Detailed Amenities/Features - Luxury Furnished McGee House

McGee House - Detailed List of Amenities/Features

These are some of the detailed amenities/features of the McGee House 

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

General House Overview:

  • Remodeling: Multiple upgrades and remodelling over the years, including an overall home remodel in 2006 and a kitchen remodel in 2016.  Many of these improvements have been highlighted in the "Updates" section of this web site.
  • Comfort | Temperature | Heating: The house was insulated in 2006, and a high efficiency central forced air furnace was installed in 2011; so 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 with still an option for 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 [Instructions (PDF)]
  • Water Heater: Efficient Water Heater (new in 2008) [Manual (PDF)]
  • Sustainability/Renewable Energy: The house is 100% solar powered through the PG&E Solar Choice Program

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

  • One bedroom with a queen sized bed (for 2 persons): [photo]
  • Another bedroom with a full sized bed (it is a Murphy Wallbed, so optionally can be folded up) (for 2 persons): [photo]
  • I have an optional air mattress I can provide on request - it is twin sized (for 1 person): [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:

  • High-Speed/Broadband Internet connection - with both Wi-Fi Access and plug-in ethernet cable (can even connect to the wireless from the back yard).  Internet speed is generally right around 12Mbps - can see speed test on this blog entry
  • Phone with free unlimited calls to US telephone numbers - accepts incoming calls - voice mail
  • Sony Google TV (40" HD Flat Panel Smart Internet TV with wireless keyboard) TV  [Support Site]
  • TV includes many internet features including no-extra-charge Netflix subscription and/or Amazon Prime movie/TV show steaming
  • DVD/CD/Radio surround sound system (with a small DVD movie library and small CD music library) [Features (PDF)[Manual (PDF)]
  • Easy to control all entertainment devices (TV, DVD, Radio, etc.) using a universal (Harmony One) remote [Features (PDF)] [Manual (PDF)]
  • Comfortable Ikea Sofa [Specifications (PDF)]
  • Dining table - with leaves to expand seating to 6 people - great as a work space as well as a dining table


  • Dishwasher - Bosch [Manual (PDF)]
  • Espresso Maker - Breville [Manual (PDF)] [Quick Start Guide (with Troubleshooting) (PDF)]
  • Microwave
  • New quiet-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 floor installed in 2008 - all natural flooring made by Forbo - easy to clean - floor is soft underfoot (easier to stand on for long periods of time) [Care (PDF)][Info (PDF)]
  • Cafe table seating for 2 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 perfect 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:

  • [Photo]
  • All sheets/linens are organic cotton [Sheet Product Listing (PDF)]
  • All sheets (and towels) are washed off site in a high temperature/steam “Allergy Reduction” washer cycle before each guest’s arrival - and then line-dried
  • Fluffy comforters (with an organic cotton comforter cover) [Duvet Cover Product Listing (PDF)]
  • Optional twin air mattress available (on request) which makes it so the house sleeps 5 - air mattress can fit in either bedroom, or the main living area - this is a high quality/comfortable mattress made by Aero, and is very easy to inflate (in under 3 minutes) using the built in electric pump [Air Mattress Product Listing (PDF)]
  • All windows in both bedrooms are double paned; these windows have “pull down and push up” honeycomb/cellular shades, as well as hidden “roll down” blackout shade that can be used as desired
  • Both bedrooms have ceiling fans

Master Bedroom:

  • [Photo]
  • Large Closet - hangers as well as a built-in organization unit (shelves and drawers)
  • 3 windows
  • Queen size mattress - top of the line Ikea model - 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)
  • Double/Full size pillow top mattress - Spring Air Brand - Model=Back Supporter / Bristol Mattress with plush top - all mattresses at the McGee house are replaced as per manufacturer recommendations (usually at least every 10 years) [Manufacturer (Web Site)] (could be under construction) [Similar Spring Air Product (PDF)]
  • Bed is a Murphy Wallbed so guests can optionally fold the bed up as needed into the wall, thereby creating more space in the room if needed
  • I also offer guests an optional rolling / folding desk - with the bed up, there is plenty of space to unfold this desk and use the room as an office
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Clock Radio with CD Player
  • Window looks out onto back yard


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
  • Often 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

For questions, contact Mark at (preferred) or +1-510-205-3840 (best by text - also voice) -