen remodel in 2016. Many of these improvements have been highlighted in the “Updates” section of this web site.
  • Furnishing: None of the furniture in the house is made of particle board or plywood - all dining tables coffee tables, end tables, side tables are made of solid wood so are very sturdy and do not attract mildew. (furniture purchased from West Elm, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel)
  • Comfort | Temperature | Heating: The house insulated in 2006 (with more added in 2019), and a high efficiency central forced air furnace was installed in 2011; the furnace also has high filtration MERV 11 air filter which reduces particulates inside the house (and one can run the furnace system on circulate to simply filter the air without heating it); overall, this house maintains a more comfortable temperature more easily than many Berkeley houses.
  • Window Coverings: Decorative cloth accordion (cellular) blinds that function both top-down and bottom-up for maximum flexibility - provides privacy, but with lots of natural light - also all of the windows in the bedrooms have blackout roller shades which can be pulled down to minimize light while sleeping. [Blinds Guide (PDF)]
  • Water Heater: Efficient Water Heater (new in 2019).
  • Sustainability/Renewable Energy: The house is 100% renewable and carbon-free energy sourced from solar and wind power, generated here in California - through the EBCE Renewable 100 Program.
  • Summary of House High-End Features (mostly from 2019 remodel):

  • all rooms have recessed lighting (dimmable)
  • all new paint and trim
  • refinished oak floor
  • wall mounted 50” 4K Smart TV
  • furniture (Crate and Barrel / West Elm)
  • comfy sectional sofa
  • 2 dining/kitchen/work tables
  • shower over soaking tub in the bathroom
  • celling fans in bedrooms
  • blackout blinds in bedrooms
  • high-end European Sleep Works mattress (and mattress topper) in larger bedroom
  • private backyard (with propane grill)


Overall Sleeping Options (also referenced below in the bedroom details):

  • One bedroom with a queen sized bed (for 2 persons): [photo] [mattress]
  • Another bedroom with twin sized wall bunk (for 2 persons) (where each bed can be folded up and down separately): [photo]
  • And in a pinch, if needed, someone could sleep on the sofa (only 1 “not very tall” person because the sofa does not fold out): [photo]

Main Living Area/Dining Area:

  • 1 Gigabit Fiber High-Speed Internet connection - with both Wi-Fi Access and plug-in ethernet cable (can even connect to the wireless from the back yard). Actual real-life WiFi Internet speed is right around 500Mbps - can see speed test results on this blog entry
  • Phone with free unlimited calls to US telephone numbers - accepts incoming calls - voice mail
  • 4K Smart TV (50” wall mounted) TV [Support Site]
  • TV includes many internet features including no-extra charge Netflix subscription - and the Fire TV has other streaming apps (e.g., Amazon Prime) where you can enter your own login.

  • Sonos smart speaker
  • Comfortable Sectional Sofa
  • Dinning table - seating for 4 to 6 people - great as a work space as well as a dining table
  • Double paned windows

Kitchen:

  • Dishwasher - Bosch [Manual (PDF)]
  • Quartz countertop (Silestone) (with under mount stainless steel sink)
  • Grohe kitchen sink faucet
  • Espresso Maker - Breville [Manual (PDF)]
  • Microwave
  • Efficient-full-sized stainless steel Refrigerator (with freezer)
  • Toaster Oven
  • Blender
  • Gas Range/Stove (not electric)
  • Many pots and pans - plates, glassware, and silverware
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Bamboo Steamer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • (Barbecuing Grill in back yard - see below)
  • New ecological flooring installed in 2008 - all natural flooring made by Forbo - easy to clean - floor is soft underfoot (easier to stand on for long period of time) [Care (PDF)][Info (PDF)]
  • Kitchen table seating for 2 or 3 in kitchen - main dining table (seating for 5 or 6) is in the main room
  • Optional kid high chair available (on request) - this is a free standing highchair for the kitchen or dining area - probably suitable for a child 6 months or older, but depends on the size of the child.

General Bedroom Notes:

  • All sheets/linens are organic cotton.
  • All sheets (and towels are washed off-site in high temperature/steam “Allergy Reduction” washer cycle before each guest’s arrival - and then line-dried.
  • Fluffy comforters/duvets (with an organic cotton duvet/comforter cover)
  • All windows in both bedrooms (and the whole house) are double paned; these windows have “pull down and push up” honeycomb/cellular shades, as well as hidden “roll down” blackout shades.
  • Both bedrooms have ceiling fans.

Larger Bedroom:

  • [Photo]
  • larger Closet - hangers as well as a built-in organization unit (shelves and drawers)
  • 3 windows
  • Queen size mattress - from European Sleep Works - all mattresses at the McGee house are replaced as per manufacturer recommendations (usually at least every 10 years)
  • Organic natural pillow topper (latex core) (from European Sleep Works) added to mattress (can be easily removed if prefer a firmer bed) [Pillow Topper Product Listing (PDF)]
  • Alarm clock

Second Bedroom:

  • [Photo]
  • Closet with door (includes some shelves as well as hangers)
  • Twin sized mattress on both the top and bottom bunk beds - one is a Serta memory foam mattress - other is a hybrid spring mattress - all mattresses at the McGee house are replaced as per manufacturer recommendations (usually at least every 10 years)
  • Bed is a Twin Bunk Murphy Wallbed so guests can optionally fold the bunk beds up and down as needed, thereby creating more space in the room if needed
  • I also offer guests an optional rolling / folding desk - possible to use it with both beds down - more spacious when used with the bottom bed folded up
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Clock Radio with CD Player
  • Window looks out onto back yard

Bathroom:

  • Quiet/efficient washer and dryer [Washer Instructions (PDF)] [Dryer Instructions (PDF)] [Photo]
  • All towels are organic cotton
  • Hansgrohe Raindance shower head (for an extra luxurious shower) (hand shower option)
  • Soaking Bath tub (great for kids)
  • Glass enclosure around the bathtub, so there is no shower curtain to attract mildew
  • Panasonic Whisper Warm Ceiling Heating Unit / Vent - wonderful for providing fast heat in the bathroom during the winter [Specifications (PDF)]
  • Geberit/Duravit Toilet (wall hung) with a quite flush
  • Hair Dryer

Back Yard:

  • [Photo]
  • Private outdoor backyard (fully landscaped) - not shared with others (for exclusive use of the McGee house guests)
  • Yard fully enclosed by a fence
  • Outdoor storage shed available for guest use (waterproof): info with photos
  • Propane Grill [Manual (PDF) - troubleshooting guide starts on page 22]
  • New deck installed in 2009
  • Able to connect to the wireless internet while sitting in the back yard
  • Approximate yard size: 1300 square feet
  • Grass area in middle surrounded by landscaping and deck
  • Yard furniture: 2 tables and 6 chairs
  • Plum tree - produces delicious fruit from ~May/June to ~Aug/Sept (approx.) - only for guests of the McGee house, so guests can help themselves
  • Room for vegetable gardening (which can be done all year round in Berkeley) if desired

Note: exact amenities subject to change - as items wear out or break, they are replaced with other items, often different make/model

Berkeley, California

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