Hi! We are a family of 4, Aurora, Paolo, Francesco and Giacomo. Aurora is a nurse practitioner and Paolo is a software engineer.
We live in the hills above Berkeley, California in an area that feels quite wild as we are next to a large regional park, with hiking trails and many animals such as deer, coyotes, foxes, etc, yet we are only about 12 miles from San Francisco, which is easily accessible on public transportation.
Our house is about 3 miles from downtown Berkeley, an easy bus ride, or bike ride (if you are in good enough shape to ride back up the hills).
The weather here is usually quite comfortable, but we often have fog, especially summer mornings and evenings, so be sure to bring a warm jacket even in July.
There are beaches about 1 hours driving distance, but the water is quite cold. If you like to surf, you will need a wetsuit all year around. We also have fantastic windsurfing and sailing closer by on the bay.
Berkeley has one of the most prestigious public universities in the US, and has multiple cultural and artistic opportunities as well as shopping and numerous restaurants. San Francisco and Oakland have great arts and music scenes.
We are a laid back family, we have multiple musicians (guitar, keyboard), and love to jam with our friends. We are pretty active, and often go running or biking on the weekends. We love to travel but unfortunately have limits due to work. We speak English, Spanish and Italian, so please be able to converse in one of these so we can communicate. We enjoy cooking, and often use organic ingredients when available. We are omnivores, but can accommodate vegetarians (not vegans). We usually have a family dinner each night.
Our kids are both teen boys, one 18 and one 14, so they are fairly independent. We hope to expose them to multiple cultures, and ideally languages.
We are looking for a single person or a couple. We have one small bedroom suitable for one person, or an air mattress in a loft for a couple. The loft is not completely private. Bathrooms are shared, and you can use the kitchen.
We need help on establishing an organic garden on our property. We love the idea of permaculture, and are very interested in making it butterfly and hummingbird friendly. In spring and summer we need help weeding, trimming and trying to keep the forest from taking over. Also some planing, mulching and general digging. In fall and winter, maintainace and planting will be helpful.
We also have some projects around the house, such as walking the dog, washing windows, painting, and helping clear out the garage in preparation for making a music studio. Light housekeeping and cooking is also appreciated.
We are home most evenings, and weekends, and would love to have you join us in whatever we are doing. During the weekdays you will need to be fairly self-sufficient as we are all working or in school during the day.
We love having musicians stay with us, and if you play an instrument and want to have a jam session, that is a plus!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We speak English, Italian and Spanish and are happy to help you practice any of these. Play music with family of musically inclined people. Explore the San Francisco Bay Area, learn to cook healthy, delicious food.
Gardening, yard work, pet care, painting, housework, de-cluttering garage, deer proofing, Italian language a plus, but not required to practice with the kids.
English, Italian, Spanish
For single person: a small bedroom with single bed, and all linens overlooking the canyon and partial view of the bay.
For a couple: a queen air mattress (quite comfy) in our loft, which is open to the rest of the house. Shared bathrooms. Use of kitchen.
We will provide food for breakfast, and often prepare breakfast for the whole family on weekends. For lunch you are welcome to pack a sandwich. We will provide family dinners. We can accommodate some food restrictions so be sure to ask.
We are about two blocks from the bus stop, and have a good public transit system that eilll get you almost anywhere in the area.
In your time off, you can explore the area. San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland have a lot to offer in terms of arts, music and recreation, and cultural events.
You could also learn to windsurf, kayak, or sail on the bay. We are close to several national parks, and state parks where you can explore the seashore or the redwood forest.
We are also about on hour away from the ocean, and you can go surfing or boogie boarding with a wetsuit.
Cycling is wonderful in this area, but it is quite hilly.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week