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Micasa Temporary Lodging

1810 Vine Street, Berkeley, California 94703
Innkeeper(s): Mica & Ted Grana
  • Introduction

    Micasa Temporary Lodging frontMicasa is a two-unit Craftsman style redwood bungalow, situated on a spacious corner lot, on a quiet residential street in North Berkeley. Built in 1905 the house sits above the street on its own hill, giving it both a sense of seclusion and a lovely view. It is located within five blocks of Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, boutiques, bookstore and bus stops. At equally close range are a public swimming pool, track and library, and a farmer's market on Thursday afternoons. Also within walking distance are Cal Berkeley campus, the downtown theater district and BART trains.

    The house, 800 square feet, is a spacious, one-bedroom accommodation offering a full kitchen and a private deck. Other amenities include an ample fireplace, and comfortable sofa bed. You will also enjoy views from our many windows of our trees and gardens.

    Micasa speaks of quintessential Old Berkeley charm, and we have paid attention, with an eye towards comfort, to details such as excellent mattresses and linens. While the house is old, household appliances are not - including phone, cable, washer/dryer and WiFi (Wireless Internet).

    Micasa Temporary Lodging patioMicasa Temporary Lodging living room

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ted Grana for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    People stay with us because of the wonderful atmosphere. We are a 1905 Craftsman house.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our period antiques from the 1900s.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Berkeley is a university town. Most people are visiting relatives, students or professors at the University of California Berkeley.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    We get great compliments on our service and atmosphere. Our guests tell us they had a joyous and serene experience when they stay here.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    There are no secrets.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    We suggest they visit the University of California, wine country, San Francisco, located right across the bay, the California seashore, and enjoy great local cuisine.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are close to everything. We are located within five blocks of Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, and it is a 15 minute walk to the University of California.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We are renown for our wonderful cuisine. We have so many great restaurants; I could not choose a favorite.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    No, we don't use any specific web sites or guides.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have a spacious, one-bedroom accommodation that is 800 square feet, offering a full kitchen and a private deck.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.

  • Amenities

    • Washer & Dryer
    • Linens Provided
    • Off Street Parking
    • Gas Fireplace
    • Queen Bed
    • Double Bed
    • Convertible Bed
    • Cable/Satellite TV & CD Player
    • Full Kitchen
    • Cooking Utensils Provided
    • Refrigerator & Microwave
    • Deck/Patio
    • Water View
    • 5 Blocks from Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto
    • Telephone & Free Long Distance
    • WiFi (Wireless Internet)
  • Around the Inn

    The Living / Dining Room

    The living/dining area is furnished with elegant antique furniture and several beautiful and unique period light fixtures. The light, airy room is spacious enough to ensure comfort when entertaining. An inviting window-seat corner is perfect for curling up with a book, or enjoying the sunset, framed by west-facing windows.

    Micasa Temporary Lodging couch

    Micasa Temporary Lodging fireplace

    The Kitchen

    The full kitchen, while maintaining old fashion charm, offers complete modern service and amenities such as full gas range and microwave.

    Micasa Temporary Lodging stoveMicasa Temporary Lodging kitchenBreakfast Nook and Deck

    A private deck just outside the kitchen provides a sunny place to relax from morning until mid-afternoon.

    Micasa Temporary Lodging entranceMicasa Temporary Lodging patio

  • Beautiful Gardens

    The garden is a secluded and peaceful place to relax. Many different varieties of flowers and plants draw hummingbirds and other favorite local birds to the area. Our back garden is available for prearranged special occasions.

    Micasa Temporary Lodging garden

    Micasa Temporary Lodging garden

  • Area Information

    Micasa Temporary Lodging treesSheltered by rolling hills and the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is a vibrant and spirited city of surpassing richness. Within Berkeley's 18 square miles, a visitor can hear a symphony or a jazz quartet, stroll through a redwood forest or a rose garden, shop for Tibetan jewelry or sportswear from The Gap, play a round of golf, take a yoga class, catch a world-premiere play or first-run film, embark on a sport fishing excursion or enjoy an architectural walking tour.

    Consummately Californian in its setting - but international in its cultural landscape - Berkeley is home to the University of California, Berkeley, which lends an academic air to the entire city. With its wealth of culture and social diversity, dining and shopping opportunities and recreational pursuits, Berkeley is a compact city offering an exciting range of visitor options. Excerpt from

    Activities (on site and nearby)

    • Tennis
    • Shopping
    • Sightseeing
    • Restaurants
    • Sailing
    • Biking
    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Fitness Center/Gym
    • Basketball Court
    • Antiquing
    • Cinemas/Movie Theaters
    • Live Theatre
    • Museums

    Things To Do

    • Berkeley History Center
    • East Bay Green Tours
    • Hall Of Health
    • Lawrence Hall Of Science
    • Pier 39
    • Takara Sake USA, Inc
    • Tilden Park Botanic Garden
    • UC Botanical Garden
    • University Of California, Berkeley

    Culture & Museums

    • USS Hornet Museum
    • Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
    • Pacific Film Archive Theater
    • Expressions Gallery
    • Gathering Tribes
    • Jewish Community Center Of East Bay
    • Judah L. Magnes Museum
    • Julia Morgan Young People Performing Arts Center
    • Lacis Museum Of Lace & Textiles
    • Phoebe A. Hearst Museum Of Anthropology
    • Trax Ceramics Gallery

    Live Performances

    • 23rd Jewish Music Festival
    • Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
    • Aurora Theatre Company
    • Berkeley Repertory Theatre
    • Cal Performances
    • Freight & Salvage Coffee House
    • Jazzschool

    Outdoor Adventures

    • Adventure Playground
    • Aquatic Park
    • Cesar Chavez Park
    • Codornices Park
    • Contra Costa Rock Park
    • Cragmont Rock Park
    • Fishing Off Berkeley Pier
    • Glendale La Loma Park
    • Great Stoneface Park
    • Grotto Rock Park
    • Indian Rock Park
    • Mortar Rock Park
    • Ohlone Park
    • Rose Garden
    • Shorebird Nature Center
    • Tilden Park Botanic Garden
    • Tilden Park Nature Area & The Little Farm
    • Tilden Regional Park
    • UC Botanical Garden


    • Cal Athletics
    • Golden Gate Fields
    • Golden State Warriors (Basketball)
    • Oakland Athletics (Baseball)
    • Oakland Raiders (Football)
    • San Francisco 49ers (Football)
    • San Francisco Giants (Baseball)
    • San Jose Sharks (Ice Hockey)
    • Tilden Park Golf Course


    • Berkeley City Club
    • California Tours
    • Culinary Walking Tour Of Gourmet Ghetto
    • East Bay Green Tours
    • Pyramid Alehouse & Brewery
    • Takara Sake Museum
    • Tilden Park Botanic Garden
    • Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
    • UC Berkeley Campus
    • UC Botanical Garden