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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

16 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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 16 traveler reviews

Sunny Garden Studio in great North Berkeley location
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Once again...

  • 5 of 5

we stayed in Joan's cottage with ease and much relaxation. Everything is right at hand for living inside and enjoying the outside. The little place was very clean and the gardens are gorgeous. With walking distance to family, we find the rental a place of which we hope to return many times.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am happy that you enjoyed the cottage. I enjoyed having you there and look forward to your return.
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Clean, Comfortable Place to Stay in Albany, CA

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was clean and comfortable. It took me a day to figure out that I could use the pole in the closet to close the skylight. Many thoughtful intelligent touches. Reliable wifi. Climate controlled, which was wonderful. The set up was just perfect for 1 or 2 people. Extremely safe neighborhood, though crossing the street right before the apt can be a little challenging.

I was a little mislead by the "North Berkeley" town name in ad title, as well as one of the other reviews here that state the apartment is walkable to UC Berkeley. The apartment is a 10 minute drive to UC Berkeley. Get in your car and drive for 10 minutes. Now imagine walking that same distance with hills--steep, steep hills...NOT walkable. 10 minute drive or 18 minute bus. The apartment is in Albany, California, 2 blocks from the Berkeley border. Knowing that upfront would have given me a better idea of how far the apartment was from the sights I wanted to see.

All in all, a good experience. Andronico's Market is overpriced and nothing special. I had to return some brie cheese to them because it was rotten. Watch out for their dairy. Safeway is just as close if not closer and a much better choice.

I would definitely recommend this great apartment, especially if you have a car. Reasonably priced, clean. wonderful shops and restaurants just blocks away. Just know what you're getting into, that you can't walk to BART or UC Berkeley unless you have an extra 45 minutes to an hour to do so.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great alternative to pricey Berkeley hotels

  • 5 of 5

Great property, great location, great value

Perfect for 1 or 2

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Leverett, MA

Location Plus

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at this cottage for 3 weeks, long enough to discover all its plus and minuses, and found there was nothing that was either misrepresented or contrary to all the positive reviews this rental has already received. While zoned as a garage, it is newly built as a cottage and there is nothing garage-like about it other than its elegant carriage house car doors. Given the neighborhood, parking was never a problem. It is one block far enough from Solano that this isolates it from the restaurant crowd looking for quick side street parking. and if you don't have a car, the nearby frequent 18 bus takes you to the BART stations. It has a well equipped kitchen but the proximity to the Gourmet Ghetto ( a rather insensitive name for a Progressive area, even if humor is the attempt. It is no Ghetto!) will mean that this restaurant row will be a tempting alternative. All the major ethnic foods are well represented and brutal competition guarantees that only the best restaurants that provide the best food and value will survive. The hosts are avid gardeners so the grounds are well maintained. The neighborhood is quiet with wide streets and not one of the numerous VRBO listings in the Berkeley hills which often highlight wonderful views, but almost require a car and navigating difficult narrow winding roads. Please give this property your highest consideration.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is a wonderful place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

We loved staying here. It is convenient, very quite, has all that you need to be comfortable. The reason we give 4 stars and not 5 is simply because the room is very bright which is great, but there is no real way to darken while sleeping or early in the am. This would not keep us from staying again, we just prefer to have a darker room to sleep. Otherwise, it is awesome!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

This is a really exceptional vacation rental. A beautifully designed cottage in the back yard of the host's property. Full kitchen, bath (shower only), queen bed and sitting area in one spacious room. The host provided every necessity for a 10-day stay -- food prep and serving equipment, linens, iron, ample closet space, table and chairs, and a sitting room with TV/DVD player. The garden is exquisite and equipped with a table and chairs for both lounging and eating. We could walk to restaurants, grocery store, drug store and charming shops on Solano Avenue. It was truly heavenly to stay here, and a wonderful, comfortable place to land after a long trip. I hope that there will be room for us in the future, because this place will be very much in demand and likely booked solid in the years to come!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would like to thank you for the glowing review. Nothing makes me happier than to know that the folks who stayed in the cottage really enjoyed it and want to come back.
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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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Berkeley 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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