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Joan Musante

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, a little rudimentary French

Sunny Garden Studio in great North Berkeley location

26 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Thousand Oaks Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Spacious studio with 1 queen bed, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 2

This charming new studio cottage, with its vaulted ceilings, operable sky lights and open floor plan has a clean and spacious feel. It comes with a fully equipped modern kitchen, dinning table for four, queen sized bed, tiled bathroom and comfy sitting area with hi-def flat screen TV, DVR and wireless Internet. Phone service for local calls and linen exchange is also provided. Carriage door can be opened onto a garden patio with BBQ. It's location is the best---one block to Solano Avenue with its wonderful shops, world class restaurants, banks, post office and movie theaters, one block to public transportation, walkable distance to UC, and the Gourmet Ghetto, or quick and easy access to freeways should you have a car. Parking available.

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joan Musante (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, a little rudimentary French


based on 26 traveler reviews

Sunny Garden Studio in great North Berkeley location
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

Absolutely Delightful

  • 5 of 5

This Sunny Garden Studio was a lovely place to call home during our time in Berkeley & the Bay Area. The charming & well maintained respite supplied all that we could possibly need, including a gracious hostess who made sure that if we had any further requests, all we'd need to do was ask.

We loved the short walk to many restaurants & shops close by, as well as the easy access to the freeway to other places in the Bay Area. Joan also provided a lovely basket and binder full of local restaurant menus, pamphlets for attractions and maps.

Thank you, Joan, for a lovely stay! We would love to come back one day.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Simply THE BEST! Delightful, comfortable, stylish, and CLEAN!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is a lovely place to stay. It has all that you need if you want to shop and cook for yourself, or, take an easy stroll to Solano avenue and go to a restaurant. Joan is a wonderful hostess. She has created a wonderful and welcoming spot to stay. It is private, comfortable, very thoughtfully decorated, completely stocked for cooking, and immaculate. I love this place so much that I have booked sequential stayed here so that I may attend a seminar series over the course of the next year. I have stayed in other places in the area, and none compare to this cottage and the wonderful Joan! I love that I can bring my bicycle and use that to commute. There is easy access to bike paths and dedicated bike streets. Public transportation is near by. Walking in the area is delightful. There is also easy access to beautiful hikes very near the cottage. I highly recommend staying here. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy you love the cottage and look forward to your returns in the coming year. It is always a pleasure to have you here.
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Charming, Quiet and Well Appointed

  • 5 of 5

This lovely cottage in a charming neighborhood is perfectly located for exploring the east side of the bay. It's an easy drive up the hill to glorious hiking in Tilden Regional Park, a two block stroll to terrific restaurants on Solano, and only about ten minutes to the UC Berkeley campus. The cleverly designed converted garage has everything one needs for a quiet stay, and its own sweet patio space surrounded by gorgeous landscaping. Very private, though steps away from the main house. A car is a good idea, though Lyft and Uber make getting anywhere easy.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you enjoyed the cottage and neighborhood. I love it when my guests use the patio and enjoy the garden. That's what it's there for.
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Quaint Garden Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This lovely garden cottage was perfect! It was close to anything you might want to do in Berkeley. It was cozy but modern with everything you might need for a lengthy stay. Joan is a warm and friendly hostess with two kitty's to greet you. I felt safe and comfortable and will definitely be staying again!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Always a treat to stay in the red-door cottage

  • 5 of 5

Joan has a welcoming, beautifully landscaped property and a friendly welcome. Everything is taken care of. We have stayed in the cottage several times and feel lucky when the cottage is available for our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ann. I always look forward to a visit from you and a chance to se Henry again.
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This cottage is so cute and so easy to stay in! We loved every bit of it!

  • 5 of 5

This was the best place we've stayed in a long time! Everything was so well cared for and so comfortable. The landscaping is so pretty, the accommodations so welcoming, and Joan is lovely. We would highly recommend it and plan to stay here again when we come back to the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Pub, Albany
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Jack London Square, Oakland
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Tilden Park, Berkeley
Nearest Train
3.4 Miles
AM track in Emeryville
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Rivoli, Solano Avenue
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
South Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Car: not necessary

Berkeley sits across the bay from San Francisco which is easily accessible by car, bus, BART or ferry. Just to the north is the beautiful Napa Valley with is world class wineries, to the east are Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National park for hiking, skiing and camping and to the south lie the Monterey Bay with its wonderful aquarium and Carmel. In the San Francisco Bay there is boating, fishing and windsurfing. Marin county, to the north-east has great hiking trails and beaches.

Other Activities: dancing, opera, symphony, film festivals, rock climbing

Golf: Golf is enjoyed in Tilden Park, a fifteen minute drive from the cottage.


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Thousand Oaks Cottage Rental Rates

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dleaning $100

A weekly rate is $800 with additional partial weeks reverting to the daily rate. Ex: 9 nights is one week and 2 days or $800 + $270.

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Thousand Oaks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The on-demand water heater assures an unlimited supply of hot water. We use only environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Two reading lights overlook the head of the bed to allow for reading in bed. Alarm clock is also at bed side. The TV sits atop a cabinet that turns making it viewable from bed. I provide a weekly linen exchange.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The telephone use is limited to local calls. Any long distance calls will need to be made via cell phone.

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